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Friday, Jan 20, 2017
DGA Spot Nominees Reflect On Their Work, Recognition From Peers
SHOOTonline-- This year’s field of DGA Award nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2016 ranges from first-timers Derek Cianfrance of RadicalMedia and AG Rojas of Park Pictures to repeat finalists Lance Acord of Park Pictures, and Dante Ariola and Fredrik Bond of MJZ. Of this group, Ariola is the lone past DGA Award winner, that honor coming back in 2006. Ariola has a total of seven career DGA nominations (the others coming in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2011) as does Bond (whose... read more
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
Rep Report for January 20, 2017
SHOOTonline-- Bicoastal integrated production studio Humble and sister postproduction company Postal have secured indie firm Shortlist Mgmt , headed up by Charlie McBrearty and Vanessa McLean , for commercial representation on the West Coast. Venice, Calif.-based talent management firm Bueno will represent MPC ’s Los Angeles studio to agencies and directly to brands for commercial work on the West Coast. Bueno partners Millie Munro and Bryan Shrednick will work with MPC managing director US Justin Brukman... read more
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
Street Talk for January 20, 2017
SHOOTonline-- Director Ira Rosensweig has opened Wavemaker Creative in Hollywood, Calif., with executive producer Tracey Karka . Rosensweig is probably best known for directing last year’s Mike’s Harder Lemonade campaign and the zombie spoof for Neighbors 2 starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.... Alex Blum has launched Blum Consulting Partners , a business consulting firm that specializes in marketing execution and process optimization. Many may associate Blum with his days as co-owner of Headquarters, or his... read more
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
$1 Billion Co-Financing Deal Set Between Paramount, 2 Chinese Firms
SHOOTonline-- Paramount Pictures said Friday it has inked a co-financing deal with two Chinese companies for the Hollywood studio's slate of movies over the next three years. Under the terms of the deal, Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will also set up an office on Paramount's lot later this year, the studio said in a statement. The Chinese companies will provide roughly $1 billion to finance at least 25 percent of Paramount's films, according to a person familiar with the deal who was not allowed to... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
PES Payroll Rebrands as Extreme Reach Crew Services
SPW-- PES Payroll, an Extreme Reach company and a leading provider of Employer of Record (EOR) payroll services to the entertainment and advertising industries, announced today a full rebrand and unveiled its new corporate identity. Effective immediately PES Payroll will be known as Extreme Reach Crew Services. “I am thrilled to take this opportunity to announce that we have rebranded as Extreme Reach Crew Services,” said Managing Director, JP Fiorentino. “Our new name, look and tagline, ‘... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Oscar Season Has Streaming Services Cast In Hero and Villain Roles
SHOOTonline-- When Oscar nominations are announced next week, Amazon is virtually assured of notching the first - but probably not the last - best-picture nomination for a streaming service. Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea," which Amazon plunked down $10 million for at the Sundance Film Festival last year, is widely expected to be among the leading contenders at the Academy Awards. It will be a triumphant moment for the nascent Amazon Studios, which acquired its first original film (Spike Lee's "... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
ASSIMILATE Congratulates Post-Production Artists For Their Work on Films at Sundance 2017
SPW-- At the Sundance Film Festival 2017 in Park City, Utah (January 19 - 29), the roster includes filmmakers whose post-production companies used ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH® post-production tools in their digital workflows. ASSIMILATE is extremely pleased to congratulate its customers for their creativity and artistry in the following films and documentaries in the following Sundance categories.   Premiere: “Sidney Hall”,... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Nine Mile Circle’s Les Umberger Directs Wrestler Ric Flair In Hilarious Campaign For USAuto Sales
SPW-- Wrestling legend Ric Flair stars as an over the top used car salesman in a new campaign for Georgia-based USAuto Sales. Atlanta creative boutique Nine Mile Circle produced and finished the three spots in which the 67-year-old strongman, known as “Nature Boy,” plays the flimflamming proprietor of Papa Flair’s Used Cars. In one, Flair boasts “we’re body slammin’ prices into the ground,” and then proceeds to dish out the same treatment to his hapless customers. US Auto Sales is offered as an... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Sundance Film Festival Gets Underway With "An Inconvenient Sequel"
SHOOTonline-- Ten years after the watershed environmental documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" debuted, climate change is as dire as ever and yet the solutions are right in front of us, say directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, whose film "An Inconvenient Sequel" kicks off the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. The film, which follows former Vice President Al Gore on his continued quest to educate and inform the public and world leaders on climate change, is the first in a series of 14 environmentally focused... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Ang Lee Makes "Walk" An Immersive Experience
SHOOTonline-- Director Ang Lee has no aversion to creative risk taking, which is all the more admirable when he instead could just as easily rest on his laurels. But it’s that curiosity and creative drive that have helped earn him those laurels to begin with as reflected in a body of work which includes such films as Sense and Sensibility ; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ; Brokeback Mountain ; and Life of Pi --the latter two earning him Best Director Oscars. So when he started to explore the potential of... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Strong Nielsens For Carlson On Fox News, Football On Multiple Networks
