‘Power Book IV: Force’ Will Not Be Renewed for Season Four

Power Book IV: Force is on the streets of Chicago filming Season Three, but it appears this may be the final run for Tommy Egan and his crew. Sources tell…

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When Will New Episodes of ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD’ Begin Filming?

The highly successful Dick Wolf One Chicago triumvirate of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med wrapped on their latest seasons in May, but when will they return to set?…

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Five Questions with WNBA Doc ‘Shattered Glass’ Director Andrea Buccilla

What do 90s hip hop, four WNBA superstars, and the best pepperoni pizza ever have in common? They’re all right here as sports documentary Shattered Glass director and Ohio filmmaker…

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VSA Partners Wins at FCS Portfolio Awards

June has been twice as nice so far for VSA Partners. Chicago-based strategy and design agency VSA Partners was just recognized twice in this year’s Financial Communications Society (FCS) Portfolio Awards, securing both…

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Chicago-Based Studio Fencepost Adds Editors, Extends Offerings

Fencepost, a Chicago-based studio providing film and video post-production to advertisers since 2016, announces the expansion of the virtual boutique to include two additional editors and a full slate of…

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FCB Chicago Among the Big Winners at AICP Awards

The year’s best advertising was saluted Thursday at The Museum of Modern Art at a gala AICP Awards celebration and screening. And FCB Chicago was among the top winners of the…

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Cutters Detroit Lands Agency Producer Christina Anderson as Executive Producer

High-end editorial boutique Cutters is very proud to announce the addition of Christina Anderson in the role of Executive Producer of Cutters Detroit. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios…

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AICP Week Is Here! AICP Post Awards Chair Craig Duncan Talks with SCREEN

Three days of education, inspiration and celebration in New York City are ready to roll. AICP Week 2024 kicks off today, Tuesday June 4th, at Base Camp and culminates on…

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Chicago-Made Sundance Darling ‘Ghostlight’ Opens June 14, Here’s Your First Look

The theatrical premiere is here for a critically acclaimed Chicago-made indie. GHOSTLIGHT, co-directed by Chicagoans Alex Thompson and Kelly O’Sullivan, and written by O’Sullivan, and starring Chicago family of actors Keith Kupferer, Tara Mallen, and Katherine…

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John C. Reilly, Jennifer Reeder Lead 60th Anniversary Gala for Chicago International Film Festival [Photo Gallery]

The 60th edition of the Chicago International Film Festival will arrive in this October, but first, the storied institution presented its annual gala on Saturday, June 1st, with very special…

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Chicago Roots Run Deep in Festival Fave ‘Star Vehicle’

STAR VEHICLE, directed by Tiffany Yvonne Cox, and featuring an all-star cast of actors with deep Chicago roots, is finally available to the public. The film was recently released on…

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‘Emperor Of Ocean Park’ Sets July 14 Premiere, Adds Trio of Chicago Actors to the Cast

The premiere date is here, the trailer has arrived, and a trio of hometown talents have joined the team. The new filmed-in-Chicago MGM+ Forest Whitaker suspense thriller series Emperor of…

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AICP Midwest’s Inaugural Women’s Forum a Smashing Success [Exclusive Photos]

The Midwest Chapter of AICP hosted its first Women’s Forum, and the landmark event was a massive success, attracting a capacity crowd of creatives and producers across the industry. The…

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HBO, NFL Films, and the Chicago Bears Announce ‘Hard Knocks: Training Camp with The Chicago Bears’ Debuting Aug 6

HBO and NFL Films are teaming up this summer for HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE CHICAGO BEARS. The five-episode series debuts TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be…

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Doner Names New President, Launches Inclusive Marketing Practice

Detroit-based Doner has appointed a new president to help launch its first inclusive marketing practice. Ben Grossman steps into the role after most recently serving as chief strategy and integration…

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FCB Chicago Cuts Staff Following Loss of Pfizer Account

Earlier this year, employment numbers in the advertising world were up across the board. Unfortunately, that parade of good news has hit a bump in the road. FCB Chicago has…

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SNL’s Ego Nwodim Joins Stephen Curry In Peacock Comedy Series ‘Mr. Throwback’

Filming in Chicago is underway for Steph Curry’s new scripted series Mr. Throwback, and it looks like the NBA superstar has found his female lead for the show. Saturday Night…

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The Season Finales Arrive for ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD’ as Boden Says Goodbye

The season finales are here. The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will undoubtedly be delivering the drama this Wednesday, May 22nd. So what can…

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IFA Chicago Leads Fiscal Sponsorship Showcase [Exclusive Photos]

IFA Chicago hosted an exciting new event on Wednesday, May 15th, where selected filmmakers from its Fiscal Sponsorship program came to the IFA Hub to pitch their projects and receive…

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Music Box Films Releases Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Relative’ on Digital

A critically acclaimed festival darling is now ready to view in your living room. This week, Music Box Films digitally released Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature-length movie, the Chicago-made RELATIVE,…

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SG+ Reps Rocks Its First Full Roster Bash [Exclusive Photos]

SG+ Reps hosted a full roster bash, a first of its kind, for the Chicago advertising industry. The West Loop venue had a massive outdoor “yard” where the May 16th…

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New Episodes of ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD’ to Begin Filming in Mid-July

The highly successful Dick Wolf #OneChicago triumvirate of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med, which has led the historic resurgence of the Chicago production industry over the past decade,…

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Craig Miller Joins Schafer Condon Carter As Chief Creative Officer

Craig Miller, most recently Executive Creative Director at Omnicom Group’s The Marketing Arm (TMA), has joined Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) as its Chief Creative Officer. With nearly 30 years of agency experience,…

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Emmy Winning Chicago Casting Director AJ Links Opens Up Shop

Fresh from her Emmy win for Location Casting Season One of FX’s The Bear, AJ Links has opened up her own casting agency in Chicago. Her career began over a…

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AICP Midwest Chapter Hosting Women’s Forum May 21

The Midwest Chapter of AICP is getting set to unveil its first Women’s Forum, which will be taking place on May 21 at Optimus. A networking event for AICP members…

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Five Questions with charlie uniform tango’s Catherine Thomas

What do Hamilton, the best BBQ in Texas, and the cutest dog ever have in common? They’re all right here as Visual Effects Artist Catherine Thomas of Texas-based charlieuniformtango stopped…

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Award-Winning Artists Reunite for Chicago-Based ‘How’d It Go’ As Their First Film Kicks Off Festival Run

Production has officially wrapped on How’d It Go, a new short film directed by Elizabeth Laidlaw (pictured left) of CBS’s The Red Line and written by award-winning playwright and filmmaker…

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New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre the Latest Addition to ‘Chicago Fire’ Cast

ChiHards will enjoy some 90s nostalgia in the latest episode of Chicago Fire. New Kids on the Block artist Joey McIntyre will be jumping into a firefighter uniform to appear in…

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Everyone Wins The Battle Of The Ad Bands [Exclusive Photos]

A trio of agency bands got down to some serious rocking at the Battle For Hope, Chicago’s annual Battle of the Advertising Bands fundraiser for Off The Street Club, Thursday…

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Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Relative’ Returns to the Music Box Ahead of Digital Premiere

Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature film, the critically acclaimed RELATIVE, will return to the Music Box Theatre in Chicago for an encore screening on Wednesday, May 15, ahead of its digital…

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Steph Curry TV Series ‘Mr. Throwback’ Begins Filming in Chicago

The City of Chicago is abuzz as NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s new comedy TV series Mr. Throwback has begun filming in the Windy City. Mr. Throwback will consist of six…

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‘The Chi’ Renewed for Season 7, Set to Begin Filming Later This Month

There is great news for the Chicago and Illinois production community as we look ahead to the summer. The Chi has been renewed for Season 7 at Paramount+ with Showtime….

