LA film production returns to pre-pandemic levels

Good news for the LA production community. FilmLA issued an update regarding regional filming activity. After posting three consecutive record-breaking quarters, local filming in the second quarter (“Q2”) of 2022 was down by -5.8 percent over the same period last year. From April through June, FilmLA recorded a total of 9,220 Shoot Days (SD) compared … Continue reading “LA film production returns to pre-pandemic levels”

AFM: Finance Conference looks at lack of pandemic production insurance

During Day 1 of the American Film Market, a panel was held that looked at the continued lack of pandemic insurance. According to notes from the AFM, the situation has added complexities, expense and risk to most productions. Moderated by Jill Goldsmith, Co-Business Editor of Deadline, financiers and producers discussed strategies that can get films made, what projects are … Continue reading “AFM: Finance Conference looks at lack of pandemic production insurance”

Venom 2 has the biggest opening of the pandemic

Who would have assumed that Andy Serkis’ film, with Tom Hardy reprising his role as a reporter with superpowers gained from aliens, would have the biggest first weekend since December 2019? Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Sony’s follow-up to the hit 2018 supervillain film blew past expectations at the box offices this weekend. Pre-opening estimates … Continue reading “Venom 2 has the biggest opening of the pandemic”

Emmys: Ratings rise from previous pandemic year

Good news for CBS, and Paramount+. The 73rd annual Emmys saw its viewership rise to 7.4 million, according to Nielsen’s preliminary numbers. Over the past decade, major award shows have seen a steady decline in audience, but last year’s ceremonies saw an even steeper decline due to the pandemic and quarantine. The 72nd Emmys only … Continue reading “Emmys: Ratings rise from previous pandemic year”

Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic

Things didn’t go exactly as planned for Hollywood’s biggest night. In a year, where Hollywood held back most of its biggest films due to the pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards drew its smallest audience ever. While the awards tried to change things up in a year that saw a tragic pandemic take and shut down lives, … Continue reading “Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic”

A Beautiful Curse is not a pandemic story, but a love story

Director Martin Garde Abildgaard wants to make one thing clear – his debut feature A Beautiful Curse is not a pandemic story, it’s a love story. Though the  backdrop of the film is a sleeping pandemic, it merely sets the scene for romance; a story of boy meets girl in unusual circumstances which allow for … Continue reading “A Beautiful Curse is not a pandemic story, but a love story”

Villas Tacos makes the pandemic comforting

While living at the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, in the daily world of double face masking, social distancing and isolation, the Latinx community is creating a safe and comforting way for people to gather together in the name of Angelino’s favorite food — tacos. Villas Tacos Pop Up Shop, a family business that started … Continue reading “Villas Tacos makes the pandemic comforting”

Post-COVID, some pandemic-policies should stick around

2020 was an incredibly challenging year for production, across advertising, TV and film. These teams are not considered essential workers, neither federally nor on state levels. Thus, when the country was on complete lockdown, there was a 3-4 month period with essentially no work, which caused great hardships for production companies, thousands of crew members, … Continue reading “Post-COVID, some pandemic-policies should stick around”

George Clooney on the pandemic, aging and more

Upon turning 50, George Clooney joked to his friends that he should be put on the cover of AARP The Magazine with the headline “Sexiest Man (Still) Alive.” But it took nearly 10 more years – and living through a decade that included his first marriage, the arrival of children, and a nearly fatal motorcycle accident – to agree … Continue reading “George Clooney on the pandemic, aging and more”

Bay’s pandemic movie ‘Song Bird’ is triggering

Producer and director Michael Bay released the trailer for his new feature, Songbird. The first feature filmed in Los Angeles since quarantine, which has sparked criticism as a tone-deaf movie about an ongoing horror that America and the world is still experiencing. For months, experts have hammered home a critical point: the US’s disastrous handling … Continue reading “Bay’s pandemic movie ‘Song Bird’ is triggering”

Quibi shuts down streaming service amidst pandemic

Whoa. That was quick. Like a short form video, six months after Quibi’s official streaming launch it has announced it is shutting down. Short form video streaming service, and the brainchild of former Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, announced Wednesday that it was shuttering for good, just six months after … Continue reading “Quibi shuts down streaming service amidst pandemic”

