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A Common Thread Signs “LUV” Director Sheldon Candis

2017-06-15 18:17:57 artisanspr

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.”

Candis’ commercial work is rooted in emotionally-driven storytelling. Born to Roll, his recent spot for Ford, weaves stories of three powerful African-American women, a dancer, a chef and a fighter pilot. Greatness within Reach for Honda features Brian and Autumn Merritt, who talk about the inspiration behind their trendy Chicago boutique, Sir & Madame. Candis also directed I Will What I Want, a web series for Under Armour, in which Misty Copeland describes her challenges as the first black woman in more than 20 years to become a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre.

“I try to create a genuine connection from the emotions of the human condition,” Candis says. “For Ford, I got to make a car commercial that isn’t a ‘car commercial.’ It’s about the experience of these three women. You’re surprised at the end that it’s from Ford.”

A Baltimore native, Candis graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts and early in his career worked in a variety of production roles. His break came in 2012 when his feature debut, LUV, which he also co-wrote, became an official selection at Sundance. The film, which starred Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Michael K. Williams and Michael Rainey Jr., drew rave reviews for its uncompromising portrait of gun violence in black America. LUV was named Best Independent Feature at the 2013 Black Reel Awards and was also nominated for a Humanitas Prize and Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize.

Since then, Candis’s work has included the documentary feature Here Comes the Show for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. It centers on the 1981-83 Dunbar Poets, billed as “the greatest high school basketball team ever.” He also directed Who Will Survive America, about the easy accessibility of firearms in the U.S., for Sundance’s Now Doc Club. Most recently, he directed two episodes of the BET drama Rebel.

Regarding his decision to join A Common Thread, Candis said that the company shares his values and commitment to integrity in the filmmaking process. “I appreciate the family atmosphere at A Common Thread,” he notes. “And I feel that J.P. is a true collaborator. He is a creative producer and isn’t locked into a particular approach because of budget. That says a lot about him and the company.”

Candis says that his aim in advertising is not merely to sell products, but to sell emotions “Part of my mandate is not only to entertain, but also to educate,” he says. “I want to spark a conversation that motivates people to act.”

www.acommonthread.tv

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The Famous Group Has Signed Directing Duo The Queen

2017-06-14 08:07:47 rpg246

Culver City, Calif. – Directing duo The Queen–consisting of Dan Lumb and Crinan Campbell — has joined bicoastal The Famous Group for spots and branded content. The Queen just wrapped its first job for the production company, a comedic social media campaign for YETI coolers out of McGarrah Jessee – Austin. The announcement was made by The Famous Group Managing Director David Kwan. The Queen specializes in short films, commercials and online branding content. Recent work includes projects for AARP, Virgin Media, Samsung and Made.com

“Dan (Lumb) and Crinan (Campbell) bring a kinetic energy to their work through the use of inventive and dynamic in-camera effects,” says Kwan. “I am excited to have them bring their unique visual storytelling approach to The Famous Group.”

Two Looks, One Opinion
Both Lumb and Campbell agree that The Queen is a tale of two London flatmates starting as editors and later re-connecting as directors. Five years ago, their film on the plight of an illegal immigrant titled, “Extranjero” took the Sundance Film Festival/London by storm, taking top Short Film honors. The work started rolling in. “We’re like an old married couple that can finish each others sentences,” says Lumb. “We started directing separately for a bit, then decided it was more fun to work together. We have similar tastes and know what we want. There’s really two “looks” we go for, one is a more run-and-gun, observational style and the other is visual tricks. Both are grounded in heavy art direction.”

Single Take For Yeti
The Queen just wrapped their first project for The Famous Group, showing off the real-world durability of YETI coolers and jugs. The project started with agency McGarrah Jessee enlisting The Queen’s help with some single take videos showing off the product’s superiority. The directing duo ending up shooting ten scenarios: five with the YETI Hopper and five with the YETI Jug against the competition. What started as a social media campaign for the YETI website expanded into a spot campaign. “It was really important that every test be 100% real and fair, which is one of the reasons it was crucial to shoot each test in one take – to show that there was no trickery involved and no unfair advantage given to the YETI product,” says Kwan. “What The Queen did for YETI and the agency in terms of choreographing each test was unique and fun.”

About The Famous Group:
The Famous Group is a Cannes, Emmy and AICP award-winning production company located in downtown Culver City, Ca and Soho, New York. Founded in 2006, the company’s roster of highly skilled creatives, directors, producers, editors and artists produce an incredible array of high-quality, engaging, live action, digital, graphics and experiential content.

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Director Kevin Bray Joins Hound

2017-06-08 15:18:55 ccwire-staff

Los Angeles, CA – Director Kevin Bray has come aboard the roster of L.A. based Hound for U.S. representation spanning commercials, branded content and music videos.

Bray got his start as a director in the music video arena, working with such notable artists as Jennifer Lopez, Brandy, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Biz Markie and Eric B. & Rakim. In the ad space, he has helmed spots for brands such as USA Network, Nike, Puma, Verizon, Macy’s and the Florida Lottery. His extensive television directing credits include work for such shows as Suits, The Killing, Heroes, Scandal, Veronica Mars, The Vampire Diaries, Insecure, Empire, The Americans and Black-ish. Bray is currently directing two episodes for Season 2 of the HBO comedy Insecure, a number of episodes for Season 4 of ABC’s Golden Globe-winning comedy Black-ish, and is currently in development on a number of episodic series.

Bray’s iconic music video work led to his entree into feature film, making his feature debut with All About the Benjamins, starring Ice Cube, Mike Epps and Eva Mendes. Additional features include the remake of Walking Tall starring The Rock, and Linewatch starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

“Kevin delivers a fresh perspective to each and every project that he works on, bringing an energy that pushes the whole cast and crew to challenge themselves creatively,” noted Hound executive producer Missy Galanida. “His extensive background in music videos and television are perfectly aligned with the current branded content landscape. He brings such an authentic entertainment value to every project he works on, regardless of genre.”

