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‘This Is Us’ EP Kay Oyegun’s ABC Pilot ‘Insight’ Now Filming in Chicago; Emmy Nom Joins Cast

SCREEN reported earlier this Spring that a promising ABC pilot is heading to Chicago, and filming for that hourlong drama is now underway. This Is Us executive producer and episode…

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Salt-N-Pepa, Prysm Studios Bring the Right Rhythm to New Checkers Campaign

Checkers teamed up with Prysm Studios and Fitzco to deliver a new spot that has us tapping our toes. This is just one ad in an ongoing campaign featuring Checkers’…

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HighDive, Cutters, and Director Stewart Hendler Team Up for Fearless Jeep Spot

What better time than today for a joyous, thrilling spot about living life fearlessly and to the fullest? The latest campaign for Jeep is “Born Free” and featured a collaboration…

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Your First Look at ‘Paper Girls’ from Amazon; Plus: Will There Be a Season Two?

The anticipation for the first season of Amazon Prime series Paper Girls is building. And so are the questions. When will the first season premiere? Will there be a Season…

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Elevated Films Chicago Kicks Off Season Thursday

Go big or go home. That’s the mantra as Elevated Films Chicago will be taking over the 17th floor Town Hall – which also happens to be an NBA-sized basketball…

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Carbon Grows Colorist Roster with Electrifying New Talent Bree Brackett

Creative Studio Carbon has promoted Bree Brackett to colorist. Brackett is making her mark straight out of the gate with campaigns for Adidas, AT&T, eBay, Gap and Nike, to name a few.  Bree…

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Anthony Bourdain Series Heads to Cannes Film Market with Chicago’s Questar and California Pictures

Chicago-based Questar Entertainment is partnering with California Pictures this Spring to bring a large catalog of Questar originals, travel content, and independent films and TV to the 75th Cannes Film Market. …

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rEvolution Acquires Detroit-Based Centigrade to Broaden Industry Expertise

rEvolution, the world’s largest independent sports marketing agency, has acquired Detroit-based integrated marketing agency Centigrade. The acquisition bolsters rEvolution’s current roster of global clients, joining others in the automotive, motorsports…

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Cleveland, Michigan Filmmakers Among Sundance Institute Fellows

The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the names of the mediamakers selected for the new Humanities Sustainability Fellowship, a year-long program providing 20 U.S.-based under-resourced nonfiction mediamakers whose work and livelihood…

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Reel Black Filmmakers Celebrates 10 Years of Empowering Black Filmmakers

Reel Black Filmmakers – a program of the Community Film Workshop  of Chicago – celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a Reunion and Membership Drive on  Saturday, May 21 at the…

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Battle of the Ad Bands Ready to Rock the Cubby Bear 

The Battle for Hope — an annual Chicago advertising live music competition — returns to the Cubby Bear for its ninth run on May 12. A fundraiser for the Off…

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Sundance Vet and Netflix Writer Minhal Baig to Direct ‘We Grow Now’ in Chicago

A Chicago filmmaker is bringing her next project back home. Minhal Baig’s most recent feature film, Hala, was a Sundance Grand Jury Award Nominee and critics’ pick, was executive produced…

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Tom Hanks Comedy ‘A Man Called Otto’ Filming in Cleveland, Toledo

The latest Tom Hanks studio movie will be filming in the Midwest this week. A Man Called Otto will be shooting in Ohio, working in Cleveland through today, Tuesday, May…

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BBDO Pakistan’s Hira Mohibullah Heads to Kansas City to Lead VMLY&R as ECD

Hira Mohibullah will join VMLY&R as executive creative director based in Kansas City. Joining from BBDO Pakistan, Mohibullah is the latest addition to VMLY&R’s growing bench of creative talent, and will focus…

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Here Are the AICP Awards Shortlists

The AICP Awards today released the Shortlists for the 2022 editions of its three competitions: The AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial, the AICP Next Awards and…

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Rotten Tomatoes and Chicago Film Critics Announce Winners of ‘Emerging Critics Grant’

Rotten Tomatoes, entertainment fans’ go-to resource for movie, TV and streaming recommendations, and the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) announced today the inaugural recipients of the “Emerging Critics Grant” program,…

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Whitehouse Post Editor Luke Sloma Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Skittles, Milwaukee, and the best advice ever have in common? They’re all right here in this week’s round of Five Questions with SCREEN! Whitehouse Post Editor Luke Sloma…

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IFA, IPA and Chicago Media Angels Team Up for Tax Incentive Discussion Wednesday

IFA Chicago will be bringing together Illinois Production Alliance Executive Director Christine Dudley and Chicago Media Angels Executive Director Ted Reilly for an in-depth virtual conversation on the expanded Illinois State Film…

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Quentin Tarantino Will NOT Be Directing ‘Justified: City Primeval,’ Sources Tell SCREEN

Chicago was abuzz on the news that Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino would be directing an episode of the new FX series Justified: City Primeval this May. Unfortunately, sources tell…

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Is Amazon Series ‘Paper Girls’ Season Two in Doubt?

Will there be a Season Two of Paper Girls? One of the biggest series to film in Chicago last year was the highly anticipated Amazon Studios series Paper Girls, with…

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Chicago Actor and TV Host Will Clinger Attacked on Train

Will Clinger is a fan favorite of the Chicago theatre and television scene, and host of the popular Wild Travels. Unfortunately, on Monday night, he found himself in his wildest…

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TBD Post Welcomes Post Veteran Ron Rendon, Teams Him With Karen Jacobs

TBD Post, a premiere post production studio in East Austin, is making plans for expansion by adding two industry veterans and sales representation to its team. TBD Post Founders Brandon…

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CineYouth Festival Announces Award Winners

The 17th CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for its 2022 edition in nine categories, as well as the recipient of this year’s Prodigy Scholarship. This year’s award…

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11 Dollar Bill’s Josh Eggleston Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Iron Man, Pearl Jam, and Bad Girls Club have in common? They’re all right here as Josh Eggleston is the latest contestant in our weekly round of Five…

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HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Starts Filming Season Two This May

It’s shaping up to be a busy summer in Illinois. The HBO comedy series Somebody Somewhere, led by Bridget Everett and executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, is ramping…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Star Christian Stolte Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Gordon Ramsay, David Bowie, and an epic snowball fight have in common? They are all right here as we have a very special guest for this week’s round…

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Ohio, Kansas, Iowa Festivals Crack Top 50 List

Did your favorite film festival crack the Top 50? Moviemaker Magazine has released its annual list of ’50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,’ and there are quite a few…

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Emmy Winner Jane Lynch Helms New Campaign for Illinois Tourism

An Emmy winner has returned to the Midwest to shine a joyous light on her home state. Actress, producer and writer Jane Lynch recently directed a series of commercials for…

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Camp Lucky Drives Post For Magnolia Series ‘Van Go’

Dallas-based Camp Lucky builds on its collaboration with Magnolia Network providing post production on season two of Van Go. In the series, Austinite and Chewy Design Co. owner Brett Lewis renovates vans…

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Executive Producer Matt Nelson Joins Yessian New York

Matt Nelson is bringing his executive producer expertise to Yessian’s New York Studio. The music maestros also have studios in Detroit, Los Angeles and Hamburg. Nelson brings a wide range…

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BREAKING: Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Expanded; ‘Gamechanger’ for IL & Chicago Industry

It’s time to celebrate a massive win for the Illinois production industry. Effective July 1, 2022, the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit program will officially be expanded, implementing the new…

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Lindsay Tyler Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Lindsay Tyler has been a mainstay in the Chicago advertising community for over two decades, with tenures at FCB Chicago and Havas. Lindsay recently joined the team at Whirlpool as…

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Chicago’s Next Comedy TV Series? ‘Fat Jesus’ Wins Pitch-A-Thon; Meet the Winner Kyle Leland [Exclusive]

Is Chicago’s next great comedy television series right around the corner? The Pitch-A-Thon initiative, powered by Denver/West Coast-based SeriesFest, Second City, and IFA Chicago is dedicated to discovering and nurturing…

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Your First Look at Season Finale for ‘Power Book IV: Force’ This Sunday

Chicago is Tommy’s town now. And the finale is here for the first season of Power Book IV: Force. The series filmed in and around Chicago throughout 2021. Executive produced…

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Production Veteran Kate Smith Returns to Flavor as Executive Producer

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor and Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the return of production veteran Kate Smith in the role of Executive Producer. The announcement…

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VSA Partners Helps Rare Air Media Launch Collection of Michael Jordan NFTs

Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, are creating tremendous opportunities for creators and collectors of art, memorabilia, and other digital assets. Now Rare Air Media, producer of Michael Jordan’s 1998 visual autobiography…

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New Episodes of ‘Fire’ ‘Med’ ‘PD’ Coming Up Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look at #OneChicago

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD brings its loyal #OneChicago fans a round of brand new episodes this Wednesday, April 13th. So what can…

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The Full Slate of World Premieres at Chicago Latino Film Festival, Including ‘Bye Bye Chicago’

As the countdown for the 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, begins, organizers unveiled the list of films that will receive their World, North American, U.S. and…

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‘This Is Us’ Writer-Director Kay Oyegun ABC Pilot to Film in Chicago in May