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Five Questions with SCREEN: Executive Producer James Babiarz

What do Dua Lipa, Mad Men, and an epic season of Survivor have in common? They’re all right here as 11 Dollar Bill Executive Producer James Babiarz stops by for…

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FCB Chicago Appoints Matt Blitz Executive Director of Agency Production

Agency FCB Chicago announces the appointment of Matt Blitz as EVP, Executive Director of Agency Production. Blitz joined FCB Chicago in March and will report to Chief Creative Officer Pedro…

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Teams Up with Mode Project for Historic Announcement

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association invited long-time partner Mode Project to collaborate alongside their award-winning CSO Photographer Todd Rosenberg in creating an insider video announcing Klaus Mäkelä as only the…

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‘Dark Matter’ Premieres… Will There Be a Season Two?

Apple TV+’s new sci-fi thriller franchise Dark Matter, starring Joel Edgerton and Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly just premiered on Wednesday… but will there be a Season Two? First things…

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Another Country Launches Campaign Highlighting Dedication to Innovation in Sound

Premier audio studio Another Country recently launched an original promotional campaign showcasing its talents and highlighting their deep dedication to innovation in sound.  Conceived by Another Country Detroit Creative Director…

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Allison Henley-Kehm Joins Laughlin Constable as SVP, Head of People and Culture

Laughlin Constable (LC), the independent, full-service brand experiences agency, today announced it has named Allison Henley-Kehm as SVP, Head of People and Culture. The position is an integral leadership role…

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Season Two Order Expected for Filmed-In-Chicago ‘Dark Matter,’ Starring Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Connelly

It’s been a tremendous year for the Chicago and Illinois television production community so far, and more good news may be on the way. With its premiere fast approaching, the…

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New Chicago TV Series ‘Emperor of Ocean Park’ Wraps Filming April 30th

Chicago’s new television series Emperor of Ocean Park is ready to wrap filming on its inaugural season. And the show has added its share of heavyweights along the way. Academy…

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Jake Gyllenhaal Series ‘Presumed Innocent’ to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

Jake Gyllenhaal’s first foray into TV included a brief stint of filming in Chicago, and now the Warner Brothers / Apple TV+ mini series is set to make its World…

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Five Questions with SCREEN: Executive Creative Director Jason Strong

What do Johnny Depp, Led Zeppelin, and the Devil’s Tower have in common? They are all right here in this week’s Five Questions with SCREEN! Latitude is an indie, award-winning…

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Who Would Jeremy Piven Select with the Bears #1 Pick in the NFL Draft?

Jeremy Piven’s Chicago roots run deep and like any true Chicago-area native, this includes his sports fandom. It’s no secret he’s an avid Bears fan and by now we are…

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AICP/Midwest’s MEET DRINK TALK in Chicago a Smashing Success [Exclusive Photos]

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. AICP/Midwest’s MEET.DRINK.TALK is a social event…

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Leo Burnett Chicago’s New CEO Is Kate Jeffers

There is new leadership at the helm of one of Chicago’s cornerstone agencies. Leo Burnett Chicago has hired Kate Jeffers as chief executive officer. Jeffers will oversee Leo Burnett’s flagship…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Wraps Filming May 8th

Television production continues to roar in Chicago and Illinois, led by the Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. A brief summer break is fast approaching…

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Shortlists Announced for the 2024 AICP Show, AICP Next Awards and AICP Post Awards

The AICP Awards have released the Shortlists for the 2024 editions of its three competitions: The AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial, the AICP Next Awards and…

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Al Roker to Host Chicago International Film Festival 60th Anniversary Soireé June 1

Legendary newsman Al Roker is set to host Cinema/Chicago’s 60th Anniversary Cinema Soirée, it was announced today. The event, which celebrates the diamond anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival and its incredible history and…

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‘Dinners with DeMar’ Director Justin Casselle and Producer Ramone Hulet Sit Down with SCREEN

As the Chicago Bulls season comes to a close, let’s take a look at an inspiring and insightful new digital series led by the team’s star player. Dinners with DeMar is…

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Five Questions with Quriosity Exec Producer Mark Conley

What do Harry Connick Jr., Jon Stewart and the best plate of sausage and peppers ever have in common? They’re all right here as Quriosity Productions Executive Producer Mark Conley…

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‘The Chi’ Unveils New Trailer For Second Half Of Season Six, Premiering May 10

The premiere of the first half of Season Six of The Chi ranks among the top Showtime premieres ever in streaming viewership, so it’s safe to say the anticipation is…

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‘Super/Man’ ‘Devo’ Lead Doc10 Documentary Film Festival Slate

CMP, Chicago’s leading organization dedicated to supporting social-impact documentary film, today announced the full slate of films being showcased at the 9th annual Doc10 documentary film festival running May 2 – 5,…

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Chicago-Made Spirit Award Nom ‘We Grown Now’ at Siskel Film Center Through April 25

The critically acclaimed Independent Spirit Award nominated feature We Grown Now is back in its hometown for a highly anticipated theatrical run. The Gene Siskel Film Center will present the…

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Laughlin Constable Awarded Coveted Clio for the ASPCA ‘Through Their Eyes’ Campaign

Much-deserved accolades have been awarded for an impactful and timely campaign, one with the mission of improving the lives of animals across the country, and illuminating the perspective of those…

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11th Annual Battle Of The Ad Bands At Joe’s On Weed St Coming Up May 9

How can a band wow a crowd with just a few songs? Three advertising agency musical groups will do just that by playing half-hour sets at the 11th annual Battle For…

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First Look at Filmed-In-Chicago ‘Dark Matter,’ Starring Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Connelly, Premiering May 8

Apple TV+ has unveiled the trailer for its new sci-fi thriller “Dark Matter,” starring Joel Edgerton alongside Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly, Alice Braga, Jimmi Simpson, Dayo Okeniyi and Oakes…

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‘Iconic Stories: Made in Illinois’ Hollywood Reception a Stellar Success, Led by Pritzker, IPA

The Iconic Stories: Made in Illinois reception capped off Governor J.B. Pritzker’s marketing mission to Hollywood, and celebrated the booming Illinois television and film production industry. During the reception, presented by the…

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Steph Curry TV Series ‘Mr. Throwback’ Begins Filming in Chicago in May

When Chicagoans hear “Steph Curry is coming to Chicago” they might quickly leap to the conclusion that the legendary NBA sharpshooter is being traded to the city’s beloved Chicago Bulls….

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‘Deli Boys’ Wraps Filming Season One in Chicago This Friday April 5

Chicago’s newest television series is about to wrap, and now the anticipation for the series premiere can begin. SCREEN has confirmed filming for Season One of Deli Boys Season One…

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Five Questions with Chicago Recording Company’s Mark Wilkening

What do Tom Hanks, an NBA legend, and The Flaming Lips have in common? They’re all right here as Chicago Recording Company (CRC) Senior Audio Engineer Mark Wilkening stops by…

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New Campaign from True Value and Laughlin Constable Celebrates the Heroes of Home Projects

As local, independent businesses have been navigating a changing retail environment, True Value, the globally recognized brand and original local hardware store, turned to its agency of record, Milwaukee- and Chicago-based Laughlin…

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Highdive Adds First Managing Director for 1986 Studios to Grow Video Production Arm

Highdive – an independently owned, full-service creative agency – announced today that Larissa Berringer has joined the agency as managing director of 1986 Studios, Highdive’s full-service, in-house production studio. Berringer comes…

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Strength of Sisterhood at the Heart of Chicago Film ‘Chronic’

Production has wrapped in Chicago on the new short film Chronic, directed by Alyssa Thordarson and written by Lydia Ellis Curry. The film follows Ruth, whose sister and best friend,…

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Good News: Studios Reach Tentative Deal with Cinematographers Guild, Art Directors Guild

So far, so good on the union negotiations front, but there are still many steps ahead. The fear of yet another labor stoppage has permeated the film and television production…

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That’s a Wrap on HBO Filmed-In-Illinois Comedy Series SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE Season 3

HBO critically acclaimed comedy series Somebody Somewhere has wrapped filming on its third season. Final day of filming was yesterday, Wednesday, March 20th. Somebody Somewhere filmed Season Three in many…

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Mack Neaton Plays Five Questions with SCREEN

