AFM: Finance Conference looks at lack of pandemic production insurance

During Day 1 of the American Film Market, a panel was held that looked at the continued lack of pandemic insurance. According to notes from the AFM, the situation has added complexities, expense and risk to most productions. Moderated by Jill Goldsmith, Co-Business Editor of Deadline, financiers and producers discussed strategies that can get films made, what projects are … Continue reading “AFM: Finance Conference looks at lack of pandemic production insurance”

Venom 2 has the biggest opening of the pandemic

Who would have assumed that Andy Serkis’ film, with Tom Hardy reprising his role as a reporter with superpowers gained from aliens, would have the biggest first weekend since December 2019? Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Sony’s follow-up to the hit 2018 supervillain film blew past expectations at the box offices this weekend. Pre-opening estimates … Continue reading “Venom 2 has the biggest opening of the pandemic”

Emmys: Ratings rise from previous pandemic year

Good news for CBS, and Paramount+. The 73rd annual Emmys saw its viewership rise to 7.4 million, according to Nielsen’s preliminary numbers. Over the past decade, major award shows have seen a steady decline in audience, but last year’s ceremonies saw an even steeper decline due to the pandemic and quarantine. The 72nd Emmys only … Continue reading “Emmys: Ratings rise from previous pandemic year”

Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic

Things didn’t go exactly as planned for Hollywood’s biggest night. In a year, where Hollywood held back most of its biggest films due to the pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards drew its smallest audience ever. While the awards tried to change things up in a year that saw a tragic pandemic take and shut down lives, … Continue reading “Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic”

A Beautiful Curse is not a pandemic story, but a love story

Director Martin Garde Abildgaard wants to make one thing clear – his debut feature A Beautiful Curse is not a pandemic story, it’s a love story. Though the  backdrop of the film is a sleeping pandemic, it merely sets the scene for romance; a story of boy meets girl in unusual circumstances which allow for … Continue reading “A Beautiful Curse is not a pandemic story, but a love story”

Villas Tacos makes the pandemic comforting

While living at the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, in the daily world of double face masking, social distancing and isolation, the Latinx community is creating a safe and comforting way for people to gather together in the name of Angelino’s favorite food — tacos. Villas Tacos Pop Up Shop, a family business that started … Continue reading “Villas Tacos makes the pandemic comforting”

Post-COVID, some pandemic-policies should stick around

2020 was an incredibly challenging year for production, across advertising, TV and film. These teams are not considered essential workers, neither federally nor on state levels. Thus, when the country was on complete lockdown, there was a 3-4 month period with essentially no work, which caused great hardships for production companies, thousands of crew members, … Continue reading “Post-COVID, some pandemic-policies should stick around”

George Clooney on the pandemic, aging and more

Upon turning 50, George Clooney joked to his friends that he should be put on the cover of AARP The Magazine with the headline “Sexiest Man (Still) Alive.” But it took nearly 10 more years – and living through a decade that included his first marriage, the arrival of children, and a nearly fatal motorcycle accident – to agree … Continue reading “George Clooney on the pandemic, aging and more”

Bay’s pandemic movie ‘Song Bird’ is triggering

Producer and director Michael Bay released the trailer for his new feature, Songbird. The first feature filmed in Los Angeles since quarantine, which has sparked criticism as a tone-deaf movie about an ongoing horror that America and the world is still experiencing. For months, experts have hammered home a critical point: the US’s disastrous handling … Continue reading “Bay’s pandemic movie ‘Song Bird’ is triggering”

Quibi shuts down streaming service amidst pandemic

Whoa. That was quick. Like a short form video, six months after Quibi’s official streaming launch it has announced it is shutting down. Short form video streaming service, and the brainchild of former Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, announced Wednesday that it was shuttering for good, just six months after … Continue reading “Quibi shuts down streaming service amidst pandemic”

