Two by Four bolsters leadership in Chicago Headquarters

Independent, full-service agency Two by Four is continuing to assemble a powerhouse leadership team in their Chicago office. The agency announced today that Jessica Romaniuk has been named President of the Chicago office, while Amy Corbett has been promoted to Director of Client Services and Annie Tsikretsis has been elevated to SVP, Director of Production. Romaniuk will … Continue reading “Two by Four bolsters leadership in Chicago Headquarters”

Annie Tsikretsis promoted to VP at Two by Four

Two by Four, an advertising & design agency headquartered in Chicago, announced the promotion of Annie Tsikretsis to Vice President. As Vice President, Tsikretsis will take on additional business management responsibilities while continuing her role as Director of Production. “Annie has been a vital part of Two by Four’s success since she joined the agency,” … Continue reading “Annie Tsikretsis promoted to VP at Two by Four”

TWO BY FOUR appoints Jessica Romaniuk as VP

Two by Four, an advertising & design agency headquartered in Chicago, announced today the promotion of Jessica Romaniuk to Vice President. As Vice President, Romaniuk will take on additional business management responsibilities while continuing her role as Director of Media, Public Relations and Social Media. “Jessica has been an incredible asset to Two by Four … Continue reading “TWO BY FOUR appoints Jessica Romaniuk as VP”

Two by Four, Quriosity help DePaul campaign launch

(Chicago — 19 April 2018) DePaul University announces a new brand awareness campaign with the message “Here, We Do.” Breaking April 23 and running initially for 12 weeks, the campaign is the university’s first comprehensive brand advertising since 2011. David Kalsbeek, SVP of Enrollment and Marketing, explains that Here, We Do. differentiates DePaul from other … Continue reading “Two by Four, Quriosity help DePaul campaign launch”

A ‘Monster’ of a new Bears campaign from Two by Four

The Chicago Bears are back in business.  And once again, the question no doubt uppermost in the minds of the team’s legions of fans is whether the Bears will make it to the Super Bowl this season.

Hope, ya know, springs eternal.

Two By Four/Chicago, the ad agency of record for the Bears, is certainly doing its part — via a new ad campaign just breaking — to spark hope that this year’s team has the athletic talent and the ferocity to get the job done.

Two by Four expands into smaller ad markets

He may not be Chicago’s glitziest advertising executive.  And certainly not its most egomaniacal.  But like the little engine that could, president and executive creative director David Stevenson gets the job done at Two by Four/Chicago, one of Chicago’s more enterprising — yes, even visionary — mid-sized ad agencies.

SOLdesignfx’ Markos puts new swing into an old image for Two by Four’s new White Sox campaign

As a spot in the new White Sox campaign laments, they “haven’t won a championship in, like, months.” Since then, however, the Sox have assumed the responsibility of offering baseball fans a new look at an old favorite pastime.

SOLdesignfx artist Chris Markos directed the two-day shoot for Two by Four agency.

The two-day production utilized two remote controlled high speed HD video cameras that shot at 1000 fps, during an actual game.

A total of nine spots ultimately will be cut.

PrideArts Fall Film Festival will stream in four weekly programs

PrideArts announces the PrideArts Fall Film Festival, a month long festival of 32 films from 9 countries that will stream online in four segments, each available online for one week. Films address a wide range of issues and situations that are common across many cultures: defining oneself as an LGBTQ person, family relations, forming and … Continue reading “PrideArts Fall Film Festival will stream in four weekly programs”

Four popular guests stars added to Wizard World Chicago

Wizard World Chicago announced the addition of four popular guest stars from hugely successful franchises. Stephen Amell, known to millions as the crime-fighting vigilante lead in the hit TV series Arrow, returns to Wizard World Chicago on Saturday, October 16. The Toronto-born Amell who also starred in DC Universe vehicles such as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Batwoman … Continue reading “Four popular guests stars added to Wizard World Chicago”

Up for grabs this weekend two Lottery jackpots worth $690M total

If you’re looking to win big – there’s a couple of life changing Illinois Lottery jackpots up for grabs over the next couple of days, with a combined prize total of $690 million. Both the Mega Millions and Powerball Lottery jackpots have rolled to over $300 million, which could make it a weekend to remember! … Continue reading “Up for grabs this weekend two Lottery jackpots worth $690M total”

Fox previews The Big Leap during Network Upfronts

Fox has debuted its trailers for the Fall’s new comedies and dramas for the 2021-22 TV season, including the Scott Foley-led, Chicago-based series, The Big Leap. Charlie Collier, CEO, Fox Entertainment, did the unveiling of the network’s slate to the national advertising community during its virtual Upfront Presentation. That included the Glee-like series, The Big … Continue reading “Fox previews The Big Leap during Network Upfronts”

New Fantastic Four fan film is faaaaantastic

Writer, producer, and Chicagoan Harry Bauer has found a way to exhibit his creativity in a series of short fan films based on The Fantastic Four comic books. As we all know, comic book fans are passionate about their characters. With the huge growth of film festivals dedicated to fan films such as the GeekFest, … Continue reading “New Fantastic Four fan film is faaaaantastic”

Two leading automotive advertising agencies join forces

Honda and Acura dealer associations across the country will soon have access to powerful new marketing capabilities, as two nationally prominent automotive advertising agencies have finalized plans to merge.  Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing Group, headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., and RealWorld Marketing, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., have created a dedicated division within Pinnacle, which will become one of the … Continue reading “Two leading automotive advertising agencies join forces”

First Artists-In-Residence for four INVEST neighborhoods

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announced the first ever Artists-In-Residence for four of the City’s INVEST South/West neighborhoods: Auburn Gresham (Dorian Sylvain), Austin (Antonia Ruppert), Englewood (Eric Hotchkiss) and New City/Back of the Yards (Fernando Ramirez in partnership with … Continue reading “First Artists-In-Residence for four INVEST neighborhoods”

Two Kino Lorber films to screen at CIFF next week

Next week begins the 56th Chicago International Film Festival and Reel Chicago will bring you coverage of the films. This year, we can look forward to two award-winning films from Kino Lorber. THE REASON I JUMPDirected by Jerry Rothwell **WINNER! Sundance 2020 Film Festival Audience Award,World Cinema Documentary** Based on the best-selling book by Naoki … Continue reading “Two Kino Lorber films to screen at CIFF next week”

CIFF selects four IL film projects for “The Pitch”

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of four narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched live in front of a virtual audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.  Now in its sixth year, The Pitch at Industry Days has established itself as a leading industry showcase spotlighting bold, original work from the Chicago region. Past projects from The Pitch at Industry Days have gone onto completion, including Jennifer Reader’s Signature Move, and two films showing at last year’s Chicago International Film Festival: Knives and Skin, also directed by Jennifer Reeder, and Haroula Rose’s Once Upon a River. This year’s filmmakers represent a diversity of voices that continue to reinforce the breadth and vitality of Chicago-area filmmakers and projects: from a sci-fi comedy horror film set in the suburbs to a drama set along the Mexico-American border, to the story of a sexual assault within a Black community and an estranged daughter in an Iraqi-American family who impersonates her recently deceased father. See below for loglines. The winning pitch receives an awards package of in-kind goods and services worth tens of thousands of dollars. Contributors include Keslow Camera, IFA Chicago and The Story Stage at CineSpace, Chicago Media Angels, Ramo Law PC, and the Sundance Institute. “Right now, during the pandemic, it’s the perfect time to develop, workshop, hone, and fine-tune feature film projects and make them great,” said Chicago International Film Festival and Industry Days Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman. “The Pitch is a terrific way for the Festival to support and encourage local filmmakers and help push their projects forward.” This year’s Pitch will be hosted by IFA Chicago Executive Director and producer Angie Gaffney, and this year’s jury includes: Bronwyn Cornelius, producer of Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Clemency; Ilyse McKimmie, Deputy Director for Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program; and Yvonne Huff Lee, co-CEO of Lagralane Group. The selected projects for 2020’s The Pitch at Industry Days are: Anchor Baby After witnessing his father nearly beat a Mexican immigrant to death while patrolling the desert border, a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in the Arizona Border Militia finds solace in an unlikely place — the arms of the new undocumented migrant girl in town. Screenwriter: Anna Hozian Director: Danny Mooney Producer: Dale Armin Johnson Go to the Body After Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer, is sexually assaulted by a fellow activist, she tries to push past her trauma and return to her normal life. The only thing standing in the way is her fianceé, Kendrick, an overprotective boxer who has his own idea of justice. Writer/Director: Kyra Jones Producer: Angellic Ross Invasion of the Housewives … Continue reading “CIFF selects four IL film projects for “The Pitch””

Lightfoot eases Phase Four Guidelines for businesses

Progress in the fight against COVID-19 will allow for expanded indoor capacity, extended operating hours and loosening of other restrictions for businesses beginning October 1st. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) today announced that Chicago has made sufficient progress in … Continue reading “Lightfoot eases Phase Four Guidelines for businesses”

FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast

FX has set the extraordinary ensemble cast that will star with Chris Rock in the fourth installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning limited series Fargo. Peabody, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winning Executive Producer Noah Hawley (creator/showrunner/writer/director) and his production company 26 Keys will lead the creative team for the latest all-new “true … Continue reading “FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast”

