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  • Wednesday, Jul. 15, 2020
Adam Tunikowski

Bonfire, a creative studio based in New York, has entered into a strategic partnership with Juice, the Central European animation, design, VFX, CG and sound studio based in Warsaw. 
Bonfire will now offer Juice’s services to U.S.-based agency and brand clients in the East and Midwest on an exclusive basis, and will tap Juice’s extensive capabilities for projects across the board. 

Founded in 2006, Juice was launched by Adam Tunikowski and partners Pawel Janczarek and Wojtek Piotrowski. In addition to Tunikowski, the studio is now led by managing director (Tokyo) Michal Dwojak-Hara and director Michal Misiński.

Bonfire partner Jason Mayo said of Juice, “Their 3D and VFX work is insane. It’s beyond top level. And our experience collaborating with remote talent around the world makes it feel like they’re right next door, and our like-minded attitudes about work and creativity makes them the perfect company to align ourselves with More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 15, 2020
MVPA president Fuliane Petikyan

The Music Video Production Association (MVPA) is back in action, and with it comes the return of the MVPA Awards in 2020. Started over 30 years ago, the MVPA is widely recognized as the official organization representing music video creators. Serving as a community for the industry as a whole, the MVPA has organized events and awards shows and provided a forum for discussions of mutual concern between production companies, record labels, crews, suppliers and all interested parties.

Leading the charge are MVPA president and producer Fuliane Petikyan and VPs Luga Podesta (executive producer/London Alley) and Missy Galanida (executive producer/Hound). 

“Our vision for the new MVPA is very clear,” said Petikyan. “We have been spending a great deal of time building a strong community of members who are now on various boards. The issues we plan to tackle as an organization will not only relate to the production of music videos but will also be a More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2020
In this April 23, 2019 file photo, Jimmy Fallon attends the Time 100 Gala in New York. Fallon and the "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" show have returned to their New York City studio for the first time since the coronavirus epidemic shut down much of television. He recorded Monday's show in the studio along the show's band, the Roots, but without an audience. Guests like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were interviewed remotely. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

The studio is largely empty, but Jimmy Fallon is out of his home and back to the "Tonight" show stage.

The NBC late-night host returned to NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters Monday, saying he hoped he could provide his audience with a little more "normal" during the coronavirus pandemic.

"I'm here to show you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we keep each other safe," Fallon said.

Fallon, along with other late-night hosts, have been working remotely the past few months of months. The coronavirus pandemic shutdown TV and film production in March for safety reasons. New York has slowly been reopening as other parts of the country are now feeling the full effects of the epidemic.

He began his show with a filmed piece showing him "walking" to work, pulling down his mask so a Rockefeller Center security guard knew he was indeed an employee.

His backup band, the Roots, were in place. Studio crew members More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Naya Rivera participates in the "Step Up: High Water" panel during the YouTube Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Naya Rivera, a singer and actror who played a gay cheerleader on the hit TV musical comedy "Glee," was found dead Monday in a Southern California lake. She was 33.

Rivera's body was discovered six days  after she disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son, Josey, was found July 8 alone on a boat the two had rented, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office confirmed that the body was Rivera's.

"Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were," wrote "Glee" co-star Jane Lynch on Twitter. Steven Canals, who co-created and produced the FX television show "Pose," tweeted that he was "heartbroken over all the stories that will remain untold."

Rivera began acting at a young age, but she rose to national attention playing a lesbian teen on "Glee," which aired from 2009 until 2015 on Fox. She is survived by her parents, Yolanda and George; a younger brother, Mychal; a sister, Nickayla; and her 4-year-old son.

"Naya Rivera More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
Scott Z. Burns talking to students via Zoom

Last week Scott Z. Burns, writer of the movie Contagion (2011), which in some ways foreshadowed the current coronavirus crisis, virtually visited during this time of lockdown MetFilm School students for an exclusive masterclass (MetFilm School has campuses in London and Berlin.) He discussed Contagion, his career journey and finding his passion.