This Is Us writer-director Kay Oyegun has a new drama in the works for ABC, and that pilot will be heading to the Windy City. Sources tell SCREEN the pilot…

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World Premiere at Oscar Qualifying Festival for Chicago Film; ‘Walking Dead’ ‘Chicago Med’ Stars Lead Cast

Chicago-made short film After (A Love Story) will have its World Premiere at the Academy-Qualifying 46th Cleveland International Film Festival. The film, which tells the story of a surviving couple…

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Police Releases Video and Photos of Attackers of Chicago Film Office Director Kwame Amoaku

The Chicago and Illinois production world was stunned when one of the cornerstones of its community, Chicago Film Office director Kwame Amoaku was beaten, robbed, and hospitalized, but there is…

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New Episodes of ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD’ Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD returns with brand new episodes Wednesday. So what can you expect from this trio of Windy City heroes…

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Joey Waldrip Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Garth Brooks, the New York Yankees, and Family Feud have in common? They are all right here as charlieuniformtango Owner, Senior VFX Artist, and Colorist Joey Waldrip answers…

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LeBron James Latest Project ‘Shooting Stars’ Begins Filming in Ohio in April

LeBron James is bringing his next feature film project back home to Ohio. He will be producing a movie entitled SHOOTING STARS, based on the four-time NBA champion’s life. Seeing…

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Chicago Sci-Fi Pilot ‘Wizdom’ Wraps, Powers Ahead to Post [Exclusive BTS Photos]

The exciting new sci-fi pilot Wizdom has wrapped production at Cinecity Studios in Chicago and is now in post and picking up steam. SCREEN has exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, and a…

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AICP Show and AICP Post Awards Announce Curatorial Committees

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the composition of the Curatorial Committees for the 2022 AICP Show and the AICP Post Awards. The Jury Presidents and Curators…

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Indie Film Investor Kelly Waller Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Miley Cyrus, Saved By the Bell, and the best advice ever! All here in the week’s round of Five Questions. The Chicago Media Angels investment group is all about connecting…

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What’s Next for Cinematographer Christopher Rejano: Thriller Collabs with Jennifer Reeder, Jim Vendiola

It’s been a busy year for cinematographer Christopher Rejano, and he is just getting started. This week marks the worldwide premiere of the highly anticipated horror feature Night’s End, which…

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The Chicagoland MFA You Haven’t Heard of… Yet

Many Chicagoans have been heading back to school of late, to either move up the ladder in their field or to pursue a new profession altogether. If you are looking…

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Picture North Hires Veteran Editor Christine Wolf

Picture North adds seasoned editor Christine Wolf to their growing post-production team. Transitioning from Whitehouse Post, Wolf brings over 15 years of experience and leadership to the expanding Picture North…

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Banner Expands Its Roster

Banner expands roster and capabilities with its production and post production teams. Here’s a look at the latest additions… Banner president Patrick Dahl says, “Our clients trust Banner to deliver…

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HBO Max ‘Computer School’ Pilot Filming in Detroit; SNL Alum Tim Robinson Stars

A Detroiter is bringing a TV series back home to Michigan once again. HBO has given a pilot green light to Computer School, a single-camera comedy written/executive produced by Saturday…

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Neha Datt Schultz Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Captain America, Foo Fighters, and the best sushi ever have in common? They’re all here as Picture North Executive Producer and Head of Development Neha Datt Schultz answers…

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Formula 1 Star, Cutters, M Booth Bring Passion to New Patron Spot

Passion, pride, and perfection are at the heart of the new Patron spot released this month, and at the core of the collaboration between Cutters Studios and M Booth on…

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OddMachine signs Director Marcus K. Jones 

Chicago and LA based Production and Post company OddMachine has welcomed a new talent to its Directorial roster: New York based Director Marcus K. Jones. OddMachine, a full-service company specializes in…

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Wednesday: Reel Black Filmmakers’ South Side Short Film Series Explores Family Dynamics

Reel Black Filmmakers, a program of the Community Film Workshop of  Chicago, will conclude this year’s South Side Short Film Series on Wednesday, March 23rd from 7- 8:30pm via Zoom…

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New Thrive Colour Collaborates on Three Feature Films, Including Bruce Willis Thriller

A new colorist collective is off to an auspicious start. Matt McClain, Thrive Colour Founder/Colorist, announces the completion of the company’s work on three new feature films: A Day to…

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SXSW ‘Shouting Down Midnight’ Earns Raves, Features Texas Collaboration

The biggest film festival in Texas launched a powerful and thought-provoking collaboration between two Lone Star State stalwarts. Texas-based charlieuniformtango teamed up with Austin Director Gretchen Stoeltje’s on her compelling…

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‘Fargo’ Season Five Expected to Shoot in Calgary, After Filming S4 in Chicago

Fargo fans were jubilant to hear that the series would be back for a fifth season, but will Chicago television professionals be jubilant as well? Season Five will be set…

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Chicago’s Next Scripted Sports Drama? ‘Devonte’ Set to Make a Run for the Title

It’s time for a fresh and honest take on the world of professional sports, and this scripted Chicago-made drama might be getting its call to the field. The pilot Devonte…

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WE tv Greenlight for ‘Kold X Windy’ Scripted Drama on Chicago’s South Side

The streets of Chicago’s South Side have a lot to say. WE tv today announced it has greenlit a new scripted drama series, Kold x Windy, from creators Kenny Young,…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Co-Producer Daniele Bernstein Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Led Zeppelin, Jersey Shore, and the best episode of Chicago Fire ever! It’s all here as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med Co-Producer Daniele Bernstein Answers Five Questions with…

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Grand Jury Award for Chicago Indie ‘Relative’ and ‘Walking Dead’ Star Roberts

It’s always great to open your festival run with a win. And Michael Glover Smith’s fourth film, Relative, did just that. The dramatic feature, which was shot in Chicago last…

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9th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces First Seven Films

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, announces today the first seven films selected…

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Myriad Wins High Honors at AAF Triangle ADDY Awards

Raleigh based video agency, Myriad, is pleased to announce their recent wins at the American Advertising Federation Triangle ADDY Awards. In addition to taking home Best In Show and the…

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Smash Virtual Opening Production Stage in Downtown Chicago

Beginning this May, Smash Virtual is opening a permanent, state-of-the-art virtual production stage in downtown Chicago, bringing the cutting-edge of filmmaking to the Midwest film industry. By merging large LED…

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Meet the Six New Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows at Kartemquin

Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago has announced the six new 2022 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows.  Welcoming the 9th cohort, DVID is a professional mentorship…

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Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces Opening Night and Centerpiece Screenings

The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced today its selections for their Opening Night and Centerpiece screenings at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St.  The Festival opens Thursday, April…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Renewed for Season Two

Great news for Chicago… and for 50 Cent. Despite Executive Producer 50 Cent’s threats about pulling his shows off STARZ earlier this month, it’s been announced that the latest installment…

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‘The Big Leap’ Canceled After One Season

The Big Leap has unfortunately fallen flat. Fox has cancelled the dance show-within-a-dramedy after one season. Averaging just over 2 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, The Big…

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Magdalena Hernandez Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

90 Day Fiance, Aquaman, and the National Museum of Chocolate! It’s all here as Cutters Studios Editor Magdalena Hernandez Answers Five Questions with SCREEN. Let’s get to it! SCREEN: Your…

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Chicago Lands ‘Justified’ Spinoff; Will Quentin Tarantino Direct?

Justified: City Primeval received its greenlight from FX earlier this year, and sources tell SCREEN this series will be shooting in Chicago. Timothy Olyphant will be reprising his role as…

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Robert Pattinson and ‘The Batman’ Poised for Record Box Office Bash This Weekend

The long-awaited BATMAN blockbuster is finally here. Reviews have been stellar, and audiences are ready to return to Gotham this weekend. SCREEN has a collection of the latest BATMAN teasers,…

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Will 50 Cent Pull ‘Power’ Off Starz?

50 Cent is not happy, and frankly, he’s got reason to be unhappy. Starz has not yet renewed Power Book IV: Force for a second season, despite the show breaking…

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Daily Planet’s Michael Gabriele Tells a Story of the Brassy Power of Love in ‘Mariachi Boy’

“The world could use some positivity right now.” So says director Michael Gabriele when asked about the charming short film, Mariachi Boy. A boy enlists a tuba in a quixotic…

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New Podcast ‘Our Fighting Spirit’ Aims To Ease Ukraine Suffering

The new podcast Our Fighting Spirit launched a profound mission during its inaugural episode this week. Besides providing a first-hand account of the situation in Ukraine, the program is helping…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Line Producer Lederer Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

This series is Chicago through and through, and so is today’s guest for Five Questions with SCREEN. Power Book IV: Force Line Producer Rich Lederer’s Chicago credits range from the…

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Chicago Filmmaker Bob Hercules to Helm ‘Tom Who’ Doc on Late Night Host Tom Snyder; Snyder’s Daughter to Co-Direct

Leaping from one legend to another. Chicago filmmaker Bob Hercules, who co-directed the Peabody-winning American Masters bio-documentary of the legendary poet and activist Maya Angelou, is set to co-produce and…

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Chicago-Based KINGPIX Launching Streaming Platform This Month

The new KINGPIX Digital Streaming TV Network is set to launch, according to its founder, and the platform has signed a two-part docuseries from California-based B and B Productions. KINGPIX…

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David Fincher, Michael Fassbender Movie ‘The Killer’ Begins Filming in Chicago This Week

The Killer has arrived. SCREEN broke the news back in August that the latest David Fincher drama The Killer would be filming in Chicago, and the production has finally landed….

