Casting Society unveils Artios noms in TV, shorts

The Casting Society of America (CSA) has unveiled the television, theater, short film and short form series nominees for the 36th Artios Awards, which honor the contribution of casting directors in these categories.  CSA previously announced the three honorees for the 2021 event, with the Actors Fund receiving the Rosalie Joseph Humanitarian Award. and The … Continue reading “Casting Society unveils Artios noms in TV, shorts”

Casting Director, Lynn Stalmaster passes at 93

He was called, “The Master Caster.” 93 year old Academy Award-winning casting director, Lynn Stalmaster, died on February 13, 2021 at home in Los Angeles. His death was confirmed by Laura Adler of the Casting Society of America as reported by Hollywood Reporter.  Stalmaster had a remarkable vision for casting. He is credited with casting … Continue reading “Casting Director, Lynn Stalmaster passes at 93”

‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Avengers’ ‘Frozen’ among Casting noms

Thursday, The Casting Society of America (CSA) announced the film nominees for the 35th Artios Awards, which honor the contribution of Casting Directors to film, television and theatre. The winners will be revealed on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in ceremonies in Los Angeles, New York City and London. First held in 1985, the Artios Awards honor … Continue reading “‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Avengers’ ‘Frozen’ among Casting noms”

Honor Society signs director Julian Pugsley

Bi-coastal production company Honor Society has signed director Julian Pugsley for U.S. commercial representation. Julian’s directorial aesthetic has been cultivated for over a decade with work for Kmart, Mercedes, Amazon, World of Tanks, Postbank, Migros, and many others. He has also shot award-winning work with agencies worldwide including Adam & Eve DDB, BBH, BBDO, Droga5, … Continue reading “Honor Society signs director Julian Pugsley”

‘Palm Springs,’ ‘Soul’ lead Critics Choice Super Awards

Sunday, the Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the  winners of the inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards during a special presentation broadcast on  The CW. Produced remotely following COVID safety protocols, the ceremony was hosted by  writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith and actress/writer Dani Fernandez, and honored the most  popular, fan-obsessed genres across both television and movies, including Superhero/Comic Book,  Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, … Continue reading “‘Palm Springs,’ ‘Soul’ lead Critics Choice Super Awards”

Apache colors Peace in the Valley before Tribeca

Our friends at Apache helps bring life to Tyler Riggs’ new wrenching but relatable film, Peace In The Valley, contributing their color and finishing techniques ahead of its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. The film highlights the current climate of gun violence in America, following a family’s struggle to make sense of a heartless … Continue reading “Apache colors Peace in the Valley before Tribeca”

Pixar Cinematographer makes gun control short

Cinematographer and editor for the creative content department at Pixar Animation Studios, Gairo Cuevas, has released an online short film A Normal Conversation which was made with the studio’s Cooperative Film Program for your consideration. The film was shot in the small town of Fairfax, California, located in Marin County near San Francisco. In it, two … Continue reading “Pixar Cinematographer makes gun control short”

MJZ, anti-gun campaigns from Burnett and BBDO win big at shots Awards

Last night, the shots Awards held The Americas Ceremony in Hollywood. Production company, MJZ, along with work anti-gun violence creative from Leo Burnett, BBDO and States United to Prevent Gun Violence came away the big winners. With the pandemic causing the previous last two awards shows to go digital-only, this celebration of creative campaigns from North and … Continue reading “MJZ, anti-gun campaigns from Burnett and BBDO win big at shots Awards”

Interview: Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s fresh take on ‘West Side Story’

Directed by Academy-Award winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, 20th Century Studios’ West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. Since it debuted on Broadway over 60 years ago, the musical has often been revived both professionally and in amateur productions throughout the … Continue reading “Interview: Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s fresh take on ‘West Side Story’”

Filmmaker Ryan Patch and Author Carina Green launch “City of Ghosts” podcast

Brigette Lundy-Paine, breakout star of Netflix’s Atypical and United Artists’ Bill and Ted Face the Music will star as the lead in City of Ghosts, a supernatural neo-noir fiction podcast set in New York City.  Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, star of AppleTV+’s upcoming sci-fi series Invasion, also will play a pivotal role in the supernatural audio drama. City of Ghosts’ first two episodes … Continue reading “Filmmaker Ryan Patch and Author Carina Green launch “City of Ghosts” podcast”

