“Peep Show” for Spike TV appears to be the
only new TV pilot set to shoot in Chicago soon

THE ONLY NEW TV SHOW on the Chicago horizon seems to be “Peep Show” for Spike TV. The pilot of the Americanized version of the British hit series is scheduled to shoot here in September or October.

Tenner Paskal Rudnicke is casting eight or nine actors for lead roles, “but no one is officially cast yet,” says TPR partner Jennifer Rudnickne.

On the commercial front, TPR’s recent casting was for 59 Films’ two-day shoot for Coors/DraftFCB, calling in the four “regular guys” for the latest entry in the ongoing campaign.

Actors Matt Schallenberg, Dan Stransky, James Allen and Ronald Connor josh around with stand-ins for a couple of well-known “football coaches,” whose happy and grumpy faces were painted on reverse sides light diffusers on a stand. The big shoot, with 40 extras, took place on Essanay’s stage.

BY THE WAY, who’s the casting director alleged to have used a professional actor excellent audition tape to coach a younger, greener actor, line by line, for the same juicy part the older actor was up for, in the biggest feature of the year?

Needless to say, the older actor didn’t get the part. Guess who did?

MILESTONES: MindSight partners Dan Niccolai and Jack Liga celebrate their 15th anniversary of business this year. To celebrate, Niccolai says, “We’ll remain profitable and continue to do what we’ve been doing to make clients happy.

The company moved earlier this year, to smaller, retooled space at 125 W. Central Road, also in Schaumburg.

It’s the second year of togetherness for veteran talent agent Mickey Grossman and long-time solo agency owner Linda Jack, who formed Grossman & Jack Talent Agency in 2006.

THE THREAT OF A SAG STRIKE discouraged professional actors who feared lack of income from film work from taking

Gary Sherman’s unique on-camera acting class at Flashpoint Academy that was due to begin around this time.

Thirty six actors had actually signed up ? the capacity number for the class — but many pulled out with the uncertainty of a strike leaving Sherman with an insufficient enrollment for the program’s viability.

Undaunted, TV and film veteran Sherman says he will set another date when the labor climate turns more favorable.

THE IPA HOSTS A SCREENING of winning films from two IPA-sponsored student programs, at Fletcher Chicago Aug. 5, for current and past board members.

Guests will be Jeff McCarter, executive director for Free Spirit Media, one of the programs, and John Mossman, who leads the annual IPA Summer Film Project.

A barbeque follows in Fletcher’s riverfront backyard.

THE 2000 AD WOMAN OF THE YEAR is Allstate’s VP/marketing, Lisa Cochrane, who is responsible for the company’s brand strategy and advertising and related creative services. She will be honored at a Chicago Advertising Federation luncheon Oct. 8.

Seems like only yesterday when I was honored as Ad Woman of the Year, the same year I founded the Original Screen magazine. Plans for a gala 30th (yikes!) anniversary party, to which you all will be invited, is in the works.

TIDBIT OF THE DAY. A marketing management study of 252 U.S. CMOs, marketing VPs, directors and managers revealed that three-fourths of the respondents expect an increase in digital budgets.

More than 20% expect them to stay the same, while only 4% expect budgets to decrease.

Conversely, traditional ad budgets appear to be more stagnant: 33% of marketers expect ad budgets to increase; about 50% think they will stay the same and 20% anticipate a drop.

The survey was conducted by Millward Brown on behalf of Manning Selvage & Lee, New York, and PRWeek, London.