Andrew Cuomo resigns as Governor amid sexual harassment allegations

During a press conference today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation as governor. The announcement comes exactly one week after state Attorney General Letitia James announced her office’s devastating findings that Cuomo had created a “hostile work environment” by sexually harassing – groping, hugging, kissing – almost a dozen women. “I’m a New … Continue reading “Andrew Cuomo resigns as Governor amid sexual harassment allegations”

DeVito/Verdi creates PSAs with NY Gov. Cuomo

The Partnership for New York City, a non-profit organization representing the city’s civic, government, business and labor leaders, has produced two public service announcements – with the help of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo – reminding people of the urgency to protect one another by taking the necessary steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  Stressing the gravity of … Continue reading “DeVito/Verdi creates PSAs with NY Gov. Cuomo”

Why “Cancel Culture” is disguised as Accountability

Ostracism is when someone is forced out of professional and social circles, aka Cancel Culture. What is Cancel Culture exactly? When a person does something degrading, offensive, racist, sexist, dehumanizing, and we remove them from a position, role, or status. So, what we are actually referring to is, ACCOUNTABILITY. You know, being held responsible for … Continue reading “Why “Cancel Culture” is disguised as Accountability”

Ad Council, WarnerMedia team for mask-wearing ad

The Ad Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and WarnerMedia today announced the launch of a new PSA featuring key moments from some of Warner Bros.’ most famous film franchises to encourage all Americans to continue to wear face masks to protect themselves and their loves ones from COVID-19. While COVID-19 continues … Continue reading “Ad Council, WarnerMedia team for mask-wearing ad”

The world mourns the loss of iconic actress Cicely Tyson

Honorary Oscar winner Cicely Tyson passed away today at the age of 96. She was well known for her starring role in Sounder, which earned her an Academy Award nomination as well as her role in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and her recurring role on How to Get Away with Murder which earned … Continue reading “The world mourns the loss of iconic actress Cicely Tyson”

Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden on 46th season of ‘SNL’

New York Times bestselling author and two-time Golden Globe Award winner Jim Carrey will take on the role of Vice President Joe Biden for the upcoming 46th season of Saturday Night Live. The series is also returning to the studio and is planning to have a limited in-studio audience at Rockefeller Center for the upcoming season. … Continue reading “Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden on 46th season of ‘SNL’”

Florence Pugh, Lulu Wang, John David Washington among Academy invites

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  The 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries.  There are 75 Oscar® nominees, including 15 winners, and … Continue reading “Florence Pugh, Lulu Wang, John David Washington among Academy invites”

‘Mulan’ seems destined for another delay

Those of us eagerly anticipating Disney’s live action Mulan will have to keep waiting. The live-action film, based on the animated classic, directed by Niki Caros and starring Liu Yifei, was scheduled for theatrical release March 27th, but that date was pushed to July 24th with the outbreak of global pandemic. As rates of coronavirus … Continue reading “‘Mulan’ seems destined for another delay”

Paper scripts could go away under production guidelines

California is preparing to reopen the film production industry on June 12. The Illinois Film Office is preparing to issue film permits again. Oklahoma and Minnesota are open for filming. In other words, we are not far away from production again. But it won’t be production as we know it. Since March, production has come … Continue reading “Paper scripts could go away under production guidelines”

Guiding principles for reopening film production

Late Friday, we reported that California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health stated that film and TV production can resume in the state beginning June 12. Large scale production in California has been largely shut down since the middle of March. Earlier in the week, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers outlined in … Continue reading “Guiding principles for reopening film production”

California film production can resume June 12

Great news for the film, advertising and TV industry. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health said that film and TV production can resume in the state beginning June 12, as part of guidelines released by the state. Large scale production in California has been largely shut down since the middle … Continue reading “California film production can resume June 12”

Hooligan editor Delgado cuts PSA ‘Silence the Virus’

Alejandro Delgado, editor at Hooligan in New York City, at recently cut “Silence the Virus,” a PSA for Governor Cuomo’s Wear A Mask New York Ad Contest. The spot delivers a powerful statement about the importance of wearing a mask in public to slow the spread of COVID-19. Conceived by Creative Director Steve Grskovic and … Continue reading “Hooligan editor Delgado cuts PSA ‘Silence the Virus’”

UPDATE: Filmmakers accuse Maiden of pirating footage

NYC Filmmaker and Producer Claudia Montano, of Firebrand Films, has sent a “Cease and Desist” letter to Convicts Films CEO, Peter Maiden, for copyright infringement of footage used in a social media PSA video called NY TOUGH. Montano accuses Maiden’s boutique creative agency of placing the COVID-19 video on its website and on social media … Continue reading “UPDATE: Filmmakers accuse Maiden of pirating footage”

Partners + Napier targets underserved in new PSAs

With social distancing a critical part of inhibiting the spread of COVID-19, Rochester-based ad agency Partners + Napier has created a pro bono communications effort to encourage people to stay home or – barring that – a minimum of six feet apart. The effort was the result of a task force that includes the Monroe … Continue reading “Partners + Napier targets underserved in new PSAs”

UPDATED: All NBCUni shows suspend production

Yesterday as Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and studios such as Disney, Paramount and others have delayed the openings of major tentpole films such as Mulan and The New Mutants and a Quiet Place II, the virus has now hit the TV industry as Reel 360 has confirmed that all 35 NBC Universal shows including Dick Wolf’s … Continue reading “UPDATED: All NBCUni shows suspend production”

Rodgers Townsend’s CEO, Harries’ novel, Bauer’s win

St. Louis agency, Rodgers Townsend announced today the appointment of Andrew Dauska as Chief Executive Officer.

Effective August 30, Dauska will partner with Michael McCormick, EVP and Chief Creative Officer, taking over from Tim Rodgers, one of the agency’s two founders, as he enters retirement.

Dauska leaves TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he served as Managing Director and lead client partner for Nissan North America.

Bauer’s “Mad Scientists” YouTube series a zany romp

Chicago-based screenwriter and actor, Harry Bauer, has just launched his zany four-part webseries, “Mad Scientists Consortium” on YouTube.

Each 5-7 minute webisode takes a semi-dark and comical look at five Chicago-based mad scientists hell bent on world domination, or in their case, starting with Illinois, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota.

The story emanates from the idea that there is a place for everybody and sometimes you have to force your way in.