SAG-AFTRA ratifies 2022 Commercials contracts

Ad agency creatives and producers, as well as production companies, can rest easy. Members of SAG-AFTRA today overwhelmingly voted to ratify the 2022 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and the 2022 SAG-AFTRA Audio Commercials Contract. The vote was 92.25% in favor. The agreement reflects important structural changes in the industry, especially in digital streaming commercials. The key … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA ratifies 2022 Commercials contracts”

Getty Images gives up and coming Black photographer access to Oscars

This Sunday,  Getty Images and LA-based independent creative agency Crown + Conquer is providing one up-and-coming photographer with the opportunity of a lifetime: access to the 94th Oscars red carpet. Last fall, Getty Images and Crown + Conquer came together to concept and launch a first-of-its-kind editorial internship program that would give one successful applicant … Continue reading “Getty Images gives up and coming Black photographer access to Oscars”

Dune, Underground Railroad, Titans take top honors at ASC Awards

The 2022 ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography ceremony — clocking in at two hours and 30 minutes — was the first major in-person event held at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood for more than two years. And it not only celebrated excellence in the art form, but the enduring spirit of all who worked under difficult … Continue reading “Dune, Underground Railroad, Titans take top honors at ASC Awards”

Avocados From Mexico releases Super Bowl teaser with Andy Richter

Avocados From Mexico released an official preview of its  30-second Big Game commercial on the one that acts the comedian and lover of avocados, Andy Richter, and the fruit that Americans love so much. The preview shows Richter dressed in the fashion of ancient Roman times, psyching himself up to play the role of his life: Caesar. The full … Continue reading “Avocados From Mexico releases Super Bowl teaser with Andy Richter”

Reese’s University joins Tournament of Roses Parade

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has announced that it will welcome Reese’s University to participate in the 133rd Rose Parade. The university’s team may not be taking the field, but The Fighting Cuppies will be participating in this year’s Rose Parade festivities alongside the Ohio State University and the University of Utah’s football teams. Reese’s University, the world’s first and most pre-eminent institution … Continue reading “Reese’s University joins Tournament of Roses Parade”

AFI announces 2021 honorees in Film and TV

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the recipients of AFI AWARDS 2021. AFI AWARDS honorees include 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding TV programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. Selections are made through a jury process where AFI Trustees, artists, critics … Continue reading “AFI announces 2021 honorees in Film and TV”

Suspect arrested in Jackie Avant shooting

Beverly Hills police have reportedly made an arrest in connection with the fatal shooting of 81-year-old Beverly Hills philanthropist, and wife of music legend Clarence Avant, Jackie Avant, according to multiple reports. “It is a sad case, and although we are happy we have an arrest, I feel so bad for the family,” Beverly Hills … Continue reading “Suspect arrested in Jackie Avant shooting”

Dinosaur urges world leaders not to ‘Choose Extinction’ at United Nations

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has brought a ferocious, talking dinosaur to the United Nations’ headquarters to urge more climate action from global leaders, in a short film launched as the centerpiece of the organization’s new ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign. Bursting into the iconic United Nations General Assembly Hall, famous for history-making speeches by … Continue reading “Dinosaur urges world leaders not to ‘Choose Extinction’ at United Nations”

AFI Fest 2021 announces full festival lineup

Our friends at The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the full lineup for AFI FEST 2021 including Sony Pictures Classics’ Parallel Mothers, written and directed by Academy Award winner Pedro Almodóvar, which will screen as a Red Carpet Premiere at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday, November 13. The complete AFI FEST program … Continue reading “AFI Fest 2021 announces full festival lineup”

NBA and Jordan take us down Memory Lane of 75 years of basketball

I love this spot, but the Jordan taking us down the lane ain’t the Jordan we’re thinking about. It’s award-winning actor and producer Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther, Just Mercy) driving the new NBA spot, ‘NBA Lane.’ But even without the other Michael, it’s a brilliant short film featuring just about every great to … Continue reading “NBA and Jordan take us down Memory Lane of 75 years of basketball”

