SAG/AFTRA’S Willenborg new IPA president

The Illinois Production Alliance elected its second slate of officers since officially organizing in 2003, headed by president Eileen Willenborg, SAG/AFTRA executive director, for one-year terms.

The officers are: first VP, Mark Egmon, AICP president and previously IPA president; second VP, Sharon King, casting director; secretary, Wayne Kubacki, Essanay; treasurer, Bob Hudgins, IFP/Chicago president.

I-Cubed’s Arturo only local editor to score among top 12 AICE winners

While three Chicago editors ranked among the 34 finalists in the 3rd Annual AICE award show held May 13, only I-Cubed’s Arturo Cubacub rode into the elite winners’ circle of 13.

Arturo’s spot for Hearthland Health/BVK Milwaukee tied with a Dallas editor also for a local health institution. Arturo was also among the three Chicago finalists with a Wrangler/2×4 spot. The others were Red Car’s Greg Sundmark for his Windsprint/McDonald’s spot, and Swell’s Ed Maroney for Maersk Shipping Co. spec spot.

Up and Down the Avenue

Changing spaces. Popular FCB/Chicago president/CEO Dana Anderson is DDB’s new CEO, reporting to chairman Bob Scarpelli. Former agency president Ray Gillette will head a yet-to-launch Chicago office of Downtown Partners DDB, the Toronto- based agency that has become increasingly visible in the U.S. through its work for Anheuser-Busch.

Swell new people and titles: Producer Christine Johnson, from Cutters; assistant directors Jared Sirota from Optimus, Nicole Mueller from Whitehouse and Matthew Stewart who’d been J.R. Porzel’s assistant at Leo Burnett.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes

PIONEER EDITORS HONORED. Three spot editors from back in the day who virtually invented the modern post house will be inducted into the AICE Hall of Fame at the AICE national meeting in Chicago May 13. They are Optimus founder Jimmy Smyth, Post Pro’s Bob Blanford and Edit Chicago co-founder Tony Izzo. Their 90-second presentation reels are being edited by, respectively, Red Car’s Bob Carr, a long-time Optimus editor; Tom Brassil of Outsiders and Blanford’s son-in-law and Ki’s Anthony Izzo, whose relationship to Tony needs no explanation.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 03/29/04

ARMY ON THE MARCH. Leo Burnett’s Ray Swift produced a five-minute Army Special Forces recruitment video called “Surveillance” and a 60 and 30 that was edited Optimus’ Craig Lewandowski. Earhole’s Eric Lambert and Eric Sproull provided original music for the video and commercials, and Pat Yacona did the sound design, Foley and mix.

WHODUNNIT? Roseanne DiMesio’s Chicago Screenwriters Network has come up with a pip of a guest for the April 4 meeting ? Kara Stefanson, a forensic DNA expert with the Illinois State Police ?

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 02/24/04

HUGOS HONOR MARIN. The 40th annual Hugo Awards national television competition will honor Carol Marin, broadcast (“60 Minutes,” “48 Hours”) and print journalist (Chicago Tribune), with a career achievement award at its March 11 Park West awards ceremonies. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m.; Bill Zwecker hosts the commercials show at 7. Reservations via calling 312/425-9400, x 100, or Email to Tickts range $50 to $125.


“Barber Shop II” Feb. 3 screening benefits Columbia College program

Columbia College alums Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. continue their close relationship with the school by providing a sneak preview of their Chicago-made “Barber Shop II” as a benefit Feb. 3.

Producers Teitel and Tillman will be guests of honor at the Piper’s Alley screening, following a cocktail reception at the “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” space in the same building.

Tickets are $100 for the reception and screening, and will benefit the college’s Open Doors Scholarship fund for Chicago High School students.

Features, Tom Busch get a trimming

“Barber Shop II,” which wrapped several days earlier than anticipated, hasn’t been the smoothest of feature shoots, but it was one of the touchiest in many a year that we’ve heard about.

Apparently there the conflicts between the director, Kevin Sullivan (“How Stella Got Her Groove Back”) and local production manager Tom Busch made their way outside the closed set.

We heard that Sullivan was very, ah, displeased to learn that Busch had substituted a stunt person of his choice for Cedric the Entertainer, one ostensibly less expensive than Sullivan’s choice from L.A.

Up and Down the Avenue

John Noble joins Element 79 next month as SVP/director of broadcast production, a new position ? actually a first for the agency. He had the same title at the Martin Agency.

ACD Jeff Ross joined Euro/Tatham. He’s a former freelance copywriter who previously worked at GSD&M, Dallas, the Martin Agency, Richmond, and Leagas Delaney, San Francisco.

After 23 years with Sound/Video Impressions, Pat Constabileo has retired. Now she’ll be able to indulge her long-time interest in yoga.

Optimus’ block party Aug.


John C. Reilly returns to alma mater DePaul for the Theatre School’s 15th Annual Awards for Excellence in Arts ceremony May 8.

The Mike Leary twins, Bridget and Evelyn, arrived April 25. Leary had been FCB’s production head for 12 years.

Here’s why we’re glad to live in Illinois: Jerry Springer, former Cincinnati mayor, is talking of running for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio.

REELSCENE: Production News and Notes

VIDEOGRAPHER NED MILLER and soundman Greg Quedens spent 11 days shooting across four European countries for The History Channel’s “Giants.”

The 2-hour special, produced by Tom Jenkins Productions of Malibu, chronicles the folklore and legends of giants throughout history. Last week, Miller and Quedens were in Minnesota taping a segment on Paul Bunyon.

Fletcher supplies cameras for new ESPN-HD cable

For more than five years, Tom Fletcher has tirelessly promoted high definition and watched the market for the high-end digital technology expand, albeit, more slowly than originally expected.

But now, as of March 30, HD takes a quantum leap forward?like an overnight sensation who’s been honing his chops for years?when ESPN, the mother of all sports outlets, launches its all-HD cable outlet.

DDB’s Chicago post commitment to boost the market by millions

DDB Chicago’s commitment to work exclusively with Chicago editors and post houses for its hundreds of national commercials could infuse as much as $10 million into the business-dry industry.

Grant Hill, the agency’s broadcast chief, said the agency has already begun the shift. By April local post houses should be humming with editing jobs that previously had followed production out-of-town, mainly to Los Angeles and Toronto “for primarily creative and monetary reasons,” he said.

Festivals sweet on Taradash’s

Editor Scott Taradash spent two years and close to $500,000 of his own money to produce “Honeyboy,” a feature length doc about Chicago blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwardsby. The picture gets top billing Sunday evening at the Gene Siskel Film Center, where Taradash and Honeyboy will appear.

Taradash and DP Eric Kay of L.A. traveled the Mississippi Delta on-and-off filming the stories of 87-year old Honeyboy, a plantation sharecropper who finally landed in Chicago. He spent the summer editing the 35 and 16 footage in his basement.