Producers Guild releases COVID safety guidelines

2+ The Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) Production Safety Task Force has published a comprehensive safety guide for producers as they go back to work titled “COVID Safety Protocols for Producing Independent Productions.” Through the collective power of the Guild’s network of producers and deep industry knowledge, these guidelines offer a comprehensive and detailed recommendation … Continue reading “Producers Guild releases COVID safety guidelines”

Sarah Chase joins Wild Bill Agency as COO and EP

2+ Veteran business and media executive, Sarah Chase, has been named COO and Executive Producer at Wild Bill—a creative content production company and commercial agency—jointly run by co-founders Samantha Hart and James Lipetzky. Chase spent the last four years of her career working under the close mentorship of renowned actor, Alan Alda. Alda says, “Sarah … Continue reading “Sarah Chase joins Wild Bill Agency as COO and EP”

W+K São Paulo launches #MinersOutCovidOut

1+ Today, W+K São Paulo is launching a really strong and necessary message in defense of the Yanomami Indigenous People. The production is narrated Dário Kopenawa, a native leader who describes the suffering of the native tribes facing the pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the deaths of more than 630 native Brazilians, with nearly 23,000 … Continue reading “W+K São Paulo launches #MinersOutCovidOut”

Cartel bolsters editorial roster by three

1+ Award-winning editorial and post-production studio Cartel has expanded its roster with the signings of Kyle Valenta and Ernie Gilbert for global representation and Paul O’Reilly for representation in the U.S. “Our greatest joy at Cartel is the work we do and the talented people we collaborate with. We put a lot of care and thought into … Continue reading “Cartel bolsters editorial roster by three”

Nike’s new split screen spot is nothing short of epic

1+ Closed gyms and empty stadiums haven’t stopped athletes from pushing forward and using their platforms to help create change. The NBA is about to begin in their bubble tonight. And Major League Baseball is marching through 19 Miami Marlins contracting COVID-19. Athletes will not be stopped. Nike celebrates this attitude in the third film … Continue reading “Nike’s new split screen spot is nothing short of epic”

Universal Pictures reaches deal with AMC Theatres

1+ Good news. Universal Pictures has reached a deal with AMC Theatres which means that the studio now has the option of releasing any of its titles (including those from Focus Features) on VOD (Video on Demand) platforms after just 17 days of screening in theaters.  AMC originally refused to screen Universal films after the success … Continue reading “Universal Pictures reaches deal with AMC Theatres”

HollyShorts moves festival online in November

1+ The organizers behind the Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival have announced that they will be moving online and rescheduling their 16th annual year. Due to COVID-19, HollyShorts will now take place virtually between November 9-15, 2020 on the new streaming platform Bitpix. “It’s important to us to continue showcasing the very best in short films while keeping our … Continue reading “HollyShorts moves festival online in November”

Fall Festivals team up for “United Platforms”

1+ The fall film festivals of Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York have all agreed to join forces during this very strange year of 2020 and offer “United Platform” which organizers believe will better service filmmakers, audiences, journalists and industry professionals. Venice is meant to take place Sept. 2-12, TIFF begins on Sept. 10 and … Continue reading “Fall Festivals team up for “United Platforms””

SAG-AFTRA Board approves agreement with AMPTP

1+ The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) National Board of Directors met today in a one-day videoconference plenary and approved the tentative agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on June 11. Formal negotiations between the 29-member SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee and the AMPTP began on Monday, … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA Board approves agreement with AMPTP”

One Club and 3% Movement announce global jury

2+ The global jury of 88 creatives from 25 countries has been announced for Next Creative Leaders competition, run jointly by The One Club for Creativity and The 3% Movement. Next Creative Leaders (NCL) is a portfolio competition that identifies, celebrates and gives a global platform to talented womxn and non-binary creatives who are making their mark on the world … Continue reading “One Club and 3% Movement announce global jury”

P&G asks White America to choose anti-racism

1+ “Being white in America is not needing to state your life matters,” a new and striking Procter & Gamble spot reads. “And when your life matters, you have power. Now is the time to use it.” The Cincinnati-based brand has released a powerful spot, called “The Choice.” Targeted at White America, the 1:15 ad … Continue reading “P&G asks White America to choose anti-racism”

SAG-AFTRA reaches tentative deal with AMPTP

2+ With the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic shutting the film and TV industries down for an almost catastrophic three months, the last thing anyone needs is a strike. Good news for performers and the rest of the industry. SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) announced in a joint statement on Thursday … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA reaches tentative deal with AMPTP”

President turns Bible Trumper after tear -gassing

2+ Donald Trump has done some amazingly puzzling things over the last three and half years, but this will rank high up there when his presidency is all said and done. While the impeached President addressed the media, claiming to support “peaceful protests,” Washington D.C. Park Police were using tear gas and flash grenades on … Continue reading “President turns Bible Trumper after tear -gassing”

You can’t stop this new Nike spot with over 80m views

2+ Welcome back to the real world after probably one of the more weirder Memorial Day weekends we’ve experienced in a long time. If we had published this story on Saturday, chances are it would have started out with, “Inspiring new Nike spot narrated by LeBron James has 53 million views.” However, since we are … Continue reading “You can’t stop this new Nike spot with over 80m views”

Unions approve newsroom COVID-19 guidelines

1+ The DPE Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industry Coordinating Committee (AEMI), which consists of the DGA, IATSE, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), SAG-AFTRA, and the WGAE have teamed up to create COVID-19-related newsroom staffer “safety and fairness” standards. “Thousands of workers across the media industry have been working through this crisis. News workers have … Continue reading “Unions approve newsroom COVID-19 guidelines”

Judge dismisses most of WGA claims against agencies

1+ Don’t be surprised if a villain with the last name of Birotte begins to show up in screenplays in the not too distant future. A Los Angeles federal judge dismissed eight of the 14 claims the Writers Guild of America East and West filed against the major three talent agencies – WME, CAA and … Continue reading “Judge dismisses most of WGA claims against agencies”

Grammy’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ tribute to Prince tonight

1+ Tonight, we go crazy as CBS celebrates the life and legacy of Prince, who died four years ago today after an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Filmed January 28th, the April 21 air date marks the four-year anniversary of the superstar’s passing.   Performing songs from the Purple One’s renowned catalog, the … Continue reading “Grammy’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ tribute to Prince tonight”

Apple Maps releases data trends tool to track COVID-19

1+ Apple has released a mobility data trends tool from Apple Maps to support the impactful work happening around the globe to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This mobility data may provide helpful insights to local governments and health authorities and may also be used as a foundation for new public policies by showing the … Continue reading “Apple Maps releases data trends tool to track COVID-19”

RadicalMedia’s Kindrick directs video from fan footage

3+ Social distancing is forcing many in the film, TV, music and advertising industries to get creative with their creative. We just reported on SNL streaming an entire 90 minutes from cast members’ homes. Now comes Radicalmedia director Will Kindrick (director of the award-winning sci-fi short film STORM) and a new fan footage based music … Continue reading “RadicalMedia’s Kindrick directs video from fan footage”

Nike releases new ‘Play for the World’ for COVID-19

1+ For Nike, supporting the shift in public life amidst the coronavirus means approaching novel problems with the indomitable spirit of an athlete. The brand has released a new iteration of its ‘Play for the World’ campaign, which it launched two weeks ago to mark its brand messaging around the coronavirus pandemic.  The 60-second spot, from Joint … Continue reading “Nike releases new ‘Play for the World’ for COVID-19”