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  • Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014
Penny Norman
VANCOVER, B.C. -- 

Digital agency Pound & Grain has hired Penny Norman as its new planning director and client lead. Norman brings more than 10 years creative experience of working at top agencies in the U.K. In her new role, Norman will be responsible for uncovering consumer insights to foster work that is relevant and effective in influencing the right audience.

Norman will bring her expertise to Pound & Grain’s client roster and work for TELUS, BC Dairy Association, MEC, YYoga, Whil, CTV, CMT, Rick Hansen Foundation, and Gentle Fawn.

Norman got her start in the creative field after winning a place on the Publicis London graduate initiative after she graduated from the University of Edinburgh. There she learned the artistry and science of advertising by working on brands such as Nestle and United Biscuits. After her two years with Publicis, she worked as an account director at London’s AMV BBDO, where she worked on brands such as Procter & More

  • Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014
Kerry Washington accepts the 2014 Lucy award for excellence in television at the Women In Film 2014 Crystal And Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Kerry Washington stepped back into the spotlight for the first time since becoming a mom last month to accept an award from Women in Film.

The "Scandal" star, along with fellow actresses Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria, Rose Byrne and "Frozen" writer-director Jennifer Lee were honored by the nonprofit group Wednesday for their career achievements.

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the dinner ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel.

"Last year, Women in Film turned 40," she said, "so that makes us 34 on IMDB."

Washington and Blanchett each said women must be willing to take risks and reveal imperfections to tell authentic stories about their experiences.

"When we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity, whether it's because we inspire other people or we employ other people," said Washington, who gave birth to a daughter in May. She thanked past winner and "Scandal" creator Shonda More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced the 2014 call for entries for its Engineering Excellence Award. The Engineering honor showcases inventors, manufacturers, vendors and/or peer postproduction companies for outstanding product or technology application offerings. Valid offerings may include products or processes, and must represent a step forward for its industry beneficiaries. The HPA Engineering Excellence Award is recognized as one of the most important technology honors in the post industry.

The Engineering Excellence Award spotlights the companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world postproduction demands. Any individual, group of individuals or entity offering a submitted entry to the postproduction industry at large can submit an entry for the Award. The Engineering Excellence Award will be presented at the 2014 HPA Awards on the evening of More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014
In this Feb. 9, 1963 file photo, actors, Van Johnson, top center, Shelly Winters, from left, Janet Leigh, and Martha Hyer pose for a photo. (AP Photo/Don Brinn, file)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- 

Martha Hyer, an Oscar-nominated actress who starred alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, and later gained notoriety for her extravagant lifestyle, has died.

Hyer passed away May 31 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Raymond Lucero of Rivera Funeral Home told The Associated Press. She was 89.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, the easygoing actress began her movie career with a small role in the 1946 movie "The Locket," but she got her big break in the 1954 comedy "Sabrina," starring Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. In that movie, she played the fiancée of a character played by William Holden. Hyer would later write in her memoir that Bogart was helpful in scenes with her.

She reportedly once turned down a date request from a young Sen. John F. Kennedy and began acquiring more high-profile roles during the 1950s.

In 1951, Hyer married director C. Ray Stahl, who directed "The Scarlet Spear," More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014
In this April 9, 2014 photo, "Graceland" actors, from left, Manny Montana, left, Brandon Jay McLaren, Arron Tviet and Daniel Sunjata, rehearse lines during a filming session in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- 

It's long been a point of some annoyance and confusion for South Floridians when a television series set in their region — such as "CSI: Miami" or "Dexter" — is actually filmed in California.

But for the USA Network series "Graceland," the reverse is true. The show follows a group of six undercover agents from several federal law enforcement agencies living in a confiscated Southern California beach house known as Graceland. The show is actually filmed in the Fort Lauderdale area, though. After a successful first season, it's returning Wednesday.

