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  • Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021
LaKeith Stanfield, foreground, and Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from “Judas and the Black Messiah.” (photo by Glen Wilson/courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment)
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) unveiled and honored the winners of its 8th Annual LMGI Awards themed “Celebrate the Where” during a Saturday (10/23) ceremony across seven categories, honoring outstanding creative contributions of location professionals in film, television and commercials from around the globe, and recognizing outstanding service by film commissions for their support “above and beyond” during the production process. Topping the feature competition were Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros., location pros Bill Garvey, Tim Kanieski) and Tenet (Warner Bros., Janice Polley/LMGI, Julie Hannum/LMGI, Klaus Darrelman, LMGI) in the period and contemporary film categories, respectively.

The TV series winners were: The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix - David Pieper/LMGI, Stefan Wöhleke, Matt Graver/LMGI, Fred Kamping), The Crown – Season 4  (Netflix - Mark Walledge, Tate Aráez/LMGI) and More

  • Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
Megan McMahon

TMA (The Marketing Arm), a Dallas-based creative agency and one of the largest buyers of celebrity talent for Big Game ads, has launched the first annual TMA Super Poll. The poll, which assesses consumers’ preferences towards advertising in the Big Game, was conducted in August 2021 among a representative sample of 1,000 respondents across geographies, ages, genders, ethnicities and generations (e.g. Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X).

“With more than 90% of the commercial time already sold, many advertisers are now moving forward to produce this year’s crop of Big Game ads. As an agency that  creates cultural resonance for brands, we wanted to know what viewers might be thinking, so we could counsel those clients and marketers who plan to advertise in this year’s game, accordingly,” said Megan McMahon, SVP of celebrity & influencer at TMA.

Following is a summary of the survey’s key findings:

  • The Big Game appears to represent a More
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
A scene from "Sing 2" (Illumination Entertainment & Universal Pictures)

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the world premiere of Illumination’s Sing 2--the animated feature film written and directed by Garth Jennings and produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Janet Healy--will join AFI Fest 2021 as a Red Carpet Premiere. The film, in theaters December 22, will screen in-person at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, November 14.

About the film
In the new chapter from Illumination’s film franchise, ever-optimistic Buster Moon and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage show yet …all in the glamorous entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon and Academy Award® nominee Bono—to join them.

With more than 40 contemporary and classic hit songs, electrifying performances and More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
Producer Cheryl Rich joins protesters outside the Netflix building in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Critics and supporters of Dave Chappelle's Netflix special and its anti-transgender comments gathered outside the company's offices Wednesday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Critics and supporters of Dave Chappelle's Netflix special and its anti-transgender comments gathered outside the company's offices Wednesday, with "Trans lives matter" and "Free speech is a right" among their competing messages.

People began gathering in advance of a planned walkout by Netflix employees seeking to highlight their objections to Chappelle's stand-up special "The Closer" and the company's handling of it. By noon, the crowd had swelled to more than 100.

Leia Figueroa, a student from Los Angeles, doesn't work at Netflix but said she wanted to back the walkout. While the streaming service offers positive fare for the LGBTQ community, she said, it's having it both ways by also offering a show like Chappelle's that included disparaging comments about trans women.

Bella Cohen, a former journalist, said she was on hand to "support Netflix's decision not to pull" the special.

Cohen was among about a dozen people who More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
This July 17, 2017, file photo shows a Netflix logo on an iPhone in Philadelphia. Netflix posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, thanks to a stronger slate of titles, including “Squid Game," the dystopian survival drama from South Korea that the company says became its biggest-ever TV show. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Netflix posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings Tuesday thanks to a stronger slate of titles, including "Squid Game," the dystopian survival drama from South Korea that the company says became its biggest-ever TV show.

The company has ramped up production, rebounding from pandemic-induced delays in the first half of the year. It's also looking beyond movies and TV and said it plans to fund "new growth opportunities" such as video games, which are being tested in some markets. 

"It remains very early days for this initiative and, like other content categories we've expanded into, we plan to try different types of games, learn from our members and improve our game library," the company said. 