Creating a flu shot spot… during a pandemic

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rite Aid drug store chain is offering seasonal flu shots and encouraging all age groups to get the vital shots as soon as possible to help maintain strong immune systems, keep communities thriving and play a role in minimizing the number of flu hospitalizations this year. With health care providers … Continue reading “Creating a flu shot spot… during a pandemic”

Down Dog keeps yoga app free during pandemic

With millions of Americans waking up to a new quarantined world of working from home, businesses shut down, restaurants, movie theaters, bars and gyms shuttered, some companies are attempting to make the populations’ social and work distancing at home more pleasant. Down Dog is one of those companies. Today, the highest-rated app for practicing yoga … Continue reading “Down Dog keeps yoga app free during pandemic”

AICP releases blog to help members through pandemic

There are at least 2,033 cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the United States, according to the state and local health agencies, governments and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In response, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) has released a blog to help members through what they call, “a myriad of issues.” … Continue reading “AICP releases blog to help members through pandemic”

Rose Byrne, Will Arnett voice Australia campaign

Tourism Australia is back with another advertising blockbuster, releasing a nine film that introduced two loveable animated characters to the long roster of iconic characters and actors appearing in its ad campaigns. Voiced respectively by Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Will Arnett (Arrested Development, 30 Rock), the characters, Ruby the Kangaroo and Louie, a tiny unicorn, take viewers on an awe-inspiring tour of some of Australia’s most dramatic sights, from the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge to Uluru, the giant sandstone rock in the Northern Territory. Part of the new “Come and Say G’day” campaign, the short film “G’day” was created by the Sydney office of M&C Saatchi, with direction by Michael Gracey via Finch and VFX and CG by Platige. An invitation to international travelers to come and … Continue reading “Rose Byrne, Will Arnett voice Australia campaign”

HBO renews The White Lotus for Season 3

HBO’s Emmy-winning anthology series The White Lotus, from Mike White, will return for a third installment following a new group of guests at another White Lotus property. The first installment, which premiered July 2021 and was set in Hawaii, received 20 Emmy nominations across 13 categories and ten wins, the most wins of any program that year, … Continue reading “HBO renews The White Lotus for Season 3”

Wait! What? Bob Iger replaces Bob Chapek as Disney CEO

Did not see this coming. Sunday night, The Walt Disney Company announced that Robert A. Iger is returning to lead Disney as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Iger was replaced by Bob Chapek in 2020. Iger, who spent more than four decades at the Company, including 15 years as its CEO, has agreed to serve as Disney’s CEO for two years, with a … Continue reading “Wait! What? Bob Iger replaces Bob Chapek as Disney CEO”

Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me takes a candid look at mental health

I never really knew that much about multi-talented actress and entertainer, Selena Gomez. When my daughters were younger, I knew her as the cute and quirky co-star of Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and then, the lead of Wizards of Waverly Place. Then as Gomez grew into adulthood, she joined the long line of young women … Continue reading “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me takes a candid look at mental health”

McKinney hires Matilda Ivey and Rhonda Nelson

Amid a record-setting year of tremendous agency growth, including new client signings (Blue Diamond Growers) and a new practice opening (McKinney Health), McKinney has added two key hires to their expanding team: Matilda Ivey and Rhonda Nelson. Both have been hired as group client directors and will report to Gretchen Walsh, chief client officer.  As account leaders they will help set … Continue reading “McKinney hires Matilda Ivey and Rhonda Nelson”

Kristen Cavallo rises to Global CEO, MullenLowe

Interpublic Group has announced that Kristen Cavallo, CEO of The Martin Agency, has been promoted to global CEO of MullenLowe Group. She will also continue in her role as CEO at The Martin Agency. As Kristen assumes the global CEO role at MullenLowe Group, she will continue to report to Alex Leikikh, who remains chairman, MullenLowe … Continue reading “Kristen Cavallo rises to Global CEO, MullenLowe”