The Show Department to celebrate its 25th anniversary; Town Hall meeting for SAG members

THE SHOW DEPARTMENT founders/owners president Lee Faclis and vice president Jeff Facklis will host a gala, invitation-only silver anniversary party for clients, colleagues and friends Thursday night at its Fulton Street facilities.

The AV equipment and supply rental service was founded in 1983 and has grown substantially to become one of the nation’s biggest companies.

Total number of employees among The Show Department and Resolution Digital Studio divisions numbers nearly 100. The company also operates an Amsterdam satellite office that handles corporate events across Europe and Asia.

OGILVY’S BIG WIN in terms of prestige is becoming the city’s strategic partner in redeveloping the digital presence of Chicago2016, i.e., the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games as Chicago competes against other cities globablly to host the 2016 games.

AFTER SIGNING WITH STORY for exclusive representation, L.A.-based director Scotty Bergstein directed two spots for Texas-based restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s via Dallas agency Slingshot.

He’d been directing through FM Rocks for the past year. Earlier, he had directed for Story affiliates The Joneses and Area 51.

FULL SERVICE RADILLA ADVERTISING has opened in Chicago to focus Hispanic, Alternative Lifestyle, African American markets, sports media buying and arena marketing.

It’s headed by Rebecca Illingworth Radilla, head of a Minneapolis-based media buying agency. Brian Willette is creative director.

Address is 1830 N. Milwaukee; phone, 773/384-5550.

SOCCER STAR DAVID BECKHAM’S star power will start scoring for Oakbrook-based Sharpie writing instruments July 15 when a spot he shot in L.A. will air in select markets around the world.

>The spot shows Beckham using a Sharpie to autograph a variety of unusual items for fans. But when the time comes to return the Sharpie to its own, Beckham resists. This is Sharpie’s largest integrated global marketing program in the company’s 47-year history.

LET THE GOLF OUTING SEASON COMMENCE. The first we’ve heard about is the 4th annual 4As Chicago Advertising Open July 15 at the Harborside International Golf Club. Proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club Chicago and 4As educational programming.

L.A. ABOUNDS WITH THEM, but screenwriters’ Pitch Workshops and Pitch Markets are a rarer than current film production in Chicago. With this in mind, the Chicago Screenwriters Network will hold a Pitch Session June 1.

Led by SCN president Brad Wareham, writers will have 5 minutes in which to sell their ideas to a group of writer-critics to help them score when their Big Chance comes along.

See our complete Screenings & Events column for details.

SCI-FI THRILLER “Red and Blue Marbles” starts shooting in the Detroit area May 19. Shaun Lapacek directs, Leigh Jones is one of the producers and Sharon Zurek edits. The story is about all hell breaking loose when a large asteroid knocks earth out of orbit.

FOUR LOCAL EXPERTS share their knowledge at HD Expo’s June 5 free conference at Navy Pier on the subject of “Tech & the Indie: The Storyteller in the 21st Century.”

Tom Fletcher moderates a panel on fusing technology with story, with cinematographers Pete Biagi and Fred Miller, producer/line producer Christina Varotsis, and colorist Pete Jannotta.

Also: “Public Enemies” co-producer Bryan Carroll will discuss acquisition, post production and the creative application of technology on “Public Enemies” and other groundbreaking projects to which he has contributed.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE’S SEMESTER IN L.A. has leased 2,000 sq. ft. of space in the Bronson building in the historic Raleigh Studios in the heart of Hollywood.

Founded by the late Bob Enrietto Semester in L.A. provides an intense five-weeks experience working with movie industry professionals.

VIRTUAL DIGITAL CABLE, a Chicago startup launched in April 2006 to provide cable TV channels over the internet, shut down in early March after signing up just 10,000 subscribers to its $11.95-per-month pay TV streaming service.

“We discontinued service, but we didn’t go bankrupt. The corporation still exists,” said VDC co-founder and COO Scott Wolf.

VDC sought to take traditional cable-TV channels and put them online on a real-time, click-and-watch basis. But it was unable to obtain the rights to distribute marquee programming services.

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