What do RuPaul’s Drag Race, James Blunt and a “poison apple castle” have in common? They’re all right here as Motion Graphic Designer Mack Neaton of Flavor stops by for…

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NBC Renews ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago PD’ ‘Chicago Med’

Amid one of the busiest starts to a year in Chicago TV and film production history, here is more great news for The Windy City. NBC has renewed all three…

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Gov JB Pritzker, ‘Veep’ Star Headline Illinois Production Alliance Hollywood Reception

The Illinois Production Alliance today announced Chicago native Matt Walsh, star of Veep and the Apple TV+ series Manhunt, as emcee at the Iconic Stories: Made in Illinois reception, with special guest, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. The event caps…

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Shaq Shines in charlieuniformtango and LERMA/ New Campaign for The Home Depot

It’s time for March Madness, when basketball stars shine on the court… and in the case of one hoops Hall of Famer… off the court as well. James Rayburn, charlieuniformtango’s…

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Patricia Frontain Directs ‘Surviving the Sleepover’ For Lifetime

Director Patricia Frontain mined her own teenage memories to dial up the humanity in Lifetime’s Surviving the Sleepover.  “It’s about a new girl in town who is invited to a…

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McDonald’s Shifts Happy Meal Biz from DDB to Wieden+Kennedy

The Golden Arches are on the move. Wieden+Kennedy NY has added an extra serving to its McDonald’s portfolio, winning the Happy Meal marketing business in the U.S. that had been…

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New Lexus NX Spot from Quriosity Taps Celebrity Influencer to Marry Esports with Cutting-Edge Tech

In a new, fast-paced Lexus spot, produced by Quriosity Productions, a young female gamer takes to her computer to chat with her male esports teammate before they get into their respective…

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Is ‘The Bear’ Filming TWO Seasons Right Now in Chicago?

The ravenous fan base for The Bear rejoiced when filming for Season Three began rolling last month in Chicago. But might the critically acclaimed show be shooting Season Four now…

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SXSW Exclusive: The Team Behind Comedy Pilot ‘Bettendorf Talks’

The Illinois indie pilot Bettendorf Talks is set to make its World Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival (aka SXSW) this month. Before they board their planes to…

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‘The Chi’ and ‘Power Book IV: Force’ Actor Brian Keys Plays Five Questions with SCREEN

If you love Made-In-Chicago TV series then you’ve definitely seen plenty of actor Brian Keys. The Chicagoan played Special Agent Edgar Vargas in the latest season of Power Book IV:…

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Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Handle with Care’ Wins Top Honors in Florence

HANDLE WITH CARE, a new short film written and directed by Michael Glover Smith (MERCURY IN RETROGRADE), has won the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival‘s “Best of Show” award, its…

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Filmscape 2024 Announces Dates, Opens Registration

There is one weekend you can confidently ink into your 2024 calendar. Filmscape Chicago is set for June 21-23 at CineCity Studios, and registration is now open. Co-Founder Colette Gabriel…

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11 Dollar Bill Hires James Babiarz as Executive Producer

James Babiarz has joined 11 Dollar Bill as Executive Producer at its home studio in Chicago. A 12-year industry veteran with deep ties to the Chicago advertising community, Babiarz will…

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Inspiring and Impactful Night at Patrick Lives On Fundraiser [Exclusive Photos]

It was an inspiring and impactful night in Chicago this past weekend. More than a dozen films led the 7th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase and Fundraiser at Resolution…

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‘The Bear’ Season Three Will Premiere in June, Begins Filming in Chicago Next Week

The ravenous fan base for The Bear will savor this update on Season Three. As SCREEN shared earlier this year, the Golden Globe and Emmy winning FX series is expected…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Season Three Begins Filming in Chicago

Tommy Egan is back. And he and his crew return in the midst of one of the busiest months in Chicago television production history. With a myriad of shows rolling…

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Five Questions with Ken Hoyd, Screenwriter and EP of ‘Long Division’

The Chicago-made drama Long Division is now available for your viewing pleasure on Tubi. On the heels of this exciting premiere, Screenwriter and Executive Producer Ken Hoyd (pictured here with…

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John Mossman’s ‘Good Guy with a Gun’ Premieres February 20th

The worldwide digital premiere is here for Chicago’s latest festival darling. Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired North American VOD…

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Creative Cypher Announces Its First Animated Project by Creator Lamard Cher-Aime

Creative Cypher continues to break barriers in Black film as it releases its first animation project, Captain Zero.  Captain Zero is one of nine projects already in various stages of production for…

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Director Cameron Busby Joins Quriosity Productions, Wraps Major Ford Campaign

Director Cameron Busby, whose arresting Logitech spot starring sensation Little Nas X generated tons of buzz on the Super Bowl in 2021, has joined the roster of Quriosity Productions in…

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Best and Worst Ads of the 2024 Super Bowl? Top Creatives and Execs Share Their Picks!

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. Or even Taylor Swift or Usher. It’s about the commercials! Ad agency pros and filmmakers from throughout Chicago…

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Colle McVoy’s Dustin Black Shares His Super Bowl Ad Faves and Flops

In the ad world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. Or even Taylor Swift or Usher. It’s about the commercials! We were honored to have Minneapolis-based agency Colle…

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Director Britt Boardman Shares Her Super Bowl Picks and Pans

In the ad world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. Or even Taylor Swift or Usher. It’s about the commercials! We were honored to have Chicago director Britt…

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Creative Director Joshua Gadson Shares His Super Bowl Faves and Flops

In the ad world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. Or even Taylor Swift or Usher. It’s about the commercials! We were honored to have Joshua Gadson, Co-Founder/Creative…

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Executive Producer Qadree Holmes Shares His Super Bowl Faves and Flops

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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Cutters Scores with Two Super Bowl Spots; EP Heather Richardson Shares Her Faves and Flops

The Super Bowl was a big night for Cutters Studios, whose team collaborated with Highdive for the popular State Farm “Like a Good Neighbaaa” and BetMGM “For Everyone” commercials for…

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DDB Chicago’s Tom Syoen Shares His Super Bowl Faves and Flops

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. Or even Taylor Swift or Usher. It’s about the commercials! We were honored to have DDB Chicago Studio…

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Super Bowl Picks and Pans from Yessian Music’s Jerry Krenach

In the ad world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. Or even Taylor Swift or Usher. It’s about the commercials! We were honored to have Yessian Global Head…

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Vincent Geraghty Launches GPSG; Plus: Vincent’s Super Bowl Hits and Misses

Vincent Geraghty is the Founder and Executive Director of Production for the newly launched GPSG, a creative production agency. Vincent’s impressive resume over the past decade includes tenures leading production…

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Dani Jackson Smith, Founder of The Cre8tors, Shares Her Super Bowl Ad Picks and Pans

In the ad world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. Or even Taylor Swift or Usher. It’s about the commercials! We were honored to have the founder and…

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AICP National Board of Directors Elects New Officers

The AICP National Board of Directors has elected a new leadership slate. Tabitha Mason-Elliott, Partner at BARK BARK, was elected Chairperson, succeeding Lisa Mehling, Owner/President of CHELSEA, while Sally Campbell,…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Cinematographer Chris Rejano

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 Picks and Pans from VFX Guru Ryan Urban

Award-winning VFX Supervisor and artist Ryan Urban recently joined forces with NEXODUS to bring his world-class expertise in visual effects – which includes work with the Wachowskis on The Matrix…

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Super Bowl Picks and Pans from Marina Killion of Optimus

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 Optimus Senior Audio Engineer Marina…

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Highdive Shines with Two Super Bowl Spots; ECD Patrick Burke Shares His Faves from the Night

The Super Bowl was a big night for Highdive Executive Creative Director Patrick Burke, whose team created the popular State Farm “Like a Good Neighbaaa” and BetMGM “For Everyone” commercials…

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‘The Bear’ Wins Again! Christopher Storer Plates DGA Award

The parade of accolades for Chicago-made series The Bear continues! Christopher Storer has won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for The Bear,…

