Viral Chicago series Easy Abby returns for season two
Easy Abby, the “Lesbian RomCom Series” that scored more than 30 million views with thirteen episodes in its first season, returns Dec. 15 on Revry, “the world’s first LGBTQ+ digital streaming platform.”
Created, written, and directed by Chicago filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton, Easy Abby chronicles the adventures and relationships of a fun-loving, down-to-earth woman named Abby, played by Chicago actor Lisa Cordileone.
Described as “a chronic seducer with an anxiety disorder who’s just trying to get by,” Abby brings a take-it-as-it-comes attitude to a hip circle of friends. The result is a 30 Rock meets The Big Lebowski kind of vibe.
Easy Abby’s first season, shot almost entirely in Chicago, is recognized as a viral showcase of Windy City actors, locations and musicians. But changes are afoot. After introducing viewers to “the first woman to ever truly spark Abby’s heart,” Season Two finds our heroine exploring new territory, including Los Angeles.
To catch up on episodes from season one of Easy Abby, click here. To view the teaser for season two, look down.
Seed Media taps Deirdre Rymer for West Coast representation
Today, Seed Media Arts announced that Senior Business Development Consultant Deirdre Rymer has been appointed to handle exclusive West Coast representation for the Chicago-based production company.
Rymer, who is also owner of Blush Creative, brings fifteen years of experience to Seed.
In addition to her new responsibility, Rymer will collaborate with Seed’s Head of Sales and Midwest Representative, Nathan Skillicorn, on new business and direct-to-brand opportunities in the Texas market.
“I am truly honored to be working with the team at Seed,” says Rymer. “The Skillicorns know where the industry has been and understand exactly where it’s headed.”
Seed Founder and Executive Producer Roy Skillicorn is equally enthusiastic.
“Deirdre’s prodigious knowledge and experiences in the commercial production process, combined with her 15 year career of developing close industry relationships, is what Seed sought in an agent,” he says. “She has sent boards to me and she knows what she’s doing.”
Give A Shirt Returns
Daily Planet’s popular “Give A Shirt” Pop-Up Shop will return to sell t-shirts adorned with the work of more than twenty Chicago artists at the McCormick Bridgehouse Museum on Thursday, December 7.
Among this year’s contributors are Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Waco Bros’ John Langford, and Eicoff’s Ron “Tonka” Linnemann, who Marvel describes as “the cleanest screenprinter I ever met.”
“Once he sets up the press, his shirts are as straight and true as a shirt can be,” adds Marvel.
Per tradition, all proceeds will be donated to Street Wise. Marvel is hoping to increase the amount raised from last year’s 23k to an ambitious 40k.
For those who miss the pop-up shop, shirts will also be available at giveashirt.net.
DDB’s Scott Terry appointed Shorty Awards judge
DDB Chicago Production Manager Scott Terry was appointed as a judge for the 2018
Held every spring in New York City, the competition is dedicated to “Honoring the best of social media” and covers several types of content within a wide range of channels. Recent winners include Orange is the New Black, the website Tasty.com, and DDB itself, which won 2016’s Best Mid-Size Agency of the Year.
Terry, who ranked among the 2015 finalists in the Best Instagrammer category for his contribution to the DDB Chicago account, says that he is “proud and humbled” to join the likes of Instagram cofounder / CTO Mike Krieger and Twitter CMO Leslie Berland on the judges panel.
“Technology just keeps evolving,” he says. “In the last three-and-a-half years, there have been developments like Cinemagraph, which allows users to combine motion and still images within a single video. I’ve been using Flixel.”
Terry helped run DDB Chicago’s Instagram account for more than three years before handing over the reigns to a full time social media team that, he says, “has been doing a lot of really cool work.”
Below, a Twitter post featuring a Cinemagraph of DDB Associate Producer Jon Fraaza pouring himself a glass of egg nog at the agency’s Chicago office.