Thursday, July 18, 2019

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  • Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
American Film Market to include Immersive Summit

The American Film Market (AFM®) has announced the addition of programming and dedicated exhibition space to spotlight immersive content and technology for the 2019 market.  AFM will celebrate its 40th edition November 6-13 in Santa Monica.

For the AFM’s expansion into Extended Reality (XR), the Immersive Summit presented by entertainment/educational conferences producer Winston Baker will take place on November 9 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. The half-day Summit will be a collaborative and educational event for creatives, buyers, sellers and innovators of the XR industry. The program will include keynotes and panel discussions featuring creators, international industry experts and decision makers, to address the stages of bringing immersive content, such as virtual and augmented reality, to market.

Further supporting the burgeoning XR industry, a new XR Space will run alongside the AFM’s marketplace and LocationEXPO. Located in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel over four days, November 9 – 12, creatives, producers and tech leaders will converge in the XR Space to showcase their latest works and technology. The exhibitions will be open to all AFM participants seamlessly connecting the XR industry and experience to filmmakers and the global motion picture industry--over 7,000 participants from 70+ countries.

“The rapid developments in immersive technology are creating opportunities for artists, producers and entrepreneurs,” AFM managing director Jonathan Wolf commented. “The Immersive Summit is a perfect fit for our global participants who seek a glimpse into their future.”

“As the AR/VR industry matures, it’s crucial to provide a platform which supports immersive projects from development to distribution. We are honored and excited to join forces to bring our Immersive Summit series to the American Film Market,” said Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, Co-Founders of Winston Baker, in a joint statement.

Registration for the 2019 American Film Market is now open. Click here for exhibition and registration information.


  • Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
"The Office" to leave Netflix for NBCUniversal in Jan. 2021
In this April 14, 2009, file photo cast members, from left, Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, and Steve Carell are seen after cutting a cake celebrating the 100th episode of the television show "The Office" in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Netflix's announcement that NBC's hit show "The Office" will be pulled from its lineup after 2020 and head to NBCUniversal's upcoming service is the latest example of jockeying between streaming services that is set to heat up as they bulk up their TV and movie offerings to attract users.

In a tweet Tuesday, Netflix said it was "sad" that NBC was taking back the show but added it will still be on Netflix for the next year and a half.

As people abandon traditional pay TV providers like cable, services like Netflix and Hulu have benefited by offering viewers TV shows from traditional networks. But content makers like NBC Universal, Disney and Warner Media are entering the game and will likely take back much of their own shows and movies.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
Sheryl Crow says 2008 fire destroyed all her master tapes
Sheryl Crow on NBC's "Today" show in New York on April 19, 2017. (AP Photo)

Singer Sheryl Crow says the original tapes of albums such as "Tuesday Night Music Club" and the track "All I Wanna Do" perished in a 2008 fire at Universal Music Group.

Crow told the BBC Wednesday that her master tapes and back-ups were destroyed in the blaze and that she only discovered the loss after a New York Times report revealed the extent of the damage.

Crow says the fire "feels a little apocalyptic" and that she didn't "understand the cover-up."

A group of artists, including Soundgarden and estates representing Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty, have sued. The artists allege that Universal failed to protect music ruined in the fire and inform them of the extent of its impact.

Universal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
Sebastian Maniscalco to host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards
In this Aug. 5, 2017 file photo Sebastian Maniscalco arrives at the LA Premiere of "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards.

He'll be joined at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26 by some of the industry's biggest stars as they celebrate the year's music videos.

Executive producer Bruce Gillmer says Maniscalco's "comedic spin on relatable topics will make this year's show truly unforgettable."

Maniscalco is currently on his North American "You Bother Me" tour.

The 45-year-old was the 2018 Billboard "Comedian of the Year" and made his feature film debut last year in the Oscar-winning "Green Book."

He'll next be seen on Netflix in Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
What's your data worth to Big Tech? Bill would compel answer
In this April 18, 2017 file photo, conference workers speak in front of a demo booth at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

As Congress bears down on big tech companies, two senators want to force giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon to tell users what data they're collecting from them and how much it's worth.

The legislation floated Monday by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., goes to the heart of the tech giants' lucrative business model: harvesting data from platform users and making it available to advertisers so they can pinpoint specific consumers to target.

