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.

FuseFX Appoints VFX Supervisor Jon Cowley to Lead Production Team in Vancouver

VANCOUVER— FuseFX has hired 18-year visual effects industry veteran Jon Cowley as Head of Production and Senior VFX Supervisor at its production facility in Vancouver. Cowley will oversee production activity at the facility lead its team of VFX Supervisors on projects including the television series Zoo and Mist. He brings deep experience as a manager, supervisor and artist with credits including the blockbusters Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, The Great Gatsby, and District 9. Most recently, he served as a client-side VFX Supervisor on the Netflix television series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Jon Cowley
“We are very excited to bring Jon Cowley on board as our new Head of Production and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor in Vancouver,” said FuseFX President David Altenau.  “He will be working closely with Executive Producer Wendy Lanning to lead the office and continue to improve and grow the studio.”

With a background in industrial engineering, fine arts, design and animation, Cowley began his career as a computer graphics artist in his native Toronto with credits including Panic Room and Jason X. He earned his first credit as VFX Supervisor on the Disney television movie A Wrinkle in Time. Since then, he has acted in supervisory roles on more than 30 motion picture and television projects with other highlights including Smallville, Total Recall and Men in Black 3.