Framestore Chicago hires four new artists

Framestore Chicago continues to grow in its third year with the addition of four artists to the team. The office has welcomed Senior Nuke / Flame Artist Ruairi Twohig, Nuke Compositor Jon Rogala, Junior Compositor Isaac Spiegel, and Junior Designer Alma Kim.   Ruairi Twohig Twohig joins from MPC in New York, where he spent … Continue reading “Framestore Chicago hires four new artists”

A tale of two ecosystems: reef tank and ad agency

The biological hierarchies of a reef ecosystem share much in common with the social intricacies of an ad agency I maintain a 180-gallon reef aquarium in my home. Try to anyway. The coral reef is the most complex, delicate and beautiful ecosystem in the world. Lighting. Filtration. Water parameters. Flow. Everything has to be calibrated … Continue reading “A tale of two ecosystems: reef tank and ad agency”

FCB Health is Cannes’ “Healthcare Network of the Year”

The accolade caps the agency’s stellar four-Lion day — three Silvers and one Bronze — on the Côte d’Azur   FCB is off to a strong start at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, with the FCB Health Network being named “Healthcare Network of the Year” for the first time ever. This accolade … Continue reading “FCB Health is Cannes’ “Healthcare Network of the Year””

Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two

Showtime has ordered a second season of The Chi, a coming-of-age drama set in Chicago that has averaged four million weekly cross-platform viewers since debuting on January 7. Featuring an ensemble cast and multiple storylines, the series is not only produced entirely within the Windy City, but it also showcases a legion of homegrown talent. … Continue reading “Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two”

McDonald’s ends four-decade run with Olympics

There will be no more gold…en arches for the Olympics as the fast food giant, effective immediately, has mutually parted ways with the IOC.

In a surprise move, McDonald’s Corp (Chicago agencies: We Are Unlimited and Burrell Communications) severed its 41-year-old alliance three years early. In a joint statement delivered June 16, the two organizations severed ties as the fast food giant continues to re-evaluate and focus on its core business. This, along with rising Olympic sponsorship costs and declining TV ratings, made for a combo platter of reasons for the separation.

Adman Ron Bess named CEO of Myelin agency network

VETERAN AD MAN RON BESS, who in August was named president/CEO of Hy Connect agency, was just appointed CEO of the agency’s ownership entity, Boston-based Myelin Communications, which bought the Chicago office of Hy Connect last year.

Four-year old Myelin, owned by Chicago’s Baird Capital, is a network of companies specializing in health and financial services. HY Connect’s accounts include Blue Cross Blue Shield and Indiana University Health.

Non-violence is the subject of two McPhillips’ films

Actress-producer Grace McPhillips plans to release a narrative short called “Eclipse,” to be posted online Dec. 14, the painful one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.  The 6-minute“Eclipse” and the 90-minute narrative feature, “The Other One,” tackle the complex subjects of promoting non-violence and mediating conflict.

Four big changes among post companies

COMING AND GOING.  Visual effects specialist Sam Gierasimczuk felt right at home when he returned to the Filmworkers building to join Vitamin as associate creative director.  Earlier, he’d been with Filmworkers’ production division Lift, which he helped build from the start, for 3.5 years as ACD.  Lift moreorless dissolved when Lift CD Jason White left to co-found Leviatian in mid-2009.

Ryan McGuire helms Cutters fourth branch in Tokyo

Cutters’ editor Ryan McGuire is a busy guy.  Last Friday, he presided over the opening of Cutters new Tokyo office; on Monday he greeted his parents, Ellen and Tim McGuire, sister and brother who flew in from Chicago to attend his wedding Wednesday at a shrine in Kyoto.

Two years in the works, Cutters’ new office is, to the best of their knowledge, the only foreign-run post house in the Japanese market, which is second only to the US in the amount of TV spot production.

Big Ten Network ramps up production with new docs

Two new weekly shows are establishing the five-year-old, Chicago-based Big Ten Network as a regular producer of sports documentaries.

Operating out of offices in the old Montgomery Ward building at 618 W. Chicago, and equipped with a four-camera studio and 12 editing bays, BTN has really ramped up production with a quick filming/editing turnaround via the 10-week “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012.”

New AICP Midwest board includes four women members

Four members of AICP Midwest were newly elected to the 13-member board of directors in the annual election held Tuesday, Sept. 23.  They are Megan Maples, executive producer of Dictionary Films (Cutters), Melissa Thornley, managing director, Beast/Method/Company Three, Chicago and freelance line producers Marsie Wallach and Gayle McCormick. 

DDB and Downtown Partners lucky two lottery finalists

And then there were two.  Late Friday afternoon — very late — Illinois Lottery private manager Northstar Lottery Group posted the two finalists still in the running for the Lottery’s advertising account.

Those lucky two are:  DDB/Chicago and Downtown Partners/Chicago. 

The winner will replace Energy BBDO/Chicago, which was dumped soon after Michael Jones returned for a second stint as Lottery superintendent in mid-October of last year.

NBC Universal offering two TV studios for rental

It wasn’t long ago that NBC Universal stages in the NBC Tower were bustling with weekday production of the Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos’ syndicated TV shows. 

That was prior to July, 2009, when NBC Universal transported/the popular shows to Stamford, Connecticut after the Illinois House was disinclined to modify the Illinois film tax credit to include talk shows. (“What! We’re giving Oprah a tax credit?” House members exclaimed at the time.)

Two new at One at Optimus; hot summer for TV shows

ONE AT OPTIMUS has expanded its Chicago-Santa Monica directorial roster with the addition of L.A.-based Jim Matlosz, who will focus on sports and product/tabletop, and Ryan Bosworth, who has a heavy  design and visual effects background.

Both directors have been freelancing, with Matlosz wrapping a series of Milka Chocolate spots in Mexico. Bosworth’s current national campaign is for Verizon.

Two local films in May 5-9 Architectural & Design Festival

The Architecture and Design Film Festival comes to Chicago May 5-9 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. “With Chicago’s rich architectural history, we couldn’t think of a more fitting host city,” said festival co-founder and director Kyle Bergman, who heads his own Vermont-based design/building firm.

Chicago is only the second stop on ADFF’s itinerary that began in October in New York and the first one of its kind in the U.S.

Claire Simon Casting put 371 local actors in network series

Claire Simon Casting so far has cast the most Chicago AFTRA actors in network television shows, 371 in all – 198 in the 13 episodes of Fox’ “The Chicago Code,” and 173 in 18 episodes of ABCV’s “Detroit 1-8-7.” 

“I’m really proud of our Chicago actors, they are amazing,” she says.  “Everyone involved with the two series was totally happy with their work.”

Two companies combine with a Mighty good idea

Backyard Productions and Optimus are sharing their mighty resources in a newly formed “creative production home,” operating autonomously out of Backyard’s Venice, California office.  

Backyard president Blair Stribley and Optimus president Tom Duff and his partners on Feb. 1 launched Mighty Film Co., as a separate new venture.  The two companies will share some overhead.

Around the New Year, Stribley says he approached Duff about a possible new venture.  “He got interested in it quickly and we decided to partner,” Stribley says.

Two month shoot here for ‘Contagion’

DIRECTOR STEVEN SODERBERGH’S “CONTAGION” arrives in Chicago Oct. 19 as a worthy successor to “Transformers 3” in terms of big budget, cast and shooting schedule.

Heading the four star cast of the virus outbreak thriller are Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, here in 2008 for “Public Enemies,” Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne.

After arriving here from shooting in Hong Kong, the company will headquarter at Bradley Center, the big industrial space near Lane Tech and WGN studios, and shoot in Chicago and environs for a solid two months.

Optimism high for fourth quarter upturn

Mark Androw says he usually doesn’t speculate about how business will shape up in the future. “But this year is different,” states the AICP Midwest Chapter president and STORY executive producer.

Androw is one of several production/post executives feeling positive effects of the recessive economy charging forward in the fourth quarter, right on target as predicted by financial pundits.

Economists said that the economy would begin an upturn in August.

“JBTV” aims to be the new MTV network

Jerry Bryant’s “JBTV” music show will give the home of the world’s largest music festival something to remember when Bryant brings 28 of the best Chicago rock, punk and hip hop artist to Austin this weekend.

The JBTV artists will perform March 18-20 at the Trophy Room, a popular downtown Austin music bar, during the SXSW music and film festival.

“Jerry loves to bring new artists to life, artists from around the world that no one has heard of,” says recently arrived general manager Christian Picciolini, owner of Gold Mill Artist Management and lifelong music devotee.

50 Cent to make fourth film in Grand Rapids

Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent, teams up with prodigious producer (57 films, seven currently in production) Randall Emmett for their fourth movie together, to be shot in Grand Rapids in May after 50 Cent finishes a tour.

Jackson will star in a college football drama, “Things Fall Apart,” which he co-wrote with Grand Rapids filmmaker Brian Miller.

Mario Van Peebles will direct. Jackson and Emmett’s Cheetah Vision Films will produce.

