Adman’s Platcow’s restaurant goes “Mad Man” retro

With the “Mad Men” series returning for its seventh and final season April 7, local adman Steve Platcow, CEO of RPM Advertising, is reviving that

CIMMfest’s “Evening with Spike Lee” salutes his career

Filmmaker Spike Lee’s career will be celebrated during the 7th annual CIMMfest as “An Evening of Music, Film & Wine with Spike Lee,” spanning from his breakthrough 1986 comedy “She’s Gotta Have It” to his recent “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” Saturday, April 18 at City Winery.

Cinespace a massive revenue booster, job creator

By the time Sun-Times had headlined Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demand that Cinespace return a $10 million state grant, studio

Former Chicagoans in LA team to shoot a horror short

FORMER CHICAGOANS Colin Costello 

Local 600 wins ‘grudge match’ against Local 476

Even with “Empire’s” star Terrance Howard playing forward on Local 476’s team, the Studio Mechanics couldn’t muster the chops to beat the formidable Local 600 International Cinematographers’ team, which mopped up the competition 42-34.

MBC gives Chicago ad icons their night of recognition

The first-ever exhibition of Chicago-conceived advertising icons to be honored by the Museum of Broadcast Communications will remind the public that many of the great moments (and 30-seconds) in radio and television originated in Chicago.
 

JBTV to make cable pitch for local, live comedy show

Jerry Bryant’s JBTV music television is turning to comedy with “Fourstar Stand Ups,” a concept that combines homegrown performers, BYOB crowds and one of the best live production facilities in America.

Unions' charity basketball "grudge match" Saturday

In a March Madness of their own, Local 600 and Local 476 members who work on “Empire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Fire” camera and grip crews at Cinespace, will put on their game faces for a friendly (?) game of basketball Saturday, March 21, to determine whi

Burrell's McDonald's spot shows "Love" in a big way

In the course of making “Good Things” — a 60-second McDonald’s spot that celebrates  African American culture and forms part of the restaur
 

Women protagonists in ABC, NBC pilots filming here

FOX TV IS SO PLEASED at the cooperation, professionalism and ease of working here on the smash hit “Empire,” that it sent production

Anthony joins "Mahalia" movie as exec producer

Chicago based producer/writer Blake Anthony, of Blake Anthony, Inc., has joined Joyful Noise, LLC, producers of the music biopic about gospel great Mahalia Jackson, as executive producer.

House votes to kill Michigan film incentives Oct. 1

After more than six years of Michigan film incentives that brought millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the distressed state, a bill to end the incentives Oct. 1 narrowly passed the house with a 58-51 vote. Killin
 

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