Kartemquin fills two important new positions

KARTEMQUIN FILMS’ LONG RANGE PLANS under executive director Justine Nagan are taking shape with two new additions.

Martin Perdoux is the new Director of Development, the former Associate Director of Development at the School of the Art Institute and faculty in its graduate-level art therapy program. Earlier he was with Columbia College’s interdisciplinary Arts graduate program.

Jacinta Banks, who spent seven years at Kraft Foods in project management, joined as Distribution Associate. She will manage sales and distribution of Kartemquin films and to make its entire film collective available for sale via DVD and digital media by 2010.

SEVEN VETERAN BROADCASTERS will be inducted into the TV Academy’s Silver Circle this Sunday at a dinner at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel.

They are Ch. 11’s Elizabeth Brackett, courtroom artist Marcia Danits, former Ch. 9 news director Paul M. Davis, Cubs baseball producer/director the late Arne Harris, Fox News anchor Robin Robinson, former NBC videographer Jim Stricklin and ABC 7 meteorologist Jerry Taft.

The Silver Circle honors outstanding individuals who have devoted a quarter of a century or more to the television industry and have made a significant contribution to Chicago broadcasting.

Host for the evening is ABC 7 reporter Frank Mathie, a past Silver Circle honoree.

WE ARE NOT MAKING THIS UP. A classified ad was posted on Craigslist for an unnamed Chicago video company that’s casting for a Viagra Triangle reality show. (The Viagra Triangle consists of upscale restaurant and clubs around Bellevue and Rush that cater to older gentlemen and the pretty young things seeking each other.)

The unknown video company seeks “affluent males 40 and older who are experienced Triangle ?players’ (i.e., guys in a midlife crisis) willing to share their fast-paced, indulgent and enviable lifestyle.”

A FILM COMPONENT was added to the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival that’s coming to Chicago June 17-21. Kicking off the festival June 16 will be a special screening of director Harold Ramis’ new film, “Year One,” at the Music Box. Ramis will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Just for Laughs.

Among the all-star comedy lineup coming to Chicago this summer for the Just for Laughs Festival are Ellen DeGeneres, George Lopez, Bill Engvall, Jimmy Fallon, David Alan Grier, Andy Dick, David Cross, Michael Ian Black and more.

THE CHICAGO AD CLUB is working on a Facebook entry and what’s hot in the Chicago ad industry. We’re flattered that the CAF site will include postings of some of our ReelChicago stories.