Netflix sets up $100m relief fund for film/TV workers

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has announced the streaming giant will launch a $100 million fund to help the film and television industry through the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic has shut down productions across the entertainment industry, including at Netflix. The streamer has suspended filming on nearly all of its series, including blockbuster series The Witcher … Continue reading “Netflix sets up $100m relief fund for film/TV workers”

Adam Schiff leads relief efforts for freelancers

Not only has the Coronavirus COVID-19 shut down the entertainment industry for union workers, it is having an impact on the industry’s freelance and contract workers as well. This is happening in advertising, too. One advertising freelancer told Reel 360, “All of my jobs dried up just like that.” California Rep. Adam Schiff, is seeking to … Continue reading “Adam Schiff leads relief efforts for freelancers”

#payuphollywood seeks to pay those out of work

Last year, Chicago Fire writer and WGA board member Liz Alper alongside Jamarah Hayner and Deirdre Mangan formed #payuphollywood, an activist group built to organize Hollywood workers around demands for better pay and safety in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Now, the group is raising funds to send out small, short-term stipends to workers … Continue reading “#payuphollywood seeks to pay those out of work”

General Motors to suspend production in North America

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) confirmed it will begin a systematic orderly suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions, to deep clean facilities and continue to protect people. The suspension will last until at least March 30. Production status will be reevaluated week-to-week after that. “GM and the UAW have always put the health and safety of … Continue reading “General Motors to suspend production in North America”

The New Normal – BBDO embraces the home office

Now that Omnicom has mandated its agencies’ employees work from home, BBDO has launched a new initiative to help its team cope with the new —something to help their people continue to feel inspired/motivated to do the best they can, from wherever they are. A simple microsite went live yesterday,, where every employee can … Continue reading “The New Normal – BBDO embraces the home office”

Ad Council creates PSA campaign for COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ad Council is working in collaboration with the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and major media networks to launch a series of national public service ads (PSAs) and multi-channel content to provide critical and urgent messages. … Continue reading “Ad Council creates PSA campaign for COVID-19”

Creative Director recreates brands for COVID-19 age

Fred Rogers’ mother once advised him to “look for the helpers” whenever bad news broke or disaster happened. She believed artists lead us to human truths can guide us through all kinds of pain. Jure Tovrljan is a creative director based in Slovenia. While he has spent the last six years as the creative director … Continue reading “Creative Director recreates brands for COVID-19 age”

Verizon reassures public with COVID-19 messaging

Verizon is taking steps to assure the public that, no matter what comes with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Verizon network will still be working, so people can continue to communicate with loved ones. “Millions of us will be changing the way we live and work for some time. That’s why we’re relentlessly committed to making … Continue reading “Verizon reassures public with COVID-19 messaging”

‘Conan’ to interview guests via video chat on iPhone

Beginning on Monday, March 30, Conan will begin airing new episodes on TBS that will have been shot remotely on an iPhone, without an audience and with guest interviews being filmed via video chat. O’Brien’s production staff will remain working from home. “The quality of my work will not go down because technically that’s not possible,” said … Continue reading “‘Conan’ to interview guests via video chat on iPhone”

‘Black Widow’ pushes release date, ‘MI:7’ resumes

Count Black Widow as the latest major tentpole film to push back its release date. According to Variety, the first and last solo outing for Scarlett Johansson’s Fallen Avenger will be rescheduled for a later date. This is not surprising given the seriousness of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic engulfing the world. The Disney/Marvel Studios film was … Continue reading “‘Black Widow’ pushes release date, ‘MI:7’ resumes”

The New Normal – SWIPEBY expands curbside pickup

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the restaurant industry, with dine-in demand being banned or seriously compromised in many cities across the nation. The decrease in dine-in options has created serious demand for curbside pickup. The startup app SWIPEBY has seen a 100X increase in interest in the last 48 hours as thousands of … Continue reading “The New Normal – SWIPEBY expands curbside pickup”

The New Normal – Gaming up, Social Media flat

As more and more customers move to working and studying from home, data usage habits are changing, according to the latest Verizon network report. Many people are turning to gaming as a way to pass the time and surprisingly, turning away from social media. The latest week-over-week numbers during peak hour usage showed many people … Continue reading “The New Normal – Gaming up, Social Media flat”

Cannes Lions reschedules to October

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has decided to reschedule its awards to Oct. 26 – Oct. 30 from June 22 – June 26. This is in light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic currently engulfing the world. The festival said in a statement that the decision follows “much deliberation” with partners, customers, public health officials, French … Continue reading “Cannes Lions reschedules to October”

AMP postpones awards gala until later date

In light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and in keeping with the directives from health officials, local governments and the industry at large, the Association of Music Producers, sponsors of the AMP Awards for Music & Sound, have postponed the upcoming AMP Awards gala, scheduled for May 19 at Sony Hall in New York. “We’re … Continue reading “AMP postpones awards gala until later date”

Omnicom mandates agencies to work from home

In an effort to protect its 70,000+ employees from the global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, holding company Omnicom which includes DDB, BBDO and TBWA, has issued a companywide work-at-home policy except for “essential staff.” The update followed a revision late last week implementing staggered work-in-office/work-from-home days to reduce the amount of people working in offices by about half … Continue reading “Omnicom mandates agencies to work from home”

Filmmaker Raynor launches screenwriting app

With many Americans now sitting at home “social distancing,” due to the Coronavirus outbreak, they are now presented with the opportunity to learn a new skill or possibly even do what they’ve been dreaming to do. If you’ve always had the goal of starting and writing a screenplay, now may be your best chance. Award-winning … Continue reading “Filmmaker Raynor launches screenwriting app”

AICP pauses Awards and Week, launches Open Resource

The Association of Commercial Producers, (AICP) announced today that for the time being all of its in-person events and programming are paused. This includes the AICP Awards, which comprises AICP Post Awards (originally scheduled for May 6th) and AICP Week, which includes the AICP Show and AICP Next Awards, as well as Base Camp programming … Continue reading “AICP pauses Awards and Week, launches Open Resource”

‘Supernatural,’ ‘Flash,’ ‘Riverdale’ halt production

Satan couldn’t stop the Winchesters. Neither could the Darkness. Even God himself couldn’t stop the boys in Supernatural, now in its final season. But Coronavirus COVID-19 did. The Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreck havoc on some of your favorite TV series. Warner Bros. TV has announced that they are “halting production on some of 70+ … Continue reading “‘Supernatural,’ ‘Flash,’ ‘Riverdale’ halt production”

Ataboy Studios’ staff to work remotely, will telecommute

Amid President Trump declaring the United States in a “State of Emergency,” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, agencies, production companies and post-production houses are now reacting. Award-winning Ataboy Studios, based in New York, has just released a statement to its clients and employees that it plans to take its business online. Read the full statement … Continue reading “Ataboy Studios’ staff to work remotely, will telecommute”

French Riviera Film Fest moves to Santa Monica

In response to the growing concern worldwide about the COVID-19 pandemic, Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International, producers of the French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF), have told Reel 360 that the second annual edition of the festival will be rescheduled to June 8 and 9, 2020 with screenings at Laemmle Film Center in Santa Monica, California and exclusive parties and award ceremony … Continue reading “French Riviera Film Fest moves to Santa Monica”