Friday, May 29, 2015

STORY Adds Director Rich Michell

CHICAGO— Director/Director of Photography Rich Michell has joined STORY for national representation in advertising. A versatile talent, Michell combines storytelling skill with deep experience in product and tabletop cinematography. His credits include such diverse brands as 3M/Scotch, General Mills, Target, Subway, UnitedHealthCare and Wendy’s.

Michell comes to STORY following a long run with Twist, Minneapolis, a company he co-founded. There, he developed a strong national and regional client base. He directed more than a dozen commercials for 3M through Grey, NY, many combining performance, product and humor. One recent spot features a Post-It note sticky enough to hold a terrier off the ground.
Rich Michell

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Director Stephen Pearson Brings Comedy Advertising Skills to Accomplice Media

Los Angeles— Accomplice Media has signed director Stephen Pearson for exclusive representation in the United States. A one-time advertising agency creative, Pearson has built a strong portfolio as a commercial director, primarily consisting of performance- and character-driven comedy. He has directed projects for agencies across the U.S. and in international markets for such brands as Burger King, Microsoft, H&R Block, Miller, Travel Channel, Domino’s, McDonald’s, Southwest Airlines, Evinrude, Lowe’s, Yoplait, Coors Light, Molson and Tetley.

“We are really excited to be working with Stephen,” says Accomplice Media executive producer Mel Gragido. “We’re big fans of his comedic stylings and are impressed with his talent for working with actors. We feel confident that we can create new opportunities for him in the rapidly changing landscape of our business.”

Stephen Pearson

Hula Post Production Teams with Editor Craig Alpert for Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Entertainment’s “Pitch Perfect 2”

Supplies editorial systems to Alpert and his crew in Louisiana and California.

HOLLYWOOD—Hula Post Production provided editorial systems and support to editor Craig Alpert and his crew for Pitch Perfect 2, the blockbuster new musical comedy from Universal Pictures, currently in theaters. Hula set up Avid workflows in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where the movie was shot, and in Los Angeles where post production was completed.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Eurovision Contestant Tamar Kaprelian Releases New Single “Yours to Keep” on EP through Killer Tracks’ Artists Series

SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Killer Tracks announces the May 19th release of Yours to Keep from acclaimed singer-songwriter Tamar Kaprelian. Part of Killer Tracks’ groundbreaking Artists Series, the EP features three original songs and two Billy Joel covers that take listeners on an emotionally uplifting journey along the arcs of relationships and personal growth. The release of the EP coincides with Tamar’s appearance on the Eurovision Song Contest, Europe’s most popular musical competition.
Yours to Keep is now available on iTunes. It will also be available on Spotify, Google Play, Amazon and other music outlets worldwide.  The video for the title track, Yours to Keep, will make its world premiere on VEVO, May 27th.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Vancouver, British Columbia –Guillaume Aubuchon demonstrated the power of cloud based workflows during the OpenStack keynote today. With partners HP Heilion and Blue Box Cloud, DigitalFilm Tree demonstrated how cloud based workflows generate significant production efficiencies in Hollywood’s new era of mobile production. Guillaume, CTO of DigitalFilm Tree noted, “Now that the world is the stage for virtually every major production in Hollywood, the cloud is essential to knit together the entire production team in real time.” 

DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) is a leading edge post-production and software company. Their work in Hollywood offers proof to the OpenStack community that the cloud is ideal for scaling-up short-term media storage on a massive scale, while offering significant cost and time saving benefits to non-entertainment organizations.

In groundbreaking live demonstration of federated identity, video shot by Guillaume on a Sony 4K camera this morning was uploaded to the cloud. The file was accessed instantly by the team at DFT’s post production facility in Los Angeles, edited, colored and readied for streaming at the close of the keynote, all in about 15 minutes. 

CritiqueTM Wins StudioDaily Prime Award

Cloud collaboration platform honored as among the best of production and post-production technology introduced during 2014.

LOS ANGELES—DigitalFilm Tree’s cloud-based review and approval platform Critique™ was honored with a coveted StudioDaily Prime Award at the recent National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) in Las Vegas. In recognizing it in its Post Production Software category, StudioDaily praised Critique as “incredibly powerful, elegant and useful” and added “the product is a home run.”

