The reality is, city shut down TV show building over permit lack

The City of Chicago shut down construction on the house where the network reality series “Starting Over” was set to shoot.

Chicago Dramatists celebrate "Turning 25"

A small group of novice playwrights got together in 1979 to form a collective at the old Organic Theatre. They had little money, but great determination to write, act and produce great theatre. Although none of the founders are still around, the organization they launched will celebrate “Turning 25” at a July 14 event. Steppenwolf Ensemble member and Dramatist frie

Merger creates $100 million shop

Ebel, Signorelli & Welke/Chicago is the result of the June 1 merger of two medium-small agencies, Ebel Dunnell Merrick and Creative Alliance/Chicago, that’s created a new $100 million entity employing 50. Founding partners are Robert Ebel (not to be confused with director Bob Ebel); Jim Signorelli, formerly of Creative Alliance/Chicago, which

UP AND DOWN THE AVENUE

Andy Madorsky is Grant/Jacoby’s new executive creative director. He replaces Bernie Pizel who left the agency after a decade to open his own ad shop, Romani Bros. Advertising. Oh, oh. Don’t invite Roger Ebert and actor/director Vincent Gallo to the same party. Gallo called Ebert a “fat pig” and claimed he’d put a curse on Ebert’

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METROPOLITAN CHICAGO STUDIOS, the 22,000 sq. ft. of stage space and offices at 2500 W. Roosevelt Road, has officially closed. With industrial growth burgeoning to the west, owner Charles Mack plans to build as many as 450 houses on his eight acres of land. Demolition starts June 21. Metropo

Momentum Entertainment signs cable, video deals for urban indie

Ta’sia Sherel and George Wilborn star in “Love Relations,” due for release on cable and video this fall.
 

North Side dentist learns the pain of filmmaking with first indie film

Jet Chiranand just finished post for “Kyle & Heidi,” the feature he made at his dental office Celebrity Smiles.

Documentarian Hakim Bellabes produces

Hakim Bellabes has just completed his first fiction feature, ?Threads.?

Documentarian Hakim Bellabes produces $600,000 Morocco/Chicago indie feature

Hakim Bellabes has just completed his first fiction feature, “Threads.”
 

Bulletproof Film heads to Vietnam for veterans' reconciliation doc

Carmine Cervi (pictured) and his Bulletproof Film partner Ilko Davidov will shoot in Vietnam this August for their docum

Ambassador Entertainment, filmmaker Ruiz shoot non-stereotypical Latino indie this month

Rob Ruiz (right) and Hafez Ali Muhammad (left) are producing the feature film “Gigs” in Humboldt Park and Puerto Rico st

SPRINGFIELD LEGISLATORS PASS WAGE/TAX CREDIT BILL

With the minutes ticking away to the end of the Illinois legislative session, the state Senate Saturday night passed the wage/tax credit bill that gives Illinois its first step towards competitive parity with Canada and other U.S. states. The passage of HB 234 was one of a number of measures passed in the last minute commotion.
 

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