Bray previously collaborated with Galanida at commercial/music video production house DNA and on various music video projects since. “Missy exhibits that same integral improv ethos that I have with my work and that continuity allows for some great creative collaboration,” said Bray. “There are no bad ideas and working with people who are in sync to exploring new approaches results in much better work.”

Growing up in a family of cinephiles, Bray has a passion for filmmaking that was nurtured by his songwriter brother, mentoring him through film studies at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Drawing an inspiration from music and story, Bray directed his first video for De La Soul’s track “Potholes in My Lawn.” Deriving a free-form and improvisational approach to filmmaking from his music video work, his experiences across commercials, television, features and music clips have reciprocally informed one another, allowed for a fresh cross-pollination of ideas and techniques across all disciplines.

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Oceana Branding Signs Director Jan Boon

2017-05-31 10:31:20 rpg246

Los Angeles – Oceana Branding has signed Director Jan Boon for exclusive representation in the US for commercials and branded content. The announcement was made by Oceana Director/Founder/EP Danny Sawaf. Boon is probably best known for his prowess in documentary-style branding, an example being his short for Samsung titled, “The Worst Instagram Ever,” which took Gold at last year’s Shanghai Film Festival. The highly lauded doc can be viewed here.

“Oceana Branding is all about introducing directorial gems from around the world to the US,” says Sawaf. “Jan Boon’s genius lies in his ability to create riveting, branding styled docs in ways we’ve never seen before. He’s a world-class screenwriter, photographer and director.”

Beginnings

Boon is the son of screenplay writer Jacques Boon. As a teenager, Boon photographed and documented the deviant behavior of various hooligan groups and selected rock bands. He received his first degree in sketching, lithography and photography at the Academy of Arts in Anderlect. He then studied film at two Brussels based film schools, RITS and NARAFI, receiving a degree in Screenplay Writing from the Flemish Script Academy. Between 2004-2006 Boon directed music videos for a variety of Belgium music artists, garnering an MTV award. His love of music took Boon to the stage, writing several musical plays, collaborating with producer Liesbeth Vereerbrugghen.

Spot Work

Boon directed his first spot in 2006 for the women’s magazine “Flair,” garnering second place Young Director’s Award in Cannes. Since, Boon has created a body of spot work known for visual storytelling and actor-based “high brow” humor.
His recent awards consist of numerous international accolades (Bronze Lion at Cannes FF x5, Silver LIA at London international Awards, 2 x Silver at CCB awards, Bronze at Eurobest, and a shortlist at the New York Film Festival and ADCN award Amsterdam x3).

Branding Docs

Boon has recently directed content for some of the best known brands in the world, including Smirnoff, Carlsberg and Samsung. Last year’s doc for Samsung titled, “The Worst Instagram Ever,” chronicles Runar Jonsson, a Nordic fisherman who loves photography. In the doc, his wife concedes that Runar may be the worst photographer ever. For his part, Runar defends his mostly black photographs, blaming the lack of light at the top of the world for affecting his pics. In the end, Runar is giving a new Samsung phone to shoot with and reunited with a man that years ago saved him from a deadly fishing accident.

More information can be found at http://www.oceanabranding.com. Steve Fisher RPG Los Angeles 818-688-1502rpgpublicity@gmail.com

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

2017-05-31 10:27:24 artisanspr

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.

“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.

Since 1990, under Elisabetta’s guidance, the company continues to grow through a tradition of innovative design. It currently holds more than 35 patents for camera support technology and enjoys an international reputation for reliability, performance and engineering excellence. Her commitment to supplying the world’s cinematographers with forward-looking technology has helped to fortify CARTONI’s place in the Hollywood community.

About CARTONI

Reflecting the state of the art in camera support technology, CARTONI offers the widest product range in the industry. 80 years of know-how and experience, innovative solutions, patented technologies and the constant care of serving the professional in any shooting situation with any camera, make CARTONI synonymous with excellence in camera support. CARTONI currently exports from Rome, its Italian headquarters, to 65 countries in five continents, with a network of agents and distributors serving all major international users. CARTONI’s mission is to guarantee the cameraman the highest possible reliability, freedom and creativity in any environment.

CARTONI SpA – Via Giuseppe Mirri 13 – Rome 00159 (Rm) Italy – Ph +39 064382002 www.cartoni.com

 

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PICROW Names Tiffany Caprice Head of Marketing/New Business Development

2017-05-13 09:36:29 rpg246

Los Angeles — PICROW, the Hollywood-headquartered commercial and television production company, has named Tiffany Caprice Head of Marketing and New Business Development. She will report to company Founder/Director Peter Lang. Caprice is no stranger to PICROW; having assisted Director Peter Lang cast his highly successful decade-long branding campaign for USAA Insurance while working a senior role at Dan Bell Casting. Caprice also cast talent for independent films and commercials through Sanford Casting.

NEW MARKETS

Caprice believes that PICROW, having produced award-winning content for Amazon (i.e. Emmy-winning comedy series Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Goliath, Patriot, I Love Dick, and more) is ready to continue it’s expansion: “I’m here to grow the careers of our directors with compelling projects that challenge them to create and innovate,” says Caprice. “We want to increase our production while serving as a resource for all our clients, past and present. There’s already a lot of trust in the Picrow brand with anyone we’ve worked with, and I want to expand their numbers. I want them to look to PICROW for projects, from inception to finish and/or standard production with or without post, or post alone. I also want to develop more business-direct production and branding, while continuing to spread the word about the specialness that defines Picrow’s work. When you see the PICROW logo I want it to communicate that we do great work.”

 EXPANDED SCOPE

Picrow represents a new hybrid — a combination studio, production house, and post house. Commercials, documentaries, television shows, branding films, and theatrical features shows get produced at PICROW. In addition to Lang’s recent work, PICROW’s turn-key production collective, The Hall, was just awarded a Gold ADDY for its Unforgettable Disney commercial campaign and a bronze for their Mickey Around The World integrated branding promotion. The Hall is composed of Benjamin Nussbaum, Director/Editor, Joe Remerowski, Director/Editor, Charles Son, Director/DP/Editor, Gregory Nussbaum, Head of Post/Editor/Colorist, Zachary Nussbaum, Editor/VFX Artist, Lisa Rucker, Editor/VFX Artist and Matt Twomey, Editor/VFX Artist. Production support for The Hall includes Sharon Groh, Executive Producer, Richard DiLorenzo, Production, Sophie Magaraci, Production and Lucy Fletcher, Production.