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Chicago-Made Horror Thriller ‘Departing Seniors’ Slashes Top 10 on iTunes

It’s been a thrilling month for director Clare Cooney and her team behind the horror feature Departing Seniors. On the heels of a prolific festival run with stops at the…

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‘Emperor of Ocean Park’ Adds Acclaimed Chicago Theatre Actors Ora Jones and Torrey Hanson

Chicago’s new TV series is building up its cast, and adding some tremendous hometown talent in the process. Steppenwolf ensemble member Ora Jones and Chicago Fire actor Torrey Hanson are…

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Clare Cooney’s Chicago-Made ‘Departing Seniors’ at Music Box, Releases Digitally Worldwide

The theatrical and worldwide premieres are here for the horror thriller Departing Seniors. On the heels of a prolific festival run with stops at the Chicago International Film Festival and…

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O Positive EP Ralph Laucella Named 2024 AICP Show Chairperson

Ralph Laucella, Founding Partner and Executive Producer at O Positive, one of the most awarded production companies in the advertising industry, has been named Chairperson of the 2024 AICP Show: The…

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‘The Bear’ Begins Filming Season Three in Chicago February 26th

2024 is off to a very busy start for Chicago’s television production community, and the most highly acclaimed darling of the bunch is ready to roll cameras on a a…

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US Ad Employment Just Hit a New All-Time High

More positive news on the job front in the new year. Employment in advertising, public relations and related services closed out 2023 with staffing at an all-time high, as noted…

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Marvel Studios’ Echo’s Grounded Mysticism Shines in Sarofsky Title Sequence Scored by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Before Marvel Studios’ Echo started streaming exclusively on Disney Plus and Hulu on January 10, Executive Producer and Director Sydney Freeland let the world know it would showcase a different…

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Chicago-Based Unsurfaced Wins at 2024 Anthem Awards for Eastside Golf’s ‘Change 1961’

“What if the PGA never banned non-white players in the first place?” That’s the arresting opening line of “Change 1961,” a two-minute video created and produced by Chicago-based Unsurfaced™ for Eastside…

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Cap Gun Signs Stunning Tabletop Director Tyllie Barbosa

Tabletop director Tyllie Barbosa has been helping brands tell beautiful stories since she began her career as a still life photographer in 2005.  After fifteen years in the business working…

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Colorists Matthew Rosenblum and Cory Berendzen Join the ColorNation Roster

With the new year comes new talent to the growing ColorNation talent offering. Reid Brody, founder of the remote color grading service, has announced the addition of veteran artists Matthew…

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Michael Glover Smith Sets World Premiere for New Short ‘Handle With Care’

HANDLE WITH CARE, a new short film written and directed by Michael Glover Smith (RELATIVE) and starring Alyssa Thordarson (AFTER: A LOVE STORY) and Mickey O’Sullivan (CHICAGO PD), will have…

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Sarofsky Extends Role with All-Star Talents Behind New Illinois Cares for Kids Campaign

In mid-2022, the State of Illinois announced the launch of “I Got Love / Siento Amor,” a statewide enrollment campaign for child care and early education services featuring Illinois artists,…

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‘Deli Boys’ Begins Filming Season One in Chicago January 31

Chicago’s newest television series is ready to roll, and now, the dates are set. SCREEN has confirmed filming for Deli Boys is expected to begin January 31st. The series is…

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What to Expect from the Season Premieres of ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD’

The long-awaited season premiere is here. The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD returns with brand new episodes this Wednesday, January 17th. So what can…

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‘Chicago PD’ EP Eriq La Salle on the Fate of Tracy Spiridakos’ Character Hailey Upton [Exclusive]

Chicago PD fans – also known as ChiHards – are buzzing and speculating over the fate of “Hailey Upton.” Who better to ask for their take on Upton than Primetime…

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Heading to Sundance? Join SCREEN at the 14th Annual Monday on Main Street

The Sundance Film Festival is back in-person and kicks off this week. If you are making the trek to Park City this month, here is a soiree for you to…

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Joe Philips Rises to Creative Director at Another Country Detroit

Another Country Managing Director Tim Konn and his colleagues worldwide are very proud to announce the immediate promotion of Joe Philips to the position of Creative Director for Another Country…

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Cutters Studios’ Craig Duncan Named 2024 AICP Post Awards Chairperson

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced today that Craig Duncan, President and Managing Director of Cutters Studios, has been named Chairperson of the 2024 AICP Post Awards. In…

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Chicago-Made ‘Desire Lines’ to World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

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In his acclaimed FX series The Bear, creator Christopher Storer uses quick cuts, visual chaos and unusual angles to give make viewers feel like they are in the kitchen and…

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Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker, ‘West Wing’ Producer Llewellyn Wells to Join ‘Emperor of Ocean Park’

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TJ & Dave Pilot ‘Bettendorf Talks’ to World Premiere at SXSW in March

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Eriq La Salle Talks ‘Laws of Annihilation’ and His Next Project

Eriq La Salle is well known for his thrilling work as a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor, but it’s now his excellence as an author that is turning heads across…

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The Colonie Welcomes Up-and-coming Editors Addy Bieniarz and Giorgia Harvey

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‘The Bear’ Director of Photography Andrew Wehde Nominated for ASC Award

More accolades for the Chicago television community… and this time it’s behind the camera, not in front of it. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) revealed its 2024 Outstanding Achievement…

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Chicago’s Paskal Rudnicke Casting Brings Home the Emmy

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What do Taylor Swift, Betty White, and The Killers have in common? They’re all right here as Executive Producer Erika Fiebiger of the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based creative production agency Hook stopped…

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DDB North America Hires Micheline Grace Lewis as Chief People Officer

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Whitehouse Post Welcomes Editor Tiffany Taveras to Their Esteemed Roster

Tiffany Taveras doesn’t just edit; she crafts stories with meaning and intention that resonate across high-profile brands, music videos, and film. Executive Producer Ryan Smith expressed his enthusiasm saying, “I am…

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BREAKING: ‘Power Book IV: Force’ Has Been Renewed for Season 3

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Five Questions with Chicago PD’s Tommy Burke

Tommy Burke served as First Assistant Director on Chicago PD from 2014 to 2019. And now, Tommy has written an inspiring autobiography entitled Not Just Sunglasses and Autographs: 30 Years…

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A Whopping Five Golden Globe Noms for ‘The Bear’

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David Letterman in Chicago to Film ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’… Is John Mulaney The Special Guest?

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Sundance World Premiere for Filmed-In-Chicago Pilot ‘Me/We,’ Rob McElhenney Among EPs

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Sundance World Premiere for Chicago Indie ‘Ghostlight’

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Lena Waithe Series ‘The Chi’ Resumes Filming Season 6 in Chicago

As we head into the new year with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes in the rearview, television production is in full swing in the Windy City. Critically acclaimed Showtime series…

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BetMGM Hires Highdive as New Agency, Will Run Super Bowl Ad

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‘Barbie’ ‘Poor Things’ Lead Chicago Film Critics 2023 Award Nominees

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‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Chicago P.D.,’ ‘Chicago Med’ Begin Filming This Week

ChiHards have been waiting far too long to hear these four words: One Chicago is back! With the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes now in the rearview, NBC’s three cornerstone dramas…

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DDB Hires Leo Burnett’s Chaka Sobhani as President and International Chief Creative Officer

DDB will have new leadership at the helm in 2024. DDB Worldwide has hired Leo Burnett’s Global Chief Creative Officer Chaka Sobhani as its president and international chief creative officer,…

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‘Deli Boys’ to Begin Filming Season One in Chicago This January

One of (hopefully) many new productions for Chicago and Illinois in the new year is taking shape. The comedy pilot Deli Boys was picked up to series back in May,…

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Jake Gyllenhaal Mini-Series ‘Presumed Innocent’ Filming in Chicago This Week

Jake Gyllenhaal’s first foray into TV will be filming in Chicago this week. But before you get too excited… the Warner Brothers / Apple TV+ mini series will just be…

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Michael Chait, Ryan Urban Team Up on Visually Stunning Music Video for Big Time Rush

Everybody is working for the weekend. In this case, a talented collective teamed up in Detroit to bring the latest hit from pop quartet Big Time Rush entitled Weekends –…

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Five Questions with Another Country Creative Director Joe Philips

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State Farm Brings Back Its Magic Jingle with Jimmy Fallon, Ludacris and Others

Highdive announced its new 360-degree campaign for State Farm, “The Right Kind of Magic,” which launches later this week across broadcast, streaming, digital, social and radio. The creative plays off the very…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Expected to Begin Filming Right After Thanksgiving

The strike is over. So now what? As Hollywood and the television and film production community across the country rejoices, the question is now: when will everyone’s favorite shows begin…

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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative Agreement With Studios, Ending Actors Strike… So Now What?