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HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Renewed for Season Two

Just a few episodes into its debut season, the comedy series Somebody Somewhere, led by Bridget Everett and executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, has received a second season…

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The Biggest Stunt in ‘Chicago P.D.’ History

New episodes of the One Chicago franchise return to NBC this Wednesday, and Chicago P.D. will launch its midseason premiere with a terrifying and exhilarating challenge for its production team….

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New Coca-Cola Collab for charlieuniformtango and Plot Twist Creativity

Let’s start out the week with some fresh news on a smooth spot out of the Southwest. charlieuniformtango teamed up with Plot Twist Creativity on a new :30 spot for…

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Chan C. Smith Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Ava DuVernay, Married at First Sight, and an epic seafood boil have in common? They’re all right here today as director Chan C. Smith of the Tessa Films…

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Tandem Enhances Clearcover Message

Tandem got fresh by going old school in a new campaign for Clearcover Car Insurance. Ditching the frivolity overpopulating today’s marketplace, the Chicago production boutique filmed Clearcover personnel explaining the…

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SEED Signs Director Brandon Nicholas

Award-winning director Brandon Nicholas has officially joined SEED’s growing roster of talented directors for commercial and branded content. They quickly kicked off their partnership with an exciting project for PayPal…

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Chicago Mourns the Loss of Actor Lindsey Pearlman

The Chicago artistic community is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved talents. Actor Lindsey Pearlman had been a mainstay in the Chicago theatre and on-camera world for…

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Camp Kuleshov Winners Announced; Cutters Editor Taylor Among Winners

The wait is over. In a series of cross-country virtual presentations, winners were announced for the latest edition of Camp Kuleshov, AICP’s annual trailer competition for all assistants in post…

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Best and Worst Ads of the Super Bowl? Top Creatives and Execs Make Their Picks!

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Ad agency pros from throughout Chicago chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from…

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FX Comedy ‘The Bear’ Begins Filming in Chicago, Led By ‘Shameless’ Star Jeremy Allen White

It’s shaping up to be a very busy 2022 for the Chicago television production industry. SCREEN reported back in October that the FX comedy series The Bear had received a…

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World Premiere Announced for Michael Glover Smith Feature ‘Relative’

Michael Glover Smith‘s fourth feature, Relative, which was shot in Chicago last summer and produced by Brian and Jan Hieggelke’s Chicago Film Project, will have its world premiere at the…

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HighDive, Cutters Win Big at Super Bowl; ECD Patrick Burke Shares His Fave Ads of the Night

Super Bowl Sunday was a big night for HighDive. The agency’s Rocket Mortgage commercial, leaning on the lively charisma of Anna Kendrick and nostaglia of Barbie Dream House, claimed the…

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Havas Head of Production Vincent Geraghty Shares His Super Bowl Faves

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! A 30-year veteran of the advertising industry and the newly hired Head of Production…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Keith Jamerson

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Keith Jamerson serves as U.S. Head of Production at Stink Studios. Keith spent the…

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Edelman VP Dani Jackson-Smith Shares Her Super Bowl Favorites

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Dani Jackson is Edelman’s Vice President of Influencer and Multicultural Marketing. We were honored…

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Optimus Editor Randy Palmer Talks Super Bowl Picks and Pans

Award-winning editor Randy Palmer is one of the cornerstones of the superb squad at Optimus. He is also an avid Los Angeles Rams fans. And he also was kind enough…

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Cinematographer Chris Rejano Talks Super Bowl Picks and Pans

What were your favorite spots from the advertising extravaganza that is the Super Bowl? How about your least favorite? Let’s see how your answers line up with what acclaimed cinematographer…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Creative Director Erin Sarofsky

Super Bowl Sunday was a great day for Sarofsky Owner and Creative Director Erin Sarofsky, as her team collaborated on a well-received spot for Chevrolet (see below). We were honored…

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Director Justin Casselle Shares His Super Bowl Faves

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Midwest native Justin Casselle’s career path has included stints with FCB and DDB Chicago…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Executive Producer Qadree Holmes

Which Super Bowl spots did you love? Which did you not love? Let’s hear what the pros had to say! We were thrilled to have Quriosity Productions Executive Producer and…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Executive Producer Lisa Masseur of Tessa Films

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! We were thrilled to have Tessa Films Executive Producer and Founder Lisa Masseur stop…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Yessian’s Jarrett Farkas

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! We were honored to have Yessian Associate Creative Director and Composer Jarrett Farkas stop…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from O’Connor Casting’s Virginia Anello

Behind every great commercial is a great casting director. And one of the best in the biz is O’Connor Casting in Chicago. We were thrilled to have Casting Director Virginia…

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Super Bowl Picks and Pans from Another Country’s Peter Erazmus

Super Bowl Sunday was a big night for Another Country and Cutters Studios. The team collaborated with HighDive on their Rocket Mortgage commercial, bringing the lively charisma of Anna Kendrick…

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Could CBS’ ‘Early Edition’ Be Returning to Chicago?

If there is one television series that belongs in Chicago, this is it. CBS has ordered a pilot for a reboot of the drama series Early Edition. The popular and…

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Will ‘Power Book IV: Force’ Be Renewed for a Second Season?

Tommy is the new king of Chicago. And apparently also the Starz network. The Sunday, February 6th debut of Power Book IV: Force posted the biggest series premiere audience for…

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Here’s the Lineup for the 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center will present its 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), from Friday, March 4 through Thursday, March 17. After a COVID-truncated 2020 festival and…

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Do You Need A Hug? Picture North, FCB Chicago, COX Team Up for Heartwarming Campaign

What does a hug mean? During the COVID-19 pandemic, the way people think about hugs has drastically changed. As lockdowns have come and gone, there has been a collective strain…

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Johannes Leonardo Chief Creative Officer Julia Neumann Named Chairperson of AMP Awards

Julia Neumann, Chief Creative Officer of the independent New York agency Johannes Leonardo, has been named as Chair of the 2022 AMP Awards for Music & Sound. Her appointment was…

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Disney Channel Series ‘Saturdays’ Set to Film in Chicago This Spring

Disney Channel is bringing its latest family-friendly franchise to film in Chicago. The network recently granted a series order to Saturdays, a coming-of-age roller-skating comedy created by 17-year-old Black-ish star…

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Jennifer Reeder’s ‘Night’s End’ to Release on Shudder March 31st [Exclusive Interview]

Jennifer Reeder’s next film is here. Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural announced the release for Jennifer Reeder’s latest thriller Night’s End is set…

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Seasoned VFX Artist Matt Trudell Joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor as Motion Designer

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor and Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the addition of Matt Trudell to their global staff in the position of Motion Designer….

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Star Phil Donlon Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

The highly anticipated Starz series Power Book IV: Force premieres Sunday, February 6th, and one of the stars of the show is here to tell us all about it. Force…

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Pitch-A-Thon Initiative Unites IFA Chicago, SeriesFest and The Second City Film School

The Independent Film Alliance Chicago, SeriesFest and The Second City Film School are excited to present the SeriesFest Pitch-A-Thon Chicago 2022 on March 31, an event giving comedic independent creators…

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GoTraveler Joins Forces with VIZIO

GoTraveler, an OTT app and linear channel with the world’s largest collection of professionally produced travel shows and series, announced today that some of their top-rated shows are now included…

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Sundance 2022 Top Jury Prizes Go To ‘Nanny,’ ‘The Exiles,’ ‘All That Breathes, ‘Utama’

After nine days, 84 feature films and 59 short films, the juries have deliberated and the audience has voted, and tonight the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards were announced. The…

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Durable Goods Signs Chicago-Based Emmy Nom Bob Balaban to Roster

Bicoastal production company Durable Goods has signed critically-acclaimed actor, director, writer, and producer Bob Balaban to its roster for commercials and branded content in the U.S. market. Balaban returns to…

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Apple TV+ Series ‘Dark Matter’ Chooses Chicago; ‘Spider-Man’ EP Tolmach to Produce

Apple TV+ and Sony Pictures Television are partnering on a new series, and it looks like that franchise will be coming to Chicago. Sources tell SCREEN the TV adaptation of…

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Editor Joe Clear, Wild Gift, The Colonie Team Up for SMA with Music Video

Take a moment to enjoy a terrific tune, then spend many moments taking in the vital cause behind it. The Colonie Editor Joe Clear recently partnered with the production company…

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NoiseFloor’s New Studio Takes Chicago to the Next Level in Sound

Despite the pandemic, NoiseFloor, the full-service audio facility located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, has had a year full of growth. At the beginning of 2021, NoiseFloor’s 8 full-time employees…

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Abigail Disney Doc Marks Chicago Media Project’s Sixth Sundance Film

The Sundance Film Festival is underway, virtually so, with filmlovers (and hopefully filmbuyers) experiencing world premiere cinema from the small screens in their respective living rooms. The festival has marked…

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Michael Maes Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Cobra Kai, Avengers Assemble, and the best dinner of your life? It’s all here as award-winning commercial photographer Michael Maes plays Five Questions with SCREEN. Michael is also a director…

