Netflix & HBO set pace at 70th Primetime Emmys, but…

The Fonz won. Heeeeeeeey. Last night, The 70th Emmy Awards kicked off with Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson noting that this year’s nominees were the most diverse in the history of the Emmys — then launching into a pointed tongue-in-cheek song-and-dance number with Ricky Martin, Andy Samberg, Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, RuPaul … Continue reading “Netflix & HBO set pace at 70th Primetime Emmys, but…”

Ridley Scott returns to advertising after 15 years

“I think advertising has realized after 30 years it must shift back to entertainment”   Ridley Scott returns to advertising to direct his first commercial in over 15 years for the world’s best-selling cognac, Hennessy. Scott partners with Hennessy for a series of groundbreaking commercials for the Hennessy X.O cognac, which will premiere globally in … Continue reading “Ridley Scott returns to advertising after 15 years”

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ make it a trifecta at weekend box office

The rich keep getting well, richer. The well-received Crazy Rich Asians, adapted from the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan, topped the domestic box office for a third week in a row. Continuing to signal audience’s thirst for more diverse fare, Crazy Rich Asians sold about $22.2 million in tickets from Friday to Sunday. This weekend’s … Continue reading “‘Crazy Rich Asians’ make it a trifecta at weekend box office”

Craig Zadan, prolific stage, TV & film producer, has died

Producer of movie musicals “Chicago” and “Hairspray” and co-producer of NBC’s  “The Sound of Music Live!” dies of complications following surgery Craig Zadan, one of film and TV’s most prolific producers of musicals, has died at the age of 69. Zadan’s death was announced Tuesday by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, who called Zadan “my dear … Continue reading “Craig Zadan, prolific stage, TV & film producer, has died”

TBWA\Worldwide honored with 2 Grand Prix at Cannes

21 agencies across the collective won Lions, with TBWA\Africa and TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, TBWA\Paris, TBWA\RAAD, TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno winning Gold. TBWA\Worldwide has reported that the global network delivered one of its best performances in years at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, winning Gold or higher in 10 distinct categories and bringing home a total of … Continue reading “TBWA\Worldwide honored with 2 Grand Prix at Cannes”

Watch the first trailer for ‘The Nun’ if you dare

Consider me scared. Really scared. The first trailer for The Conjuring spin-off film, The Nun, has dropped and it’s pretty terrifying. Due for release on September 7, it follows 2017’s Annabelle: Creation. The original film came out in 2013. The horror film was directed by Corin Hardy and features American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga as … Continue reading “Watch the first trailer for ‘The Nun’ if you dare”

Gatorade releases beautifully animated film about Lionel Messi

So Gatorade, TBWA\Chiat\Day LA and Gizmo have gone all kinds of Pixar on their target. And that’s not a bad thing. In fact, in the new emotionally packed animated short film, Heart of a Lio, which tells the tale of and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, it’s a very good thing. Messi is one of the … Continue reading “Gatorade releases beautifully animated film about Lionel Messi”

RSA Film’s President Daly departs and launches Big Red Films

Long-time staff producer David Mitchell is named Managing Director of RSA Films. RSA Films has announced Jules Daly, President of the company since 2001, has struck up an independent producing deal with sister company Scott Free Productions under her own banner, Big Red Films. With Daly’s move, long-time commercials producer David Mitchell has been named … Continue reading “RSA Film’s President Daly departs and launches Big Red Films”

Fitzco goes nose to nose with Red Nose Day

Fitzco, a full-service creative agency, has partnered pro-bono with Red Nose Day to create an interactive, social media campaign to promote the fourth annual Red Nose Day campaign, the agency said. Red Nose Day, dedicated to ending child poverty one nose at a time, was created by Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer-director Richard Curtis, (Love … Continue reading “Fitzco goes nose to nose with Red Nose Day”

Jordan Peele tweets out first poster for 2019 film, “Us”

Still riding high from his directorial debut, Get Out, writer/director Jordan Peele has tweeted and posted the poster for his new film, Us. Peele will write and direct the upcoming film which the poster teases to be a “new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award winner Jordan Peele.” Get Out received an Oscar nomination … Continue reading “Jordan Peele tweets out first poster for 2019 film, “Us””

“Wonder Woman’s” Patty Jenkins ​to receive 2018 Women in Motion Award

(Cannes 04 May 2018) Patty Jenkins is a writer and director, best known for directing Warner Bros. Wonder Woman, her debut Oscar-winning feature Monster and helming the pilot and finale episode of AMC’s The Killing. She began her career in painting after studying at Cooper Union. While there, she crossed over to filmmaking and went … Continue reading ““Wonder Woman’s” Patty Jenkins ​to receive 2018 Women in Motion Award”

Laura Dern stars in HBO Films “THE TALE”, debuting May 26

(Los Angeles — 40 April 2018) The Tale chronicles one woman’s powerful investigation into her own childhood memories, as she is forced to reexamine her first sexual experience – and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. Debuting SATURDAY, MAY 26 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), the HBO Films presentation is written and directed … Continue reading “Laura Dern stars in HBO Films “THE TALE”, debuting May 26″

Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news

TRUECar & Panda Express name Wolfgang of Los Angeles AOR Consider Venice Beach-based Wolfgang of L.A. on a roll. Since winning Halo Top in January, the agency/consultancy, formed by former David&Goliath execs, Mike Geiger, Seema Miller and Colin Jeffrey has added two more wins in the form of TRUECar and Panda Express to its client … Continue reading “Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news”

WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office

“Get Out” and “Call Me By Your Name” win at WGA Awards “I’m your host Patton Oswalt or as Guillermo del Toro puts it, ‘The Shape of Pudding,’” said the comedian as he opened up his third year of hosting The 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards which took place simultaneously in Los Angeles at the … Continue reading “WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office”

Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news

  Angelina Jolie wins at Annie’s The Vince Lombardi trophy wasn’t the only award handed out this weekend. In Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America and The Annie Awards honored their own for excellence in directing in film and television and animation, respectively Angelina Jolie wore a silver gown and brought two of her … Continue reading “Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news”

SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news

SAG Awards tee up “Three Billboards” for Oscar run Sunday night, the SAG Awards made it very clear that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a frontrunner for the Oscars. Chicago-born Frances McDormand was named Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture. In the film, McDormand portrays Mildred Hayes, a distraught mother … Continue reading “SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news”

Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award

Chicago once again proved that the city possesses a great wealth of talent as comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and wife, writer Emily V. Gordon, took home Best Comedy for their addictive interracial romantic comedy, The Big Sick, at the 233rd Annual Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The awards are bestowed annually by the … Continue reading “Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award”

Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions

The Escape Pod promotes Celia Jones to Chief Executive Officer Celia Jones has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at The Escape Pod. Jones, who joined the Chicago-based independent agency as Brand Director in June 2016, will concentrate on growth, integrated capabilities, new revenue, and recruitment. She will report to Norm Bilow, Co-founder and Managing … Continue reading “Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions”

Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news

Doner LA feasts on Del Monte Doner LA is starting off its 2018 pretty much the same way it ended its 2017 – with a win. The shop has now been named lead agency for California-based Del Monte Foods, one of the nation’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products, following … Continue reading “Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news”

Chaz Ebert cohosts “STEP” screening at DePaul

Chaz Ebert cohosted a sold-out screening of the award-winning documentary, STEP, with DePaul University at the school’s CDM Theatre on Saturday afternoon. Following a year in the lives of a small group of high school seniors who are members of the step team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Girls (BLSG), the film celebrates the … Continue reading “Chaz Ebert cohosts “STEP” screening at DePaul”