NEW TV SHOW IN TOWN is Netflix’ one-hour dramatic series “Ozark,” being produced, directed and EP’d by Jason Bateman that will be the tenth entertainment project to film throughout Chicago starting next week and for the next few months.
The dark story, co-starring Bateman and Laura Linney, as his wife in her first TV series since Showtime’s 2010 “The Big C,” will film here Thursday through Saturday next week. It’s about Chicago financial planner Marty Bird (Bateman) who uproots his family to a summer resort near Lake of the Ozarks. The 10-episode series will premiere next year.
Dick Wolf’s NBC “Chicago” franchise that now includes “Chicago Justice” in addition to “Fire,” “PD” and “Med,” will be prominently filming around town, along with Fox’ two new series, “APB” and “Exorcist” and third season of its hit series “Empire” and Amazon’s new series “Patriot” is underway.
Also shooting here for a week of exteriors will be the seventh season of Showtime’s Chicago-set “Shameless.”
NEW AT BAM! STUDIOS’ is executive producer Bridget Carmody, who oversees all production and client relations at the recording company.
Carmody had worked in LA for the past seven years in visual effects, mainly for features (Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Alice through the Looking Glass”). The Livonia, Michigan native and her Chicago-native husband recently returned to the Midwest “to be closer to their families,” she says.
She is now one of BAM’s nine staff members, replacing Jess Fike, who is leaving after three years.
REID BRODY’S LATEST FEATURE, the romcom “Who Gets the Dog?” will screen at the Music Box Theatre, Tuesday, Sept. 6, co-presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival.
It co-stars Alicia Silverstone and Ryan Kswanten as the divorcing couple who fight over the custody of their beloved dog. Brody and Bill Ryan’s 2DS Productions co-produced with LA-based Epic Pictures Group. Writers were Matt JL Wheeler and Rick Rapoza; director was Huck Botko, who helmed 2DS’ their earlier feature, “Bad Johnson.”
Production began last December in Chicago. DP was Joseph White and Julie Garces edited.
Casting by Claire Simon. See the trailer here.
KARTEMQUIN’S “THE INTERRUPTERS,” the multi-honored doc from director Steve James, screens at free KTQ50 film from now through Sept. 2, in celebration of Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. It follows three CeaseFire “Violence Interrupters” as they navigate what they call the unceasingly “madness” of the violence in Chicago neighborhoods.
HURRY, DEADLINE IS SEPT. 2 for IPA / Chicago’s Industry Days Pitch Session to be held during the Chicago International Film Festival in October. Find the submission guide here.
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