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  • Friday, Mar. 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- 

Customer experience agency RAPP has appointed Randy Morton to the newly created role of  sr. VP, director of integrated production. He will be based out of the Los Angeles office and will report to executive creative director Nick Platt.

In his role, Morton will be responsible for overseeing all integrated production for RAPP Los Angeles and San Francisco. Additionally, he’ll be managing production consulting across the U.S. network, as well as building out production capabilities and partnerships.

Prior to this move, Morton owned his own production company, Morton Productions Inc. He previously held the position of sr. VP, director of integrated production for Deutsch LA where he was for nearly 10 years. Morton’s previous work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, The One Show, ADDYs, CLIOs and the AICP Show.

  • Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014
NEW YORK -- 

Lowe Campbell Ewald’s NY has added sr. copywriter Melissa Goliczewski and sr. art director Erica Turner. Both come over from  Publicis Kaplan Thaler and will be working on the Unilever account.

Prior to Publicis Kaplan Thaler, Goliczewski was a copywriter at a number of agencies including MRM Worldwide Interactive, McCann Erickson Source Communications and DeVito/Verdi. She has worked with clients such as Maybelline, L’Oreal, Intel, US Army and Johnson & Johnson, and participated in the site design and routine content refresh of Wendy’s dowhattastesright.com, Kohls.com, MasterCard’s web portal (Priceless.com) and Garnierusa.com. Her work has been recognized by Cannes, Midas and AME. 

Before her turn at Publicis Kaplan Thaler, Turner was sr. art director at Gotham Inc, where she launched global print, television, in-store, and digital campaigns for Maybelline New York Cosmetics, from concept to More

  • Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014

I Am Road Comic, the follow-up to Superlounge director Jordan Brady’s cult-favorite stand-up documentary I Am Comic, is hitting the festival circuit with a sneak preview of the work-in-progress in New York at The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival (FCCFF) on April 4 at 6:30pm. In the film, more than two dozen comics - including Pete Holmes, T.J. Miller, Marc Maron, Doug Benson, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, Judah Friedlander, Jim Norton, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser and Alonzo Bodden - discuss the nuts and bolts of working the road in bars and clubs.

I Am Comic  was one of the funniest, most insightful movies about stand-up comedy ever made and remains one of the all-time audience favorites at the FCCFF,” said Eric Johnson, director of programming for FCCFF. “We are thrilled to be able to show our audience a sneak peek of Jordan’s take on road comics.”

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  • Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Amazon says it has no plans to offer a free streaming media service, addressing speculation ahead of a media event in New York next Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Sally Fouts said Thursday that Amazon runs ads ahead of movie and game trailers, but the company has no plans to offer a free streaming media service.

The Wall Street Journal reported Amazon is considering an ad-supported streaming TV and music video service. The story followed an email Amazon sent reporters inviting them to hear about an update to its video business.

Amazon.com Inc. has invested heavily on making TV shows and movies available to customers who pay $99 a year for Amazon Prime. Members benefit from two-day shipping on certain items and access to videos including original series like "Betas" and "Alpha House."

  • Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

A new startup is offering wealthy investors a chance to finance movies starring Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet and Casey Affleck.

The San Francisco-based Junction launched Wednesday. It's a twist on the crowdfunding that has helped movies like "Veronica Mars" get made. It's open only to those who make $200,000 a year or have a net worth of more than $1 million.

Junction investors share in potential profits, like normal film financiers. Contributors to projects on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter receive rewards, like a copy of the script or a signed movie poster.

Junction films are already fully funded, but open to adding more investors.

Among the first projects are the John Hillcoat-directed "Triple Nine," with Affleck and Winslet, and the Dave Eggers adaptation "A Hologram for the King," starring Hanks.

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  • Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014
TRENTON, NJ (AP) -- 

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.