“The strike officially ends at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 9.” After a grueling four months on strike, SAG-AFTRA has officially reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract…

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AICP Awards This Thursday in Chicago

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DDB Chicago Top Creative Departs for Wieden+Kennedy

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Friday Marks the Season Two Finale for ‘Power Book IV: Force,’ Here’s Your First Look

The finale is here. Tommy’s battle to take over the Chicago drug game reaches its dramatic peak as the Season Two conclusion arrives this Friday. Here’s your first look at…

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Thought-Provoking Comedy ‘The OG Bootcamp’ to Film in Chicago This January

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Filmed-In-Chicago ‘The Bear’ Renewed for a Third Season at FX

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“Last, Best and Final Offer” Sent to SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee by AMPTP

This is it. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) has sent its “final offer” to the SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee. And now, the film and television industry across…

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The End Is Near? SAG-AFTRA Negotiations Continue This Week with Deal in Sight

November is here, and so is a wave of hope that the strike may be ending soon. On this 111th day of the 2023 actors strike, SAG-AFTRA and the Hollywood…

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Five Questions with FCB Chicago’s Shannon Clash

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The 29th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival Opens Friday

The 29th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival is right around the corner. Presented from November 3 through 16, this year’s Black Harvest boasts 20+ feature films, 10 shorts programs, filmmaker…

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Doc Chicago Kicks Off with A Conversation with Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn

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Christopher Nolan to Be Honored with First-Ever Sundance Institute Trailblazer Award

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Tom, Dick & Harry Creative Co. Releases Original Horror-Comedy Series ‘350 W. Eerie’

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SAG-AFTRA Negotiations Will Resume This Tuesday

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AICP Awards Set for November 9th in Chicago

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‘The Punk Show in Chicago’ Wins ‘The Pitch’ at CIFF Industry Days

The 59th Chicago International Film Festival has announced THE PUNK SHOW IN CHICAGO as the winner of The Pitch at the 9th edition of Industry Days. Written and directed by Erika Valenciana, produced by Anuradha Rana, and…

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IFA Chicago Names Wesley Julian New Executive Director

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Chicago-Made Holiday Movie ‘Reporting for Christmas’ Premieres on Hulu November 1st

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Exclusive: Willie ‘JR’ Fleming Talks About ‘We Grown Now’

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SAG-AFTRA Strike Update: Talks Will Continue Friday and Next Week, Are Proceeding ‘Calmly’

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DDB Worldwide Names Alex Lubar Global CEO and Chairman

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Lee Sun-kyun of Oscar Winner ‘Parasite’ to Be Honored at Asian Pop-Up Cinema Chicago

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A Legend Gets Her Due: Cutters Editor Michael Lippert Debuts Feature Doc at Heartland Intl FF

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Leo Burnett Names Samantha Cescau Head of Strategy

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The WGA Strike Is Ending! WGA Declares ‘Meaningful Gains and Protections for Writers’

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WGA and AMPTP Near Deal to End Strike?

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Oscar Noms Highlight Industry Days for Chicago International Film Festival

The 59th Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, has announced the program and schedule for Industry Days, running October 12-15 in downtown Chicago. Now in its 9th year, the four-day conference…

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Chicago-Made Slamdance Winner ‘Waiting for the Light to Change’ Opens at Siskel

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Exclusive — Location Manager Danielle Weber

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The 30th Chicago Underground Film Festival Is Here

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Ogilvy Adds Verizon Consumer Account to Its Latest Winning Streak

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Jeana Khoury Brings Her Visual Style to Tessa Films

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Five Questions with ‘Silent As the Grave’ Writer and Co-Director Brad Podowski

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ColorNation Adds Colorists Vincent Taylor and Lea Mercado As It Marks First Anniversary

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Camp K Announces Coaches Roster for the 2023 Competition, Including Optimus Chicago Editor Schaye

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Chicago-Made ‘Heist 88’ Gets Its Premiere Date; Courtney B. Vance Stars

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The Premiere Is Here for Chicago Series ‘Power Book IV: Force’ [First Look Photos]

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Five Questions with ‘Power Book IV: Force’ Editor Jacques Gravett

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Chicago Made ‘Power Book IV: Force’ Season Two Premiere — Exclusive

Power Book IV: Force Location Manager Ben Miner discussed the direction and spirit of the Starz series during an exclusive interview with Screen Magazine.  Power Book IV: Force tells the story of Tommy…

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Chicago Film Critics Association Welcomes New Member Toussaint Egan, Announces Awards Calendar

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Would you create a film if you knew it would only be seen once, and then immediately destroyed, never to be seen again? Four Chicago filmmakers are saying yes to…

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WGA and AMPTP Have Come Closer, But Not Close Enough, Says WGA Negotiating Committee

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‘Chicago Fire’ Exec Producer Among Honorees for Chicago Filmmakers 50th Anniversary Gala Sep 9

Join the Chicago Filmmakers community for a musical feast commemorating the historic Golden Anniversary of the not-for-profit arts organization best known for producing Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival and Onion City Experimental Film Festival. In…

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SAG-AFTRA Chicago’s Election Results Are In; Pres Charles Andrew Gardner Back for Two-Year Term

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Yessian Music Captures the Sound of Boston in New View Boston Observatory Experience

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Photos from the SAG-AFTRA WGA Solidarity March in Chicago

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Highdive Names Megan Lally CEO

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SAG-AFTRA Feels ‘Sign of Hope’ as WGA and AMPTP Negotiations Continue

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Courageous Yemeni Women at the Heart of Huffman’s Latest Documentary

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Five Questions with SCREEN: Bader Rutter ECD Sarah Kmet-Hunt

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Behind the Scenes of Chicagoland Comedy Feature ‘Not If I See You First’

A fresh new comedy will be heading to your local theatres and film festivals in the new year. The microbudget comedy feature film Not If I See You First wrapped…

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Visionary Production Leader Brian Smego Joins Dictionary Films as Managing Director

Dictionary Films, the integrated production arm of Cutters Studios, is very proud to announce that visionary creative-industry production leader Brian Smego has joined the company as Managing Director. The announcement…

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Chicago Underground Film Festival Moves to Hyde Park in Celebration of 30th Edition

The 30th edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival–the longest-running underground film festival in the world–is moving to Chicago’s South Side Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., September 13-17, 2023. Opening night will…

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Jennifer Reeder’s ‘Perpetrator’ Opens at the Music Box August 25

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Colette Ghunim, Co-Founder of Mezcla Media Collective, Named Obama Foundation United States Leader

Mezcla Media Collective announced that Co-Founder Colette Ghunim is among the first cohort of 100 emerging changemakers selected to participate in the Obama Foundation’s Leaders USA program. The Obama Leaders…

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McKenzie Chinn, IFA Chicago, SAG-AFTRA Team Up for Table Read of ‘A Real One’

IFA Chicago, in partnership with SAG-AFTRA, assembled a superb cast and capacity crowd for a table read of the feature film script, A Real One, by writer, director and Sundance…

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Leo Burnett Chicago Names Liz Taylor Co-President and Chief Operating Officer

It has been a momentous week for a Chicago advertising community cornerstone. Leo Burnett has named Liz Taylor its co-president and chief operating officer of the Chicago office. In the…

