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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...
Friday, Oct. 13, 2000
Bicoastal/international @radical.media has acquired Outpost Digital, a New York-based technology and digital editing company. Outpost is well known for its expertise in desktop digital postproduction….Wall to Wall Films, New York has added Kevan Bean to its directorial roster. Bean was formerly...
Friday, Oct. 6, 2000
White Plains, New York-based computer animation/visual effects house Blue Sky Studios has closed its commercial division. The company, which is owned by 20th Century Fox, will now focus on animated features. Currently in the works is Ice Age, to be directed by Chris Wedge….Director Roger Lunn has...
Friday, Sep. 29, 2000
Red Sky Interactive, with offices throughout the U.S., including San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Houston, has acquired animation house Olive Jar Studios, Boston and Los Angeles, as well as Los Angeles-based multimedia firm White Noise Productions…Word is that director Iain Mackenzie is headed...
Friday, Sep. 22, 2000
Director Anthea Benton has joined bicoastal/international Partizan for stateside and international representation. She was previously handled in the U.S. by CMP, bicoastal and Chicago; in the U.K. by Concrete Films, London; and in France by Premiere Heure, Paris....Director Claude Mougin has signed...
Friday, Sep. 15, 2000
Peter Giles and Paul Briggs, who joined Ware, U.K.-headquartered Cintel International Limited in January as investors/managers, have entered into a deal to buy the company's business and assets as well as shares in U.K.-based telecine CRT supplier Brimar Limited, for $11.3 million (translated from...
Friday, Sep. 8, 2000
Bicoastal Bedford Falls has signed feature director Adam Shankman for worldwide commercial representation. An established choreographer, Shankman helmed the upcoming The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. Shankman's shortform directing credits include promos for Just...
Friday, Sep. 1, 2000
Despite a devastating fire which gutted its Canoga Park, Calif., headquarters last week (8/23), special effects firm The Character Shop—which specializes in animatronics, makeup effects, puppets and robotics—is back up and running, having secured temporary quarters. According to its Web site, The...