Three network pilots to shoot here mid-March

That overly long Hollywood dry spell will finally end in early March, with three TV pilots getting underway, a fourth being talked about for early spring, and a Vince Vaughn feature in May.

“Matadors,” from Sony TV and writer/executive producer Jack Orman, is in production offices at Chicago Studio City in preparation for shooting the first or second week in March.

Simage Network projects 2010 growth

Simage Network has ambitious plans for the year ahead and is seeking new ideas to be part of them.

“We are taking pitches for original programming, just on a micro scale,” says executive producer Wallach. “We have two episodic programs running already and plan to increase that scale tenfold.

Two decidedly different Dec. 12 events

THE 24 HOUR FILM SCHOOL the afternoon of Dec. 12 promises to deliver some real world insights and inside info from four specialists, including that rare Hollywood species in these parts, an actual distributor, and a chance to do some serious networking.

Actually, the “film school” takes place within five hours and is divided into three sessions.

Attendees have a chance to ask questions about their projects or craft in the first session. In the next session, panelists talk about industry specifics in response to the questions.

From stage to air in four days

The lightning speed of postproduction by Chicago HD and a team of editors and audio mixers took Lollapalooza 2009 from Millennium Park to FUSE TV in four days after the last musician stepped off the stage at Millennium Park.

Within that tight time frame they edited and finished the 45-minute “The Best of Lollapalooza ?09” for airing on FUSE TV.

“The only thing faster than what we did in getting the show on the air is live TV,” joked mixer Sam Fishkin of Mix Kitchen.

Four Avenue veterans start editing boutique

COLONIE, A NEW EDITING BOUTIQUE, has been formed by four former Avenue Edit veterans: Producer Mary Rieger and editors Brian Stepanic, Bob Ackerman and Joe Clear, all highly favorites for big national spots.

It’s located in what had been Outsider’s original space at 610 N. Fairbanks.

Other former long-time Avenue staffers opened their own companies this year.

Two big November advertising events

A SURFEIT OF ADVERTISING RICHES comes to Chicago in late November in the form of two hours worth of the world’s best commercials from two famous New York international competitions.

The winners reels from the 2008 AICP and One Show will screen here a scant five days apart at two diverse veues. And both are well worth taking in.

The Nov. 20 AICP Show in Chicago is a trendy, dressy affair at the History Museum with $150 tickets for the show and reception — a highlight of what’s been a drab advertising year.

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Four Birds fly off with $50,000 prize

Chicago-founded film collective, Four Birds Pictures, won IFP’s first-ever ? and biggest – $50,000 finishing grant for its debut feature, “A Thing as Big as the Ocean.”

The virtual studio’s achievement is even more remarkable considering that the lo-fi film was financed on credit cards and shot within just two weeks in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Houston and Marfa, Texas last year.

The prize was part of IFP’s $130,000 in cash and in-kind awards to support filmmakers’ new projects. The ceremony was held in New York on Sept.

Swanberg’s “Nights and Weekends” heads for VOD as he produces two films with Noah Baumbach

IFO premieres Joe Swanberg’s “Nights and Weekends,” his fourth feature, on Video On Demand Sept. 28 before its theatrical debut Oct. 10 at the IFC Center in New York, followed by an expansion to undetermined additional cities.

“With VOD coming before theatrical, they’re recognizing that’s where a much bigger group of people sees movies,” Swanberg said.

IFC did far better with VOD than theatrical on Swanberg’s 2007 film, “Hannah Takes the Stairs,” grossing $150,000 from 25,000 $6 viewings vs. just $23,000 box office.

Two days, 43 speakers, 1,500 attendees to see the future at the Chicago New Media Summit

Forty-three experts will bring the future of new media in all its forms into the present for the 1,500 attendees expected to attend the Sept. 15-16 Chicago New Media Summit at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

They will explore the opportunities at hand created by the convergence and emergence of new digital components and industries, said Summit founder/president John Patterson.

Off to the races: “Pure Stock” web show partners with RDS, joins Adobe Media Player network

“Pure Stock” producers, Michelle De Long’s Mimi Productions and partner Tim Horstman’s Nexvision, signed an associated partnership deal with Resolution Digital Studios (RDS).

RDS will share in the profits of any “Pure Stock” TV, internet and foreign sales in exchange for the producers’ use of RDS’ Sony XD HD cameras for the rest of the season.

“Pure Stock” bowed last year as a popular video webisode series on the world of amateur 4-cylinder stock car racing.

Columbia grad has shot at winning Chase Legacy
Film Challenge, as one of four national finalists

Chicago Filmmakers instructor Vincent Singleton is celebrating after his film “The Porter” nailed the Chicago nomination for the HBO/Chase Legacy Film Challenge.

He competes against finalists from New York, Houston and Atlanta for the HBO filmmaker award and airing of the winner’s film on HBO, to be announced in July.

Voting is underway now, through June 30.

The win tops off a “whirlwind” couple of months for Singleton, in which he also graduated with his MFA from Columbia, and became a father for the first time.

Optimus’ first catered affair for 500 a stylish introduction to two new facility features

OPTIMUS’ PARTY Thursday for 500 invited clients to introduce two new facility features, was one of the most elegant business-sponsored events in recent memory ? and Optimus’ first-ever formally catered party, said president Tom Duff, with catered nouvelle food stations and lavish bars on each of the four floors visited by guests.

Located on the second floor is their new “more tricked out,” bells and whistles audio room, manned by engineer Joel Anderson.

After four years within Leo Burnett, APG moves
to new ?bigger, better space’ across the street

As of Monday, April 28, Audio Producers Group (APG) will conduct its first session in a studio across the street from the Leo Burnett building, after four years as an outside-operated, in-house production service within the Burnett agency.

Partners Mindy Verson and David Kaplan purchased a new, 1,500-sq. ft. condo at 200 N. Dearborn, a 309-unit building recently converted to condos from rentals by American Invsco.

APG offers voicecasting, Verson’s expertise, voice recording, sound design, sound effects and manipulation, digital sound mixing and duplication.

Vadik starts shoot on first of four-film slate in collaboration with L.A.’s Albion Entertainment

Filmmaker Mark Vadik’s first feature, a romantic comedy, “Desertion,” starring Kim Rhodes (“Another World”) has begun production in Chicago and suburbs, directed by Francine Sondelli, a Wilmette native.

“Desertion” represents the first of several planned collaborations between Vadik of BYOB Multimedia Productions and Los Angeles-based producer Joel Miller of Albion Entertainment.

Miller and Sondelli co-wrote “Desertion,” about a woman who leaves her job as an ad executive and starts a new life in a small town.

Indie producer HMS’s Ch. 11 dance doc adds four more Emmy Awards to its collection of 13 Emmys

FOUR CHICAGO EMMY AWARDS went to HMS Media’s critically acclaimed “Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There,” the only independent production amid the hundreds of Emmy nominations for television shows and personnel.

HMS co-founder Matt Hoffman won two Emmys for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Editor and Todd L. Clark won for Excellence in Lighting Design.

Choreographer Billy Siegenfeld and his entire troupe of dancers, who were chronicled in the doc, received the Emmy for Excellence in On-Camera Performance.

Post for two nationally syndicated TV shows help spur 3-year old Pixel Brothers rapid expansion

With the post for two network TV shows underway, corporate work, their own shows ready for market and an aggressive new stance, Pixel Brothers is aiming for top market position.

Last July, the company landed a whopper of a deal: editing the daily syndicated “Jerry Springer Show” and its new fledgling spinoff “The Steve Wilkos Show.”

Each contract is for three-years and each calls for postproduction of the daily shows, daily promos, and pay-per-view episodes of, ironically, the bits from the Springer Show that are too naughty for a morning TV audience.

Chicago Documentary Festival March 30-April 8 features four world premieres by local filmmakers

THE CHICAGO DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL returns in its biennial incarnation with more than 100 docs screening between March 30 and April 8 at eight venues throughout the city.

One of the highlights is an appearance by former Chicagoan Mike Gray and the showing of his “The Murder of Fred Hampton,” exposing the Black Panther leader’s assassination for Chicago police.

Trio Video’s truck fleet grows to six with a
$10 million investment for two new HD trucks

Trio Video is expanding its fleet for the second time in less than two years with the infusion of a $10 million investment from two venture capital companies.

Management of the company is unchanged. Trio is owned by partners Jack Walsh and Gary Meagher, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their company next year.

Through the investment from Marquette Capital Partners of Chicago, BIA Digital Partners of Chantilly, Va., Trio is building its third HD/multi-format truck and a Beta support vehicle for delivery next March.

Split Pillow to shoot fourth feature in November

SPLIT PILLOW shoots its fourth collaborative feature “Realization” from mid-October to mid-November. Eight filmmakers will direct seven distinct chapters written by seven screenwriters under the guidance of dramaturge April Winney.

“Realization” follows Murray?a tour guide at a physics laboratory where his father was a renowned researcher?trying to woo his co-worker Kasey by completing his father’s quantum research.

Split Pillow launches doc project, shoots Dogme tribute, readies fourth feature, lands video deal

Six filmmakers will each contribute a short documentary about a different Chicago neighborhood to “Chicago360,” production collective Split Pillow’s first foray into non-fiction films this winter.

