“Shameless” and spots shoot here all next week

NBC’S CHICAGO-SET “SHAMELESS” will have two units filming around the city for a full five days starting next Monday, Aug.

Webb back at Reeling fest helm after hiatus to retool

FOUNDER BRENDA WEBB is back at the helm of Reeling: Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, after she took it on hiatus in 2012

First-ever doc about Old St. Pat’s church airs Thursday

Cameras rolled in June, 2013 at the World’s Biggest Block Party at Old St. Pat’s church in the West Loop, as doc makers Jamie Fleischel and Matt Leonard of Picture Show and their crew began shooting the first-ever documentary about the 158-year Catholic church.

Filmmaker Fahey vs. Fox host Hannity in a big way

Filmmaker Sean Fahey three weeks ago decided to tell people in Chicago, LA and New York that ”Sean Hannity is an Idiot.” It h

“Whirlwind” fall season yields good roles for actors

“A WHIRLWIND” SEASON of production – starting with a rush of commercials, four primetime network TV series, along with corporate and webs – has meant steady work for Chicago’s nationally respected talent.

Six Chicago-made TV pilots to compete in NYTVPF

That four out of the six Chicago selections in the 9th New York TV Pilot Festival are comedies, shouldn’t be a surprise, since Chicago is the comedy capital of the world (slight exaggeration but acceptable). Several of them were created by

Lending receives $1.1 mm PBS grant to complete doc

OSCAR-NOMINATED FILMMAKER Tod Lending’s documentary, All the Difference, five years in the making, has received a $1.1 million grant f

Teen Joey King stars in Corn Bred’s $1mm indie drama

Teen actress Joey King  (“The Conjuring,” FX’s “Fargo”) will star in Corn Bred Films’ suspenseful coming-of-age indie drama “Oriole Park,” along wit

Tohtz joins Key Code Media, now in its new building

Key Code Media’s Chicago/Central Region branch, led by digital/new media products pro John Connelly, Sr., and now settled into own 6,000-sq. ft. building in Schaumburg, last week hired Brad Tohtz as a regional account manager.

Seng, Peters’ dating show pilot competes in NY Fest

“Love Spitters,” an offbeat win-a-date TV pilot created by

2 local agencies in pitch for $160mm Miller Lite biz

Three agencies – two of them here in Chicago – were tapped to compete in a MillerCoors formal review to come up with advertising ideas that will elevate its Miller Lite brand from a lengthy sales slump. The agency with the most brilliant ideas will win the brand’s $160 million business. The brand will introduce the winning ads in March. The local agencies are Publi

New York TV actors co-star in Chicago indie romcom

Two familiar actors from popular primetime TV shows co-star in filmmaker Robert Alaniz’ latest low-budget indie romcom,“Mind Over Mindy,” which just wrapped after a month of local area shooting. New Yorker Larry Thomas, famously known as the Soup Nazi in “Seinfeld,” an

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