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  • Dates/Schedule Released For 2018 Hollywood Professional Association Retreat

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    The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced the schedule for the 2018 HPA Tech Retreat®, set for 19-23 February 2017. The Tech Retreat is an incomparable opportunity to meet and engage with well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place in the Palm Springs area over the…

     

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  • Complete List Of 2017 California On Location Award Winners

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Holiday lights twinkled in the foyer of the Beverly Hilton as guest arrived en-mass to celebrate the very best of California at the annual COLAs – or California On Location Awards – December 17, 2017.  Presented by FLICS (Film Liaisons in California Statewide), the COLAs recognize those location managers, scouts, teams and…

     

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  • Ben Lehmann Named Executive Producer Of Sesame Street

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    Sesame Workshop today named Benjamin Lehmann the new Executive Producer of Sesame Street, taking the helm from Creative Director and interim Executive Producer Brown Johnson.  Ben has served as the show’s Supervising Producer since 2015. He first joined Sesame Street production as a PA in 2001, rising through the ranks to Producer in 2007; he…

     

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  • “Mr. Robot” Score Takes On New Life During Composer Mac Quayle’s Roxy Performance

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Los Angeles concert venue The Roxy is no stranger to diverse fans.  From the reggae enthusiasts on hand for Bob Marley’s “Live at the Roxy” recordings to the punks that gathered for the California debut of The Ramones, every walk of life has passed through the venue’s double doors. Cosplayers, however, may…

     

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  • Creating “Vampirina”: An Interview With Executive Producer Chris Nee

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Chris Nee was familiar with the “Vampirina” book series when Disney Junior approached her about developing a show based on the character.  The Peabody, Humanitas and Emmy Award winning executive producer who’s the mind behind the network’s popular “Doc McStuffins” (for which Nee has three consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations from 2015-17) was…

     

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  • Production Designer Gary Kordan And Wife Photographer Justine Ungaro Go Retro With Muse

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas From his Emmy nominated work on “Key and Peele” to the fantastical worlds of Amazon’s young adult hit “Just Add Magic”, production designer Gary Kordan gets behind projects 100%.  Before he lands a job, he’ll spend days researching content, often crafting up to sixteen mood boards loaded with images for first meeting…

     

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  • “Stranger Things 2” Sound Team Highlight Details For Authenticity

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    There’s a lot in store for fans  of “Stranger Things.”  As the second season, called “Stranger Things 2”, hits the airwaves, new characters, creatures, even worlds, will be revealed.  Despite the many changes on screen, behind the scenes it is business as usual. The sound team found themselves right back where they started from, at the Technicolor…

     

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  • Costume Designer Janie Bryant Creates 50’s Inspired Style Line For Women

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Merging sophistication in design, realistic functionality and period authenticity is something costume designer Janie Bryant excels at. The past ten years have seen her create iconic looks as she’s tackled projects that scaled the decades.  She received her first Emmy win for the western designs in HBO’s “Deadwood.” “Mad Men” found her tackling the sophisticated…

     

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  • KitSplit Brings Shared Economy Production Rental Platform To Los Angeles

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    KitSplit is the latest entry into the film production “shared economy.” Originated in New York in 2015 by Kristina Budelis, the org experienced a wild growth spurt in 2017 after acquiring its competitor CameraLends.  Now, the Brooklyn-based production equipment rental platform is further expanding its reach by opening a satellite office in Los Angeles.  The…

     

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  • 2018 SOC Technical Achievement Award Nominees Revealed

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) has released the names of the products and manufacturers to be considered for the org’s 2018 Technical Achievement Awards.  The awards will be presented at the Saturday February 3, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards evening hosted at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel.  In order to become a competing nominee, each selected candidate must participate…

     

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  • Curb Your Enthusiasm Cues Fueled By Killer Tracks Library

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The last new episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm aired September 11, 2011.  On October 1, 2017, Larry (Larry David), Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) and many other members of the Curb Your Enthusiasm world will return.  So will the infectious, light-hearted theme song. According to editor and music supervisor Steve Rasch, Curb Your Enthusiasm creator and star…

     

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  • Diversity And Politics Highlight The 2017 Prime Time Emmys

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas The 69th Prime Time Emmys were destined to be political.  They were the first Emmy telecast since Donald Trump was elected president.  Trump has attacked other actors during his endless Twitter tirades.  Steven Colbert was the evening’s host.  Indeed, the show was prime for a political slant. After a festive musical number…

     

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  • Special Fortium Cybersecurity Panel To Be Presented At Sound for Film and TV Conference

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Fortium is a digital content security provider devoted to media and entertainment entities.  Their clients include the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTA, for whom they supply technologies protect their digital content. Their file encryption product, MediaSeal, protects all file types in Windows and Mac and can be used for all b2b workflows….

     

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  • Call For Proposals Open For 2018 HPA Tech Retreat

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    The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has opened the call for proposals for the 2018 HPA Tech Retreat®. Key portions of the HPA Tech Retreat programming are determined by the proposals submitted during this process.  Now in its 23rd year, the event in Palm Springs attracts a wide array of distinguished attendees and speakers and engages leaders from every…

     

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  • Complete List Of 2017 Creative Art Emmy Winners

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Following the success of last year’s dual evening presentation of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the winners of 92 categories received Emmy statues over the course of September 9 – 10, 2017.   The Creative Arts Emmys presents awards for prime time programming for the below-the-line categories as well as guest actor/actress categories, interactive media…

     

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  • Set Decorator Kimberly Wannop Reflects On Her 2017 Emmy-Nominated Work On “Veep”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Waiting on the word of the sixth season “Veep” world filled set decorator Kimberly Wannop with a giddy anxiety.  The then two-time Emmy nominee (2009 for “Bones”, 2016 for “Veep”) was heading into her second season with the show as the characters left the White House and moved on to new careers. …

     

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  • The Variety 411 Production Incentive Chart Makes Your Production Budget Go Further

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    All the world’s a stage – literally.  In an effort to lure producers to beautiful locations and sound stages from Los Angeles to Luxemburg, New York to Newfoundland, many states and countries offer competitive production tax incentives.  These incentives range from rebates to refunds based on a vast assortment of factors, including how many shoot…

     

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  • ShareGrid Brings The Production Community The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas ShareGrid has made the life of cinematographers a whole lot easier.  In the company’s earliest days, they collaborated with Duclos Lenses and Old Fast Glass to put together a test of 40 vintage lenses, calling it “The Ultimate Vintage Lens Test.”  Their results had just reached the ShareGrid audience when discussions began…

     

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  • ASC 2018 Award Call For Entries Open For Television Categories

    By Marjorie Galas

     

      The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has opened its call for entries in the television categories for the 32nd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, which will be held February 17, 2018, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The ASC is now accepting submissions in three categories: (1) Episode…

     

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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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