“We want to try to reflect the Chicago landscape,” said Jason Stephens, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Split Pillow, which runs the annual Memorial Day speed filmmaking Challenge and the “Cliffhanger” series of collaborative features.

Two sophisticated, HD-based video games to come out fighting hand-to-hand from Galloping Ghost

Galloping Ghost Productions is developing a video game that they say will be the most data-rich 2D hand-to-hand fighting game, ever. And they’re doing it twice over.

The Brookfield independent game developers plan to finish shooting its first game, “Dark Presence,” by October and have it ready for release in January, with their follow-up, “Conquering Light” not far behind.

Treasurer’s Lights, Camera, Illinois! loan launches fourth movie of filmmakers Luspo and Pierce

Thanks to the state treasurer’s Lights, Camera, Illinois! loan program, filmmakers Neil Luspo and William Pierce obtained a $300,000 low-interest loan for their fourth movie.

“We’re moving to another level of filmmaking,” the partners said with understatement, considering their first two comedies were made with budgets of $10,000 and $20,000 and their last film didn’t cost much more.

Four theatre companies received the most nominations for June 13 Jefferson Citations

The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee announced 107 nominations in 23 categories for non-union productions during the 2004-2005 season.

Winners will be honored at a June 13 presentation at Park West.

TimeLine Theatre Company and Circle Theatre tied for the most nominations with 14 each, followed by Bailiwick Repertory with 13 and The House Theatre of Chicago with 12.

Five productions were nominated for Outstanding Production-Play.

Pie Town seeks on-camera talent for two HGTV yearlong remodeling series for June 1 start

Pie Town Productions are moving forward with plans to shoot Chicago versions of two successful Home and Garden Television series.

The North Hollywood-based company is currently seeking local on-camera talent for the home remodeling shows “Design on a Dime” and “Designed to Sell.”

In “Designed to Sell,” designers work on a maximum budget of $2,000 to fix up a home for sale. In “Design on a Dime” designers redo one room in a house on a maximum budget of $1,000.

Former Kurtis and Towers producers open their own docs-for-cable network company

While local spot production may be at the bottom of the scale, documentary production for cable can be viewed as a growth industry with the explosion of cable outlets and its voracious need for programming.

Experienced doc-cable producers Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs hope to tap into those cable opportunities through their new company, Siskel/Jacobs.

John Ovnik’s Deaf Dog creates a total music identity package for entire Fox Network

After Labor Day the total L.A.-based Fox Network will introduce its new identity/image music that was composed and produced over the last three months by John Ovnik’s Deaf Dog Music company.

Through a former Chicago client now the network’s director of creative services, Ovnik was invited last spring to compete against six well-known national music houses for the very large and complex identity package.

“We submitted the demos May 12 and got the job three weeks later,” he said. Delivery was Labor Day.

33 Degrees opening new film studio, closing four-feature production deal

Production company 33 Degrees is poised to open a new one-stop production facility and is on the verge of closing a multi-picture film deal including the sale of their feature “dark,” which screens May 25 at Excalibur.

Philip Faversham of Highroad Productions joined forces with Brad Wells and D.A. Bullock of Cheeseburger Films to form 33 Degrees late last year, and are committed to growing the company into an outfit that handles development through post- production on feature films, television and commercials.

Four big TV speed racing series put NeWave on fast track to best year yet

When Steve Grein hosts a big party next month, he’ll have more than his NeWave Video Productions’ tenth anniversary to celebrate. Mainly an unprecedented flood of business “that more than makes up for the last 18 slow months,” he said.

Grein started NeWave in Palos Hills May 10, 1994, specializing in the two seemingly unrelated fields of speed racing and high-end corporate. Grein can even point to Feb. 23 when the floodgates opened.

Chicago companies top competition to win six Mobius prizes, four for TV

Lapiz Integrated Hispanic Marketing topped the seven Chicago winners who were among the 68 U.S. winners of top prize Golden Statuette winners in the recent 2003 Mobius Advertising Awards.

Lapiz took a total of eight awards — five Golden Statuettes and three Second Place certificates. Cramer-Krasselt, Another Country and Leo Burnett each brought home two and Campbell Mithun one for TV. Grant-Jacoby won a Golden Statuette for mixed media and The Monogram Group for direct mail. Cramer-Krasselt also was one of six U.S.

Mark Klein’s new MK Films is city’s fourth tabletop company

No sooner was the word out that tabletop director/ shooter Mark Klein had opened his own studio than his New York clients began ringing the phone off the hook, said executive producer Noreen Szeluga.

Klein’s new studio, MK Films Corp., was carved out of a massive former storage building at Lake and Ashland.

After three months of rehabbing, the fully-equipped studio has two stages, a full kitchen, motion control, several client areas and offices. “It represents a major personal investment on Mark’s part,” said Szeluga.

AbelsonTaylor elevates Beth Carik to Senior VP of Human Resources

AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has promoted Beth Carik to senior vice president of human resources. She will lead all HR functions within the agency, including recruitment, onboarding, learning and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, and employee relations. She will also work closely with AbelsonTaylor’s director of diversity … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor elevates Beth Carik to Senior VP of Human Resources”

Juan Woodbury joins FCB to transform branded content

FCB Chicago has announced that prolific producer Juan Woodbury has joined the agency as EVP, Director of Branded Content & Entertainment. In this newly created role, Woodbury will be responsible for founding a branded content & entertainment practice within FCB. While he will report directly to Chief Creative Officer Andrés Ordóñez, his hybrid role will extend across … Continue reading “Juan Woodbury joins FCB to transform branded content”

Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA

Congratulations to our friends at Leo Burnett and mcgarrybowen. Each agency took home three Gold statues from the American Advertising Awards which were announced April 28 virtually. Oh, and the agency at 35 West Wacker also took home “Agency of the Year.” Well done. Both agencies also took home awards in the “Best of” categories. … Continue reading “Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA”

Biscuit stars in new spot by EP+Co and Quriosity

Quriosity Productions captured the beauty of breakfast in a new commercial for Bojangles restaurant by New York and Greenville-based agency EP+Co. Directed by Mike Maes, the 30-second Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit is one of several TV and online spots designed to create a new look for the legendary franchise. The work is part of … Continue reading “Biscuit stars in new spot by EP+Co and Quriosity”

Leo Burnett wins an armload of the CAF’s Addy Awards

NO SURPRISE THAT LEO BURNETT, which, with its several other agency  divisions, dominated the CAF-sponsored nominations with five out of six nods for Agency of the Year, won the Agency of the Year award.  And no surprise, either, that its P&G client was voted Client of the Year undoubtedly for its Always #Like a Girl” campaign.

Adman/screenwriter Colin Costello heads for L.A.

ADMAN AND SCREENWRITER COLIN COSTELLO is starting the New Year in a big way.  His new home base as of Jan. 8 will be Los Angeles, where he will continue to build on his successes as a comedy screenwriter over the past 10 years and use his advertising copywriting skills freelancing for an L.A. agency.

“I know there were false alarms about moving before, but this time I know it’s the right move for me.   I was told earlier this year that I used to take risks and I didn’t anymore. Well here we go. I’m taking the mother of all risks for 2013.”

Much more required for Chicago to be hot ad center

We dread it.  We shouldn’t, really.  Yet we always do.

It’s time to ask the question that always rises to the top of the bin right about now:  What kind of year has this been for the Chicago advertising industry?

Why should it be such an unpleasant question?  Well, because we always hate to face the hard cold facts once again and try to draw some conclusions.

But let’s plunge in, shall we?

Positive Pompous Society feedback, but bashing, too

What would any successful event be without a useful post-mortem?  And that post-mortem is what the Pompous Society eagerly convened Tuesday night at the Farmhouse, a Midwestern craft tavern at 228 W. Chicago Ave. 

Tuesday night was to be the “what did we get right and what did we do wrong” assessment of the party and speech that officially kicked off the Pompous Society late last month.

No other way to say it: Leo Burnett stole the Addys

Leo Burnett’s Addy Award wins were outright embarrassing in the number of Best, Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes the agency collected in the recent Chicago Addys competition – “celebrating the best in the advertising industry” — at a reception at Resolution Digital Studios. 

Of the 300 local agency entries for the 2012 Addy Award entries 152 of them won recognition. 

‘The Playboy Club’ ratings lost in the competition

CRITICAL REVIEWS of the debut episode of the Chicago-set NBC series The Playboy Club were, to say the least, disappointing. It attracted a painfully low 1.6/4 rating in the 18-49 demographics, which translated to a 5 million viewers. 

In Playboy Club’s defense, it was a tough night for series’ openers with heavy competition from other networks’ new series’ openers and popular established shows.

The biggest Portfolio Night yet, May 20

Young, aspiring agency creatives get a golden opportunity to show their stuff to a Who’s Who of Chicago advertising creative executives and recruiters at Portfolio Night 8 (PN8) May 8, at the Cobra Lounge.

Fittingly, the search for the new kids is again hosted by GERTRUDE, an agency specializing in marketing to 18 and 34-year olds, founded by Otis D. Gibson, its chief creative officer.

