Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

Production studio Picrow has signed director Sara Shelton for her first U.S. commercial representation. She has turned out work for such brands as Sprint, Xfinity, Walmart, Johnsonville Sausages, Hormel, Sugar Mutts Rescue, IHOP, and Country Time Lemonade. 

For the latter, her “Legal-Ade...

Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

Jordan Doucette has been elevated to chief creative officer of Leo Burnett Chicago. Most recently EVP/executive creative director at the agency, Doucette is the creative lead on The Kellogg Company and Miller-Coors. She starts in her new role immediately and will report jointly to Emma...

Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

A consortium led by James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems will acquire a controlling stake in Tribeca Enterprises from The Madison Square Garden Company, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Craig Hatkoff and other investors. Lupa has partnered with Attention Capital on the deal. Lupa founder Murdoch and...

Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

Global content studio Pulse Films has signed director Bruce St. Clair to its commercials roster in North America. 

Known best for his ambitious commercials work with brands including Mercedes, IKEA, Audi, Mini, Kia and Fiat, St. Clair has turned out work that has gained recognition at...

Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

Great Guns has added Italian director Federico Mazzarisi to its roster for commercials, branded content and music videos in the U.S. and U.K. This marks his introduction to the American ad market while in the U.K. he had been a collaborator with London-based Dirty Films for a year.

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Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

The first spinoff of the 18-year-old "Fast & Furious" franchise, "Hobbs & Shaw," sped away with $180.8 million in its worldwide debut, including $60.8 million domestically — a strong opening that dethroned "The Lion King" after a two-week reign at No. 1 but couldn't match the box-office...

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

Amazon series Fleabag dominated the Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards proceedings on Saturday night (8/3), winning three honors: Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Individual Achievement in Comedy for series creator/EP/writer/actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge...

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

D.A. Pennebaker, the Oscar-winning documentary maker whose historic contributions to American culture and politics included immortalizing a young Bob Dylan in "Don't Look Back" and capturing the spin behind Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign in "The War Room," has died. He was 94.

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Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019

To show that Katy Perry and the team that wrote her 2013 hit "Dark Horse" may have heard his song and stole from it, Christian rapper Marcus Gray's primary evidence was that his 2009 song, "Joyful Noise" had plays in the millions on YouTube and Spotify.

Plaintiffs in copyright cases like...

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019

Lupita Nyong'o remembers clearly the first time she touched a giraffe. She was 5, and it was part of her childhood education growing up in Kenya to appreciate the wildlife around her.

"They weren't exotic, they were there," she recalled.

Over the years, the Oscar-winning actress...

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