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HBO MAX, Comedy Central Series Starts Filming Monday

SOUTH SIDE is back! The critically acclaimed series and ratings champ will begin shooting its second season in Chicago this Monday. The highly anticipated second…

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Oscar Noms, Premieres Headline Asian Pop-Up Cinema

With one of its most diverse lineups, Asian Pop-Up Cinema: Season 12 continues with a drive-in film festival, April 15 – May 2 at The Drive-In at Lincoln Yards,…

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GoTraveler adds Rick Steves’ Europe to Linear Line-Up

Travel is different now more than ever. In a recent YouGov study with 17,000 participants around the world, the number one reason people are traveling…

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Sarofsky’s Rebrand, New Anthem

As creators of premium storytelling content for brands and for the entertainment industry, Owner and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky and her fellow makers at…

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

NBC’s latest pilot pickup brings more potentially great news to Chicago’s booming television production scene. NBC has given a series order to ORDINARY JOE, whose…

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Screen Exclusive: HAMILTON Star to Lead Chicago Feature

After a sold-out national tour of Hamilton, Joseph Morales is lighting up the screen as the male lead in the Christmas rom-com, The Christmas Pitch….

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Burrell, The Colonie Team Up for “Black Experience on Xfinity”

Burrell Communications recently teamed up with The Colonie, tapping the talents of editor Graham Chapman and the Chicago-based company’s design team for the multi-platform launch…

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11 Dollar Bill Opens LA Office, Editor Jess Weber at Helm

11 Dollar Bill, the post production and design studio with facilities in Chicago and Boulder, CO, has launched a new satellite office in Los Angeles….

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CW Series Chooses Chicago

A cult sci-fi series is making a comeback, and it will be shooting in Chicago. The CW has given a straight-to-series order to THE 4400,…

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Trailer Premiere for Josh Hope’s New Feature

Director Josh Hope teams up with SHAMELESS star Ethan Cutkosky, actor Brad Hunt (MAGNOLIA, THE BRIDGE), Golden Globe and Emmy-winning composer Roger Neill, Dreamworks veteran…

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Grammy Nom, Yessian, Hudson Rouge Team Up for Lincoln

It’s time to find your happy! Grammy nominee Jon Batiste will have you singing and dancing out of your seat at the office today. The…

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Directing Duo Joins charlie uniform tango

Texas-based charlieuniformtango will now be representing directing team Andy Mahr and Ashton Rodgers, charlieuniformtango principal and CEO Lola Lott informed SCREEN today. “We’re thrilled to…

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$100,000 Digital Production Fund Now Open

Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce the 2021 call for applications for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF), a grant designed to support Chicago-based…

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11 Dollar Bill Brings Dazzling Display to NYC

11 Dollar Bill is working with JD Sports to let New Yorkers know there’s a new brand in town. The post-production and design studio, with locations in Chicago…

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Netflix, DuVernay Take Flight with Quriosity Director Candis

The uplifting and inspiring true story of Bessie Coleman, whose pioneering achievements behind the pilot’s stick of a Jenny biplane early in the 1920s led…

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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…

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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…

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#DisneyMustPay? The Writer and the Mouse

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…

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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…

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Super Bowl Picks and Pans with Producer Mary Kay Cook

Independent films produced by Mary Kay Cook have premiered at the most prestigious film festivals on the planet, from Sundance to South By Southwest. So…

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Optimus Editor Emily Hayes Talks Super Bowl 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 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…

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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…

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Leo Burnett’s Dominique Robinson Answers Five Questions

Barack Obama, Diana Ross, and 90 DAY FIANCE! All that and more as Leo Burnett Chicago Account Director Dominique Robinson answers Five Questions with SCREEN……

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

Set aside the Netflix remote for a night and enjoy some local fare this weekend! The first season of the female-driven, Chicago-made web series BETA…

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Blackhouse, JFI Highlight Sundance 2021

There are plenty of ways to enjoy this year’s Sundance Film Festival from the comforts of your own home, and SCREEN is here to provide…

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Independent Spirit Award Nomination for SAINT FRANCES

The 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards are just under three months away, the nominations for the 2021 ceremony have arrived, and a Chicago-made gem has…

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

Another prestigious honor for a Chicago filmmaker. The Black List and Cassian Elwes have selected Aemilia Scott as the 2021 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellow….

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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……

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Best and Worst Ads of the 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…