PRODUCTION CENTRAL

SIX NEW HD SPOTS returns the LaSalle St. law of Cochran & Montgomery to TV advertising for the first time since the death in 2004 of Johnny Cochran of O.J. Simpson trial fame.

SPI-TV shot six spots in the firm’s office, three with attorneys in their office and three in a conference room with other attorneys.

“Instead of a hard message like many law firm spots, each of these spots has a certain message,” says SPI-TV partner Jim Demas, the writer/producer/director. SPI-TV’s Roger Gazga was DP; Product Productions handled lighting.

The law firm is headed by James Montgomery, former corporation counsel for the City of Chicago.

Z GROUP DIRECTOR Kohl Norville directed a three-spot package for Reddi Wip/Element 79 shot on location in a house in L.A. to start airing in May. The campaign introduces new spokesperson, “Eddie,” a superhero for the brand.

Z Group, owned by executive producer Dan Zigulich, represents seven directors, mostly in New York?Norville’s base?and L.A. and including local tabletop director Tim Turner of Tim Turner Studios. It also has a Venice , Calif. office.

BRAVE NEW WORLD’S “GRANNIES ON SAFARI” series kicks off a new round of travels May 4 on Ch. 11. In the first episode of the series, grannies Pat Johnson and Regina Fraser visiting Parliament Hill in Ontario, Canada for the changing of the guards.

“Grannies” is produced by Art Explorers in associate with writer/editor Kathy Monk and director/DP Dave Monk’s Brave New Pictures. Original music by Allen Phillips. Theme song composed by trumpeter Orbert Davis.

STORY’S MARK ANDROW is in Buenos Aires on a two-country shoot for one of the Big Four automakers wose name or car model he could not disclose.

Executive producer Androw calls this “the company’s biggest job ever in terms of number of shoot days?23?and dollar amount.”

Directed by Story’s L.A.-based Scott McCullough, half of the 23-day shoot took place in L.A. and the remaining scenes are being filmed in Buenos Aires.

TOWERS PRODUCTIONS is in development of a new, half-hour reality TV series, “It Takes a Parent,” featuring Betsy Hart, syndicated columnist and talk radio host and single mother of four young children. The show will follow Hart from her radio show into the homes of real families, where she will wade into conflict in her bid to help parents “get their kids back.”

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