New Markets and more

“I’m excited to help find new markets for PICROW,” says Caprice. “Having cast many of Peter’s (Lang) spots, I was always impressed with how he pulls great performances out of real people. Every spot or short film he directs takes his art farther and builds on his legacy of great branding. And now we have the entire PICROW team, all of them extremely talented, and we have a world-class facility — everything to produce award-winning content for any size screen.”

About PICROW

Pictures In A Row (PICROW) is a combination studio, production house, and post house — a new hybrid. Equipped with distinguished directors, full time development and production staff, digital talent, and post facilities for commercials, film and television. The company is headquartered at 736 Seward St., Hollywood, CA 90038. For more information go to www.picrow.com

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WCPMedia Services Taps Peter Wetherell for Promotion and Marketing

2017-05-09 12:43:05 artisanspr

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.

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.

Regarding his new role with WCPMedia Services, Wetherell says the company’s platform provides content owners and distributors with the tools they need to streamline media management and delivery. “For companies involved in international sales the WCPMedia cloud offers the means to gain total control over their content” he said. “WCPMedia empowers them to take back the administration of their libraries and avoid high lab and delivery expenses.” In Cannes, Wetherell plans to meet with international distributors and other content owners to introduce them to WCPMedia.

About WCPMedia Services

Founded in 2011 in Switzerland, World Content Pole SA (aka WCPMedia Services) is an entertainment software and services company based in Europe (Switzerland), USA and Canada that manages, markets and distributes content to business partners and clients quickly, easily and securely. WCPMedia Services offers a platform of smart process applications that combines proprietary software with top-tier solutions developed by proven and trusted technology companies.

For more information, visit www.wcpmediaservices.com

USA Office:  7083 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood CA 90028

Canada Office: 390 Bay Street, Suite 1706, Toronto M5H 2Y2

Europe Office: Via Peri 17, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

 

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

2017-05-04 11:40:20 artisanspr

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.

“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.

“Successful supervision is a blend of decisive leadership and an eye for the bigger picture,” he says. “We make sequences, not shots. We create pictures, but we also tell stories. For artists to thrive and deadlines to be met, VFX has to constantly rebalance, re-evaluate and innovate. It’s my goal to bring that mindset to every project.”

Cowley is excited to lead the FuseFX Vancouver team in producing groundbreaking visual effects and to help the studio grow. “It’s an opportunity to put my 18-years of knowledge and experience to work in a dynamic production environment,” he said. “We’ve got a tight-knit group of professionals with a wealth of experience and I look forward to working with them in building the FuseFX brand.”

About FuseFX

FuseFX is a full-service visual effects studio serving the television, feature film and advertising industries from facilities in Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver. Founded in 2006 by David Altenau, the company encompasses a crew of more than 300 highly talented and experienced artists, producers and support personnel. Using its refined, custom database and pipeline, the company can accommodate numerous, high shot-count productions while delivering high-quality, on-time results.

For more information, visit http://fusefx.com/

 

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Director Damien D’Amico Signs With SPECTACLE

2017-05-04 11:38:32 rpg246

Los Angeles, Ca – SPECTACLE VR, an award-winning VR/AR production house, has signed director Damien D’Amico for branded content and Virtual/Augmented/ Mixed Reality. D’Amico just wrapped his first project for SPECTACLE, taking Thrillist viewers on an interactive 360 tour around the central coast of Monterey and Santa Cruz, California, courtesy of a specially equipped 2017 Toyota 86.

“Damien is just one of those talented directors that knows how to effectively utilize new technology to extend story telling capabilities without boundaries to create innovative content,” says SPECTACLE Executive Producer Ross Grogan. “I was impressed at what he accomplished as a freelance director of VR and 360 videos and want his work to be seen by a wider audience. For his first project, Damien took something immersive for Toyota and Thrillist and made it completely interactive.”

Give It Purpose

For his part, D’Amico follows a simple guideline for all his branding projects. “Give it a purpose,” he says. A former CalArts student, D’Amico first worked on the post-production side. “Working as an editor I was handed a hard drive and tasked with creating storylines. I also worked on videos using computer graphics and stop motion while learning all about camera techniques and other technology that helped my transition into a Director. And I look forward to broadening my scope as a director at SPECTACLE.”

Earlier Work

Prior to joining SPECTACLE, D’Amico honed his VR chops with a variety of projects. With BCII for FORD VR, D’Amico and the studio captured a stock 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor in the Baja 1000 race. Ford truck spokesman Dennis Leary narrates a cinematic 360 degree adventure in the desert, requiring D’Amico to create a variety of photographic and digital innovations to capture 50 nonstop hours of racing through the endless terrain. D’Amico also worked with BF Goodrich on their first foray into virtual reality, creating two stereoscopic VR experience demonstrating the reliability and strength of their tires. The experiential film puts viewers in the drivers seat on their test course, while the second film has viewers riding shotgun with a race legend through Baja Mexico. For OPTIMA Batteries, D’Amico created a hit at the 2016 SEMA automotive show by creating six action-packed VR ride-alongs.

Joyride

For the SPECTACLE Toyota 86/Thrillist project, viewers are taken on a tour of California’s beautiful central coast. Locations include Monterey Bay Aquarium, Bernardus Lodge/Lucia Restaurant, The Crow’s Nest, and the Mystery spot. “The cool thing about this project is its interactivity,” he says. “The ability to take yourself on different paths of adventure, at any time.”

Center Of The Universe

To pull off the 360 tour, a Nokia Ozo camera with special rigs was attached to the Toyota 86, allowing the car to be the hero and center of the universe for the film. An array of GoPros and other digital SLRs were also used to capture footage. Hot spot technology was chosen to allow interactive viewing in 360 on non-headset platforms. The biggest challenge? “We did some massive stabilization work both in-camera and through post-production to give the viewers the smoothest ride,” says D’Amico. “Any way the viewer turns there’s something to experience.”

