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DAVE CARLSON’S Bucktown Pictures has formed a strategic alliance with sales rep Tom Buyssler’s Hi Road Productions, with an eye towards expanding its commercial work. Bucktown is a full service house that recently produced two spots that aired during ESPN’s “Insight Bowl.”

Hi Road specializes in animatics, live tests and storyboards, and represents illustrators, graphic designers and editors throughout the U.S. It’s located at 2 E. Huron; phone, 312/645-1551;

SOLIDLINE MEDIA is producing a $29,000 parking enforcement training video for L.A. consulting firm KSB Services, the first of a series for KBS.

SLM’s executive producer Greg Vass and creative director Mike Kromm shot in Beverly Hills with the West Hollywood PD, which provided officers and vehicles.

It will demonstrate to police officers “how to react to different situations, how to do the right thing and be professional,” said Vass, who shot the 16-20-minute video with DVcam.

SolidLine, a full-service training and promotional video company with five full-time employees and a full complement of equipment, recently moved from Palatine into a 3,000 sq. ft. office in Riverside Plaza. Being in the Loop, said Vass, “has been a boon to our business.” See

BROADVIEW MEDIA for the third consecutive year produced a 10-minute, multi-purpose video for Children’s Memorial Hospital. “Stories to be Told” told the personal stories of doctors, nurses, patients and their families about the hospital’s efforts in various areas.

The program also included supporting multimedia visuals created by Broadview’s Jake Lambert and Glenn Blicharz. The visuals were shown at the hospital’s annual meeting last month month where “Stories” was first screened.

Bonnie Hawksworth was executive producer; Shelley Spencer, writer/producer; Geoffrey Madeja, directed. See

OGILVY/PR AND NBC5 collaborated on high-end image spots that introduced the new logo of the University of Illinois/Chicago Medical Center. For NBC5, Mark Cassidy co-wrote with Ogilvy’s Ray Valek, produced, directed and edited; Valek art directed.