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News and developments from the worlds of music production, sound design, audio post, music licensing & publishing and music libraries. more...

Street Talk for November 2, 2018
Director George Mays , best known for his work with Red Bull, has signed with Seed Media Arts , a Chicago-headquartered commercial and branded... more...

Rep Report for November 2, 2018
Global boutique production company Sweetshop has formed a joint venture with Matthew Bucher of indie firm Obsidian to serve as the production company... more...

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Who Walks In LA? #MephistoWalks

Mobius Awards Advertising Entries Due by November 9, 2018

The One Club Announces Young Guns 16 Winners

Investigation Discovery Turns To IKA Collective To Help Expand Reach Of IDGO App With Spot Featuring "Homicide Hunter" Lt. Joe Kenda

Help PERG Identify Stolen Equipment Recovered By Argentinian Police

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Northern Lights Signs Brett Astor For Bi-Costal Representation

Amcomri Film Partners LP (AFP) Announces Production and Acquisition Fund

NEON Takes North American Rights To Bong Joon-Ho's Highly Anticipated "Parasite"

AFM Opens With Buyers and Exhibitors; Biggest Programming Lineup To Date

DWA Presents Ultimate Events, November 2018 Edition

The Science of Movement Marketing

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic eGPU Pro

It’s Eclectic At Olio Creative

Whitehouse Post New York Welcomes Editor Liz Deegan

Benjamin Howdeshell Directs Slasher Film With Milla Jovovich For Parcels Track “Withorwithout”

Prime Focus Technologies Plans for Sustainable Growth With New Chief Strategy Officer Mangesh Pathak Moves from Investor to Strategic Leadership

HPA Announces Young Entertainment Professionals Class of 2019 During SMPTE 2018

AVOD Growth Outpacing Other Paid Media, With Spend Set To Near Double To $47bn by 2023

BTS Shot of Director Liz Cooper During Making of "Wolf" Garners John Platt a Second SHOOT BTS Photo Contest Grand Prize Win

Annual "Road to Oscar" Series For 2018/2019 Academy Season Announced by SHOOT; 15 Weekly Installments To Publish Across All Digital & Print Platforms

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Oscar winner discusses ongoing collaborative relationship with director Damien Chazelle
LOS ANGELES -- The first time he cut a feature-- Whiplash --for director Damien Chazelle, Tom Cross, ACE wound up winning the Best Editing Oscar. The second film on which they collaborated, La La Land , yielded another Oscar nomination for the editor. And now Cross has again teamed with Chazelle, this time on First Man (Universal Pictures) which is now squarely in the awards season conversation. Based on the book by James R. Hansen, First Man chronicles the multi-faceted backstory of the first manned mission...
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Women score more than 40% of nods across directing, writing, producing, performance and craft
LONDON -- The Favourite has topped the 2018 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) with 13 nominations. Nods were unveiled this morning (10/31) in London. The Favourite , Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy about the 18th century court of Queen Anne, is recognized for Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Olivia Colman is nominated for Best Actress, with her co-stars in the female-led ensemble, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, competing in the Best Supporting Actress category, Weisz...
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Product Design Lions retired; Track Ambassadors to be appointed
LONDON -- The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has officially launched the 2019 Festival, opening for delegate registration and announcing details around next year’s event. Two new Lions will be added to the awards lineup in 2019. The Creative Strategy Lion will sit within the Reach Track and will celebrate the idea behind the idea, how strategic planning can redefine a brand, reinvent its business, and influence consumers or wider culture. Elsewhere, complementing the Entertainment...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- John Krasinski is still pinching himself over the critical and financial success of his experimental thriller "A Quiet Place," but the Cinderella year is not over yet. With awards season heating up, "A Quiet Place," has found its own spot in the conversation. Krasinski who co-wrote, directed and starred in the film opposite his wife, Emily Blunt, is only humbled. "It's nothing short of overwhelming," Krasinski said by phone recently. "Emily and I really are still digesting the fact that we made...
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Research shows that a broader based workplace culture yields innovation, bottom-line success
LOS ANGELES -- In the midst of technological breakthroughs and assorted presentations on equipment and software innovation, a non-tech session was regarded by some as being among the most relevant events at last week’s SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held last week in downtown L.A. Titled “Innovating People: Management, Culture and Inclusion,” the session--chaired by John McCoskey of Eagle Hill Consulting and Kylee Peña of Netflix--delved into subjects such as workplace integrity, and...
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Company sets next generation of leadership; Stephen Plumlee, Barry Wacksman elevated to vice chairmen
NEW YORK -- Sean Lyons, R/GA’s U.S. president, will assume the role of global CEO on January 2, 2019. The appointment, made by R/GA founder, executive chairman, and CEO Bob Greenberg, represents the first time the CEO role will be filled by someone other than the company’s founder. Greenberg, who founded R/GA in 1977 with his brother Richard, will continue to serve as the company’s executive chairman and has committed to staying active at the company through 2020. During that time, he will support Lyons in...
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LOS ANGELES -- Filmmakers Maggie Carey, Ben Sinclair and Bo Burnham, who have each garnered recognition in TV and features, are extending their creative reach into commercials and branded content for the first time, signing with Caviar for global representation. Carey is an award-winning writer, director, and producer best known for screenwriting and directing her debut feature The To Do List starring Aubrey Plaza and Bill Hader. Carey has a knack for creating personal, human moments on screen that connect...
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DETROIT -- Commonwealth//McCann, McCann Worldgroup’s globally dedicated agency of record for Chevrolet, has named Todd Riddle as its chief creative officer, global markets. Riddle will be based out of the agency’s Detroit headquarters, and will oversee all creative work worldwide, working to ensure overall excellence and consistency supporting the Chevrolet brand. Riddle will partner with CCO Gary Pascoe, who will continue to lead all U.S. creative for Commonwealth//McCann, and Matt Canzano, EVP, deputy...
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LOS ANGELES -- Director Luke Monaghan has joined the rosters of two Ridley Scott Creative Group companies--RSA Films for commercial representation in the U.S., and Black Dog Films for music videos and non-traditional content, also in the U.S. Monaghan’s storytelling and cinematic style shine in videos for Sam Smith’s Academy Award-winning song “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre, Brit Award and UKMVA-nominated “Not The Only One” and poetic farewell anthem “Too Good At Goodbyes,” which have garnered over 2...
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NEW YORK -- Dan Lucey has joined Joan Creative as executive creative director and an equity partner. He will work directly with agency co-founders, chief creative officer Jaime Robinson and CEO Lisa Clunie, on the development and leadership of the creative team, and will help drive growth for the agency and its clients. Lucey joins Joan from BBDO NY where he spent the past six years as ECD, leading the Foot Locker, Priceline, and Guinness accounts. Prior to that, Lucey ran the Google and Comcast accounts...
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LOS ANGELES -- Bicoastal Station Film has added filmmaker Ramaa Mosley to its roster for commercial representation in the U.S. A director of spots, music videos, short films and features, Mosley was recently selected for NBC’s Female Forward program and will direct episode 13 of the primetime series Blindspot in November. Her ad endeavors span a wide array of brands including adidas, ESPN, Levi’s, Absolut, Nike, BCBS, Ameritrade, Always, Mini Cooper, Fuji, Free People, Southwest and Skype. Honored with the...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Julia Roberts and Sissy Spacek, two big-smiling big-screen legends, were remembering the first time they met. It was when Roberts, then 13, took a trip to New York to visit her older brother, the actor Eric Roberts, who was making 1981's "Raggedy Man" with Spacek and her husband, the production designer Jack Fisk. "I always claimed her," Spacek said in her bright Texas accent in an interview in September alongside Roberts. "I knew her when she was 13! She was part mine! Lo and behold you are!"...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- With the pressure of the lead role on him for the first time, Lucas Hedges was hearing voices. Vivid movie-critic voices. "I would hear reviews in my head that were like: 'It appears as if Hedges has nothing going on in his inner life. In what should be a very rich...'" says Hedges, writing the imaginary hatchet job in his head. "It was like: I'm never going to work again. The stakes felt very high." The reviews, like just about everything the 21-year-old actor has done, including his Oscar-...
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LONDON/LOS ANGELES -- Content studio Pulse Films has signed director Omri Cohen for global representation. His body of work spans such brands as Nike, Gatorade, Puma, Amazon, NBA, Xbox, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, NFL, Verizon, Comcast, Coors and Microsoft. Cohen’s campaign for Nike Japan, “Minohodoshirazu”--meaning don’t know your place--challenged Japanese society to break out of the mold and break the rules sent waves through Japan and garnered local honors. Recently, he directed a film for XBOX with Real Madrid and shot...
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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Filmmaker John Poliquin has joined Superlounge for exclusive spot representation in the U.S. His clientele spans brands, networks and agencies including Digitas, FCB, GQ, Honda, Interscope Records, L’Oreal, MTV, and NBC Universal. He was previously repped by Derby Content. Equally at ease with dialogue and visually-driven material, the director frequently weaves live action, visual effects and engaging performances into his storytelling. “We Are All Made of Stars,” Poliquin’s client-direct...
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Jenna Laurenzo--director, producer, screenwriter and star of the upcoming feature film Lez Bomb --has joined the commercial directing roster of Untitled, the L.A.-headquartered shop headed by founders/EPs Kristin and Jim Evans. Lez Bomb , which marks Laurenzo’s feature directorial debut, is scheduled for release in theaters on Nov. 9. The film tells the story of a still-closeted young woman who brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving, only to have the planned coming-out thwarted by the...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Rami Malek says he identified with the immigrant side of Freddie Mercury while tackling the role of the legendary Queen frontman. The first-generation American spoke about his starring role at the New York premiere of "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Tuesday. The "Mr. Robot" star connected with Mercury's outsider passion for success. "I set out to be an actor some, I don't know, over a decade ago. I think something was possibly burning inside the both of us. We had aspirations to live our dream. And I'm...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The spirit of Francis Underwood and misdeeds past haunt the sixth season of "House of Cards" and its new U.S. president, the widowed Claire Underwood. Francis is very much dead when the Netflix series opens its final, eight-episode run Friday, as an image of Claire bending tenderly over his coffin makes clear. But there's no suggestion from the producers or cast that killing off Francis — after the Me Too-triggered firing of star Kevin Spacey — took a storytelling toll on Netflix's political...
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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The effectiveness of California’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0 in retaining and attracting in-state production is affirmed in an annual progress report released today (11/2) by the California Film Commission. The report provides comprehensive data through year-three of the expanded tax credit program launched in 2015. It reveals that Program 2.0 has led to sustained growth in: Employment--in terms of hours worked in-state by below-the-line crew members. Program year-three continued the...
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LOS ANGELES -- Director/cameraman John Mastromonaco has joined the roster at the L.A.-based production company Cultivate Media. Mastromonaco was most recently with FANCY Content, and prior to that he was a partner in his own bicoastal studio, Argyle Brothers. He’s represented in his native Canada by Untitled Films, Toronto. Mastromonaco’s work is a deft mix of visually-driven narratives and often stunning cinematography--evidence of his years as one of the most sought-after still photographers in advertising...
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SEATTLE -- Production house UNHEARD/OF, which maintains bases of operation in Atlanta and Seattle, has added docu-style director J. Austin Wilson to its roster for commercials and branded content in the U.S. Born in a small town south of Atlanta and raised by two professional illustrators, Wilson flourished in the arts from a young age. He began painting, before adding photography, music, and filmmaking to his creative toolbelt. Driven by the work of Gus Van Sant and Harmony Korine, directors who blur the...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a great World Series for Boston, but not necessarily for Fox. The Red Sox’ five-game victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers averaged 14.1 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. That’s sharply down from the 2018 Fall Classic, which averaged 18.9 million viewers for the Houston Astros’ seven-game triumph over the Dodgers. The ratings drop likely had more to do with the length of the series than the matchup. World Series games tend to draw in more viewers as the series goes longer, and...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Meyers — or is it Jamie Lee Curtis? — can't be stopped. "Halloween" dominated the North American box office for the second straight weekend, carving up an estimated $32 million in ticket sales. The top four films were all unchanged at the North American box office, according to Sunday estimates, as Hollywood left "Halloween" to dominate the pre-trick-or-treating weekend. The sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 original, starring the 59-year-old Curtis as Laurie Strode, last week notched the...
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Directed by Sam Coleman of Giant Films in Cape Town, South Africa, this 90-second drone-shot film lyrically uses collective nouns to romance the beauty of animal groups across Africa – but at the same time highlighting their vulnerability and imminent extinction. Titled “A Guardian,” the film for U.S.. charity Over&AboveAfrica was conceived by veteran ECD Andy Fackrell, known for his body of work over the years at 180 Amsterdam, and Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, Ore. (such as director Frank...
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Sport England and FCB Inferno, London, have launched new creative to reach women of all backgrounds and ethnicities who may feel left behind by traditional exercise. Sport England’s This Girl Can initiative shows real women using practical, inventive and unconventional ways to fit exercise into their lives. Titled “Fit Got Real,” this latest film in the campaign shows real women of different ages and ethnicities doing exercise their own way, no matter how unconventional. Whether women are...
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George Clooney returns in his latest installment as a Nespresso brand ambassador, as he’s never been seen before. Directed by Grant Heslov of Santa Monica-based Untitled Inc., “The Quest” sees Clooney suited up in armor, majestically saving a medieval kingdom before hitting the streets of New York City on a quest to find his heart’s desire, the kingdom’s most exceptional coffee. Co-starring in the epic adventure is one of the silver screen’s most famous queens, Natalie Dormer. This is the...
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This campaign for The New York Times from Droga5 NY provides a glimpse into the processes and rigor exercised by NYT journalists to get to the bottom of a story. The films, including this one on the Trump administration separating migrant children from their parents at U.S. borders, centered on the axiom that “the truth doesn’t write itself,” the idea that you need journalistic drive to bring the truth to light. This film in “The Truth Is Worth It” campaign spotlighted the work of NYT national...
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Goodby Silverstein & Partners’ inaugural work for Credit Karma includes this spot titled “First Steps” directed by Rupert Sanders of MJZ. Narrated by Justin Theroux, this launch commercial takes us back in time, focusing on the ups and the downs that a young couple experiences in order to reach their financial goals. It follows their progress from their initial struggles, to their minor setbacks, and their ultimate triumph as they work together to fix their finances with the help of Credit...
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This Halloween, Kansas City-based creative agency Barkley illustrates in this film how unfair the gender pay gap is, using kids’ favorite currency: candy. As demonstrated at the end of every Halloween when trick-or-treaters examine and count their loot, children are the leading experts in fairness. In “A Scary Truth: The Wage Gap,” we see the shock and outrage of adorable young trick or treaters as they realize the girls are getting less Halloween candy then the boys. When the trick-or-treaters...
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In its first work for the San Francisco-based material innovation brand Allbirds, Anomaly Los Angeles launches Meet Your Shoes, an integrated pre-holiday campaign that breaks today across digital video, cinema, streaming audio, social, and outdoor media. Meet Your Shoes highlights Allbirds’ original Wool Runners, made from ZQ-certified merino wool and the Tree Runners, sourced from FSC certified eucalyptus trees. Both shoes utilize natural and recycled materials, such as laces made from...
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States United to Prevent Gun Violence and Grey New York have teamed up once again to raise awareness of gun violence prevention with a new effort, “Common Sense Quotes.” The initiative is asking graduating students nationwide to use their senior yearbook quote in 2019 to demand stricter gun policies. With gun violence in the headlines and the midterm election days away, this effort is a call for students to be heard. The campaign includes: A website where students can...
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After last year’s viral hit recruitment video, New Zealand Police now follows up with a piece that continues to encourage cultural and gender diversity. Once again, Damien Shatford of Sweetshop directed the NZ Police effort for Ogilvy New Zealand. Having launched on NZ Police’s Facebook Page, the new “Breaking News” recruitment video is all about asking questions and getting answers, where we see the New Zealand public take over a press conference, with a bit of friendly interrogation in the...
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