AICP takes ‘A Look Forward: Agency, Production & Post’

3+ When will what passes for ‘normal’ return? When will agencies be able to mount more traditional shoots? How does one make up for the missing synergy of the edit suite? And who’s missing lunch?  These were some of the questions kicked around by the six Chicago agency executives from the creative and production ranks … Continue reading “AICP takes ‘A Look Forward: Agency, Production & Post’”

Light Modifiers uses UVC light in a new medium

3+ Light Modifiers located at 2414 West Cullerton, Chicago, has been proudly serving Chicagoland and the Midwest for over 3 years, providing exceptional film and television lighting services with friendly union and non-union professionals. At Light Modifiers Rental, we are taking many precautions to ensure customer safety as our industry starts to slowly reopen. When COVID-19 … Continue reading “Light Modifiers uses UVC light in a new medium”

OddMachine uses disruption to build a better ‘Machina’

3+ OddMachine is a full service production and post-production company founded in 2008, producing great creative content for brands and advertisers, located at 900 N Franklin St. Suite 850, Chicago. Times of unprecedented disruption can also be an opportunity to invest in expanded capabilities. Such was the case when Chicago based production and post hybrid … Continue reading “OddMachine uses disruption to build a better ‘Machina’”

Alex Pissios talks future of Chicago production

6+ Nowhere can the pandemic’s financial impact be felt more than in the city’s once thriving production industry. Shows such as Empire, the Dick Wolf “Chicago” shows, Shameless and commercials positioned Chicago as the midwest hub for networks and studios. Once productions were forced to shutter, everyone from actors to craft services suddenly found themselves … Continue reading “Alex Pissios talks future of Chicago production”

Chicago’s own host the National Memorial Day Concert

5+ Chicago’s Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host a special presentation of PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert: America’s Night of Remembrance. Featuring a Tribute to our American Heroes on the Front Lines of the Pandemic Crisis. PBS’ multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns for a special presentation hosted by Chicago’s Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise with … Continue reading “Chicago’s own host the National Memorial Day Concert”

UPDATED: Ruby Rose leaves ‘Batwoman’

4+ Um…. well… This is Bat Sh*t crazy! Deadline is reporting that Ruby Rose, the star of the CW’s drama series Batwoman, is leaving the Warner Bros. TV/Berlanti Prods. drama after one season. The series, which shoots exteriors in Chicago, has been renewed for a second season, will continue with the title role getting recast. “I have made … Continue reading “UPDATED: Ruby Rose leaves ‘Batwoman’”

Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée raises $640k

2+ Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée is a one-of-a-Kind Online Fundraiser Entertains with Live Music, Celebrity Guests and Surprise Appearances. (Video of event below) Steppenwolf Theatre Company replaced its 2020 Gala with a live online event, Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée, celebrating the power of theatre and raising vital funds to keep it … Continue reading “Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée raises $640k”

#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music

3+ To celebrate Chicago’s music history and support the city’s creative communities, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago invites the public to participate in the #ChiMusic35 campaign. Music has always had a sweet home in Chicago. It’s where Louis Armstrong cut his first big records in the 1920s. It’s where Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf made … Continue reading “#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music”

Pritzker launches ‘Get Hired’ website for jobs and training

3+ Governor JB Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES) today launched Get Hired Illinois – a new portal designed to connect workers with available jobs and career training opportunities across the state of Illinois. Governor Pritzker also announced that beginning in June, Illinois … Continue reading “Pritzker launches ‘Get Hired’ website for jobs and training”

FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series

3+ FIRSTHAND: CoronavirusOne-Hour Special Compiled from WTTW Digital Documentary SeriesMonday, May 18, 9:00 pm and Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 pm on WTTW#FIRSTHANDwttw In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WTTW hit the streets of Chicago to film the 15-part digital series FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus, produced and released in real time, that explored the personal, firsthand perspectives of … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series”

Cinespace joins Sweet Home Chicago live stream event

5+ Sweet Home Chicago Relief & Recovery live stream event packed with Chicago celebs airs May 16 at 5PM CDT on NBC Sports Chicago, the telethon will also simultaneously stream on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.   The Chicago CEO COVID-19 Coalition, founded by John Koudounis, is excited to announce that Wintrust Financial and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios have joined … Continue reading “Cinespace joins Sweet Home Chicago live stream event”

Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual

2+ Today, Thursday May 14th, The Indie Film Town Hall met to discuss the future of production in Illinois.  The panel included Christine Dudley (IPA) Angie Gaffney (IFA), Peter Hawley (Illinois Film Office), Anthony Kaufman (Chicago International Film Festival Industry) Brenda Webb (Chicago Filmmakers), Colette Ghunim (Mezcla Media Collective).  The discussion was led by Angie … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual”

FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’

2+ The Obamas and Oprah are among the Chicago celebrities reading children’s books across the Chicago Public Library social channels. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Library (CPL), one of the largest libraries in the US with over 385 professional librarians, and the CPL Foundation have partnered to host ‘Live from the Library,’ a daily … Continue reading “FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’”

Chicago neighborhood food pantries get boost from AT&T

3+ Food pantries and organizations helping residents address food insecurity issues in Chicago’s south and west side neighborhoods are receiving support from AT&T, including three neighborhoods – Austin, Auburn Gresham and South Shore – receiving special focus by Mayor Lightfoot and the City’s Racial Equity Rapid Response Team. AT&T is supporting the effort through its … Continue reading “Chicago neighborhood food pantries get boost from AT&T”

Watch the original Wassup! audition video

1+ Editor’s Note: To remind people to check in on friends and family during social distancing and self-quarantining, Budweiser re-visited its iconic 20-year-old ‘Wassup’ campaign. Using the original cast with re-recorded audio, the spot successfully led viewers to believe that the original cast was hollering at each other during quarantine. Taking the concept two steps … Continue reading “Watch the original Wassup! audition video”