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  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

The Colorist Society International (CSI) is joining the Independent Colourist Guild (ICG) as partner and co-organizer of the newly-launched Colorist Awards. The first-ever international competition focused exclusively on the craft of color, the event recognizes outstanding work by colorists across feature films, television, documentaries, commercials, music videos and shorts. Entries are being accepted now through December 31 for work first appearing in 2020. Winners will be announced in March.

The Independent Colourist Guild, whose membership includes more than 400 professional colorists worldwide, launched the Colorist Awards to draw attention to an essential, but underappreciated craft. “We want to highlight the great work being done by colorists around the globe and raise awareness for color’s artistic role in movies, television, advertising and other media,” said ICG founder Alexander More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
Leslie Sorrentino

Haymaker, the award-winning Swedish visual effects studio, has expanded its U.S. operations and opened a new facility in Los Angeles. Haymaker CEO and lead VFX supervisor Alex Hansson has named Leslie Sorrentino as executive producer and director of new business for the Los Angeles office. 

Haymaker has developed major campaigns for such premium brands as Puma, Girard-Perregaux, Burger King, and Hyundai, as well as such feature films as Borg vs. McEnroe, Chappaquiddick, and the Cannes Film Festival opening selection The Dead Don’t Die.  

Sorrentino is a multiple Clio and an Emmy Award-winning advertising and VFX veteran. His resume includes work with director Martin Scorsese, as well as Bethesda Game Studios (publisher of the FALLOUT video game series), the National Football League, global agencies, movie studios, and TV networks.

With a high profile and stature as a VFX studio in Scandinavia, Haymaker maintains a More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
Gary Sinise (photo by Blake Little)
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated actor Gary Sinise, who established the Gary Sinise Foundation with the mission to serve and honor America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, Gold Star families and those in need, will receive the esteemed Humanitarian Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards. The announcement was made by LMGI president Mike Fantasia and awards co-chairs Lori Balton and John Rakich. Celebrating the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First,” the 2020 Awards will honor the exemplary commitment that Sinise and his foundation have made to give back to those who sacrifice for our nation and create a legacy of service. Hosted by Isaiah Mustafa, the awards will be held on Saturday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. PST during a virtual ceremony. 

Former LMGI president Balton said, “The LMGI proudly salutes Gary Sinise. We are humbled to help shine a light on the impact he and his foundation make More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
George Carlin

HBO Documentary Films in association with Rise Films and Apatow Productions are currently in production on a two-part documentary about legendary comedian George Carlin, who headlined 14 stand-up comedy specials on HBO over the course of his career. Emmy® winner Judd Apatow directs, along with longtime collaborator Michael Bonfiglio, with Emmy® winner Joe Beshenkovsky editing, reuniting the key creative team behind HBO’s Emmy®-winning documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, which was directed by Apatow. Three-time Emmy® winner Teddy Leifer executive produces.

George Carlin (1937-2008), a celebrated stand-up comedian, actor, social critic and author, was best known for his irreverent, dark comedy and reflections on American society. Carlin was once dubbed “the dean of counterculture comedians” and has been regarded as one of the most influential stand-up comics of his time. He filmed his first HBO special in 1977 and appeared on More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
Will Forte arrives at the premiere of "Good Boys" in Los Angeles on Aug. 14, 2019. “MacGruber,” a parody skit on “Saturday Night Live” that became a movie, is coming back to the small screen. The NBCUniversal streaming platform Peacock said Monday that Forte will once again play the mullet-haired hero for a new half-hour series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

"MacGruber," a parody skit on "Saturday Night Live" that became a movie, is coming back to the small screen. 

The NBCUniversal streaming platform Peacock said Monday that Will Forte will once again play the mullet-haired hero for a new half-hour series.

Peacock said the series will follow MacGruber after rotting in prison for a decade as he hunts down a mysterious villain from his past. 

The "MacGyver" parody series will use the 2010 film adaptation as a jumping off point. That portrayed MacGruber as a soldier of fortune who is supposedly a whiz at defusing bombs. The film also starred Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer.

The film "MacGruber" helped Forte transition from "Saturday Night Live." While a box-office disappointment, earning just $8.5 million, the absurdist comedy has its cult adherents.

