Oscars will consider streaming films for 2021

Netflix and Hulu will be ecstatic. It’s no secret that the current coronavirus COVID-10 pandemic has shut down the film and TV industries. Now, comes word that the theatrical closures have forced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to consider loosening the rules around which films qualify for Oscars in 2021. Today, the … Continue reading “Oscars will consider streaming films for 2021”

2019 CDDP fellows debut spec spots at gala

CDDP Program Director Tamika Lamison should be proud. Last night, marked the debut of the five fellows who just finished The Commercial Directors Diversity Program at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theater in Hollywood. CDDP is a joint effort between the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Directors Guild of … Continue reading “2019 CDDP fellows debut spec spots at gala”

Mattel launches new theatrical film division

Move over Hasbro and your Transformers and G.I Joes. Mattel, Inc. announced the creation of Mattel Films, a new division of the Company focused on developing and producing motion pictures based on the Company’s iconic and globally-recognized franchises. Academy Award-nominated producer Robbie Brenner has been appointed to lead Mattel Films as Executive Producer, reporting to … Continue reading “Mattel launches new theatrical film division”

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock on YouTube

In a cringe-worthy video posted to his own YouTube channel, Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock for the slap heard ‘round the world that occurred at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony back in March.  In case you forgot, Will Smith marched up on stage and slapped presenter Chris Rock across the face after he made … Continue reading “Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock on YouTube”

Backlot founder unveils doc with Morgan Freeman

Backlot Founder/Director Dana Richie is proud to unveil her collaboration with Morgan Freeman’s independent movie production company, Revelations Entertainment, on the feature documentary Kumari Girls, and another with EP/Tech Veteran Stephany Zamora on the feature documentary Trustworthy. The joint feature documentary project, Kumari Girls, tells the fascinating, exotic story of the living goddess culture in Nepal. The film captures the … Continue reading “Backlot founder unveils doc with Morgan Freeman”

Hollywood prepares for the biggest Oscar night in two years

The 94th Academy Awards are back at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, after a more intimate downtown gathering (at Union Station) due to pandemic restrictions last year. This has been really good news for the many businesses that profit due to Tinseltown’s biggest night. With red carpet events being back in full force, the fashion/jewelry industry is … Continue reading “Hollywood prepares for the biggest Oscar night in two years”

Chauvet acquires LED lighting leader, Kino Flo

In a move that will significantly expand its capabilities to serve the global film, studio and broadcast markets, Chauvet today announced that it has acquired Kino Flo, a leader in LED lighting systems and color science technologies. Kino Flo is a multi-award-winning manufacturer of lighting systems engineered for cinema and television production. “This represents an … Continue reading “Chauvet acquires LED lighting leader, Kino Flo”

Chicago’s Matt Darnall moves to Hue&Cry

Chicago’s loss is Richmond’s gain. Today, Richmond-based Hue&Cry announces it is bolstering its management team with the appointment of Matt Darnall as Creative Director.  Adding his creative leadership and ingenuity, in his new role he will oversee creative direction, innovation, and strategy for the animation and design house Having spent nearly seven years at The … Continue reading “Chicago’s Matt Darnall moves to Hue&Cry”

ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials

Well, this is getting interesting. According to The Wrap, the president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Kees van Oostrum, has sent a strongly worded letter to the organization’s members on Tuesday. This is in reaction to Academy president John Bailey revealing on Monday that Best Cinematography, along with the categories for Film Editing, … Continue reading “ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials”