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News Analysis / Media Biz
NY Observer Tosses Bouquet to Mayor’s Office Head </br>Katherine Oliver

NY Observer Tosses Bouquet to Mayor’s Office Head
Katherine Oliver

07/25
2013

As the Bloomberg administration heads into its final lap, judgements, accolades and a few brickbats have become airborne. Though it might come across as more of a hagiography, in the accolade department is New York Observer’s Page One tribute to MOME’s Katherine Oliver. Oliver is a non-stop exec who once did duty as an on-air personality for […]

Gear / Craft

Power and Affordability: HP Drops New, Less Expensive Workstations and Displays

07/24
2013

While some creatives can get by with today's more powerful laptops, most full-time professionals rely on workstations. Read how HP will soon deliver potent workstations and top-quality monitors for a lot less than you'd imagine...

Press Releases / Company News
EP Melissa Beth Launches Hostage Films With Award-Winning Director Ruben Latre

EP Melissa Beth Launches Hostage Films With Award-Winning Director Ruben Latre

07/23
2013

Brooklyn-based production company Hostage Films launches with EP Melissa Beth as president. Director Ruben Latre, known for his visual style – he was shortlisted in Cinematography at the 2012 AICP Show – joins her in their plans to create brand based content, commercials and features…

Press Releases / New Hires
Ryan Fitch Gets Nod as BMG Chrysalis US Director of Marketing, Film & TV/Advertising

Ryan Fitch Gets Nod as BMG Chrysalis US Director of Marketing, Film & TV/Advertising

07/23
2013

BMG Chrysalis US is a worldwide music publishing and rights company, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. You can imagine what BMG does in each town, and yes, in New York new hire Ryan Fitch is the liaison to the ad industry. Fitch has a considerable background in both advertising (10 years with Saatchi) and music, so he's a good fit to New York's ever energetic marketplace for music and advertising...

Press Releases / New ScreenWork Releases
Nerdist Industries And Tribeca Film Co-Release Fanboy Charmer ‘Zero Charisma’

Nerdist Industries And Tribeca Film Co-Release Fanboy Charmer ‘Zero Charisma’

07/22
2013

We wonder if the release method of 'Zero Charisma' will become the new normal for any features that aren’t being pitched as blockbusters: Tribeca Film will first show the film on cable/telco, satellite VOD, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly and other non-traditional platforms. A theatrical release follows…

Meetings / Events
Noted Filmmakers, Casting Directors to Discuss Indie Filmmaking

Noted Filmmakers, Casting Directors to Discuss Indie Filmmaking

07/22
2013

While they happen at irregular intervals, the Made in NY sponsored talks can offer up some interesting talent, especially as we enter the dog days of the summer and such free events are the best deal in town. This press release from the Mayor's Office, however, is a little confusing, as it lists "Ira Glass" as the director of two films ("Keep the Lights On", "Married Life") which have been directed by Ira Sachs as far as we know. Ira Glass, of course, is the producer and great documentary storyteller heard on NPR. Whatever. These are the dog days, as noted, when even the press releases are a little dazed...

Media Biz / Awards
New York Productions Reap 107 Emmy Noms

New York Productions Reap 107 Emmy Noms

07/18
2013

This is the last Emmy announcement from Mayor Bloomberg and his Media & Entertainment commissioner Katherine Oliver. Both have spent the past 12 years helping to push production in NYC to new heights...

Press Releases / New Hires
Curious Pictures Welcomes Two Executive Producers And </br>New Director

Curious Pictures Welcomes Two Executive Producers And
New Director

07/17
2013

Based on Lafayette Street, Curious Pictures has come some way since its founding in 1981 with its first work - a music video for the then brand new MTV. While the company has gone through various iterations and locations over the years, including branching out to LA in 2008, Curious continues as an innovative house that masters a variety of media to get its clients' message across...

Press Releases / New ScreenWork Releases
Cut+Run Creates Bespoke Edit For The Council Of Fashion Designers Award Film Series

Cut+Run Creates Bespoke Edit For The Council Of Fashion Designers Award Film Series

07/17
2013

With six offices spread around the world, Cut+Run keeps Akiko Iwakawa busy. Ms. Iwakawa’s editing approach has won her work on commercials – with top directors including Patrick Daughters, Marco Brambilla, Chris Milk, Mehdi Norowzian – as well as original music videos spanning genres and styles. She works in advertising, film and art exhibitions...

Craft / Product Review
Making the Grade the Easy Way: SpeedLooks by LookLabs

Making the Grade the Easy Way: SpeedLooks by LookLabs

07/16
2013

Can color grading be made simpler? That's what SpeedLooks proposes. Joe Herman takes a look at how this collection of 3D LUTs by LookLabs might just give your production a big budget feel without a master colorist to grade it…