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  • So You Think You Can Dance: A Look Behind The Emmy-Nomination Generating Live Broadcast

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Sean Cheesman takes the role he has instructing young dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance” very seriously.  After watching Season 14 contestant Koine and her all-star partner Marko perform his choreography – a mixture of African dance and jazz – during the show’s live telecast on Monday, August 14th, Cheesman…

     

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  • Emmy-Nominated Tituss Burgess On Theater, Film And “The Preacher’s Wife”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Netflix hosted a special Emmy FYC event honoring “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” nominee Tituss Burgess on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at Hollywood’s Sayer’s Club Celebrating. Humbled and honored by his third consecutive nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Burgess engaged in a one-on-one discussion with actress Yvette Nicole…

     

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  • ADG Creates New Award Category Recognizing Excellent In Production Design For Animated Features

    By 411 Update

     

    The Art Directors Guild (ADG) will debut a new award category during its 2018 annual awards ceremony.  The category is titled Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature Film and will be added to the other categories honoring production design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos.  The ADG award ceremony will take place…

     

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  • 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards Call For Entries Open

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    The call for entries for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards is now open. The Regular Deadline is Tuesday, September 19, 2017 and the Final Deadline is Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  The nominations will be announced on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in a press conference in Los Angeles.  In addition to celebrating the broad spectrum…

     

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  • Jon Favreau To Receive The 2018 VES Lifetime Achievement Award

    By 411 Update

     

    Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named acclaimed writer-director-producer-actor Jon Favreau as the next recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment.  The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES…

     

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  • John Bailey Elected President Of AMPAS

    By 411 Update

     

    On August 8, 2017,  the Board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elected John Bailey to serve as the president of the organization. Also elected to officer positions by the Board: Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee) Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee) Michael Tronick,…

     

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  • Society Of Camera Operators 2018 Technical Achievement Award Submissions Now Open

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Nominations are now being accepted for the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) annual Technical Achievement Award.  The Technical Achievement Awards is given each year by the SOC and awarded at the Lifetime Achievement Awards that will take place Saturday February 3, 2018 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles. The nominees are reviewed by the Society’s…

     

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  • HFPA Presents $2.8 Million In Grants At Annual Gala

    By 411 Update

     

    On August 2, 2017, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) held its annual Grants Banquet, where grants totaling $2.8 million dollars were bestowed to non-profit cultural and educational organizations that foster and educate, promote and preserve all production mediums.  . The evening was hosted by Chelsea Handler and included a special musical performance by Keala…

     

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  • Behind The Scenes Talent Were Fan Favs At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Comic Con fans flock to the four-day convention, anxious to glimpse the talent who bring their favorite shows and characters to life.  And that talent isn’t contained in the actors in front of the cameras.  The Art Directors Guild panel, “The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination,” featuring Oliver Scholl (“Spider-man: Homecoming”), Francois Audouy (“Logan”), Hannah…

     

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  • Titmouse Takes Flight: On The Road With Chris Prynoski At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas They got me with the chirp. I first encountered Titmouse, a LA-based animation production company, when I wrote an article highlighting Disney XD’s “Motorcity.”  Created by Titmouse President and Owner Chris Prynoski, I was impressed in the tremendous amount of research and auto engineering that Titmouse staff engaged in to create the animated…

     

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  • Damon Lindelof Leads “Twin Peaks” Panel At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Sporting a graphic t-shirt that read “Damn Fine Coffee”, Damon Lindelof kicked off Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: The Return” panel at Comic Con by recalling his introduction to the series in 1990.  The writer/producer/creator behind numerous films and TV series including “Lost” and “The Leftovers” was a 16-year-old “geeky misfit” who found solace…

     

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  • Anna Behlmer To Receive Cinema Audio Society’s 2018 Career Achievement Award

    By 411 Update

     

    Re-recording mixer Anna Behlmer will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award at the 54th CAS Awards.  The award date is set for Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California. “It’s truly an honor to announce the selection of Anna Behlmer by the CAS for our Career…

     

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  • EW’s Women Who Kick A** Icon Charlize Theron At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Walk through any hall or arena at San Diego’s Comic Con and you’ll see a wealth of fan love for female characters.  From Daenerys Targaryen to Wonder Woman, from Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace to “Eleven” from “Stranger Things” – people of every gender and walk-of-life were either dressed up as, or sporting…

     

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  • Audible Presents “The X-Files Cold Cases” At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?  The Shadow knows!” Thus began the radio play “The Shadow” which ran from 1930 to 1954.  David Duchovny wasn’t born when the show bowed off the air, but the award-winning actor behind “The X-Files” Agent Fox Mulder and many other recognized film…

     

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  • Nick App Series Moves To TV With Aid From Alchemy Post

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The animated series Welcome to the Wayne recently debuted on Nickelodeon, becoming the network’s first original series to move from digital to broadcast.  Created by Billy Lopez, the show centers on the adventures of two 10-year-old boys living in a Manhattan high-rise , called The Wayne.  It originally launched in 2014 as a series of…

     

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  • Production Charts, Tax Incentives Featured On Redesigned Variety411 Website

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    By: Daniella Aramnia Variety 411, the nation’s one-stop production resource, recently launched two new online features: production charts and an incentive map. Initiated over 35 years ago, Variety 411 remains the country’s only qualified directory – all listings entered into the directory have professional references highlighting their work on film, television, commercial and new media…

     

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  • The Role Of A Below-The-Line Agent: An Interview With Maureen Toth

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Maureen Toth is familiar with the term “multi-threat.”  An accomplished Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Toth is also a lead agent at Eastern Talent Agency, a company devoted to below-the-line talent.  Their roster includes talent such as Emmy-winning cinematographer Michael Slovis (Breaking Bad, CSI), Oscar-nominated and Eddie winning editor Kevin Tent (The Descendants,…

     

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  • Cinema Audio Society Announces 2018 Award Timeline

    By 411 Update

     

    The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) has set the date and timeline for the 54th Annual CAS Awards.  The CAS Awards recognize Outstanding Sound Mixing in film and television as well as Outstanding Products for Production and Post-Production. Recipients for the CAS Career Achievement Award and CAS Filmmaker Award will be announced later in the year….

     

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  • Emmy-Nominated Dan Povenmire And Jeff Marsh On “Milo Murphy’s Law”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Most people crumble when their world starts to shatter, but not Milo Murphy.  Every obstacle is an adventure for this youngster.  The latest addition to the Disney XD universe, “Milo Murphy’s Law”, an animated series that follows the misadventures of the impossibly positive teen, sprung from the minds of Dan Povenmire and…

     

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  • HPA Announces 2017 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee announced the winners of the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards.  Winners were determined by a panel of industry experts who viewed company presentations. The coveted honor will be bestowed November 16, 2017 at the 12th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. The Engineering…

     

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