Thursday, July 31, 2014

Director Eva Michon Joins Accomplice Media

LOS ANGELES— Accomplice Media has signed multi-talented filmmaker Eva Michon for exclusive representation in commercials.  A skillful visual storyteller with a whimsical sense of humor, Michon has earned considerable praise for her work in music videos and fashion films, the latter including work for such designers as Calla, Pink Tartan, Ten Over Six and Rita Liefhebber. Her first feature-length film, Death From Above 1979: A Fly in Amber¸ about the Canadian dance-punk duo, is currently in post production.

“I was drawn to Eva’s deft touch with storytelling which ranges from whimsical in her fashion films to poignant in The Riverbed,” says Accomplice Media Executive Producer Mel Gragido.  “She also has a good feel for contemporary  city life,  a feel that should be intriguing for advertisers.”

Eva Michon

Killer Tracks Adds Emerging Bands to Its “Artist Series”

Production music specialist inks licensing agreements with buzz bands Rare Monk and Misun.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Killer Tracks, the industry’s leading supplier of pre-cleared production music, is expanding and broadening the scope of its groundbreaking Artist Series with a focus on emerging talent. The company is releasing a number of new tracks from breakout artists, including work from Portland alt rockers Rare Monk and the L.A.-based quartet Misun.

The new music can be purchased through iTunes and is also available for licensing and sync. Additionally, Killer Tracks will feature the artists on its YouTube channel and provide marketing support and promotional services. While the focus of the Artist Series is on licensing, the program also aims to boost career development and to raise the profiles of its featured artists among consumers.

“Our Artist Series is unique in the licensing industry,” says Killer Tracks VP/ Head of Music Licensing Anna Maria Hall. “These are real up-and-coming bands that are touring and playing club dates. It’s another way that we are extending our brand promise for having great, cutting edge music.”

Rare Monk

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Room Finishes Bruce Springsteen’s “Hunter of Invisible Game”

Finishing editor and colorist Ben Murray continues collaboration with director Thom Zimny on short film inspired by song from "High Hopes" album.
NEW YORK— Final post production for Hunter of Invisible Game, the new short film from Bruce Springsteen and Thom Zimny, was completed at The Room, the finishing boutique located within Technicolor-PostWorks, New York. The Room’s Ben Murray conformed the film and applied the final color grade, working in collaboration with filmmaker Thom Zimny, who co-directed with Bruce Springsteen.  
Hunter of Invisible Game, which debuted this month on Bruce Springsteen’s website, is based on an extended version of a song from the album High Hopes and was created as a gift for his fans. Springsteen also stars in the film, an impressionistic story of a lone traveler making his way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tom Lowe’s “Mojave Moonlight” Debuts at The G2 Gallery

Well-known commercial producer displays the skills as a fine art photographer that earned his appointment as a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence.

LOS ANGELES—Mojave Moonlight, a solo exhibition of nightscapes from fine art photographer and National Park Service Artist-in-Residence Tom Lowe opens July 29th at the G2 Gallery in Venice, California. The exhibition includes 23 photographs depicting iconic Mojave National Preserve locations such as the Cinder Cone Lava Beds and Kelso Dunes, as well as other less famous sites.

An artists reception, featuring Lowe and fellow artists Louie Schwartzberg and Jennifer MaHarry, will be held September 5th.

Sci-fi Epic "Valiant" to Screen at Comic-con International San Diego

LOS ANGELES— Director Robin Phillips’ indie sci-fi adventure Valiant will screen as part of the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival held in conjunction with Comic-Con International San Diego 2014.  The screening is scheduled for July 26th at 6:15 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina and will be followed by a panel discussion.

The panel discussion will include Writer-Director and USC alumni Robin Phillips, lead actor Gil Darnell (CW's Reign), actor Navid Neghaban (Homeland, American Sniper), actor Camden Toy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Miniature Effects Supervisor Fon Davis (Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, Star Wars: Episodes 1-6), Writer Scott Baba, Producer Shyam Sundar Sengupta, and Executive Producer Alex Maclean.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Runway Appoints Post Production Veteran Jeff Buchignani as President

Industry leader in editorial systems and services eyes expansion to other markets; hires Jeff Klitzner as Director of Operations.

