Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Julia Merrill Joins Nine Mile Circle as Executive Producer

Nine Mile Circle, which provides editorial, finishing, sound and color services for commercials, television and film, has hired Julia Merrill as executive producer. Merrill, whose background includes nine years as a writer/producer for Cartoon Network, will lead client relations, business development and project management. She will also work with Nine Mile Circle editor and owner Kyle Kramb in implementing the company’s further expansion plans, including a move to a larger facility this fall.

Kramb cited Merrill’s experience in production and post, great reputation and enthusiasm in welcoming her to the Nine Mile team. “We’re excited to have Julia join us,” he said. “We believe our clients are going to benefit greatly from her dedication, knowledge and efficiency, and they will love her passion for the creative process.”

Julia Merrill
Merrill has worked in Atlanta’s media and entertainment industry for 15 years. A graduate of Georgia State University, she joined Cartoon Network in 2002. There, she wrote and produced promos and other broadcast media for the network’s shows and for advertising partners, including McDonald’s and Sony Pictures. For the past three years, she has worked as a freelance writer, producer and project manager, handling a wide range assignments for local agencies, producers, post houses and digital studios. She began her career as an editor.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Weaves an Intricate Web of Sound for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

CULVER CITY, CALIF.— In Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, the movie’s colorful cast of characters, impressive gadgetry and thrilling action created plenty of opportunities for its veteran sound team to flex their creative muscles. Sony Pictures Post Production Services assembled an all-star lineup of sound talent for the project led by Supervising Sound Editors Eric Norris (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel) and Steven Ticknor (Spider-Man, The Lincoln Lawyer), Academy Award-winning Re-Recording Mixer Kevin O’Connell (Hacksaw Ridge, Transformers), Sound Designer/Re-Recording Mixer Tony Lamberti (Ghostbusters, Inglourious Basterds) and Foley Artist Gary Hecker (Justice League, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3).
“It was a high-octane crew,” says Ticknor. “As a team, we blended well, everyone contributed and the ideas flowed seamlessly.”


Spider Man: Homecoming



Monday, July 10, 2017

Alchemy Post Sound Delivers Shattering Foley Effects for Heist Film “Good Time”

Westchester, New York—Good Time, the new thriller from directors Benny and Josh Safdie, tells the story of a bank heist gone wrong. The film, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and has attracted wide critical acclaim, stars Robert Pattinson as Connie Nikas, a thief who robs a bank in Queens as part of an ill-conceived scheme to get his mentally handicapped brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail.

Alchemy Post Sound provided Foley effects for the film, supporting its riveting action, vivid imagery and dark humor with creative sound. Working under the direction of Supervising Sound Editor Ryan M. Price, MPSE, and Re-Recording Mixer Evan Mangiamele, the Alchemy team (consisting of Foley artists Leslie Bloome and Joanna Fang and Foley mixers Ryan Collison and Nicholas Seaman) produced a vast assortment of custom sounds in preparing the film for festival screenings.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Outloud Audio Adopts Fortium’s MediaSeal File Level Encryption to Meet Heightened Security Threats

Los Angeles—Fortium, a leading provider of digital content security solutions for media and entertainment, today announces Outloud Audio, Los Angeles and New York, as a new customer for MediaSeal®, its file encryption software, which protects unaired TV and movie content at file level during the sensitive stages prior to release. In the current climate of increased concerns over cyber-crime, MediaSeal protects against leaks and accidental distribution by raising studio defences.

“Our clients' media security is paramount,” commented Mark Kondracki, Principal of Outloud Audio.  “When I saw how easily we could encrypt files with MediaSeal at file level, it became the cornerstone of our media protection process for our stages in L.A. and New York City. We love knowing that encrypted MediaSeal files are rendered unplayable outside of our facilities.”