"When a big tech company says its product is free, consumers are the ones being sold," Hawley said in a statement. "These 'free' products track everything we do so tech companies can sell our information to the highest bidder and use it to target us with creepy ads. Even worse, tech companies do their best to hide how much consumer data is worth and to whom it is sold."

The measure would require commercial services with more than 100 million active monthly users to disclose to their customers and financial regulators the types of data they collect. They also would have to provide their users with an assessment at frequent intervals of the data's value to them.

It comes as bipartisan support grows in Congress for a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of the biggest tech companies to collect and make money from users' personal data. At the same time, a House panel has opened a bipartisan investigation of Silicon Valley's market dominance.

The Internet Association, the tech industry's major trade group representing Facebook, Google and dozens of other tech companies including Netflix and Airbnb, said Monday that it supports a comprehensive data privacy law.

"Data helps businesses, across all industries and of all sizes and business models, provide consumers with better products and services," the group's president and CEO Michael Beckerman said in a statement. "The internet industry supports a comprehensive, economy-wide federal privacy law that covers all companies ... to give consumers the protections and rights they need to take full control of the data they provide to companies."

The group's statement didn't directly address the issue of mandating companies to put a value on users' data.

Unlike many industrialized nations, the U.S. has no overarching national law governing data collection and privacy. Instead, it has a patchwork of federal laws that protect specific types of data, such as consumer health and financial information, and the personal data generated by younger children. A national law would be the first of its kind in the U.S. and could allow people to see or prohibit the use of their data. Companies could be required to seek permission to provide the data to third parties. A law could shrink Big Tech's crucial revenues from advertising.

There's no parallel legislation in the House for the new Senate bill, called the Dashboard Act, and its prospects are unclear.

Warner, who amassed a fortune as a tech industry investor and executive before entering politics, and Hawley, a freshman and conservative who pursued investigations of Google and Facebook's business practices as Missouri attorney general, have been especially active in the debate over big tech.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
One Twenty Nine Films expands to NYC; Mulligan named EP
Robert Mulligan

One Twenty Nine Films is expanding to the East Coast and widening its scope beyond its niche in advertising production into original content. The company has hired veteran producer Robert Mulligan to serve as its executive producer in New York City. Previously director of content at Momentum Worldwide, Mulligan will oversee production activity in New York and work to develop new business in commercials, branded content and digital media. He will also team with One Twenty Nine Films founder Nick Seuser to further the company’s plans to develop television, feature and documentary content.

After a successful track record on the West Coast, One Twenty Nine Films is aiming to establish a national presence while also tapping into a diversifying advertising market and booming demand for original content. “We have great relationships with agencies in San Francisco and the West, as well as tech companies and other brands based here, but we want to broaden our reach,” said Seuser who added that the company seeks to create new opportunities for its roster of directors by forging relationships with agencies in New York and elsewhere, and by moving into original content.

One Twenty Nine Films’ roster includes directors Adrian Rojas Elliot, Daniel Mabe, David Rosenbaum, Ian Schiller, Mary Dauterman, Max Gutierrez, Nicholas Weigel, Patrick Biesemans, Rosie Haber and Tony Benna. Their recent work includes projects for Netflix, Specialized, Head, Google, Nike, and Alfa Romeo.

Mulligan has more than 20 years of experience as an agency and production company producer. “He’s a strong EP with a great rep and established industry relationships in New York City,” Seuser observed. “He has the wherewithal and the expertise we need. He’s comfortable in both the agency and production worlds. He has hands-on experience in every type of production.”

At Momentum Worldwide, Mulligan produced commercials, branded content, and virtual reality for clients, including American Express, SAP, Verizon, Facebook and Amazon, winning multiple awards, including Gold Clios for his work for American Express. After receiving his Master of Fine Arts, from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Mulligan independently financed “BOXED’” a feature film he wrote, produced, and directed. “BOXED” received multiple awards from domestic and international film festivals, thus opening the door to NYC’s vibrant filmmaking community and tapping Mulligan to write and produce Jane’s Addiction’s documentary, “Enit Festival.” He went on to spend the next six years producing award-winning music videos and commercials before joining F.A.Q. Productions/Partizan Films, New York as executive producer.

