‘ESSENCE’ Black Women in Hollywood Awards re-cap

To kick off Oscar weekend, ESSENCE celebrated extraordinary Hollywood visionaries and culture shifters during its 13th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards, held Thursday, February 6, 2020 at theBeverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. This year’s theme, in honor of the brand’s 50th anniversary, was a celebration of women owning, expanding and transforming the art of storytelling. The invitation-only … Continue reading “‘ESSENCE’ Black Women in Hollywood Awards re-cap”

‘Essence’ House to launch during Oscar Week

ESSENCE, the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women globally, has unveiled the honorees for its highly-esteemed 2020 Black Women in Hollywood Awards.  The highly coveted invitation-only Oscar-week event—spotlighting Hollywood’s most renowned and accomplished women at the forefront of the industry—will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Beverly Wilshire … Continue reading “‘Essence’ House to launch during Oscar Week”

Lightfoot, Obama rep Chicago on ‘Essence Woke 100’

Well, well, apparently (not that Chicagoans didn’t know this already) new Mayor Lori Lightfoot is woke. Now, Essence has confirmed it as the publication, serving Black women, announced its the 3rd annual Woke 100 List. The compilation salutes and recognizes women of color challenging the status quo. Also representing the Windy City was First Lady, … Continue reading “Lightfoot, Obama rep Chicago on ‘Essence Woke 100’”

Is Mindy Kaling’s Velma too woke for its own good?

No mystery here. Mindy Kaling’s Velma is pretty terrible and neither critics nor audiences are pulling their punches.  The first two episodes dropped on HBO Max over the weekend and according to HBO, “Velma is an adult animated comedy series telling the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and under-appreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo … Continue reading “Is Mindy Kaling’s Velma too woke for its own good?”

Virgin Voyages sets sail on musical sea journey

This is no Minnow. Virgin Voyages, Richard Branson’s award-winning and 5-star rated cruise and travel brand, celebrates the start of an epic 2023 with the launch of a video inspired by a music video. “The Voyage.”  Crafted by visionary director Jonas Åkerlund, the creative celebrates the exclusively adult experience and takes viewers on a cinematic journey … Continue reading “Virgin Voyages sets sail on musical sea journey”

TIME names Volodymyr Zelensky 2022 Person of the Year

Today, TIME names Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine as the 2022 Person of the Year. The cover story, by TIME’s Simon Shuster who spent nine months reporting on the invasion, during which Zelensky and his team have granted him unparalleled access to work inside the presidential compound, features an exclusive interview with President Zelensky on his private train while on a trip … Continue reading “TIME names Volodymyr Zelensky 2022 Person of the Year”

Celeb-driven ITVX campaign directed by David Shane

Launching on 8th December, ITVX is the UK’s freshest streaming service, with viewers gaining access to over 10,000 hours of high-definition free programming and more new shows to stream for free than anywhere else. ITVX will also launch a number of eagerly anticipated new programs available exclusively on the platform every week of the year. … Continue reading “Celeb-driven ITVX campaign directed by David Shane”

Production Without Borders Showcase a global success

On the afternoon of November 6, 2002,  Gotham Chandna, founder, Cloud 21 International and Nicole Goesseringer Muj, founder, Kultura PR International presented the fifth annual Production Without Borders Showcase, a special SRO event held each year during the American Film Market. The by-invitation-only, hourlong panel, held at Threshold Entertainment Studios in Santa Monica, featured a lively discussion, moderated by Reel360’s West Coast editor Colin Costello, with … Continue reading “Production Without Borders Showcase a global success”

Akkurat Studios welcomes three new directors

Hot on the heels of its third anniversary, Berlin and LA-based production company Akkurat Studios, has announced three new signings for commercial representation in the German market. Further enhancing the studio’s creative chops is the addition of award-winning Lauren Sick, Filip Engstrom, and Alan Masferrer. Co-founder Rocco Kopecny in a statement notes, “Searching for new talent isn’t … Continue reading “Akkurat Studios welcomes three new directors”

Boo! Dietz & Watson spooks us with SandWitches

Did someone say, “Trick or Treat”?  It’s no trick, but definitely a treat that Dietz & Watson, with over 80 years of history as a purveyor of premium meats & cheeses, is back for more fun this Halloween season, ready to top the fabulous success of last year’s The Gabaghoul. This year, a captivating trio of witches … Continue reading “Boo! Dietz & Watson spooks us with SandWitches”

