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Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
TV Academy Votes To Initiate Disciplinary Proceedings Against Harvey Weinstein
The Television Academy has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The academy, which bestows the Emmy awards, said a hearing has been set for November to consider "action up to and including termination of academy membership." Weinstein, who recently...
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Film Delves Into Remarkable Origin of Wonder Woman
Superman and Batman were born, like brothers, in 1938 and 1939, respectively. But psychology professor William Moulton Marston had grander and more progressive aspirations for his comic creation. "Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe,...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Ridley Scott's "All The Money In The World" Named Closing Film at AFI Fest
The American Film Institute (AFI) announced that Academy Award®-nominated director and producer Ridley Scott will be honored by AFI Fest 2017 with a tribute and world premiere closing night gala screening of TriStar Pictures’ All The Money In The World on Thursday, November 16, at the historic TCL...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Commercial Directors Diversity Program Expands To Offer Training, Mentoring, Spec Spot Grants
The AICP has announced an expansion of its Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) with new wrinkles that include intensive industry training, mentoring and the awarding of grants to fund spec spots. Tamika Lamison has been hired to serve as program director and will help facilitate CDDP’s...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
SAG-AFTRA, JPC To Offer Waiver For Commercial Digital Low Budget Productions
SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) have issued a joint statement regarding commercial low-budget digital productions. It reads: “After listening to the concerns of our signatories and with the JPC’s member needs in mind, both organizations have...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Hany Abu-Assad Gathers A Team To Climb Up "The Mountain Between Us"
For his first major studio feature, The Mountain Between Us (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.), director Hany Abu-Assad assembled a team of artisans he was to collaborate with for the first time--with the exception of his wife, associate producer Amira Diab who helped him on his prior smaller indie...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
"Get Out" Leads Gotham Awards With 4 Nominations
Director/writer Jordan Peele’s Get Out (Universal Pictures) topped the field of nominations for the 2017 Gotham Awards, Independent Feature Project’s (IFP) annual competition honoring indie film. Get Out scored four nods: Best Feature, Breakthrough Director and Screenplay (both for Peele) and Best...
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
BMW's "The Escape" Wins Best of Show at One Screen Film Fest
Geisel Productions and Anonymous Content’s branded BMW Films short The Escape --directed by Neill Blomkamp--took home Best of Show at the One Screen Film Festival awards ceremony on Tuesday night (10/17) at the Sunshine Cinema in New York. One Screen is part of The One Club for Creativity, the...
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
On-Location Lensing In L.A. Declines In Q3
On-location filming in Greater Los Angeles decreased 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2017 vs. the third quarter of 2016, according to a FilmL.A. report. In all, 9,455 Shoot Days (SD) were logged during the period, including all categories tracked by the nonprofit. Among all filming categories,...
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Director Dawn Porter Lands 1st Spot Representation, Joins Saville
Saville Productions has signed Emmy-nominated documentary director Dawn Porter for commercials and branded entertainment in the U.S. This marks her first representation in the ad arena. She is repped for all other content, including feature-length fare, by ICM. Porter selects cultural stories that...