Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
Female, Latino, Other Minority Representation Still Lagging In Oscars
The 2017 Oscar nominations were a banner year for black nominees both in front of and behind the camera, but other nonwhite groups and women were largely left out of the running. As #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign said, her hashtag was never about just black actors, but all communities...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
"Moonlight," "Fences," "Hidden Figures," "Loving" Contribute To A More Diverse Oscars--But Issues Remain
After two years of intense public scrutiny over the academy's all-white acting nominations, the 2017 Oscar nominees are as diverse a group as the organization has ever seen, thanks to films like "Moonlight," ''Fences," ''Hidden Figures" and "Loving." It's been cause for celebration, but also for...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
DGA Award Nominee Otto Bell Reflects on "The Eagle Huntress"
Though he feels blessed with “terrific beginner’s luck” in finding a subject as real and inspiring as 13-year-old Aisholopan for his first feature, The Eagle Huntress (Sony Pictures Classics), director Otto Bell himself is a remarkable story as he put his life savings and capital from maxed-out...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
O Positive Signs Director Jun Diaz For Commercials
Bicoastal/international O Positive Films has signed filmmaker Jun Diaz for commercials and content. Diaz is a leading visual storyteller with work that combines both strong art direction and production design, and understated comedic performances. Among the highlights of his work is the Cannes Lion...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey Leaving After 12 Years 
Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey is leaving the movie studio after 12 years at the helm. In a memo to employees, Grey said his duties end effective immediately but he will help his successor transition into the post. Paramount parent Viacom said they are searching for a new CEO. The...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
CBS Claims 16 of Week’s Top 20 Nielsen Shows
CBS had a gleam in its eye again last week as the network held on to its Nielsen crown. In primetime viewership, CBS could claim the most-watched show, “NCIS,” and another 15 of the Top 20 programs. (Remarkably, six of those CBS shows are freshman series.) AMC’s “The Walking Dead” placed third. NBC...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
AMP Awards Sets Curatorial Committee; Entry Deadline Extended
The 2017 AMP Awards has announced the members of its 2017 Curatorial Committee, which will be led by AMP Awards chair Susan Credle, global chief creative officer of FCB. The panel, which will meet in New York in late April to review all category finalists and choose the competition’s coveted Best...
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Directing Team Michel+Nico Joins Believe Media For Spot Representation In U.S., U.K.
The directorial duo of Michel+Nico has joined Believe Media as their first venture into commercial representation outside their native France (where they are represented by Bandit.) Believe is handling the directing brothers in the U.S. and U.K. The Honest Player , a short film for Gillette and...
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Focus On Hollywood Resonates With Oscar Voters During Era Of Industry Change, Angst
Hollywood is ready for its close-up. Again. If Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" is to win best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards - and just about everyone thinks it's going to - it will surely go down as another in a run of movies about Hollywood to be celebrated by Hollywood. Two years ago it was...
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Women In Film, Sundance, Industry Leaders Launch ReFrame To Advance Gender Equity
Fifty Hollywood leaders and influencers, including studio heads, agency partners, senior network executives, talent and guild representatives brought together by Women In Film and Sundance Institute, have announced the launch of ReFrame, a formal action plan to further gender parity in the media...