CULVER CITY, Calif.—Runway, a leading independent supplier of editorial systems and related technology to the film and television industry, has appointed Jeff Buchignani as President. An 18-year veteran of the post-production industry, Buchignani arrives from a similar position with Pivotal Post, and brings strong credentials as a manager, business strategist and industry leader. In his new role, he will oversee operations, direct strategy, and orchestrate an ambitious expansion effort. The latter will include extending the company’s footprint in Southern California, as well as to other parts of the U.S. and markets abroad.

“Jeff is an icon in the post industry, and an outstanding talent who brings tremendous energy and insight to our team,” said Runway CEO Matt Cooper. “We have admired Jeff for a long time and feel he is the perfect person to lead us into the future.”

Jeff Buchignani

Monday, July 14, 2014

Alberto Belli Goes to Cannes

Accomplice Media director selected for Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Director’s Showcase and Shot’s Young Directors Awards.

LOS ANGELES—Last month, Accomplice Media director Alberto Belli made his first trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Belli was one of 18 directors worldwide chosen to take part in Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase. He was selected on the basis of his hilarious viral film It’s Not Porn, It’s HBO, which has attracted nearly 5 million views on YouTube. Belli’s film was also nominated for a Young Directors Award, in a competition sponsored by Shots.

The Colonie Continues to Grow, Promotes Brian Salazar to Editor

CHICAGO— The Colonie, one of Chicago’s top providers of creative editorial, finishing and motion design services for advertising, has promoted Brian Salazar to editor.

The latest example of The Colonie’s penchant for developing creative talent from within, Salazar began his career as an intern with the company in 2008. Having honed his skills as an assistant to editor and partner Bob Ackerman, he began making the transition to editor in 2010, cutting spots and other media for such brands as Levi’s, ConAgra, Kellogg’s and Pacific Gas and Electric. His latest work includes a series of web videos for ComEd’s “Coolest Summer Ever Forever” promotion debuting this month. He collaborated on that project with a creative team from Leo Burnett.

Technicolor-PostWorks, New York, Salutes 2014 Emmy Nominees

New York facility provides post services for nominees “True Detective,” “Boardwalk Empire,”  “Vice,”  "Nurse Jackie," “Years of Living Dangerously” and “67th Tony Awards.”
NEW YORK-- Technicolor-PostWorks, New York, provides post production services to six television programs nominated for 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, True Detective (HBO), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Vice (HBO), Years of Living Dangerously (Showtime) and The 67th Annual Tony Awards (CBS).

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AKA NYC Helps to Propel ALL THE WAY to a Box Office Record

Entertainment marketing agency trades off Bryan Cranston’s “Breaking Bad” star power in its campaign for the Tony Award®-winning drama.

NEW YORK—The Broadway production of ALL THE WAY (produced by Jeffrey Richards, Louise Gund and Jerry Frankel) wrapped up its run at the Neil Simon Theatre on June 29th in spectacular fashion, playing to standing room only audiences and grossing over $1.6 million in ticket sales in its last week alone, an all-time record for a straight play. The packed houses served as a fitting crescendo for the show—which earlier won Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Bryan Cranston)—and for AKA NYC the entertainment marketing firm behind its innovative advertising and marketing campaign.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Electric Pictures Restores Rare Motorcycle Media for Pipeline Digital Media’s “PENTON: The John Penton Story”

Orange County post specialist in telecine transfers

LAKE FOREST, California— Electric Pictures recently provided telecine and film restoration services for PENTON:The John Penton Story, a feature-length documentary about the American icon and motorcycling pioneer who revolutionized the motorcycle industry in the 1960s and ‘70s. The company transferred and restored dozens of hours of Super 8mm and 16mm film including rare racing and test footage, interviews and home movies, dating back more than 50 years.

