Monday, May 4, 2009



Come out and view the screening of the webisode series, The O’Mission written by Television Department faculty, Mike Fry and Jim Forni, exploring the hook-ups, make-ups and break-ups on one hot night in the cold windy city.


A panel will discuss the rise of STDs with an emphasis on awareness and testing of Chlamydia.


The O’Mission band, Lip Tease, will perform live!!!!

You Don’t want to miss out.

Film Row Cinema – 1104 S. Wabash 8th Floor

Monday, May 4th 2009 @ 7pm

The Campaign to “Kiss Chlamydia Goodbye!”

Thursday, April 30, 2009

What: "How to Win an Emmy" Workshop for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter
When: Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; Registration starts at 6 pm

Where: CBS 2 Chicago's NEW Space, 22 W. Washington, Chicago, IL

Who: Speakers may include:

*  Diana Borri, Emmy Rules Committee/Former President, Chicago/Midwest Chapter and Retired NBC 5
   Chicago Executive 
** Sunmee Choi, TLN Host/Producer, Emmy winner

***** Free for Students to attend.  Produce NEWS or PROGRAMMING for your College or University?  We now have 5 new college student production categories for this year's Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards! 


RSVPs are required. Please email Rebekah at the Chicago/Midwest chapter at or call 312-369-8600.  For more information, go to  


“Get Real! – Producing Reality Television, with Michael Essany”

Michael Essany always wanted to have his own television show, but rather than dream about it, he made it happen. At the age of 13, he turned his family’s Valparaiso, Indiana home into a TV studio and created “The Michael Essany Show,” a reality / talk show featuring his life, his family, and a series of famous (and not-so-famous) guests. In 2001, the show was picked up by E! Entertainment. Since then, he has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Showand “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and The Michael Essany Show found a national and international audience.

Join Michael Essany for a discussion of his television work and his new book, “Reality Check: The Business and Art of Producing Reality TV.”

When: Friday, May 1, noon – 1pm

Where: Columbia College Television Department

600 South Michigan Ave., Room 1501 (Studio A)

Free admission

For more information, contact Eric Scholl at (312) 369-7959 or


51st Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

Produce NEWS or PROGRAMMING for your College or University?  We now have 5 new college student production categories!

Put your best work forward and ensure that your work is reviewed by some of the most successful and highly-esteemed TV professionals in the business.

They will not only LOOK at your work, but possibly honor it as, what you already know it to be, a piece of work that resides in a league of its own.

If you get nominated, you'll also get the exclusive info to purchase 'the golden ticket' to attend the actual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Ceremony.  And if you win, we'll honor YOU there with your very own plaque, in front of all the big shots in the business.

For the first time in the Chapter's history, the Chicago/Midwest Chapter is introducing these new categories exclusively for College Student Productions.  Look for categories S-1 to S-5 in our CALL FOR ENTRIES PDF online.

"Yeah yeah' you're thinkin', 'but let's talk much will it COST me to submit my work?" You ready for this? The cost is 40 dollars if you're already a member of  the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), and 50 dollars if you're not. So basically, a week's worth of lattes could earn you a lifetime's worth of bragging rights.

The deadline for entry forms, fees and DVDs is Friday, June 12th, 2009 and to make your life easier, we've made the entire entry process, including the paying part, available online.

Now, I've done my part, it's time you did yours. Head over to, read through the rest of the details, download the 'call for entries booklet' and check this bad-boy off your 'to do' list today!


I have placed sign-up sheets on my door for students to come in for help with their reels and resumes. You should bring their works on data DVD so we can input them into the computer with ease.

The remaining timeslots:

Friday, May 1
Tuesday, May 5
Friday, May 8

all from 12-5pm.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Yard Work is Hard Work, S.N.A.C.K.S. and More

Yard Work is Hard Work an animated musical
by jodie mack

Looking for some weekend entertainment, checkout  the hilarious comedy of S.N.A.C.K.S. - a hot new comedy group. They will be performing their new show, "Mayonnaise is Enough." Be sure to join the group S.N.A.C.K.S. on Face Book.  the groups' creator Evan Schimdt is graduating in the Spring with a degree in Television. With a writing and producing major, she has written and produced multiple shows for
 Columbia including three seasons of Out on a Limb. Most recently, you can see her in the hallway TV monitors on various episodes of Hot Spots, Where it's At, and Geekin' Out. Outside of Columbia, Evan is involved with Second City's Conservatory program. S.N.A.C.K.S. is now in its third week in Donny's Skybox. When she's not devoting her time to comedy, she's free-lance producing the very new webisode, "Free Lunch" and working on a script or ten of her own. Sometimes she eats or sleeps.
the Super Nice Action Killing Squad
"Mayonnaise is Enough"
Group Members: Evan Schmitt, Matt Scott, Libby Thomas, Nick Paul, Kyle Hafkey, Kevin Horst
Show Times: (Every) Saturday February 21-  March 21, 2009 at 11:55 pm
Location: Donny's Skybox @ the Second City Chicago- North & Wells
for more information go to

It's in the Blood: Leo Ashbire & The Cajun Tradition

Friday  afternoon, March 6, 2009 check out a screening of "It's in the Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition," a Cajun documentary, by Eric Scoll (Television Department Professor) and Cindy Moran at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival. The screening is at 3:30 at the Cultural Center, and is free (or pay what you want). Eric & Cindy will be there answering questions. For more information send an email to

You may also go to the following websites for more details

Saturday, January 31, 2009


For more information regarding these activities please contact Jodie Mack, Television Department Coordinator, For general questions about the department check out the website,

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See ya next time!

Monday, January 26, 2009


Hello Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends of All Things TV,

Welcome to the Spring 2009 semester. There is always something exciting going on in the halls and the classrooms of Columbia College. I'll keep you posted with the latest info-like... "How about that new president!?!" What a fantastic way to start the new year. 

BTW: Did you know President Barack Obama is a friend of the Television Department? Yep it's true. 

I look forward to an AWESOME! semester. If you have any questions, be proactive: go to the website ( or contact the Television office (
"It's a new dawn, it's a new day and I'm feeling Good!"

Check the blog [] every Monday for updates on TV inside and outside the department.
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