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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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  • Kathleen Kennedy To Receive ADG’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award

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    Eight-time Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Kathleen Kennedy will receive the Art Directors Guild’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards,. The 2018 Awards, themed “Production Design: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination,” will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Kathleen…

     

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

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

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    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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  • “The History Of Comedy”; A Conversation With Executive Producers Mark Herzog And Todd Milliner

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    By: Marjorie Galas Early in the production of CNN’s “The History of Comedy”, executive producers Mark Herzog and Todd Milliner determined historians were important to outline the evolution of the comedy genre.  However, the people who rose from obscurity to recognized professionals in the genre would provide the meat of each history lesson. “We were…

     

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  • Emerging Female Directors Honored At 2017 Horizon Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The winners of the Third Annual Horizon Awards were announced by the award co-founders Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor and Christine Vachon on January 22, 2017 at the WME Lounge in Park City, Utah during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The Horizon Award was established to support emerging female directors and address the significant disparity…

     

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  • Producers Behind Sundance US Dramatic, NEXT And Premiere Films Featured On State Of The Slate: Films At Sundance 2017 Panel

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The State of the Slate webinar returns to Sundance! Presented by Variety 411, Entertainment Partners, the Producers Guild of America and the Association of Film Commissioners International, State of the Slate: Films at Sundance 2017 will feature producers with films screening as part of the US Dramatic competition, NEXT and Premieres during this year’s Sundance Film…

     

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  • Geena Davis Hopes 2017 Brings Greater Gender Equality In All Media

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The air was crisp and wintery in mid-December, its cool breeze adding to the jubilant mood as production professionals walked through the grounds at the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station. The holiday party this diverse group of professionals, from writers to producers, actors to agents, was attending at the art complex went beyond the…

     

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  • “Marathon: The Patriot’s Day Bombing” Highlights Terrorism Aftermath And Survivors’ Triumphs

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    What makes a terrorist? Writer/director/producer Ricki Stern contemplated the life of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who, at 20, co-orchestrated the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013 with his older brother.  A Chechen immigrant who was relocated to the US in 2002 by his parents, Tsarnaev appeared to be an average teenager.  A marine biology major at UMass Dartmouth,…

     

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  • “Taking Fire” : User-Generated Footage Key To Character-Driven Story

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The advent of film cameras provided early cinematographers the ability to record the soldiers’ experiences on the battle field. Ten minute newsreel clips shot during the first world war gave way to more extensive investigations of soldiers’ lives on and off the frontlines with every passing military operation. Today, advancements in camera technology and websites that host…

     

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  • Casting Director Opens The Door For Rising Talent: Spotlight On Nancy Nayor

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    As a the casting director, Nancy Nayor has been instrumental in launching careers.  While working as the SVP of Feature Film Casting at Universal Pictures, she gave many fresh faces a break by placing them in their first feature.  A sampling of stars that benefited from Nayor’s knowing eye include Aaron Paul, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew McConaughey and…

     

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  • Reflection Of Success: “The Last Man On Earth”

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    By Marjorie Galas Will Forte had a fun idea for a television series.  He figured he’d bring to friends and award winning producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord and Miller were the masterminds behind hits including the remake of “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie”, and they immediately saw the possibilities behind Forte’s…

     

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  • 411 Publishing/PGA Webinar Series Continues September 23rd

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      On Wednesday, September 23rd, the 411 Publishing / PGA Production Incentives Webinar Series will resume with “Spotlight on California, New York and Connecticut.” The first webinar presented in the series, “Incentives 101” provided an overview of production incentives through the guidance of panelists Joseph Chianese, VP, Business Development and Production Planning at Entertainment Partners,…

     

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