Chevrolet and McCann launch video for Chinese branding

Chevrolet China and McCann Shanghai have launched the very first brand video for the Chevrolet Black Bowtie emblem, which was introduced to the China market in 2005. Brought to life through an exploration of the significance and striking visual impact of the color “black”, the brand value of Chevrolet’s “Born Powerful” theme echoes the spirit of today’s Chinese youth who dare to break through traditions and … Continue reading “Chevrolet and McCann launch video for Chinese branding”

Neiman Marcus unveils Fall campaign

Neiman Marcus has announced the launch of its Fall 2022 campaign. Titled Live Your Luxury, this brand new, company-wide endeavor encompasses all that it means to be proud of oneself–and purely in the moment. Inspired by Neiman Marcus’ customers’ desire for genuine expression it exemplifies that luxury is meant to be lived in–and loved–throughout the rhythms and the instances … Continue reading “Neiman Marcus unveils Fall campaign”

Director Alina Montero celebrates ‘La Familia’ for Cholula 

From the moment she won the Cholula hot sauce project that would be her first outing with US production company Easy Mondays, Latina filmmaker Alina Montero sensed there was more to “La Familia” than the title of the spot. “To team up with Easy Mondays is like being on a trip with a bunch of … Continue reading “Director Alina Montero celebrates ‘La Familia’ for Cholula “

Kimberly Lee Minor to join BlueConic board

Multi-award-winning pure-play customer data platform (CDP) BlueConic today announced the addition of Kimberly Lee Minor to its board of directors. Minor is a senior marketing executive who has held roles at a number of global brands, including Macys, LBrands, Footlocker, and Iconix. She is currently president and chief commercial officer at Bandier, the premier destination for luxury … Continue reading “Kimberly Lee Minor to join BlueConic board”

Girl Culture welcomes Tori Palmatier as Managing Director

Commercial production company Girl Culture Films today announced that Tori Palmatier has joined the leadership team as Managing Director. As the first person to fill this role, Palmatier will be responsible for guiding Girl Culture Films’ evolution and driving new creative and business opportunities as the company continues to grow. Girl Culture Films was founded in 2019 … Continue reading “Girl Culture welcomes Tori Palmatier as Managing Director”

Johan Stahl helms Cadbury spot for Ogilvy Singapore

Johan Stahl recently directed “Bus Ride,” a heartwarming spot for Cadbury Chocolate. The spot, which features a sweet twist on the old “don’t judge a book by its cover” adage, debuted on June 3rd in Asia on TV and online. The 60-second spot opens on a mother as she tries to console her crying toddler … Continue reading “Johan Stahl helms Cadbury spot for Ogilvy Singapore”

Wimbledon 100 campaign honors the greats

2022 marks a significant milestone in Wimbledon’s history, as the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) celebrates 100 years since the opening of the iconic Centre Court at Church Road. To highlight this landmark moment and look ahead to the next 100 years, AELTC has today released an inspiring animated TV trailer, ‘The Stage Awaits’, created by McCann … Continue reading “Wimbledon 100 campaign honors the greats”

WPP will pay for abortion travel-related expenses

Global holding company, WPP, is now responding to the leaked Scotus document which clearly shows that the Conservative-controlled Supreme Court is leaning toward overturning the landmark decision Roe v. Wade. The 1973 ruling guarantees a woman’s right to abortion. Next year will be its 50th anniversary. Last Monday evening, the website Politico published a leaked draft, of … Continue reading “WPP will pay for abortion travel-related expenses”

INTERVIEW: VFX Oscar Winner Paul Lambert

Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert won the Oscar for “Best Visual Effects” on Sunday evening for the critically acclaimed film Dune. Having won the Oscar in 2018 and 2019 for Blade Runner 2049 and First Man, Lambert snagged his third Oscar to date after recently taking home the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects and the VES Award for Outstanding … Continue reading “INTERVIEW: VFX Oscar Winner Paul Lambert”

Senate passes bipartisan bill to make Daylight Savings Time permanent

We all hate changing our clocks two times a year. It’s a stupid, outdated system that benefits no one and makes people with seasonal affective disorder even more miserable. It’s insane to have sunset at 4:30 pm. We’re not all farmers who need to wake up and plow the lower forty. It’s time to make Daylight … Continue reading “Senate passes bipartisan bill to make Daylight Savings Time permanent”