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Friday, Mar. 9, 2001
Negotiations for a new Writers Guild of America (WGA) film and TV contract broke off last week, increasing the possibility that there will be a writers' strike when the WGA's current contract with producers expires May 1. A strike could have ripple effects on the spot production business. Some fear...
Friday, Mar. 2, 2001
Word is that director Keir McFarlane is joining bicoastal Morton Jankel Zander….Director Steve Ramser is now working under the banner Lotion, which also represents directors Luca Maroni, Frank Samuel and Jelle Oortman Gerlings; Ramser's previous shop, Unscented, was in affiliation with now defunct...
Friday, Feb. 23, 2001
Ed Decter—who directed The New Guy, slated for a May release through Sony—has signed with bicoastal First Look Artists for representation as a spot helmer. Decter co-wrote with partner John J. Strauss the hit comedy There's Something About Mary, which was directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. First...
Friday, Feb. 16, 2001
Bicoastal Anonymous has signed director Stephane Sednaoui, who comes over from bicoastal/international Propaganda Films. Additionally,Anonymous has signed a deal to provide U.S. representation for directors Chris Palmer, Frank Budgen and Peter Thwaites of London-based production house Gorgeous......
Friday, Feb. 9, 2001
Director Federico Brugia is coming aboard bicoastal Partizan for exclusive spot representation in the U.S....Director Baker Smith is leaving Santa Monica-based Tate & Partners to form his own company, Harvest, effective March 15. All of Smith's jobs submitted prior to this date will be produced...
Friday, Feb. 2, 2001
Word is that filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) is coming aboard Los Angeles-headquartered A Band Apart.35mm for spot representation….Executive producer Chris Wagoner has launched Los Angeles-based spot/music video house YOU Media, with a directorial roster for commercials...
Friday, Jan. 26, 2001
Bob Isherwood, New York-based worldwide creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi, has been named president of two juries for this year's Cannes International Advertising Festival. He will head the film as well as the press & poster competition judging….Mark Egmon, executive producer at...
Friday, Jan. 19, 2001
Bicoastal HKM Productions has entered into a strategic alliance with New York-headquartered Filter Media, an enhanced television and convergence-strategy consulting and content-development firm. The relationship is designed to allow both companies to better pursue and deliver on enhanced TV...
Friday, Jan. 12, 2001
The industry is mourning the death of Steve Sandoz, interactive creative director at Portland, Ore.-based Wieden+Kennedy. Sandoz, who had spent 11 years at W+K, also conceptualized and directed spots through his own Portland shop, Artsy Fartsy Productions.....Shooting Gallery Inc. president/CFO...
Friday, Jan. 5, 2001
The new four-year commercials contract recently tentatively agreed to by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers and the Directors Guild of America (SHOOT, 11/10, p. 1) has received unanimous approval from the DGA national board, which has referred the pact to the guild's general...