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Common Thread’s Sheldon Candis Brings “Docu-Cinematic” Style to Honda’s “Greatness”

LOS ANGELES— A Common Thread director, Sheldon Candis, profiles the “greatness” of Chicago entrepreneurs, Autumn and Brian Merritt, in a new national campaign for Honda.
The uplifting piece describes how the couple channeled their personal passion into their boutique fashion line, Sir & Madame, and now are giving back by mentoring young artists and designers. The story is wrapped around scenes of the Merritts driving a Civic through their historic Hyde Park neighborhood and past familiar Chicago landmarks. “For us, greatness is about loving what you do,” says Autumn, “and taking risks to do what you love.”
Candis directs the campaign with a light touch and a discerning eye that brings out the personalities of his subjects. The Merritts are likeable and real. The car is integrated into the story in the best way possible, naturally. “Honda wanted a real-life experience,” the director notes. “They wanted to tell the story of an exceptional family who are the embodiment of the American Dream.”

While Candis assumes a documentary approach, he applies a unique and inventive visual style combined with a sense of fun that lifts the campaign above simple slice-of-life representation. He calls the results “cinematic-documentary.” “I pair real emotions with cinematic influences,” he explains. “I wanted this piece to feel cinematic and stylish, while capturing the genuine emotion of the human condition. My ultimate goal is to bring visceral emotion to advertising... What you feel in my films... What you feel in my documentaries...”
Candis rose to notoriety when his debut feature LUV premiered to glowing reviews at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize). A coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in an atmosphere of gun violence, LUV has been followed by a string of impressive episodic television and documentary projects, all centered on deeply personal and emotional storytelling. “I’m fortunate that my work in advertising has allowed me to continue to do what I love,” Candis says. “I’m a storyteller.”

Credits
Titles:              Greatness
Client:              American Honda Motor Co.
Agency:           Muse, Culver City, Ca. Jo Muse, Chief Creative Officer; Shelley Yamane, President; Michael James McCallum, V.P./Creative Director; Will Campbell, President/Quantasy; Vanessa MacAdam, Executive Producer.
Production:     A Common Thread. Sheldon Candis, Director. J.P. McMahon and Tristan Drew, Executive Producers; Leornardo Veras, Line Producer; Michelle Tocase, Production Manager; Michael Fitzmaurice, Director of Photography.
Editorial:         Muse Studios.

FuseFX Drives VFX for New Summer TV Series

LOS ANGELES—FuseFX is currently delivering visual effects for a range of television series debuting or returning this summer through its Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver production studios. They include projects for Showtime, USA, Spike, CBS, AMC, Netflix and FX.

Summer FuseFX premieres include:

Technicolor PostWorks Provides a Colorful “Band Aid” Solution

Colorist Allie Ames performs grading for the virtually all-women production.

NEW YORK— Released this month by IFC Films, Band Aid marks the directorial debut of Zoe Lister-Jones, best known for her acting roles on Life in Pieces and New Girl. The film has been earning rave reviews for its engaging story of a couple who turn to songwriting to work out their marital difficulties. It has also generated lots of buzz for Lister-Jones’s unique decision to employ women in all key production and post-production crew positions. That included Colorist Allie Ames from Technicolor PostWorks New York, who worked with the director and Cinematographer Hillary Spera through editorial conforming and final color grading.

Shot in Los Angeles, Band Aid captures both the city’s sun-drenched streets and dimly-lit clubs in a fresh natural manner. Spera, who primarily worked hand-held, says the visual style was heavily influenced by slice-of-life films of the ‘70s, citing the Woody Allen classic Husbands and Wives. “Films of that era have a tangibility; things feel very organic,” she explains. “We went for something similar where the action feels improvised, even though it’s scripted, and we’re just ‘there’ with the camera.”


Friday, June 16, 2017

SMPTE® Hollywood Section and VES of Los Angeles to Explore Augmented Reality at Joint June Meeting

LOS ANGELES —  The Hollywood Section of SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, and the Visual Effects Society Los Angeles Section will conduct a joint meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 22, to examine the rapidly evolving field of augmented reality (AR).

