20 West’s new docusoap set in famous Texas bar/grill

TWO NEW SHOWS FOR 20 WEST PRODUCTIONS. According to Scot Thor, SVP/development and production, the Intersport division is going into production into its first MTV program – a docusoap called “South of Heaven.” It follows the beautiful 20something girls who work at the famous “Redneck Restaurant and Bar (a fan gave it 5 stars: 3 stars for the food and an extra 2 stars for the women) in Lewisville, Texas, near Ft. Worth. 

A Dallas and L.A. crew will start shooting in July and the series will be edited in L.A.

20 West’s other new show is “Pregnant behind Bars,” shot at Division 17 at Cook County jail for Discovery Fit & Health. 

Awaiting network greenlights are season 5 of “My Strange Addiction,” for TLC and season 2 of design show “Made in Milwaukee,” for DIY.

SHOOTING OVERLAPS for sci-fi films “Divergent” and “Jupiter Ascending” – but only for one day. July 13 is the last scheduled day of shooting for director Neal Burger’s $40 million “Divergent,” and the start date for Chicago natives, Andy and Lana Wachowskis’ 3D “Jupiter Ascending,” no budget stated, not even guesstimated.

THIS YEAR AT L.A. LOCATIONS EXPO, the Chicago/Illinois contingent of Local 476 and the Teamsters John Colie, Jr. and the IFO’s Betsy Steinberg and Raoul Exparza will have plenty to talk about.  And it won’t be confined to the L.A. Convention Center where film locations throughout the world will gather.  They have meetings with TV show execs.

WE HEAR … The studio where a hush-hush children’s show TV pilot was shot, is anxiously awaiting the go-ahead for series production at the studio.  If it’s greenlighted, it will be eighth TV show shooting in Chicago this year! 

Yes, eight – count ‘em — eight! For NBC: “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Crisis.” For ABC: “Betrayal” and “”Mind Games.”  For FX: “Sirens.”  For CNN: “Chicagoland.” 

THE ASTRO LAB BUILDING at 61 W. Erie St. quickly sold within days of being placed on market, following the recent closing of the 60-year old film processing lab.  The building was the property of Alan Kubica, owner of Filmworkers Club and Chicago Recording Company.  (He sold his half stake of The Whitehouse last year.)

RDS CELEBRATES THE SUMMER SOLSTICE for clients and friends with a barbeque atop its rooftop, with fabulous views of the city on Thursday, June 27. One of the new features RDS will no doubt show off is a recently erected two-wall, prelit white cyc, 30x60x16 and 90x60x33, on its main stage.

TECHWEEK @ THE MOVIES at Techweek Chicago, June 26-29 appropriately features “Downloaded,” a new doc about the rise and fall of Napster and the downloading generation, screening June 26 at the AMC theatre, 600 N. Michigan. Director Alex Winter (co-star of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”) will be present for a post screening Q&A.

Techweek lineup of impressive speakers includes Howard Tullman, president/CEO Tribeca Flashpoint, PJ Hyett, cofounder, github, Matt Mullenweg, founding developer, Word Press and Iqbal Arshad, SVP/engineering and global product development at Motorola, the presenter of Techweek.

REEL MICHIGAN: This week, Michael Bay’s “Transformers 4” has moved from Texas to shoot in Michigan for more than a month. While most of the movie will film at Michigan Motion Pictures Studios in Pontiac, a small town is being built in downtown Detroit, surrounded by existing buildings. Another location will be along the Michigan-Ohio order in Fairfield Township.

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