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Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
"Uncut Gems," "The Lighthouse" Top Film Independent Spirit Awards With 5 Nominations Each
The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems each scored five Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, topping the field. They were followed by Give Me Liberty and Honey Boy which earned four nods apiece. Nominated for Best Feature are A Hidden Life, Clemency, The Farewell, Marriage Story and Uncut Gems . In...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
AFI Fest Session Chronicles A Growing Appetite For Documentaries
The audience appetite for documentaries has grown significantly, fueled by the times according to Steven Bognar who teamed with Julia Reichert to direct American Factory (Netflix, Participant Media, Higher Ground Productions), which chronicles the culture clash that ensues when a shuttered General...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Amnesty International Condemns Facebook, Google For Assault On Privacy To Fuel Advertising Business
Amnesty International issued a scathing indictment of the world’s dominant internet corporations, arguing in a new report that Google and Facebook should be forced to abandon what it calls their surveillance-based business model because it is “predicated on human rights abuse.” The London-based...
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Directors Jon + Torey Join Furlined For U.S. Spot Representation
Furlined, a Los Angeles and London based production company, has added directors Jon + Torey to its roster for U.S. commercial representation. Jon and Torey met in 2004 during their first year at college, and so began their partnership as filmmakers. After graduation, the young directing duo made a...
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, Spectrum Reprise "Mad About You"
Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt thought long and hard about whether to do a reboot of "Mad About You," the NBC sitcom staple of the '90s set solidly inside the Buchman family bubble. "We had 20 years of lunches where we said, 'Absolutely never, ever.' It was the worst idea," recalled Hunt, who played...
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Tom Hanks Credits Director Marielle Heller With His Becoming Mr. Rogers
Tom Hanks has never played a superhero. But when the actor recently donned a very simple cardigan sweater, and the slacks to go with it, he felt like one. "I felt like Batman. It felt like I was wearing the cape and the cowl of the Dark Knight detective," Hanks says. "There's only one person you...
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Director Drew Kirsch Looks To Tomorrow For Spots, Branded Content
Drew Kirsch, a 2019 MTV VMA-winning director, has joined Tomorrow for commercials and branded content in the U.S. This marks his first production company roost for representation in the American ad market. He is repped for commercials in Germany by Bears Calling and in France by Superette. His...
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Sibling Rivalry Adds Directors Elena Parasco, Emily Elizabeth Thomas To U.S. Spot Roster
Directors Elena Parasco and Emily Elizabeth Thomas have joined New York-based Sibling Rivalry for commercial representation in the U.S. Born and raised in New York, and a graduate of Wesleyan University, Parasco is known for her engaging, docu-grounded style, Through a carefully considered lens,...
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
CBS Tops Nielsens Behind "60 Minutes"; ESPN Scores With Monday NFL Game
CBS won the television ratings crown last week despite being without the most valuable ratings commodity in this era, a primetime football game. Two relatively lackluster games on NBC and Fox last week enabled CBS’ strong entertainment schedule to rule the week, the Nielsen company said. The long-...
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
"American Factory," "Apollo 11," "One Child Nation" Among Producers Guild Awards’ Documentary Nominees
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) unveiled its 2020 Documentary Motion Picture nominees that will advance to the final voting process for the 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards. The Producers Guild Awards honor excellence in motion picture and television productions, as well as the most notable...

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