“Chicago Tonight” producers now members of SAG-AFTRA

WTTW/11 “CHICAGO TONIGHT” PRODUCERS overwhelmingly voted to become SAG-AFTRA members at a National Labor Relations Board election Dec. 18. They join 160,000 professionals in the national union.

During their organizing campaign, the full and part-time show producers delivered their support petition for union recognition to station management.

When management refused to recognize the petition, SAG-AFTRA’s  Chicago branch filed the petition with the National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 1 and the producers votes to become union members at a NLRB election a few weeks later.  They joined more than 20 other local broadcast stations with SAG-AFTRA membership. 

Contract negotiations between station management and the union are forthcoming.

LEO BURNETT WORLDWIDE’S top creative, Global Chief Creative Officer Mark Tutssel, is chairing the Advertising jury part of the Art Directors Club 95th Annual Awards, to be held in Manhattan next June.  He heads a committee of 13 of the topmost creative executives literally on the planet, as they are located in Mexico, Romania, Brazil, India, South Africa, the Philippines, Canada and, of course, the US.

There’s still time to enter your work. For ADC information, click here.

WE CAN EXPECT to see LA crews for Showtime’s highly-rated “Shameless” comedy series shooting in Chicago throughout the year ahead.  The Chicago-set show, starring William H. Macy, has been renewed for a seventh season of 12 episodes.

“’Shameless’ brings a full production cast and crew to Chicago two-to-three times a year for a full week, “but not on a consistent basis,” says Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal.  “They cram a lot into a week’s span by bringing in several units to film here simultaneously.  Last year they shot here once in late October and mid-December.”

THE CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL received a record 1,043 post submissions to its 2016 20th annual poster contest. This is the first year the contest went worldwide by accepting electronic submissions. 

Entries came in Mexico, Colombia, Iran, Canada, Russia, Poland and China, among others.  Seven judges in the fields of design, arts, PR and marketing are currently busy selecting the winner.  Semi-finalists will be announced Monday, Jan. 18.   

PHUNNY BUSINESS” A BLACK COMEDY,” the feature doc about a South Side comedy club where countless black comics got their start, from Filmworkers Club’s Reid Brody and filmmaker John Davies, will have its PBS premier, including WTTW/11, Thursday, Feb. 4.  Davis directed, co-wrote and co-produced with Raymond C. Lambert. 

NEWS AND NOTES of your latest production activities always welcome.  Send to ruth@reelchicago.com.