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Television production is picking back up in the Windy City. Critically acclaimed Showtime series The Chi will get to work on Season Five this week. Filming is set to begin…

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Great news for Chicago P.D. fans and for the many industry professionals working tirelessly on the show. Filming on Season 9 of the NBC drama Chicago P.D. resumed today, following a…

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It’s always a joy to start the work week with some positive news. High-end editorial boutique Cutters is very proud to announce the promotion of Magdalena Hernández to Editor. The…

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A thrilling new sci-fi pilot is arriving in Chicago in 2022. Thieves test their limits to survive each heist. Motorcycles race faster than the speed of light. Home cooked drugs…

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Filming on Season 9 of the NBC drama Chicago P.D. has been paused for the rest of this week, following a number of positive COVID tests. The good news is sources…

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Katie Hoban age 44, passed away suddenly earlier this month, on January 4th. Katie is beloved in the Chicago creative community. She spent much of her career as Senior Producer…

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‘Chicago Fire’ to Resume Filming This Week After Brief Pause Due to COVID

Good news for Chicago Fire fans, not to mention the many Windy City professionals gainfully employed by the long-running Dick Wolf series. Sources tell SCREEN the popular firehouse drama is…

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What to Expect from New Episodes of ‘Chicago PD,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘Chicago Med’

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD finally returned from their winter break on January 5th. And they returned with a roar, dominating the Wednesday…

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Colette Gabriel Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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Your First Look at ‘Power Book IV: Force,’ Starring Chicago’s Joseph Sikora

Chicago is Tommy’s town now. So declares the new extended teaser trailer for the highly anticipated series Power Book IV: Force. The series filmed in and around Chicago throughout 2021….

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Looney Look Back: Calabash Creative Director Wayne Brejcha and His Work On The Original ‘Space Jam’

Back in 1996, Wayne Brejcha, current Co-Owner/Creative Director of Calabash, was just beginning his animation career at the Chicago-based studio when the first Space Jam movie entered his life. Directed…

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Whitehouse Post Promotes Steve Kroodsma to Editor

Continuing their tradition of cultivating exceptional editorial talent, Whitehouse Post proudly promotes Steve Kroodsma to their Chicago roster. Born and raised in Michigan, Kroodsma zeroed in on editing early while attending…

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OneChicago Is Back! New Episodes Premiering, New Episodes Filming

Fresh off the winter holiday break, the #OneChicago triumvirate of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med are back for their midseason premiere tonight. And all three shows are also…

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Sundance Cancels In-Person Festival, Moves Forward with Virtual Fest

Here we go again? Hopefully not. And while it’s not the best start for 2022, it’s likely the right decision… and there is hope ahead (see below). Just two weeks…

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AICP Announces New Leadership; Mehling First Woman Elected Chairperson of the National Board

The AICP National Board of Directors elected a new leadership slate at its 2021 year-end meeting. Lisa Mehling, Owner/President of CHELSEA, was elected Chairperson and Tabitha Mason-Elliott, Partner/Head of Production,…

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René Steinkellner Joins 11 Dollar Bill Chicago as Executive Producer

Continuing to grow its leadership team, 11 Dollar Bill has appointed René Steinkellner as Executive Producer at its Chicago studio. Steinkellner, who served as Executive Producer at FCB, Lord+Thomas, Chicago…

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Brand New Chicago-Made Christmas Movies to Add to Your Holiday Watchlist

Christmas is here, and there are plenty of Chicago-made movies for you to enjoy in cozy comforts of your home this weekend. And not just those classics from twenty years…

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February March Shoot for Chicago-Bound FX Series ‘The Bear’

Here is yet another stocking stuffer of good news for the Chicago television production industry. SCREEN reported back in October that the FX comedy series The Bear had received a…

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Slamdance Cancels In-Person Fest, Goes Virtual; Sundance Moving Forward

There are two major festivals that kick off the new year, and one of them will now be going virtual-only. Is this is harbinger of decisions to come for centerpiece…

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PHOTO BOOTH: Holiday Cocktail Party at Chicago Recording Company

The holiday cheer is in full swing and the cocktails are here to help ease the chilly winter temperatures. The award-winning sound studio Chicago Recording Company welcomed friends into its…

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CRC Helps ‘Archetypes’ Earn Three Grammy Noms

On the 2021 album Archetypes, Chicago Recording Company (CRC) engineer Jonathan Lackey helped transform an ambitious musical vision into a trio of Grammy nominations.  Archetypes is a collection of 12…

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David Fincher, Michael Fassbender Movie ‘The Killer’ Films in Chicago This February

The Killer is on his way. SCREEN broke the news back in August that the latest David Fincher drama The Killer would be filming in Chicago, and now it appears…

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‘The Power of the Dog’ Leads Chicago Film Critics Awards with Honors for Campion, Cumberbatch

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Sundance Selects Chicago Short ‘Close Ties to Home Country’

Over 10,000 films submitted, only 59 are selected. Close Ties to Home Country, a short comedy produced and filmed in Chicago, is heading to the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The…

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The Unofficial ‘Loudest Show in the Industry,’ the AMP Awards for Music & Sound, Is Back Live and In-Person in 2022

It’s back! The unofficial ‘loudest show in the industry,’ better known as the AMP Awards for Music & Sound, has announced its return as a live, in-person event in 2022….

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Megan St. John Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

The holidays are here and so is an entertaining round of Five Questions with SCREEN! This week, Hike Creative Founder and Producer Megan St. John stopped by and shared stories…

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Carbon Conjures Up Animated Adventure Film ‘Repeater’ for Vienna’s OFFF DACH Festival

Are you ready for an animated adventure? From creative production studio Carbon comes ‘Repeater,’ the vibrant animated Title Film to this year’s OFFF Dach creativity and design festival in Vienna….

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Sundance Lineup Announced; Chicago Media Project Soars with Five Selections

Sundance is live and in-person once again on the snowy streets of Park City this January. The lineup is here, and anticipation is in the air. The festival, which will…

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Kanye West Documentary ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ Highlights Sundance 2022 Lineup

More than twenty years in the making, the highly anticipated Kanye West documentary jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy from Netflix leads the lineup of feature films set to premiere at the…

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Jussie Smollett Found Guilty on Five Counts, Will Appeal

The verdict is in for the high-profile jury trial surrounding Empire star Jussie Smollett, though the journey may be far from over. Smollett has been found guilty of five counts…

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11 Dollar Bill Produces PSA for The Climate Reality Project

The time is now and the message is clear. Climate activists from around the world call for urgent action to combat climate change in a powerful public service announcement for…

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Joe Otting Takes Us Back to the Farm for Whiskey Acres’ ‘Bottled-in-Bond’ Campaign

“Greatness isn’t born from punching a clock,” says the voiceover in a stirring new two-minute brand short for Whiskey Acres Distilling Company, directed, shot and edited direct-to-client by Joe Otting….

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New Marvel Series ‘Ironheart’ to Film in Chicago April 2022

Those in pursuit of promising TV production news for 2022 need look no further. A blockbuster new series is headed for Chicago in the form of Marvel Studios’ Ironheart, which…

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One at Optimus Signs Directors Ashley C. Battle and Chris Vanderwall

Let’s welcome in the holiday season with some exciting new hires in downtown Chicago. ONE, the production arm of Optimus, has signed Ashley C. Battle (pictured here) and Chris Vanderwall to its directorial roster. The…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Fan Favorites Miranda Rae Mayo and Yuriy Sardarov Reunite in Indie Feature ‘Daddy’

Two OneChicago fan favorites will be reuniting, though it won’t be in Chicago. Miranda Rae Mayo is reteaming with her former Chicago Fire co-star Yuriy Sardarov on Daddy, a dark…

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‘The Cleaner’ Features Chicago Ties, All-Star Cast Led by Luke Wilson

Indie darling The Cleaner is enjoying a successful run on digital platforms worldwide, boasting an all-star cast and production team, and a taut and moving emotional drama. The cast is…

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Thanksgiving Premiere for Chicago Indie ‘The Christmas Pitch’ as ‘Hamilton’ Star Leads Cast

Santa is coming to town for Thanksgiving and he’s playing matchmaker. The Christmas Pitch, produced by Illinois production and distribution company, Questar Entertainment, is now available for your holiday viewing…

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Vic Mensa, Filmmaker Panel Highlight Premiere Party for ‘Wake & Bake with Dom Brown’

A vibrant and electric crowd descended upon downtown Chicago to celebrate the premiere of new series Wake & Bake with Dom Brown. Nearly 200 people filled event space Loft on…

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Elevated Films Chicago Expands Youth Filmmaking Program

It’s always encouraging if not inspiring to see today’s filmmakers making profound efforts to blaze a path for the filmmakers of tomorrow. Elevated Films Chicago is ramping up its mission…

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These Films Have Audiences Buzzing at the Black Harvest Film Festival

The Black Harvest Film Festival shines a stunning spotlight on Black voices from across the country and around the globe, with the month-long festival running through December 2nd at the…

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Cap Gun Signs Global Director Amit Gupta

The latest addition to the Cap Gun roster of directors, Amit Gupta excels in weaving the stories of life, inspiration, and capturing the small moments that speak to the authenticity…

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IATSE Says ‘Yes’ to Contract and ‘No’ to Strike… But Just Barely

And now the film and television industry can breathe a sigh of relief… but just barely. By the narrowest of margins, members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees,…

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners, 2022 Festival Dates

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the audience choice award winners at the…

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Thanksgiving Premiere for Chicago-Made ‘Christmas with Felicity’ on AMC+

What better way to celebrate the holidays in Chicago than with a locally-produced heartwarming film premiering on a national network’s streaming service? The family-friendly movie Christmas with Felicity will premiere…

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11 Dollar Bill Takes Home Six Awards at ONE Club Denver

11 Dollar Bill had a big night at The ONE Club for Creativity – Denver’s annual awards competition honoring the year’s best work in advertising in the Rocky Mountain region….

