2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

1+ Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”

Susan Carlson leaves NBC-5 to focus on family

2+ Who hasn’t had a crush at one time or another on Susan Carlson, who has been one of the queens of local news for 29 years. Some of the Reel Chicago team never missed her morning broadcast before moving to LA. Now, the beloved anchor has announced, via Twitter, that she will be leaving … Continue reading “Susan Carlson leaves NBC-5 to focus on family”

IATSE to join #RedAlertRESTART movement tonight

2+ Chicago’s Allstate Arena will be lit up bright red tonight at 9PM in solidarity with 1500 live event venues around America for the #RedAlertRESTART movement.  #WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and #ExtendPUA represent a major call to action, imploring the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814) as quickly as possible, offering economic relief to the … Continue reading “IATSE to join #RedAlertRESTART movement tonight”

Meet ‘Lovecraft Country’s’ showrunner Misha Green

2+ HBO’s Lovecraft Country, which was filmed at Cinespace Studios, debuts on August 16. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago … Continue reading “Meet ‘Lovecraft Country’s’ showrunner Misha Green”

‘Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago’ lineup

2+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the lineup of Chicago and national celebrities who have come together to celebrate and pay tribute to the over 35,000 graduating high school seniors across Chicago. “Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago.” is a live, commercial-free 60-minute ceremony hosted and co-created by the City of Chicago and Citadel … Continue reading “‘Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago’ lineup”

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””

Lizzo covers ‘All Together Now’ in first Messenger spot

10+ “See You Here” is Leo Burnett’s first major campaign for Messenger, developed in partnership with Facebook’s Creative X team. For the campaign’s off-platform debut, Leo Burnett conceived and created the short film, “Pictures”—drawing inspiration from people’s real-life experiences to showcase the real-life benefits of the new video chat platform. The energetic work is part … Continue reading “Lizzo covers ‘All Together Now’ in first Messenger spot”

Pam Zekman among those laid off at WBBM CBS-2

3+ 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”

A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II

1+ A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO, narrated by legendary journalist Bill Kurtis, is a comprehensive telling of nearly everything that happened in Chicagoland during World War II.  This one-hour documentary won the 2018 Chicago International Television Festival Gold Plaque Award for best nonfiction program, and is currently airing on more than 130 public television stations … Continue reading “A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II”

Kanye West buys childhood South Shore home

3+ Yeezy is coming back to his South Shore neighborhood. Or at least he has his old house. Kanye West, also known as the Louis Vuitton Don, has recently purchased his childhood home in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood for $225,000. West’s mother, Donda West, purchased the 1,600 square foot home located at 7815 S. South … Continue reading “Kanye West buys childhood South Shore home”

Marquee Network signs exclusive Chicago Cubs deal

3+ This Saturday, the Marquee Sports Network will make its debut as exclusive television home of the Chicago Cubs by airing the team’s first Spring Training game against the Oakland Athletics in Mesa, Arizona. Formed by a partnership between the Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Marquee fills a position that opened up when the Cubs … Continue reading “Marquee Network signs exclusive Chicago Cubs deal”

Sneak peek at State Farm’s new ‘Not the One’ spot

7+ After meeting Jake, a new face of State Farm who appeared during the company’s Super Bowl pregame spot, consumers might be wondering where the brand is headed next. Now, the wondering is over, and it was hilariously worth the wait. Launching tomorrow, State Farm’s new multi-year campaign, Like a Good Neighbor, re-envisions how the … Continue reading “Sneak peek at State Farm’s new ‘Not the One’ spot”

Kwielford, Guth step down from MIFF leadership

1+ Midwest Independent Film Festival’s President and Executive Director announce their resignations on Saturday-morning Facebook posts Midwest Independent Film Festival President Mike Kwielford and Executive Director Amy Guth have stepped down from their leadership roles with the organization. They announced their departures in separate Facebook posts on Saturday morning. Finding time to focus on other … Continue reading “Kwielford, Guth step down from MIFF leadership”

Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’

5+ Abundance of Windy City talent to appear in latest film by blockbuster director and Metro Goldwyn Mayer With principal photography underway in Chicago on Candyman, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, director Nia DaCosta has cast several local performers in key supporting roles. The film’s previously … Continue reading “Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’”

Inside the Music Box’s 90th Anniversary Video

6+ The 12-minute film showcases one of the theatre’s greatest resources, its audience   Filmmaker Curtis Matzke shot a lot of interviews while helping to make the Music Box Theatre’s 90th Anniversary tribute video, and in doing so he captured one of the greatest things about the place: its audience. Since opening nearly a hundred … Continue reading “Inside the Music Box’s 90th Anniversary Video”

Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur

5+ Chicago native, Northwestern grad held top editorial roles at EBONY and JET while co-piloting Myth Lab Entertainment, and fighting for media diversity   Kyra Kyles is a multi-platform senior-level media executive, a public speaker on issues of diversity and representation, and an award-winning writer.   Journalist Kyra, former EBONY Editor in Chief / Senior … Continue reading “Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur”

2019 Best of the Midwest Awards

8+ “The film festival is about bringing people together and supporting all of the members of the filmmaking community.” MIFF Executive Director Amy Guth The Midwest Independent Film Festival’s annual Best of the Midwest Awards inspired a swanky good time last night at The Promontory in Hyde Park. Complementing a candlelit vibe with cocktail dresses, … Continue reading “2019 Best of the Midwest Awards”

Film Office Director Rich Moskal: a tough act to follow

7+ The man who arranged gunfights on the el, demolition in the loop, and “Transformer” battles on Wacker Drive explains how the CFO got it done Rich Moskal helped to present the Windy City as a place of beauty, romance, destruction, and chaos in more than 5,000 films, TV shows, web series, and commercials while … Continue reading “Film Office Director Rich Moskal: a tough act to follow”