Thousands descend on Hollywood to protest

Today, close to 50,000 protesters, of all races and ages, marched through Hollywood to protest the murder of George Floyd, an African American man who died in Minneapolis after police officer Derek Chauvin brutally pinned him down for 8 minutes. It has now been confirmed that for three of those minutes, the unarmed and handcuffed man was … Continue reading “Thousands descend on Hollywood to protest”

Abrams, Bad Robot combat racism w/ $10m pledge

Money talks. Following a weekend of peaceful protests that turned violent across the United States, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot, along with he and his wife’s foundation, pledged $10 million donation over the next five years to groups and agendas that combat racism. Abrams wrote in a statement on Bad Robot’s Instagram account, “Corporate and private … Continue reading “Abrams, Bad Robot combat racism w/ $10m pledge”

Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd

The Writers Guild of America East has just released statement regarding the murder of George Floyd and the mistreatment of journalists. They condemn his murder saying, “What happened in Minneapolis is another example of deadly systemic racism. African-Americans have been the victims of injustice for more than 400 years and it continues today.”‘ Read the … Continue reading “Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd”

Byron Allen Entertainment promotes Alford to VP Digital

Entertainment Studios, one of the largest independent producers and distributors of film and television, with 64 shows on the air, and owner of nine 24-hour HD television networks now serving nearly 160 million subscribers — including The Weather Channel television network and its streaming service Local Now — proudly announces the appointment of Natasha Alford as the Vice President of Digital Content … Continue reading “Byron Allen Entertainment promotes Alford to VP Digital”

Journalists condemn ‘Trump Kills Media’ video

Over the weekend, The New York Times discovered an appalling, violent YouTube video, created by a pro-Trump group called The Geek Z Team, that depicts President Donald Trump stabbing, shooting and impaling the media and top political opponents, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. The Times reports the graphic and racist video played … Continue reading “Journalists condemn ‘Trump Kills Media’ video”

Ten things you may have missed in Childish Gambino’s “This is America”

(Editor’s Note: This is a repost from Woke Brown Feminist.) “This is America” from Atlanta’s creator Donald Glover and Doomsday Entertainment’s Hiro Murai, has amassed over 43 million YouTube views since its premiere on SNL last Saturday. Since then, countless articles have been written, offering their take on the beautifully-shot and poignant video. We are … Continue reading “Ten things you may have missed in Childish Gambino’s “This is America””

Chicago shops win Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions

(Cannes, France — 19 June, 2017) Even though McCann New York’s Fearless Girl was the big winner on the first night of the Cannes Lions Festival, Chicago agencies did manage to come home with lions as well. FCB Chicago, BBDO Chicago, DigitasLBI, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy and Mather and Lapiz won lions in the categories of: Glass, Outdoor, PR, Promo & Activation and Print & Publishing. Below, see every Lion won by U.S. agencies on the night.

Trump regrets not using military on BLM protests

In a lengthy excerpt published at Vanity Fair from their new book, I Alone Can Fix It, co-authors Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker focus on their hours-long interview with twice-impeached former president Donald J. Trump at Mar-a-Lago, just 70 days after Joe Biden was sworn in as president. “I think if I had it to … Continue reading “Trump regrets not using military on BLM protests”

Fall brings 3 new dramas, 6 hours of Dick Wolf to NBC

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”

Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic

Things didn’t go exactly as planned for Hollywood’s biggest night. In a year, where Hollywood held back most of its biggest films due to the pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards drew its smallest audience ever. While the awards tried to change things up in a year that saw a tragic pandemic take and shut down lives, … Continue reading “Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic”

Justice League writer airs his beef with Warner Bros.

Academy award winner and Justice League scribe Chris Terrio is airing his grievances in an exclusive and wide ranging interview with Vanity Fair. Not to mince words, the man is super pissed off and despises what happened to his DC films just as much as the haters do.  After remaining silent on the matter, Terrio … Continue reading “Justice League writer airs his beef with Warner Bros.”

RBL SPOTLIGHT: Hip Hop Artist Joshua Turner

Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like Joshua Turner with … Continue reading “RBL SPOTLIGHT: Hip Hop Artist Joshua Turner”

Villas Tacos makes the pandemic comforting

While living at the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, in the daily world of double face masking, social distancing and isolation, the Latinx community is creating a safe and comforting way for people to gather together in the name of Angelino’s favorite food — tacos. Villas Tacos Pop Up Shop, a family business that started … Continue reading “Villas Tacos makes the pandemic comforting”

Revolver signs four new international directors

Revolver, an Amsterdam based production house, has expanded their roster of artists with the addition of four new director signings.  The signed directors – Marko Roth, Joppe Rog, Malin Ingrid and Ian Derry, join the roster with an impressive repertoire  of work behind them in both the commercial and independent film arenas.  The announcement coincides … Continue reading “Revolver signs four new international directors”

Reel 360’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Hanukkah! And we are just around the corner from Christmas and Kwanza, so it’s that time of the year to offer up the Reel 360 / Reel Chicago Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide. To make your last minute holiday gift buying just a l’il bit easier, we’ve compiled an extensive list – and believe us … Continue reading “Reel 360’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide”

Escape Room’s award-winning director Bessy Adut

Bessy Adut is, quite frankly, one of the most stubborn women one can ever meet. And it’s this “I will do it no matter what” attitude that has led the Turkish immigrant to become an award winning film director/writer/producer who lives in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts as a … Continue reading “Escape Room’s award-winning director Bessy Adut”

Fall Festivals team up for “United Platforms”

The fall film festivals of Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York have all agreed to join forces during this very strange year of 2020 and offer “United Platform” which organizers believe will better service filmmakers, audiences, journalists and industry professionals. Venice is meant to take place Sept. 2-12, TIFF begins on Sept. 10 and runs … Continue reading “Fall Festivals team up for “United Platforms””

George Floyd demonstrations: In photos

The global foot of outrage against racism and police brutality is still pressing down on the gas pedal with no sign of braking. It was a powerful week that saw millions across the world – Black, White, Asian, Indian, LGBTQ+, old, young, in-between – come together and peacefully decry the systematic racism that has defined … Continue reading “George Floyd demonstrations: In photos”

Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests

As America raged this past weekend, making it loud and clear that it has had enough of police brutality targeted at Black people, major brands, networks and ad agencies took to social media to make their stand against systematic racism which is rampant in the United States. Late Friday night, we reported that Nike was … Continue reading “Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests”