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Content studio Big Block has signed director Marcus Kuhne , who’s well established in the Spanish filmmaking community. Kuhne has already made a... more...

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Minerva Content , the management consulting and representation firm run by partners Mary Knox and Shauna Seresin , has signed Machine Head . They... more...

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Arcade Creative Group Helps the MTA Connect With Millions of New Yorkers During Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration With Digital Billboard Selfie Project

ICG Publicists Name Denzel Washington Motion Picture Showman Of The Year

DGA Announces Nominees For Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film For 2016

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American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Feature Film Nominees

Producers Guild of America Announces Theatrical Motion Picture And Animated Theatrical Motion Picture Nominations For The 2017 Producers Guild Awards

Rising Sun Pictures Nominated for VES Award for “X-Men: Apocalypse”

DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2016

Nominations Announced For The  Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild 2017 Annual Awards  Recognizing Outstanding Achievements In Motion Pictures, Television, Commercials and Live Theater

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Tony Petitti, Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball Is The 2017 New York Festivals Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Colorist Dan Hermelin Joins Roundabout Entertainment

Technicolor PostWorks Prepares 10 Films For Sundance

Advertising and Motion Juries Announced For Prestigious ADC 96th Annual Awards

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Film marks her 1st collaboration with writer-director Kenneth Lonergan
For Ruth De Jong, production designers “are very much researchers and journalists in a sense. So much of our design influence comes from a heavy amount of research no matter what period, what time frame a film calls for--unless it’s some completely fantastical world that doesn’t exist anywhere. Otherwise, though, you have to ground your design in reality.” Taking that definition of her occupation to heart and mind, production designer De Jong became a student of the coastal towns of... Read More, Comment

Davis also scores a separate nod for First-Time Feature Director honor
LOS ANGELES -- The five nominees for the DGA Award recognizing Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2016 are: Damien Chazelle for La La Land ; Garth Davis for Lion ; Barry Jenkins for Moonlight ; Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea ; and Denis Villeneuve for Arrival . “These phenomenal filmmakers have captured our hearts and minds, breathing life into stories rarely told and revealing worlds rarely seen,” said Paris Barclay, Directors Guild of America president. “What makes this... Read More, Comment

Lance Acord and AG Rojas of Park Pictures, Dante Ariola and Fredrik Bond of MJZ join RadicalMedia’s Derek Cianfrance in this year’s field of spotmaking nominees
LOS ANGELES -- MJZ AND Park Pictures each had two directors scoring nominations for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2016. MJZ’s Dante Ariola and Fredrik Bond are up for the honor as are Park Pictures’ Lance Acord and AG Rojas. Rounding out the field is Derek Cianfrance of RadicalMedia. Cianfrance and Rojas are first-time DGA nominees. By contrast, Ariola and Bond have been nominated seven times, with Ariola winning the award in 2006. Ariola was also nominated in 2000,... Read More, Comment

Joint effort of AICP and DGA aims to connect promising talent with commercial production companies for representation
LOS ANGELES -- Born out of contract talks between the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) held its first ever Showcase on Wednesday (1/11) evening, drawing industry decision-makers to the DGA Theater in Los Angeles. The event consisted of a panel discussion during which several notables affirmed the importance of attaining a more diverse directorial talent pool, followed by a screening which featured... Read More, Comment

Documentary nominations go to helmers of "O.J.: Made In America," "The Eagle Huntress," "Weiner," "I Am Not Your Negro," and "Life, Animated"
LOS ANGELES -- Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay has announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Documentary for 2016. The winners will be announced at the 69th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 4, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Here’s a rundown of nominations in the TV and documentary categories: DRAMATIC SERIES The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for... Read More, Comment

American Society of Cinematographers also reveals finalists in Spotlight category
LOS ANGELES -- The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has revealed the nominees in the Theatrical Release and Spotlight categories for the 31st Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. Winners will be named on February 4 at the Society’s awards gala held at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. Theatrical Release nominees this year are: Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS for “Lion” James Laxton for “Moonlight” Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC for “Silence” Linus Sandgren, FSF for “La La... Read More, Comment

"La La Land" tops competition with 7 wins, including best director for Damien Chazelle
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "La La Land" steamrolled, "Moonlight" swooped in at the last minute and Meryl Streep offered a stirring rebuke to president-elect Donald Trump at a schizophrenic Golden Globes that pivoted between heartfelt moments of protest and a desire to sing and dance. Damien Chazelle's bright-hued Los Angeles musical "La La Land" dominated the Beverly Hills, California, ceremony with seven awards - a Golden Globes' record - including best motion picture, comedy or musical, further cementing its Oscar... Read More, Comment

Barry Jenkins' feature earns best picture, best director and best cinematography distinction
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Society of Film Critics has voted “Moonlight” the best picture of 2016. Society members who gathered Saturday at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York also gave Barry Jenkins the best director award and James Laxton the best cinematography honor for the film. The movie is a coming-of-age tale about a young, gay, black kid growing up in a poor, drug-ridden neighborhood of Miami. The critics also passed out best acting awards to Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea”... Read More, Comment

LOS ANGELES -- The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the motion picture nominations for the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories are The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. Zanuck Award nominations have been earned by Arrival, Deadpool, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight . Scoring Animated... Read More, Comment

John Lewis' "Buster the Boxer" leads way for commercials with 4 noms
LOS ANGELES -- The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the nominees for the 15th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story received the most feature film nominations with seven; Doctor Strange and The Jungle Book follow with six each. Kubo and the... Read More, Comment

"Arrival," "Nocturnal Animals" score 9 nods apiece
LONDON (AP) -- The perky, pastel-hued jazz musical "La La Land" quick-stepped into an awards-season lead Tuesday, gaining 11 nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars. The sweet-tempered Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone romance is up for best picture, director, actor and actress at the British awards, which are considered a strong indicator of likely success at Hollywood's prize-giving next month. The nominations add to the musical's momentum after it won seven prizes at the... Read More, Comment

LOS ANGELES -- John Hillcoat--a feature filmmaker ( The Road, The Proposition ) who successfully extended his reach to commercials, making an auspicious ad debut back in 2010 with Levi’s “To Work” for Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, Ore.--has joined Serial Pictures for global representation in spots and branded content. He had previously been handled by production house Stink. “To Work” began a run of notable ad endeavors spanning such clients as Apple, Samsung, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Jameson and Guinness. In 2016... Read More, Comment

LOS ANGELES -- Director Benji Weinstein has joined production company Smuggler. He had previously been handled by Tool of North America for commercials and branded content. Among Weinstein’s notable credits is REI’s “#OptOutside” campaign from Venables Bell & Partners, San Francisco, produced by Tool and earning Cannes Lion Grand Prix distinction in both Promo & Activation and Titanium in 2016. Per the campaign, REI closed its retail stores on Black Friday so that their employees and customers could... Read More, Comment

NEW YORK -- Content agency Los York has signed director Jason Zada who over the years has demonstrated an affinity for breaking new ground across multiple screens. Zada’s body of wide ranging work includes the 2016 feature film The Forest (starring Game of Thrones ’ Natalie Dormer), the Emmy, D&AD, SXSW and AICP Next Award-winning interactive Facebook Connect experience “Take This Lollipop,” varied digital and technology-forward projects, music videos and dozens of traditional commercials, Zada made... Read More, Comment

NEW YORK -- Tabletop director Vittorio Sacco has joined bicoastal Station Film for commercial representation in the U.S. He was previously independently represented under the Vittorio Sacco Films banner. Sacco has worked extensively in the U.S., Europe and South America on hundreds of commercials for brands including Fage, Baskin Robbins, Dos Equis, Pizza Hut, Nestle, Intimissimi and Bulgari. After attending university in Milan, Italy, Sacco plotted his course as a visual artist and never looked back. His... Read More, Comment

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Director Kiku Ohe has come aboard the roster of Superprime, marking his first representation in the U.S. for commercials and branded content. The Japanese-Australian filmmaker has established himself internationally across a range of film, spot and storytelling projects. He continues to be repped in France by Control Films and in Australia and New Zealand by Exit Films. At press time, Ohe was in the midst of his first project at Superprime--an assignment out of Campbell Ewald for Valero. Ohe’s... Read More, Comment

NEW YORK (AP) -- Instead of romantic proposals and engagement rings, the commercials trying to sell a new generation on diamonds show young couples rolling around on a bed, arguing in a car and even questioning whether they'll ever marry. The ads are one way the diamond industry is trying to reach millennials, the under-35-year-olds who may be more focused on paying off student loan debt than buying diamonds and getting hitched. De Beers, the company that helped pay for the new commercials, says millennials are... Read More, Comment

NEW YORK -- Catherine Locker, former group director, strategic marketing, for Coca-Cola North America, is joining DDB North America in the newly created role of chief of staff. Locker’s primary responsibilities will be to administratively lead the North American leadership team, as well as to accelerate and operationalize DDB Flex initiatives across 17 agencies as the agency further integrates the network to maximize effectiveness and efficiency for its clients. She will report directly to Wendy Clark, CEO... Read More, Comment

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new study finds that just 7 percent of the 250 highest-grossing films of 2016 were directed by women. The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University on Thursday issued the 19th annual edition of its report, titled "The Celluloid Ceiling," authored by the center's executive director, Martha M. Lauzen. The rate of female directors was down 2 percent from last year. Despite widespread attention in recent years to gender inequality in the film industry, the... Read More, Comment

Ezra Edelman's "O.J.: Made in America" scores wins for Direction, Production
NEW YORK -- Cameraperson , Kirsten Johnson’s personal memoir exploring the balancing act that is inherent in her role as a cinematographer, topped the 10th annual Cinema Eye Honors with a total of three wins: Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking; Outstanding Cinematography for Johnson; and Outstanding Editing for Nels Bangerter. Next in the nonfiction film awards competition was O.J.: Made in America with two wins: Outstanding Achievement in Direction (Ezra Edelman) and Production (... Read More, Comment

LOS ANGELES -- The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for the 53rd Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2016 in seven categories. Nominated in the Motion Picture-Live Action category are Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , and Sully . “We are blessed this year with a rich portfolio of Cinema Audio art applied. As the creative contributions of sound mixing to modern filmmaking becomes more obvious to the world at large, these... Read More, Comment

LOS ANGELES -- Nominees for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) in 23 categories honoring make-up artists and hair stylists outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater were announced by MUAHS president Sue Cabral-Ebert. Winners will be revealed during the black-tie annual MUAHS Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 19, at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live. Said Cabral-Ebert, “This year’s record entries for the Make-Up... Read More, Comment

LOS ANGELES -- Nominees have been revealed for the 19th CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) celebrating excellence in film, television, and short-form Costume Design. It was also announced that GRAMMY® and Golden Globe® nominated actress, singer, and songwriter Mandy Moore will host this year’s CDGA gala that will take place on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, three-time Academy Award® winning Actress Meryl Streep will receive the Distinguished Collaborator... Read More, Comment

NEW YORK -- KYLE Edit, a boutique editorial company founded in 2011 by editor Tina Mintus, has expanded to offer a range of integrated creative solutions including production, post, VFX and color grading. This diversification is underscored by a name change as the company has been renamed KYLE nyc. The studio has brought on a new EP with a strong background in live-action production and post. Sarah Farrand is a California native with an extensive resume of production and post production credentials,... Read More, Comment

TORONTO -- FCB Canada has hired Stefan Fabich to head up the integrated production department and boost the agency’s creative output. Fabich spent the last five years at Tribal Worldwide where he made invaluable contributions to the “Dadhood” campaign for Cheerios, and “Our Food. Your Questions” for McDonald’s—both of which were recognized at the One Show and in Cannes. Fabich got his start in the industry on the account team at TBWA more than a decade ago. His career path took him through Saatchi &... Read More, Comment

Bombs detonated in the center of Boston are disarmed by bonds of family and community in Peter Berg's "Patriots Day," a stirring ode to civic life in the age of terrorism. "Patriots Day," which recreates the 2013 Boston Marathon and the subsequent four-day manhunt, is the third in a string of docudramas for Berg, following the Navy SEAL drama "Lone Survivor" and the recent oil rig disaster film "Deepwater Horizon." In tales of real-life American heroes, Berg has found a potent balance of fact... Read More, Comment

Ben Affleck is no doubt an ambitious and tasteful filmmaker, but he's gotten himself in a bit of hot water with the bloated period gangster epic "Live by Night ." It looks and sounds right and all the elements are there: A conflicted anti-hero with a granite jaw, a fast-talkin', two-timin' moll, crooked cops, and a sweaty loyal partner. There's the one-last-job-gone-awry, some rum-running, a few epic shootouts and the big questions about whether or not our man has become everything he swore he... Read More, Comment

LOS ANGELES -- Oscar® winner Denzel Washington will be named Motion Picture Showman of the Year at the 54th Annual International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) Publicists Awards in recognition of his remarkable career achievements, including producing, directing and starring in Fences, a major contender in this year’s Oscar race. The awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, February 24. “Denzel continues to excel as a major creative force in filmmaking while also recognizing... Read More, Comment

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The loud expletive coming from Christine Baranski's lips during the trailer for the upcoming spinoff of "The Good Wife" makes you immediately realize you're not on CBS anymore. The new show, "The Good Fight," will air starting Feb. 19 on the CBS All Access streaming service. CBS executives hope the 10-episode original series will entice more people to subscribe to CBS All Access, beyond the one million they currently have. The spinoff is centered on Baranski, the most high-profile actor to stay... Read More, Comment

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Television's enthusiastic attic-rummaging for old shows to resurrect isn't abating. With an increasing number of outlets in need of content, original ideas are augmented by reboots and sequels including "The X-Files," ''Fuller House," ''Gilmore Girls" and, debuting on Netflix, "One Day at a Time." But it may be unfair to put Netflix's sitcom in that company. Yes, it has original producer Norman Lear aboard. Yes, it's about a mom raising two children without benefit of their father. And yes, it'... Read More, Comment

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With an ongoing taste for space, moviegoers propelled the NASA drama "Hidden Figures" past "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" at the box office. (Preliminary figures released yesterday had "Rogue One" in the top slot, edging "Hidden Figures" but with the release of updated info, rankings were switched for the two films.) "Hidden Figures," which tells the true story of three black female mathematicians integral to the early success of the American space program, sold $22.8 million in tickets over... Read More, Comment

NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC kicked off the new year with a winning week and a football clash that took the top spot. Nielsen says NBC’s telecast of the NFL playoff game between Detroit and Seattle was the week’s most-watched show with nearly 27 million viewers. That helped the network to an overall win in prime time with an average of 10.32 million viewers. Also helping: NBC’s Golden Globes telecast, seen by 20 million viewers. It all added up to NBC’s seventh straight weekly win, its longest in-season streak in 21... Read More, Comment

Viewing films on smartphones can be a moving experience as depicted in spots titled “Tears” and “Speed” from Havas Paris for Studio+ premium services, Vivendi and Canal+. Christophe Coffre, chief creative officer of Havas Paris, said, “We need to demonstrate that emotion and action are just as intense in the mini-series format (10 x10”). I’m very proud of these two little cinematic gems.” SHOOT selected “Tears” as this week’s Top Spot. In “Tears,” people board a train, smart phones in hand on... Read More, Comment

Lottery advertising often gravitates to the luxury items money can buy--the so-called good life replete with upscale cars, homes, diamonds and other extravagances. But McCann NY took a different turn for the New York Lottery’s Cash4Life game--showing that good fortune in the lotto can free people to spend time doing what makes them truly happy. In this launch film directed by Derek Cianfrance of RadicalMedia, we meet a man who spends the time he won volunteering with rescue dogs. Other films,... Read More, Comment

In this featurette for the film "Fences" (Paramount Pictures), cast members delve into the talent and contributions of Denzel Washington as both actor and director. Directed by Washington , Fences is based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same title. It’s the first work of the late Wilson to be brought to the big screen. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, Fences introduces us to Troy Maxson (portrayed by Washington), a sanitation worker who once dreamed of a professional baseball... Read More, Comment

Argentinian agency Dhélet Y&R put people in a canine’s shoes, getting select folks to don a customized dog mask and walk about town. Unbeknownst to them, soon to be piped into the dog head mask were the sounds of a fireworks show as they would be heard through the ears of a pooch. The audio is unbearable and fear-inducing, raising awareness of the damage fireworks can wreak on dogs. Lujan Islas of production house Cronos directed this man/dog-in-the-street PSA--in which people listen to... Read More, Comment

Created by L.A. agency David&Goliath, this spot titled “Sir Lucky Pants” for the California Lottery’s SuperLotto Plus (SLP) game uses the three letter “SLP” abbreviation to highlight the endless possibilities that can be realized with lotto winnings. In the :30 from the directing duo Los Perez of production house Caviar, we see SLP winnings come to life in some outrageous ways. From Super Large Portraits and Saucy Lobster Platters to Swanky Little Pads, the possibilities of what you, “Sir... Read More, Comment

For many years, people have heard about the dire predictions related to climate change, including rising sea levels, melting snowcaps, superstorms, forest fires, drought and famine. The magnitude of the problem and the enormity of what we need to do as individuals can be overwhelming. It’s also hard to comprehend on a personal and individual level what this means. To make the impact more direct, individual and personal, Toronto agency Bensimon Byrne developed this campaign for the Government of... Read More, Comment

A voiceover relates, “I speed cures from laboratories to patients so you can re-become the person you were.” We soon learn this is the “voice” of the City of Hope Medical Center as we see a woman with cancer returning to her normal life. Her story, told in this spot titled “Patient,” underscores the healing power at City of Hope, a place which blends “The Miracle of Science With Soul.” “Patient” is part of an overall campaign from agency Interplanetary. Commercials in this package, including “... Read More, Comment

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