Gibson calls PN8 “the mother of all portfolio nights,” thanks to the 46 A-list agency CDs and creative managers expected to look and possibly hire the next generation of creative talent.

No surprises at Creative Club Awards

The best of Chicago’s advertising is apparently created by a handful of major ad agencies, if the number of prizes they won at the recent Creative Club Awards is any indication.

The big agencies won almost all of the awards in 34 categories at the recent CCC Awards show held at the United Club at Soldier Field and attended by 400 adpeople.

And if Leo Burnett’s 10 awards and DDB’s four weren’t enough glory for one night, they were also named Agencies of the Year and their respective clients, Altoids and Anheuser-Busch, were declared the Clients of the Year.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

GONE WITHOUT A TRACE? Just a year ago this month Brooke English and Lee Litis with great flourish announced their Dreamation Studio was moving into a huge Buffalo Grove facility to produce massive amounts of animated features and TV with an anticipated staff of 100.

In November 2004 they also staged the wildly successful Cineme animation film festival with bigger plans for 2005. It looked like they were here to stay.

Now it appears Dreamation and Cineme are in the wind. No phone numbers anywhere. Thinking the partners returned to L.A.

REELSCENE: News & Notes – 10/30/03

TOURISM NARROWS AGENCY CHOICES. The local branches of three foreign-owned ad agencies got the nod from the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as finalists for the $12.5 million Illinois Tourism account. Independents Grant/Jacoby and Hoffman York and Campbell-Mithun’s local office were out.

The finalists are WPP Group shops J. Walter Thompson and Young & Rubicam, and Havas’ Euro RSCG Tatham Partners.

DCEO communications director Laura Hunter will oversee the final reviews with Jan Jostner, Tourism’s deputy director.

Keanu Reeves to film miniseries The Devil in the White City in Chicago

Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, John Wick) is reportedly in talks to star in his first official television role ever in the miniseries The Devil in the White City. According to Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will executive produce. The limited series, based on the 2003 novel by Erik Larson is set in Chicago in … Continue reading “Keanu Reeves to film miniseries The Devil in the White City in Chicago”

Rodrigo Jatene joins DDB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer

DDB North America has announced the appointment of Rodrigo Jatene to Chief Creative Officer, DDB Chicago to lead creative vision, culture, and product at the region’s largest office. Jatene will partner with CEO Andrea Diquez and the Chicago leadership team, including newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer Milo Chao and Sandra Alfaro, Head of Business Leadership to create Unexpected Works for clients including Molson Coors, Mars, McDonald’s, and … Continue reading “Rodrigo Jatene joins DDB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer”

Chicago-based UScellular featured in new season of Undercover Boss

Chicago-based UScellular, the fourth largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, will be featured in the upcoming season of CBS’s Emmy-award winning reality television series, Undercover Boss. Chief Executive Officer Laurent “LT” Therivel is featured in the episode as he goes undercover with associates in the company’s retail sales, customer care and engineering organizations. … Continue reading “Chicago-based UScellular featured in new season of Undercover Boss”

Lana Wachowski explains why now is the right time to return to The Matrix

We are only a couple of weeks away from the opening of the fourth, and long-awaited chapter, to The Matrix, the groundbreaking 1999 film that redefined a genre. That trilogy came from the visionary minds of Chicago-born writer/directors Lilly and Lana Wachowski. Now, Lana is out on her own as she brings The Matrix: Resurrections … Continue reading “Lana Wachowski explains why now is the right time to return to The Matrix”

Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest

Macaulay Culkin is trending, but not for hilarious social media shenanigans, or his latest project, but for his appearance at the Gucci Love Parade in Los Angeles last week. The star studded parade also included celebrities such as Jared Leto, Lizzo, Salma Hayek, Billie Eilish, James Corden, Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow, just to name … Continue reading “Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest”

Winners of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival announces the winners of its 2021 competitions. Celebrating its 57th edition October 13 – 24, 2021, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive international film festival. In a virtual ceremony live-streamed via the Chicago International Film Festival YouTube channel, the Festival awarded prizes in the following categories: … Continue reading “Winners of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival”

4400 series premiere promo and official synopsis of first episode

Filmed in Chicago, 4400 series premiere, titled Past Is Prologue, airs on Monday, October 25, at 8 PM CST on The CW. The original The 4400 series ran for 4 years and 44 episodes and was cancelled in December 2007, reportedly due to low ratings, budget costs, and the ongoing Writers Guild strike at the … Continue reading “4400 series premiere promo and official synopsis of first episode”

Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center announces the full festival schedule for its 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, which will take place both virtually and in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center from November 5 through December 2. The festival’s month-long showcase of Black stories will feature … Continue reading “Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”

Behind the Scenes of ‘Respect’ and ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

Kramer Morgenthau, ASC takes Panavision behind the scenes of the period features Respect and The Many Saints of Newark. On the surface, a biopic about “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin and a heavy-hitting mob drama about a young Tony Soprano’s coming of age might not seem to have much in common. In fact, though, there’s more … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of ‘Respect’ and ‘The Many Saints of Newark’”

Chicago chosen #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year!

With more than 800,000 readers submitted responses, Condé Nast Traveler recognized the City of Chicago as the #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row in the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Since 2017, Chicago has ranked number one in this category for its incredible restaurants, interesting and diverse attractions, and … Continue reading “Chicago chosen #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year!”

Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition

The Chicago International Film Festival announced the full lineup of its 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year’s Festival expands across the City, with screenings at AMC River East 21, Music Box Theatre, Gene Siskel Film Center, drive-in screenings at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen, and neighborhood pop-up screenings at Bronzeville’s historic Parkway … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition”

Whitehouse Post marks a new chapter with promotions of five key staff

Whitehouse Post announces the promotion of five key employees to partnership roles, and a new Executive Director of Post Production, as they continue to evolve and build for an exciting next chapter of the company.  Editors Heidi Black, Charlie Harvey, and Adam Marshall join the partnership ranks along with Director of New Business Development Joni Williamson … Continue reading “Whitehouse Post marks a new chapter with promotions of five key staff”

Chicago Fire: What we can expect in the Season 10 premiere

After a long summer, the One Chicago shows Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. come roaring back beginning September 22nd for the new season. Among the most anticipated returns is Chicago Fire, which kicks off Season 10 this Wednesday. We’ve all been anxiously awaiting to discover if our team will survive the boat accident … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: What we can expect in the Season 10 premiere”

Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day

The past year has been a chaotic one for movies as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countless films to either move to VOD, release in a hybrid manner in theaters and VOD, or delay their release dates. Jordan Peele’s horror sequel Candyman was delayed several times until its eventual release on August 27, 2021 exclusively … Continue reading “Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day”

‘Maya’ continues Pearle Vision’s strategy to showcase Small Moments

Pearle Vision has launched their latest installment in the award-winning Small Moments campaign, a cinematic mini-movie titled “Maya,” in which a young Indian girl goes from feeling like an outsider to a more confident young woman with the help of a Pearle Vision eye care expert.   “Maya” continues Pearle Vision’s strategy to showcase the … Continue reading “‘Maya’ continues Pearle Vision’s strategy to showcase Small Moments”

The Saweetie Meal is arriving at McDonald’s nationwide

Time to round up all your best friends and head to McDonald’s for The Saweetie Meal, arriving in U.S. restaurants nationwide starting today! Served in fresh Saweetie-themed packaging, the hip-hop hitmaker’s signature order features a Big Mac, 4-piece Chicken McNuggets, medium World Famous Fries, a medium Sprite, Tangy BBQ Sauce and “Saweetie ‘N Sour” sauce … Continue reading “The Saweetie Meal is arriving at McDonald’s nationwide”

CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced the formation of the organization’s Chicago Industry Exchange (CIX), the new name for its year-round industry programming, along with the launch of CIX:Lab The CIX:Lab is a year-long creative development lab focusing on 4-5 feature film projects made by diverse voices and underrepresented filmmakers in the region. CIX will build on … Continue reading “CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab”

SHOWTIME / The Chi makes $500k donation to Greencorps Chicago

SHOWTIME, and cast members from its Chicago-based hit show The Chi, along with community leaders, today to announce a $500,000 donation from the network to the City’s Greencorps Chicago green job training program and the Chicago Public Art Group. The funding will support and invest in the City’s South and West sides, which have served … Continue reading “SHOWTIME / The Chi makes $500k donation to Greencorps Chicago”

Chicago athletes to compete on American Ninja Warrior

A total of 13 athletes who manage, coach or train at Chicago-based Ultimate Ninjas gyms will compete on Season 13 of the NBC wildly popular American Ninja Warrior (ANW) show. Two of the athletes, Maggie Owen, age 15, from the Chicago area and Sam Folsom, age 18, of St. Louis are youth who were selected … Continue reading “Chicago athletes to compete on American Ninja Warrior”

Fargo showrunner hints fifth season may be the last

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair regarding his upcoming Alien TV series, Fargo creator, showrunner, and director (of 4 episodes) Noah Hawley dropped some information about his plans for the FX series Fargo. While no official word has been announced by FX, he hinted that IF there was a 5th season, it would likely … Continue reading “Fargo showrunner hints fifth season may be the last”

