Amazon, Howard U, launch Howard Entertainment

Today, Howard University and Amazon Studios announced the launch of Howard Entertainment, a program designed to diversify the entertainment industry by creating a pipeline for African-American students and other marginalized populations to train and study alongside entertainment executives. The experience will offer students a unique interdisciplinary curriculum, coupled with hands-on work experiences and networking with … Continue reading “Amazon, Howard U, launch Howard Entertainment”

Los Angeles’ The Grove goes all Jurassic with Amazon’s biggest delivery ever

Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard Will Unbox the Enormous Surprise at The Grove in Los Angeles on June 2 at 12 P.M. PDT #amazonfindsaway There are many great things you can find at the Grove mall in Hollywood. Stores. A Farmers Market. Starbucks. Now Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, … Continue reading “Los Angeles’ The Grove goes all Jurassic with Amazon’s biggest delivery ever”

Hey Wonderful welcomes director Matteo Mosterts

Hey Wonderful has signed award-winning filmmaker Matteo Mosterts for commercial representation. A storyteller whose work combines comedy, film craft and performances with a lot of heart, Mosterts has directed campaigns for Amazon and Cisco, as well standout short films such as Afternoon Delight, an entertaining twist on an afternoon dalliance,Faith, a drama which suggests faith works in unexpected ways, … Continue reading “Hey Wonderful welcomes director Matteo Mosterts”

Wild Gift signs wildly gifted Rylee Jean Ebsen

Creative collective Wild Gift, home to some of advertising and entertainment’s most exciting storytellers, welcomes Rylee Jean Ebsen to the company for commercials. A Telly-award winning comedy director and writer, and alumnus of the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, Ebsen also recently was honored as Best Director at the Women’s Chicago Comedy Film Festival for … Continue reading “Wild Gift signs wildly gifted Rylee Jean Ebsen”

Los York Films signs Sharon Chetrit

Los York Films, the film discipline of the pioneering creative studio Los York, has signed Sharon (pronounced Shar-rone) Chetrit to its roster of award-winning film and commercial directors. Previously, Chetrit was the in-house creative director and writer/director at creative technology company Artlist, overseeing the brand’s prolific campaigns from concept to execution, including such celebrated and imaginative work … Continue reading “Los York Films signs Sharon Chetrit”

Black Panther, Abbott lead NAACP Image noms

The NAACP unveiled the full list of “54th NAACP Image Awards” nominees with ABC and Netflix leading the pack with 28 and 15 nominations respectively. The winners will be revealed during the two-hour LIVE TV special, airing Saturday, February 25th, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET on BET and 8:00 PM PT on delay. The show will be in … Continue reading “Black Panther, Abbott lead NAACP Image noms”

Pinocchio, Marcel, Turning Red leads Annie noms

ASIFA-Hollywood announced nominations today for its 50th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio from Netflix and A24’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On drew up nine and eight noms, respectively, with Disney/Pixar’s Turning Red next with seven. This year’s Best Animated Feature nominations include: Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red (Pixar Animation Studios), Guillermo del Toro’s … Continue reading “Pinocchio, Marcel, Turning Red leads Annie noms”

SixTwentySix adds director Jonathan Salmon

SixTwentySix has welcomed director Jonathan Salmon to their roster for commercial, music video, and longform work.  This marks the young filmmaker’s first US formal representation. Born and bred in Seattle, Salmon is a self-taught talent who discovered an affinity and gift for art and film in his early 20s during a project collaboration with a … Continue reading “SixTwentySix adds director Jonathan Salmon”

Abbott, Lotus, Bear among WGA TV noms

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced today nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2022. Winners will be honored at the 2023 Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 5, 2023. After wins at the Golden Globes and nominations … Continue reading “Abbott, Lotus, Bear among WGA TV noms”

Everything Everywhere leads Golden Reel noms

Aaaand Awards Season has begun. Actually, it began last year, but now we have nominations. The Motion Picture Sound Editors today revealed the nominations for its 70th annual Golden Reel Awards in categories spanning feature film, television, animation, computer entertainment and student productions with Everything Everywhere All At Once Top Gun: Maverick and Elvis among the nominees. … Continue reading “Everything Everywhere leads Golden Reel noms”

