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”

DGA Inclusion Report shows incremental gains

Even with a significant reduction in the number of television episodes directed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the percentage of dramatic television episodes directed by women and directors of color continued to increase.  This according to a new report from the DGA. The DGA has been pressing studios, networks, and producers to be more inclusive in … Continue reading “DGA Inclusion Report shows incremental gains”

Jane Campion wins DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement

It is looking more and more like The Power of the Dog is the one to beat at the upcoming Oscars.The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2021 were announced last night during the 74th Annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Jane Campion won the … Continue reading “Jane Campion wins DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement”

Spielberg, Campion, Miranda among 2022 DGA Feature noms

Directors Guild of America President Lesli Linka Glatter announced the nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2021. “The power of film, in all its many facets, shines through in the work of these exceptional directors representing the highest standards of filmmaking, artistic achievement and innovative storytelling,” said … Continue reading “Spielberg, Campion, Miranda among 2022 DGA Feature noms”

WGA East, SAG-AFTRA DGA release supporting statement for IATSE

The Writers Guild of America East, SAG-AFTRA, The Directors Guild of America, and The International Brotherhood of Teamsters are standing in solidarity with IATSE in its efforts to reach a new film and TV contract with the AMPTP Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. “On behalf of our hundreds of thousands of members working … Continue reading “WGA East, SAG-AFTRA DGA release supporting statement for IATSE”

Chloé Zhao wins DGA Award for Nomadland

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2020 were announced tonight during the 73rd Annual DGA Awards virtual ceremony. Chloé Zhao won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for Nomadland. The moving film about grief and acceptance follows woman in her sixties (Frances McDormand) who, … Continue reading “Chloé Zhao wins DGA Award for Nomadland”

Three female directors among DGA nominations

The Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2019 as well as Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director. While there will be groans that no female directors are nominated in the first category among five … Continue reading “Three female directors among DGA nominations”

Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ takes top honors at 71st DGA awards

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2018 were announced last Saturday during the 71st Annual DGA Awards. Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Roma. The filmmaker beat out Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Adam … Continue reading “Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ takes top honors at 71st DGA awards”

Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news

  Angelina Jolie wins at Annie’s The Vince Lombardi trophy wasn’t the only award handed out this weekend. In Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America and The Annie Awards honored their own for excellence in directing in film and television and animation, respectively Angelina Jolie wore a silver gown and brought two of her … Continue reading “Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news”

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”

Notre-Dame on Fire to open French Film Festival

At a press conference held today at the Résidence de France in Beverly Hills, members of the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF) and The American French Film Festival Program Committee announced that the Opening Night film for The American French Film Festival (formerly COLCOA) will be the North American premiere of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s NOTRE-DAME ON FIRE / Notre-Dame Brûle. … Continue reading “Notre-Dame on Fire to open French Film Festival”

Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner to produce 95th Oscars

With a focus on expertise in live television event production, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment have been named executive producers of the 95th Oscars, Academy CEO Bill Kramer announced today.  For the eighth consecutive year, Weiss also will direct the show, which will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide … Continue reading “Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner to produce 95th Oscars”

Perfect Storm director Wolfgang Petersen dead at 81

One of the greatest directors of our lifetime has passed away. Academy Award nominated German Director Wolfgang Petersen has passed away at age 81. Petersen died Friday at his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood after a battle with pancreatic cancer, said, representative Michelle Bega. Petersen is known for films such as Das … Continue reading “Perfect Storm director Wolfgang Petersen dead at 81”

Netflix, SAG-AFTRA reach tentative agreement

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Netflix Studios, LLC have reached a tentative agreement on terms for a successor contract to the 2019 Netflix Agreement. The tentative agreement is subject to approval by the SAG-AFTRA National Board, which will meet August 8, 2022. The specific details will not be … Continue reading “Netflix, SAG-AFTRA reach tentative agreement”

NYC Mayor’s Office names Amoaku Deputy Commissioner for film office

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced three key components of his economic recovery blueprint “Rebuild, Renew Reinvent” that will drive inclusive growth in the film and television sector, invest in New York’s creative economy, and ensure the industry recovers beyond pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels. These components include the introduction of the first-ever Film and Television … Continue reading “NYC Mayor’s Office names Amoaku Deputy Commissioner for film office”

Production on Succession Season 4 begins

Production has commenced on the fourth season of the Emmy-winning HBO Original drama series Succession in New York City. Created by Jesse Armstrong, the series explores themes of power and family dynamics through the eyes of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his four grown children, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Connor … Continue reading “Production on Succession Season 4 begins”

Cannes Lions: Agencies react to Scotus decision

Friday morning, SCOTUS issued its most consequential decision in decades by overturning the landmark decision Roe v. Wade. The devastating blow not only shook the United States, but is being felt across the world – most notably at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In May, court’s opinion, drafted by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to … Continue reading “Cannes Lions: Agencies react to Scotus decision”

AMPTP refuses to recognize new IATSE Music union

Seventy-five percent of film and television Music Supervisors signed union authorization cards to form a union and become part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), but on Wednesday the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) indicated they will not voluntarily recognize it. Music Supervisors are responsible for curating, securing/negotiating licensing … Continue reading “AMPTP refuses to recognize new IATSE Music union”

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”