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Cinespace Sells for $1 Billion; Alex Pissios to Exit

The cornerstone of the Chicago television and movie production industry is changing hands. TPG Real Estate Partners has acquired the studio campuses of Cinespace Studios in Chicago and Toronto —…

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Could IATSE Strike Still Happen? The Answer Is Yes. Here’s a Look at the Critical Union Member Vote This Weekend

When IATSE and AMPTP negotiators reached an agreement last month, most television and film professionals and aficionados breathed a sigh of relief and moved on to the next headline on…

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Sundance Vet to Produce Thanksgiving Movie in Chicago; Kevin Cooper to Direct

Chicago-based Producer and Sundance Film Festival alum John Condne has come onboard to produce the Thanksgiving drama-comedy Home Invasion for the Holidays, written by Luke Thomas and directed by Kevin…

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Facebook’s Lizette Williams Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Beyonce, Charles Barkley, and the best steak in town? It’s all here for you today as Facebook’s Head of Global Vertical Solutions Marketing Lizette Williams stopped by for a thoroughly…

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Collaboraction Welcomes New Executive Director Saudia Davis

Chicago-based multimedia arts organization Collaboraction has a new captain at the helm of its critically acclaimed and socially conscious ship. Today Collaboraction announced its new Executive Director, Saudia Davis. Saudia…

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Kartemquin Welcomes Betsy Leonard as Executive Director

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary nonprofit organization, today named Betsy Leonard as Executive Director. Leonard will begin on December 1st, overseeing all aspects of operations, programs, and serving as…

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Dave Wooley Explains How to Make a Dionne Warwick Film

Dave Wooley did not mind that Dionne Warwick hesitated to let him do a movie about her when he mentioned the idea five years ago.  “When Dionne says she’s really…

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Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Set for December 5th; Comedian McGann to Host

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is pleased to announce that the virtual 63rd Annual Emmy® Awards ceremony will be live-streamed on Sunday, December…

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Tandem and The Colonie Help Creative Agency KSV Save the Business World from Themselves

Tandem Inc. and The Colonie help creative agency KSV save the business world from themselves in their latest campaign for New Jersey-based Utility, PSE&G. When something slows you down or…

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In Hilarious New PSA, Top Urologists and SNL Great Tim Meadows Encourage Men To Save Their Future Boners By Getting Vaccinated

No, this is not your typical public service announcement and yes, it is hilarious and yes, it is effective. In the ongoing effort to get more of the nation vaccinated,…

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The 28th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival Is Underway, with A New Partner and Packed Lineup

In a collaborative re-envisioning of the 28th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)—the world’s longest-running underground film festival—Full Spectrum Features (FSF) is the official presenter of CUFF this year to…

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Black Harvest, Chicago’s Black Film Festival, Soars All November, with Dionne Warwick Biopic, Will Smith’s ‘King Richard’

Dancing, drinks, and Dionne (and dessert, too!). An epic weekend of film festival in the Windy City is headlined by the 27th Black Harvest Film Festival, starting up November 5th and continuing…

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Full Film Lineup, Schedule and Guests

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the complete lineup, schedule and special…

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What Rebecca Hall Wants You to Know about Her Directorial Debut ‘Passing,’ Starring Tessa Thompson

Racial identity and female-driven storytelling are at the heart of the profound and elegant psychological drama, Passing. Vicky Cristina Barcelona actor Rebecca Hall makes her directorial debut with this feature,…

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11 Dollar Bill Adds WOW! Factor to Made’s New Campaign

You know this new campaign makes you wanna shout. 11 Dollar Bill provided graphic design, editorial and post-production services for a new campaign for Wow! in which the speed, quality…

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Zanah Thirus Strides Forward As Both Producer and Director

2021 has marked a pivotal year in Zanah Thirus’ career journey as a producer and director. She began her journey in advertising as an Associate Producer at FCB Chicago in…

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Another Country Names Tim Konn Managing Director

It’s always inspiring to see a company promoting from within its own ranks, and such is the case at premier post-production audio house Another Country. Founder and Cutters Studios Partner…

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Chicago Series ‘Wake and Bake with Dom Brown’ Headlines Launch of Free Streaming App Hipstr from Cow Lamp Films

Cow Lamp Films has announced their new streaming app and linear AVOD channel, Hipstr, will be available on smartphones and smart TV’s this November and coming soon to VIZIO SmartCast®…

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Strike Averted! IATSE & AMPTP Reach Deal On New Film & TV Contract

The Chicago/Midwest film and television production community can breathe a sigh of relief as negotiators from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have reached a deal for a new…

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Series Order for FX Comedy ‘The Bear’ Led By ‘Shameless’ Star Jeremy Allen White

FX is keeping Shameless vet Jeremy Allen White in Chicago with a series order for the Windy City-set restaurant comedy The Bear. The pilot filmed in town this past July…

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Alex/October To Screen At La Femme Film Festival Tonight

With a return to in-person film festivals, the Los Angeles-based Dances With Films marked the world premiere of ALEX/OCTOBER, a drama that deals with addiction, depression, suicide and redemption. The…

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11 Dollar Bill Helps Piggyback Create a Buzz for Cheeba Chews

11 Dollar Bill ended things on a high note in providing editorial, graphics design and post services for a new social campaign for Cheeba Chews, a maker of bite-size cannabis…

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Brian and Jan Hieggelke and Chicago Film Project Announce Next Feature

Brian and Jan Hieggelke have found their next film. The Hieggelkes’ Chicago Film Project, the film and T.V. production arm of their Chicago-based print and digital cultural magazine Newcity, has…

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Chicago Fire Celebrates 200th Episode, We’ve Got the Photos

October 20 is going to be a huge date for all fans of Chicago Fire as it will mark the 200th episode of the mothership of Dick Wolf’s popular One Chicago franchise….

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IATSE Announces Nationwide Strike to Begin Monday If Producers, Studios Deal Doesn’t Happen

IATSE President Matthew Loeb announced in plain and simple terms where the IATSE/ AMPTP negotations stand, and he did so on his Twitter account this morning… I am announcing that…

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Chicago International Film Festival Opens with Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes Premieres

A trio of highly anticipated films will open this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, here is the rundown for tonight’s famed festivities… TONIGHT AT 7 PM AT THE MUSIC BOX…

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Optimus Promotes Zach Scheitlin

Optimus today announced that Zach Scheitlin has been promoted to Audio Engineer. Scheitlin’s elevation bolsters an already formidable audio team under the leadership of Senior Audio Engineer Marina Killion, and drives the department…

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PHOTO BOOTH: AICP/Midwest’s MEET DRINK TALK in Downtown Chicago

There was a terrific turnout from the Chicago/Midwest advertising and creative production community as AICP/Midwest’s MEET.DRINK.TALK, a cornerstone event for the Midwest advertising world, was back to in-person after a…

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HBO Series ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’ Filming in Chicago This Week

“A romance for the ages.” That’s a bold claim but one HBO is making with confidence as it forges ahead through filming its new seriesThe Time Traveler’s Wife en route…

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Your First Look at Five New Chicago Features In Development for 2022

As we look ahead to 2022, there are five Illinois features in the works that deserve a spot on your radar. Let’s take a look… The 57th Chicago International Film…

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Highdive Creative Director Eduardo Vea Keating Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Javier Bardem, Olivia Wilde, and a nod to Spike Jonze? Yes, this week’s Five Questions with SCREEN is star-studded as Eduardo Vea Keating, Multidisciplinary Creative Director…

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Nashville Film Festival Announces Festival and Screenplay Award Winners

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) tonight announced the 52nd edition’s award winners, including best films in each category and the winning scripts in the organization’s esteemed screenplay competition. The debut…

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AICP/Midwest’s MEET.DRINK.TALK Set for Downtown Chicago This Thursday

If you’re an advertising agency creative, commercial producer, or Midwest production professional, your evening plans for this Thursday are set. A cornerstone event for the Midwest advertising community is back…

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IATSE Members Overwhelmingly Approve Strike Authorization, So What’s Next?