SHOOTonline-- In his first week, Tucker Carlson moved seamlessly into Megyn Kelly’s time slot at Fox News Channel without skipping a beat in the ratings. Carlson averaged just under 3 million viewers for his first week of shows in Fox’s prime-time lineup, or 10 percent more than the 2.72 million viewers that Kelly averaged all of last year, the Nielsen company said. Fox’s numbers are strong in general as many of its viewers eagerly await the start of the Trump administration. Carlson’s lead-in, Bill O’Reilly... read more
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
The Big Hundred Invites America To Take 100 Actions For Good During The First 100 Days of The New Administration
SPW-- Calling all humans! The Big Hundred is a social media project inspiring the country to do 100 actions for good during the first 100 days of the new administration. Actor/comedians June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie, Ass Backwards) and Paul Scheer (The League, Fresh Off The Boat) are on the ground floor of this movement, which was announced to the world on January 17 with a Funny Or Die video starring Paul Scheer. Starting on January 21, @... read more
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
National Exec Director Jay D. Roth To Retire From DGA
SHOOTonline-- After 22 years as national executive director, Jay D. Roth has made the decision to retire from his position in the late spring of 2017. “Jay’s entire professional career has been dedicated to representing people and helping to make their lives better – early on as a civil rights and labor lawyer, and for more than three decades, as an essential part of the DGA’s life as its greatest adviser, defender and coach,” said Paris Barclay, DGA president. “Over a year ago, Jay began a conversation with... read more
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
Governor Cuomo Proposes Extension of State Film Tax Credit Program Through 2022
SPW-- Recognizing the tremendous impact of the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, leaders of the film and television production industry in New York today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 Executive Budget proposal, which includes a full extension of the program, at $420 million per year, through 2022. The film tax credit program is responsible for a significant economic impact in the Empire State, leading to record job growth and more infrastructure, soundstages and post-production... read more
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
Directors, Actors Reunite On Sundance Fest Features
SHOOTonline-- Whether muse or friend or both, actors and directors choosing to work together again is a tale as old as cinema. It's no different this year at the Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off in Park City, Utah on Thursday and sees the reteaming of some must-see collaborators, from "I'll See You In My Dreams'" Brett Haley and Sam Elliott to the "Obvious Child" team of Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate. Here's a look at a few at this year's festival: THE HERO (Director: Brett Haley, Actor: Sam... read more
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
Review: Director Michael Dudok de Wit's "The Red Turtle"
SHOOTonline-- When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate? In its typical Hollywood form, an animated feature is usually the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush - a frantic barrage of colors and movement and jokes and sounds. It's safe to say that "The Red Turtle," a fortuitous collaboration between Japan's famed Studio Ghibli and Dutch animator-director Michael Dudok de Wit, is very, very different. A fable, beautifully drawn in calm, soothing colors, it doesn't even have... read more
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
Nominations Announced For The 54th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon
SPW-- The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) has announced nominees for the 54th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on ... read more
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
Directors Stålhandske, Rostrup Land Their First U.S. Representation, Join Variable
SHOOTonline-- Directors Per-Hampus Stålhandske and Henrik Rostrup, partners in the Stockholm and Oslo-based company ATLAS, have extended their reach to the American ad market, joining the roster of production house Variable in New York. Conversely ATLAS now represents Variable in Sweden and Norway. The agreement marks a coming together of companies, filmmakers and producers who share similar sensibilities in terms of how they create content, where they see the future of branded storytelling and the enduring... read more
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
Nominees Unveiled For ICG Publicists Awards
SHOOTonline-- The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) has announced nominees for the 54th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, February 24. The nominees for the Les Mason Award, the highest honor that publicists can bestow on one of their own members, are: • Barbara Hannegan, Senior Publicist, Warner Bros. Pictures International • William Hendley, Senior Publicist - Global Publicity, The Walt Disney Studios • Ernie Malik, Unit... read more
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
NerdWallet's First Ad Campaign Illustrates The Ease of Better Financial Decisions
SPW-- In today’s tech-driven world there is a vast amount of information available to consumers, yet personal finance remains an overwhelming and complicated topic. Recognizing this, NerdWallet, a personal finance resource that helps consumers find the best credit card offers, insurance and other financial products, just launched its first-ever national campaign showcasing its intuitive, data-driven options. Created by ... read more

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