IATSE receives backing from Directors Guild in contract fight

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) released a statement of support standing with the film and television workers in their contract fight with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). In the statement they wrote, “the DGA National Board, as the representatives of more than 18,000 directors and members of the directorial team, … Continue reading “IATSE receives backing from Directors Guild in contract fight”

Art Directors Guild announces nominations

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has announced nominations for the 25th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and animation features. Winners will be honored at the Art Directors Guild Awards ceremony, set for Saturday, April 10, 2021, Pre Show – 3:00PM PST, Awards Show – 4:00 PM PST. … Continue reading “Art Directors Guild announces nominations”

Directors Guild announces nominees for feature film

Coming on the heels of the Writers Guild nominations, the Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme yesterday announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2018. “To be chosen by one’s peers in a year full of such extraordinary films is the true mark of outstanding … Continue reading “Directors Guild announces nominees for feature film”

Study reveals most awarded directors of all time. Jane Campion ranks…

While the actors usually take the majority of the acclaim in a Hollywood blockbuster, it’s those on the other side of the camera who keep everything on track and bring their vision to life. But who are the very best film directors in the world? Once upon a time, only a small group of directors … Continue reading “Study reveals most awarded directors of all time. Jane Campion ranks…”

Natasha Lyonne joins The Directors Bureau

Natasha Lyonne–director/writer/actor/producer/co-creator of Russian Doll, the Netflix series which earned 13 Emmy nominations in 2019, winning three (for Cinematography, Production Design, Contemporary Costumes)–has joined the filmmaker collective at The Directors Bureau, marking her first global representation as a director for branded content, advertising and music video projects. Lyonne herself garnered three Emmy nominations for Russian Doll–Outstanding Comedy … Continue reading “Natasha Lyonne joins The Directors Bureau”

Female directors kick ass in Golden Globe noms… finally

“And here are the all-male nominees.” Natalie Portman remarked as she presented the award for best director  at The Golden Globes in 2018.  The actress made headlines for calling out the lack of female directing nominees, not just in 2018 but throughout history.  Just last year, in 2020, Issa Rae unveiled the nominees for the 92nd Academy … Continue reading “Female directors kick ass in Golden Globe noms… finally”

Saturday Morning expands Board of Directors

Saturday Morning, the award-winning creative collective, announced the expansion of its board of directors beyond its four founders – Keith Cartwright, Geoff Edwards, Jayanta Jenkins and Kwame Taylor-Hayford. The group is bringing in five outside leaders who add broad business, educational, and entertainment industry experience to provide expertise as Saturday Morning pursues its mission to … Continue reading “Saturday Morning expands Board of Directors”

WB TV Group announces 12 new workshop directors

Warner Bros. Television Group today announced the 12 emerging directors who have been selected (out of more than 500 applicants) to participate in the 2020 edition of the Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop, and unveiled plans for a virtual instructional program due to the COVID-19 production shutdown. Established in 2013, the WBTV Directors’ Workshop aims … Continue reading “WB TV Group announces 12 new workshop directors”

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”

Cinematographer Guild to screen awards at Logan

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) presents the 2019 Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) spotlighting promising cinematographers and providing crucial exposure needed to succeed in the motion picture industry. Now in its 23rd year, the Emerging Cinematographers Awards are the only awards in the industry that specifically celebrates the work of up-and-coming cinematographers, … Continue reading “Cinematographer Guild to screen awards at Logan”

WME countersues Writers Guild of America

According to multiple sources, William Morris Endeavor filed a lawsuit on Monday against the guild claiming the union’s decision to have members fire their agents to protest packaging fees is in violation of antitrust laws. The lawsuit comes two months after the WGA sued WME and three other agencies. In April, 95% of WGA members … Continue reading “WME countersues Writers Guild of America”

Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced their nominations for Best original and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as video game writing and documentary writing. this morning. Most of the screenplays have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting and videogame writing during 2018. The … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees”

Avatar, Top Gun, Babylon among ADG noms

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has announced nominations for the 27th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in 14 categories including theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos, and animation features. The ADG divides live-action features into three categories. All Quiet on the Western Front, Babylon, Elvis, The Fabelmans and White Noise were nominated in the period … Continue reading “Avatar, Top Gun, Babylon among ADG noms”

Director Kevin Wilson Jr. joins Little Minx

Little Minx, a 2022 AdAge A-List Production Company Standout, has signed the award-winning filmmaker Kevin Wilson Jr. to its renowned roster of directors for commercial and content representation. A North Carolina native, Wilson first came to the attention of the industry with his short student film My Nephew Emmett, based on the true story of the … Continue reading “Director Kevin Wilson Jr. joins Little Minx”

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”

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”

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”

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 “

Jane Campion apologizes for “thoughtless” remarks about Venus and Serena

On Sunday, while accepting the Critics Choice Awards best director award For Power of the Dog, 67-year-old Jane Campion, mentioned her fellow directing nominees (the “guys,” as she describes the rest of the all-male directors nominated this year) before she inexplicably turned her attention to tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams who were there to … Continue reading “Jane Campion apologizes for “thoughtless” remarks about Venus and Serena”