Drawing on leading-edge technologies from cloud-based supercomputing to next-generation mobile devices, AR is creating new ways for people to experience the world. At this joint meeting of the SMPTE Hollywood Section and VES Los Angeles, a panel of experts will provide an overview of the AR landscape and the technologies driving it. They will also share insights into emerging business opportunities and offer advice on what it takes to get involved in this exciting new field.

“Possibilities abound for the application of augmented reality, from augmented commerce to new forms of augmented entertainment,” said Marty Meyer, chair of the SMPTE Hollywood Section. “We are excited to co-host a panel of leaders from companies that are among those at the forefront of our industry’s evolution. It promises to be a very timely and thought-provoking evening.”

Panelists include:
  • Ed Lantz, president and chief technology officer at VORTEX Immersion Media Inc.
  • Theo Skye, founding partner and chief innovation officer at The Visory
  • Eddie Offerman, VR/AR researcher and pipeline architect at Mirada Studios
  • Ralph Barbagallo, founder of FLARB LLC
  • Greg Berkin, managing director at Concours Ventures

(l to r) Ed Lantz, Theo Skye, Eddie Offerman, Ralph Barbagallo, Greg Berkin

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Common Thread Signs “LUV” Director Sheldon Candis

Directs campaigns for Honda, Ford.
LOS ANGELES— Award-winning director Sheldon Candis, best known for the 2012 Sundance feature LUV, has joined A Common Thread for advertising projects. Candis’s work encompasses features, episodic television, documentaries, branded content and spots.  He has already directed several commercials in tandem with A Common Thread, including campaigns for Ford and Honda.
“Sheldon’s approach to every project is refreshing and invigorating,” said A Common Thread Executive Producer J.P. McMahon. “You can’t help but share his eagerness for creating something special from concept to finished product.”
Sheldon Candis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FuseFX Stays Hot with New TV Series

LOS ANGELES—FuseFX is providing visual effects for a wide range of television series, new and returning, which premiered this spring. Projects from its studios in Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver for clients including AMC, Starz!, Netflix and FX.

New and returning FuseFX projects:

The Son (now airing on AMC), based on the Phillip Meyer novel, is a multi-generational epic of America's birth as a superpower told through the bloody rise and fall of a Texas oil empire.



American Gods (now airing on Starz!)  is a fantasy drama based on the novel by Neil Gaiman about ex-con, Shadow Moon, and a mysterious stranger who is in fact the god Odin.






Monday, June 12, 2017

The Africa Channel Turns to WCPMedia Services to Sell Content on the World Market

Channel’s Los Angeles production studio uses virtual screening room technology to share content securely with global client base.

LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles-based The Africa Channel is currently using WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform in marketing content to broadcasters, streaming services and other distribution outlets worldwide.

The Africa Channel recently launched a production arm, TAC Studios, to produce original lifestyle programming about contemporary African life, and to market its existing library of premium content. The WCPMedia Services platform allows TAC Studios to set up secure virtual screening rooms to share content with current and potential customers.

“Our customers are able to log in and enjoy a high-quality experience on their desktop, tablet or mobile device,” explains Bill Admans, technology consultant to TAC Studios. “The quality is equivalent to watching shows on a streaming service, for example."

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Killer Tracks Launches GUM Tapes

Eleven all-new albums from Paris-based Green United Music available exclusively through Killer Tracks.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Killer Tracks, a premiere source for pre-cleared production music, announces GUM Tapes, a new label developed by Paris-based Green United Music. The initial release includes 11 albums of newly-produced, never-before-available tracks created for film, television and advertising by some of Europe’s hottest composers. All are available immediately for licensing and sync exclusively through Killer Tracks.  GUM Tracks plans to release five additional albums of fresh sounding tracks every month.

With studios in Paris, London and Shanghai, Green United Music has created music for some of the world’s best-known brands, including Peugeot, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Nike, Levi’s, Vodafone, Samsung and L'Oréal. “We’ve been fans of the GUM team for years,” said Killer Tracks Director of Marketing Andrew Donahue. “They produce multi-awarding winning, high quality work that is consistently fresh, authentic and on target with the needs of the market. We’re very impressed with their new work and excited to introduce it to the North American market.”


