BK dares you to visit other ghostly burger joints

1+ How badly do you want a free Whopper from Burger King? This is pretty friggin’ scary cool. Every year, people seek out the scariest places to test their courage during Halloween. This year, the Burger King brand is revealing a list of the ‘Scary Places’ across the U.S. and it isn’t traditional haunted houses. … Continue reading “BK dares you to visit other ghostly burger joints”

Unions release joint report for production post COVID

1+ In the next major step toward the resumption of film and television production, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) today released “The Safe Way Forward,” a Multi-Union … Continue reading “Unions release joint report for production post COVID”

New Will Smith film ditches Georgia over voting laws

0 More economic fallout continues from the controversial new Georgia voting restrictions. Director Antoine Fuqua and megastar Will Smith have pulled their production of Emancipation out of the state. This follows Major League Baseball’s decision to do the same with the 2021 All-Star Game. Last month, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the controversial 98-page omnibus … Continue reading “New Will Smith film ditches Georgia over voting laws”

Kelsey Taylor joins production boutique Eleanor

1+ Eleanor, the diverse production boutique that shines a light on its creative talent as it champions their work, their vision and their ideals, has a new focus of attention: Director Kelsey Taylor, whose heartwarming spot for PayPal was hailed as one of the pandemic holiday’s best commercials by Ad Age, has joined its roster for … Continue reading “Kelsey Taylor joins production boutique Eleanor”

Promising Young Woman, Borat among WGA winners

1+ The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) tonight announced the winners of the 2021 WGA Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional categories during a first-time-ever joint, virtual ceremony. Hosted virtually by actor-writer-producer Kal Penn (Clarice), the 90-minute ceremony featured at-home … Continue reading “Promising Young Woman, Borat among WGA winners”

Director Lindsay Daniels gets FANCY

0 Director Lindsay Daniels, whose background in design and creative direction informs her work as a filmmaker, is bringing her talents to the roster of FANCY Content. Her signing was announced jointly by FANCY Content founder and EP Robert Wherry and partner and EP Phillip Detchmendy. Daniels’ work spans both commercials as well as branding and opening … Continue reading “Director Lindsay Daniels gets FANCY”

Kal Penn to host 2021 virtual WGA Awards

1+ Acclaimed actor, writer, and producer, Kal Penn, is set to host the joint 2021 Writers Guild Awards virtual ceremony on Sunday, March 21. The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, news (broadcast and digital), radio/audio, and promotional categories.  Many of the nominees give us a clue as to what … Continue reading “Kal Penn to host 2021 virtual WGA Awards”

Film permits increase 43.1% in LA

1+ Some good news for the LA production community. FilmLA, partner film office for the City and County of Los Angeles and other local jurisdictions – today issued an update regarding regional permit activity since the reopening of LA County to on-location filming last June. Over the last thirty-seven weeks, FilmLA has processed approximately 5,533 … Continue reading “Film permits increase 43.1% in LA”

HBO, Spike Lee in production on 9/11 doc

1+ HBO Documentary Films and Academy Award and Emmy-winner Spike Lee (HBO’s David Byrne’s American Utopia, When The Levees Broke, 4 Little Girls) are currently in production on NYC EPICENTERS 9/11 → 2021½, an epic chronicle of life, loss and survival in the city of New York over the twenty years since the September 11th attacks. The multi-part … Continue reading “HBO, Spike Lee in production on 9/11 doc”

Cortez Brothers add three directors to roster

2+ Multicultural production company The Cortez Brothers, Inc. has announced the addition of three directors to its roster. Joining its global lineup are Cassiano Prado, Jerome Kruin and Michał Sabliński. Their signings were announced jointly by Cortez’s president, Bernadette Rivero, and her partner, managing director, Ed Rivero. Cassiano, who joins Cortez Brothers from Stink, is a writer … Continue reading “Cortez Brothers add three directors to roster”

Bruce Springsteen in Jeep Super Bowl film, ‘The Middle’

1+ The rumors were true. Bruce Springsteen and Jeep have joined together to launch the two-minute film “The Middle.” The film can now be viewed across the Jeep brand’s social media channels, and it will make a one-time television appearance during tonight’s Big Game. This debuts nearly 10 years to the day from the launch of … Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen in Jeep Super Bowl film, ‘The Middle’”

Writers Guild reaches agreement with WME

1+ The Writers Guild of America East and West has announced that a franchise agreement has been reached with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC (WME). Effective immediately, WME may once again represent Guild members for covered writing services. WGA and WME have also agreed to withdraw the legal claims each has brought against the other … Continue reading “Writers Guild reaches agreement with WME”

Teri Altman promoted to Head of Production at DDB

1+ News from DDB New York announced today the promotion of Teri Altman to Head of Production. Altman is elevated from her position as Executive Producer. “Teri is fundamental to the creativity and culture of DDB New York. She is a force that not only break barriers but builds,” says Audrey Melofchik, President of DDB New York. “People … Continue reading “Teri Altman promoted to Head of Production at DDB”

Jamie Tarses, first woman to run network passes at 56

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Jamie Tarses, first woman to run network passes at 56”

Joseph R. Biden Jr. sworn in as 46th President of the U.S.

1+ On a slightly snowy day in January, as has been done every four years since 1789, a President took the sacred oath of office. This time it was Joseph R. Biden Jr., who was sworn in Wednesday afternoon, becoming the 46th President of the United States. Kamala Harris was sworn in as the 49th … Continue reading “Joseph R. Biden Jr. sworn in as 46th President of the U.S.”

Perry Fair named EVP, global ECD for McCann

1+ Big congrats to Perry Fair. The talented advertising veteran has been named to the brand new role of EVP, global ECD, director of entertainment, for McCann New York. Fair has held senior roles on both the ad agency and client side of the business. He was also the first Black president of a publicly … Continue reading “Perry Fair named EVP, global ECD for McCann”

Mill Chicago’s Hilbert fired for pro insurrection tweets

9+ Reel 360 has confirmed that Erica Hilbert, who was The Mill Chicago’s managing director since 2019, has been fired due to her participation in, and social media support of, last week’s insurrection which took place outside and inside of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. “At the end of this week we became aware … Continue reading “Mill Chicago’s Hilbert fired for pro insurrection tweets”

Cashmere teams with NBA great Chris Webber for series

1+ Cashmere Originals, the original content studio born out of the award-winning Cashmere Agency, has today announced its partnership with five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber to develop and produce Fab Five.  Based on Webber’s upcoming autobiography, By God’s Grace, this scripted limited series will chart Webber’s upbringing in Detroit and the incredible story of the 1991 Michigan Wolverines, who garnered the … Continue reading “Cashmere teams with NBA great Chris Webber for series”

Congress certifies Biden post U.S. Capitol riot

1+ Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win after being forced to recess for almost six hours after, what resembled the climax from the 2019 film Joker, an angry mob of President Donald Trump’s insurrectionists attacked and breached the U.S. Capitol building. The attack left four people dead, including San Diegoan Ashli Babbit, 35, who was … Continue reading “Congress certifies Biden post U.S. Capitol riot”

Hollywood Reporter promotes two

1+ Elisabeth Deutschman Rabishaw and Victoria Gold have been elevated to Executive Vice President, Co-Publishers of The Hollywood Reporter effective immediately.  Deutschman Rabishaw and Gold will oversee sales strategy, direct marketing, events and revenue streams for The Hollywood Reporter across all platforms globally. Together, Deutschman Rabishaw and Gold will collaborate with THR editorial teams on additive content, social media and video strategies as … Continue reading “Hollywood Reporter promotes two”