Burns has worn different industry hats with great aplomb. He was a producer on the Oscar-winning feature documentary An Inconvenient Truth and then its sequel. His writing credits range from The Mercy (with MetFilm Production) to director Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Ultimatum to Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!, Contagion, Side Effects and the Netflix release Laundromat. Burns also served as a producer on Side Effects and Laundromat

He further extended his filmography and storytelling reach with The Report More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
Invisible Collective founders (l-r) Stephen “Dr” Love, Mel Jones and Justin Polk

Directors Justin Polk and Mel Jones along with Hollywood producer/entrepreneur Stephen “Dr” Love have launched Invisible Collective, a production company and creative studio looking to partner with advertising and entertainment industry leaders seeking greater access to directors and creatives -- including women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Founders Polk, Jones and Love have collectively worked with world-class brands and A-list talent including Verizon, Hyundai, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Whole Foods, Boost Mobile, Procter & Gamble, Lionsgate, and rapper Big Sean. The team’s work has earned such accolades as an Emmy, five Cannes Lions (including the Film Grand Prix), and an MTV Video Music Award. 

Invisible Collective has assembled a roster of talent that includes Polk, Jones, contemporary American artist Hebru Brantley, Taiwanese American commercial director Erin Li, and Matthew Castellanos, a Mexican American More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
Michael Ryan

The American Film Market (AFM®) will bring its 2020 edition online, the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) announced today. AFM 2020 Online will run over five days, Monday, November 9-Friday, November 13, shifting one week later than originally scheduled, so as not to overlap with Election Day in the United States. This year will be the 41st market.
“By making this announcement four months in advance, AFM’s stakeholders can move forward and plan with certainty,” said Michael Ryan, chairman, IFTA and partner, GFM Films. “AFM 2020 Online will give the global film community the opportunities that are always critical to our success--to meet, share knowledge, collaborate, and discover tomorrow’s films as they do every year in Santa Monica.”

The full program and participation details will be unveiled later this summer.

The AFM is a marquee film acquisition, development and networking event. More than $1 billion in More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
Sound Lounge COO and partner Marshall Grupp

While thousands of offices have shut down as a result of government-mandated closures in response to the pandemic, a new study from Sound Lounge, an artist-owned postproduction facility in Manhattan, found that many professionals in advertising will remain hesitant to return to the workplace, even after government restrictions lifted. When asked about several factors to consider when going back into the workplace, 81% of respondents felt negatively about returning to work in person, whether that be at their own office or attending sessions at post facilities. Results further indicate that a significant majority of the advertising community surveyed still feel strongly about waiting until later this year, or until 2021, to return to the office.

“Considering the severity of the pandemic and the way it has altered our understanding of shared spaces, the concern we see in these results is not entirely surprising,” said Marshall Grupp, COO and Partner More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Kelly Preston and John Travolta attend the premiere of "Gotti" at the SVA Theatre in New York. Preston, whose credits included the films “Twins” and “Jerry Maguire,” died Sunday, July 12, 2020, her husband Travolta said. She was 57. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging from Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire" to Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Twins," died Sunday, husband John Travolta said. She was 57.

Travolta said in an Instagram post that his wife of 28 years died after a two-year battle with breast cancer. 

"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer," Travolta said. "She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many."

The couple had three children together.

"Shocked by this sad news," Maria Shriver said on Twitter. "Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife. My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief."

Preston had a lengthy acting career in movies and television, starring opposite Kevin Costner in the 1999 film "For the Love of the Game." In 2003, she More

  • Sunday, Jul. 12, 2020
This Nov. 3 2017 file photo shows the logo Ubisoft on a computer screen at the Paris Games Week in Paris. French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)
PARIS (AP) -- 

French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives and promising zero tolerance for "toxic" staff behavior following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment and other workplace abuse.

In a statement Sunday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the developer of "Assassin's Creed" and other games "has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees."

"This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values on which I have never compromised — and never will," Guillemot said.

Ubisoft announced the immediate resignation of Serge Hascoet as the firm's powerful chief creative officer. 

Hascoet joined Ubisoft in 1987, the year after Guillemot founded the company with his four brothers. Ubisoft had previously described Hascoet as its "creative leader" whose "unique vision has infused More

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