And as it faces saturation in the U.S. market, Netflix is focusing on growing its international subscriber numbers. For instance, it launched a free mobile plan in Kenya, in the hopes it will get more people in the country to sign up for More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) dashes past Seattle Seahawks defensive end Benson Mayowa (10) on his way to the end zone and a touchdown during the first half an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Pittsburgh. This Sunday Night Football game topped the week's Nielsen ratings. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

CBS won its first week of the new television season, primarily by being the network of choice for people who wanted to watch something other than sports.

CBS had 14 of the 20 most-watched non-sports shows on network television last week, while NBC had the other five and Fox had one. ABC was shut out, the Nielsen company said.

It was CBS' first victory of the still-new television season, eclipsing NBC which had won every week since late September.

As it has been hundreds of time since the ticking stopwatch first appeared, CBS' most popular show of the week was "60 Minutes."

CBS averaged 6.2 million viewers in primetime. NBC was second with 5.6 million, Fox had 4.9 million, ABC had 3.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and Ion Television had 920,000.

With baseball playoffs in full gear, TBS led the cable networks in primetime, averaging 3.1 million viewers. ESPN had 2.5 million, Fox News More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
Veronica Lombardo

The Alliance of Independent Representatives (AIR) has officially launched as a professional trade association. The mission of the organization is to advocate and promote the interests of independent representation companies who connect content creatives with agencies, brands and media. 

AIR is committed to a wide range of priorities that extend beyond its membership, including to:

  • Develop industry standards and best practices
  • Facilitate companies seeking representation
  • Connect ad agency/brand producers with reps in their appropriate territories or countries
  • Provide professional development opportunities to historically underrepresented individuals promoting diversity in talent
  • Coordinate and host presentations from industry organizations 
  • Roundtable discussions (Straight Talk Series, Clear the AIR with Ann) with industry professionals addressing pressing topics & issues within our More
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
A scene from "The Power of the Dog"

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced that critically acclaimed The Power of the Dog, written and directed by Academy Award® winner Jane Campion, has been added to the AFI Fest 2021 lineup. Honors for the film include Campion receiving the Silver Lion Award at Venice Film Festival for directing. The film stars Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Frances Conroy, Thomasin McKenzie, Geneviève Lemon and Academy Award® winner Keith Carradine. A See-Saw Films, Bad Girl Creek and Max Films production in association with Brightstar, The New Zealand Film Commission, Cross City Films and BBC Film, The Power of the Dog is produced by Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier. The film will be released in theaters on November 17 and on Netflix December 3.

About the film
Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally More

  • Monday, Oct. 18, 2021
In this May 17, 2017 file photo, Mel Brooks attends the premiere of "If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast" in Beverly Hills, Calif. Forty years after the release of his “History of the World, Part I,” Mel Brook has a sequel in the works. The 95-year-old show business giant has a deal with Hulu for an eight-part sequel, titled, of course, “History of the World, Part II.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

It is still good to be the king.

Forty years after the release of his beloved "History of the World, Part I," Mel Brooks has a sequel in the works. The 95-year-old show business giant has a deal with Hulu for an 8-part sequel, titled, of course, "History of the World, Part II." Brooks is among the executive producers and writers, along with Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter.

"I can't wait to once more tell the real truth about all the phony baloney stories the world has been conned into believing are History!" Brooks said in a statement released Monday by Hulu, which will partner with Searchlight Television & 20th Television. Filming is scheduled to begin next year.

No cast members were announced. The original film, which spoofed everything from ancient Rome to the French Revolution, featured Brooks as Moses and King Louis of France among other people. 

It also included many More

  • Monday, Oct. 18, 2021
Kim Berzak (l) and Allison Rabel

The digital financial services platform Wrapbook--which provides solutions and resources for the project economy, beginning with the entertainment industry--has appointed AICP East board member Kim Berzak as sr. director of sales and Allison Rabel as director of sales. Both Berzak and Rabel will report to Daniela Cristea, Wrapbook’s VP of sales. 

With over two decades of experience including her role as an active board member of the AICP East chapter, Berzak joins Wrapbook from CAPS, a Cast & Crew company, where she served as the director of sales. Prior to CAPS, Berzak held controller positions at well-known entertainment companies including production company Epoch Films and Brand New School, a creative design and production studio specializing in commercials, interactive media branding consultation and design. 

In her new role at Wrapbook, Berzak will focus on further growing and developing the company’s strong customer More

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