Short Takes For March 2022
  • Thursday, Mar. 3, 2022
EA Sports' "Thanks, Coach" tribute to John Madden

Paying tribute to football coach, broadcaster and video game pioneer John Madden--who passed away in December at the age of 85--EA Sports released Thanks, Coach, a film directed by The Malloys via Superprime Films.

The film brings coach Madden to life from the perspective of those who have learned from him. Furthermore in EA’s Madden NFL 22, players will see an in-game tribute message with a QR code that directs them to the content.

Rebecca Skinner, managing director of Superprime, served as exec producer of the film, with Betsy Blakemore producing. Thanks, Coach was edited by Matt Murphy of Exile.

Lisa Gossels, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker whose films have garnered myriad awards including a National Emmy, is the new artistic director at Boston Jewish Film. Gossels, a Wayland, Mass. native, will curate BJF’s annual film festivals and play a lead role in BJF’s High School Antisemitism Initiative and Boston area filmmaking clinics. Susan Adler continues as executive director at Boston Jewish Film.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, Gossels directed and produced The Children of Chabannes, an Emmy-winning film about a tiny French village whose inhabitants saved more than 400 Jewish refugee children during World War II. Gossels’ father, Peter, and uncle Werner were two of the saved children. Lisa Gossels also directed and produced My So-Called Enemy, a seven-year coming of age story that follows a group of Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls--from their first meeting at a women’s leadership program in New Jersey back to their lives in the Middle East. Both of the films screened at the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

“I believe deeply in the unique ability of film to open hearts and minds, educate and inspire,” says Gossels, who recently returned to the Boston area after 30+ years in New York City. “Just as I believe in the power of Jewish film to amplify the rich diversity and complexity of Jewish and Israeli experience. I am delighted to be joining Boston Jewish Film as it enters its 34th year."

Havas Media Group has promoted Greg James to global chief transformation officer. James will be responsible for the newly formed Strategic Development and Client Experience team, a global hub focused on leading future-forward strategic growth initiatives for the agency and clients. His remit includes serving as executive sponsor on Havas Media Group’s largest global accounts, while also driving operational and strategic client experience excellence across the agency’s portfolio. The Strategic Development and Client Experience team is one of four newly established global hubs that will guide Havas Media Group’s global transformation into the future. All reporting into global chief executive Peter Mears, the other hubs are Product Operations & Investments, People Experience and Finance, Legal and IT. James has been part of the Havas Group family for more than 15 years, most recently serving as global chief strategy officer.  James was responsible for ushering in some of Havas Media Group’s most transformative global initiatives including becoming the first agency to join the Conscious Advertising Network, the creation of Havas Media Group’s Social Equity Marketplace and BIPOC Media Network....

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