Michael Antonnuci lands big position at Disney in LA

NOTHING HAD BEEN HEARD from executive producer Michael Antonnuci since December, 2012, w

Swiatek brothers win $1K in TMBG music video contest

Leo Burnett senior copywriter Paul Swiatek and his brother, Mike, an LA director, working collaboratively cross-country, won the “Am I Awake” online music video contest, based on the song by

George Kohut, ace camera man, union activist mourned

George Kohut, considered one of the best camera operators in the country, a favorite of feature directors John Hughes and Andrew Davis, and a tireless advocate for workers’ rights, died May 8 from complications of a stroke.  He was 70 and had spent 44 years in the Chicago film industry.

Central Illinois film facility will be an area boon

Central Illinois will boast the largest and best-equipped production facility outside of Chicago when Heroic Age Studios opens in Mount Zion next year – one that will “attract cost-conscious productions to the area,” says

May a’bloom with films, fun, informational events

9-15 THE CHICAGO CRITICS FILM

Who'll be boss ends Publicis Omnicom merger deal

The marriage of two agencies that analysts doubted would work was called off before the wedding.  Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group terminated their $35 billion proposed merger early this morning by mutual agreement.
 

Successful CIMMFEST: “a force to be reckoned with”

The 6th annual CIMMFEST, a four-day celebration of culture and good times that raced up and down Milwaukee Avenue last weekend, lived up to its growing reputation as a must-attend national event for music and film fans.

Fox picks up “Empire,” IFO confirms filming here

The sole pilot that shot in Chicago this year, happily has turned into a series.  Fox TV announced yesterday that dramatic “Empire” was picked up as a series for a slot on Fox’ fall schedule, as confirmed by Betsy Steinberg of the Illinois Film Office.

Good advice from CIMMCon: How to make the best pitch

Producer/director Carey Lundin attended some of CIMMCon’s panel discussions last Saturday and shares some of the information she gained there.
 

Doc shocks about FDR’s indifference to Jews’ plight

Perhaps one of the most important documentaries about the Holocaust, about an unknown Washington diplomat who fought to awaken America to Hitler’s plan to annihilate the Jews and saved the lives of thousands of lives has been produced by Shuli Eshel’s EshelProductions

Key Code Media hosts Expo; seeks account executive

EIGHTEEN OF THE LATEST and greatest product innovations will be Thursday, May 8 at Key Code Media’s P

Orson Welles’ celebration at Woodstock Opera House

It’s difficult to think of “Citizen Kane’s” creator Orson Welles, a giant of 20th century culture, as being a Midwesterner, although the cinema genius was born in Kenosha and educated in Woodstock.
 

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