Capitalizing on a year with huge audience drivers, including two Olympics and the Super Bowl, NBC heads into the 2021-22 season with a winning year-round programming strategy that highlights dominant dramas in the fall, doubles down on comedies in midseason and pairs powerhouse unscripted shows with big tentpole event programming. “Our program strategy for NBC is singularly focused on driving growth by capturing audiences with can’t-miss event television and keeping them on the … Continue reading “Fall brings 3 new dramas, 6 hours of Dick Wolf to NBC”
Craig Gore, who is a writer on NBC’s untitled Law & Order spinoff with Chris Meloni, was fired from the show after threatening to “light up” looters in West Hollywood on Monday night. “I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately,” Wolf said in … Continue reading “Dick Wolf fires ‘Law & Order’ spinoff writer”
Christopher Meloni is resurrecting Law & Order: SVU character Elliott Stabler for a new untitled crime drama from Dick Wolf. This is the first of Wolf’s five-year overall deal with Universal Television. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Special Victims Unit detective Stabler will run an NYPD organized crime unit in the new drama. The series received … Continue reading “Christopher Meloni reprises role for Dick Wolf drama”
Following lengthy renegotiations, Dick Wolf is staying put at Universal TV. As part of the five-year overall pact, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD, as well as Law & Order: SVU have been picked up for three more seasons, with other series commitments coming down the road. NBC has been Wolf’s home for 36 … Continue reading “Dick Wolf ‘Chicago’ shows renewed for 3 more seasons”
If 2016 was considered a great year for the Chicago media and entertainment business, 2017 is starting to shape up as even greater. It could even be the year when the Chicago market eases into $1 billion revenue from film status.
Thanks to Dick Wolf / NBC Universal and to Fox TV, six primetime TV series currently film here at Cinespace Studios, with three new TV series expected to start production in early February.
Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment, unveiled the primetime slate for the 2021-2022 television season to the national advertising community during its virtual Upfront Presentation. Fox, television’s #1 network for the second year in a row, is adding four new dramas, two new comedies, four new unscripted series and one new animated comedy to its lineup, … Continue reading “4 dramas, new Yaya DaCosta series on Fox Fall sked”
Network upfronts are happening this week. With this new study, the big five may want to consider what TV series they are programming. A majority of TV series are not relevant to diverse segments of consumers and are, in fact, mostly inclusive and considerate of White, Non-Hispanic viewers, according to a new study by the Cultural Insights … Continue reading “Most TV shows don’t resonate with diverse audiences”
This has been a terrible weekend for losing music royalty. Earlier today, we mourned the loss of the founding father of rock and roll, Little Richard. Now comes word that we have lost the man who shaped modern hip hop and R&B as we know it today. Music executive Andre Harrell has died at the age of … Continue reading “Peers and fans mourn the loss of Andre Harrell”
Yesterday as Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and studios such as Disney, Paramount and others have delayed the openings of major tentpole films such as Mulan and The New Mutants and a Quiet Place II, the virus has now hit the TV industry as Reel 360 has confirmed that all 35 NBC Universal shows including Dick Wolf’s … Continue reading “UPDATED: All NBCUni shows suspend production”
What do you do when you’re a hit medical drama and you have to do something special to celebrate your 100th episode which is an achievement for any series? If you’re handling corpses all day long on NBC’s hit drama Chicago Med, you might, oh, well party down with an ultra-realistic corpse cake? Mmmmmmmm. On … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ celebrates 100th with corpse cake”
Now that we have bid farewell to The Big Bang Theory, we can now look forward to the 2019-2020 TV season. Last week was a long, entertaining presentation of upfronts where the networks paraded out the stars of returning and new shows to advertisers. Lots of questions do arise. Will Fox still deliver quality programming … Continue reading “Presenting the 2019 – 2020 Fall TV Preview”
Each of the 31 stages on the 1.5 million sq.-ft. original campus are booked, so the studio had to expand. “It’s a good problem to have,” says President Alex Pissios. Chicago Cinespace Film Studios expanded its West Side campus by arranging to purchase a former steel factory at 3355 W. 31st St. last month. … Continue reading “Cinespace Film Studios acquires new Chicago facility”
Chicago’s film industry will never forget Bob Volpe, who passed on October 24. A U.S. Army veteran, Volpe worked for nearly three decades as a Property Master with Local 476 Motion Picture Studio Mechanics union. During that time, he was instrumental in building the city’s reputation as a hotbed of production. His film and TV … Continue reading “Tribute to Robert Volpe”
During an exclusive conversation with ReelChicago yesterday, Cincespace CEO Alex Pissios informed publisher Barbara Roche and editor Daniel Patton that the pilot for TNT’s The Deep Mad Dark will begin production at the Chicago studio this fall.
“They’re moving into offices September 11, shooting in October,” he said. “It’s a done deal.”
At Ad Age’s July 19 Small Agency of the Year Awards in Nashville, Chicago-based The Escape Pod won Gold in “The Midwest Small Agency category.”
The independent agency recently added Chervon’s Skil and Skilsaw brands to its roster, which also includes South Eastern Grocers and a2 milk.
With a Writers’ Strike now averted, the networks can now get back down to business, and partying it up, when they announce their Fall schedules this week at New York’s Upfronts.
The Chicago Production Community can now also take comfort in knowing that many series are returning here this summer and fall for production.
Here we go! New Line Cinema’s The Many Saints of Newark is the much-anticipated feature film prequel to David Chase’s groundbreaking, award-winning HBO drama series The Sopranos. The trailer shows us a young Anthony Soprano growing up during one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin … Continue reading “See a young Tony Soprano rise to power in final trailer for Many Saints of Newark”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to join the organization to 395 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025. The 2021 class is 46% … Continue reading “Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites”
Serial rapist, disgraced comedian, and actor Bill Cosby has been released from prison today. Do we sound angry? The Reel 360 Team is. His conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, ending over two years of prison time of his three to 10-year sentence. The court cited … Continue reading “Serial rapist Bill Cosby released from prison today”