“Hoop Dreams” star starts clothing line & TV show

Arthur Agee, one of the two African American high school basketball stars of the classic 1994 Kartemquin documentary, “Hoop Dreams,” is back in the news with the launch of Agee’s new clothing line and a reality television show. The clothing line, “Classic Hoop Dreams,” will launch with a challenge in memory of 17-year old African American Trayvon Martin of Miami, who was f

Exciting, fun events for June

June is bustin’ out all over with a variety of events, including the rooftop anniversary celebrations of Free Spirit Media’s 15th on June 9 and Kartemquin’s 50th gala on June 24. May was a record-breaker for events and June is shaping up to be the same.

Odd Machine director’s debut film stars A-list cast

A dozen years ago, Odd Machine’s founder/director Seth Henrikson and actor Michael Shannon, who was living and working in Chicago, made a short film together. They became good friends, stayed in contact “and talked about how one day we’d make a feature together,” Henrikson recalls.

10th anniversary for cross-cultural Paco Collective

PACO COLLECTIVE this week celebrated its 10th business anniversary, evolving from an Hispanic-focused multicultural marketing agency to a cross-cultural agency with such major clients as ComEd, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago White Sox and Blue Cross Blue Shield among

Agency's in-house studio dishes up digital pizza spots

Milwaukee-based Palermo’s Pizza launched its first campaign for Urban Pie frozen premium pizzas via new AOR Laughlin Constable, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Rabinowitz now heads BMG Talent's on-camera dept.

Greg Brown’s BMG Talent (Brown Management Group) has hired talent agency Emily Rabinowitz as Director: On-Camera/Theatrical Talent for BMG Talent’s Chicago and Los Angeles offices. “Emily will be based in Chicago and head up our on-camera theatrical and commercial depart

Hootenanny partners with Mark A Ward to expand design

Hootenanny has expanded its design department via a partnership with CD / motion graphics designer Mark A Ward, who has returned to Chicago after 18 years in New York. Ward had moved to New York in 1998 where he worked with Click 3X before starting his own design firm, Threeoeight, in

New positions for One at Optimus’ Mueller, Jubinski

Two producer promotions at One at Optimus: Senior producer Jonah Mueller was named executive producer and associate producer Emma Jubinski to producer, “promotions that are well deserved,” says One at Optimus EP / Managing Director Lisa Masseur. “Jonah and Emma have played critical roles in our con

Ten35 agency taps Norman Brothers for digital spot

A digital video for Mountain Dew, in association with the NBA’s Washington Wizards and 7/Eleven was produced by Norman Brothers Productions for Ten35, the successor agency to Sherman Wright and Ahmad Islam’s Commonground/MGS, which closed in December.

“Blues Brothers” return as animated musical comedy TV

“The Blues Brothers” band is ready to make a comeback, as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues take their act on the road and back to their native Chicago as an animated TV musical comedy series. The primetime series in the works is based on the “Saturday Night Live” sketch that originated in 1976 by cast members and Second City alums and die-hard blu

Colonie & Beast editors among top AICE winners

“We did ourselves proud last night,” says Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter president, “not only in award-winning but in putting on a great show” – the 15th annual AICE Awards at Navy Pier with an audience of 500. Chicago had had three top winners out of the Awards’ 33 categories. Best of Chicago was awarded to

“Chicago Justice” now NBC/Dick Wolf 4th series here

“Chicago Justice” is now officially the fourth series in the NBC/Dick Wolf “Chicago” franchise, making Chicago the production center for what will be eight TV series by fall. Wednesday night’s backdoor episode on “Chicago PD” introducing the “Chicago Justice” characters drew 6.8 million total vi

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