Courtney Hoffman makes commercial directorial debut for WhatsApp

Today WhatsApp released the final spot from their global privacy campaign, a collaboration with BBDO Berlin. Courtney Hoffman of London-based production company Lief brings a fresh perspective to the “Message Privately” campaign, marking her commercial directing debut with the collection of three spots. Utilizing a rich visual palette, the ads showcase the Facebook-owned app’s end-to-end encryption feature. End-to-end encryption … Continue reading “Courtney Hoffman makes commercial directorial debut for WhatsApp”

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins’ rare 2019 interview

Yesterday, we lost the final astronaut of the Apollo 11. Often called, “The Forgotten Astronaut,” Michael Collins passed away at the age of 90. Collins  never touched down on the Moon as he flew the Apollo 11 command module Columbia in 1969 while his crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, made the first crewed landing on the surface. On April,15 2019 Collins came … Continue reading “Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins’ rare 2019 interview”

AICP launches Mentoring Program for BIPOC

The AICP’s Equity & Inclusion Committee, an integral part of the association’s commitment to facilitate real and sustainable long-term equity shifts within the industry, has unveiled plans for its new AICP Mentoring Program, which launches this month and is now accepting applications for prospective mentees.  Aimed at everyone from those just launching their careers to … Continue reading “AICP launches Mentoring Program for BIPOC”

REEL WOMEN: Filmmaker, author Anna Fishbeyn

Anna Fishbeyn is the founder and president of XOFeminist Productions and Anteriya Films, is an award-winning star of stage and screen, a filmmaker, director, author and actress. She has a passion for the betterment of women in society and has shaped her work to drive gender equality.  Her film Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground, which she wrote, … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Filmmaker, author Anna Fishbeyn”

Mahershala Ali narrates new P&G film ‘Widen the Screen’

The Procter & Gamble Company today announced the creation of an expansive content creation, talent development and partnership platform that enables and advocates for increased inclusion of Black creators across the advertising, film and television industries. To accomplish this the brand turned to Grey New York and acclaimed actor Mahershala Ali to create Widen The … Continue reading “Mahershala Ali narrates new P&G film ‘Widen the Screen’”

Ranking the DCEU movies

Right now we are less than 24 hours away from the premiere of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max. While it is sitting at a comfortable 77% (at the time of this writing) on Rotten Tomatoes (far higher than the 40% 2017’s “Josstice League” received) we thought it would be time to rank the … Continue reading “Ranking the DCEU movies”

Rush Limbaugh died and here’s why I’ll miss him…

Conservative media icon broadcaster, Rush Limbaugh, passed away today after losing his fight with brain cancer. He was 70-years-old. And while I realize there are those who will greatly miss the man who used his king of talk-radio perch to shape the politics of a new generation of the ultra right, as a biracial man … Continue reading “Rush Limbaugh died and here’s why I’ll miss him…”

Jamie Tarses, first woman to run network passes at 56

Jamie Tarses, the first woman to run a network entertainment division, passed away this morning from complications stemming from a cardiac event she suffered in early fall. She was 56. An illustrious TV executive, Tarses was instrumental in developing such iconic shows as NBC’s Friends and Frasier and reached the zenith of the network programming … Continue reading “Jamie Tarses, first woman to run network passes at 56”

Meet the 2021 Lexus — Arianna Lexus that is

I have driven Lexuses many times, but I have never met a driven like actress Arianna Lexus. The super-charged Chicagoan describes herself as, “a whole lot of tough in a tiny package with the most infectious smile!” She doesn’t mention what a great sense of humor she has. I found that out personally when Arianna … Continue reading “Meet the 2021 Lexus — Arianna Lexus that is”

She Should Run, BBDO launch “Change is Her(e)”

Fresh off the heels of last week’s inauguration, where we witnessed history as the first female Vice President was sworn into office, She Should Run is launching its newest campaign titled “Change Is Her(e).” The time has ever been better to rally support for the nonpartisan, nonprofit, working to dramatically increase the number of women … Continue reading “She Should Run, BBDO launch “Change is Her(e)””