Ziegelman’s “Geek Lounge” serves up nerds and laughs

Filmmaker Larry Ziegelman’s new webseries, Geek Lounge, dramatizes the interaction of six friends who hang out in a bar that caters to lifelong Trekkies, obsessive Harry Potter fans, meticulous comic book historians and everything else that belongs within the provenance of nerdism.

“I like to describe it as Cheers meets Silicon Valley,” explains Ziegelman, the writer and director who created seven of the ten episodes and worked with cast member Madelyn Murphy on the rest.

Barbara Roche takes over as publisher of ReelChicago

Barbara Roche officially became publisher of ReelChicago on April 1. Wielding decades of production and pre-production experience, Roche is the former cofounder and partner in Holzer Roche Casting, which supplied talent for such legendary Chicago films as Home Alone, Backdraft and Groundhog Day.

She has also been a close friend and confidante of ReelChicago founder Ruth Ratny for nearly four decades.

Motel 6’s national ad spot feels like a music video

Determined to remind travelers about the fun taking a road trip, the hotel chain hired director Frank Todaro to create a new national spot that feels more like a fun music video than a commercial.

“We want to remind travelers that they can create a lifetime of memories with families, friends and love ones while still enjoying affordable travel,” said Lance Miceli, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, G6 Hospitality. “This new TV spot helps bring to life how our guests experience Motel 6.”

Social media manager Shari Williams crushes job search

When you live in a world where you are overwhelmed and inundated with countless job search sites and a constant deluge of advice on everything from how to get a job to how to update your resume, how do you make yourself stand out in a creative way?

If you’re like Burrell Freelance Social Media Manager and Content Creator, Shari Neal Williams, you do what you do best — create a love letter, in the form of a website and social content, to that agency.

On March 8, Neal Williams launched the website, “Shari Loves Burrell,” a culmination of her crush that started back in 2006.

Escape Pod Promotes Leah Hattendorf to SVP

Independent agency The Escape Pod announced today that it has promoted Leah Hattendorf to Senior Vice President, Director of Strategy. In her new role, Leah will continue to lead The Escape Pod’s Research and Strategy group, in addition to spearheading new business efforts and building out additional revenue streams for the agency.

AICP Leads Commercial Production Seminar

Chicago Producers, Production Supervisors, their assistants and Coordinators now have a chance to gain valuable information and updates on live and digital productions at the first-annual AICP Commercial Production Training Seminar.

Already offered in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Atlanta, the weekend seminar will feature four breakout sessions taught by commercial production specialists in the city.

Chicago agencies tune up for 2017 Battle of the Ad Bands

Chicago’s biggest amateur band contest between agencies is starting later than usual, but that’s because anticipation is higher and demand is greater. This year, the final battle will be held June 15, instead of the usual Spring time frame.

Battle for Hope is the annual fund-raising event that pits Chicago agencies against each other. Band members trade in their pencils and stylus for drumsticks and guitar pics.

The Escape Pod’s decade of growth and success

Ten years ago, when The Escape Pod co-founders Vinny Warren and Norm Bilow decided to hang their shingle, they had no idea what lay ahead.

“It’s a bit like having kids,” says co-founder and creative director, Vinny Warren. “Before you have kids you have a preconceived notion of what being a parent is. Reality is different.”

Social Media Pays Tribute to Ruth Ratny

Tributes poured in on Reel Chicago’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as other social media pages, as word spread around the city that they had lost their beloved film and advertising herald.

From advertising creatives to production companies to post houses, Ruth Ratny’s articles touched the lives of many and will forever hold meaning for them.

 

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