Who’s in and who’s out on Chicago Med for season 7

Chicago Med will return for season 7 with five of its incredibly talented original cast members. According to Deadline S. Epatha Merkerson, Oliver Platt, Nick Gehlfuss, and Brian Tee have all signed new contracts for season 7 & 8. Remaining original cast member Marlyne Barrett has one more year on her existing contract and also … Continue reading “Who’s in and who’s out on Chicago Med for season 7”

Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week

Paper Girls completed filming scenes in Wheeling this week. According to a tweet from the Wheeling Police and Fire Department, production ended last night. The new Olive Productions /Amazon Studios /Legendary Entertainment series Paper Girls will continue filming in the Chicago area through mid September. “That’s a wrap! Film crews from Olive Productions, LLC in … Continue reading “Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week”

Navy Pier plans lots of fun but no fireworks on July 4th

Navy Pier is set to celebrate Independence Day this year with a full weekend of family-friendly programming and activities, including live music, dance performances and more as part of its nonprofit mission to provide the community with access to free arts and cultural programs. However, the Pier will not host a fireworks show on Saturday, … Continue reading “Navy Pier plans lots of fun but no fireworks on July 4th”

Ogilvy takes home 2 Grand Prix on Cannes Lions day 4

Ogilvy took home two additional Grand Prix on the fourth day of the 2021 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Ogilvy’s global network was also awarded an additional Gold, 6 Silver, and 11 Bronze Lions today.   “Naming the Invisible By Digital Birth Registration” by Ogilvy Pakistan for Telenor Pakistan won its second Grand Prix, this one … Continue reading “Ogilvy takes home 2 Grand Prix on Cannes Lions day 4”

One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils

FCB Chicago received eight One Show Gold Pencils this year.  They include four Golds with FCBX, Lord + Thomas and Current Global, all in Chicago, for the City of Chicago “Boards of Change” (three in Design, one in Digital Craft), three with FCB New York, Lord + Thomas, and Myles Beeson, both in Chicago, for Michelob ULTRA “Contract for Change” in Integrated, … Continue reading “One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils”

Spotlight: Michael Pressman EP/Director Chicago Med

As an executive producer and director on Chicago Med, Michael Pressman is a chameleon when it comes to creating television. He has worked behind the camera on half a dozen series, and is a key figure in developing the characters viewers have come to love. While they were preparing to shoot the finale for this … Continue reading “Spotlight: Michael Pressman EP/Director Chicago Med”

Flying with Pride: United, Chase and Visa join forces

In celebration and support of Pride Month, United Airlines, Chase and Visa are collaborating to reward United Visa Cardmembers who donate to non-profit LGBTQ+ organizations.  Between June 1 and June 30, 2021, eligible United MileagePlus Visa Cardmembers will receive five total miles for every dollar up to $1,000 in donations per eligible card made to the following … Continue reading “Flying with Pride: United, Chase and Visa join forces”

Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. how they ended

After a difficult year due to the global pandemic, the One Chicago family should be congratulated for providing their loyal viewers with top notch storytelling, excitement and suspense in this latest season, which culminated in an incredible prime time event.  Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for the season finale of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, … Continue reading “Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. how they ended”

Full Spectrum receives NBCUniversal Foundation grant

Chicago’s Full Spectrum Features has received a generous award from the NBCUniversal Foundation to support their Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a partnership with the Chicago Film Office. The Chicago Independent Producers Lab broadens the professional networks and producing expertise of participants through a series of hands-on workshops and one-on-one sessions with local and national industry … Continue reading “Full Spectrum receives NBCUniversal Foundation grant”

Going South Side with Rolando Boyce of ‘The Chi’

If you’re a fan of Showtime’s The Chi , then you are very aware of track-suit wearing, bluetooth earpiece toting, baby daddy of Emmett, Darnell. Since joining in Season 2, veteran actor Rolando Boyce has played the colorful, always-loaded-with-an-opinion character, with a mixture of genuineness, heart and comedy. Boyce is no stranger to the South Side … Continue reading “Going South Side with Rolando Boyce of ‘The Chi’”

Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago

“Open Culture” signals the reopening of summer events in Chicago’s diverse and legendary cultural scene with music, dance, public art, markets, and more at Millennium Park and venues citywide. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Choose Chicago, and Chicago’s cultural community announced “Open Culture” — the next phase … Continue reading “Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago”

J.K. Simmons replaces Ed O’Neill in Chicago series

O’Neill was announced in March 2021, but had to leave Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi drama series Lightyears due to “family reasons” as reported by Deadline. Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons will co-star alongside fellow Academy Award winner, Sissy Spacek. Lightyears is one of the four new series to be filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios this … Continue reading “J.K. Simmons replaces Ed O’Neill in Chicago series”

Mayor Lightfoot announces the launch of Open Chicago

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the launch of Open Chicago, the latest initiative to safely and fully reopen the city. Open Chicago’s initial programming will feature activated, re-imagined, and pop-up spaces for Chicago residents to enjoy. These spaces will either build on ongoing Chicago traditions, are expanded from programs that launched last year, or … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces the launch of Open Chicago”

Young Professionals Coffee Chat with CAF Rising Stars

Get your coffee ready and join the CAF YP’s on May 6th, 2021 The Chicago Advertising Federation Rising Stars Award recognizes the talents and contributions of four, next-generation women, coming up in the marketing, sales, media, and advertising industries. They are the creators and innovators bringing fresh thinking, ideas, and execution to the communications industry, … Continue reading “Young Professionals Coffee Chat with CAF Rising Stars”

Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios welcomes several new productions to its growing campus.  As the Dick Wolf, One Chicago series prepares to wrap soon for the season, Cinespace announced four new series filming at its facilities. The Midwest’s production hot spot and second-largest film studio outside of Los Angeles in North America, recently added another 105,000 … Continue reading “Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more”

Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU

Chicago State University (CSU) connects local film and television professionals with industry leaders during a free virtual four-day Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference, April 27-30. Sponsored by the Department of Communications, Media Arts & Theatre Department at CSU, this power-packed event features keynote speaker Louis Carr, President of Media Sales for BET Networks. Among … Continue reading “Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU”

Coda Collection acquires Dave Grohl’s What Drives Us

Dave Grohl has been one of the most beloved and respected figures on the international music scene since his recorded debut with Nirvana on 1991’s generation-defining Nevermind. Grohl took center stage with Foo Fighters’ 1995 self-titled debut, the first album in a massive 12-Grammy-winning catalogue, including the band’s most recent release Medicine at Midnight (2021). … Continue reading “Coda Collection acquires Dave Grohl’s What Drives Us”

Catalina Snacks Keto-friendly cereals uses Gopuff delivery

Catalina Crunch, America’s fastest growing keto-friendly cereal and snack brand, announced a partnership with Gopuff, the go-to platform for consumers’ everyday needs, to offer its Keto-Friendly Cereals to customers throughout a number of select cities including Chicago, Dallas, Austin and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Now, customers can order the brand’s four most popular flavors – Cinnamon Toast, … Continue reading “Catalina Snacks Keto-friendly cereals uses Gopuff delivery”

U.S. Postal Service celebrates America’s love of coffee

In case you aren’t aware of the importance of coffee… The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating America’s love of coffee today with the issuance of four new stamps. Whether milky, dark as night, sweetened, flavored or highly concentrated, many coffee drinks have one thing in common — they begin with espresso. This booklet of 20 … Continue reading “U.S. Postal Service celebrates America’s love of coffee”

Chicago’s newest largest firehouse is open for operations

The City of Chicago announced today that the new state of the art firehouse designated as Engine Company 115 is open for immediate operations. Located at 1024 West 119th street, this structure is the largest firehouse ever constructed in the city proper at 27,000 square feet. Engine company 115 will house 2 Engines, 1 Tower Ladder, 2 … Continue reading “Chicago’s newest largest firehouse is open for operations”

REEL WOMEN: Alison Hammer, FCB VP Creative Director

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2021 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready, they are making “Herstory.” Founder of the ‘Every Damn Day … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Alison Hammer, FCB VP Creative Director”

The CW reboot ‘The 4400’ to shoot in Chicago area

More production news (and potential jobs) for the Chicago production community. After the success of the CW reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger starring Supernatural’s co-leading man Jared Padalecki, Riverdale’s co-executive producers Ariana Jackson and Anna Fricke have been given a straight-to-series order to The 4400, a reimagining of the 2004 USA Network drama. Jackson executive … Continue reading “The CW reboot ‘The 4400’ to shoot in Chicago area”

Chicago-based films fare well in Oscar noms

Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas announced the 93rd Oscars nominations today (March 15), live from London, via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media. Films that are either based in Chicago, or featured Chicago talent, fared very well when the nominations settled. In this very … Continue reading “Chicago-based films fare well in Oscar noms”

Squeak E Clean Chicago adds Angelina Phengphong

Global creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios has added Angelina Phengphong as Senior Post Producer out of its Chicago studio. Formerly serving as a Senior Producer in Squeak E. Clean Studios’ Sydney location, Phengphong made the move to expand the company’s post offerings across its three U.S. studios. Having spent four years at Nylon Studios before the company … Continue reading “Squeak E Clean Chicago adds Angelina Phengphong”

One at Optimus signs Director George Zwierzynski Jr.