Mulligan has helped One Twenty Nine Films, New York, get off to a fast start. The company is in pre-production for an advertising campaign for a major bank, and kicking off branded work for two prominent San Francisco-based tech companies. It is also in talks with a major streaming distributor to create original content. 

  • Monday, Jun. 24, 2019
Senior Facebook executive says it would favor regulation
This March 28, 2018, file photo shows a Facebook logo at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook’s plan to create a digital currency used across the world is already raising concern with financial regulators and privacy experts. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

A senior Facebook executive says the social media site is in favor of regulation to address some of the dark problems of the internet.

Nick Clegg, the former leader of the U.K. Liberal Democrat party who now heads global affairs for Facebook, says it is not "for private companies" to decide how to balance free speech versus public harm.

Clegg told the BBC on Monday that companies like Facebook are not "shunning" government intervention but advocating a "sensible way" forward in addressing issues such as cyberbullying or fake news.

Lawmakers have been pushing tech companies to take down offensive content more quickly and to do more in general to halt internet harm. But Clegg says it is up to "democratic politicians in the democratic world" to set the rules.

  • Friday, Jun. 21, 2019
WTVR, Groupe TVA, YES Network among big winners at Promax Station Summit Awards
Marshall Hites, recipient of the Promax Lifetime Achievement Award

Television stations from Dallas/Fort Worth, Montréal, New York City and Richmond, Va., were some of the big winners at the 2019 Promax Awards at Station Summit, the annual celebration of the best marketing and promotion in the broadcasting industry. The award presentation took place on Thursday (6/20) at the annual Promax Station Summit at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

WTVR Richmond, Va.; Montréal-based Groupe TVA; Dallas/Ft. Worth-based KXAS Brand Marketing; and New York-based YES Network led the winners’ list this year.

Other stations taking home multiple awards included KADN Lafayette, La.; WGN Chicago; WCIU Chicago; KTVT Dallas; KVVU Las Vegas; and WWBT Richmond, Va. The full list of winners can be found here.

Kevin Frazier, co-anchor for Entertainment Tonight, presided over the luncheon ceremony at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

The awards are presented by Promax, the global trade association for the media marketing profession. The awards honor outstanding achievement in local broadcast marketing — the campaigns that build loyal viewership and create the local television brands that are vital partners in community life in cities and towns across North America.

Gold and Silver awards are handed out in categories honoring everything from the best weather programming spot to the funniest promo. Each year, work is entered by individual stations, network in-house creative groups, or station groups and their parent companies.

Also Marshall Hites, Tribune Broadcasting’s senior vice president, marketing and creative services, was awarded the 2019 Promax Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the association’s highest honor, bestowed by the Board of Directors in recognition of outstanding achievement over the course of a career dedicated to celebrating excellence, driving talent, and connecting people.

Hites is an award-winning broadcast marketing executive with over 50 years in local television. He oversees brand management, advertising, on-air promotion, graphics, and design areas for Tribune Media’s 42 broadcast stations. Each of the individual station creative directors work directly with Hites on these and other matters related to the station’s branding, competitive positioning, and creative endeavors.

  • Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019
Key dates, venue change, new awards submission portal set for Producers Guild Awards

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced key dates and a new venue for the 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards, as well as an improved submission portal (click here) that will better serve applicants. The Producers Guild Awards will take place at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  

“Each year, the PGA has the privilege to honor outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television and new media productions at the Producers Guild Awards,” said Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, presidents of the Producers Guild of America. “We look forward to celebrating excellence in our field alongside giants of our industry who’ve defined the art and craft of producing.”

The Producers Guild Awards recognize the producers who have created an undeniable impact on the producing profession. Last year’s honors included Jane Fonda for the 2019 Stanley Kramer Award, Amy Sherman-Palladino for the 2019 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television and Kenya Barris for the 2019 Visionary Award. Producing teams behind Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Green Book, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Americans and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were among those honored in the motion pictures and television categories.  

In addition, the Guild will host its PGA East and West Coast Celebrations of 2020 Producers Guild Awards nominees and producing teams the week of January 13. Details for the celebrations will be announced at a later date.