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

Prompted by this year’s rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and in acknowledgment of the ad industry’s continued lack of diversity, The One Club for Creativity has rebranded its annual Here Are All The Black People multicultural conference and career fair back to its original name: Where Are All The Black People.

The event, typically held in person in New York, is this year available online to a global audience running September 22-24, and will address the new realities of race, inclusion and diversity in advertising.  The conference features dozens of speakers on panels, virtual recruiting, online portfolio reviews, masterclasses and a talent showcase.  Registration is now open, there is no cost to attend.

From WAATBP to HAATBP and back again
More than 20 years ago at a Goodby, Berlin & Silverstein holiday party, a young Black copywriter named Ed Crayton posed a half-serious question to agency partner Jeff More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
In this Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Amber Ruffin attends the NBC midseason 2020 press day party in New York on Jan. 23, 2020. Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Larry Wilmore and Ruffin. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Larry Wilmore and Amber Ruffin to focus on current events.

"We can't wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we call now!"" Ruffin said in a statement Monday announcing the "The Amber Ruffin Show."

A writer and performer on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers," Ruffin was among the first African American women to write for a late-night show.

Wilmore is a sitcom creator ("The Bernie Mac Show," "grown-ish") who's also known for his on-camera Comedy Central work that included the 2015-16 "The Nightly Show." His Peacock show is as-yet untitled.

"Apparently there's a lot going on in the world right now and a big election happening soon, so I'm happy to have a place in the conversation," Wilmore said in a statement.

The shows are set to launch in September, with 11 episodes ordered for Wilmore's series and nine for Ruffin's, Peacock More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
Vivian Connolly

With film and television production starting to resume, visual effects companies in New York State are gearing up to capitalize on a projected boom in demand. Eager to get back to work but wanting to do so safely, producers are expected to rely more on virtual production and other visual effects techniques to reduce the need for travel, locations shoots and crowd scenes. Buoyed by community support from Post New York Alliance (PNYA) and financial incentives provided by New York’s Film Tax Credit Program, visual effects companies in the state are well positioned to respond to those needs and continue the industry’s recent growth.

“In talking to studios, showrunners and producers, we’re finding that they are reevaluating how they use visual effects,” said Andrew Bly, CEO of The Molecule, which recently provided visual effects for the Tom Hanks film Stillwater and the television series Billions and Dickinson. “They can More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
Daniella Carter

Daniella Carter, best known for her role in actress Laverne Cox’s Emmy-winning MTV documentary The T Word, has launched “Daniella’s Guestbook” in collaboration with creative agency SpecialGuest. It is anchored by a series of weekly, hour-long Instagram Live interviews between underrepresented artists and industry thought leaders, tastemakers, and influencers. The initiative will also include a curated online collection of video content designed to uplift these diverse voices and create new opportunities for them. National LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD is a promotional partner for the project.

Carter has spoken at local, national, and international events about her experiences as a Black transgender woman, including the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time to THRIVE” Conference and two TEDx Talks that highlight the unique struggle of being a young trans person as well as learning to embrace and thrive in your identity. She has contributed to More

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
In a July 26, 2017 file photo, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange. McDonald’s is suing Easterbrook, the former CEO, saying he lied about relationships with employees and destroyed evidence before he was fired from the company in 2019. McDonald’s fired Easterbook last November after he admitted to an improper relationship with an employee, with whom he exchanged videos and text messages.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

McDonald's says it's suing Stephen Easterbrook, the CEO it ousted last year over an inappropriate relationship with an employee, alleging Monday that he covered up relationships with other employees and destroyed evidence. 

Easterbrook, according to a lawsuit, approved a special grant of restricted stock, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to one of those employees.

The company now wants to reclaim hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation paid to Easterbrook on his departure. 

McDonald's fired Easterbrook last November after he acknowledged exchanging videos and text messages in a non-physical, consensual relationship with an employee. Easterbrook told the company that there were no other similar instances. 

Based on what the company knew at the time, McDonald's board approved a separation agreement "without cause" that allowed Easterbrook to keep nearly $42 million in stock-based benefits, according to Equilar, More

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