Going to the theatre?

By Jonathan Abarbanel

If you’ve got tickets for your favorite Off-Loop theater, better call first to make sure it’s open.

Days before Thanksgiving, Chicago’s Department of Revenue shut down six Off-Loop theatres in a surprise enforcement sweep of Public Place of Amusement (PPA) licensing laws. All theaters, clubs, concert halls and sports venues are required to have a PPA, issued only after an inspection task force signs off on the venue.

Post Effects teams with Central City, Black Enterprise Magazine for TV show

Central City Production’s “The Minority Business Report,” a staple of WGN syndication for 18 years, has been transformed into an updated, upscale weekly magazine show.

“The Black Enterprise Report” utilizes the editorial expertise of Black Enterprise Magazine of New York. It’s the Fortune-like publication’s first entr?e into television.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 12/04/03

COMMA’S CHRISTMAS PACKAGES. Comma’s Larry Pecorella and Bryan Rheude scored Hallmark’s Christmas spots based on Tschaikovski’s Dance of the Reed Flutes for Burnett creatives Tim Pontarelli and David Harner and producer Bob Harley. And for the second year in a row scored JC Penney’s holiday image spot. Asides: Composer Dave Hutten moved to Comma’s Santa Monica office full-time. Their studio, incidentally, was featured in November’s Interior Design Magazine.

ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Luminair’s George Elder was in L.A.

Up and Down the Avenue – 12/04/03

Expect Mark Androw of the Stories Companies to preside over national AICP. Running unopposed, Androw will be only the second AICP president in its 30 year history not from L.A. or N.Y.

BBDO Diane Jackson head of broadcast production, replacing the long-tenured Chuck Sheldon. She was executive producer on Energizer at DDB and also produced on other accounts.

Frankel boosted Michael Strip to VP/GCD, responsible for Coca Cola and Jose Cuervo accounts.

Still no word as to whether or not “Weather Man” is a go.

New Brown Flowers company starts production of short dark drama

Five cars are parked in remote areas of Chicago. There are two people in each car. “Everyone is hiding, doing something they’re not supposed to be doing,” said Rocky Russell, executive producer of the 20-minute dark drama “Parked,” which shoots Dec. 4 through 9.

A tow truck driver (comedian Jay Deep) is seduced by his boss. Two married women carry on an affair. Two junkies try to score (“the comedic portion of the film”). A girl asks her friend to break her nose so her father will get her plastic surgery. And two bank robbers plot a heist.

Up and Down the Avenue – 11/19/03

John Crededio wasn’t kidding about a lawsuit against the state’s representative, Brenda Sexton. He hired one of the city’s biggest legal guns to pursue his case.

Steve Ford Music added executive producer Cynthia Barber, former DDB executive radio producer (and songwriter/singer) and marketing coordinator Rachel Slusarczyk, a recent School of Art Institute grad.

Famous Columbia College alum producer Bob Teitel (need we mention “Barber Shop” and “Soul Food?”) shares his filmmaking experiences at what could be an SRO evening Nov.

Texas TV tycoon Mark Bunting buys
Orbis with goal of ?growing it bigger’

TV star and producer Mark Bunting is Orbis’ new owner.

Walking Shadows gears up for
‘post-contemporary’ Macbeth film

Walking Shadows partners Kirk Sanders (left) and Jon Gaunt

Shallcross-James’ “Uncle Nino” heads
for Dec. 5 Michigan screenings

Veteran actor Pierrino Mascarino plays the title role in “Uncle Nino.”

Bader Brothers’ film captures genuine criminal life

The Bader Brothers went deep into the criminal world to make a film that was true to the life of a professional burglar.

“We’ve always liked the crime genre but we’d never seen anything that we felt really portrayed a thief in a realistic way,” said director Malik Bader, who made the film “Grand Theft” with his brother, producer Sam Bader. “We felt we could bring something to the table that was more real.” The Baders shot the Super 16mm feature last summer and are now in post-production.

From ‘Bounce’ to Albee to ‘Samurai’

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Comedian Richard Kind joked about his Jeff Awards.

Collective industry voice is urged to defeat new added tax on rentals

Essanay’s Wayne Kubacki stresses the urgency for the industry to raise its collective voice to help defeat a disastrous tax increase if the County Board passes it at a Dec. 9 vote.

Kubacki, an IPA board member and representative of the city’s many rental equipment suppliers, is leading the opposition to the country’s proposed new taxes by asking that we attend a Nov. 19 public hearing and fax letters ASAP to the county commissioners.

Up and Down the Avenue – 11/11/03

Producers of “Weatherman,” the Nicolas Cage feature, scouted the city for a full week with the expectation of filming here in late winter.

IPA’s first Membership Meeting takes place Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 1 W. Wacker, Riviere Ballroom.

JWT lost the $3 million Haagen Dazs account to Goodby, Silverstein/San Francisco, on the heels of the $40 million OfficeMax loss to DDB.

Parenting Magazine nominated Bruce Frankel’s video, “That’s How We Build a House,” as one of the best kids videos of 2003.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 11/11/03

BURRELL NAMES BROADCAST HEAD. Burrell promoted Debbie Amsden to director of broadcast production, a position vacant since Sharon Kimbrough left the company earlier this year. “With production getting busier, we needed someone in that position,” said creative chief Mike Faems. Amsden leads a department of five producers and an associate producer.

YOUMANS SHOOTS IN EUROPE.

Looking for a few good men

Ford Models purchase of Aria Talent
creates city’s biggest talent agency

Former Aria co-owner Marie Anderson is now general manager of the new agency.

Cullen, Daly buy back their Tape
Company from bankrupt Daisytek

The Tape Company founders Bob Daly and Mike Cullen took their company private from publicly traded Daisytek.

IFO’s Sexton’s Studio City
remarks shock IFP audience

IFO Director Brenda Sexton