Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hardy Parungao Joins GPL Technologies as CFO/COO

LOS ANGELES— GPL Technologies, a leading provider of IT services to the media and entertainment industry, has appointed Hardy Parungao to its executive team as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Parungao brings deep, executive-level experience in finance and strategic management across a range of industries, and most recently served as CFO of Infrascale, a California-based provider of cloud-based disaster recovery services.

Hardy Parungao
In his new role, Parungao will work to expand GPL’s footprint across North America and extend its leadership position in media and entertainment IT. His responsibilities encompass day-to-day operations, financial management, strategic planning and human resources. His operational authority will cover each of GPL’s operating units, which include Managed Services, Infrastructure Solutions, VFXnow and Breed Staffing.

“The media and entertainment is in a period of rapid, dynamic evolution that is creating new opportunities for GPL and our customers,” said Brian Terrell. “Hardy will help us take advantage of those opportunities and deliver better value and higher quality service to our clients. He is a thoughtful and innovative leader with a proven talent for helping good companies grow faster and work smarter. We are very excited to welcome him to our team.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Killer Tracks Adds Nashville’s Ian Bern to Its “Artist Series”

Announces Spotify promotion tied to singer/songwriter’s debut EP.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Singer/songwriter Ian Bern is the latest addition to Killer Tracks’ groundbreaking Artist Series. The Nashville-based artist has drawn strong reviews for his debut single Enough/It’s Not You on B3SCI Records.  Killer Tracks is announcing this new deal with a special promotion on Spotify that includes a chance to win a signed 7” vinyl.

“Our Artist Series is home to trend-setting, up-and-coming artists,” says Killer Tracks Director of Marketing Andrew Donahue. “It provides new artists with invaluable exposure and content producers with access to cutting edge music from stars in the making like Ian Bern.”

Ian Bern

Monday, June 27, 2016

VFX Supervisor Eric Gambini, Two Others Join FuseFX, Vancouver

LOS ANGELES— VFX Supervisor Eric Gambini has joined FuseFX, Vancouver, as the company continues to add staff to service the region’s boom in television production. A native of France who has worked at visual effects facilities around the world, Gambini most recently served as On-Set VFX Supervisor on the CW series The 100. Also new to FuseFX Vancouver are VFX Producer Graeme Marshall and CG Supervisor Adam Marisett.

Launched in 2015, FuseFX’s Vancouver facility currently produces visual effects for such shows as The Magicians, Zoo, Dark Matter and Salem. “We are very excited about the growth of our Vancouver operation and its ability to attract top talent,” said FuseFX Founder and President David Altenau. “We are working on some great shows produced in Canada and we are delivering effects that set the standard for quality and efficiency.”

Eric Gambini
Gambini began his career in France as a picture editor before immigrating to the United States in 1996 to join Digital Domain. As a camera department technician, he worked on several blockbuster titles including the original X-Men movie. He also spent six years at Weta Digital in New Zealand, serving as an On-Set TD for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar. Following that, he worked as VFX houses in Singapore, Australia and Canada.
“Eric brings an interesting and varied skill set to our team,” observed Jason Dowdeswell, who heads FuseFX, Vancouver, as Senior VFX Supervisor. “He is a well-rounded artist and a thoughtful leader who has the experience to tackle any creative challenge.”

GPL Technologies’ Appoints Chris Peterson to Head East Coast Sales and Operations

NEW YORK— GPL Technologies, a leading provider of IT services to the media and entertainment industry, has chosen post production industry veteran Chris Peterson to lead its office on the East Coast.  Peterson, who will serve as Account Manager/Northeast from GPL’s New York office, brings extensive experience as a producer, post production executive and marketing specialist. He most recently served as Director of Sales & Marketing and In-House Producer at Post Factory NY. In his new role, Peterson will direct GPL’ s east coast Managed Services, Infrastructure Solutions, Hardware-as-a-Service (VFXnow) and IT Staffing (Breed Staffing) divisions.

Chris Peterson
GPL Technologies launched its East Coast office last year to assist companies involved in film, television and advertising production with their IT and technology needs. “We have received an enthusiastic response from visual effects houses, post facilities, advertising agencies and other creative companies seeking experienced IT support in order to continue to manage their workflows and grow,” said GPL Technologies President Brian Terrell. “Chris is a great addition to our team. He brings diverse experience and wide respect throughout the production and post production community. We expect to benefit greatly from his knowledge and leadership as we build our footprint in the East.”

Friday, June 24, 2016

Killer Tracks Releases New Album from Jim Brickman with a Patriotic Theme

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Killer Tracks Production Music has just released a new, specially-commissioned album of patriotic-themed tracks from multi-platinum-selling composer and pianist Jim Brickman. Freedom Rings features 10 American classics plus two original tracks, performed with the originality, grace and emotional depth that have made Brickman one of the most popular pianists of his generation. The tracks are available for licensing through Killer Tracks.  The album can also be purchased commercially through (for physical CD’s), or iTunes as of July 1, 2016.  Currently, Freedom Rings is being featured exclusively on Pandora from 6/23/16 through 6/30/16.

Brickman applies his signature touch to This Land is Your Land, Shenandoah, Simple Gifts and seven other standards. His original song Victory is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces and others who serve their country, while the original Amber Waves was inspired by his experiences in touring the United States. “It’s amazing to live in a country where you are free to travel through landscapes rich in lakes, rivers, oceans, mountains, forests, prairies and deserts,” Brickman says.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

SIM Group Sponsors “Georgia Night in L.A.”

Annual networking event, slated for June 24th, promotes film and television production in Georgia.

Los Angeles — SIM Group is proud to announce that it is a corporate sponsor of Georgia Night in L.A., a special event developed by the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office to promote film and television production in the Peach State.

Georgia Night in L.A will be held Friday, June 24th at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. The annual networking event is designed to strengthen ties with producers who’ve brought projects to the state in the past or are considering doing so in the future. It will include an appearance by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal who will address the state’s commitment to support the production industry. Last year’s event attracted a crowd of more than 250 industry professionals. Expected to attend this year are representatives of Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, NBC/Universal and Netflix, among others.

Ann DeGuire
Georgia has become a major center for film and television production, in part due to generous tax incentives offered by the state. It has developed a strong infrastructure to support production and seen a steady uptick in production activity.

SIM Group has been a strong contributor to that growth. In 2013, the company expanded its Georgia operations, which includes offices of SIM Digital, which rents cameras and other production gear, and Bling Digital, which provides dailies and workflow services. The two companies provide turnkey solutions for productions throughout the state and the region. SIM Digital and Bling Digital have or are currently providing rentals and support to the Georgia-based television series Brockmire (IFC), Stranger Things (Netflix), The Vampire Diaries (CBS) and Halt and Catch Fire (AMC).

First Hawaiian Bank Teams with MVNP and Accomplice Media for “Milestone” Campaign

Eight spots use humor emotional storytelling to elevate the bank’s brand imaging.

Los Angeles—Although it serves a state with a population of less than 1.5 million people, First Hawaiian Bank is intent on reaching its audience with the sophistication of an international financial powerhouse. Teaming with Honolulu agency MVNP and Los Angeles-based production company Accomplice Media, FHB has launched an ambitious branding campaign centering on people coping with life’s milestones.  Rather than pushing specific retail services—as most regional banks do—these funny, beautifully-produced spots aim to forge an emotional connection with Hawaii residents from all walks of life.

Friday, June 17, 2016

SIM Group’s New Hollywood Headquarters Go Live

West Coast headquarters for SIM Digital, Bling Digital and Chainsaw offer complete solutions for production and post at one location.

Los Angeles —Today marks the opening of Sim Group Hollywood’s showcase building where Sim Digital, Bling and Chainsaw debut a unique “cameras through post” offering that is the first available in the LA market.  With construction completed, the West Coast headquarters, located on the historic Eastman Kodak campus in Hollywood, is fully operational.

