Veteran actor Orson Bean killed by multiple vehicles

2+ Veteran actor Orson Bean was tragically killed at the intersection of Shell Avenue and Pisani Place in Venice California after being struck by two vehicles Friday night. He was 91. According to NBC, LA, Bean was reportedly walking to the Pacific Resident Theater, which he often frequented, to meet his wife Alley Mills for … Continue reading “Veteran actor Orson Bean killed by multiple vehicles”

Reel 360’s 2020 Academy Awards predictions

3+ We are only hours away from Hollywood royalty parading into the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to celebrate the 92nd Academy Awards. The 2019 Oscars garnered 29.6 million viewers and a 7.7 rating among the key demographic of adults age 18 to 49, which represented an uptick from the all-time low ratings in 2018. There was also a 3.1 million viewer … Continue reading “Reel 360’s 2020 Academy Awards predictions”

Portal boots Oscar ad breaks for female-directed films

3+ In 92 years of The Academy Awards, only five women have been nominated for Best Director. Only one has ever won an Oscar. And even though it’s 2020, and more women have made critically-acclaimed films than ever before, they’re still not getting their break in the Oscars. Hence, #Oscarssomale. That is about to change. … Continue reading “Portal boots Oscar ad breaks for female-directed films”

Comedy director Lee Farber joins Wondros Commercials

1+ After joining Wondros in Fall 2019, Executive Producer Danielle Peretz has been on a mission — to expand the commercial/branded content division’s Directorial roster in a thoughtful way. “Our focus is on strong storytelling,” she notes, ”and finding Directors who can work across all genres and categories.”  One such filmmaker and storyteller is Emmy … Continue reading “Comedy director Lee Farber joins Wondros Commercials”

Sybil Curry, 4x Emmy-nominated Producer

4+ Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these various personalities with us. Her mantra is, … Continue reading “Sybil Curry, 4x Emmy-nominated Producer”

Shannen Doherty confirms Stage 4 Breast Cancer

1+ Tuesday, former 90210 and Charmed star Shannen Doherty revealed to ABC News’ Good Morning America that she is once again battling a second diagnosis of breast cancer which is now Stage 4. The actress says she has decided to go public because it would have been revealed in a, “matter of days or a … Continue reading “Shannen Doherty confirms Stage 4 Breast Cancer”

Jasmine Sanders, co-host of The DL Hughley Show

5+ Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these various personalities with us. You’ve heard her … Continue reading “Jasmine Sanders, co-host of The DL Hughley Show”

‘Joker’ gets 11, Greta snubbed & other Oscar noms

3+ The Geek was up with the other press this morning to watch the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards which will air February 9 on ABC. What can we tell you, that you don’t know already. The highly divisive Joker, the origin story of the iconic mentally ill Batman villain, led all Oscar nominations … Continue reading “‘Joker’ gets 11, Greta snubbed & other Oscar noms”

Gosselaar to reprise ‘Saved by the Bell’ role

2+ This April, NBCUniversal will launch their own streaming service, Peacock. Just like Disney+, CBS All-Access and HBOMAX, the new service will mine old gold IP’s and breathe new life into them for new audiences. One of those series is Saved By The Bell, which originally aired on NBC Saturday mornings from August 1989 to … Continue reading “Gosselaar to reprise ‘Saved by the Bell’ role”

NFL Wild-Card Weekend ratings highest in four years

2+ Ratings for the NFL Playoffs Wild-Card weekend were well, wild. According to The Wrap, the opening round of the playoffs scored more than 30 million (30.5 to be exact) viewers over the four games, the highest average since the January 2016 playoffs. That is up 7% from last year’s opening round. The weekend ratings … Continue reading “NFL Wild-Card Weekend ratings highest in four years”

Volkswagen’s Beetle rides off into the sunset

5+ Volkswagen really went through with it. A year after officially announcing the end of its iconic Beetle production, Volkswagen has produced a final tribute to the tiny bug for auld lang syne. And it’s our first “Reel Ad of the Week” for the decade. Taking the celebration of life to the world stage, the … Continue reading “Volkswagen’s Beetle rides off into the sunset”

2019 in Review: Who we lost | Gallery

4+ They were trendsetters and legends. Young and old. Men and women who touched our lives either as actors, directors, musicians, writers or advertising creatives. Some were famous upon sight, others brought us joy from behind the scenes. In 2019, some died in peace. Some tragically. Through their commitment to their field, they made us … Continue reading “2019 in Review: Who we lost | Gallery”

Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms

1+ Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2019. The shows up for best drama series are The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Mindhunter, Succession and Watchmen. Vying for best comedy series honors are Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms”

Shum Jr., Sullivan join ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’

2+ According to Deadline, thriller Broadcast Signal Intrusion, which is filming in Chicago, has added Crazy Rich Asians and Glee star Harry Shum Jr. and Chris Sullivan from This Is Us to its cast. Jacob Gentry (Synchronicity) is helming the feature which is inspired by real broadcast interruptions that occurred in the Windy City in … Continue reading “Shum Jr., Sullivan join ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’”

OMG, Publicis split Disney’s $2B media account

1+ Champagne is most likely flowing at Omnicom Media Group and Publicis Groupe after both agencies were named winners in Disney’s $2.2 billion global media review. According to multiple outlets, OMG will handle North America media planning and buying for Disney Studios – which includes Lucas Films, Marvel, Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation, … Continue reading “OMG, Publicis split Disney’s $2B media account”

‘Goldbergs’ exhibit opens at Paley Center

1+ The Reel 360 Team loves ABC’s long-running hit series, The Goldbergs. We’re not alone as The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills has announced the opening of a new free exhibit dedicated to the series and its spinoff, Schooled. The Goldbergs & Schooled Rewind! will immerse visitors into all the nostalgic fun of … Continue reading “‘Goldbergs’ exhibit opens at Paley Center”

Journalists condemn ‘Trump Kills Media’ video

1+ Over the weekend, The New York Times discovered an appalling, violent YouTube video, created by a pro-Trump group called The Geek Z Team, that depicts President Donald Trump stabbing, shooting and impaling the media and top political opponents, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. The Times reports the graphic and racist video … Continue reading “Journalists condemn ‘Trump Kills Media’ video”

Emmy ratings dip 22%, HBO wins record 34

2+ So, did your favorite series win last night? Yes? No? Don’t know? If you were like a good percentage of the country, you may not have even cared about last night’s 71st Emmy Award broadcast from the Microsoft Center in downtown Los Angeles. Despite drawing a 5.8 household rating on Fox, a new record … Continue reading “Emmy ratings dip 22%, HBO wins record 34”

Cokie Roberts succombs to breast cancer at 75

1+ We have lost an official “Living Legend.” It’s with sadness to report that legendary ABC News journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts died yesterday. Her death was due to complications from breast cancer. She was 75. Among Roberts’ numerous awards over her decades-spanning career were three Emmys. She was been inducted into the Broadcasting … Continue reading “Cokie Roberts succombs to breast cancer at 75”

72andSunny partners with two new clients

1+ Looks like the 72andSunny team hit a double this post Labor Day week. FitSense​, which enables health & life insurers to personalize products and services by using app and device data, has appointed 72andSunny as its creative partner. And Hmlet, the co-living start-up, has also appointed the agency as its brand partner following a … Continue reading “72andSunny partners with two new clients”