Monday, April 23, 2018

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Monday, Apr. 2, 2018
Kay Cannon Makes Directorial Debut With "Blockers"
Kay Cannon, a performer, screenwriter, producer and three-time Emmy nominee, had never directed anything before "Blockers," an R-rated teen sex comedy that Universal Pictures is releasing wide Friday. She'd written and produced for "30 Rock" and "New Girl," written the scripts for the enormously...
Monday, Apr. 2, 2018
Geddes, Meyers Named Creative Directors At 215 McCann
Creative directors Nichole Geddes and Brad Meyers have joined 215 McCann in San Francisco Geddes comes over to 215 McCann from Heat, where she was a creative director on various projects for EA Sports, Hotwire, Ubisoft, Bank of the West, Dolby and The San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Most notably she...
Monday, Apr. 2, 2018
Los York Films Opens With Eight Directors
Los York, a multi-disciplined creative company, has launched bicoastal Los York Films with a roster of eight directors. The lineup of filmmakers consists of Los York co-founders Dex Deboree and Seth Epstein, as well as Sebastien Zanella, Bo Platt, Jean-Paul Frenay, Jeff Johnson, Lindsey Byrnes, and...
Sunday, Apr. 1, 2018
Spielberg Returns To Top Box Office Perch With "Ready Player One"
Steven Spielberg has found his way back to the top of the box office with the action-adventure "Ready Player One," while Tyler Perry has scored again with "Acrimony." Studio estimates on Sunday say Spielberg's virtual reality-focused film earned a solid $53.2 million in its first four days in...
Friday, Mar. 30, 2018
ANA Responds To Cambridge Analytica, Facebook Controversy
The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) has issued a response to the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook controversy in which sensitive consumer data was compromised, if not outright exploited. The ANA statement expressed appreciation for “the responsible steps that Facebook has taken since the...
Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018
More Media Adds Comedy Director Amber Schaefer
Comedy director Amber Schaefer has joined the roster of L.A.-based More Media for spots and branded content. Schaefer splits her time between L.A. and New York, and spreads her talent among producing, writing, acting, and directing ads, branded content, sketches, shorts, and experiential campaigns...
Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018
Ben McKenzie Takes Latest Directorial Turn On "Gotham"
Ben McKenzie says he doesn't have any particular attachment to the number 16, but there's a reason why it's worked out that he would direct the 16th episode of "Gotham" for two years in a row. His latest directorial turn on the "Batman" prequel airs Thursday on Fox. "It means I have the ability to...
Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018
Producers Guild Sets Headlining Sessions For Produced By Conference
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced the headlining sessions for its tenth annual Produced By Conference (PBC 2018) in Los Angeles, which include “Conversation With: Samantha Bee & Jason Jones,” “Conversation With: Kevin Feige,” “Conversation With: Jim Gianopulos,” “Larry Gordon:...
Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018
Cliff Atkinson Named Executive Director, Digital Media At RPA
Independent ad agency RPA has hired Cliff Atkinson for the role of SVP, executive director, digital media. Atkinson will report to EVP, chief media officer Jim Helberg and will lead RPA’s entire digital media practice, inclusive of all strategy, social, programmatic, search and ad ops. Atkinson...
Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018
Chris Riess, Amy Hill Return To Festival Circuit; Will Debut "Hula Girl" At Tribeca
Riess/Hill--the groundbreaking husband-and-wife directorial duo of Chris Riess and Amy Hill--is about to make its first showing at the Tribeca Film Festival, set to debut the documentary short Hula Girl on April 19. Riess and Hill are no strangers to the festival circuit, having gotten early career...