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  • 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

  • Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019
Netflix announces 2 more seasons of "Queer Eye"
In this May 16, 2019 file photo, Karamo Brown, from left, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness arrive at a For Your Consideration event for "Queer Eye" at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Netflix's show "Queer Eye" says it's bringing fabulousness to the masses for two more seasons.

The streaming service announced Tuesday that the fourth season will debut July 19. The eight episodes were shot in the Kansas City area, where last season the stars revamped a prison guard, a children's camp program director and two sisters who own a barbecue joint. Netflix also says production will begin soon in Philadelphia for the fifth season, which will be released next year.

The show features resident fashion expert, Tan France, along with food guru Antoni Porowski, hairstylist Jonathan Van Ness, culture expert Karamo Brown and home designer Bobby Berk. The Emmy-winning show is a reboot of the 2003 series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

  • Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019
Ken Jeong, D’Arcy Carden to announce Emmy Awards nominations on July 16
Ken Jeong

The Television Academy announced that Ken Jeong and D’Arcy Carden will present the nominations for the 71st Emmy® Awards from the Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center on Tuesday, July 16, at 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET.

Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma will join Jeong and Carden at the nominations ceremony, which will stream live on

“Television is the world’s premier entertainment choice; and the global reach of U.S. television programming is immediate and impactful thanks to networks, channels, platforms and delivery systems that continue to grow,” said Scherma. “We are thrilled to have these two comedic talents join us to announce this year’s Emmy nominees—programs and individuals whose excellent work is reshaping the television landscape.”

Jeong is an actor, producer and writer who has established his place as one of today’s top comedic stars. He can currently be seen as a judge on the hit FOX show The Masked Singer and will soon return to the big screen in My Spy and El Tonto. He is best known for his roles in the NBC comedy Community, The Hangover franchise and ABC’s Dr. Ken, for which he also served as the creator, writer and executive producer. Recently, Jeong appeared in Crazy Rich Asians and also released his first Netflix comedy special, Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho.

Carden continues to endear herself to audiences with critically acclaimed performances, including her breakout role as “Janet” in The Good Place, for which she received a 2018 Gold Derby TV Award. Her additional television credits include the Emmy Award-winning variety series Inside Amy Schumer, HBO’s Emmy Award-winning comedy Veep and Comedy Central’s Broad City. The actress can currently be seen starring in the smash HBO comedy series Barry. In addition to her work on screen, Carden is a longtime member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and regularly performs with her improv group, Search History, and in UCB’s longest-running show, ASSSSCAT.

The 71st Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22, (8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m. PT) on FOX. The 71st Emmy Awards will be co-produced by Don Mischer Productions and Done+Dusted.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019
Oceana Studios launches movie and financing divisions
Danny Sawaf

Oceana Studios, a global entertainment company specializing in films and content production, has officially opened movie and financing divisions. The first major project is the just announced feature Big Gold Brick starring Andy Garcia, Emory Cohen, Oscar Isaac, Lucy Hale and Megan Fox. Sawaf is working as a producer on the movie and Oceana Studios is a financier on the film, which will be directed by Brian Pestos.

“Oceana is about producing and financing films that move audiences around the world,” said producer/director/writer Danny Sawaf, founder of Oceana. According to Sawaf, in addition to Big Gold Brick, Oceana Studios has four more features in development. “The game plan for the studio is to produce five to six films per year,” related Sawaf. “The plan is to build Oceana Studios as a brand itself, where audiences flock to see our releases.” Films in development include Robbery 101, a stylized heist comedy film from writer Scott Reynolds, directors Cary Murnion and Jon Milott, and producer Nick Moceri; La Vida Coca, a gangster anthology consisting of five short films to be directed by five different directors on the Oceana Studios roster; and Open Waters, a thriller written and directed by Sikandar Sidhu about a celebrity actor getting abducted by a fanatical director. Also being produced is an animated feature directed by Lubomir Arsov.

Oceana wants to be a complete studio, said Sawaf. To this end his company recently acquired a percentage of Hanzo Films, an award-winning commercial production house in Dubai. Oceana is also close to partnering with select post houses in both Asia and Europe. “We’ve been strategically forming alliances with companies around the world and our ambitions are much greater than just production and post, we plan to vertically integrate over time,” noted Sawaf. 

Oceana’s body of work spans film, TV, commercials and other content forms.

  • Monday, Jun. 17, 2019
The Rock and other stars promote positivity at MTV awards
Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, accepts the generation award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson didn't make a household name for himself by conforming to someone else's idea of who he should be, an approach he encouraged others to take while accepting a top honor at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The actor, producer and former professional wrestler said embracing himself allowed him to carve his own space in the entertainment industry and become one of its biggest stars. He accepted MTV's generation award with fanfare — running down the stage amidst a blend of hip-hop and Samoan dancers with screens reading "The Rock" in flaming letters behind him — during the show, which was taped Saturday in Santa Monica, California, and aired Monday night.

"The most powerful thing we can be is ourselves," said Johnson, who is half-black and half-Samoan. He also reminded the audience of its responsibility to reach back for others in the midst of success.