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Breakthrough Entertainment Adopts WCPMedia Cloud-based File Transfer Platform

Leading Canadian studio leverages cloud-based media management platform for delivering its television library to clients internationally.

TORONTO - Award-winning global studio Breakthrough Entertainment today announced they have transitioned to a completely cloud-based delivery system through WCPMedia Services for the delivery of their premium content to their clients; major networks and digital channels across the globe.

As a distributor and production house Breakthrough boasts a catalogue of over 40 feature films and 4000 television episodes including such popular titles as the L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables trilogy, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita and The Adventures of Napkin Man. The Toronto based studio began using WCPMedia’s cloud-based platform earlier this year to deliver content to broadcasters around the world. The company is pleased to announce it is now using WCPMedia to deliver shows each month to broadcasters on six continents.

Anne of Green Gables

Monday, June 5, 2017

FuseFX Provides VFX for John Ridley’s “American Crime” and “Let It Fall”

LOS ANGELES— The FuseFX Los Angeles crew recently provided visual effects services for two projects by Oscar-winning writer/producer/director John Ridley – the anthology series American Crime and the feature-length documentary Let It Fall, which aired April 28.

The studio served as the sole visual effects provider for the third season of American Crime, which included numerous 3D set extensions and digital matte paintings. “The series takes place entirely in North Carolina, but was shot in and around Los Angeles,” notes Jason Piccioni, VFX Supervisor on both Ridley projects. “The lion’s share of the VFX work involved enhancing, replacing, and/or building environments that more closely resembled the landscape, groves, fields, and small towns of our story location.”

Portions of the show were set in a camp housing migrant farm workers. “We built a maze of rundown trailers out at Disney Ranch in Los Angeles and then extended those camps with CG and matte paintings to increase the size of the trailer park and surround it with a landscape appropriate to North Carolina,” Piccioni elaborates.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Manios Digital & Film to Show New Cartoni Products at Cine Gear and Matthews’ Garage Sale

Cartoni’s Lambda 25 3rd Axis and Total Dutch facilitate 360° rotation for specialty camera shots.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— Cartoni USA and Manios Digital & Film will demonstrate the latest additions to Cartoni’s award-winning line of camera accessories at two events this weekend in Hollywood.
Lambda 25 3rd Axis is an innovative, new accessory for Cartoni’s Lambda 25, the industry standard nodal fluid head for specialty pan and tilt shots. The new attachment allows operators to perform complete 360° rotation on a third axis, making it ideal for shooting underslung off a jib arm, dolly, crane or slider.
Total Dutch uses similar technology to build  the next generation of Cartoni’s popular Dutch head, expanding the canted angle to full 360° rotation. It can be quickly mounted to any heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head with just a few screws  and can accommodate camera packages up to 25kg (55lbs.). Never before has full rotation on the optical center of the camera imager been so readily available.

“Lambda 25 3rd Axis and Total Dutch provide operators with new freedom to be creative,” says Manios Digital & Film President Steve Manios Jr. “It’s now possible to achieve 360-degreee rotation with perfect control. And both products provide the Italian craftsmanship and reliability that are Cartoni hallmarks.”
At Cine Gear Expo, the Total Dutch will be on display in the Cartoni/Manios Digital & Film booth. In addition, the Matthews Studio Equipment booth will demonstrate the Lambda 25 3rd Axis mounted on an underslung Dutti Dolly.
Cartoni USA and Manios Digital & Film will also take part in Matthews Studio Equipment’s annual Garage Sale Party, Sunday, June 4, in Burbank. There, a Cartoni Lambda 25 head will be part of a free demonstration put on by GripSupport.com owner and founder Greg Flores. The Lambda will be mounted to a classic 1964 Ford Thunderbird custom camera rig and used to execute dramatic nodal camera moves.
Cartoni has been the industry leader in nodal camera heads for more than 25 years. The company was awarded a 2016 Technical Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) for the development of Lambda 25. “Cartoni Lambda has become the go-to head for various special effects shots,” explains Manios. “Compete rotation and panning of the head is possible at the same time with a zero gravity feel. This weightlessness is achieved by perfect balance of the camera’s weight on both the horizontal and vertical axis.”
Cine Gear Expo
Exhibits: June 2 – 4
The Studios at Paramount, Hollywood
Manios Digital & Film, Booth 57