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What do Spiderman, The Grateful Dead, and the Miami Heat have in common? They’re all right here as Minneapolis agency Colle McVoy’s Executive Creative Director Gil Muiños stopped by for…

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‘Staggering’ Lineup For 2023 Flashback Horror Con

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con is set to exceed its reputation as the area’s largest and longest-running scary movie convention with a staggering lineup of guests and programs running August 4-6…

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XL Film Festival Official Lineup Announced; Speakers Include Robert Townsend, Diallo Riddle

Creative Cypher’s XL Film Fest has released its official lineup for the three day festival beginning August 17th until August 20th. August marks the launch for the Black-owned and operated…

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OKRP’s Promotes Four in Chicago

OKRP announced it is promoting Ben Pfutzenreuter and Matt McNulty to executive creative directors following a year in which the duo has overseen award winning and sales generating work for…

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SAG-AFTRA Strike News: Chicago Solidarity Walk Thursday

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Comedy Feature ‘Not If I See You First’ Filming in Skokie; Director Wertheimer Talks with SCREEN

We could use a little more comedy these days. Good news: There is a microbudget comedy feature film ready to begin production later this month in the near North Chicago…

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World Premiere at UK’s Legendary Frightfest for Clare Cooney’s Filmed-In-Chicago ‘Departing Seniors’

The legendary FrightFest, the UK’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, returns to London’s Cineworld Leicester Square this August 24 – 28 for its 24th edition, and a filmed-in-Chicago feature is among the jaw-dropping…

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Series Premiere Tonight for ‘Justified: City Primeval,’ Filmed In Chicago

The series premiere is finally here. Justified: City Primeval premieres tonight Tuesday, July 18 at 10 p.m. on FX with the first two episodes. The six remaining episodes will air…

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Director Jennell Renai Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee Votes to Strike As Midnight Bell Tolls

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State Farm Hires Chicago Agency Highdive

What better way to be a good neighbor than to hire your neighbor? The Bloomington, Illinois insurer confirmed it has hired its fellow Illinois-based company Highdive, as reported by Ad…

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‘The Bear’ Roars with a Whopping 13 Emmy Nominations

Is The Bear one of the most nominated series of the 2023 Emmys? Yes chef, it is! And that’s just for Season One. The Made-In-Chicago FX dramedy about a fine…

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Take over a hoppin’ downtown Chicago hotspot… and everybody better be dressed in yellow. That was the mission for the newly formed production company Method & Madness hosted their first…

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Series Premiere of ‘Justified: City Primeval’ Is Here This Tuesday July 18th

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The Illinois creative production community is mourning the loss of one of its longtime leaders. Former Illinois Film Office director Suzy Kellett passed away unexpectedly. Suzy was head of the…

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Ready… Break! The high-octane multiplayer adventure Crash Team Rumble has arrived and Activision collaborated with Quriosity to bring the energy for the trailer promoting this highly anticipated release. The talented…

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World Premiere Is Here for ‘The Crusades’ As ‘Cobra Kai’ ‘Goodfellas’ Stars Lead Cast

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Flavor Beautifully Unifies Visual Treatment Encompassing The AICP Show, Next Awards, and Post Awards

For this year’s suite of its illustrious global awards competitions, The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) chose creative production studio Flavor to unify each show’s visual packaging with the…

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Emmy Nominated Producer Shawn Papazian to Oversee The Fields Studios in Chicago

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Thursday Marks Season Two Premiere for ‘The Bear’

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Dani Jackson-Smith Launches The Cre8tors, A Creative Management Agency Rooted in Culture and Social Impact

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‘Justified: City Primeval’ New Teaser Drops As July Premiere Approaches

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‘Married at First Sight’ Chicago Podcasters Attract Series Creator Bergqvist to Their Show

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WGA Chicago Strike Event Set for Thursday June 15th

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‘The Bear’ Director of Photography Andrew Wehde Joins Panel Lineup for Filmscape Chicago

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Five Questions with Editor Devon Bradbury of Cutters Studios

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‘Empire’ Star Terrence Howard and Mira Howard Talk with SCREEN, Launch Disruptor Platform Holly

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Melissa Silverman Brings Her Comic Touch and Flair for Casting to Tessa Films’ Roster

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HBO Renews Filmed-In-Illinois Comedy Series SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE For A Third Season

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Post-Finale Exclusive with HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Creators Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen

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DDB Chicago Names Emma Montgomery CEO as She Departs Leo Burnett Australia

The search is over and DDB Chicago has its new CEO. Leo Burnett Australia chief executive officer Emma Montgomery is set to leave the agency to head back to the…

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Five Questions with Tessa Films Director Mercedes Bryce Morgan

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‘Room Tone’ World Premiere Set for Dances With Films at the Chinese Theatre in LA

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STORY’s David Orr Helps Nick Cave’s “Wood Dove” Take Wing

Director and visual artist David Orr weaves a single bird’s feather into a shimmering kaleidoscope of incredible complexity and stunning beauty in a video accompanying the new Nick Cave song Wood…

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Producer Daryl Sledge Returning Home to Chicago with His Next Feature ‘Why?’

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Four Tellys for p3 Mediaworks Boost Total to 50 for the Chicago Agency

10 years and a whopping 50 Telly Awards. Chicago-based creative video agency p3 mediaworks reeled in quite a haul at this year’s Telly Awards. The 2023 competition recognized p3 mediaworks…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Drops Season 2 Premiere Date and Teaser Trailer

There are five words that fans of Power Book IV: Force have been waiting all year to hear: Tommy F**king Egan Is Back. The third spinoff in the Power franchise…

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The Season Finales Are Here for ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD,’ Here’s Your First Look

The season finales are here. The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will undoubtedly be delivering the drama this Wednesday, May 24th. So what can…

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Five Questions with Mark Ruff of Bounce Sound Studios

What do Pink Floyd, John Travolta, and an all-time-great beer commercial have in common? They’re all right here as award-winning sound designer, mixer and partner Mark Ruff of Bounce Sound…

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‘About My Father’ Director Laura Terruso Talks with SCREEN; DeNiro, Maniscalco Lead Cast

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Filmscape Chicago Unveils Schedule for June 24-25

As you begin making plans for the Summer, there is one weekend you can confidently ink into your calendar. Filmscape Chicago is set for June 24-25 at CineCity Studios. Today,…

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Packed House for Battle of the Ad Bands, Rocking for a Great Cause [Exclusive Photos]

The Chicago advertising community’s annual battle of the bands competition, aka the Battle for Hope, celebrated its tenth anniversary with a venue full of fans and six advertising agency bands….

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Marvel Blockbuster ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Showcases Visual Artistry from Sarofsky

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‘Deli Boys’ Picked Up to Series at Hulu, But When and Where Will It Film?

As the television industry awaits resolution of the WGA Strike, there is some positive news for the Chicago production community… and naturally, some uncertainty as well. The comedy pilot Deli…

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Human, Yessian Lead Winners at 2023 AMP Awards for Music & Sound

Human’s introspective three minute spot, “Remember The Why,” which takes viewers on the jagged experience of a star basketball player who’s escaping the madness of celebrity and getting in touch…

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WGA Strike: Showtime’s ‘The Chi’ Pauses Production For Foreseeable Future After WGA Chicago Picketing

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WGA Chicago Strike Event Set for Wednesday

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‘The Bear’ Unveils Season Two Trailer; Premiere Set for June 22

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Cannes’ Fantastic Pavilion Selects Clare Cooney’s Filmed-In-Chicago Flick ‘Departing Seniors’

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Sarofsky Head of Production Joel Signer Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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New Episodes of ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD’ May 17th, Here’s Your First Look

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‘Justified: City Primeval’ Declares July 18 Premiere, Unveils Teaser and Poster

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Audience Award Win at SeriesFest for Chicago Pilot ‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental’

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WTTW Wins Nine Peter Lisagor Awards

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Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Relative’ Winds Down Theatrical Run with Hometown Screening at Alamo Drafthouse

