James Pope of Schumacher Camera dies in I-80 accident

“It was a shock to me and everybody else and we’re dealing with this the best we can, with heavy hearts,” said Michael Acuna, about the shocking accident Monday night that took the life of James Pope, his Schumacher Camera partner and friend of more than 20 years.

AICE & AMP partner on post/music mentorship program

Trade associations AICE and AMP (Assn. of Music Producers) have teamed up to launch PrePro, a new mentorship program to help local high school and college students explore careers in post and music for advertising. The PrePro diversity program, open to students age 17 t

Homeless aided by $13K sale of Daily Planet T-shirts


Chicago locations now available on Set Scouter site

Set Scouter, an online marketplace that connects filmmakers with residential spaces they can rent as locations throughout North America, has launched its services in Chicago. Toronto-based Alex Kolodkin, Set Scouter’s founder/CEO, chose

Tim Mason joins ONE at Optimus’ directorial roster

Director Tim Mason started off his new role as the newest addition to ONE at Optimus’ directorial roster by helming spots for Illinois Lottery / Downtown Partners and New Ocean / Golin.

Why Escape Pod filmed EGO snow blowers in Antarctica

The Escape Pod had points to prove about the reliable performance of client EGO Powers+ Snow Blowers. in the worst possible weather conditions and literally went to the end of the earth to do so. Three agency creatives spent four days in the

Abasolo wins top raffle prizes at ChicPUG Wrap Party

THE 70-PLUS GUESTS at ChicPUG’s (Chicago Creative Pro Users Group) Wrap Party last week at the Metropolitan Club cheered lucky member Tony Abasolo when he won the two top raffle prizes valued at $3,100 and two additional prizes. Abasolo, who is with Apple and a freelance

"Clash of the Vampires" series to film in Illinois

An all-local production will hit Illinois in late February when the new Netflix series, “Clash of the Vampires,” begins filming the ten-episode, hour-long action fantasy from producer Eric DeShazer of DeShazer Films and co-writer, Michael D. Ballard. DeShazer Films has partnered with Downstate

Liz Laine Reps’ animation client vies for top award

A Ford spot produced by Liz Laine Reps’ client, designer / animator J.J. Sedelmaier Productions in partnership with Bill Plympton, aka “The King of Indie Animation,” was nominated for “Best Animated Television Commercial” by the

“Chicago Fire” a $1 bb economic engine for the city

NBC’s “Chicago Fire” about the firefighters and paramedics at the firehouse of Engine 51, marked the airing of its 100th episode last week and with it, a high economic milestone for the Chicago film industry. The show currently ranks as NBC’s second highest-rated series behind Tuesday night’s ensemble drama, “This is&nb

CIFC honors Springfield mayor at 12/15 holiday party

At its Dec. 15 Annual Christmas Party, the Central Illinois Film Commission will present its first-ever “Man of the Year Award” to the mayor of Springfield, James O. Langfelder for his dedication to the 

Fed scrutiny on big agency in-house contract rigging

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating allegations that giant advertising agencies, with in-house production / post facilities, are inappropriately steering business to their studios by rigging the bidding process for those contracts. Over the past few months, New York-based Rebecca Meiklejohn, a government antitrust attorney, has been interviewing bi

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