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Friday, Feb. 4, 2000
SPOT.COM.MENTARY : Crossover
The relevance of the Sundance Independent Film Festival to the commercialmaking community has taken on additional dimensions this year, as chronicled by reporter Sarah Woodward in a two-part story, the first installment of which is in this week's issue (see p. 1). Continuing are the traditional...
Friday, Feb. 4, 2000
YOUR SHOT: Goodbye Phil
There are many of us in the advertising community, both on the production house and agency sides of the business, who are deeply saddened by the passing of Phil Peyton. I hope it's all right that I speak for a lot of great and talented people who were taught and mentored by this man. Phil was one...
Friday, Feb. 4, 2000
SPECIAL REPORT: POSTPRODUCTION TALENT: The Big Game
Everyone knows that the Super Bowl is about more than football. The game is viewed as the premium arena for high-profile, big-budget commercials, which puts the spotlight-for better or worse-on everyone from agency creatives to production companies and their directors. This year the Super Bowl ad...
Friday, Jan. 28, 2000
Friendly Toons
I've seen other companies and they sort of have the same answer, whether it's a car, a lawn mower or a piece of cheese," says Bob Kurtz, referring to the way some animators approach assignments. "I try to change my ideas every time we come to a new project. I say, 'Let's not repeat ourselves. What...
Friday, Jan. 28, 2000
Whaaasssuuuup!?
It started two years ago with what writer, director and star Charles Stone calls "the quintessential couch potato short." True was an amusingly honest two-minute exercise in friendship, communication and everyday life. The abridged version of what happened: After True stole the show at the annual...
Friday, Jan. 28, 2000
Federal Wage Tax Credit Proposal Includes Spots
If passed into law, a proposed wage tax credit designed to help retain filming in the U.S. will apply to certain commercials, according to Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Weller confirmed the inclusion of spots in an interview with SHOOT right after the...
Friday, Jan. 28, 2000
Commercials Reinstated In California Bill
Commercials have been reinserted into the language of a proposed California anti-runaway production bill that would provide a 10 percent state tax rebate on qualified labor costs for certain film and television projects lensed in California. Last year, spots were removed from the measure in an...
Friday, Jan. 28, 2000
"New Friend" Tops IBA TV Competition
The snap. com spot "New Friend," directed by Ray Dillman of bicoastal Gartner, returned to the winners' circle earlier this week (1/24), garnering the '99 Television Sweepstakes best of show honor from the 40th annual International Broadcasting Awards (IBA). Conceived by NBC On-Air Promotions,...
Friday, Jan. 28, 2000
A Basic Equation For JWT New York
J. Walter Thomp-son New York has created ©JWT, a New York-headquartered division that is an alliance with Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Basic Entertainment. ©JWT will develop entertainment built around brands, and will bring corporate clients closer to projects in development. Basic Entertainment, a...
Friday, Jan. 28, 2000
Mad River Signs Brad Wetmore
Effective Feb. 1, editor Brad Wetmore is set to join the Santa Monica operation of Mad River Post, the bicoastal editorial house which also maintains facilities in New York and San Francisco. He comes over from Santa Monica-based editorial shop Jigsaw, where he spent the past four years. At press...

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