SIM Group CEO James Haggarty
”We’ve got everything a production needs under one roof,” says SIM Group Chief Strategy Officer James Martin. “You can prep and test cameras and lenses on the first floor, and the rest of the building can handle every aspect of post from dailies and editorial offices all the way through final color and deliverables. It’s an amazing complex.”

For Sim Digital, this new space represents a substantial expansion of its camera rental business in Los Angeles. SIM Digital offers an extensive inventory of digital camera systems and related gear, ample internal space for camera testing and preparation, and multiple loading docks for streamlined fulfillment.  All prep bays have fiber connectivity to the 2nd and 3rd floor where workflow specialist Bling Digital and post production services provider Chainsaw reside. State-of-the-art resources include dailies processing, quality control, editorial finishing, color grading, visual effects, sound mixing and deliverables, as well as a pristine new theatre that includes a 4K Christie projector. The first shows to prep in the new space include “American Horror Story” and “Just Add Magic.”

Thursday, June 16, 2016

AKA NYC Captures Seven Telly Awards

Agency honored for television campaigns for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and AMERICAN PSYCHO.

NEW YORK—It was an exhilarating night for AKA NYC at the 37th Telly Awards as the entertainment marketing agency won a total of seven awards for its campaigns for the Broadway musicals FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and AMERICAN PSYCHO.

AKA’s FIDDLER spot “Tradition” earned a Silver Award, the competition’s highest honor, in the category Entertainment. It also picked up Bronze Awards for Directing and Cinematography. The agency’s spot “Selling Out” for AMERICAN PSYCHO won four Bronze Awards for Entertainment, Directing, Editing and Graphics. Both spots were directed by AKA NYC’s directing team Jamaal+Bashan.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Eileen Godoy Named Executive Producer at Cognition

HOLLYWOOD—Hybrid digital production studio Cognition has hired Eileen Godoy as Executive Producer. Godoy will manage film and television projects through the processes of editorial finishing, color grading and deliverables. She will collaborate with sales and play a role in setting strategy and planning growth.
Bringing nearly 20 years of experience in post-production, Godoy arrives from NBC/Universal where she was involved in feature film mastering and restoration. She spent 12 years as a Digital Intermediate Producer at EFILM, supervising final post work for scores of studio and independent films. She brings deep knowledge of film and digital workflows (live action and animation, 2D and 3D), strong managerial skills and a reputation for building customer relationships,
Eileen Godoy
“Eileen is a consummate professional,” said Cognition President of Post Production Reid Burns. “Cognition is growing quickly and we needed someone smart and savvy to help our clients negotiate post production and get the results that they seek. Eileen is ideally suited to that role.”
Godoy’s experience encompasses work with many of the industry’s top directors and cinematographers, including the Coen Brothers (Burn After Reading), Oliver Stone (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Mike Nichols (Charlie Wilson’s War). She has a particular affinity for working with female filmmakers, having served as Digital Intermediate Producer on films by Ava DuVernay (Selma), Francesca Gregorini (The Truth about Emanuel) and Kimberly Peirce (Carrie), among others.
Godoy says she was attracted to Cognition by its unique business model, commitment to pioneering new technologies and prospects for growth. “I like the company’s boutique feel and entrepreneurial mindset,” she notes. “I want to grow our DI workload, build relationships with studios and independent producers, and introduce people to our capabilities in virtual reality and other emerging technologies. It’s an exciting company.”

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Vitamin Pictures Reboots

Studio gets a makeover, releases new work.

CHICAGO— Design and animation studio Vitamin Pictures relaunches with a new look, and an expanded roster.  The studio’s newly-added CG supervisor, designer, illustrator and character animator were among a handful of artists who contributed to the company’s latest round of creative works.

One campaign, for the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital and Birmingham, Alabama agency Lewis Communications, delves into the imagination of two kids playing in a suburban backyard. As they bounce on a trampoline, the environment around them is transformed into an emerald forest filled with winged fairies. Another leap and they’re cavorting with a bubble-breathing dragon before a medieval castle. Then, they’re soaring through the solar system in a pint-sized rocket.