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‘The Bear’ Announces June 22 Premiere Date, Serves Up New Poster

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Emmy Winner Jane Lynch, STORY Filming Tourism Campaign Throughout Illinois This Week

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Sebastian Maniscalco on DeNiro Being Coached by His Dad While Filming ‘About My Father’

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Nolo Digital Film Relocates to Sarofsky Studio, Sparking Partnership Between the Two Companies

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New York Film Office Names Chicago Film Office’s Thavary Krouch New Deputy Director

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Community Builders Grant Finalists Announced; Showcase Set for May 24

After another competitive grant season, the three finalists of the 2023 Community Builders Grant have been selected: Young Claude (written, co-directed, and executive produced by Adithi Chandrashekar), Killing Time (written…

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11 Dollar Bill Transports JD Sports Partner Ty Dolla $ign into an AI World

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World Premiere at SeriesFest for Chicago Comedy Pilot ‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental’

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‘Chicago Fire’ Season 11 Wraps Filming in Chicago This Week

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Shortlists Announced for the 2023 AICP Show, AICP Next Awards and AICP Post Awards

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Big Win for Chicago’s Tom, Dick & Harry as Wyndham Names TDH Agency of Record

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Quriosity Productions Delivers Carrier Campaign with Newly Added Director Keith Rivers

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‘Dear Grandma’ Leads Audience Award Winners at Chicago Latino Film Festival

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FX Pilot ‘Me/We’ Wraps in Chicago This Weekend, Led by ‘Always Sunny,’ ‘Ozark’ Producers

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AppleTV Sci-Fi ‘Dark Matter’ Starring Jennifer Connelly, Joel Edgerton Wraps This Weekend

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One at Optimus Signs Detroit-Based Director Luke Jaden

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Unveils Full Program, Special Guests, Grant Recipients

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Emmy Winning Editor Morgan Taylor Bradley Comes Home to Whitehouse Post

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That’s a Wrap on ‘Chicago PD’ Season 10 and ‘Chicago Med’ Season 8

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NBC Renews ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago PD’ ‘Chicago Med’ for 2023-2024 Season

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‘Ozark’ Producer Joins FX Pilot ‘Me/We’ Filming in Chicago in April

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Whitehouse Post Expands to Detroit 

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‘Chicago PD’ Casting Director Claire Simon Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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Shorts-a-Palooza Showcases Illinois Talent, Location

The Third Annual Shorts-a-Palooza film festival takes place on Tuesday, April 18, at Morrison Tech in Morrison, Illinois. Hosted by the Northwest Illinois Film Office, the celebration highlights a stunning…

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Cutters Studios Signs with Mike Orsini of No Relation for Commercial Representation on East Coast

The leaders of international creative company Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the signing of Mike Orsini of No Relation for commercial representation on the U.S. East Coast. The…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Season 2 Premiere May Push to September; S3 Decision to Follow

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‘Always Sunny’ Writers Rob McElhenney and Keyonna Taylor Lead FX Pilot Filming in Chicago in April

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Thursday in Downtown Chicago: AICP Midwest’s Meet. Drink. Talk.

If you’re a Chicago or Midwest advertising community professional, your plans for this Thursday evening are set. AICP Midwest’s ever-popular Meet.Drink.Talk. mixer is coming up this Thursday, March 23, from…

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Disney’s Filmed-In-Chicago Series ‘Saturdays’ Premieres March 24th

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Directorial Debut for ‘Chicago PD’ Veteran Patricia Frontain Premieres on Lifetime This Friday

The premiere is here for a cornerstone of the Chicago production community. Patricia Frontain, who has served as Script Supervisor for more than 200 episodes of the popular NBC series…

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Women’s History Month Short Film Screening Saturday, Presented By Community Film Workshop of Chicago

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Community Film Workshop of Chicago (CFWC) will host a free screening with women filmmakers from Chicago’s South Side on Saturday, March 25th from…

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Chicago Latino Film Festival Unveils Full Program of Premieres and Special Events

The 39th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) is right around the corner, and this week, the renowned festival announced its full slate of films and special events. Produced by the…

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Chicago-Made Pilot ‘The Resentful Angel’ Launches on Amazon Prime, Looks Ahead to Series

It’s a little bit It’s a Wonderful Life… without the virtuous protagonist. Welcome to The Resentful Angel, the promising pilot executive produced by Cheryl Graeff & Shelley Daniels, crafted with an all-Chicago collective of…

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‘Oriole Park’ Earns Grey List Acclaim, Targets Fall 2023 Production Start

The Grey List is a curated list of original, high-quality, market-ready feature and pilot scripts from writers over the age of 40, and the script for Oriole Park made the cut….

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39th Chicago Latino Film Festival Opens and Closes with Films Directed by Women

The 39th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces today the selection of Claudia Sainte Luce’s offbeat comedy about second chances, Love & Mathematics, as its Opening Night film on Thursday April…

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Optimus Welcomes Colin Loughlin as Editor

Optimus introduces Colin Loughlin as the leading production and post house’s newest editor. Most recently a senior editor with Nice Shoes, Loughlin is a gifted storyteller known for his creative, comedic work, as…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Star Jesse Spencer Returns to the Firehouse Amid Taylor Kinney Absence

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FX Pilot ‘Me, We’ Filming in Chicago in April

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‘Devil in the White City’ Dead at Hulu, But ABC Still Plans to Shop It

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Disney Releases Teaser for Filmed-In-Chicago Series ‘Saturdays,’ Sets March 24 Premiere

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Tyler Perry, Kelly Rowland Wrap Chicago Filming of ‘Mea Culpa’

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Casting Director AJ Links Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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Expert Oscar Predictions from MoviePass Co-Founder Stacy Spikes

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AICP Announces Roster for 2023 AICP Awards Committee

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, has announced the lineup for the AICP Awards Committee. A far-reaching and diverse group of industry veterans from the production, post production and…

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10th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces First Films, Returns to the Music Box

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) announces the first seven films selected for the 2023 Chicago Critics Film Festival. First titles include the Chicago premiere of Paul Schrader’s MASTER GARDENER and a…

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Upcoming ‘Patrick Lives On’ Film Fest Will Be ‘Best Ever’

NBC crew members and an internationally renowned photographer are among the filmmakers screening shorts during the sixth annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase, March 11 at Resolution Studios. They will join a…

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Season Two Of HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere,’ Filmed In Illinois, Debuts April 23

The premiere is here! The critically acclaimed HBO Original comedy series Somebody Somewhere, starring and executive produced by comedian and singer Bridget Everett, returns for its seven-episode second season Sunday,…

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Tyler Perry, Grammy Winner Rowland Begin Filming ‘Mea Culpa’ in Chicago March 5th

Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Rowland stars in Emmy and Honorary Oscar winner Tyler Perry’s upcoming film for Netflix, entitled Mea Culpa. The production lands in Chicago for a few days…

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Sally Campbell of Somesuch Named 2023 AICP Show Chairperson

Matt Miller, President and CEO, announced today that Sally Campbell, Founding Partner of the production company Somesuch and a leader in the industry’s efforts for equity and inclusion in the production ranks, has been…

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Director Korey Miller Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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Sojourner Truth Festival for the Arts and Symposium Slated for March 2-4 at University of Chicago

In 1976, an extraordinary group of Black feminist artists and activists—Michele Wallace, Faith Ringgold, Patricia Jones, Margo Jefferson, and Monica Freeman—co-organized the first ever Black women’s film festival: the Sojourner…

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Jack C. Newell’s ‘How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti’ World Premiere March 1st on Hipstr

Exciting news for documentary fans, a new film is about to hit your screens! The documentary, titled How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti, explores development, history, and colonialism…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Production Supervisor Jane Williamson to Join Cinespace as Head of Studio Operations

Cinespace Studios announced today that Jane Williamson will join the company as Head of Client Services & Studio Operations in Chicago. Jane was most recently Production Supervisor on Season 2…

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Chicago Agency Taps Emmy Winner Brett O’Bourke as Head of Studio Production

One of the Midwest’s top advertising agencies is making moves. Upshot, the Chicago-based full-service creative shop staffs 160 people, and counts clients including Constellation Brands, Google, Starbucks, and Procter and…

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Creative Cypher Acquires the Chicago South Side Film Festival

During the last quarter of 2022, Creative Cypher, founded by Troy Pryor, agreed to merge its sister brand Cypher Foundation with the Chicago South Side Film Festival, founded by Michelle Kennedy….