What’s next for IATSE and AMPTP? Simply put, it’s time to negotiate. In an expected and overwhelming show of union solidarity, IATSE members voted to authorize a nationwide strike against…

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Charlieuniformtango Partners to Assume Ownership of the Company November

Big news out of Austin as charlieuniformtango partners James Rayburn, Deedle LaCour and Joey Waldrip will assume ownership of the company this November. “This transition has been two years in…

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The Latest on the Possible IATSE Strike; Union Members Vote This Week

Will IATSE union members strike? We will know very soon. Union members vote on strike authorization later this week, between Friday, October 1 and Sunday, October 3, with results expected…

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Documentary Emmys Tonight, with ‘Finding Yingying’ Among Nominees; Director Jenny Shi Talks with SCREEN

The Documentary Emmy Awards Ceremony is set for tonight, Wednesday, September 29th, at 7 pm Central, and Chicagoans have reason to watch and cheer this evening. Jiayan “Jenny” Shi and…

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Patrick Wimp named Program Lead of Second City Film School

Patrick Wimp has been named Program Lead of the Second City Film School. A cinematographer, director, writer and producer whose credits range from TV series to shorts and feature films,…

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Miller’s Directorial Debut Premieres Wednesday

Ghostwriter, an Illinois-made dramatic feature film, will have its Chicagoland area premiere at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge on Wednesday, September 29. The film follows a bartender, struggling for…

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charlieuniformtango Teams Up with Hold Fast Co., Bill and Todd for Johnsonville Sausage

Are you a Tongsman? You’ll find out right now as charlieuniformtango teamed up with new Milwaukee-based agency Hold Fast Co., and newly formed creative alliance, Dallas-based “Bill and Todd” (comprised…

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Kartemquin Films to Host Third Annual Empowering Truth Benefit

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary not-for-profit organization, will host its third annual Empowering Truth Benefit, taking place virtually on November 3rd at 7:00pm CT, streaming live on YouTube. Click…

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Chicago Sci-Fi Pilot to Shoot This Winter, Led by Swinford, Sievers, Williams; Cinespace’s Pissios to EP

There is a new sci-fi franchise in the works in Chicago, with a highly touted ensemble of homegrown talent at its core and an all-star Executive Producer set to support….

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What You Need to Know for Season Premiere of Dick Wolf Triumvirate ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago PD’

The long-awaited season premiere of Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago triumvirate is here. New seasons of Chicago-made ratings titans Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med are set to bow this Wednesday…

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Your First Look at the Latest from Oscar Nominees Quon and Quinn

Are you ready to be inspired? The next project from two Oscar-nominated cornerstones of the Chicago documentary is here. Diane Quon, producer of Best Documentary Nominee Minding the Gap, and…

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IATSE Calls for Strike Authorization Vote; How Will Chicago TV Industry Be Impacted?

Is a nationwide strike of IATSE union members imminent? “IATSE members are mobilizing in preparation for a nationwide strike authorization vote to demonstrate our commitment to achieving the change that…

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Chicago Ad Vet Directs Milestone Spot for Pearl Milling Company, Its First Since Changing Name from Aunt Jemima

A veteran producer of the Chicago advertising community is now seated in the director’s chair for a milestone advertising campaign. Pearl Milling Company, the brand that was Aunt Jemima for…

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Chicago Company Crafts VFX for ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ ‘Work In Progress’

As The Matrix Resurrections trailer continues to break the internet, with well over 50 million views worldwide, the film has also shined a light on a highly touted VFX artist…

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James Gunn Recruits Sarofsky for ‘The Suicide Squad’ Main Titles and Signature Design Flares

With “The Suicide Squad,” writer/director James Gunn and Warner Bros. Pictures have earned worldwide acclaim for creating what many consider to be the best DC Universe film of all time….

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Ryan Seacrest Executive Producing Pilot for ABC, Freeform; Filming in Chicago This Month

A familiar face has joined a promising pilot filming now in Chicago. Famed American Idol frontman Ryan Seacrest has leapt aboard the one-hour dramatic pilot, but he won’t be in…

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Rick Bayless Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

We have a very special guest today for Five Questions with SCREEN, and he’s here to announce the new home for his critically acclaimed culinary series! James Beard Award Winner…

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8th Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival Returns to Chicago this November

“Together Again.” That’s the goal as many film festivals and small businesses reopen around the country and welcome people back through their doors. And it’s also the theme for one…

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Whitehouse Post Boosts Leadership with Five New Partners and New Executive Director of Post Production

It’s always exciting to share news of a company growing their team from within and promoting their own through the leadership ranks. Venerable editorial company Whitehouse Post announces the advancement of five…

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Naked Studios Reveals New Chicago Crime Drama ‘Gray Market’

For years Naked Studios, Inc. has been teaming up with Chicago creatives to deliver captivating visuals, but their most  recent unveiling of ‘Gray Market’ not only highlights the company’s exceptional…

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ABC Pilot Shooting in Chicago… and It Is NOT a Reboot of ‘The Nanny’

There is a new pilot starting filming this week in Chicago, but it is not the show you think it is. The project is entitled The Nanny, igniting a bevy…

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That’s a Wrap on ‘Good Guy with a Gun’; BTS and Wrap Photos (Screen Magazine Exclusive)

“The experience was hilarious and grueling, full of good vibes and creativity amidst the emotionally and physically taxing material,” said director John Mossman in summing up the shoot for his…

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Matzke’s ‘The Orchestra’ Ready for an Encore

Director Curtis Matzke’s five-minute short, The Orchestra, premiered this month at filmshortage.com. A one-act thriller with virtually no dialogue, the film transforms a student music rehearsal into a crescendo of…

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Telluride Film Festival Is Underway, Here’s the Lineup

The Telluride Film Festival is underway now, and here’s the lineup. TFF’s celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists to discover the best in world cinema…

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Could SXSW Face A Boycott in the Wake of New Texas Abortion Laws?

With the cornerstone U.S. festival South By Southwest preparing for its live and in-person film, music, and interactive mega-showcase this coming Spring, there may be an unexpected roadblock in its…

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New One Chicago Poster Highlights the ‘One Heart’ of ‘Fire,’ ‘PD,’ ‘Med’

One of the many attributes that has attracted millions of fans to Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago franchise over the years is that it has heart. That heart is the centerpiece of…

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Haroula Rose’s Charming Commercial Debut for Bailey’s; Optimus Chicago, Jess Weixler Among Collaborators

Chicago native Haroula Rose has built quite a name for herself in the independent film community, and is now making her mark in advertising world. Produced by Hello Sunshine in…

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Fran Drescher, Joely Fisher Win SAG-AFTRA National Elections

From The Nanny to the President. SAG-AFTRA members have elected The Nanny star Fran Drescher president and Golden Globe nominee Joely Fischer secretary-treasurer. Their two-year terms began immediately upon the…

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Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 7 World Premiere Run at Siskel Thru September 8th

It’s time to get out to the theater… the newly reopened theater at the Gene Siskel Film Center, that is. Full Spectrum Features (FSF) is pleased to announce the films…

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Comedy Central Filming ‘Surina and Mel Light it Up’ in Chicago

Comedy Central has brought a new project – and potentially a new series – to Chicago. The project is entitled Surina and Mel Light it Up: A Diwali Story, and…

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Optimus Promotes Dave Buehrle to Executive Producer | Head of Production of One at Optimus

From Michigan to LA to Chicago, from Indiana Jones and Fast and Furious to top level commercial clients across the globe. Dave Buehrle’s career has taken yet another leap today…

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Becky Smialek Ascends to Executive Producer Role for Cutters Editorial Detroit

A jump from New York City to her hometown of Detroit has now led to a leap to Executive Producer for Becky Smialek. Cutters Studios is very proud to announce…

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Spider-Man Trailer Shatters Avengers Endgame’s Viewership Record

With movie theaters across the globe fighting to regain their footing and their audiences, the prospects of Spidey swooping in to save the day this December look promising. The trailer…

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Emmy Winner Korey Miller Joins Quriosity Roster

Quriosity Founder Qadree Holmes has added an Emmy winner to his renowned roster of directors. Holmes’ Chicago-based, minority-owned creative diversity boutique is excited to announce that Korey Miller has joined…

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Filmscape Takes Over Cinespace Chicago August 28-29

Are you a filmmaker, cinematographer, producer, editor, key grip, gaffer, or content creator or any genre or community? If so, your weekend plans are set. Filmscape is excited to announce…

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Motion Graphics Designer Brian Stevens joins Hootenanny

It’s always a pleasure to announce new hires here in Chicago’s advertising and commercial production community. Screen is thrilled to share that Chicago post house Hootenanny’s design department is growing…

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January February New Target for Sam Raimi Horror Thriller to Shoot in Chicago

What better way for Chicago to kick off the new year than with a major horror thriller produced by a genre legend? SCREEN reported recently that Sam Raimi, director of…

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Chicago Made Showtime Series WORK IN PROGRESS Season Two Premiere This Sunday

Your plans for Sunday night are set. Created and filmed in its hometown of Chicago, WORK IN PROGRESS is back and Season Two is ready to roll on your small…

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Mossman’s Good Guy With A Gun Now Filming; Swanberg, Pasquesi Highlight Cast

Director John Mossman knows a thing or two about the good-guy-with-a-gun theory. A lifelong hunter and target shooter, he has witnessed its ability to upset liberals and thrill conservatives, to…

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Full Spectrum Features Launches Inaugural Community Storytellers Grant

Full Spectrum Features (FSF) announces the call for applications for their inaugural Community Storytellers program. Designed to support Chicago-based storytellers of various art forms, Community Storytellers will equip artists with…

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Acclaimed Documentary UNAPOLOGETIC Launches Theatrical Run Aug 20; Directorial Debut for O’Shay

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Chicago Film Critics Association Welcomes Three New Members

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Elliot Page to Be Honored at Outfest With Achievement Award

Outfest is thrilled to present Academy Award®-nominated actor, Elliot Page with the Oufest Achievement Award at the Outfest Los Angeles 2021 Closing Night Gala being held Sunday, August 22, 2021 at…

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Alyssa Thordarson, Clare Cooney, Jason Chiu, Walking Dead, Chicago PD Actors Join AFTER: A LOVE STORY

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AbelCine and IFA Chicago Announce “The Hub at Cinespace”

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Director Kevin Smith of STORY Creates a Crime Drama with a Funny Twist for Gumout

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Digital Debut for Newell’s Comedy MONUMENTS Today

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AMC Series Full Speed Ahead Into Second Season in Chicago; Michael B. Jordan Exec Producing

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A Fully Vaxxed Sundance: Will Other Festivals Follow Suit?

