Amazon, Howard U, launch Howard Entertainment

Today, Howard University and Amazon Studios announced the launch of Howard Entertainment, a program designed to diversify the entertainment industry by creating a pipeline for African-American students and other marginalized populations to train and study alongside entertainment executives. The experience will offer students a unique interdisciplinary curriculum, coupled with hands-on work experiences and networking with … Continue reading “Amazon, Howard U, launch Howard Entertainment”

Los Angeles’ The Grove goes all Jurassic with Amazon’s biggest delivery ever

Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard Will Unbox the Enormous Surprise at The Grove in Los Angeles on June 2 at 12 P.M. PDT #amazonfindsaway There are many great things you can find at the Grove mall in Hollywood. Stores. A Farmers Market. Starbucks. Now Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, … Continue reading “Los Angeles’ The Grove goes all Jurassic with Amazon’s biggest delivery ever”

Rings of Power adds new cast members for S2

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power may not return in 2023, but it is already in production for a second season. Now, the hit Amazon Primes series has announced seven new recurring cast members for the forthcoming second season, currently in production in the UK. “Since its premiere, The Lord of the Rings: The … Continue reading “Rings of Power adds new cast members for S2”

Maximum Effort brings deadvertising to Walking Dead finale

Well, The Walking Dead finally came to an end last weekend after 11 seasons. Some great. Some not so great. But AMC did give Darryl, Judith, Maggie, Negan and Carol a proper send-off. Helping with that send-off were five hilarious spots from Ryan Reynold’s agency, Maximum Effort. Maximum Effort teamed with AMC Network’s Content Room … Continue reading “Maximum Effort brings deadvertising to Walking Dead finale”

SPAM and BBDO bring us a Figgy Christmas

To celebrate the joyous holiday season, the makers of SPAM are bringing back a forgotten Christmas flavor with the launch of its limited-edition SPAM Figgy Pudding.  Most Americans only know figgy pudding from the classic holiday song We Wish you a Merry Christmas, so to launch the limited-time flavor SPAM Figgy Pudding, the song was … Continue reading “SPAM and BBDO bring us a Figgy Christmas”

Sensei Chop drops single and video for ISO Hittin

Atlanta-born filmmaker and music artist Sensei Chop has unveiled his latest single and video, ISO Hittin feat. Daygo Fatts. The new single is available on Amazon and Spotify. About the song, Chop comments, “My song titles are camera terminology-themed. My last song Expensive Glass was in reference to camera lenses. ISO is the camera’s sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO … Continue reading “Sensei Chop drops single and video for ISO Hittin”

Believe Media welcomes director Josh Hayward

New York-based director Josh Hayward has joined the Believe Media roster for US and UK representation. Hayward’s work includes ads for brands GM, Lincoln, Park Hyatt, Amazon, Sony, and collaborations with agencies BLKJ Havas, Droga5, and GSD&M among others. His commercial and short film work have earned him a gold Young Director Award at Cannes Lions, a Vimeo Best … Continue reading “Believe Media welcomes director Josh Hayward”

AFM kicks off today with exhibitors and buyers from 70+ countries

Today’s the day. The 43th American Film Market (AFM) opens its doors today, November 1, and welcomes the global industry back to Santa Monica for the first time since 2019. Yes. For six days, film finance, production, sales and distribution executives from 70 countries will be in attendance for screenings, meetings, networking, and panels, and to … Continue reading “AFM kicks off today with exhibitors and buyers from 70+ countries”

Brazil’s Oscar submission to open 14th Film Fest

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival has announced that the 14th edition of the festival will take place Wednesday, November 15 through Saturday, November 19, in Los Angeles. The festival will open with Gabriel Martins’ Mars One/Marte Um.  The film, produced by Filmes de Plástico, is the official selection to represent Brazil for Best International Feature at the upcoming Oscars and had … Continue reading “Brazil’s Oscar submission to open 14th Film Fest”

Los Angeles production down 10.5% in Q3

FilmLA today issued an update regarding regional filming activity in Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. The film office partner reported a total of 9,066 Shoot Days (SD) in the third quarter (“Q3”), which covers the period between July 1 through September 30, 2022. This is down -10.5 percent from the same period last year … Continue reading “Los Angeles production down 10.5% in Q3”

The Winchesters fills Supernatural’s void.

