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Friday, Jan. 15, 1999
FLASHBACK
5 Years Ago JANUARY 14, 1994 Directors Zack Snyder and Steve Lowe have signed with bicoastal The End, one of the publicly held Harmony Holdings companies.....Harmony Holdings, Burbank, Calif., has also announced it is closing its year-old music and sound design house, Serious Music, Burbank...
Friday, Jan. 15, 1999
SPOT.COM.MENTARY: Blood But No Guts
THE DOUBLE STANDARD between program and spot content resurfaces in the case of a public service ad that thus far has been rejected by cable and TV stations for its graphic depiction of gang violence. While gunplay, shootings, violent encounters and death are not uncommon on primetime TV and...
Friday, Jan. 15, 1999
Turning Over A New Maple Leaf: More U.S. directors travel north to shoot Canuck spots. Cant they find a Canadian to do this? asks a border guard.
Canadians are familiar with American imports. Twenty percent of all U.S. exports are shipped north of the border, to Americas largest trading partner. Automobiles, textiles and agricultural products are the most common goods. But lately, a new and uncommon import has been added to the list: spot...
Friday, Jan. 15, 1999
BULLETIN BOARD
28/New Orleans: 36th Annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Program Conference & Exhibition at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Details, call (310) 453-4440 or www.natpe.org....Feb . 1: Deadline for entries to the Johns Hopkins Film Festival. Info, entry...
Friday, Jan. 8, 1999
What About Bob-The Co.?
VENICE, Calif.-Executive producers T.K. Knowles and Chuck Ryant-who both exited bicoastal Reactor Films last August-have teamed with exec. producer John O'Grady to launch Bob. The new bicoastal venture opens with five directors: Jason Smith, Lisa Rubisch, Mark Kohr and the team of Jonathan Dayton...
Friday, Jan. 8, 1999
Experts Forecast Growth In Advertising Spending This Year: But Do Increased Media Expenditures Have A Meaningful Ripple Effect On Spot-Production Cos?
A SHOOT STAFF REPORT NEW YORK-Although the global financial difficulties that surfaced last summer-particularly in Asia, Latin America and Russia-remain cause for concern, the bottom-line word from a trio of expert forecasters is that ad-media spending in 1999 should reach a record high level. And...
Friday, Jan. 8, 1999
VW's U.K. Spots Top IAAA Competition
ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Volkswagen ads from both sides of the Atlantic scored impressively in the television portion of the fourth annual International Automotive Advertising Awards, bestowed at a gala reception Jan. 6 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Topping the competition with the Gold Triomphe Best...
Friday, Jan. 8, 1999
DD's Domain Expands With Euro Facility: Co. Gains Ownership Stake In Efx Complex Near Dusseldorf.
OBERHAUSEN, Germany-Visual effects house Digital Domain, Venice, Calif., has joined with Los Angeles-based film/ TV producer Kushner-Locke Co., independent feature production/distribution company Capitol Films, London, and a pair of Israeli businesses-banking firm DLIN, Ltd., and post/ effects shop...
Friday, Jan. 8, 1999
Big Picture Restructures: Exec. Prod. Seavey Cuts Directors Roster; Adds Spotmaker Hammond In Effort To Shift Co. Focus.
NEW YORK-In a bid to distinguish itself in a marketplace saturated with commercial directors, five-year-old Big Picture Communications, New York, has pared down its directorial roster. The shop no longer handles directors David Leach, Brian Bain and Ric Cohn. At press time, their future plans weren...
Friday, Jan. 8, 1999
THD Relaunched As Black Logic
NEW YORK-Tape House Digital is relaunching itself this month under a new moniker: Black Logic. The move includes redefining the New York-based company as a creative- and design-driven firm and expanding its services to include live-action direction and production. "We want to present ourselves as a...

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