Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual

1+ The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, today announced this year’s Industry Days will be held virtually for a global audience, October 12-18, 2020. Early Bird accreditation is now available for qualified participants to secure registration at the lowest price. Registration prices will increase to the regular rate on August 21. Film and media professionals interested … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual”

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

4+ Master Classes with Oscar and Sundance winners are just a few of the events scheduled for October 17-20 program     The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the program for Industry Days (October 17-20, 2019) with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.   … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule

4+ Headliners include Oscar-­winning director Steve McQueen, Emmy-­nominated writer Bashir Salahuddin, and award-­winning producers Albert Berger and Bob Teitel (Chicago — 26 September 2018) The complete program of Industry Days (Oct. 11­14) at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival was announced today with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the Midwest … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule”

Barbizon shares list of support resources for the industry

2+ Barbizon Lighting has compiled a resource list of discounted or free educational opportunities and tools for our industry. If you are aware of one not listed below send an email to Tobin Neis tneis@barbizon.com with the item and a link and we can get it added! The lights will come up again; in theatres, on film sets, … Continue reading “Barbizon shares list of support resources for the industry”

Dee Rees, Yessian LA lead the week’s industry moves

8+ “Mudbound” director Dee Rees signs with Anonymous Content Production and Management Company Anonymous Content has announced Mudbound director Dee Rees has signed for commercial representation in the U.S. and U.K. The news kicks off a groundbreaking 2018 for Rees, whose feature drama Mudbound has been met with sweeping praise and four Academy Award nominations, including … Continue reading “Dee Rees, Yessian LA lead the week’s industry moves”

VSA, Museum of Science and Industry reignite curiosity

These days, with so many of us seemingly caught up in what selfie to post, Beyoncé, The Real Housewives or whether or not Kellyanne’s eye luggage has gotten puffier, the topic of science feels pushed to the side. Some would even say it feels trite right now.

Which seems strange given that we have a never-ending stream of talk about rising ocean levels, populations, disease and even more.

Reports show 2015 a big year for state film industry

The past four years of city and state media and entertainment production has been the most profitable and exciting in the history of the film offices.

And 2015’s production stats, released by the Illinois Film and Chicago Film Offices within a day of each other, provide more evidence of continuing growth.

Pipe Dream intros animatics in “5 days for $5,000”

For advertising agencies that need to test ideas fast, Pipe Dreams has introduced a practical and economical solution.  “PD eXpress is ideal for last-minute projects,” says Rick Livingston, studio director of the Chicago branch of the London-based global animatics company.

The new “five days for $5,000” deal allows an agency to develop multiple ideas and scripts for the traditional cost of one high-end 3D animatic, in a frame shrunk from their typical 12-14 day schedule.

2012 shoot days of 1,808 up 45% over previous year

Chicago production had its busiest year ever in 2012.  A total of 406 total projects across all visual media shot 1,808 days.  This is up 45%, when 391 projects shot 1,234 days the year before, according to stats provided by the Chicago Film Office direct Rich Moskal.

The tally was bolstered by a record-breaking four episodic TV series shooting entire seasons in Chicago.

“The closest we came before was in ’98 or ’99 when we had three shows shooting,” Illinois Film Office director Betsy Steinberg says.

Industry shock as Roscor fires most of its 130 staff

The announcement that Roscor Corporation, reseller and renter of audiovisual equipment, on Friday, Oct. 28 closed its rental and service departments and mass fired 100 of its 130 employees, sent shockwaves through the Midwest AV industry.

The 35-year old Mt. Prospect-based company, owned by brothers Paul and Mitch Roston, president and CEO/CFO respectively, said it would restructure as an engineering design firm.  Its mission would be to designing integrated systems based on the best-value equipment, while providing tech support.

R.I.P. Mary Kay, the calming voice of a chaotic industry

If you remember my original Screen magazine you’ll undoubtedly recall the dulcet voice that answered the phone and faithfully took your messages. “I can still hear her voice in my head saying ‘Screen Magazine’ like a voiceover temptress,” says former Screenite Dan Page.

That lovely voice – “a calming voice in a chaotic industry,” as Tom Test put it – belonged to Mary Kleinman, or Mary Kay as she was known, our rock of a receptionist of many years.

Industry mourns death of agent Mickey Grossman

Michael “Mickey” Grossman, a partner in Grossman & Jack Talent, was universally regarded as one of the most respected agents in the business, by the actors he represented and loved and by the clients he served in everyone’s best interest.

Mr. Grossman died Monday, on his 58th birthday, after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, in his home.  

A memorial service is planned for the evening of Monday, June 13, with a time and place to be announced.

AICP survey: Commercials a $5 billion industry

While the state of TV commercial production is changing as fast as new apps are created, it remains a robust $5 billion industry, when factoring in post, talent payments and other indirect expenditures.

That was one of the findings in AICP’s 7th annual Survey of the Commercial Production Industry that give members a sense of changes and challenges ahead.

AICP members account for 85% of all commercials aired nationally. The AICP/Midwest chapter has 22 general members and 10 associate members.