About SPECTACLE:

SPECTACLE seeks to revolutionize storytelling through content that uniquely interacts with audiences in ways that have never previously been available. VR/AR has the power to change the way media is produced, viewed, and distributed, and SPECTACLE is already paving the way for groundbreaking creations through its visionary approach.

For more info please visit www.spectacle-vr.com

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Committee LA Goes Indie With Addition Of Directors Jennifer Phang and Husein Aliciajic

2017-04-25 15:16:44 ccwire-staff

VENICE, CA – Committee LA, the creative content production studio led by Directors Frank Samuel, Jeff Reed and Executive Producer Lauren Bayer, has added two award-winning indie filmmakers to their roster, Jennifer Phang, director of the 2015 feature “Advantageous” that won the Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision at the Sundance Film Festival, and was subsequently acquired by Netflix; and Husein Alicajic, the Australian writer/director whose numerous creative awards include a Clio, Cannes Lion, Promax and the 2005 Inside Film Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay for “Divine Shadows.”

Samuel also noted that the addition of Phang and Alicajic not only brings Committee LA a fresh perspective to draw from creatively, but also adds balance to a roster that also includes established talents such as Samuel, Reed, Adam Goldstein, David Cornell and Peter Billingsley.

Jennifer Phang

Phang joins Committee LA following a 2015 that saw her film “Advantageous,” which she directed, wrote and edited, win the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Collaborative Vision (given to both Phang and film’s star Jacqueline Kim) that year, resulting in Netflix acquiring the film’s worldwide distribution rights. The film is available via Netflix.

Blending sci-fi themes and striking visual effects into a story that at its heart was a parable about a mother’s love, sacrifice and society’s worship of youth, “Advantageous” struck chord for many who watched it, leading to her signing with Committee LA for commercials. Phang also recently directed an episode of the FOX Television hit horror series “The Exorcist” based on the seminal film of the same name.

The Bay Area native graduated from the American Film Institute with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Directing and notes that countless viewers have discovered “Advantageous” on Netflix and have reached out to her through social media to say how moved they were by the story.

“A lot of care went into it making the film – from the story conception, to the performances, to the visual effects and design — and I’m glad to know audiences around the world respond to it,” Phang says.

Husein Aliciajic

Alicajic is a native of Sydney, Australia, Alicajic built a reputation in his native land for his award-winning advertising work for such brands as Samsung, United Health, Foxtel, Officeworks, Taubmans paint that all feature his distinct, whimsical style that emphasizes a blend of creative production design and visual effects at times recall the work of filmmakers like Tim Burton or David Fincher.

His ad work has been singled out for several prestigious international awards, including the Australian Directors Guild award for the Officeworks’ spot “Let Their Amazing Out” in the category of Best Commercial Director; as well as his short for Motor Neurone Disease called the “The Fading Symphony” that was shortlisted at Cannes and Clios, and won Silver at Ciclope Awards last year.

His unique visual sense is on further display in his short films “Harry The Hunchback” (2002) and “Beginnings” (2005). His resume also includes a 2005 Inside Film Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay for “Divine Shadows.”

In 2012 he relocated to Los Angeles to focus more on feature film projects, which include writing the screenplay for the official biopic of legendary country singer/songwriter Waylon Jennings, and directing on the upcoming feature film “Snowbound.”

“As a filmmaker I’m fascinated by the sense of ‘magical realism’ — where they everyday life is heightened, it’s not quite a fantasy world just 2 or 3 clicks to left of normal,” Alicajic says. “That feeling of discovering new visual worlds for the first time works well for brands and agencies, and that what I look forward to bringing to Committee LA.”


About Committee LA

Founded in 2014 by Directors Frank Samuel, Jeff Reed and Executive Producer Lauren Bayer, Committee LA is a hybrid production company + a creative special ops collaborative specializing in telling their client’s story through impactful, conceptual content perfectly attuned to their needs and goals. For more info contact Ashley Andy ashley@movementatx.com; Sarah Jenks (sarah@sarahjenksrepping.com) on the East Coast; and Robin Stevens (robin@robinstevens-reps.com) in Midwest. For more info visit http://www.committeela.com/.

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Chris Parry Joins Testronic as Head of Business Development Film & Television for Europe

2017-04-20 09:02:14 ccwire-staff

Chris Parry has been named Testronic’s head of Business Development for Film and Television in Europe. Testronic, the leader in quality assurance (QA), localization services and compliance for the film, television and games industries, has seen a growing demand for film and television services in Europe; Parry will be working with UK and Europe entertainment distribution platforms, content holders, post services and C&A facilities, libraries, and studios.

“We are excited to have Chris join our growing team,” said Jason Gish, senior VP Film & Television and general manager for Testronic. “Chris’ expertise will be invaluable to our customers as they navigate managing a wide array of content, often with a multitude of deliverables. Although DVD and Blu-ray still have a huge market in Europe, digital platforms are continuing to grow and increase their popularity across a global audience – from UHD/4K, to virtual reality and the explosion in streaming content. The need for robust QA services is more critical than ever, and we are ready to meet those needs.”

Parry brings nearly 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry to Testronic. Over the course of his career, he has provided service to the entire media supply chain, including studios, distributors, production companies, OTT platforms and broadcasters, delivering award-winning, cutting edge video solutions to the world’s leading film and television companies. Prior to joining Testronic, Parry served as sales manager at Stream AMG, 24-7 DVD, re:fine/Visual Data, and Cinram.

Parry will report to Gish, and is based in the London headquarters of Testronic.

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Edit 1 Gets Creative With Addition Of Ken Kresge

2017-04-18 08:31:55 ccwire-staff

NEW YORK, NY – With the opportunity to join forces with a creative talent he’s long-admired and respected, Michael Zimbard, Owner/President of Edit 1, the full-service post production boutique, announced the addition of Ken Kresge as VP Creative Director/Editor. Working alongside Zimbard and Executive Producer Mike Donovan, Kresge will play an integral role in the direction of Edit1 ’s creative work and the company’s overall growth going forward.