There has definitely been a void since Supernatural ended in 2020 and no one has felt that vacuum more than Jensen Ackles and his wife Danneel Ackles who are Executive Producers of the spin-off prequel, The Winchesters on the CW. Jensen and Danneel Ackles, both starred in Supernatural which aired from 2005-2020. Jensen starred as … Continue reading “The Winchesters fills Supernatural’s void.”

Merman welcomes writer/director Dime Davis

Production and entertainment company Merman is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated director and writer Dime Davis has joined the company for branded content and advertising collaborations. The relationship developed during Merman and Davis’ work together on a just-launched campaign for Old Spice and Wieden & Kennedy. ‘Dynamic. Forward-thinking. With an incredible slate of work. These have been important tenants … Continue reading “Merman welcomes writer/director Dime Davis”

Rebranded Hartz launches new Delectables’ campaign

Leading petcare brand Hartz and creative and media agency of record, Cutwater, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, have teamed together to launch a playful campaign for Delectables, the wet cat treats. The campaign, entitled “Deliciously De-Lick-able Delectables”, focuses on two spots reinforcing the Delectables name in a fun direction through alliteration … Continue reading “Rebranded Hartz launches new Delectables’ campaign”

AFI FEST announces full festival lineup

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the full lineup for this year’s AFI FEST Film Festival including Bones and all, directed by Academy Award-nominee Luca Guadagnino, Le Pupille, directed by Alice Rohrwacher, Nanny, directed by Nikyatu Jusu, SR., directed by Chris Smith, and Women Talking by Academy Award-nominated writer and director Sarah Polley, which … Continue reading “AFI FEST announces full festival lineup”

Believe The Hype! They’re 25!

The team at Hype — the award-winning PR, Marketing & Social Agency, headed by company Co-Founders/Special Agents Colleen O’Mara & Jessie Nagel — celebrates its “Silver Jubilee,” promising to deliver a year filled with celebratory moments in recognition of its 25th Anniversary.  “Hype has expanded and diversified over the past five years to be the agency it … Continue reading “Believe The Hype! They’re 25!”

Preymaker welcomes Julian Fitzpatrick and Will Mok

Creative and technology studio Preymaker, currently enjoying a successful film festival run with original short film BLUE which is one of the first created in the cloud using Unreal Engine’s real-time technology, is pleased to announce Julian Fitzpatrick and Will Mok have joined its growing team. Fitzpatrick is a Primetime Emmy-nominated visual effects artist agile across multiple … Continue reading “Preymaker welcomes Julian Fitzpatrick and Will Mok”

My Transparent Life starring TikTok’s Jesse Sullivan premieres 10/4

Elysium Media’s My Transparent Life, the highly anticipated documentary film from producer Serena De Comarmond (Hollywood Disclosure) is set to make its world premiere on October 4, 2022 at 11:11am pst on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play and Xbox. My Transparent Life is a documentary that explores the lives of two transgender people through … Continue reading “My Transparent Life starring TikTok’s Jesse Sullivan premieres 10/4”

INTERVIEW: Breaking’s Kim D’Armond

You may not know the name Kim D’Armond, but chances are you’ve seen the talented character actor in an array of high-profile projects for Showtime, ABC, NBC, CBS, Netflix and Amazon. From comedy to drama, her resume lists some of the industry’s most popular and renowned TV series including I Think You Should Leave, Home … Continue reading “INTERVIEW: Breaking’s Kim D’Armond”

Colin Francis Costello’s Storage wins Best Narrative Short Film twice

Colin Francis Costello’s latest short film, Storage, won both the Best U.S. Narrative Shorts at Silicon Beach Film Festival and Palm Springs Shorts last weekend. The short, which explores accepting and letting go of past loves before moving on, shares the story of Rachel (played by Laura Huckaby) who wakes up in a basement storage room with no … Continue reading “Colin Francis Costello’s Storage wins Best Narrative Short Film twice”

Little Minx signs South-Sider Rodney Lucas

Little Minx has signed the award-winning filmmaker Rodney Lucas to its renowned roster of directors for commercial and content representation. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Lucas is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker who has directed short documentaries, commercials and branded content for the likes of Nike, Amazon, Beats by Dre, NOWNESS, Vice, Upworthy, Dicks Sporting … Continue reading “Little Minx signs South-Sider Rodney Lucas”