Chicago recovering from a weekend of violent protests

2+ Violent protests erupted in dozens of cities following the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who died after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck for more than eight minutes. In Chicago groups of demonstrators broke off from an otherwise peaceful protest to rampage on a looting spree of … Continue reading “Chicago recovering from a weekend of violent protests”

Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD

1+ With 699 arrests, more than 80 people shot, a dozen killed and even more injured this was one of Chicago’s deadliest weekends in recent memory. As mayhem and chaos spread across the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago P.D. and eventually, the National Guard attempted to maintain peace as more than 3,000 protestors, … Continue reading “Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD”

Mayor Lightfoot has two words for Trump – “F U”

6+ During a press conference held today, Mayor Lori Lightfoot lashed out at President Donald Trump for his tweet which promoted violence against Minneapolis protestors angered over the killing of George Floyd. The Mayor, who is never one to hold back said, “I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot has two words for Trump – “F U””

WTTW News correspondents host a virtual town hall

3+ WTTW News correspondents and producers Brandis Friedman and Paris Schutz hosted a virtual town hall meeting, WTTW NEWS: COVERING COVID-19, to share their experiences producing local news in the age of COVID-19 with Chicago/Illinois journalism students. The town hall was recorded on May 22 from the CHICAGO TONIGHT studio, and remotely from participant’s homes. Viewers … Continue reading “WTTW News correspondents host a virtual town hall”

Pam Zekman among those laid off at WBBM CBS-2

2+ The economic impact of Covid-19 has hit CBS News and its Chicago affiliate WBBM CBS-2 in a big way. After 39 years of delivering award-winning investigative stories, iconic Pam Zekman was laid off. Zekman shared two Pulitzer prizes for her work at the Chicago Tribune, from 1971 to 1976, and the Sun-Times, from 1976 … Continue reading “Pam Zekman among those laid off at WBBM CBS-2”

Chicago one of Hub cities being considered for NHL

1+ With a season completely dismantled on March 12 due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is considering a plan that would bring the Stanley Cup Playoffs to NBC and the NBC Sports Network in late July and early August to replace the hole the now-canceled summer Olympics have left. During a 15-minute … Continue reading “Chicago one of Hub cities being considered for NHL”

Eleven04 Story Forge online screenwriting competition

4+ As COVID-19 has reached its third month here in the U.S., it’s exciting to know there are still contests and challenges to help industry folks stay on their toes.  A perfect example is Eleven04’s Story Forge Online Screenwriting Competition Event, which happened last Wednesday, virtually.  Eleven04, a Pilsen based equipment rental house, co-lab, production facility, … Continue reading “Eleven04 Story Forge online screenwriting competition”

Mayor Lightfoot releases guidelines for phase 3 reopening

1+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials from around Chicago, today released industry-specific guidelines for businesses, employees, and customers to follow as the city prepares to begin safely reopening in early June. Industry-specific guidelines include details such as how businesses … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot releases guidelines for phase 3 reopening”

Chicago takes a home a bundle of Telly Awards

1+ The 41st annual Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, has announced the 2020 winners. With a collection of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, Chicago-based standouts range from Bottle Rocket Media’s “Nicholas Brinley Experiences” and Studio 1847’s “Make It With Menards: Glassblower Jason Wein” to There Be Dragons LLC’s “Dustburgs” and Iron Light, PACO Collective, … Continue reading “Chicago takes a home a bundle of Telly Awards”

When We All Vote encourages mayors to use their voices

1+ When We All Vote, a national nonpartisan organization, launched Civic Cities, a new initiative that encourages mayors to use their voices, governing authority and convening power to mobilize civic leaders, business leaders and community members to increase voter participation in their communities. The initiative launched with a bipartisan group of 31 founding mayors from across … Continue reading “When We All Vote encourages mayors to use their voices”

NBC Sports presents Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again

3+ On the date of the originally-scheduled 2020 Indianapolis 500, NBC Sports will celebrate the traditions of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” with its enhanced presentation of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 – Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again – this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. The enhanced race broadcast will feature a new pre-race program … Continue reading “NBC Sports presents Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again”

Steppenwolf names Brooke Flanagan, Executive Director

3+ Brooke Flanagan to be First Woman Executive Director in Steppenwolf’s 45-Year History Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today that Brooke Flanagan, who previously worked at Steppenwolf for seven years, will return to the organization in the role of Executive Director and will become the first woman to hold the title in Steppenwolf’s 45-year history. Current Executive … Continue reading “Steppenwolf names Brooke Flanagan, Executive Director”

DePaul’s Eltanal & Khatami chosen for IFP fellowship

1+ DePaul School of Cinematic Arts announced that Assistant Professors, Ronald Eltanal and Alireza Khatami, have been selected for the prestigious IFP Episodic Lab fellowship program for their project titled, Tenure. The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today twenty-six feature projects and series selected to participate across three labs over the next month: The IFP … Continue reading “DePaul’s Eltanal & Khatami chosen for IFP fellowship”

PERG guidelines for safe return to work

1+ PERG Safe Return to Work Guidelines: Precautions for Preventing Transmission of COVID-19 for Camera and Lighting Rental Operations, Sound Stages, and Production Vehicles. This guidance document provides measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus for camera and lighting equipment rental operations, facilities that rent sound stages, and for trucks and vehicles used by rental … Continue reading “PERG guidelines for safe return to work”

DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’

1+ Millennium Park at Home begins Memorial Day weekend with House Music, Gospel Music and Blues Music concerts to launch the new online series of music, arts and recreation programming. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced new virtual events for everyone missing Millennium Park’s renowned cultural programming. The new online … Continue reading “DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’”