For Zimbard, the addition of Kresge sends a clear message to clients and to the advertising/branding community about Edit 1’s commitment to producing the highest caliber content in this increasingly evolving media landscape.

“At Edit 1 we look for opportunities that both help us scale and boost our overall creative output, and bringing on Ken is very much in-line with that strategy,” Zimbard says. “We’re not interested in growth just for the sake of growth, but when a talent like Ken becomes available, you jump on it. He compliments what we already do well, and when you add the fact that so many in our industry know and respect him, it presented a perfect opportunity.”

Zimbard adds that client needs are changing – work needs to get done faster, under more challenging budgets, but with the same (if not greater) expectations for creative excellence.

“Agencies need content in a way they never have before because there are so many ways to reach consumers — online, social, mobile, broadcast,” Zimbard says. “Because of that we continue to expand beyond test commercial work and into some exciting new areas. With Ken aboard we can not only do more, but he shares our desire to always elevate production quality, which is a big win for the agencies and brands who partner with Edit 1.”

For Kresge, who began his career at McCann-Erickson, and spent the last 17 years at The Napoleon Group, the last seven as Creative Director, the decision to join Edit 1 centered primarily on his goal to euphemistically get his “hands dirty again.”

“For me the attraction to Edit 1 is they’re a nimble boutique that can do a lot of things quickly,” Kresge says. “Whether it’s to strategize on the creative, sit in the edit chair, or get behind the camera, it’s important for me to feel connected to what I’m working on.  At Edit 1 that kind of involvement is not just welcome, it’s expected. I feel like this is the beginning of the rest of my career.”

Another aspect of the Edit 1 culture that appealed to Kresge is their penchant for taking on passion projects, such as indie music videos and short films.

“Passion projects often lead to innovation and creative expansion,” Kresge notes, “and as someone like me who’s been developing original content for a while now, I look forward to working with the Edit 1 team on that when the time is right.”

Donovan adds, “As a company, we’re incredibly fortunate to have the talents of both Ken and Michael under one roof. They are among the most respected creatives in test commercials and pre-vis in our industry, and to have both here at Edit 1 is a tremendous opportunity for us and for our clients.”

About Edit1:
Edit 1 specializes in pre-visualization, design, animation and content creation for global advertising agencies and brands.

Web Resources:
For more info about Edit1 click here:
http://www.edit1.tv/

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Roundabout Entertainment Adds Color Scientist Jerome Dewhurst

2017-04-18 08:10:53 artisanspr

Video and Film

BURBANK— Roundabout Entertainment today announces that Jerome Dewhurst has joined its technical staff as Chief Color Scientist. Dewhurst will oversee and manage the color pipeline for the facility’s growing digital intermediate and color correction operations, and set best practices for color company-wide. He will also lead research efforts to develop new software, technologies and services related to color management.

“Jerome is a highly respected color scientist with deep expertise in the digital intermediate process and experience on top level motion picture and television projects,” said Roundabout Entertainment CEO Craig Clark. “He is also an innovative researcher and developer who will be a great asset to our plans to create new services and tools for the benefit of our clients. We’re excited to welcome him to our team.”

Dewhurst brings nearly 20 years of experience as a color scientist and imaging engineer to Roundabout. For the past six years, he has served as a freelance color consultant, assisting studios, producers and post-production facilities worldwide. He also developed software, including a mobile color grading application, used by more than 100,000 professionals and consumers.

Regarding his move to Roundabout, Dewhurst said that he was attracted by its entrepreneurial nature and impressed by its commitment to leadership in post production. “It’s a company that is looking to innovate, to develop new technologies and practices,” he said. “My role is to help the company create beautiful images and we intend to do that by being adventurous and doing things that haven’t been done before.”

Dewhurst’s background also includes six years as an imaging engineer at Framestore, London, where he managed color pipelines for scores of feature film and television productions. They include Salt, The Dark Knight, Casino Royale and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. A graduate of the University of Westminster, he began his career with Kodak’s Cineon unit in London.

About Roundabout Entertainment

Roundabout Entertainment is a full-service post production facility serving all sectors of the entertainment industry. It features the latest technology for editorial finishing, color correction, sound editorial, sound mixing, restoration and more, and a staff of more than 80 post production operators who are among the best and most dedicated in the industry. The facility’s technical infrastructure includes secure servers and a 40GB, fiber-base LAN network.

Founded in 1992, Roundabout remains a youthful, growing company with a startup mentality. Its mission is to solve problems and produce great work. It is committed to remaining at the forefront of technology and building mutually fruitful, long-term relationships with it clients.

www.roundabout.com

 

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Ilana Alazzeh Joins the Art Directors Guild as Communications Director

2017-03-29 12:36:52 ccwire-staff

Los Angeles, CA – The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has hired Ilana Alazzeh in a newly created position as its Communications Director, it was announced today by the Guild’s Executive Director, Chuck Parker.

She comes to the ADG from the Communication Department at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) which represents 1.5 million public service workers, nurses, hospital staff, nursing home care providers, building services and security guards, in North America, after serving as Communications Campaign Specialist.

Alazzeh stated, “I am excited to amplify the voices of our Guild members, promoting our substantial contributions to the entire entertainment industry and framing our message to win respect and increasing our craft standards to help build a just society and the well-being of our families and communities.”

In her position, Alazzeh will be responsible for overseeing internal and external communications, including the publication of the weekly newsletter Things You Should Know and the Guild’s award-winning magazine Perspective with editor Michael Baugh, as well as the coordination of member email blasts.

Chuck Parker, ADG Executive Director, said, “Ilana has been engaged after a long and thorough nationwide search for the right person to highlight the irreplaceable value of the members of our multi-disciplined crafts who fulfill the visions of directors, writers and producers of motion pictures and television by creating the ‘look of the film.”

