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Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Pfeifer And Van Dusen= Prodn. Co.
Industry veterens Chuck Pfeifer and director Bruce Van Dusen have joined forces to launch Pfeifer Van Dusen Inc., a new commercial production company in association with Johnson Burnett Productions. Initially, the new venture will operate out of temporary production offices at Johnson Burnetts New...
Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Nitro Folded Into Reactor Films: Company Gains Dir. DeCerchio; Signs Hoeft And Bennett.
Nitro Films, a bicoastal shop that was part of the Michael Romersa-owned Stoney Road Productions family of companies, has closed and been largely consolidated into bicoastal Reactor Films, another Stoney Road house. Romersa explained, After nine years of steady growth [at his group of companies],...
Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Minn. Sales Tax Reform Gains Momentum
Leaders in Minnesotas filmmaking community recently met with state representatives and senators to urge passage of a bill rescinding a 6.5% sales tax for creative services that go into commercialmaking. The film community believes the elimination of this tax will put Minnesota on a more level...
Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Best Commercial Dir. Of 98; DGA Nominees Reflect On The Honor: Spotmakers Shed Light On Their Selection Of Entries Submitted For Judges Consideration.
For director Kinka Usher, the timing couldnt have been better. The noted spotmaker was in his 67th shoot day on Universals The Mystery Men, his feature directorial debut, when word came last week that he had been nominated by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) for its Best Commercial Director of...
Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Darcy Feinstein To Team With Adam Klugman At Whipping Post: Shop To Move To Pacific Northwest Next Month.
Exec. producer Darcy Feinstein has shifted over from Crazy Horse Editorial, Santa Monica, to Whipping Post Editorial, a Hollywood shop scheduled to move to Portland in early March. Cindy Carey, formerly a producer for Nomad Editing Company, Santa Monica, succeeds Feinstein at Crazy Horse (see story...
Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Alison Brown To Head Kleiser-Walczaks Commercial Unit
Alison Brown, a co-founder of Blue Sky Productions (now bicoastal Blue Sky| VIFX), has joined Kleiser-Wal-czak Construction Company as executive producer of its New York-based commercial production unit. KWCC also has operations in Hollywood and North Adams, Mass. Brown held the title of head of...
Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Encore Santa Monica Adds Sing, Griffith: Sr. Cutter Reid Moves Into New Fire Suite.
In a major expansion of its commercial postproduction resources, Encore Santa Monica has added a Discreet Logic Fire suite for commercial finishing and digital effects generation. Senior editor Brian Reid will man the new suite, while Tom Sing, formerly of Hollywood Digital, comes on board to...
Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Wild Brain Adds Animator/ Director Julia Tortolani
New York-based animator/director Julia Tortolani has signed with Wild Brain, San Francisco, an animation studio whose commercial production is overseen by exec. producer Paul Golden. Tortolani spent the past six months freelancing in the New York market; her last staff position was as head of...
Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Shot Of Adrenaline: Specialty Shop Signs Director Chris Woods.
Director/ cameraman Chris Woods has joined Atlas Adrenaline (A2), Santa Monica, the year-old production house that specializes in action-adventure and extreme sports spots. Woods comes to A2, a division of Atlas Pictures, from Momentum Films (both in Santa Monica), which he founded with director/...
Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
Commercial Music Composer Tom Pomposello Dies At 49
Tom Pomposello, president/founder of New York-based music/sound design house Pomposello Productions, died Jan. 25, reportedly from an aneurysm, which led to an automobile accident. No one else was injured in the accident. Pomposello was 49. During his career, the multitalented Pomposello created...

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