Coed Studios expands director roster

Coed Studios, a boutique production and post house launched by directors Haley Geffen and Sam Stephens and Managing Director Damijan Saccio, has expanded its directorial roster with four new additions, giving the company added depth and versatility while adding unique creative perspectives to its culture. The cast of talents joining the company includes directors Blythe … Continue reading “Coed Studios expands director roster”

2022 in Review: The best campaigns of the year

I love advertising. No, really. Even in this day and age of advertising-free streaming, I do love seeing the genius and hard work of an agency, a creative team, and a production company come together. My origin story began in advertising. And I know firsthand it’s hard AF to get a good ad out of … Continue reading “2022 in Review: The best campaigns of the year”

Golden Globes 2023: See full list of nominations

The nominees of the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The Banshees of Isherin and Abbott Elementary lead the nominees with 8 and 5 respectively. Searchlight Pictures led all studios with 12 nominations and HBO Max and Netflix tied at 14 apiece. The nominations were announced … Continue reading “Golden Globes 2023: See full list of nominations”

Chicago Med first look photos of the wedding

Love is in the air on Chicago Med, when Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) and nurse practitioner April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) take a walk down the aisle and exchange vows in a memorable midseason finale. With familiar faces on hand to witness the nuptials, the newlyweds set their sights on the future ahead. The midseason … Continue reading “Chicago Med first look photos of the wedding”

AMP West elects Stone Irr as President

Stone Irr, Senior Producer at BUTTER Music + Sound in Los Angeles and an accomplished recording artist and producer in his own right, has been elected President of the West Coast Chapter of the Association of Music Producers, better known as AMP. In his new role, Irr joins AMP National Board President Carol Dunn, who was elected … Continue reading “AMP West elects Stone Irr as President”

Rings of Power adds new cast members for S2

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power may not return in 2023, but it is already in production for a second season. Now, the hit Amazon Primes series has announced seven new recurring cast members for the forthcoming second season, currently in production in the UK. “Since its premiere, The Lord of the Rings: The … Continue reading “Rings of Power adds new cast members for S2”

Maximum Effort brings deadvertising to Walking Dead finale

Well, The Walking Dead finally came to an end last weekend after 11 seasons. Some great. Some not so great. But AMC did give Darryl, Judith, Maggie, Negan and Carol a proper send-off. Helping with that send-off were five hilarious spots from Ryan Reynold’s agency, Maximum Effort. Maximum Effort teamed with AMC Network’s Content Room … Continue reading “Maximum Effort brings deadvertising to Walking Dead finale”

SPAM and BBDO bring us a Figgy Christmas

To celebrate the joyous holiday season, the makers of SPAM are bringing back a forgotten Christmas flavor with the launch of its limited-edition SPAM Figgy Pudding.  Most Americans only know figgy pudding from the classic holiday song We Wish you a Merry Christmas, so to launch the limited-time flavor SPAM Figgy Pudding, the song was … Continue reading “SPAM and BBDO bring us a Figgy Christmas”

Sensei Chop drops single and video for ISO Hittin

Atlanta-born filmmaker and music artist Sensei Chop has unveiled his latest single and video, ISO Hittin feat. Daygo Fatts. The new single is available on Amazon and Spotify. About the song, Chop comments, “My song titles are camera terminology-themed. My last song Expensive Glass was in reference to camera lenses. ISO is the camera’s sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO … Continue reading “Sensei Chop drops single and video for ISO Hittin”

Believe Media welcomes director Josh Hayward

New York-based director Josh Hayward has joined the Believe Media roster for US and UK representation. Hayward’s work includes ads for brands GM, Lincoln, Park Hyatt, Amazon, Sony, and collaborations with agencies BLKJ Havas, Droga5, and GSD&M among others. His commercial and short film work have earned him a gold Young Director Award at Cannes Lions, a Vimeo Best … Continue reading “Believe Media welcomes director Josh Hayward”