‘Sun-Times’ partners with da Bears

3+ So da Sun-Times is lining up with da Chicago Bears to better serve Chicagoland. The Sun-Times is already a leader in sports coverage, bringing Chicago best-in-class sports reporting and an all-sports paper called Sports Saturday. As a “Proud Partner,” this new relationship further establishes the paper’s relationship with local sports and opens up new … Continue reading “‘Sun-Times’ partners with da Bears”

Sun-Times launches anti-gun violence initiative

3+ Created in partnership with Ogilvy, “31 bullets” identifies actions that Illinoisans can take to counter the negative effects of America’s gun problem   In an effort to combat gun violence, the Chicago Sun-Times has launched a new campaign on May 1 called “31 bullets” which identifies 31 specific actions Illinoisans can take to address … Continue reading “Sun-Times launches anti-gun violence initiative”

Sam Jackson sings, Bears go red, Kirk leaves Sun-Times

I’ve been meaning to write about this for the last couple of weeks since I saw it, but finally got around to it. Have you seen the new Sam Jackson spot for Capital One and Spotify?

If you haven’t, it’s just a fun little piece where Sam puts the moves to Al Green’s classic song, “Let’s Stay Together.” As Jackson croons, Capital One announces that with the Quicksilver Card clients can receive 1.5 percent cashback on every purchase and 50 percent back on Spotify Premium.

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

1+ What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

Ebert Fest 2020 Symposium Series continues Nov 5

1+ The 2020 Ebert Symposium Series conversations with filmmakers, executives and others involved in a changing media industry, continues on November 5 with an executive from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and University of Illinois Alumni. Christine Simmons, the academy’s chief operating officer, will be featured in a panel discussion of inclusion and equity … Continue reading “Ebert Fest 2020 Symposium Series continues Nov 5”

Black Women’s Expo presents #WEMATTER

1+ Black Women’s Expo (BWe) is partnering with Illinois Census 2020 and Counting on Chicago Coalition to present #WEMATTER On the Frontline: A Black Women’sAgenda! Virtual Webinar Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (CST). Thisday-long virtual event will consist of five (5) webinars headlined by a panel of powerful Blackwomen and … Continue reading “Black Women’s Expo presents #WEMATTER”

Legendary Pam Zekman honored with virtual tributes

3+ The team at Reel Chicago feels that Pam Zekman is as much a part of Chicago as Navy Pier, the Cubs, and Vienna dogs. Clearly the people of Chicago feel the same way. Comments and tributes began pouring in after hearing the disturbing news that Pam lost her position of 39 years as investigative … Continue reading “Legendary Pam Zekman honored with virtual tributes”

Pam Zekman among those laid off at WBBM CBS-2

3+ The economic impact of Covid-19 has hit CBS News and its Chicago affiliate WBBM CBS-2 in a big way. After 39 years of delivering award-winning investigative stories, iconic Pam Zekman was laid off. Zekman shared two Pulitzer prizes for her work at the Chicago Tribune, from 1971 to 1976, and the Sun-Times, from 1976 … Continue reading “Pam Zekman among those laid off at WBBM CBS-2”

Chicago Latino Film Festival unveils 2020 poster

2+ The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), is proud to announce Turkish artist and graphic designer Yağmur Genç as the winner of the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest. The ILCC received 928 submissions for this year’s contest from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Jamaica, Mexico, … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Festival unveils 2020 poster”

Showtime renews ‘Work in Progress’ for second season

3+ Last month, Reel Chicago reported that Abby McEnany and Tim Mason’s new Showtime comedy series Work in Progress has inspired “an impending cultural sensation.” Now it appears that viewing audiences agree, as multiple outlets are reporting that the network has renewed the show for a second season. Boasting a perfect 100% score on the … Continue reading “Showtime renews ‘Work in Progress’ for second season”

The 35th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival

5+ The two-week event launches on March 28 with Icían Bollaín’s “Yuli” followed by a “Noche Cubana” celebration The 35th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will take place March 28-April 11 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. and will feature over 100 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal … Continue reading “The 35th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival”

Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur

5+ Chicago native, Northwestern grad held top editorial roles at EBONY and JET while co-piloting Myth Lab Entertainment, and fighting for media diversity   Kyra Kyles is a multi-platform senior-level media executive, a public speaker on issues of diversity and representation, and an award-winning writer.   Journalist Kyra, former EBONY Editor in Chief / Senior … Continue reading “Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur”

Betrayal: When the Government Took Over the Teamsters

8+ George Bogdanich’s new documentary explores how the Justice Department’s greed, corruption, and overreach resulted in tragedy George Bogdanich’s 2019 documentary, Betrayal: When the Government Took Over the Teamsters Union, alleges that former Chicago Teamster Bill Hogan and his family are victims of intimidation and fraud committed by the United States government. Evidence presented in … Continue reading “Betrayal: When the Government Took Over the Teamsters”

Stamp collecting thrills in Chi-made ‘Freaks & Errors’

3+ With self-deprecating enthusiasm, the cast wields a “Best in Show” kind of charisma that includes all of the fun and none of the flaws Freaks & Errors: A Rare Collection is a documentary that follows a diverse and global group of people who are spellbound by the “all-consuming influence” of philately, also known as … Continue reading “Stamp collecting thrills in Chi-made ‘Freaks & Errors’”

Founder of Chicago Int’l Film Fest Michael Kutza to retire

4+ Founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago Michael Kutza to step down at the end of 2018   Kutza’s 55 years of service to the Chicago International Film Festival will be celebrated at a July 14 Gala at Loews Chicago     (Chicago — 7 May 2018) Michael Kutza, Founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, the presenting … Continue reading “Founder of Chicago Int’l Film Fest Michael Kutza to retire”

WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth

6+ The sale of Chicago’s second public TV station may have cost the city college system $130 million, according to the results of a six-month investigation contained in this article. Calculated in terms of potential income, the loss was just one of many negative factors that continue to affect Chicago as a result of the … Continue reading “WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth”

Kargo, Tronc, The Avengers, Radio Hall of Fame in news

Kargo seeks to reduce damages awarded to former employee

Arguing that a New York Labor law should not apply to a Chicago resident, mobile ad shop Kargo filed a motion last Friday to reduce the $40 million awarded to former employee Alexis Berger by $36.5 million.

Berger was the former SVP of Sales for the Midwest and West Coast for Kargo when she filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claim in spring 2016. Prior to her late-July termination, she was the agency’s highest paid employee and managed approximately 30 employees.

New gigs for Sciarotta, Funk, Kirk and Gitersonke

Joe Sciarotta promoted to Ogilvy Co-U.S. Creative Officer

Ogilvy and Mather announced that the agency promoted veteran Chicago creative leader, Joe Sciarotta to U.S. Chief Creative Officer along with Alfonson Marian, who will also share the title. According to a report in AgencySpy, they will form a new stateside management team alongside U.S. CEO Lou Aversano and chief strategy officer Steve Zaroff.

Sunnier days ahead for Chicago Sun Times?

The Chicago Sun-Times has new owners. And it’s not rival Chicago Tribune.

The struggling tabloid, as well as The Chicago Reader, were sold to former Chicago Alderman Edwin Eisendrath and a group of investors that includes The Chicago Federation of Labor, four other unions, former ABC7 anchor, Linda Yu and corporate turnaround specialist Bill Brandt.