The show is produced by Fox Television Studios, which previously filmed the USA Network series "Burn Notice" and the A&E network series "The Glades" in South Florida. With existing production infrastructure, along with state tax credits, faking Southern California in South Florida made good economic sense.

"We get more for our money in terms of our More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014
MIAMI (AP) -- 

An American Indian tribe has purchased a 60-second advertising spot during halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Finals to air its dislike over the usage of the Washington Redskins nickname.

The ad is slated to air Tuesday night in seven major markets: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington. It aired in Miami during Game 2 of the series.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation says the nickname is racist. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has called the name a "badge of honor" in the past.

Airing the ad during a high-profile event should guarantee plenty of viewers. More than 15 million people tuned in for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, which typically outdraws all other programming on game nights.

  • Sunday, Jun. 8, 2014
This photo released by TNT shows Taye Diggs in a scene from the pilot for "Murder in the First."(AP Photo/TNT, Trae Patton)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Actor Taye Diggs says Hollywood studios hold African-American films to a frustratingly separate and unfair standard.

Whether a studio decides to proceed with a black-oriented film can depend on the success of other movies with primarily African-American casts, even if the projects are unconnected, said Diggs, who starred in "The Best Man" romantic comedy and its sequel.

In a recent interview, the actor said he and others who worked on the "Best Man" movies are eager to start on a third. But its fate is tied to how other black-oriented films, including the upcoming "Think Like a Man Too," perform at the box office, he said.

"Unfortunately, the business is such that as far as studios are concerned, they judge one quote-unquote black movie on how other 'black' movies have done, even if they have nothing to do with each other," he said.

That's "ridiculously" frustrating, said Diggs, 43, More

  • Sunday, Jun. 8, 2014
Student Academy Award Foreign Category winners Lennart Ruff, left, Hadas Ayalon, center, and Peter Baumann pose together for a portrait at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Fifteen student filmmakers from around the world were honored with Academy Awards on Saturday night in a preview of the showbiz excitement that likely awaits them in the years ahead. Previous winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won eight statuettes.

The 41st annual Student Academy Awards were presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded in five categories. The ceremony at the Directors Guild Theater in Los Angeles included presenters Adrian Grenier, Nate Parker and Demian Bichir.

Tel Aviv University and the U.K.'s Northern Film School were first time winners this year, and Stanford University and New York University saw double wins.

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Gold Medal: "Person," Drew Brown, The Art Institute of Jacksonville More

  • Friday, Jun. 6, 2014
BEIJING (AP) -- 

Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who made a 2008 documentary about Tibetan nomads expressing discontent over China's rule, has been released from a Chinese prison after serving six years for separatism, his production company said.

Wangchen, 40, was freed Thursday in the western city of Xining, capital of Qinghai province, Switzerland-based Filming for Tibet said in a statement on its website. It said he was then driven by police to his sister's home about two hours away.

Wangchen was arrested in March 2008 and sentenced to six years in prison in late 2009 on charges of trying to split the country.

That followed his work on the 20-minute documentary "Leaving Fear Behind," a collection of interviews with Tibetan nomads expressing disgruntlement about Chinese rule in Tibet, just ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Anti-government riots had broken out across Tibetan regions shortly before the More

  • Friday, Jun. 6, 2014
Adam Wolf
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- 

Recently formed Riptide Music Group has named Adam Wolf as its VP of Synchronization. A “sync-flavored” global publishing administration company, Riptide’s services include the worldwide synchronization of music for advertising, movie trailers, television, film and videogames. The company also provides services for the international collection of publishing royalties.

As VP of Synchronization, Wolf will be responsible for overseeing key Riptide Music Group clients in advertising and film, and will also remain active in identifying catalogs and talent for acquisition. He has recently overseen placements of the company’s music in a Superbowl Spot for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and in a national “Dawn Saves Wildlife” commercial.

Regarding Wolf’s new post, Keatly Haldeman, CEO, Riptide Music Group said, “During the recent years prior to the merger of Riptide and Pigfactory, Adam has been instrumental in More

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