Cutters Bloodbath: biggest industry party, anywhere

Cutters Studios’ 6th annual Bloodbath in Wonderland Halloween party, unquestionably the biggest private bash in the production industry, anywhere, was attended by an estimated 2,300 guests.

Vitamin ramps up the scare factor in Knott’s campaign

Vitamin Pictures executive producer Larissa Berringer says she’s worked on a lot of films sets, “but I was never as scared as I was on the shoot we did for Knott’s Scary Farm. “We shot in a sp

Nominee Jon Ross eyes the prize at Saturday’s Emmys

Saturday’s sold out 56th annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy celebration at the Radisson Blu Aqua will be the biggest and best awards ceremony yet. A record 700 guests will attend, inclu

Bulls’ new seasons starts with three doc-style spots

Three new spots that herald the opening of the Chicago Bulls 2014-2015 season are part of the team’s “Chicago Basketball is Home” campaign, now in its third successful year.

Jam packed weekend/week of great can’t miss events

BUSY WEEKEND, BUSY WEEK of events starts Thursday fright night as 2,500 guests (and counting) in costume congregate at the Bottom Lounge to attend Cutters’ “Bloodbath in Wonderland” an

Memorable Spokesmonsters through the ad ages

Barkers bark and pitch men pitch, but sometimes it’s the monster who sells. For more than a century, ghosts, giants and beasts representing brands have met or exceeded their sales quotas on everything

2 of 4 CIFF Audience Awards go to Chicago filmmakers

Two of the four coveted Audience Choice Awards of the 50th Chicago Film Festival went to Chicago filmmakers now living on the West Coast. Kartemquin director Joanna Rudnick’s “On Beauty,” won the award for Best Short Film, out of 68 short films from 50-plus countries and Gabe Polsky’s Best Feature Documentary “Red Army” won out of a field of 19.

FCB wins top spot as “Chicago’s Coolest Office”

“CHICAGO’S COOLEST OFFICES” is Crain’s Chicago Business’ annual effort to bring forth the best places to work, among the workplaces nominated by hundreds of enthusiastic, satisfied employee.

Senate votes to improve & expand Michigan incentives

In a 32-4 vote, Michigan’s Senate last week approved a bill to extend and improve the state’s film tax credit program, which was limited and reduced in 2011 and set to expire in 2017. The bill is how headed to the House.

Berg brings her network TV BG to Plum Productions

Emmy nominated writer/producer Melissa Berg brings a wealth of network television experience to her new producer

AICE charges agencies with unethical post practices

In a well couched but nonetheless blistering policy statement, the AICE claims that agencies steering post work to their own in-house facilities and other subterfuge is an “overt conflict of interest.”

New development director and new address for STORY

For the first time, STORY production/post will have an in-house sales director, working in its new offices when commercial pro, Melissa Thornley, starts Nov. 1 as Midwest head of new business development.  Copyright © 2014.  All rights reserved.