Four “Conrad” crime drama episodes comprise pilot

“CONRAD,” A CRIME DRAMA SERIES produced by Chicago-based Conrad, LLC, has completed the pilot episode of a proposed 10-episode&nb

Concert promoter adds national talent buyer

Music industry veteran Sean McDonough has joined concert promoter / producer FM Entertainment of Logan Square as a national talent buyer/producer. Founded in 2006 by Frank Mastalerz, FM Entertainment promotes and produces concerts in 18 venues throughout the Midwest, includin

Final Cut opens fourth branch in River North office

Final Cut, the London-headquartered post house with branches in New York and Los Angeles, is launching its Chicago office Thursday, Jan. 26 at a party expected to be well attended by the advertising community. Hosting the party will be executive producers Sarah Roebuck, from LA and Eric McCasline f

CFO recorded 2,339 record breaking shoot days in 2016

The Chicago Film Office (CFO) at the Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced Monday that local media and entertainment productio

A John Hughes Fest with cast members set for June

Six of John Hughes’ iconic teen films are coming back to life, literally, at The Shermer Club: A John Hughes Fest, which also is recreating scenes that were part of the original film. The upcoming June 22-25 celebration of all things Hughes will take place at the John and Nancy Hughes Theatre at the

Back to nature with Burrell’s Toyota Rav4 campaign

While many car campaigns targeting African Americans skew toward adventures in urban settings, Toyota long-time multicultural agency, Burrell Communications, is showing audiences how to discover — or re-discover — the great outdoors.
 

Why the IFO’S $499 mm film income should be higher

Last Friday the IFO / DCEO released its year-end summary of revenues from 2016 statewide film productions, stating they were $499 million, from 345 projects. Becoming half-billion dollar film market is indeed exciting, especially given the previous, so-so year-end tallies. ReelChicago, however, believes the total should be at least

How big a part will VR play in social entertainment?

Last week’s freezing rain didn’t deter some 50 enthusiasts from a Jan. 11 gathering at Chicago Studio City’s (CSC) Stage One to hear an informed discussion about applications of fast-rising virtual reality (VR) in business, health care and social entertainment videos.

Understanding the real world through VR experiences

Empathy is a powerful emotion that advertising often taps into. With the rise of reality experiences — virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360-immersive videos — brands are now finding new ways to create consumer empathy to make their point. These immersive reality experiences have the ability to place users in someone else’s shoes and connect them to causes in a very real
 

Sundance to showcase “Trophy,” Chicago-funded doc

SCREENING AT SUNDANCE (Jan, 19-29) will be the 28-minute doc, “Trophy,” that was funded by the Chicago equity firm of CMP Invest / Impact, that invests in documentaries that are aimed at helping

Adman Gross is Radio Mercury Awards 2017 Chief Judge

The Radio Mercury Awards, hosted by the New York-based Radio Advertising Bureau and now seeking entries, has named Chicago adman Mark Gross, partner / CD in Highdive Advertising as its 2017

Bauer’s “Mad Scientists” YouTube series a zany romp

Chicago-based screenwriter and actor, Harry Bauer, has just launched his zany four-part webseries, “Mad Scientists Consortium” on YouTube.Each 5-7 minute webisode takes a semi-dark and comical look at five Chicago-based mad scientists hell bent on world domination, or in their case, starting with Illinois, Wisconsin and parts
 

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