One at Optimus, the production arm of leading production and post house Optimus, today announced George Zwierzynski Jr. has signed on as director. The award-winning director’s work ranges from comedic short films to commercial campaigns for brands including Ace Hardware, Avocados From Mexico, Boost Mobile, Dunkin’, Dyson, Intel, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Stella Artois, Totino’s, Truth and … Continue reading “One at Optimus signs Director George Zwierzynski Jr.”

Lightfoot announces further easing of Covid regulations

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) today announced the further easing of COVID-19 regulations for Chicago businesses. Due to sustained progress in all four reopening metrics, effective immediately, indoor capacity at bars, restaurants and other businesses can increase to 50%. … Continue reading “Lightfoot announces further easing of Covid regulations”

Tandem’s Tyler Jay brings big comedy in JShip spot

Chicago-based JShip, a new online shipping service, has launched its first marketing campaign, featuring a new spot and social content directed by Tyler Jay, Commercial Director and Principle at Chicago-based Tandem, Inc. JShip’s agency of record, Detroit/San Diego-based D/CAL selected Tandem to execute their script and began collaborating with Jay in late 2020. “It was … Continue reading “Tandem’s Tyler Jay brings big comedy in JShip spot”

Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and with the global pandemic, many couples are choosing to stream movies at home “and chill”. There are many romantic movies filmed in the windy city and we’ve taken the time to compile a list of the top ten best romantic films set in Chicago that you can … Continue reading “Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films”

Asian Pop Up Cinema announces Happy Lunar New Year

On the day of ‘little’ year that kicks off the official preparation of the new lunar year per Chinese customs, Asian Pop-Up Cinema announces a Happy Lunar New Year-Watch 7 movies Free program sponsored by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, February 12-18, 2021. Seven movies are specifically handpicked for people to … Continue reading “Asian Pop Up Cinema announces Happy Lunar New Year”

McDonald’s preps Lunar New Year with 88rising

Lunar New Year is a time to set aside the old while welcoming the new. As many people across the country anticipate the Year of the Ox, in the spirit of celebrating new beginnings and the start of the lunar calendar, McDonald’s  has partnered with 88rising, a leading global Asian artist collective, to create the … Continue reading “McDonald’s preps Lunar New Year with 88rising”

Second City, ‘SNL’ announce scholarship recipients

Legendary comedy institution The Second City announces the recipients of a new scholarship for diverse comedic talent in partnership with Saturday Night Live. The creation of the SNL Scholarship, announced in October, was designed to grant comedians at varying levels of experience the opportunity to further their professional development at The Second City. In addition to receiving performance and writing … Continue reading “Second City, ‘SNL’ announce scholarship recipients”

PPP Loans begin Monday. Here’s what you need to know

Let’s begin by saying the White House just confirmed that PPP Loan applications will open beginning on Monday morning. There will be an ordering process on all applications. Only first-time applicants will be allowed to apply on Monday. Second draw applications will be allowed beginning Wednesday. Some of the portals seem to be opening up … Continue reading “PPP Loans begin Monday. Here’s what you need to know”

Merry Christmas from Reel Chicago + Reel 360

No need to dive in-depth into what a dumpster fire of a year 2020 has been. We all know. The pandemic has altered the way many of us view life for good. Even how we celebrate Christmas this year. And we really understand the ramifications of COVID here at Reel 360 and Reel Chicago. Because we reported on … Continue reading “Merry Christmas from Reel Chicago + Reel 360”

Leviathan announces key promotion and staff expansion

The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan have announced a key promotion and several new hires expanding their capabilities in creative technology. Effective immediately, Adam Pere rises to Director of Creative Technology, while the full-time staff additions include Senior IT Operations Manager Andrew Peplinski, Senior Creative Software Engineer Grady Sain, and Creative Software Engineer Kate Milleker. Pere joined … Continue reading “Leviathan announces key promotion and staff expansion”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and include … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”

Barbara Scharres retires from Gene Siskel Film Center

After more than 45 years of service, Barbara Scharres (MFA 1972) will retire from her position as Director of Programming at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center. For over four decades, Scharres has played a critical role in determining the conceptual vision of the organization, establishing numerous landmark programs … Continue reading “Barbara Scharres retires from Gene Siskel Film Center”

Black Harvest Film Festival honors Chadwick Boseman

2020 Black Harvest Film Festival closes on November 30th with a tribute to the illustrious career of Chadwick Boseman. The Kill Hole, Boseman’s first starring feature film role, screened in the 2012 Black Harvest festival. This thriller takes on issues from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as traumatized vet Lt. Samuel Drake (Chadwick Boseman) is haunted … Continue reading “Black Harvest Film Festival honors Chadwick Boseman”

Kerrygold embraces family moments in new Xmas spot

The last two days of news are making the Reel Chicago team wonder if Energy BBDO  has a secret farm somewhere. In the agency’s new Kerrygold butter spot the Irish dairy brand celebrates people coming together and enjoying small moments over a home-cooked meal. The campaign, which launched yesterday, is supported by a new film … Continue reading “Kerrygold embraces family moments in new Xmas spot”

Independent Filmmaker Day on Zoom November 18-19

Rubenstein Business Law and Ornstein Schuler State Film Tax Credits present Independent Filmmaker Day, held Live via Zoom on November 18th & 19th, 2020. IFD helps independent creators from around the world develop new projects, connect within the industry, and champion collaborative and impactful storytelling at all stages.  At each event, you will hear from acclaimed industry experts … Continue reading “Independent Filmmaker Day on Zoom November 18-19”

Lake County Film Festival complete lineup through Nov 16

The 10th Annual Lake County Film Festival (LCFF) has announced the full and complete lineup and details for this year’s 10th Anniversary edition of the film festival, taking place November 5-16. An ambitious program of 23 features and 96 short films will be presented in a virtual/in-person hybrid highlighted by a special double feature presentation … Continue reading “Lake County Film Festival complete lineup through Nov 16”

Social Justice Screenwriting Virtual Pitch Competition

The Chicago Film Office and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will host the Social Justice Screenwriting Pitch Competition, to be held online at Facebook Live facebook.com/ChicagoFilmOffice Saturday, November 7, at 3pm CST The Law offices of Hal “Corky” Kessler and the Chicago Film Office present the Chicago Social Justice Screenwriting Competition. This competition aims … Continue reading “Social Justice Screenwriting Virtual Pitch Competition”

‘City So Real’ Chicago’s problems are America’s problems

Molly Given, of the Philly Metro interviews Chicago filmmaker Steve James about his latest film, ‘City so Real‘ Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James’ (Hoop Dreams, America to Me) fascinating and complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city, set against the backdrop of its history-making … Continue reading “‘City So Real’ Chicago’s problems are America’s problems”

Seamus Tierney talks tricks & treats of Hubie Halloween

Cinematographer Seamus Tierney captures the tricks and treats of Hubie Halloween in large format with DXL2. Hubert Shubert “Hubie” Dubois was born and raised in Salem, Mass. He loves his hometown, and as Salem’s self-appointed “official volunteer Halloween helper,” he makes it his duty every October 31 to ensure a safe and fun holiday is enjoyed by … Continue reading “Seamus Tierney talks tricks & treats of Hubie Halloween”

The Colonie editor Rodgers cuts rapper Vic Mensa’s film

The Colonie editor Nathan Rodgers recently cut famed Chicago rapper Vic Mensa’s hard-hitting short film, Machiavelli directed by Andre Muir.  The project features three of the artist’s music videos, each with sharply contrasting styles and tempos while sharing an intrinsic theme. The editor wove together footage from the title music video, Machiavelli, SC Freestyle, and Rebirth, with … Continue reading “The Colonie editor Rodgers cuts rapper Vic Mensa’s film”

Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest award winners

Reeling announces the winners of the 38th annual Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The festival was held virtually this year from September 24 to October 7 and the event included 39 programs with films from 21 countries. The festival featured 31 Q&As with filmmakers which have been recorded and can be viewed here. We would … Continue reading “Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest award winners”

‘Dreaming Grand Avenue’ director Hugh Schulze

Dreaming Grand Avenue, produced by Newcity’s Chicago Film Project, is the story of Maggie and Jimmy, who have never met, but they keep showing up in each other’s dreams. As they navigate memories, traumas, hopes and desires in sleep and the waking world, they’ll discover the truth of their linked destiny with the help of … Continue reading “‘Dreaming Grand Avenue’ director Hugh Schulze”

2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete list … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”

Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience

In Chicago, to spread a message of hope and unity, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce presents Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience throughout the neighborhood from September 28 – October 31. The project features local street artists, professional muralists, mosaic world masters, fine artists and others on storefronts, theatres, businesses and walls. The Chamber has partnered with art initiatives … Continue reading “Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience”

