THE REEL THING: News & Notes

“PRISON BREAK” has broken out in full-scale shooting of 12 episodes of the Fox TV series at Joliet prison and Chicago locations. The series stars Dominic Purcell and Stacy Keach. On the set: Production manager Frank Conway is also filling in for producer Gary Brown who was temporarily called away. Shows are budgeted at between $3 to $6 million per hour. First episode will air Aug. 29.

THE OTHER JOLIET MOVIE, “You are Going to Prison,” won’t be around to confuse you. Unfortunately the movie-of-the-week that also was going to to film at Joliet and Chicago, was put on hold due to talent problems.

LUCKY WINNERS of ARU’s June iPod Shuffle Giveaway were Marc Sherman, Noble BBDS, Ute Brantsch, Campbell Ewald, Adam Nowak, DDB and Monica Klasa, JWT. The drawing is held weekly for ARU clients working at the studio. In other ARU news, Joan Cusack recorded a U.S. Cellular spot for Doner/Detroit.

DDB WON A GOLD RADIO LION for its long-running Anheuser-Busch’s “Real Men of Genius” campaign, giving the U.S. its second Grand Prix at the first Radio Lions competition. The concept that started as a radio campaign and was later adapted for TV is a little long in the tooth having had various incarnations since 1999 … Leo Burnett took home a gold Lion for Altoids.

ANDREA FLOREN joined Hadrian’s Wall as an art director. Previously Floren was at Olson + Co. in Minneapolis, where she went by the nickname 3Dre2.

IMAGINE WHAT HER WITHHOLDING TAX IS. Because she draws 30 million views a day and earned $225 million from June 2004 to June 2005, Forbes placed Oprah at the apex of its annual Celebrity 100 list.

IFP AND ALLIANCE FRANCAISE have formed, well, an alliance to present French films to the community. The bi-weekly screenings at the Cine Club at Alliance Francaise, 810 N. Dearborn, officially start in August. Screenings will be free to IFP and Alliance Francaise members and a mere $5 donation for non-members.

THE LOTTERY’S AGENCY, R. J. Dale underwent an audit by the Illinois Dept. of Revenue, which found no improprieties in Dale’s management of the Lottery’s estimated $20 million account. They found no waste or misuse of state funds by the agency, but suggested some bad bookkeeping.

NEW AT OMNICOM, DDB’s parent, is Unit 7, an agency marketing itself as a specialist in the behavioral and social sciences — such as linguistics, relationship psychology, and anthropology. The culture of Unit 7 is based on “collaborative invention of marrying the best of both worlds–database marketing and analytics with consumer insights, marketing research, and behavioral psychology,” said a spokesperson.

JOHN MALKOVICH went to Bosco Productions’ audio studio for ADR on three of his Mr. Mudd film company’s upcoming features: “Libertine,” “Art School Confidential,” and “Klimt.” Angelo Bosco reports that Paris-resident Malkovich was “a very nice, down-to-earth guy, and we’d be happy to have him back anytime.” Malkovich stars in “Drunk Boat,” currently filming in Chicago.

DEANNA SHOSS is the new president/CEO of the League of Chicago Theatres. She succeeds the very able Marj Halperin who leaves the League stronger than ever after eight years at the non-profit collective. Shoss, who assumes her new position July 5, leaves her job as director of promotions at the Chicago Dept. of Aviation.

AD SPENDING RIVALS General Motors and P&G were a close number one and two in 2004 ad dollars: GM: $3.997 billion, P&G, $3,920 billion.

SOUNDS LIKE THE PERFECT MARRIAGE. The rollout of digital cinema is being facilitated by a strategic alliance of Kodak and Barco projectors. Kodak will provide digital cinema systems for preshow use, and Barco will sell is 2K DLP digital camera projection systems. As part of the agreement, Barco will use Kodak color science and image management to expand the capability and performance of its cinema projectors.

WE ERRED when we said Chicago was not visible in the AICP show last week in New York. Ogilvy and DDB commercials were on the reel: O&M for Dove soap, DDB for perennial favorite Budweiser, and Office Max, whose music was arranged by SPANK! Music. You can see the reel in November when the show comes to town.

PERA’S 2005 PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT RENTAL RESOURCE GUIDE is available for download at its Website, It includes three files: USA rental members; international rental members; vendor members. The files are designed for Adobe Acrobat 6.0 and above and can be downloaded via the link Download PERA files.

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