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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
HBO Commits To "Thrones" Prequel "House of the Dragon"
HBO is green-lighting a new "Game of Thrones" prequel after reportedly canceling another that starred Naomi Watts. The cable channel said Tuesday that it's given a 10-episode order to "House of the Dragon," set 300 years before the original series that ended its eight-season run in May. The prequel...
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
World Series Hardly Must-See TV; Nielsen Week In Review
Fans in Washington and Houston may be excited, but the rest of the country is reacting to the World Series with a collective yawn. Through the first five games, the World Series has been averaging 11.6 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. That puts it on pace to be the least-watched Fall...
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
Booker, Sicklinger Join BBDO As ECDs On Ford North America
In its role as global creative agency for Ford, BBDO has brought in industry veterans Alex Booker and Philip Sicklinger to serve as executive creative directors on the business in North America. They will be based in New York, but split time between New York and Detroit. They were most recently...
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
AFI Fest Unveils Full Lineup; 51% Of Films Directed By Women
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the films that will play in the New Auteurs, Cinema’s Legacy, Midnight, Shorts and AFI Conservatory Showcase sections at AFI Fest 2019. The complete AFI Fest program includes 142 titles (80 features, 1 episodic, 40 shorts, 21 AFI Conservatory Showcase...
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
Director Sarah Daggar-Nickson Joins Chromista For Spots, Branded Content
Creative content company Chromista--founded by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky ( Black Swan ) and partners/EPs Scott Franklin, Sandy Haddad and Ted Robbins--has added Sarah Daggar-Nickson to its directorial roster for spots and branded content in the U.S. This marks Daggar-Nickson’s...
Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" Overtakes "Joker" To Top Weekend Box Office
The "Maleficent" sequel has overtaken "Joker" for the weekend box-office crown in North America. Final figures released Monday showed "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" earned $19.4 million, pulling ahead of "Joker" by a mere $122,000. "Joker" had been the top film on Sunday based on studio estimates...
Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
Biscuit Filmworks Launches Directing Duo Joaquin & Lalou
Biscuit Filmworks has added Joaquin & Lalou--a directorial duo consisting of Joaquin Baca-Asay and Lalou Dammond--to its roster for both U.S. and U.K. representation spanning commercials and branded content. This marks the introduction of Baca-Asay and Dammond as a helming team to the industry...
Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
"Chinatown" Producer Robert Evans Dies At 89
Robert Evans, the protean, fast-living Hollywood producer and former Paramount Pictures production chief who backed such seminal 1970s films as "Chinatown," ''The Godfather" and "Harold and Maude," has died. He was 89. Evans publicist, Monique Moss, confirmed that Evans died on Saturday. No other...
Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
Director John X. Carey Returns To Tool For Commercials, Branded Content
Tool of North America has added director John X. Carey to its content roster. Tool will handle U.S. representation for Carey spanning spots and branded content. The live-action director is known for some of the industry’s most awarded and memorable campaigns, including Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches...
Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
Cannes Launches Creative Business Transformation Lions For 2020 Fest
Plans for the 2020 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity include the launch of the Creative Business Transformation Lions, formed in response to the digital disruption that is affecting the way brands and businesses operate. Work that wins in this festival competition will demonstrate...

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