“Whirlwind” fall season yields good roles for actors

“A WHIRLWIND” SEASON of production – starting with a rush of commercials, four primetime network TV series, along with corporate and webs – has meant steady work for Chicago’s nationally respected talent.

Six Chicago-made TV pilots to compete in NYTVPF

That four out of the six Chicago selections in the 9th New York TV Pilot Festival are comedies, shouldn’t be a surprise, since Chicago is the comedy capital of the world (slight exaggeration but acceptable). Several of them were created by

Lending receives $1.1 mm PBS grant to complete doc

OSCAR-NOMINATED FILMMAKER Tod Lending’s documentary, All the Difference, five years in the making, has received a $1.1 million grant f

Teen Joey King stars in Corn Bred’s $1mm indie drama

Teen actress Joey King  (“The Conjuring,” FX’s “Fargo”) will star in Corn Bred Films’ suspenseful coming-of-age indie drama “Oriole Park,” along wit

Tohtz joins Key Code Media, now in its new building

Key Code Media’s Chicago/Central Region branch, led by digital/new media products pro John Connelly, Sr., and now settled into own 6,000-sq. ft. building in Schaumburg, last week hired Brad Tohtz as a regional account manager.

Seng, Peters’ dating show pilot competes in NY Fest

“Love Spitters,” an offbeat win-a-date TV pilot created by
 

2 local agencies in pitch for $160mm Miller Lite biz

Three agencies – two of them here in Chicago – were tapped to compete in a MillerCoors formal review to come up with advertising ideas that will elevate its Miller Lite brand from a lengthy sales slump. The agency with the most brilliant ideas will win the brand’s $160 million business. The brand will introduce the winning ads in March. The local agencies are Publi

New York TV actors co-star in Chicago indie romcom

Two familiar actors from popular primetime TV shows co-star in filmmaker Robert Alaniz’ latest low-budget indie romcom,“Mind Over Mindy,” which just wrapped after a month of local area shooting. New Yorker Larry Thomas, famously known as the Soup Nazi in “Seinfeld,” an

“Chicago, Please Love Detroit” appeal of mini-fest

Michigan transplants, especially from Detroit, should find the eclectic collection of a dozen made by Detroit filmmakers about their city over the past decade, to be nostalgic, daring, funny and p
 

LA production houses shooting spots in Chicago

COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION HERE is adding to the satisfying flow of entertainment projects getting underway now for the next six to eight months, with the expectation of continued additions to the current slate of business.

Big TV, film production season is underway

By midpoint this year, Chicago production had come close to the number of shooting days it had enjoyed during 2013’s record-breaking run, reports the Chicago Film Office’s Rich Moskal. “At the end of June we had issued 638 permits to shoot on city str

Filmmaking Ziegelmans’ short based on tragic event

Twin brothers Terry  and
 

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