Grant-directed feature drama bows at Naperville fest

Julian Grant has every reason to keep the faith. The award-winning director’s 33rd film, feature drama “Finding Hope,” will have its Midwest premiere Sunday, Sept. 11, at the

Chicago Int’l Film Fest to honor Bogdanovich, McQueen

Director Peter Bogdanovich (“The Last Picture Show” 1971) will be the recipient of a Gold Hugo Lifetime Achievement Award from the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 13-27.

Digital and data to drive McDonald’s new DDB agency

The bitter rivalry between DDB vs. Burnett. Publicis vs. Omnicom. Keith vs. Leo, for the billion dollar prize, brought to us by McDonald’s, with a cast of bleary-eyed creatives caught in between, has ended. The winner, as we all know, is Omnicom and DDB, meaning for the first time in 35 years everything on the menu is going to be

New Walgreen’s Photo Services videos on digital media

John Scaletta’s and Craig Bass’ La Grange-based video production company Motion Source recently produced a series of 26 promotional product and “How To” videos for Walgreen’s Photo services.

New minority-centered film distributor opening here

Executive producer/writer Blake Anthony of Blake Anthony Inc. is in the process of purchasing a Utah-based distribution company that will combine production and distribution exclusively for black, Latino and Asian-made indie films.

Adman Crowley’s first feature gets off to big start

The feature getting rave reviews as it makes the festival rounds is a notable first for both writer / director Ned Crowley, more famously known as McGarryBowen’s US chief creative director, and Cutters’ senior partner/editor

Chicago hits record income from TV series filming here

Thanks to NBC, Fox TV, Amazon and other TV shows, features, and the large number of media and entertainment projects filming here, Chicago is ascending into the rarified strata of billion dollar film markets. In just the span of five years, actually since the advent of Cinespace Studios in 2011, Chicago ha

The Mill Chicago expands staff by 2 and promotes 3

The Mill Chicago continues to expand its local staff with the addition of a creative director originally from the Mill London and a senior producer and bolster it with three promotions. The new creative director is Jay Bandlish, originally from the Mill London and Cameron Spencer, who’s enjoyed a 15-year career as a visual effects supervisor. Since arriving in Chicago he’s worke

Ten TV series will be shooting here in coming weeks

NEW TV SHOW IN TOWN is Netflix’ one-hour dramatic series “Ozark,” being produced, directed and EP’d by Jason Bateman that will be the tenth entertainment project to film throughout Chicago starting n

Ch. 11 to air Superbowl winning “’85 Bears” doc 9/7

Thirty years ago last January, the 1985 Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka was carried off the New Orleans Superdome turf after the Bears demolished the New England Patriots, 46-10, in Super Bowl XX on Jan. 26, 1986. Now a feature-length doc brings that memorable victory back to life. “’85 Bears: The Greatest

Top Pepsico exec Flatley is 2016 Ad Woman of the Year

Top level corporate executive Morgan Flatley, Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Nutrition Group and SVP/ Global Grains, was named the 2016 Chicago Advertising Woman of the Year by the Chicago Advertising Federation. The honor went to an adv

Black Harvest to screen first “Chiraq” TV episode

The hour-long pilot for the TV series “This is Not Chiraq,” from creator William D. Pierce and directed by the team of Darryl Manuel and Philip Lee of Spin Artists, will screen at the sold-out Black H  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.