Searchlight Shorts licenses The Heart Still Hums

Searchlight Shorts has licensed the powerful Park Pictures documentary short film The Heart Still Hums for their online platform, depicting a raw and honest glimpse into the struggles of modern-day mothers in need and the charity organizations eager to help. Mothers and mother-figures of all stripes struggle through motherhood and its many hardships, but facing … Continue reading “Searchlight Shorts licenses The Heart Still Hums”

Beko launches first digital global spot, “Connections”

When you think of Artificial Intelligence, do flowers come to mind? How about forests, leaves, trees or waves? If the concept of the natural world doesn’t automatically conjure up ideas of machine learning, robotic scriptwriting programs or optimization algorithms, then “Connections” from Beko may change your mind. That’s the title of a new, sixty-second global … Continue reading “Beko launches first digital global spot, “Connections””

Julian Acosta joins Directors Bureau

The Directors Bureau is excited to welcome multi-talented director Julian Acosta to the filmmaking collective. Previously represented by RSA, Acosta is known for work that blends visually striking imagery, a sense of exploration, and emotional candor. He is a filmmaker whose work is steeped in a deep love of music, and who doesn’t shy from … Continue reading “Julian Acosta joins Directors Bureau”

Superdoom signs director Heidi Berg

Creative bureau Superdoom has signed director Heidi Berg (they/them) for U.S. commercial production out of Los Angeles, CA. This is their first commercial representation. Their work captures the ethos of major brands and entertainment properties with mind-melding cinematic narrative and magical realism, for companies including Netflix, Google, Samsung, Apple, Audi, Lexus, BMW, Mercedes, Nike and … Continue reading “Superdoom signs director Heidi Berg”

Republican Senators called out after acquitting Trump

Saturday, the Senate acquitted twice-impeached Donald. J. Trump on the single charge of inciting the insurrection and deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6. The vote was 57 – 43 in the historic trial, but Democrats needed two-thirds majority needed to convict. The Republican minority, as expected, did not deliver. Except for … Continue reading “Republican Senators called out after acquitting Trump”

Mandalorian actress Gina Carano fired for social posts

This was not the way, Gina. Mandalorian actress Gina Carano is finally facing consequences for her controversial social media posts. Carano played the bounty hunter Cara Dune, on the first two seasons of the show. Lucasfilm released a statement, with a spokesperson stating:  “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no … Continue reading “Mandalorian actress Gina Carano fired for social posts”

Writers Guild reaches agreement with WME

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 in … Continue reading “Writers Guild reaches agreement with WME”

Sundance is virtual! What would David Lynch say?

The fringe, old school, and original Sundance Independent Film Festival has taken place in the snow covered mountains of Park City, Utah since 1981. But, in the unprecedented times that are 2021, and for the first time in 30 years, the location has changed; Sundance’s new venue is the World Wide Web. Yes, even Sundance … Continue reading “Sundance is virtual! What would David Lynch say?”

Harmon Bros. simplifies life and pancakes for Kodiak

Social media ad agency Harmon Brothers has earned national headlines and over 1.5 billion views for its social blockbuster ads such as Squatty Potty, Lumē, Chatbooks, Purple, among other hits. Today, the renowned social ad makers have dropped a new campaign called “Simplify Your Life” for Kodiak Cakes, a family company based in Park City, Utah. The new … Continue reading “Harmon Bros. simplifies life and pancakes for Kodiak”

Framestore adds VFXmas Magic to Argos campaign

Welcome to Holiday advertising. High street giant Argos turned to Framestore to help bring the magic to its exciting festive 2020 Christmas commercial directed by James Rouse, a director who has a long-standing and successful relationship with the creative studio. The wonderful campaign film, Abracadaisy and the Astounding Lucy sees Framestore deliver some VFX tricks … Continue reading “Framestore adds VFXmas Magic to Argos campaign”