Nikki Weiss-Goldstein EPs new doc about sexual fluidity

So are you gay, straight, bi? Somewhere in between? Former Chicagoan, Nikki Weiss-Goldstein, who successfully launched the commercial careers of renowned film directors and still photographers via her company Nikki Weiss & Co, hopes to answer those questions and more in a lovely new documentary short that she and wife, Jill Goldstein, have co-executive produced. … Continue reading “Nikki Weiss-Goldstein EPs new doc about sexual fluidity”

Weiss steps out of rep role to produce doc pilot about superstar female impersonator and friends

Nikki Weiss, the hard-working rep for A-list production companies and directors, has become executive producer of a documentary that she’s wanted to make for nine years.

The show is tentatively called “The Baton,” as in The Baton Show Lounge, where stylishly coiffed female impersonators on silver stilettos have entertained predominantly straight audiences for 36 years.

Society Director Martin goes BTS of Uncle Ben’s spot

Typically, it takes around 20 minutes or so to cook up Uncle Ben’s Rice. And even more so, it usually takes around a month to prep, produce and post a :30-second spot. That said Energy BBDO and director Connor Martin of LA-based production company Society, repped by Nikki Weiss and company, have metaphorically cooked this … Continue reading “Society Director Martin goes BTS of Uncle Ben’s spot”

“Meals for Monologues” helps the hungry

“MEALS FOR MONOLOGUES,” Claire Simon Casting’s third annual food drive benefiting a number of charities, is a way to give back to the community “and it’s also a lot of fun for the actors,” says Teresa Thoma, a Claire Simon casting associate.

Actors are invited to present a 2-minute contemporary monolog and headshot at an open call when they bring two non-perishable food items on Friday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

NBC/Universal’s lobbying to include to TV talk shows delays passage of incentives till April

THE GOOD NEWS is that the Illinois Filmmakers Tax Credit has actually, finally, honestly passed the state Senate!! Now it’s due to go back to the House for final passage, long past the times this year when enactment was expected.

The bill goes back to the House for final approval — but House is taking a two-week Easter hiatus, which pushes the final enactment into April, the second quarter of the year.

Passage had been stalled by NBC/Universal, producers of the Jerry Springer show, which heavily lobbied Sen.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes

WARNER BROS. SETS MAJOR FEATURE IN CHICAGO. A remake of a Korean movie now called “Il Mare” (“The Sea”) will start shooting in mid-March and is expected to be here for four months. Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves star; Argentinean Alejandro Agresti directs. Location is a house presently being built on a lake in the Forest Preserves.

Chicago native David Auburn (“Proof”) scripted the story for Chicago. Production designer is Matthew Crowley. Production headquarters are located in the Sofitel Hotel.

Actor James Woods morphs into spot director with national job for Draft

With the new Kaiser Permanente commercial rolling out nationally, you can add “spot director” to actor James Woods’ lengthy and impressive film credits.

Woods has been making a slow but steady transition into television commercials through his two-and-a-half years association with At Tate, a division of L.A.-based Tate & Partners that represents feature experts for commercials.

Woods biggest job to date has been the spot, “Balance,” for Kaiser Permanente healthcare via Draft Chicago’s Draft Health unit.

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.

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.

Unltd and Reddit help McD’s “hamburger takeover”

McDonald’s dedicated agency teams with venerable website to celebrate the birthday of an internet legend with a historic activation and social campaign On December 3, McDonald’s is putting a unique spin on a classic internet icon — the Hamburger Menu — in honor of its inventor, Norm Cox. The Hamburger Menu is a small icon … Continue reading “Unltd and Reddit help McD’s “hamburger takeover””

We Are Unlimited’s hilarious new campaign for McD’s

Everyone’s favorite grandma returns with an encore that is Sweet N’ Spicy, just like her (Chicago — 27 August 20-18) McDonald’s and We Are Unlimited today launched a new campaign featuring Marianne, the McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Tender-lovin’ Grandma, who dishes out saucy advice while describing her affection for McDonald’s new Sweet N’ Spicy Honey BBQ … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited’s hilarious new campaign for McD’s”

McD’s Golden Arches flip for International Women’s Day

McDonald’s has a long-history of supporting women in the workplace, giving them the opportunity to grow and succeed. To take their support a step further, the fast-food giant has literally flipped their iconic logo in recognition of International Women’s Day. Yes, the “M” (arches), which is usually untouchable, has been turned into a “W.” “In … Continue reading “McD’s Golden Arches flip for International Women’s Day”