Alazzeh is a visual and performance artist who has recently performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She is an activist and founder of multiple interfaith, diversity and economic justice groups including Muslims Against Homophobia and LGBT Hate. She has been invited to the White House and the State Department and featured in the Washington Post, on NPR, the State Dept. blog and The Huffington Post. She has given lectures at Harvard University, Georgetown University and several other major universities around the world. Ilana is an alumna of Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education, Smith College, Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea and The Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India where she received teachings from the Dalai Lama.


ABOUT THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD:
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 2,500 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; Set Designers and Model Makers; and Previs Artists. Established in 1937, the ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society, an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design), a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, figure drawing and other creative workshops and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at www.adg.org. For more info about the awards, please go to adg.org. Connect with the Art Directors Guild on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Spears & Arrows Welcomes Directors Robert Logevall And Josh Miller

2017-03-20 15:07:05 rayecke

LOS ANGELES, CA – Looking to add to their burgeoning roster of talented directors, Spears & Arrows, the three-year-old production company founded by Executive Producer Jason Wolk, has added directors Robert Logevall and Josh Miller. They join an impressive roster headlined by Arni Thor Jonsson, Ago Panini, John Grammatico and Don Broida.

For Wolk, the additions of Logevall and Miller represent a continuation of the values that he founded the company on, which are succinctly summed up in their corporate philosophy: “Defend The Story.”

“’Defend the story’ simply means putting the creative ahead of everything else – ahead of money, profits, margins,” Wolk says. “As one creative director told me, Spears & Arrows combines new school thinking with old school values. For me, that was a huge compliment. That’s exactly what I set out to do when I launched the company 2014, and it’s why we wanted to work with both Robert and Josh.”

Robert Logevall:
Logevall brings his singular sense of design and film composition to Spears & Arrows, following stints at production companies Supply & Demand and Anonymous Content. Originally from Sweden, Logevall began his creative career in Canada working as both an art director and production designer in film and television.

As a commercial director he brings that same sense of graphic design, detail and filmic composition to his work, which at times recalls such filmmakers as Wes Anderson and Spike Jones. His visual style is perhaps best exemplified in his Fiat spot “Immigrant,” a whimsical montage of various Fiat’s driving into the waters around Italy and arriving on American shores to highlight the brand’s reemergence in the U.S. market; and Chrysler’s “Life Evolves,” which effectively uses a split-screen to highlight two distinct stages in a man’s life and the car’s that bridges them.

“Robert is famous for his unique twist on the auto spot,” Wolk notes, “but he is much more than your typical “car guy.” His spots are always very composed and graphic thanks to his production design background. His eye for detail and sly wit have made him a favorite not only in Detroit, but agencies worldwide.”

In addition to his commercial work, Logevall recently wrapped shooting his second feature film, “American Pets”, as well as a short film, “Kim and I.”

Josh Miller:
Miller began his career as an agency copywriter working at such top creative shops as Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners and Hampel Stefanides. He worked as a creative director at Cliff Freeman & Partners and Team One Advertising, before launching his own directing career that included stints at RSA Films, B-Reel Films and most recently Humongous Production.

With a sharp wit, coupled with an innate ability to craft memorable stories and characters, Miller’s best work highlights his singular abilities to mine comedy through performance, as in his Klondike spot “Good Listener” and Target ad “Neighbors,” which expertly captures a cringe-worthy awkward exchange of holiday presents between two young couples.

“Josh’s agency creative background is a huge plus, he understands the pressures agency producers and creatives are under with their client relationships, and what the team is up against in general,” Wolk says. “He’s able to offer creative solutions that work for everybody, and always without ego.”

Beyond commercials, Miller currently has two series’ in development at Comedy Central; one based on his award-winning short film, “Hand Job: Portrait of a Professional Male Hand Model.”

Busy Roster:
In addition to the new director additions, Spears & Arrows other directorial talent has had a busy start to 2017.

• Arni Thor-Jonsson just wrapped a seven-day shoot on a global Hilton Hotels image campaign, and is currently shooting his fourth Walgreens spot for GSD&M.

• John Grammatico recently finished two new campaigns featuring classic brand icons for Cream of Wheat and Ortega taco meal kits. In the new spots, Grammatico masterfully brings the mythological Cream of Wheat chef to life, and introduces Mama Ortega to audiences.

• Don Broida just completed work on the launch of the Spectrum brand, formerly known as Time Warner Cable via agency Wilson RMS, and just completed a spot for eBay with Digitas.

“My directors are my partners and we have to be able to work together in today’s creative economy,” Wolk notes about the changing relationships between brands, agencies and creative production company’s like Spears & Arrows. “That means working with our clients to provide solutions that crush it creatively, but are fiscally responsible. We prioritize the interpersonal relationship because it is not a numbers game for us, and anything we can do to stand out from the competition we will do, which is why I am very deliberative when it comes to who we work with.”

Wolk adds, “The whole business has changed — there’s less work, for less money that needs to be done quicker, but with even greater expectations. The days of an agency producer simply handing a board and a budget to a director are long gone. For us, every job is precious and a chance to do something great, which is why we treat every job as if it’s our last.”

Spears & Arrows is represented on East Coast by Mary Eiff and Michelle Stuart of Hello Tomorrow (www.hellotomorrow.tv); Brad Grubaugh and Sophie Moore of Goodrebel (www.goodrebel.tv) on the West Coast and Texas; and in the Midwest by Nikki Weiss-Goldstein of Nikki Weiss & Co (www.nikkiweissandco.com).

About Spears & Arrows:
Like, Honor & Passion, Excellence & Inspiration, we are a team that values the balance and blend of best practices with the best talent in commercial production. http://www.spearsandarrows.tv/

Web Resources:
http://www.spearsandarrows.tv/
http://www.spearsandarrows.tv/#RobertLogevall
http://www.spearsandarrows.tv/#JoshMiller

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atSwim Signs Director Ben Tedesco

2017-03-14 17:41:56 rpg246

Los Angeles – Production house atSwim has signed Director Ben Tedesco for representation in the US and Europe. The announcement was made by company Executive Producers Michael Appel and Dave Schiavone. Tedesco’s storytelling prowess is featured in spots for Chevrolet, Dodge, Colorado Parks and Hooters. He was included in SHOOTS 2014 New Directors Showcase. He joins a directorial roster that includes Alberto Accettulli, Shane Valdes, Nicolo Bravetta, Chris Groban and Diane Paragas at the company.”