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Casting Director Brittani Ward Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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11 Dollar Bill Puts the Icing on a New Campaign for RaceTrac and R/GA

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AICP Post Awards Announces 2021 Winners, Blacksmith’s Kwok Wins Best in Show

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Oscar Nom Diane Quon Selected to WIF and Sundance Institute Financing Intensive

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Fox Series The Big Leap Launches Into Production July 20

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Sarofsky and Shaw Launch “Between the Keyframes” Vidcast Covering the Craft and Culture of Motion Design

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International Screenwriters’ Association Releases New Diversity Initiative

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New Chicago Facility for NoiseFloor

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Two New Projects for Hulu / Kartemquin Accelerator Program for Filmmakers of Color

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Nomadland, Beasts of Southern Wild Producers Lead Mentor Ensemble

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The Midwest’s Newest Film Office Director: Gary Camarano

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Lisa Trifone Joins Kartemquin Films; 15 Yr Career Includes Sundance, Music Box Films

With over fifteen years of experience in the independent film industry and a lifelong love of the movies, Lisa Trifone has built a career across a varied list of job…

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GoTraveler Releases AmbienceTV from The Shedd Aquarium

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Werewolves Within Director Josh Ruben Talks Screams and Laughs with SCREEN

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Mini-Superheroes Rule in New Havas and Carbon Collab for Babybel Plus+

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That’s A Wrap on Chicago Feature Film RELATIVE; Twin Peaks, Steppenwolf Legends Lead Cast

Production on Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature film, RELATIVE, wrapped today after two weeks of shooting in Chicago and the near-north suburbs. According to Smith, it was the “smoothest” production…

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$100M Netflix Movie Starring Adam Driver Starts Shooting This Week

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Seed Adds Director Kali Bailey To Their Roster

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Optimus Promotes Luis Mayorga to Animation Director and Tyler Nelson to Creative Director

Leading production and post house Optimus announced that Optimus Design has promoted Luis Mayorga to Animation Director and Tyler Nelson to Creative Director. The well-deserved and hard earned promotions shed a light on the talent…

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Netflix, Adam Driver, Gerwig, Baumbach Bring White Noise to Cleveland

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Mode Project Wins Silver Telly for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Collaboration

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Calabash Helps Turn Lucky Charms Into Loki Charms For ‘Mischievously Delicious’ New Spot

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Director Tim Roper and 11 Dollar Bill Team with Ogilvy and the CDC to Educate Gen Xers

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STORY’s Blair Hayes Evokes Everyday Heroes for Pedialyte

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Oscar Noms Timothee Chalamet, Guadagnino Now Filming

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Michael Glover Smith’s Feature RELATIVE Shoots This Month; Twin Peaks, Steppenwolf Legends Lead Cast

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Winners Announced for Cinema Chicago’s CineYouth Festival

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37th Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces Winners of Audience Choice Awards

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AICP Announces Roster for 2021 Awards Committee

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Cinespace Welcomes New Productions, Expands Space, Steadily Returns to Campus Capacity

The film industry in Chicago is back up and rolling! Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the second-largest film studio outside of Los Angeles in North America, is pleased to welcome several new productions…

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Elisabeth Moss Series Chooses Chicago, Leonardo DiCaprio to Executive Produce

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The One Late Show You Cannot Miss

Amid the sea of late night fare, there is one show, one night only, that you cannot miss. This Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. Central, the intersectional Late Show…

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Spielberg Funds New Film Foundation

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AICP Unveils BIPOC Mentoring Program

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HBO MAX, Comedy Central Series Starts Filming Monday

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Oscar Noms, Premieres Headline Asian Pop-Up Cinema

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GoTraveler adds Rick Steves’ Europe to Linear Line-Up

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NBC Pilot Gets Series Pickup, Led by BATMAN’s Reeves, Chicago Fire Alum

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Trailer Premiere for Josh Hope’s New Feature

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Take a Look at the Latest Addition at Resolution Studios

RESOLUTION STUDIOS announces the opening of THE EAST STAGE, the latest addition to Chicago’s premier production studio, servicing corporate and advertising clients alike. Measuring in at 2800 square feet, the…

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Father & Son Duo Headline Show Filming in Chicago

Heart, humor and humanity are coming to a new streaming service, Questar, this year with a Questar Original, THE MIRACLE SHOW. Filming in downtown Chicago and all over the country, father…

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Picture this: you have been hired to write a book based on a popular science fiction film. The franchise is wildly successful. The royalties start coming in. You expect to…

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HighDive’s Patrick Burke Shares His Super Bowl Faves

The Super Bowl was a big night for HighDive Group Creative Director Patrick Burke, whose team created the popular Tracy Morgan spots for Rocket Mortgage that won Best Super Bowl…

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Optimus Editor Emily Hayes Talks Super Bowl with SCREEN

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Super Bowl Picks and Pans with Cutters Tim LoDolce

The Super Bowl was a big night for Cutters Editor Tim LoDolce, who cut the popular Tracy Morgan spot for Rocket Mortgage that won Best Super Bowl commercial in the…

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Yessian EP Katie Overcash Talks Super Bowl Ads

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Yessian Executive Producer Katie Overcash chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from the…

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Casting Director Joan O’Connor’s Super Bowl Picks and Pans

What were your favorite spots from the advertising extravaganza that is the Super Bowl? How about your least favorite? Let’s see how your answers line up with what Casting Director…

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Super Bowl Picks with Creative Director Scott Smith

Freelance creative director Scott Smith’s career included work on major campaigns for iconic American brands the likes of Allstate, Kellogg’s, and McDonald’s, not to mention a Frito Lay Super Bowl…

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Cinematographer Chris Rejano Talks Super Bowl Picks and Pans

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Tessa Films EP Lisa Masseur Shares Her Super Bowl Picks and Pans

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! HighDive Group Creative Director chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from the epic…

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VMLY&R Creative Director Brandan Jenkins Talks Super Bowl Ads

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! VMLY&R Creative Director Brandan Jenkins chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from the…

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Best and Worst Ads of the 2021 Super Bowl? Top Creatives and Execs Make Their Picks!

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Ad agency pros from throughout Chicago chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from the epic event…

Executive Producer Qadree Holmes Shares Super Bowl Picks and Pans

What were your favorite spots from the advertising extravaganza that is the Super Bowl? How about your least favorite? Let’s see how your answers line up with what Quriosity Founder and Executive Producer Qadree Holmes had to say about the great and not-so-great offerings from Sunday night…

Powerhouse Female Filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal on Her New Feature, I’ll Meet You There

SCREEN’s Joanna Kay talks with powerhouse female filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal about her critically acclaimed new film I’LL MEET YOU THERE. Enjoy the uplifting interview below then click here to…

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Million Dollar Funding Win for Chicago’s OTV

It’s a brave new world of filmmaking, and Open Television (OTV) has completed their first fundraising effort as a non-profit organization, securing near 1.2 million dollars. Founded in 2015 by…

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Leo Burnett’s Dominique Robinson Answers Five Questions

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You Must Watch Leonard and Marcelle’s New Chicago Made Series BETA

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Blackhouse, JFI Highlight Sundance 2021

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The Black List And Cassian Elwes Select Aemilia Scott For Screenwriting Fellowship

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Richards Group, charlieuniformtango Team Up for Gas South

The charlieuniformtango FX/CG team did the character animation integrated into live action to create one :30 and two :15’s for The Richards Group client Gas South. The campaign’s fun spots bring “Mr. Meter” to life to introduce Gas South’s simple, no deposit, OnePrice plan with the tag line “The Difference is Good.” Let’s take a look at one of the new spots from the campaign . . .

Cutters Studios Senior Partner/Editor Chris Claeys Retires from Editing

In the final days of 2020, the expansive, international group comprising Cutters Studios received a rare email message from the company’s Senior Partner/Editor Chris Claeys. “One thing this very odd…

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Another Big Win for McKenzie Chinn

Fifteen emerging storytellers from Chile, India, Kenya, Tunisia and the U.S. will convene digitally for Sundance Institute’s January Screenwriters Lab, and among them is a promising filmmaker from Chicago. McKenzie Chinn has been selected to the Sundance Institute’s 2021 class of Screenwriting Lab Fellows. The Fellows will work to further develop twelve original projects, in collaboration with an experienced group of Creative Advisors.

