WBEZ | Chicago Film Office http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-film-office Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Local talent helped draw major studio productions to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/local-talent-helped-draw-major-studio-productions-chicago-108223 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chicago filming.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Talent from local theaters and film schools helped draw the record number of major studio productions currently being filmed in Chicago.</p><p>Current film and television productions are expected to top last year&rsquo;s 2,200 jobs.</p><p>Rich Moskal is the director of the Chicago Film Office.</p><p>&ldquo;Episodic television needs to draw from local resources even more so than features based on oftentimes what are budget limitations,&rdquo; Moskal said. &ldquo;So their interest in hiring local crew people, department heads, technicians as well as actors is particularly high.&rdquo;</p><p>The local film and television industry made $184 million dollars in revenue last year.</p><p>Moskal says the films &lsquo;Jupiter Ascending&rsquo; and &lsquo;Transformers 4&rsquo; combined are expected to make more than 51 million dollars.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://www.twitter.com/jclee89">@jclee89</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/local-talent-helped-draw-major-studio-productions-chicago-108223 TV and movie crews spending more time filming in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/tv-and-movie-crews-spending-more-time-filming-chicago-106462 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/film.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The number of days movies and TV shows spent filming in Chicago is up 45 percent compared to 2011, according to the Chicago Film Office.</p><p>The office&rsquo;s director, Rich Moskal, said the city saw a record increase in the number of production days: 1,808 days in 2012 compared to 1,235 the year before.</p><p>Although the number of productions themselves held largely steady, Moskal said the production day figure gives a fuller picture of the amount of activity here. TV series could spend as many as 150 days filming, compared to the production of a commercial, which only has a presence for 2 to 3 days.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Each day a production is filming translates into days of employment for local crew, additional days of business with local vendors, hotel nights, etc,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The more days a production is here, the more they spend locally.&rdquo;</p><p>In 2012, Film Office data shows, local film and TV industry spending hit a high of $170 million. That&rsquo;s up from $160 million in 2010 and $154 million in 2011.&nbsp;</p><p>Last year&rsquo;s increase is mainly due to four TV shows: Chicago Fire (NBC), Boss (Starz), Underemployed (MTV) and Mob Doctor (Fox), Moskal said, adding that 17 independent movies also were filmed in the city. So were several reality shows including Mob Wives Chicago, Chicagolicious and Hardcore Pawn: Chicago.</p><p>&ldquo;Chicago looks great on film, it&rsquo;s a great place to tell a story creatively, but it also has great depth of talent and resources to outfit the productions when they are here,&rdquo; Moskal said.</p><p>He said a 30 percent tax credit also helped bring in the film business: &ldquo;The tax incentive has done a tremendous job in terms of attracting production and keeping (it) here in Chicago, not just for Hollywood productions, but locally produced productions as well.&rdquo;</p><p>Although two of last year&rsquo;s TV shows were cancelled, and the fate of a third looks uncertain, Moskal said that&rsquo;s just part of the gamble.</p><p>&ldquo;You never know if it&rsquo;s going to last or not,&rdquo; he said, adding that this year, the city will have four other pilots filming and three Hollywood films including Transformers Four.</p><p>Bruce Sheridan, who chairs the Film and Video Department at Columbia College Chicago, said he&rsquo;s already seeing an increase in the film industry this year.</p><p>&ldquo;We have six features that we are putting out students interns onto this coming summer, which is much higher than last year or the year before,&rdquo; Sheridan said. &ldquo;So, we think the trend is continuing.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/tv-and-movie-crews-spending-more-time-filming-chicago-106462 'Chicago Code' is canceled; city loses $25 million http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-code-canceled-city-loses-25-million-86390 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-11/THE CHICAGO CODE Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (L) visits the set of THE CHICAGO CODE Thursday, September 16 in Chicago. Also pictured Executive Producer Shawn Ryan (C) and Jennifer Beals (R).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Fox Broadcasting Company announced the cancellation of five new shows this season on Tuesday, <a href="http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/fox-cancels-the-chicago-code">including&nbsp;<em>The Chicago Code</em></a>, a police drama set and filmed locally.</p><p>Rich Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office, reported that production of the pilot and first 12 episodes of <em>Chicago Code</em> generated an estimated $25 million for the city in production-related costs.</p><p>“Losing that is disappointing,” Moskal said. “What’s tremendous about television series like <em>Chicago Code</em> is how consistently they’re contributing to the local economy.”</p><p>Moskal says despite the attention paid to the film industry, shooting a television series can be far more lucrative for a city than a movie. &nbsp;That's, in part, because a television show creates work and purchases goods and services over an extended period of time. &nbsp;But he said the local acting community was probably the most visible beneficiary of the <em>Code</em>’s presence, calling the new roles created every episode a tremendous opportunity for actors. &nbsp;</p><p>Even so, all is not lost for Chicago.</p><p>"We're in a fortunate position of not having all our eggs in one basket," Moskal said.&nbsp;</p><p>That's because <em>Chicago Code</em>&nbsp;is not the only show being filmed in Chicago right now. &nbsp;The new&nbsp;Starz show&nbsp;<em>Boss,&nbsp;</em>starring Kelsey Gramer as a fictional Chicago mayor<i>, </i>began filming a few weeks ago, as did the highly touted <em>Playboy </em>from NBC. Moskal believes signs look good for <em>Playboy</em>'s future, given its “cool factor” (the show has piggybacked off the current popularity of <em>Mad Men</em> by looking at the lives of Playboy bunnies in the 1960s).</p><p>Moskal also mentioned <a href="http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2011/04/20/starz-kelsey-grammers-boss-announces-casting-and-start-of-production-today-331213/20110420starz01/"><em>Powers</em></a>, a pilot about detectives who deal with superhero homicides, based off the comic of the same name. <em>Powers </em>is attached to FX, and is set to start filming in July.&nbsp;</p><p>On Tuesday, Governor Pat Quinn met with Kelsey Grammer and the producers of <em>Boss </em>to celebrate the opening of a new film and television studio at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. The state is investing $5 million in the project, which will become the largest facility of its kind outside of Hollywood and &nbsp;has enough space to accommodate three to six productions at a time. It's estimated to create thousands of new jobs.</p><p>In 2010, the Illinois Film Office (IFO) reported $161 million in spending, and more than 8,000 job hires. Managing Director of IFO,&nbsp;Betsy Steinberg, said that though they were disappointed with the cancellation&nbsp;of&nbsp;<em>Chicago Code</em>, IFO was not concerned about the future of Cinespace.</p><p>"You know,&nbsp;series television is not for the faint of heart. It’s always, always a rollercoaster.&nbsp;The studio is, I believe, going to be busy regardless," Steinberg noted. "[The cancellation] does not spell disaster for the community."</p><p><em>The Chicago Code</em> was critically well-received, and starred Jennifer Beals as the police department's first female superintendent. It paid homage to Chicago's corrupt political history with several character arcs, including one that featured Delroy Lindo as&nbsp;a corrupt alderman. Its ratings had been waffling, however, for several weeks, leaving its future uncertain.</p><p>Responding to the news of cancellation last night, creator Shawn Ryan, a native of Rockford, IL, tweeted that <em>The Chicago Cod</em>e will be finishing out its season, with the final two episodes airing in the next two weeks.</p><p>"Fox suits loved the show, but have a business to run," <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/ShawnRyanTV">he tweeted</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Updated 5/11/11 @10:40pm&nbsp;</em><em>Previous version was updated to correct typographical errors and to reflect that the Fox announcement was made on Tuesday.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 16:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-code-canceled-city-loses-25-million-86390