United Airlines & the March of Dimes

Long-time United employee Elise Jackson, her son Elijah and husband Todd are representing the March of Dimes as the 2015 National Ambassador Family.

Long-time United employee Elise Jackson, her son Elijah and husband Todd are representing the March of Dimes as the 2015 National Ambassador Family.

I’m thrilled to announce that for the month of March, United Airlines is celebrating their 10 year commitment to the March of Dimes by running a PSA that I directed on all its flights.  I’m honored to be able to tell the story of the valuable partnership between these two organizations with a socially responsible goal.  What’s not to love?

Meeting the current March of Dimes ambassador family, the Jacksons, and learning their story was an inspiration.  You could tell that the folks from United were so proud to contribute to this cause, which made for an especially compassionate shoot.

I had another great crew thanks to MAKE.  Rockstar-DPs Bob Richman and Bill Winters both contributed to the look and feel of the piece, which was shot at United headquarters in the Willis Tower (nee Sears Tower) in Chicago.  The local crew was undeterred by snowy, wintery weather, and we got the whole thing done in a day.

Check back soon for an update with the inflight video.

United's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Rainey is serving as the 2015 March for Babies National Chairman.

United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Rainey is serving as the 2015 March for Babies National Chairman.

The Walking Dead in Alexandria

Season 5 cast members of The Walking Dead - source: thetellybible.co.uk

Season 5 cast members of The Walking Dead – photo source: thetellybible.co.uk

The Walking Dead returned this month to AMC with new cast members and a new location.  And that means, new behind-the-scenes footage from yours truly!  This trip to Georgia in November was so top-secret that I didn’t even know what we were filming until I got there.  I love this job!

Stay tuned to Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick on Sundays following The Walking Dead to learn more.

In the meantime, please enjoy these promos from AMC’s Dead, White, and Blue Weekend special this summer.

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Friday Night Tykes Season 2 begins January 20.

Jennifer Whitney for The New York Times

Jennifer Whitney for The New York Times

They’re back!  Big hits, unruly parents, grandstanding coaches.  Season two of Friday Night Tykes, as 11 and 12 year olds, the kids are a year older, but the game is the same.  In the wake of two coaches being suspended last year for bad behavior, this season continues to ask the big question in youth sports: should the focus be on winning above all else?
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Tune in to Esquire Network Tuesdays at 9pm ET for this 10-part series.
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THE KNICK - Season 1 - 2014 - Photo Credit: Mary Cybulski/Cinemax

THE KNICK – Season 1 – 2014 – Photo Credit: Mary Cybulski/Cinemax

The Knick is the best bloody show on television. The season 1 finale aired last week, and it’s stuck with me ever since. Truthfully, I’ve been a fan since the first episode got under my skin (see what I did there?), and this is less of a review and more of a gushing love letter. And I’m not alone:

The Knick is such modern television it’s like a shot of cocaine between the toes.” The AVClub  Read More

 

Chris Hardwick and Steven Yeun on location in Georgia, TWD Season 5.  AMC 2014.

Chris Hardwick and Steven Yeun on location in Georgia, TWD Season 5. AMC 2014.

Last month I found myself traipsing around Georgia on location with Chris Hardwick and cast members of The Walking Dead.  I directed a series of promos and vignettes for AMC’s Dead White and Blue Weekend, a full series marathon of The Walking Dead.  Jenn Nelson did an incredible job with her camera in really hot and muggy conditions.  As before, the cast and crew of TWD were so welcoming and generous with their time.  Our local BTS crew were pros and made it look easy.  Needless-to-say, we had a blast being on set, and I discovered that I like fried pickles.  Who knew? Read More

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