Going My Way?

Ben is a really talented director who knows how to touch the heart,” says Appel, who has an enviable track record over the years of developing directors such as Mark Coppos and Craig Gillespie. Adds EP Dave Schiavone, “Call it having a knack for narrative, Ben’s got it in spades. It’s exciting to have someone of his potential join atSwim.” For his part, Tedesco was excited about joining atSwim. “Mike sees where I’m trying to go with my storytelling,” he says. “He’s excited about putting me up for jobs and I appreciate that.”

Movin’ On Up

Tedesco has quickly risen through the ranks of commercial production. The director first attended Arizona State University, then got an associates degree in directing. He worked first as a freelance coordinator, then worked his way up to production supervisor for some of the best commercial production companies in the world, including Green Dot, Radical Media, Radiant and MJZ.

Chevrolet “Spaceman” and Dodge “Farrier”

Tedesco points to two projects; “Spaceman” and “Farrier” that jump-started his directorial career. In the spec piece for Chevrolet, a young boy fabricates a spaceship/go-kart out in his garage, until his dad interrupts the action by pulling in his new Volt model automobile. The work so impressed creatives at Chevy Direct that they awarded the director several more spots. Another spec piece for Dodge titled, “Farrier,” features a friend of Tedesco, who just happens to make his living traveling up and coast the California coast, blacksmithing horseshoes while taking breaks to surf some waves.

The Borrower’s Debt

Showing Tedesco’s penchant for directing narrative is a simple music video for the band, “The Borrower’s Debt.” The music video takes its viewers around Hollywood and into the lives of three people, who just happen to be the band members. Connecting all three stories is a piece of string each follow during the video, until reunited on a rooftop to finish singing their song.

About atSwim

atSwim is a production company with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London and Prague, Czech Republic. We are focused on offering the utmost in creative quality, representing directors worldwide. Come swim with us. www.atswim.tv

 

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CoMPANY Signs Photographer/Filmmaker Dean Freeman

2017-03-09 12:08:23 rpg246

Los Angeles, Ca – CoMPANY Films has signed acclaimed photographer/filmmaker Dean Freeman for commercials and branding work. The announcement was made by Executive Producers Robin Benson and Richard Goldstein. Son of Beatles photographer Robert Freeman, Dean Freeman is probably best known for his “freestyle” images of David Beckham, members of the Spice Girls and a highly lauded worldwide branding campaign (both stills and spots) for Haagen Dazs. Freeman has also photographed and directed branding campaigns for Coca-Cola, American Express, Lenor, Nivea, Bodyform and Zadig & Voltaire.

“Freestyle” Lifestyle

“Both Richard and I LOVE the spirit of his work,” says Benson. “There’s a freedom and sexiness to his style that is so fresh and appealing, and we also think he has a fascinating life. His parents, his photo books, his films and his travels are extraordinary.”

This Is The Life

Lifestyle and fashion are in Freeman’s DNA. His father Robert, a designer and photographer, rang in the sixties shooting album cover photos for the Beatles (With The Beatles, Beatles For Sale, Help! and Rubber Soul). Dean’s mother, Sonny Drane, modeled the first and now renowned Pirelli calendar, shot by his Dad. “Photography ran in my family, so I left school at sixteen and became an assistant photographer at seventeen. I’ve always been about capturing the culture of youth. It started with me photographing friends with innocence and love.”

Freeman’s film and photography are rooted in his friends, beautiful imagery that always offers insight. “It’s always been that way,” says Freeman. “I use the same eye and approach with famous people that I use with a kid on the street. People are people, sometimes real, sometimes surreal.”

Bodies Of Work

Freeman recently was tapped to direct and shoot the new Haagen Dazs global campaign titled, “In The Name Of Real,” starring Bradley Cooper. He also just wrapped a lifestyle/branding campaign for Parisian label Zadig & Voltaire, highlighting their youthful but sophisticated fashion line. The director also traveled to Cuba to direct an experimental “The Movement For Movement” campaign. In these vibrant shorts, Freeman chronicles Cuban artists and athletes while creating a stirring anthem for action. “Dancers, boxers, even a Chinese troupe doing Tai Chi,” says Freeman. “I went to Cuba and discovered a culture without smartphones. As a result the people have an amazing, active culture that communicates and expresses itself through art and movement.”

Forever Spice and David Beckham

 One of Freeman’s picture books, titled Forever Spice, went behind the scenes to see elegant shots of the band members on the precipice of stardom. Freeman also conceived and photographed a picture book of David Beckham just prior to him becoming a global icon. Both books went on to become bestsellers and inspiration to many photographers. “The Spice Girls and Beckham have something in common, they are all inspiring people,” he says. “There is a lot of color and beauty in the world, something I love to capture.”

About CoMPANY:

Company is a boutique production house filled with talented people that enjoy working together. We’re proud of our creative partnerships and creating content that serves the needs of clients worldwide. For more information visit http://www.companyfilms.net.

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Roundabout Entertainment Adds Craig Price to DI Team

2017-02-28 14:26:38 artisanspr

Video and Film

BURBANK— Veteran editor, visual effects artist and creative director Craig Price has joined Roundabout Entertainment. Price will serve as a finishing editor in the facility’s growing digital intermediate department. In his first project with Roundabout, Price performed final editing for Director Tommy Bertelsen’s indie thriller Feed. He also designed and executed the film’s main title sequence. Upcoming work includes a project for Director Terrence Mallick.

“Craig’s experience, versatility and passion make him a great addition to our team,” said Roundabout CEO Craig Clark. “He shares our commitment to building a world-class resource where filmmakers can be creative and finish their projects with quality and efficiently.”

Price’s career in post-production spans more than 20 years in a wide variety of creative and technical roles. Most recently, he was a DI editor at Modern VideoFilm, where his credits included The Grand Budapest Hotel, Don Jon and Avatar. Concurrently, he led a boutique visual effects service under the banner VFX Department.