State of IL gives U of I Research Park an SBA FAST Grant

The State of Illinois announced that Enterprise Works, the tech incubator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Research Park, has been awarded a competitive grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to support the growth and development of tech companies across the state. The university-based tech hub is one of 24 awardees nationwide … Continue reading “State of IL gives U of I Research Park an SBA FAST Grant”

WGN’s Joe Donlon lands Trump interview on NewsNation

Chicago-based NewsNation anchor Joe Donlon will conduct the first comprehensive prime-time sit-down interview with President Trump since the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  The exclusive one-on-one interview will be conducted at the White House by NewsNation anchor Joe Donlon, and will air on Tuesday night’s NewsNation broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET on … Continue reading “WGN’s Joe Donlon lands Trump interview on NewsNation”

Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination

Daring to break the traditional agency mold, Highdive is producing exciting work that pushes the envelope in new ways. Most recently, the Ad Age Small Agency of the Year partnered with Jeep to create a Super Bowl spot celebrating the 90’s classic Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. The commercial resonated with audiences as it was … Continue reading “Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination”

C-K wins 9 Trumpet Awards from PCC

Leading independent marketing and communications agency Cramer-Krasselt (C-K) certainly has something to trumpet about these days. The agency just received nine awards from the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC), following its annual Golden Trumpet award show. “C-K is thrilled to be recognized by the PCC for the breakthrough work we deliver for our clients,” said Karen … Continue reading “C-K wins 9 Trumpet Awards from PCC”

The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4

SHOWTIME has picked up THE CHI for a fourth season. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common. Season three of THE CHI was up double-digits across platforms over last season and doubled its audience on streaming platforms. Season three cast included Ntare … Continue reading “The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4”

‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season

Reel Chicago reports back after attending the FX Networks TCA Press Day where Fargo Creator and cast revealed details about the upcoming new season and how they were able to complete principal photography during COVID. Anticipation has been building for FX’s Fargo, which despite the recent COVID-19 challenges, just wrapped its principal photography in Chicago. … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season”

Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup

Reeling will celebrate its 38th anniversary this fall with a new virtual edition of the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. Showing 30 features, 54 shorts across eight shorts programs from 21 countries, Reeling will offer home viewers access to new films not currently available on commercial streaming platforms. Over the course of 11 days – … Continue reading “Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup”

Nexstar’s NewsNation debuts on WGN America

WGN NewsNation debuts tonight, representing the return of traditional, trusted, fact-based news reporting to cable television. The live daily three hour prime-time national newscast features 150 dedicated reporters and staff, and will leverage the knowledge of 5,400 local journalists from Nexstar’s 110 award-winning newsrooms. The newscast, will air seven days a week on WGN America, … Continue reading “Nexstar’s NewsNation debuts on WGN America”

NBC sets premiere dates for One Chicago series and more

NBC is celebrating a November to remember as America’s most-loved dramas make their highly anticipated season debuts the week of Nov. 9-13, including a two-hour premiere of This Is Us (Nov. 10) and all three Chicago series (Nov. 11). In addition, Law & Order: SVU (Nov. 12) will return for its record-extending 22nd season that same … Continue reading “NBC sets premiere dates for One Chicago series and more”

AWM free this Saturday to honor Ray Bradbury’s 100th

The focus of the next four episodes of the new American Writers Museum ( AWM ) podcast will be on science fiction writing in honor of Ray Bradbury, who will be featured in a 2021 exhibit, and his 100th birthday will be observed with free admission on Saturday, August 22. The American Writers Museum ( AWM ) … Continue reading “AWM free this Saturday to honor Ray Bradbury’s 100th”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. This year, the CityArts Program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a total … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”

City of Chicago to Assess Memorials and Monuments

The City of Chicago announced a racial healing and historical reckoning project to assess the memorials, monuments and other art across Chicago. The project will grapple with the often unacknowledged – or forgotten – history associated with the City’s various municipal art collections, and will provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial … Continue reading “City of Chicago to Assess Memorials and Monuments”

Court TV to cover trials of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery

Court TV to cover trials involving George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Robert Durst, R. Kelly & more in months ahead. Court TV, the only multi-platform network devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials, today at the 2020 summer press tour unveiled the cases and … Continue reading “Court TV to cover trials of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery”

Gary Sinise to receive LMGI Humanitarian Award

Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise will receive the esteemed Humanitarian Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards. Celebrating the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First,” the 2020 Awards will honor the exemplary commitment that Sinise and his foundation have made to give back to those who sacrifice for our nation and create a … Continue reading “Gary Sinise to receive LMGI Humanitarian Award”

National Geographic acquires Kartemquinn’s City so Real

National Geographic announced the acquisition of CITY SO REAL, an official Indie Episodic selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, set to premiere on the network this fall. From twice Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James (America to Me, Hoop Dreams) and his longtime producing partner Zak Piper (Life Itself, The Interrupters) the fascinating and complex … Continue reading “National Geographic acquires Kartemquinn’s City so Real”

PorchlightPalooza Festival honors Joel Grey

Porchlight Music Theatre announces PorchlightPalooza, a three-day festival and fundraiser celebrating its 25th Anniversary, hosted by Bill Kurtis, and honoring Broadway legend Joel Grey. PorchlightPalooza, Friday, Aug. 21 – Sunday, Aug. 23 will include performances from Chicago’s best talents, highlights from its award-winning history and an exclusive interview hosted by legendary newsman Bill Kurtis with the 2020 … Continue reading “PorchlightPalooza Festival honors Joel Grey”

The 9th annual 3% Conference goes virtual Monday

The 3% Movement will host a digital conference themed “The Radically Inclusive Future of Work” for their 9th annual event, July 27-29, where attendees are invited to reimagine work from the comfort of their own homes. Between a global pandemic and racial unrest in our country, this moment in history is serving as the ultimate … Continue reading “The 9th annual 3% Conference goes virtual Monday”

Chicago-made ‘I Used to Go Here’ has drive-in premiere

The Chicago premiere of the critically acclaimed, bittersweet comedy I Used To Go Here, featuring in-person Q&As with Chicago-based writer/director Kris Rey, will take place on Wednesday, July 29 (two screenings) at ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theater.  The event is co-presented by two of the city’s most-respected cinematic institutions—Elevated Films and Music Box Theatre—and audience members can enjoy … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘I Used to Go Here’ has drive-in premiere”

Cramer-Krasselt Wins Best of Show at Skyline Awards

Cramer-Krasselt was honored with 10 awards, including the top award from The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Chicago chapter, following its annual gala Thursday, July 16, 2020.  The PRSA Chicago Skyline Awards are the city’s premier honor for public relations and communications, celebrating creativity and innovation in public relations that leads to meaningful business impact and results. … Continue reading “Cramer-Krasselt Wins Best of Show at Skyline Awards”

DCASE opportunities for artists, creatives and vendors

Mayor Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announce a series of summer opportunities for artists, creatives, and vendors. The programs include professional development events, opportunities for individual artists and arts organizations, and opportunities for businesses and vendors. Professional Development Events The Keys to … Continue reading “DCASE opportunities for artists, creatives and vendors”

Gov Pritzker announces $300k to support broadband

State of Illinois announces $300,000 public private investment to support community-driven broadband plans.New Illinois Connected Communities program will foster community engagement and planning for broadband access, adoption, and utilization across Illinois. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband today announced the first recipients of the Illinois Connected Communities grant program, created to … Continue reading “Gov Pritzker announces $300k to support broadband”

Mayor Lightfoot announces Artist-In-Residence Program

Mayor Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announced today the first ever Artist-In-Residence Program as part of the City’s INVEST South/West (ISW) community investment and revitalization initiative. The ISW Artist-in-Residence Program will leverage art and creativity as part of a broad and integrated … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces Artist-In-Residence Program”

Chicago launches free high-speed internet to CPS students

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the launch of ‘Chicago Connected’ a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students in their households. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts in the nation to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of … Continue reading “Chicago launches free high-speed internet to CPS students”

Memories of director Joel Schumacher who has died at 80

Acclaimed Hollywood director Joel Shumacher who hit the big time after directing a string of successful movies including Flatliners (1990), The Lost Boys (1987) and St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) has passed of cancer at age 80. He famously took over the Batman franchise from director Tim Burton with the two box-office smashes Batman Forever (1995) and Batman … Continue reading “Memories of director Joel Schumacher who has died at 80”

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss on returning to ‘Matrix’

While the three original films – The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – seemed to conclude the series – Neo and Trinity do die – there has been speculation that the world would return someday. That someday began last August when Warner Bros. officially announced that a fourth Matrix would happen. After … Continue reading “Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss on returning to ‘Matrix’”

WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team

WGN America, Nexstar’s cable network, has announced the official weekday and weekend anchor lineup for its live newscast, News Nation. The three-hour nightly news show will debut Sept. 1 and will be led by a team of journalists from WGN-TV, the Nexstar station in Chicago and across the country. The team will be led by … Continue reading “WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team”

Chicago one of Hub cities being considered for NHL

With a season completely dismantled on March 12 due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is considering a plan that would bring the Stanley Cup Playoffs to NBC and the NBC Sports Network in late July and early August to re