Mathews Studio Equipment Garage Sale Party
Sunday, June 4th, 2 - 6 p.m.
4520 W. Valerio St.
Burbank, CA 91505

About Manios Digital & Film
A division of Ste-Man, Inc. and led by President Steven Manios, Jr.,  Manios Digital & Film has been bringing the world’s highest quality products to professional filmmakers, videographers and ENG crews in the United States since 1992. The company has longstanding relationships with leading manufacturers around the globe and an extensive dealer network spanning the United States. It is an authorized distributor for Cartoni, Vocas and Kinotehnik. By working closely with its customers, and by listening to and understanding their needs, Manios Digital & Film has become a trusted partner to film and video professionals worldwide.
Manios Digital & Film 10663 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; 818.760.8290.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CARTONI President & CEO Elisabetta Cartoni Selected as Associate Member in the ASC

ROME— Cartoni (S.p.A.) today announces that Elisabetta Cartoni, the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, has been accepted as an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).
Associate membership in the ASC, the oldest continuously operating motion picture society in the world, is considered a great privilege. Membership is granted by invitation-only and based on the individual’s contributions to the motion picture industry in general and cinematography in particular. Currently, there are fewer than 200 associate members worldwide. Cartoni’s membership was sponsored by Jon Fauer ASC, Kees Van Oostrum ASC President, Dante Spinotti ASC, AIC, and a recommendation by Garrett Brown.
Elisabetta Cartoni
“It is a remarkable honor to be selected for membership in the ASC,” said Cartoni. “I am extremely proud to join the many talented artists and industry colleagues belonging to this prestigious organization whose name is synonymous with the art of cinematography.”
Elisabetta Cartoni heads the Rome-based company that is an industry leader in professional camera support systems. Cinematographers and other camera professionals around the world employ Cartoni fluid heads, tripods, pedestals and other specialty gear in the production of motion pictures, television documentaries and news.
CARTONI (S.p.A.) is a family run company founded in 1935 by Elisabetta’s grandfather, Renato Cartoni, Director of Italy’s State Institute of Cinematography. Her father, Guido Cartoni led the company for more than four decades, and bolstered it into an industry leader. His pioneering efforts in the design of camera support systems was recognized with the receipt of serval awards including an AMPAS Scientific and Technical Achievement Award, ATIC Technical Awards and a SOC Technical Achievement Awards.

Monday, May 22, 2017

SMPTE® Hollywood Section to Explore Data’s Impact on Production Decisions at May Meeting

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Section of SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, today announced that its next monthly meeting, scheduled for Monday, May 31, will examine how data — lots of it — is exerting a major impact on decision-making in television and film production. 

Data collected on social media, streaming services, mobile devices, email, and web-based communications affects decisions on how projects are green-lit, created, produced, distributed, and marketed. The ways individuals consume content are evolving and leading to data-rich models that claim to predict what consumers will watch, and how they will watch it. Everything in a digital environment is trackable. The question is: How are media professionals using this information?

The Hollywood Section of SMPTE will present a discussion, led by Bernie Laramie, on how big data and analytics are affecting the industry.

Bernie Laramie
Laramie has been a producer in Los Angeles for more than 25 years. He is best known for his work on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as well as such series as Shark, Threat Matrix, Profiler, Dark Skies, and Max Headroom. His credits also include the IMAX 3D production of James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep and The Last Mysteries of the Titanic, a 17-camera live broadcast from the sunken vessel.