Johnson, 47, wasn't the only one to use his platform during the show for empowerment.

Brie Larson, who won the best fight award for her battle against Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan) in "Captain Marvel," brought her stunt doubles, Joanna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker, on stage to recognize them for their work.

"They are the living embodiment of Captain Marvel," Larson said as she stepped aside to let the women give speeches in which they thanked the actress for the rare acknowledgement on an awards show stage.

Inclusivity and celebration seemed to be the themes of the night. The show included with a comedic take on a scene from Jordan Peele's "Us," featuring host Zachary Levi. Levi reminded everyone to nurture the kid in themselves and keep following their dreams into adulthood. Lizzo and Bazzi kept the crowd on its feet during their lively musical performances of "Juice" and "Paradise," respectively.

The upbeat nature of the night didn't stop some winners from getting serious.

Lana Condor managed to bring thoughtfulness to one of the night's more amusing awards.

"Kiss who you want to kiss. Love who you want to love, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise," she said, accepting the best kiss honor with "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" co-star Noah Centineo, who also won for breakthrough performance.

Daniel Levy shared a similar sentiment after winning the best comedic performance award for "Schitt's Creek."

"If I've taken anything away from making 'Schitt's Creek,' it's that kindness always wins, and love is best served unconditionally," he said, wishing everyone a happy pride month.

Jada Pinkett Smith accepted the trailblazer award, presented to her by "Girls Trip" co-star Tiffany Haddish, and assured attendees that each of them are trailblazing by leading the way and fighting for others.

Women took home several of the night's biggest awards, including best performance in a show (Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale") and in a movie (Lady Gaga, "A Star is Born"). The show features gender-neutral categories.

Sandra Bullock touched the audience during her speech for most frightened performance for "Bird Box."

The Oscar winner said she made the film for her kids after they asked when she would make a movie for them. Accepting the award from "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot, Bullock said that when her kids are old enough to watch the post-apocalyptic thriller, she hopes it will show them the lengths she is willing to go for them.

Bullock also said she was happy her son could see her accept her award in a room with "real life superheroes" like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel.

"I'm sure he will notice that they are women, just like his mama," she said.

  • Monday, Jun. 17, 2019
Periscope up and running in Hollywood
Ben Benedetti
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Chicago-based Periscope Post & Audio has expanded to the West Coast, opening a 22,000 square foot sound and picture finishing facility in Hollywood. The new site will offer a full range of post services including dailies, editorial, color grading, sound editing and mixing. Key resources include a theatrical mix stage with Dolby Atmos capability, three additional mix stages for home theater and streaming content, also Atmos capable, and five color grading and finishing suites, two with 4K capability to be certified for Dolby Vision. The Hollywood shop also features an ADR Stage as well as production and editorial office space available on a short- and long-term basis.

The new facility will target broadcast and streaming television content as well as high-quality independent features. “We want to build on relationships we’ve forged with producers in Chicago and extend our reach further into the television and feature markets,” said Periscope Post & Audio co-owner Michael Nehs. “We have been looking for the right property for several years, one that is convenient to studios and production companies, and big enough to support full-service solutions. We also wanted a space that would allow us to build large mix stages, which we believe are badly needed. This space offers all that and room to grow.”

To lead the Hollywood facility, Periscope has appointed veteran postproduction executive Ben Benedetti as general manager. Benedetti, whose background includes executive posts with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Ascent Media, will oversee daily operations, direct strategic planning, and develop sales and growth plans. “I’ve worked with Ben in the past and it was a wonderful experience,” Nehs said. “He offers deep expertise in every facet of postproduction and is very well connected to the studios and streaming companies.” Additional staffing will be announced soon.

Benedetti said that Periscope is seeking to capitalize on the surge in production by streaming services and has built a facility to meet that segment of the market’s technical and creative needs. “We want to support directors and producers in achieving their creative visions,” he noted. “We understand their requirements and will cater to them.”

The Hollywood facility’s two 4K grading theaters feature Black Magic Design Da Vinci Resolve systems with added support for Dolby Vision color correction and IMF delivery. They also include Avid and Adobe Premier platforms for editorial conforming. The three other color grading suites offer similar set ups with Da Vinci Resolve, Avid and Premier technology. Dailies processing and look development services are also available onsite.

The large theatrical mix stage is anchored by an Avid S6 digital console supported by Avid Pro Tools workstations. It is capable of mixing in Dolby Atmos for theatrical release. The other three mix stages are also equipped with Avid S6 consoles and Pro Tools systems, and are set up to mix in Dolby Atmos for streaming and home theatre. Additionally, the facility has two sound design suites and four sound editorial suites. A second ADR room will be added next year.

The facility also includes 42 rental unit spaces that can function as production offices or editing rooms. For productions wishing to take up residence at the site, Periscope can provide editing systems, networked storage, communication, infrastructure and technical support.

Periscope Post & Audio launched in Chicago in 2013 and has enjoyed rapid growth while servicing episodic television, independent features and other projects. 

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