The Motion Picture Sound Editors association today announce that it will honor Ron Howard with its annual Filmmaker Award. The Academy Award-winning director and producer is responsible for some of the most memorable films of the past four decades including the critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13, and the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash. Howard will be presented with the MPSE Filmmaker Award at the 69th MPSE Golden Reel Awards, set for March 13, 2022 as an international virtual event.
Vista Group CEO Kimbal Riley has announced that longtime Movio executives Sarah Lewthwaite and Matthew Liebmann will jointly lead the company following the departure of co-founder and chief executive Will Palmer this December. Movio, the marketing data analytics and cinema campaign management company, was founded by Palmer and Peter Beguely in 2010. Lewthwaite, Movio’s chief client officer located in London, and Matthew Liebmann, Movio’s chief operating officer operating out of the company’s Auckland headquarters, will report directly to Riley.
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful and historic Hollywood Legion Theater, the 2021 Hollywood Professional Association's Awards last night celebrated exceptional work in color grading, sound, editing, and visual effects in commercial, episodic, and feature projects.
The Colorist Society has named Mark Todd Osborne to its board of directors. Osborne is a Los Angeles-based senior colorist with more than 200 film and television credits. As a board member, he will be involved governing, managing, and planning for the organization. He will also act as an ambassador for CSI to other industry organizations and the wider professional community. Osborne joins Kevin Shaw, president; Sarah Priestnall, vice president; and Hugh Heinsohn, secretary/treasurer, on the CSI board.
Mike Nichols has been named Adorama Rental Company's vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, Nichols will be responsible for building a five-year strategy with a focus on growth and expansion of the company. He will identify new areas of revenue which look beyond the transactional rental business as well as develop services for ARC's high-end digital cinema market with a customer service mindset.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors association has elected Mark Lanza to a two-year term as president. Additionally, David Barber has been elected to a two-year term as secretary, a position he has held on an interim basis for the past year.
The Producers Guild of America and Google have announced up to two $50,000 grants as part of The Short Film Project presented by the Producers Guild and Google. This opportunity is offered exclusively to PGA Create Fellows from its recent scripted lab for emerging and mid-career creative producers from backgrounds underrepresented in the industry. This new opportunity extends Google’s previously announced lead sponsorship of the PGA Create lab.
The UK-based career planning service My First Job in Film, which is focused on aspiring film and television industry professionals, has launched in North America. It helps students and others get a foot in the door in the entertainment industry through a wealth of career planning tools and access to short- and long-term employment opportunities and internships across a range of production and post-production roles. Begun in 2011, the company’s UK program has successfully helped hundreds of aspirants embark on industry career paths.
Rising Sun Pictures has added two post-doctoral researchers from the Australian Institute for Machine Learning to lead a new initiative centered on the application of artificial intelligence to its visual effects pipeline. Dr. John Bastian and Dr. Ben Ward will develop pipeline tools based on machine learning and other AI applications as a means of streamlining visual effects production and creating visuals that look more photorealistic.
The winners of this year’s Young Animator of the Year UK award have been announced by Access:VFX, the ScreenSkills Animation Fund and #Dami. Through its awards program, YAY UK aims to provide aspiring animators from a range of backgrounds with access to and advice from professionals and studios in the animation, games and visual effects industry. The winning work will premiere at the Manchester Animation Festival, which runs November 14-19.