We are delighted to introduce our newest Production Coordination Assistant, Ben Petty, to the Assignment Desk team.

Ben broke into this competitive business after working as a Locations Production Assistant on the set of the independent movie, “Drinking Buddies.” For three months he worked for free in the heat of the Chicago summer. His hard work payed off and he was soon plugged into the network of film and TV in Chicago where he met dozens of people who gave him opportunities to work on the city’s biggest TV, film and commercial productions. 

While majoring in digital cinema production at DePaul University, he wrote and shot his own projects and continued to work in the field for TV shows like, NBC’s Chicago Fire, ABC’s Betrayal and Showtime’s Shameless. Ben was also a camera assistant for companies such as, Big Shoulders Digital Video Production and The Onion.   

In addition to working as an intern in Los Angeles for a talent management company, he also gained experience training as a camera operator for NBC and WGN in the news helicopter. Then, Ben began producing content for small businesses seeking video services. He learned how to manage small budgets and book the necessary equipment and crew for each shoot.

Ben’s extensive resume certainly makes him an asset to the Assignment Desk team. With his previous experience, he is able to give our clients a true and honest proposal to suit their equipment, crew and production needs. 

We asked Ben to give us some insight on a few of his favorite things and life in Chicago:

- I thoroughly enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, swimming, golfing, football and basketball. 

- In my spare time, I love practicing photography, videography, writing, listening to music, watching sports and movies, and recently started picking up playing guitar again. 

- I am a fan of all Chicago sports teams, but I guarantee I am the biggest die hard Chicago Bears fan you will ever meet. 

- I am obsessed with my dogs. 

What movie can watch over and over again?

The Raid 2

Favorite Chicago spot?

Lincoln Park 

Favorite travel destination..why?

California. The weather, beaches and California burritos.

Join us in welcoming Ben to the Assignment Desk team!