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Creative Changemakers Remember Black History And the Promise of Inclusion

Black History Month 2023 served up an opportunity for dozens of notable Black advertising creatives and entrepreneurs to look to the future, as Chicago house music pioneer Vince Lawrence’s music…

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Chicago-Made Series ‘South Side’ Canceled by HBO Max After Three Seasons

HBO Max has declined to pick up a fourth season of South Side, the comedy from Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle and Sultan Salahuddin. All three seasons were fully filmed in…

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Season Two of ‘The Bear’ Begins Filming This Week in Chicago: Dates, Locations, More

Yes Chef! The Bear is back, and filming for new episodes begins this week in Chicago. SCREEN can confirm the FX series will begin filming Season Two in Chicago this…

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The 200th Episode of ‘Chicago PD’ Headlines One Chicago Wednesday Feb 22nd, Here’s Your First Look

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD returns with brand new episodes Wednesday. But this week, it’s all about the 200th episode of Chicago PD….

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Colorist Calvin Bellas Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Coldplay, the superhero Static Shock, and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago have in common? They’re all right here as colorist Calvin Bellas of Reid Brody’s collective…

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Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Release Might Be Delayed Until 2024

Marvel Studios might be looking at a possible delay for its upcoming Disney+ series, Ironheart, which filmed briefly in Chicago. Ironheart, with Dominique Thorne reprising her role as Riri Williams…

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Reel Black Filmmakers Hosts First In-Person South Side Short Film Series

For the last three years, the South Side Short Film Series hosted by Reel Black Filmmakers was virtual. On Saturday, March 4th from 2-4pm, the free screening will be in-person at Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Avenue, where the Community Film Workshop of…

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PETERMAYER, Utopic Bottle The Aroma Of Mardi Gras

New Orleans-based agency PETERMAYER is sharing a Mardi Gras tradition with the world. In a sexy new spot with a dash of humor, the creative shop highlights the release of…

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Jenny Cadwell Named Executive Producer of VOLT Studios in Minneapolis

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Greg Hahn of Mischief Named 2023 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair

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‘Good News’ on the Way for ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘PD’ ‘Med’ Season Renewals?

One Chicago fans have been combing the headlines for news of renewal orders for Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med. While the Dick Wolf triumvirate has been a hit…

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‘The Bear’ Star Matty Matheson and Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon Team Up for Super Bowl Spot

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Highdive, Cutters, Danny DeVito Lead Super Bowl Weekend Campaign for Jersey Mike’s

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Siskel Film Center Launches New Fund for Black Excellence in Filmmaking to Honor Sergio Mims

With the passing of celebrated film critic and Black Harvest Film Festival co-founder and consultant Sergio Mims last fall, the Gene Siskel Film Center today announced the establishment of the Sergio…

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Chicago Composer Robert ‘Diggy’ Morrison Soars in BET Series ‘The Family Business’

Robert “Diggy” Morrison has been scoring films in Chicago for over thirty years. His latest endeavor has led him to the highly popular original series for BET, The Family Business,…

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Chicago’s Phil Donlon Exec Producing FBI Drama In Works At Fox; Will the Pilot Land in the Windy City?

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PHOTO BOOTH: 12th Annual Monday on Main Street Brings Filmmakers Together at Sundance

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The new year is underway and so are the awards shows. Entries are now being accepted for the 2023 AICP Awards – encompassing the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the…

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The Online Premiere Is Here for Chicago-Made Festival Fave ‘After (A Love Story)’

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TRG and charlieuniformtango Team Up for the Choctaw Nation ‘Together, We’re More’ Campaign 

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TV Pilot ‘Palookaville’ Wins Slamdance Grand Jury Prize for Columbia College Chicago Alum Collatos

A promising TV pilot has won the coveted Grand Jury title at Slamdance and is now looking ahead to series development. Could the series eventually land in Chicago? Pilot creator…

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Slamdance Grand Jury Prize Goes to Chicago Film ‘Waiting for the Light to Change’

A Chicago and Midwest made independent feature has earned one of the most coveted awards on the festival circuit. The Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film…

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‘Relative’ Returns to Chicago Screens, Continues Expansion Throughout U.S.

Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature Relative, which launched a joint premiere theatrical run at the Music Box Theater and Gene Siskel Film Center last summer, is set to return to…

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Joe Kirkendall Rises to Head of Production for Dictionary Films

Dictionary Films Managing Director Chris Rossiter has announced the promotion of Joe Kirkendall to the position of Head of Production. Based in Chicago, Kirkendall has been a staff Senior Producer…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Star Taylor Kinney Taking Leave of Absence from the Show

ChiHards received some stunning news today. Taylor Kinney, a fan favorite who plays Kelly Severide on Chicago Fire, is taking a break from the NBC drama. Kinney has starred as…

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Lena Waithe Series ‘The Chi’ Begins Filming Season 6 in Chicago January 24

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Drama Reaches New Heights in ‘Fire’ ‘Med’ ‘PD’ This Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look

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Carbon Welcomes Natalie Westerfield as Executive Producer for Color

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Critics Choice Win for Jeremy Allen White and Chicago Made Series ‘The Bear’

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Illinois Film Production Tax Incentive Program Extended Through 2032

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WGA, SAG, Critics Choice Noms for ‘The Bear’ On Heels of Golden Globe Win

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Jenny Schaye Returns to Optimus as Editor

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Jonah Zeiger Named New Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Film Office

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Naperville Writer Barbara Blomquist Pitches to Top Industry Execs at ISA’s Virtual Pitch Panel 

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HBO Max Chicago TV Series ‘South Side’ Premieres Thursday

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Carbon Elevates Phil Linturn and Liam Chapple to Partnership Roles

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Stone Irr, Senior Producer at BUTTER Music + Sound in Los Angeles and an accomplished recording artist and producer in his own right, has been elected President of the West Coast…

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Submissions Open 12/1 for ‘Patrick Lives On’ Film Fest

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Agency Creative Director Turned Film Director Ed Han Joins Quriosity Productions

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IFA Chicago Announces McKenzie Chinn as Recipient of ‘Breakthrough Voice Award’ at Inaugural Fundraiser

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Sarofsky Adds Hollywood Producer Will Townsend, Promotes Joel Signer to Head of Production

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Your First Look at Comedy Pilot ‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental,’ Led by Carly Glenn and Amy McIntyre

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11 Dollar Bill Wins Gold, Silver and Bronze at One Club Denver Awards

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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, November 16th. So what can…

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Leo Burnett EVP and Head of Production Ashley Geisheker Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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The AICP Mentoring Program is now seeking mentee applications as it prepares to launch its second cycle. Information on the program, including how to apply for admission as a mentee,…

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Why Chicagoans Should Be Particularly Excited to See ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ This Weekend

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The Biggest Night of the Year for the Chicago Advertising and Creative Community – The AICP Awards – Arrives Nov 17

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Your First Look at Eight New Documentary Features in Development for 2023

Bold and impactful voices are poised to be amplified in the new year. Chicago’s revered documentary filmmaking house Kartemquin Films is at the heart of that amplification. After a year-long…

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Cow Lamp Films and The Annoyance Theatre Partner for Chicago Sketch Show TV Series

From the home of sketch and improv, Chicago’s Cow Lamp Films and The Annoyance Theatre are partnering to produce a new Chicago sketch TV series, Out of the Loop. Earlier this…

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Keslow Camera’s Jim Summers Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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Leadership Change at Gene Siskel Film Center as Exec Director Jean de St. Aubin Exits

There is an important personnel update to share from the Chicago cultural landscape. After nearly two decades at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin is leaving…

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