Employed by  popular television shows like The Simpsons and Modern Family,  Critique helps production teams work more efficiently and cut costs by providing instant access to media files, metadata and other production assets. Users can review, share and make comments on media files from any location on any device. Uniquely, Critique allows unlimited users with no bandwidth restrictions. Cloud storage, with enterprise level security, is available for a fixed monthly or annual fee.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Signature of Donald O’Connor Discovered in Cement at Hollywood Center Studios

Legendary actor/dancer/singer starred in a television series filmed on the historic lot in the 1950s.

Hollywood— Construction workers upgrading courtyard office space at Hollywood Center Studios have uncovered a memento from the early days of television. Scratched into a concrete floor are several signatures including those of Singing in the Rain star Donald O’Connor and his frequent co-star and dance partner, Mitzi Gaynor. The signatures are dated November 6, 1954.

Careful sleuthing on the part of Hollywood Center Studios Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jerry Cole suggest that the signatures are related to the production of The Donald O’Connor Show, a short-lived television comedy that ran on NBC as part of the Texaco Star Theater from 1954 to 1955. Along with O’Connor and Gaynor, other signatures belong to Sidney Miller, O’Connor’s co-star, co-director and longtime friend, editor Stanley Frazen and sound editor Bill Martin. Gaynor appeared as a guest star in two episodes of the show in which O’Connor and Miller played young songwriters.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Accomplice Media’s Sherpas Cinema Captures the Spirit of Adventure in National Campaign Launching the 2015 Jeep Renegade

Los Angeles—Accomplice Media directing team Sherpas Cinema collaborated with The Richards Group and Jeep on a new campaign launching the 2015 Jeep Renegade across North America.

For the campaign’s 60-second launch spot, Sherpas Cinemas’ Eric Crosland captured the epic adventure of a band traveling America in search of musical stardom. Featuring Brooklyn indie rockers X Ambassadors and their original song Renegades, the spot debuted on the iHeartRadio Music Awards show.

A second spot, titled Renegades, is a visually innovative mosaic centering on modern day rebels. Additional spots focus on an endurance race, technology and a giant MySky open-air roof system, with all of the spots built around the catchy X Ambassadors song. A full-length music video was also shot and edited for the song and has just been added to the Jeep YouTube channel. The campaign includes print, radio, experiential, digital, social and website elements, as well as concerts and other live events.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Veteran Re-Recording Mixer Kevin O’Connell Comes Home to Sony Pictures

CULVER CITY, CALIF.—Veteran Re-Recording Mixer Kevin O’Connell has returned to Sony Pictures Post Production Services. A 20-time Academy Award-nominee, O’Connell has already completed four projects at Sony, The Boy Next Door, Self/less, No Good Deed and Pitch Perfect 2. He was previously on staff at the studio from 1993 to 2008 with credits including Pearl Harbor, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Memoirs of a Geisha and Transformers, all of which led to Oscar nominations for sound.

O’Connell is currently working on the upcoming feature Goosebumps for director Rob Letterman.
“Kevin is a master of the craft of movie sound,” said Tom McCarthy, Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Post Production Services. “He has contributed his talents to scores of great films and worked alongside many of today’s finest filmmakers. We are glad to have him back as part of the industry’s best sound team.”
O’Connell has spent the past five years freelancing as well as holding a position at Todd AO, where he worked as a mixer and held an executive position.

SIM Group Expands Services into East Coast Market

SIM Capitalizes on Bling Digital’s high-end workflow services  to  expand into the New York market

LOS ANGELES—The SIM Group, a leading supplier of production and post-production equipment and services to the feature and television industry, announces the expansion of its services into New York to provide dailies and off-line, and finishing. The Brooklyn facility -- which currently houses a DaVinci Resolve color bay, Avid edit bays and Colorfront dailies solutions -- has already provided work on shows including Mr. Robot, Forever, American Odyssey, Season 3 of The Following and several pilots.

“New York is a vibrant production community, and SIM has the breadth of services to offer unique workflow packages to producers and content creators,” said James Martin, Chief Strategy Officer, SIM Group. Bling Digital has been a part of SIM Group since 2009, specializing in on-set data management, digital dailies, editorial system rentals and data archiving.