The Blackhouse Foundation and MPAC Hollywood Bureau Launch Television Screenwriting Lab for Black Muslim Writers

In an effort to elevate the art and narratives of Black Muslim screenwriters, The Blackhouse Foundation announces its official partnership with the MPAC Hollywood Bureau, to present the 2021 Television Screenwriting Lab for Black Muslim Writers, today via Shadow and Act.

Leviathan Opens 2021 with New Hires

Let’s open 2021 with some new hire news! Creative agency Leviathan announces the addition of (pictured left to right) Account Manager Meg Miller, Art Director Mackenzie Suben, and Designer Morgan…

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James Rayburn Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Hulk Hogan, Dave Grohl, and a December dose of Cobra Kai! It’s an entertaining holiday round of Five Questions with SCREEN. This week, we welcome charlieuniformtango Senior Editor and Partner…

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That’s a Wrap on Disney Channel Christmas Movie in Chicago

And that’s a wrap on CHRISTMAS AGAIN, just in time for the holiday break. The Disney Channel family film completed production in Chicago on Wednesday, and here is a quick lowdown on the storyline, cast, and Chicago key crew…

Get Ready To Tear Up With Daily Planet’s Short ‘Grandma’s Treats’

The holidays are playing out very differently this year and that inspired the folks at Daily Planet to tell a unique story and share it with the world. Titled “Grandma’s…

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How to Write and Direct a Christmas Movie in a Month

Writing, producing, and shooting a feature film in less than a month is quite a feat. But that’s exactly what happened. “We wanted to do something silly and we wanted…

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Sundance Slate: 50% Directed by Women, 50% Directed by BIPOC

The Sundance Film Festival lineup is set, and representation is paramount for 2021 showcase of new independent work selected across the Feature Film, Short Film, Indie Series and New Frontier…

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SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE Now Shooting, Helmed by Headland, Sheedy

Here’s some eggnog for your holiday as the Disney-owned Freeform has a pilot entitled SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE currently filming in Chicago. The half-hour pilot, produced by 20th Television, is being…

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Sarofsky, Kartemquin Films Team Up for A MYSTERY TO ME

The filmmakers behind “A Mystery to Me,” a new documentary series that aims to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis (MG), are very proud to detail their…

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Amazon Debut for Illinois-Indiana Indie Feature

Illinois-Indiana indie THE MISADVENTURES OF MISTRESS MANEATER is riding a successful festival run into its worldwide digital release on Amazon, and here is your first look at the feature from…

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Fox, NBC Pilots In Production in Chicago

Great news heading into the holidays. Two network pilots that had been scheduled for this past Spring are now in full swing in Chicago. The NBC pilot ORDINARY JOE is…

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Michael Shannon Headlines Debut Feature for Seth Savoy

ECHO BOOMERS, the director debut for Chicago filmmaker Seth Savoy, will make its hometown premiere this Tuesday, November 10th, in a special night at the drive-in, hosted by Elevated Films…

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Your First Look at Milwaukee Adventure Film

A very personal short film, made in Milwaukee, is enjoying quite a jumpstart to its festival run, including two fests this weekend. Fresh off its World Premiere at the prestigious…

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Starz POWER Spinoff Series Lands in Chicago

The next major franchise to land in Chicago is here. The popular Starz franchise POWER will be sending its highly anticipated spinoff series POWER BOOK IV: FORCE to the Windy…

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MONUMENTS Wins Audience Award at Nashville

A big win for a Chicago feature film to jumpstart its festival run. Nashville Film Festival announced today Jack Newell’s MONUMENTS has won the coveted Audience Award for U.S. Independent…

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MasterChef Star Hosts Female-Driven Foodie Pilot Filming in Milwaukee

This fall in Milwaukee, Chicago-based travel app and linear channel, GoTraveler, is filming their first original series pilot. The new series CURBSIDE EATS is centered around good food, good drinks,…

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Amazon, Brad Pitt, Legendary Series ‘Paper Girls’ Full Speed Ahead

It’s looking like it will be a Happy New Year for the Illinois production industry. SCREEN reported earlier this summer the highly anticipated Amazon series PAPER GIRLS may be destined…

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Chicago Dates Are Set for THE BATMAN

The Chicago dates for THE BATMAN are set. Director Matt Reeves and his team will be shooting in Chicago for five days next month, and are currently in pre-production. Those…

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Your First Look at Four New Features for 2021

As we look ahead to 2021, there are four Illinois features in the works that deserve a spot on your radar. Let’s take a look… The 56th Chicago International Film…

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Cutters Studios Principals Name Craig Duncan President

Cutters Studios CEO Tim McGuire and his colleagues worldwide are very proud to announce the immediate promotion of company Managing Director and Partner Craig Duncan to the position of President….

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Filmscape Is Here: What to Watch, See, Do

Filmscape Chicago is here and the cinema and television production expo is all virtual and all free for you to enjoy this week.

Head to the Drive-In This Week!

The resurgence of the drive-in movie theater continues across the country, and Illinois is no exception. Here are some highlights from the week ahead for some fun at the drive-in!

Optimus and Northwestern Medicine’s Powerful Message

Leading healthcare forward to a future that is brighter and better is the main mission for Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine.

Quriosity, Upshot’s New Campaign Takes Off

The latest collaboration between the agency creatives at Upshot and the talented team at Quriosity Productions have brought a lighthearted vision to life in the latest campaign for Darigold.

Illinois Moves to Phase Four, But When Will TV Be Back in Full Swing?

Good news on the film and television front as Governor J.B. Pritzker today released new guidelines for Illinois as the state looks to move into phase four of its reopening…

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Is Good Genes the Next TV Franchise for Chicago?

We can all be heroes. So say Michael Fry and Ashley Tribble, the creators of GOOD GENES, the wildly imaginative and intentionally inclusive sci-fi series that has been selected to…

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The Girl in the Blue Bra: From Short to Feature Film

Chicago filmmaker Ayesha Abouelazm, who has two shorts about gender and cultural bias, is turning one of her short films, THE GIRL IN THE BLUE BRA, into a feature. Right…

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Vincent Singleton Announces Next Project

Born in Kankakee, Illinois, Vincent Singleton, an accomplished film director, and professor, is preparing to go into production for his next independent project, SURVIVOR, SOLDIER, SINNER, SAVIOR, targeting a shoot…

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Four Emerging Producers, Four New Features for Chicago

Meet the inaugural class of the Chicago Independent Producers Lab, fueled by a partnership between Full Spectrum Features and Chicago Film Office, with support from the National Endowment for the…

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Your First Look at New Series THE DARK

While it may feel like the end of times, we sat down with Chip Rossetti, writer and director of “The Dark,” a post-apocalyptic mini-series produced by Chicago production company, Questar,…

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THE REUNION Director Phil Donlon Exits Due To Creative Differences

Director Phil Donlon has decided to exit the film THE REUNION due to creative differences with the producers regarding his vision for the film. THE REUNION follows out of work…

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Gordon Quinn Beats COVID-19, Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

While the rest of us were sitting at home complaining about canned soup and network reruns, documentary producer extraordinaire, Emmy winner, and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn was in the…

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Ziegelman’s New Pilot, Short Film Keeping Him Busy In 2020

These weeks in quarantine can be a catalyst of creativity for some filmmakers, and that is the case with Chicago independent filmmaker and advertising director Larry Ziegelman. Larry has a…

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12 Year Old Writer Helms New Animated Series

Parents and teachers have been faced with the new challenge of discussing the ever-evolving pandemic outbreak with young children. 12-year-old Natalie Munez Lising had an idea, and wrote a story…

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What’s Next for Charles Andrew Gardner

There’s a lot that has changed in the film world. One of the most exciting times for a filmmaker is getting into festivals and reading critics’ reviews of their films….

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PHOTO BOOTH: Patrick Lives On Fundraiser and Film Showcase

The 4th Annual “Patrick Lives On” film showcase and fundraiser attracted an enthusiastic full house on Saturday, March 7th at Resolution Digital Studios. The organization was founded by NBC CHICAGO…

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Chicago Filmmakers Join New Travel TV Project

Film has become more comforting than entertaining. Our screens are window frames and galleries to the world. Do you ever notice that you want to turn on the TV, but…

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Best and Worst Ads of the 2020 Super Bowl? Ad Execs Make Their Picks!

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Ad agency pros from throughout Chicago chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from the epic event . . .

Qadree Holmes Talks Super Bowl Spots with SCREEN

What were your favorite spots from the advertising extravaganza that is the Super Bowl? How about your least favorite? Let’s see how your answers line up with what Quriosity Founder and Executive Producer Qadree Holmes had to say about the great and not-so-great offerings from Sunday night…

World Premiere Set for Chicago Doc

Chicago director Rob Christopher has announced the World Premiere of ROY’S WORLD, about the childhood of Chicago born/bred writer Barry Gifford, at the 16th Glasgow Film Festival February 26 –…

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Will Smith’s Former Dir of Development Patterson Back Home in Chicago

When Will Smith asked her if she wanted to help launch his first production company she said, “It depends.” Meet Danita Patterson, a woman who was set in her Midwest…

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Filmmaker Courting Denzel to Play Harold Washington

Could the iconic Denzel Washington be playing the barrier-bashing Chicago mayor Harold Washington in the not-so-distant future? Writer-director Joseph Michael Chopin believes so, and he’s taking steps to bring his…

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