Key dates for the 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards season are:

Eligibility Period for 2020 Producers Guild Awards

  • Motion Pictures, Television Series/Specials, and Short Form, Sports and Children’s Programs: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Notice of Producing Credits Form Deadline

  • Documentary Motion Pictures: September 5, 2019 (Late submission deadline is September 19, 2019 - $100 late fee will be assessed)
  • Television Programs: September 26, 2019
  • Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: October 10, 2019

Screener Submission Deadline

  • Documentary Motion Pictures ONLY: September 5, 2019 (Late submission deadline is September 19, 2019 - $100 late fee will be assessed)

Nomination Polls Open

  • Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): December 6, 2019
  • Television Programs (Series/Specials): December 12, 2019
  • Television Programs (Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): December 12, 2019
  • Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: December 12, 2019

Nomination Polls Close

  • Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): December 18, 2019 (2 p.m. PST)
  • Television Programs (Series/Specials): January 6, 2020 (2 p.m. PST)
  • Television Programs (Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): January 6, 2020 (2 p.m. PST)
  • Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: January 6, 2020 (2 p.m.  PST)

Nominees Announced

  • Documentary Motion Pictures: November 19, 2019
  • Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): December 19, 2019
  • Television Programs (Series/Specials): January 7, 2020
  • Television Programs (Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): January 7, 2020
  • Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: January 7, 2020

Final Polls Open

  • Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): December 19, 2019
  • Television Programs (Series/Specials): January 7, 2020
  • Television Programs (Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): January 7, 2020
  • Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: January 7, 2020
  • Documentary Motion Pictures: January 7, 2020

Final Polls Close

  • Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): January 8, 2020 (12 p.m. PST)
  • Television Programs (Series/Specials): January 16, 2020 (12 p.m. PST)
  • Television Programs (Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): January 16, 2020 (12 p.m. PST)
  • Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: January 16, 2020 (12 p.m. PST)
  • Documentary Motion Pictures: January 16, 2020 (12 p.m. PST)

PGA East and West Coast Celebrations of 2020 Producers Guild Awards Nominees and Producing Teams

  • Week of January 13 (additional details forthcoming)

Awards Show

  • January 18, 2020 
  • Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019
"Escape At Dannemora," "Bodyguard" among Monte-Carlo TV Fest winners
Richard Madden won Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival for his performance in "Bodyguard" (photo courtesy of Netflix)
MONTE-CARLO, Monaco -- 

Winners of the Golden Nymph Awards were honored on Tuesday evening (6/18) at the 59th Monte-Carlo Television Festival. Golden Nymphs covering a range of categories from long-fiction programs, drama and comedy series, and news programs as well as a number of accolades including the International TV Audience Awards and the Prince Rainier III Special Prize were presented during the awards ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum.

A glamorous red carpet saw H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco welcome Hollywood star and Crystal Nymph winner, Michael Douglas, along with many leading US and international acting and creative talent from hit television series.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II, honorary president of the Festival, commented, “The 59th Monte-Carlo Television Festival has not only offered glittering entertainment but has provided a forum for contemporary, topical debate. All this has been possible thanks to our wonderful international television industry participation. From fiction to documentaries to news content, our Golden Nymph Awards celebrate excellence across all genres.”

Here’s a rundown of the evening’s winners:

Best Long Fiction Program

Escape At Dannemora
SHOWTIME, Red Hour Productions, BUSYHANDS, The White Mountain Company, Michael De Luca Productions, BZ Entertainment

Outstanding Actress
Patricia Arquette
Escape At Dannemora

Outstanding Actor
Grégory Montel
Thirst For Life 

Best Documentary

Dollar Heroes - North Korea’s Secret Slaves 
A & O Buero Filmproduktion - Moonlight Films - The Why Foundation
Germany, South Korea

Jury Prize
Crackdown: The “Rule Of Law” In China
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Best TV News Item
Khashoggi Body Double

Best Live Breaking News
Good Morning Britain
ITV Studios - Daytime
 United Kingdom

Best Comedy TV Series

On The Spectrum
Yes TV And Sumayoko Ltd.

Outstanding Actress
Naomi Levov
On The Spectrum

Outstanding Actor
Niv Majar
On The Spectrum

Best Drama TV Series

My Brilliant Friend 
A Wildside / Fandango / Umedia Production For RAI / HBO

Outstanding Actress
Vicky Krieps
Das Boot
Germany, Czech Republic

Outstanding Actor
Richard Madden
United Kingdom

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