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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...
Friday, Dec. 15, 2000
Slo Graffiti, a division of Los Angeles-based Palomar Pictures, has signed director Robert B. Martin Jr., for commercial representation. Martin previously operated now-closed casting agency The Monkey Brothers with former partner Aaron Priest, who recently signed a deal to direct spots through...
Friday, Dec. 8, 2000
The ballots have been tabulated and the strike by the actors' unions against the advertising industry has formally ended. Members of SAG and AFTRA overwhelmingly approved the new three-year contract covering commercials by a nearly 40,000 vote margin. In total, 42,000-plus votes were cast,...
Friday, Dec. 1, 2000
Overseas Filmgroup, a publicly traded, worldwide independent film distributor, is set to launch a bicoastal TV commercial production division, for which six directors have already been secured: Julie Taymor, Julian Schnabel, Joan Chen, Marleen Gorris, Lisa Krueger and Darren Keith. Earlier this...
Friday, Nov. 24, 2000
The average cost to produce a 30-second, national TV commercial in 1999 was $343,000—a 16 percent increase ($48,000) from the previous year—according to the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's) '99 Television Production Cost Survey. That's the largest hike in the 13-year history of...
Friday, Nov. 17, 2000
Chicago-headquartered Leo Burnett Co. has hired veteran commercial music composer Ira Antelis as director of Music-Aid. This new initiative is driven by Burnett USA chairman/chief creative officer Cheryl Berman to promote effective music use in TV, radio and online advertising. Antelis, who...
Friday, Nov. 10, 2000
HR 5497, the investment tax credit bill lobbied for by the Association of Imaging Technology and Sound (ITS), appeared at press time to be stalled in the House Ways & Means Committee. However, the progress made on the measure bodes well for its prospects in the next session of Congress. The...
Friday, Nov. 3, 2000
Union actors are again available for spots, ending a nearly six-month-long strike against the advertising industry. The board of directors of SAG and AFTRA voted last Saturday (10/28) to authorize their rank and file to return to work on commercials. Members of the two actors' unions are expected...
Friday, Oct. 27, 2000
As expected (SHOOT, 10/13, p. 1), President Clinton has signed a bill into law which raises the annual allotment of H-1B visas to 195,000 for each of the next three years. The measure was supported by U.S. high-tech firms—including many visual effects and computer animation studios—that are...
Friday, Oct. 20, 2000
Stephen Dickstein, who is credited with having played an integral role in the success of Propaganda Films' commercial operation while he was its president, has filed suit against four defendants: Propaganda, former Propaganda CEO/chairman Gary Beer, and two investment companies (SCP Private Equity...