Updated style for Emmy Awards

After 44 years as a glitzy black tie albeit an often ponderous event, the 45th annual local Emmy awards will be a much lower-key evening, perhaps in keeping with the lower-key times in local broadcasting. Instead of an oft times stuffy dinner and lengthy awards show, the 45th will take place on Monday Dec. 1. It starts with a casual buffet at Petterino’s restaurant and moves

Lutherans' doc revives popular children's animated TV series

“Davey” of the ’60s and ’70s returns in a Lutheran doc that could be a precursor for a new series.

Up and Down the Avenue 9/16/03

Y&R adds CD Tim Crawley from Carmichael/Lynch; senior art director Sonya Grewal as a senior A/D, from Cramer-Krasselt, and the A/D-writer team of Mollie Wilkie and Greg Christensen, from Hadrian’s Wall. After many years producing his sci-fi/horror flick, Princeton-based John Swanson is ecstatic over the Chicago Horror Film Festival a

New Beat Studios provides agencies with creative production services

John Aitken heads the new Beat Studios for advertising production services.

Ad spending higher in first 6 months

Although network TV lost ground, total ad spending grew 6.8% to hit $61.7 billion during the first half of the year. Total broadcasting rose 4.7% to $31.3 billion and print increased 8.6% to $25.9 billion. Some of the strongest gains came from cable TV, nationally syndicated broadcasting and Spanish-language TV

Lazzeretti, Amaya launch new 59 Films spot production house

The first new spot production company to start up in several years is putting the pieces together to officially open in a few weeks. Partners Ron Lazzeretti and Ed Amaya recently left Spoke Films after three years to start their new 59 Films. It will work out of a temporary office in the NBC Building with business in hand and staff directors.

Good spot production starts fall season

**X-Ray Productions’ Lance Catania shoots/directs a new promotion featuring Ch. 7’s 10 p.m. anchor team, Ron Magers, Kathy Brock, Cheryl Burton, Mark Giangreco and Jerry Taft. “We’re trying to do an up-close-and-personal campaign that provides some personal information about them,” said line producer Noel Olken. “

REELSCENE: News & Notes

MOVIE ROLE FOR BROADCASTER. Jerry Rose, the Chicago religious broadcaster and head of Total Living Network, is executive producer of “Hangman’s Curse,” a thriller based on Frank Peretti’s book, released through 20th Century Fox’s new Witness Entertainmen

Eightball opens new post division

Six-year old Eightball Films in early October will open a new post operation, to be called Island Nation and staffed with four full-time editors. A major addition to Island Nation will be Brett Nelson’s Flame. His Fire Rose Pictures will relocate to Eightball’s River West space. The new post division will be located on the first floor and the production side

Actors to get tips from Hollywood pros

Actors to get L.A. tips from Hollywood pros Seems like the way to L.A. is being paved by the pros. Over the Aug. 23-24 weekend, Star Caster Network hosts a workshop with L.A. casting director Ricki Maslar and actor Jay Michael Ferguson, geared to actors who want to go west. Then on

Engel and Rafayko co-producing Walgreen's first weekly health show

Walgreen’s has come up with a healthy antidote to the dearth of locally-produced TV shows with its upcoming 26-week health series. The half-hour “Walgreen’s Health Corner” will start airing Saturday mornings in January on Ch. 9 and it activates the series skills of executive producer Tom Engle whose T. Engel Productions got the 

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