Friday, May 19, 2017

WCPMedia Services to Discuss Cloud Production Workflows at Cannes

Representatives from Augustus Color, Eastman Kodak and the University of Rome will also take part in Saturday, May 20th event at Cannes’ Italian Pavilion.

CANNES—WCPMedia Services President Cristina Molinari and Vice President of Operations Giovanni Contri will describe how more and more film and television productions are moving their workflows to the cloud in a special presentation at the Cannes Film Festival.

Presented by Augustus Color, A Cloud Hub for Global Productions will also feature representatives from Eastman Kodak and the University of Roma Tre. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 20 May, at the Cannes Film Festival’s Italian Pavilion in the Hotel Barrière Le Majestic (Salon Marta).

WCPMedia Services is leading a revolution in the way films and television are produced. Its cloud-based digital media management system can serve as a production’s workflow backbone from concept through final delivery. It provides producers, distributors, post-production facilities and others with tools to manage and share assets with partners around the globe quickly, economically and securely. Recent projects that have relied on WCPMedia Services include HBO’s The Young Pope, Disney’s Tini: The New Life of Violetta and AMBI Media Group’s Bent.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sherpas Cinema Takes Audi into Undiscovered Country with “Hokkaido Calling”

Branded film directed by Leo Hoorn features freerider skiers Sam Smoothy, Jérémie Heitz and Dane Tudor.

Los Angeles— Hokkaido Calling, a new short film created by Sherpas Cinema (represented in the U.S.by Accomplice Media) for Audi, follows big mountain ski legends Sam Smoothy, Jérémie Heitz and Dane Tudor on an epic road trip in search of deep powder, undiscovered paths and the chance to stand where no one has stood before.

Directed by Sherpas Cinema’s Leo Hoorn, the 8-minute film is filled with breathtaking skiing as the trio of freeriders spend two weeks touring the rugged mountains of Japan’s northern island in an Audi Quattro. Smoothy, Heitz and Tudor soar down steep volcanos, slalom through untouched forests and relax in wooden baths called onsen. Ultimately, their journey leads them to a towering hydroelectric dam whose dizzyingly sheer side is crisscrossed with snow covered concrete barriers. In the film’s climax, they dive down the pyramid-like structure in a wild, buckling ride.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WCPMedia Services Taps Peter Wetherell for Promotion and Marketing

Distribution production and financing veteran to expand relationships among producers and international sales agents.

HOLLYWOOD—WCPMedia Services, whose cloud-based media management platform is used by entertainment content producers and distributors around the globe, today announces that Peter Wetherell, who heads Magus Entertainment, Inc., has joined the company as Senior Advisor.  A 30-year veteran of the motion picture and television industry, Peter will assist with WCPMedia Services sales and marketing efforts, broadening its market share among international sales agents, producers and distributors. He will be representing the company at the 70th Cannes Film Festival next week in Cannes.

Peter Wetherell
WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based platform provides content creators and owners with fast, simple and secure means to both manage and deliver assets throughout the production and distribution life cycle. “Peter’s extensive local and international relationships, as well as his astute insight into the dynamics of the global film and television market, strengthens our ability to attract new customers” said WCPMedia Services Managing Director – Americas Kenneth Yas. “We are very pleased to welcome him to our team as we revolutionize the way the industry manages assets.”

Wetherell brings expertise across diverse segments of the motion picture and television industries. For the past 20 years, he has led Magus Entertainment, which provides senior advisory services, corporate representation, strategic planning, risk management and training services to independent producers, film financing institutions and investors, foreign and domestic distributors, film commissions, film festivals and markets. Its current clients include the British Columbia Film & TV Office in Los Angeles, AFEX, the Cannes Film Market and IFTA, among others.  He also has extensive hands-on experience with individual project financing and distribution, and has served as executive producer on more than a dozen independent features.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Augustus Color Taps WCPMedia Services to Help “Bent” Soar through Post

Cloud-based media management platform used to deliver media to editors, visual effects providers, producers and others involved in international thriller.

