Savvy panel to discuss “Watching 1990s’ sports TV”

If you remember all the excitement of sports in the day of Michael Jordan’s three-peat dominance and Slammin’ Sammy Sosa’s endless homers for the White Sox, you’ll want to attend the Museum of Broadcasting’s special afternoon program, “Watching TV in the ‘90s.”

Mark Harris’ 2006 film gets a digital series reboot

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of his 2006 urban dramady feature production “I Used to Love Her,” producer / director / writer Mark L. Harris of 1555 Filmworks, is bringing it back as an entirely new, reimagined digital series.

New Stage 18 Production Partners meet with members

Stage 18, Chicago’s Film and Media incubator at Cinespace, co-founded by Angie Gaffney, introduced its new Production Partners Program — 16 companies that provide resources and discounts — to its 40 members last Friday night at AbelCine’s showroom at Cinespace Studios. During the evening, the nonprof

Mimi Productions shoots local scenes for LA feature

Although the “Bad Moms” Hollywood feature — to be theatrically released this Friday, July 29 — is set in Chicago but was filmed in Louisiana-as-Chicago over the winter, it nonetheless has two establishing location scenes that were actually filmed here. Producer Michelle DeLong and cinematographer David Miller’s Mimi

Epsilon lands $24 mm consolidated Del Monte biz

AFTER A FIVE MONTH REVIEW, Dallas-headquartered Epsilon won the estimated $24 million consolidated Del Monte Foods account from three incumbent agencies, to be handled by Epsilon’s Chicago-based team that includes chief creative officer

Optimus to stay at Grand Ave., amid other changes

Speculation as to Optimus’ plans about when or if it would occupy the 38,000-sq. ft. space it had leased in the Wrigley Building, after announcing a November move-in date last year, came to an end by announcing it would remain in its 161 E. Grand Ave. building. The decision not to expand and to restructure was announced by Opti
 

McDonald’s new Loop HQ builds on historic film site

What was once a sprawling 88,000-sq. ft. building, with a storied film history at 1058 W. Washington, will become McDonald’s massive 608,000-sq. ft. Chicago headquarters, when the new construction is completed by spring 2018 at an estimated cost of $250 million. The Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved the developers’ request to increase the site’s density. The City C

Reality web series seeks next “Great Street Musician”

PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN, literally, in the streets of Chicago for a new music-based web reality series, “In Search of the Great American Street Musician” – an “America’s Got Talent” meets “American Idol” concept, hosted by local actors, Shannon Novack and Keithen Banks. The se

Chet Baker biopic opens 7th Blue Whiskey Fest 7/24

THE MIDWEST PREMIERE of writer/director Robert Budreau’s “Born to be Blue” biopic of jazz legend Chet Baker will open the 7th annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, July 24-31 at the AMC Randhurst 12 in Mt. Prospect starting at
 

The Colonie’s Ackerman edits comic beer spot

For VSA Partners’ client, Blue Point Brewing Company of Patchogue, N.Y., The Colonie’s Bob Ackerman and his team edited a comedic 1:30 media spot — “Patchogue’s Got It All” — an offbeat approach to introduce the premium craft beer.

SRO audience for AWNY’s Stages Summit Chicago entrée

Tuesday’s Advertising Women of New York day-long “Stages Summit” in Chicago was a resounding success, attested to by the SRO audience that gave standing ovations to many of the 30 amazing speakers. The day-long event had quickly sold out to 250 attendees, including those who had been wait-listed for seats in the Ivy Room at the Tree Studios on State S

Chicago’s 12th 48 Hour Film Project kicks off July 31

The 48 Hour Film Project is back in Chicago for the 12th year of weekend filmmaking and director / editor Jerry Vasilatos of Nitestar Productions is helming it for the second year. The winning short will compete for special prizes with 48HFP films from 130 cities around the world where more than 60,000 people will participate in the filmmaking weekend.
 

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