Corporate Action Network, a nonprofit group seeking to hold businesses accountable for their actions, said that it's written to Attorney General Eric Holder to look into whether J&J, based in New Brunswick, N.J., and CEO Alex Gorsky committed the crimes of obstructing justice and destroying records in a federal probe.

"Hundreds of thousands of women continue to suffer ongoing, severe harm," from J&J's pelvic mesh implants, network spokeswoman Levana Layendecker said during a call with reporters. "I hope Johnson & Johnson is held accountable for their failure to warn."

The implants are widely used to hike up sagging pelvic organs, common in More

  • Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014
Paul Hudson from Outsider Pictures accepts the Knight Grand Jury award for "A Wolf at the Door."
MIAMI -- 

Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra’s debut feature film, “A Wolf at the Door” (“O Lobo atrás da porta”), was the big winner at Miami International Film Festival’s 31st edition, nabbing the prestigious Knight Grand Jury Prize and Best Director awards in the Knight Competition, which features first-time feature filmmakers from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Previously scooping awards for Best Brazilian Film at Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, and the Horizons Award for Best Film at San Sebastián Film Festival, “A Wolf at the Door” involves a complicated love triangle, police intrigue, shocking drama, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, intermingled in this fact-based story of the disappearance of a young girl in suburban Rio.

By securing the deal, Outsider Pictures will receive the $15,000 half of the Knight Grand Jury Prize of $30,000. The first $15,000 half of the prize had already been awarded to the film’s primary production company, More

  • Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014

The organizers of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity have announced members of an additional three juries set to participate at this year’s event for the Cyber, Design and Direct Lions categories.

The juries will be chaired by Susan Bonds, Chief Executive Officer, 42 Entertainment, USA (Cyber Lions); Karl Heiselman, Chief Executive Officer, Wolff Olins, USA (Design Lions); and James McGrath, Creative Chairman, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, Australia (Direct Lions). Here's a rundown of the juries:

Cyber Jury
Susan Bonds, Chief Executive Officer, 42 Entertainment, USA – Jury President
Aaron Turk, Head of Digital Creative, Colenso BBDO, New Zealand
Andre Piva, Chief Creative Officer, LOV Dentsu, Brazil
Atawoot Wesaranurak, Founder/Managing Director, Adapter Digital, Thailand
Brian Yongsik Nam, Chief Executive Officer, Cheil Opentide, China
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  • Monday, Mar. 24, 2014
DENVER -- 

The 4th Women+Film VOICES Film Festival produced by the Denver Film Society has announced its audience award winners for the 2014 Festival. VOICES ran from March 18 - March 23 at the Sie FilmCenter.   

The two VOICES Audience Awards were:

Best Narrative Film
Obvious Child, directed by Gillian Robespierre (USA)
Donna Stern is a 27-year-old Brooklyn comedian who’s unapologetically lewd, warmhearted wit is pretty irresistible with audiences. When she gets heartlessly “dumped up with” by her two-timing boyfriend, Donna plunges into some light stalking and heavy moping. Hitting a serious low point, she performs a dreary set of break-up vengeance and Holocaust jokes and drunkenly falls into bed with a nice young professional named Max-not remotely her type. A few weeks later, condoms be damned, she’s pregnant. Now Donna, incapable of telling anything but the naked truth More

  • Monday, Mar. 24, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Social media has made inroads into shaping moviegoers' choices at the multiplex, but a new poll finds that an overwhelming majority of moviegoers still count on movie reviews.

The Nielsen company announced Monday that their annual American Moviegoing report revealed that 80 percent of moviegoers refer to movie reviews at least some of the time when deciding what to see. The survey found that 40 percent say they value social media recommendations.

About equally reliable to moviegoers are movie trailers, which 44 percent of those polled said they trust as a source of information on a film.

The Nielsen poll surveyed about 3,000 people, aged 12-74 who said they had seen at least one movie in theaters over the last year. Also polled were 600 children, aged 6 to 11, who participated with parental supervision.

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