Academy Award® winner Bobby Moresco (“Crash”, “Million Dollar Baby”) directed the film from a screenplay he wrote himself, based on characters created by Joseph O’Donnell.  AMBI Media Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi produced the film with Joseph O’Donnell.

Rome, Italy—  Bent is the latest motion picture production to move its media management to the WCPMedia cloud. Augustus Color, Rome-based Post Production Lab, is using WCPMedia’s platform to deliver dailies and other assets from production locations in Italy to production partners around the globe.


Jeannette Zepeda Joins Roundabout Entertainment’s Creative Services Team

BURBANK—Roundabout Entertainment has hired post-production industry veteran Jeannette Zepeda to fill the newly-created post of Executive Director for Business Development, Creative Services.

Zepeda will oversee sales and marketing for the facility’s newly-expanded DI department, which provides color grading, editorial finishing and deliverables for features and television. She will also work with the facility’s senior management in developing new services and workflows to meet emerging market demands.

Jeannette Zepeda
“We are very excited to add Jeannette’s considerable talents and enthusiasm to our sales team,” said Roundabout CEO Craig Clark. “Her knowledge of DI will be of enormous value to our effort to strengthen our ties with studios, independent producers and filmmakers.”

Zepeda has already been involved in several high-profile projects for Roundabout, including DI finishing for Terrence Malick’s Song to Song and an untitled project for director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jimmy Buffet Doc “Parrot Heads” Takes Wing at Roundabout Entertainment

Burbank facility provides a full package of finishing services for independently-produced, documentary feature.

BURBANK—Post-production finishing for Parrott Heads, a new feature length documentary about dedicated fans of singer Jimmy Buffett, was completed recently at Roundabout Entertainment. The Burbank facility provided editorial conforming, color grading, sound mixing and DVD authoring services for the film, currently streaming on Amazon, iTunes and elsewhere.



Directed by Bryce Wagoner, Parrott Heads casts an affectionate eye on the passionate subculture that has grown up around Buffett and his signature blend of breezy, good-time music known as “trop rock.” It focuses in particular on Scott Nickerson, a fan of Buffett since the 1980s and founder of a worldwide organization known as Parrot Heads in Paradise. Its members not only attend concerts dressed in outlandish Caribbean-themed attire but have created a unique sense of community and carry out on a range of philanthropic activities.

Mr. Wolf Expands to New York

Visual effects boutique taps John Ciampa to lead East Coast operation, which has produced work for CBS FILMS, MTV, SPIKE, VH1 and others.

SANTA MONICA, CA— Culver City, California-based visual effects boutique Mr. Wolf has opened a studio in New York City. The new operation, located within the post-production facility Post FactoryNY, will provide visual effects and finishing services for features, television, broadcast media, advertising and other projects. Mr. Wolf is known for its work on features American Hustle, Hercules, The Brother’s Grimsby and Allegiant. Its New York operation has already completed work for MTV’s Teen Wolf, SPIKE’s Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff, and VH-1’s America’s Next Top Model and Leave It to Stevie.

John Ciampa
John Ciampa, a 25-year industry veteran, will head the New York operation as Creative Director. Like the company’s Culver City operation, the new site features a flexible IT infrastructure that enables it to quickly scale up or adapt its workflow to meet the needs of assignments of varying size and needs. In addition to tackling New York-based projects, it will provide supplementary support to the team in California.

“We’re extending the model that has worked so well on the West Coast,” said Mr. Wolf Executive Producer Mike Pryor. “It’s creative solutions through unparalleled client service.” Pryor added that the two offices share a data link that allows them to collaborate. Both sides have already teamed up on projects for the television series Channel Zero (SyFy), The Goldbergs (ABC),Kevin Can Wait (CBS), and The OA (Netflix) as well as the Peter Berg- directed Patriot’s Day.  They are currently in production on Nicole Holofcener’s Land of Steady Habits which recently finished shooting.