In assessing his new role, Price said he was drawn to Roundabout by its independent status, creative orientation and plans for expansion in feature finishing. “Craig Clark has a very strong plan,” stated Price. “He’s pushing the envelope and moving forward.

Price worked as an editor in New Zealand and the U.K. before relocating to Hollywood where he became a visual effects artist at The Post Group. He continued his career at Hollywood Digital and served as creative director at Click3X, Playground and Diesel FX. Along the way, he amassed credits encompassing features, documentaries, television, commercials and music videos.

“I’ve always kept a hand in production as I feel it is important to understand and work with all facets of the process,” Price says. “As a creative director, I’ve usually been involved at the very beginning, helping to develop concepts based on the most efficient use of effects.”

In his new role, Price intends to draw on his diverse experience to help filmmakers complete their projects with the best possible results. “I enjoy working on features and taking on new and interesting challenges,” he said. “Roundabout has created a wonderful space with a great team behind it. There is a lovely, optimistic vibe to everything that is happening here.”

About Roundabout Entertainment

Roundabout Entertainment is a full-service post production facility serving all sectors of the entertainment industry. It features the latest technology for editorial finishing, color correction, sound editorial, sound mixing, restoration and more, and a staff of more than 80 post production operators who are among the best and most dedicated in the industry. The facility’s technical infrastructure includes secure servers and a 40GB, fiber-base LAN network.

Founded in 1992, Roundabout remains a youthful, growing company with a startup mentality. Its mission is to solve problems and produce great work. It is committed to remaining at the forefront of technology and building mutually fruitful, long-term relationships with it clients.

www.roundabout.com

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Colorist Bryan McMahan Joins Roundabout Entertainment

2017-02-23 12:58:04 artisanspr

Video and Film

BURBANK— Veteran Digital Colorist Bryan McMahan has joined Roundabout Entertainment. A frequent collaborator of Terrence Malick, McMahan has colored six films for the director dating back to the 2005 release The New World and including Weightless, slated for release next year. He has also worked with directors William Friedkin (Killer Joe),  Robert Towne (Ask the Dust), Gore Verbinski (The Ring) and John Woo (Face/Off).

“Bryan is a true craftsman and one of the industry’s most accomplished colorists,” said Roundabout CEO Craig Clark. “He is a true pioneer who operates at the top of his craft and we are thrilled to have him as a part of our team. We expect him to be a key contributor as we continue to expand our theatrical mastering services.”

McMahan, who spent the past three years at Modern VideoFilm, is part of a plan to establish Roundabout as a world-class center for studio and independent theatrical feature finishing. “We’re creating something special,” McMahan said. “While other facilities are cutting back, we’re moving forward. With the advent of HDR and other high resolution workflows, a new world is unfolding and it’s creating new ways to look at things. We are working at the forefront of those new formats.”

McMahan’s most recent project for Mallick was the feature-length documentary Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, which has just been released in theaters in Europe. The film offers a stunning visual feast that begins with the creation of the universe and explores an array of natural phenomena on earth and in space. McMahan graded the epic imagery at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood using Dolby Laser Projectors.

McMahan’s now more than 30-year career mirrors the development of the digital color grading process and includes posts with Technicolor, Laser Pacific, Post Logic Studios and Sunset Video. Along the way, he has contributed his creative eye to many acclaimed and popular films, and has re-mastered such classics as Braveheart, To Live and Die in L.A., Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, 48 Hours, The Boys in the Band and The Last Tycoon. A Southern California native, he began his career with United Color Lab.

“What I love about the work I do is that it is always changing,” he observed. “No two projects are alike. The technology is always evolving as is the way films are produced. There are always new challenges.”

About Roundabout Entertainment

Roundabout Entertainment is a full-service post production facility serving all sectors of the entertainment industry. It features the latest technology for editorial finishing, color correction, sound editorial, sound mixing, restoration and more, and a staff of more than 80 post production operators who are among the best and most dedicated in the industry. The facility’s technical infrastructure includes secure servers and a 40GB, fiber-base LAN network.

Founded in 1992, Roundabout remains a youthful, growing company with a startup mentality. Its mission is to solve problems and produce great work. It is committed to remaining at the forefront of technology and building mutually fruitful, long-term relationships with it clients.

www.roundabout.com

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EditShare Appoints Howard Twine to Director of Software Strategy

2017-02-01 15:56:05 ccwire-staff

Basingstoke, UK – EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, today announced the appointment of Howard Twine to the role of director of software strategy. A media savvy product strategist with 20 years of experience, Howard returns to EditShare in this newly created role to drive the company’s overall solutions strategy, leveraging emerging technologies and EditShare’s open architecture philosophy to expand technology partnerships and workflow options for production and post-production facilities, broadcasters and content creators everywhere.

“It’s an exciting time for Howard to be re-joining EditShare. With the move towards more software-centric, IP-based workflows, we are facing some big changes in our industry,” states James Richings, managing director, EditShare. “Howard brings with him a vast amount of experience, and as director of software strategy, he will be a driving force in evolving EditShare software platforms and expanding technology partnerships to meet new market opportunities as well as EditShare customer needs.”

To meet the changing media landscape, Howard will expand workflow options and third-party integrations offered through EditShare’s award-winning media management solutions, including its flagship production asset management platform EditShare Flow. Howard echoes the mission saying, “We’re facing progressive times in the industry and it’s clear EditShare is prepared for these changes. I’m thrilled to help guide the journey and take our production asset management solutions and workflow tools to the next level, while building new partnerships that complement and extend our customers options.”

About Howard Twine
A well-known industry expert, Howard Twine has held key roles with leading development companies in the media and entertainment sector. Prior to his re-joining EditShare, Howard held the role of Chief Operations Officer at Vidcheck, working on the UK DPP and other critical industry initiatives across the globe. In addition to his position at Vidcheck, Howard held strategic roles at Edifis, Leitch, Pro-Bel, SGL and TransMedia Dynamics. His vast experience across broadcast and video vendors in product management and business development led to his first assignment at EditShare as a senior manager responsible for architecting company’s media asset management workflow solutions.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

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