Filmworkers’ new colorist returns from an NYC stint

Jeff Altman

FILMWORKERS’ CREATIVE STAFF got a boost with the hire of colorist Jeff Altman, who returns to his home town after two years in New York as a colorist with Color Collective, where he worked on commercials, indie features and digital content.

“Jeff is a star,” says Filmworkers’ Reid Brody. “He’s had an opportunity to work on some great projects (in New York), and he’s really honed his craft. He brings a fresh perspective and energy to color grading that’s been lacking in the Chicago post community. We’re glad to have him as a part of our team.”

Altman’s first Filmworkers project is grading a web campaign for alcoholic beverage Four Loko, with creative from Onion Labs. 

A Columbia College 2008 grad, Altman began his career with Filmworkers in 2008, training under Michael Mazur before moving to New York.

CHANGING TIMES. After eight years as owner/EP of Strategic Creative Communications, award-winning Marty Zitlin joined PSAV’s event technology services as the Schaumburg division’s first Chicago-based producer.  Zitlin’s extensive experience largely encompasses corporate communications and production services for CBS Network and other major entertainment organizations. He also has produced national and international sporting and theatrical events for television.

… Award-winning ACD Allison Hammer joined Marc USA/Pittsburgh, from FCB Chicago, to primarily work with its client Rite Aid Corp. Her former clients include Kmart, Motorola and Hampton Inns.

…  After 14 years with SAG AFTRA, Jamie Marchi has retired as director of freelance.  Her going away party is Wednesday, March 10. Interviews are ongoing and her replacement should be announced shortly.

CINESPACE STUDIOS was named the Presenting Sponsor for A Safe Haven’s 5th annual 5K Run to end Homelessness, benefiting A Safe Haven in North Lawndale that provides services to get people off the streets and put a roof over their heads.  The July 12 race starts in Douglas Park and winds through the North Lawndale neighborhood.  

THE WEARIN’ OF THE GREEN. Corey Coken and Jamie Vanadia’s Noise Floor will host their 5th annual St. Patty’s Day party March 17, with the expectation of 300 guests.  Chef by Request catering will again be offering its popular mini Reuben sandwiches, along with Irish potato cups, chicken pot pies, mac and cheese bites and other special treats for the occasion. Music by DJ Daniel Musisi, from 6 to 11 p.m.

GET SET FOR THE HUGOS AWARDS! Deadline is March 13 for the international Hugos best of television commercials and companies, presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival.  Winners will be named at the Hugo gala, April  

Submissions are open for Individual Television Productions, Television Series, Television Commercials, Commercial Campaigns, Special Achievement, Online/Viral Commercials, and Online-based Television Programming. See T.V. Competition for entry forms. 

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