Creating a flu shot spot… during a pandemic

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rite Aid drug store chain is offering seasonal flu shots and encouraging all age groups to get the vital shots as soon as possible to help maintain strong immune systems, keep communities thriving and play a role in minimizing the number of flu hospitalizations this year. With health care providers … Continue reading “Creating a flu shot spot… during a pandemic”

Down Dog keeps yoga app free during pandemic

With millions of Americans waking up to a new quarantined world of working from home, businesses shut down, restaurants, movie theaters, bars and gyms shuttered, some companies are attempting to make the populations’ social and work distancing at home more pleasant. Down Dog is one of those companies. Today, the highest-rated app for practicing yoga … Continue reading “Down Dog keeps yoga app free during pandemic”

AICP releases blog to help members through pandemic

There are at least 2,033 cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the United States, according to the state and local health agencies, governments and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In response, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) has released a blog to help members through what they call, “a myriad of issues.” … Continue reading “AICP releases blog to help members through pandemic”

Miri Ben-Ari, Erik Hicks, Flo Rida release Brotherhood of Symphony Rise on MLK

When Grammy Award-Winning Violinist Miri Ben-Ari was invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama to perform her violin song Symphony of Brotherhood featuring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) she did not envision that a decade later she would be joined by Grammy Award-Winning International superstar and business mogul Flo Rida and entertainment visionary Erik “E Smooth” Hicks … Continue reading “Miri Ben-Ari, Erik Hicks, Flo Rida release Brotherhood of Symphony Rise on MLK”

A look at Amazon Studio’s Oscar hopefuls

Oscar buzz is humming through the Omicron infected air of Los Angeles and as more of the movie audience (including guild voters) stream movies at home in the pandemic era, a leader in streaming, Amazon Studios, is buzzing with Oscar hopefuls. Their top film, Being the Ricardo’s, has been an award season favorite thus far … Continue reading “A look at Amazon Studio’s Oscar hopefuls”

Black mortgage applicants are denied 84% more often than whites

The Black homeownership rate that ticked up before the pandemic has again begun to fall, spurred by a widening mortgage approval gap between Black and white applicants. A Zillow analysis of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)1 shows that while overall denial rates have decreased, Black applicants are increasingly more likely than white borrowers to be … Continue reading “Black mortgage applicants are denied 84% more often than whites”

Colle McVoy adds two ECDs to Creative Department

Our friends at Colle McVoy announced today that two new executive creative directors will help lead its creative department as the agency prepares for double-digit growth in 2022. Gil Muiños has joined the agency as executive creative director (ECD) and Dustin Black has been promoted to ECD. Both will help accelerate the agency’s growth and transformation by … Continue reading “Colle McVoy adds two ECDs to Creative Department”

‘A Beautiful Curse’ to have European premiere at Paris International Film Fest

With its inclusion in the lineup of 2022’s Paris International Film Festival, A Beautiful Curse is coming to Europe. Since its world premiere at California’s Cinequest 2021, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Genre Film, “A Beautiful Curse” has been invited to more than fifteen festivals across the US, garnering a slew … Continue reading “‘A Beautiful Curse’ to have European premiere at Paris International Film Fest”

AICP National Board elects new officers

The AICP National Board of Directors elected a new leadership slate at its 2021 year-end meeting. Lisa Mehling, Owner/President of CHELSEA, was elected Chairperson and Tabitha Mason-Elliott, Partner/Head of Production, at BARK BARK was elected Vice-Chairperson. Additionally, Robert Fernandez, CEO of Moxie Pictures, was re-elected Treasurer. Mehling previously held the post of Vice-Chairperson, and is … Continue reading “AICP National Board elects new officers”

Anytime Fitness debuts “Real AF” platform

The world’s largest fitness brand and fastest-growing fitness club franchise, Anytime Fitness, has launched its new “Real AF” marketing platform as part of a bold operational strategy to deliver a holistic approach to fitness, health and wellness through authentic interactions between Anytime Fitness coaches and members, in person or via the Anytime Fitness mobile app. … Continue reading “Anytime Fitness debuts “Real AF” platform”