Spot production up 70% over 2002

If it feels to you like the spot business has picked up over last year, you’re absolutely right. The Chicago Film Office, which keeps track of these things, reports a whopping 70% increase in the number of commercials shot here to date (as of Aug. 13). CFO noted 61 commercial projects have filmed in the city, representing 104 shooti

Elder gets global distribution deal for $700,000 Piaf concert doc

Producer George Elder and Piaf singer Raquel Bitton during filming of her concert in Toronto.

Reid, 7 others, win AWRT awards

Production veteran Nancy Reid is one of four persons to be honored by the Sept. 19 Angel Awards presented by American Women in Radio & Television’s Chicago chapter. Reid, VP/development for Fred Blurton Productions and former VP/general manager of Broadview Media, will receive the Profile Award &#

Zacuto Rentals buys $125,000 D5 deck

The Chicago HD equipment scene was greatly enhanced the purchase of a $125,000 Panasonic D5 cinema mastering recorder by Zacuto Rentals “of everything HD,” said Steve Zacuto. Panasonic’s D5 is one of the few mastering recorders to enter the U.S. rental market. “We like to buy equip

Buyers, finalists connect at Aug. 9-10 Indiefest Film/Script Market

Chicago’s first Indie Film & Script Market climaxes in a busy weekend as hundreds of prospective buyers see what gems they can mine from among the 47 festival finalists. “We’ve invited every production company and every distributor in the world, along with agents, financiers and even investors from the Boar

McDonald's 'lovin' it' and other ad scenes

I’M LOVIN’ IT, McDonald’s first global campaign, that’s easily understood in hundreds of languages, is underway. The new campaign will debut Sept. 2, first in England and in the U.S. Sept. 29. Omnicom-owned Heye & Partners of Germany, creators of the ne
 

Hollywood insider reveals how to propel your film career

Entertainment world expert, author, teacher Laurie Scheer holds an Aug. 24 career workshop at Transitions Training Center.

Singer revives campaign for old client

Jingle vocalist Lee Montgomery went back to the future for his long-time client, the Stater Bros. Markets chain of Southern California. Asked to revive one of Stater Bros.’ old campaigns, the job wound up being 18 spots, nine spots each in English and Spanish. Steve Wiebe of Wiebe Music arranged the music and the two co-produced and recorded at Wiebe’s studio. Mon

Singer revives campaign for old client

Jingle vocalist Lee Montgomery went back to the future for his long-time client, the Stater Bros. Markets chain of Southern California. Asked to revive one of Stater Bros.’ old campaigns, the job wound up being 18 spots, nine spots each in English and Spanish. Steve Wiebe of Wiebe Music arranged the music and the two co-produced and recorded at Wiebe’s studio. Mon
 

Big Dog making big tracks

Composer Jeff Jacobs of Big Dog Bites Music

Indiefest Chicago launches Aug. 1, featuring Midwest's first film market

The Midwest’s first film market is gearing up for its launch Aug. 8-10, the last three days of Indiefest Chicago, a festival that begins Aug. 1. “

Doc exploring artistic vs. corporate expression premieres at Underground Film Fest

Before the recent spate of allegations about the adverse health effects of their products, Kraft Food Holdings had another adversary, in the unlikely guise of Wicker Park cartoonist Stu Helm. In 2002 Kraft sued Helm over his use of the name King Velveeda. The company asserted that Helm’s art tarnished the wholesome image of their Velveeta cheese products.
 

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