Monday, June 6, 2016

A Common Thread’s Eli Green Directs Launch Campaign for Sage By Hughes

A burglar’s home security system provides piece of mind while he’s away from home and breaking and entering.
LOS ANGELES— A cat burglar offers advice on home security while invading someone else’s house in a spot introducing the security and home automation system Sage By Hughes.

Roundabout Entertainment Boosts HDR Mastering & Quality Control

BURBANK— Roundabout Entertainment has extended its high dynamic range (HDR) mastering services by upgrading its DaVinci Resolve systems with the latest software release from Black Magic Design, version 12.5. The new software includes improved HDR grading controls that add to the facility’s ability to finish, grade and deliver theatrical, television and home entertainment projects in HDR. It also adds new tools for editing, visual effects and noise reduction.

“We have developed a complete workflow to support our clients’ needs to make HDR deliveries that conform to distributor specifications,” said Roundabout Founder and CEO Craig Clark. “We share our clients’ enthusiasm for HDR and are providing them with the quality they need, and the efficiency and reliability that they have come to expect from Roundabout.”

Michael Smollin
Committed to supporting the latest delivery formats, Roundabout initiated HDR services more than a year ago. It launched one of the industry’s first HDR quality control operations and currently provides that service for several Amazon original series. “We’re ahead of the game in HDR,” says Senior Colorist Michael Smollin. “We’ve got the expertise and the gear to produce HDR masters, and we’re one of few facilities actively providing HDR QC on a daily basis.”

Rising Sun Pictures Extends Its Mastery over Time in “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Visual effects studio tops its award-winning effort in previous X-Men movie with explosive Quicksilver ‘Extraction’ sequence.
Adelaide, South AustraliaX-Men: Apocalypse, the latest entrant in Twentieth Century Fox’s popular superhero franchise, features more time-bending magic from Australia’s Rising Sun Pictures. The visual effects studio contributed to several key sequences in the film, most notably an electrifying scene where Quicksilver (Evan Peters) uses his hyper-speed ability to rescue students from an exploding mansion.

Quicksilver’s Rescue builds on a notable scene from the preceding X-Men: Days of Future Past where the character races around a Pentagon cafeteria to prevent security guards from shooting a trio of X-Men. RSP’s impeccable work in making pots, pans, bullets and water drops freeze in mid-air helped the film earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Ogilvy Vets Tommy Henvey and Patti McConnell Launch Something Different

Creative boutique offers an alternative to brands looking for new ways to create content.

NEW YORK CITY—Seeking to provide brands with an alternative to the traditional agency model, former Ogilvy & Mather Executive Creative Director Tommy Henvey and Executive Producer Patti McConnell have launched Something Different. The new creative marketing boutique will leverage a lean and flexible business structure to provide brands with the thing that agencies do well—produce great creative—while avoiding pitfalls that cause work to bog down and cost too much.

 “Clients are looking for a different way to get things done, that’s why there are a billion new places popping up, trying to figure out the best way to do it.  We figured a billion and one might be the magic number,” says Henvey. “The process of making things today can be tedious. Our plan is to make it smoother, more efficient and more fun.”

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Maggie’s Plan: Technicolor PostWorks Helps Rebecca Miller Craft a Classic New York Romance

NEW YORK— Post work for Director Rebecca Miller’s new romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan, currently in wide release from Sony Pictures Classics, was a labor of love for Technicolor PostWorks New York. A long-time supporter of independent film, the facility furnished suites and systems to Picture Editor Sabine Hoffman and her crew. It also provided resources for dailies processing, editorial finishing, color grading, sound mixing and deliverables. The project involved months of concentrated effort, spanning pre-production through the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Maggie’s Plan, which has drawn rave reviews, tells the quirky story of independent, thirty-something Maggie (Greta Gerwig), whose plan to have a baby as a single mom is derailed when she falls in love with “ficto-critical anthropologist” John (Ethan Hawke) and destroys his marriage to the brilliant Georgette (Julianne Moore).