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Friday, Jul. 20, 2018
Thailand Gov't. Seeks Control Over Movies About Cave Ordeal, Heroic Rescue
Thailand's military government wants to control how movies portray the ordeal of the young soccer players and their heroic rescue from a flooded cave that drew worldwide interest and the attention of foreign filmmakers. Culture Minister Vira Rojpochanarat said he will propose at next week's Cabinet...
Friday, Jul. 20, 2018
Paramount Fires Head of TV Amy Powell Over Comments
Paramount says it has fired the head of its television division for making unspecified comments that drew complaints from employees. Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos wrote in a memo Thursday that Amy Powell had been fired for making comments that were "inconsistent with company values." The...
Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018
Adam Reeves Returns To Goodby Silverstein & Partners As Director Of Innovation
Adam Reeves has come back to Goodby Silverstein & Partners (GS&P), this time serving as its director of innovation. During his first stint at GS&P, where he served as a creative director from 2012 to 2016, Reeves contributed to some of the agency’s most awarded and cutting-edge...
Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018
Feature, Spot, TV Comedy On-Location Lensing Rises In L.A. But Overall Q2 Numbers Decline
On-location filming in Greater Los Angeles slid 5.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, according to a FilmL.A. report released. In all, 8,978 shoot days (SD) were logged during the period, including all filming categories tracked by the nonprofit. On-location Feature production is up for a...
Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018
Merkley+Partners Promotes Scott Gelber To Serve As Its 1st President
Merkley+Partners (M+P) has created the new position of president and promoted 16-year veteran Scott Gelber to assume the role. Gelber advanced along a varied path at the agency, first bringing a media and digital background with a focus on the tech side of digital content, and then encompassing all...
Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018
SIGGRAPH Production Sessions To Explore "Blade Runner 2049," "Incredibles 2," "Wreck-It Ralph 2"
SIGGRAPH 2018 has unveiled details about its Production Sessions program. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place August 12-16 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Kicking off the first evening of the conference on Sunday, August 12, the Production Sessions program will host a special 25th...
Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018
Comcast Drops Out Of Bidding, Clearing Path For Disney To Buy Fox
In a battle among media giants for control of Twenty-First Century Fox's entertainment business, Comcast has blinked. The cable and media company said Thursday that it is dropping its bid, instead focusing on its pursuit of the European pay-TV operator Sky. Fox owns 39 percent of Sky and has also...
Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018
Here Be Dragons Grows Directorial Roster
Here Be Dragons, a creative studio co-founded by director Chris Milk and producers Patrick Milling-Smith and Brian Carmody, has grown its roster, expanding capabilities across disciplines including film, experiential, virtual and augmented reality. Recent signings for the studio--which has bases of...
Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018
Twitter Suspended 58M Accounts In Q4 of 2017
Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company's newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the...
Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018
Robin Williams Speaks For Himself In Director Zenovich's Documentary For HBO
When filmmaker Marina Zenovich sought to make a documentary about Robin Williams, she found that she could do it largely in the late comedian's own voice. "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," uses a wealth of archival footage to put viewers inside his thought process — mirroring a routine...

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