Produced Pipeline Digital Media (producers of The Motocross Files and The Carlsbad USGP:1980) and directed by Todd Huffman, PENTON: The John Penton Story is the story of the son of an Ohio farmer who grew up to become a champion rider and manufacturer of a revered line of motorcycles.  Narrated by Grammy-winner Lyle Lovett, the film mixes archival material and interviews with Penton’s family members and many of the world’s top motorcycle racers. The film was funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign and is currently in national theatrical release via “theater-on-demand” distributor Gathr.

Curt Pair Puts Manios Digital & Film’s MD7 to the Test

Veteran director of photography employs the new low-cost, high resolution monitor on projects for the Golf Channel and Ford.

BURBANK— Manios Digital & Film’s  Manios MD7 is a lightweight, 7-inch LED 1080p field monitor that combines an economical price—List is $440—with a feature set comparable to, and in some cases exceeding, monitors costing several times more. Introduced at NAB 2014, the device attracted considerable attention from users of DSLRs and other small cameras, and earned a spot in many “Best of…” lists from the show.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Filmworkers Appoints Derek de Board to Executive Producer

The 10-year industry veteran will also serve as Executive Producer of Churchill Studio.

CHICAGO—Filmworkers has promoted Derek de Board to Executive Producer. De Board, who marks his tenth anniversary with the company this month, will oversee production activities, lead a team of producers and schedulers, direct sales and coordinate joint projects with Filmworkers’ Dallas and Nashville facilities, as well as other members of the Filmworkers Group (which include Vitamin, Giannini Creative and Tree House Edit). He will also serve as Executive Producer of Churchill Studio, Filmworkers’ newly formed, in-house visual effects studio.

DeBoard joined Filmworkers in 2004 and  has served the company in many administrative and production capacities. For the past four years, he has been Senior Producer, managing post production work for scores of advertising projects for top agencies and national brands. He also served as Post Production Supervisor on the independent feature Bad Johnson.

Derek de Board

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Chicago's CAN-TV Fulfills Its Public Mission with Help from CARTONI

Public access broadcaster relies on the Cartoni P 090 for versatility and ease of use in producing public interest programming.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD— The Chicago Access Network (CAN-TV) operates five public access television stations reaching more than a million viewers in the Chicago metropolitan area. Recently, the non-profit organization began the process of remodeling its 30-year-old studios and one of its first steps was to replace its outdated camera pedestals with state-of-the-art camera support systems from Cartoni.

CAN-TV currently has four Cartoni P 090 two-stage pedestals, each capable of supporting camera/lens packages weighing up to 90 Kg. “Our old pedestals were built like tanks; they were made from heavy ferrous metals and weighed half a ton,” recalls CAN-TV chief engineer Jason Bryant. “We needed something that was stable, lightweight and easy to use.”

Bryant points out that CAN-TV provides production space as a public service and that much of its programming is produced by members of the general public with little or no professional training. Student organizations, senior citizens groups and groups for special needs individuals are among those who use its facilities. Cameras, support systems and other gear needs to be robust enough to withstand rigorous use, Bryant points out, “and yet be simple enough for everyone to use.”

Hula Post Appoints Josh Rizzo CTO

HOLLYWOOD—Hula Post Production, one of the West Coast’s leading suppliers of editorial equipment, editorial space and other post-production products and services, has promoted Josh Rizzo to Chief Technology Officer. Formerly Vice President of Technology, Rizzo will lead Hula’s long-term technical direction, engage in business development and oversee strategic planning for future service and support offerings.

 “Josh has played a vital role in Hula’s development and success; his technical expertise, creativity and dedication to customer service have been the underpinning of our ability to remain at the leading edge of technology,” said Chief Operating Officer Robert Nio. “We want to reward his service and take greater advantage of his talents and leadership skills by expanding his role.”

Josh Rizzo