2022 CDDP Fellows debut spec spots at DGA

The Commercial Directors Diversity Program’s Industry (CDDP) Showcase debuted in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Led by Executive Director Tamika Lamison and CDDP Committee Advisory head Lisa Rich, the CDDP offered a six-month program consisting of workshops, mentorships, networking, shadowing, a grant to make a spec commercial, and an industry showcase to share the work.   … Continue reading “2022 CDDP Fellows debut spec spots at DGA”

CDDP announces finalists and 5 new fellows

Tamika Lamison, Executive Director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP), today announced the five Fellows who have each been awarded $25,000.00 stipends to produce spec spots during the Program’s 2022 cycle. The Fellows are: MG ‘Grace’ Evangelista, Alexander Gilbert, Rhym Guisse’, LJ Johnsn and Andrew Rhee. According to Lamison, almost 700 Directors applied to … Continue reading “CDDP announces finalists and 5 new fellows”

CDDP announces 50/50 Honorable Mentorship

Tamika Lamison, executive director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP), today announced the Program’s new initiative: the 50/50 Honorable Mentorship Program. This mentorship effort teamed 50+ emerging directors with 50+ commercial industry professionals who reviewed the directors work and then mentored them on a one-hour zoom call, offering advice, guidance, suggestions and possible next … Continue reading “CDDP announces 50/50 Honorable Mentorship”

CDDP announces 2020/21 director finalists and fellows

Tamika Lamison, Executive Director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP), today announced the five Fellows for program’s 2021 cycle. The Fellows are: Iqbal Ahmed, Manjari Makijany, Araeia Robinson, Tamer Shaaban and Siyou Tan.  They were chosen from a group of over 400 applicants – all of whom started their directing careers in other media – documentaries, dramatic shorts, music … Continue reading “CDDP announces 2020/21 director finalists and fellows”

2019 CDDP fellows debut spec spots at gala

CDDP Program Director Tamika Lamison should be proud. Last night, marked the debut of the five fellows who just finished The Commercial Directors Diversity Program at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theater in Hollywood. CDDP is a joint effort between the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Directors Guild of … Continue reading “2019 CDDP fellows debut spec spots at gala”

AICP Mentoring Program gears up for 2023

The AICP Mentoring Program is now seeking mentee applications as it prepares to launch its second cycle. The deadline for mentee applications is November 28, 2022. Created under the auspices of AICP’s Equity & Inclusion Committee, the Mentoring Program was developed by a subcommittee led by Gloria Pitagorsky, Partner and Managing Director of Heard City … Continue reading “AICP Mentoring Program gears up for 2023”

Apache celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with State Farm work

Apache and Quinn Alvarez continue uplifting the Latinx community through color with three Spanish spots for State Farm, just in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. A Los Angeles native with Chicano roots that inspired him to push the film industry to better reflect the city he loves, Alvarez began color grading several Super Bowl commercials … Continue reading “Apache celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with State Farm work”

Rattling Stick U.S. signs director Iqbal Ahmed

Staking his claim in advertising with an innate ability to capture the humanity in brand stories, Iqbal Ahmed has lent his narrative cinematic lens to clients including Nike, Adidas, Google, Spotify, Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat, Microsoft and many others. Now, Rattling Stick U.S. has signed the director for U.S. commercial representation. Ahmed was recently a Commercial … Continue reading “Rattling Stick U.S. signs director Iqbal Ahmed”

Director Victor Ridaura will roam with Buffalos

Full-service creative production company Where The Buffalo Roam (WTBR) has signed Venezuelan writer and director Victor Ridaura to its impressive and growing roster of commercial filmmaking talent. With an intriguing blend of cultural idiosyncrasies and character-driven storytelling, he has helmed brand campaigns for the likes of DIRECTV, AT&T, MANGO, and Sony. Through his narrative work, … Continue reading “Director Victor Ridaura will roam with Buffalos”

AICP Week returns with new format for presenting

AICP Week is back (Yay!), and with it comes a new format for presenting and celebrating the winning work in the Awards competitions: the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial, the AICP Next Awards and the AICP Post Awards. The full program of winners in each show will be screened during the day … Continue reading “AICP Week returns with new format for presenting”

Durable Goods Signs Director Tamer Shaaban 

Bicoastal production company Durable Goods has signed director Tamer Shaaban for exclusive representation in North America. Hailed for his visual storytelling combining film, design, and technology, Shaaban has directed commercials and branded content for such clients as Audi, Microsoft, Dove, Lay’s, and the UEFA Champions League. Born to Egyptian parents and splitting time growing up … Continue reading “Durable Goods Signs Director Tamer Shaaban “

The Telly Awards launch 43rd call for entries

The Telly Awards, the world’s largest award honoring excellence in video and television across all screens, is celebrating a reinvigorated content creation community and the power of storytelling by kicking off its 43rd annual call for entries.  In response to an unprecedented time in which companies and creators have retooled their offerings and workflows, representation is … Continue reading “The Telly Awards launch 43rd call for entries”

Green The Bid adds more leaders to board

Green The Bid the grassroots initiative and community supporting the advertising industry in shifting to zero-waste, net-carbon neutral, sustainable and regenerative practices, has added additional leadership to its Advisory Board. The newly added Advisory Board Members Are: Samira Ansari, ECD FCB NY Osei Kakari, EP + Co-founder, Contrast Eye Fiona King, Global Director of Production, … Continue reading “Green The Bid adds more leaders to board”

AICP announces new remote work/life balance guidelines

We’re not sure if our friends at the AICP will address the newest remote working from home issue, now known as the Jeffrey Toobin incident, but in their defense it did happen after they released their new guidelines. As remote working has increasingly encroached on the concept of the ‘work/life balance,’ the AICP Post Council … Continue reading “AICP announces new remote work/life balance guidelines”