Chat w/ Jennifer Sharp, director of 'Una Great Movie' | Brooklyn FilmFest

UNA GREAT MOVIE playing at Brooklyn Film Festival 2019, is a beautiful movie about a black American woman traveling to Mexico, slowly becomes a romantic comedy with an all-white cast. A quirky cerebral look into commercialism and greed, juxtaposed with a heartwarming movie that challenges stereotypes. Una Great Movie uses comedy to reflect on relevant contemporary issues. It is fun and humorous with a unique storytelling style that incorporates a professional cast mixed with local Mexican non-actors.

We talked to the director and writer of the film Jennifer Sharp. Here are the excerpts

- What made you make this film?

The initial inspiration was based on a small town in Mexico that I found in 1999 while traveling with a friend. I loved the town and the people and was inspired to make a movie there.  I wanted to share the magic of that place and how it felt as a black woman in Mexico. For the next 16 years I tried relentlessly to get the movie made, during which time the script transformed over and over again. Finally becoming what it is now, which actually mixes my true experiences in Hollywood trying to get the movie made, with the beautiful Mexican story that I had been wanting to make for years.

- What was the biggest challenges in making this film? How did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge (out of many) would be producing a movie in Mexico and having to find an entire crew in a country, where I knew absolutely nothing about the film industry. I had many situations where I had to speak fluent Spanish, and I wasn't sure if I could handle those situations. But mother is the necessity of invention for sure, and when I needed to up my Spanish speaking skills to have an hour long meeting with the mayor of the town, I just did it. The brain is pretty amazing!

- What film and filmmakers inspire you?

Charlie Kaufman is a genius and his movie Synechdoche, although it had little commercial success, I believe is the truest portrayal of life I have ever seen in a movie.

- How has been your experience at BFF?

I am super impressed with the quality of every movie I have seen so far at the Brooklyn film Festival and I'm excited to spend the week seeing more and meeting more filmmakers. The staff are welcoming and excited about the event and supportive. It's been a wonderful experience and has been a great way to kick off my festival experience. I love their commitment to the theme this year of highlighting diverse and creative films that are against the norm.

- What's your most favorite and least favorite thing about New York?

I love the energy here and the ability to get anywhere in the city without driving. I live in LA, so it hinders the lifestyle trying to avoid traffic or not driving after you go out to a party. New York is more accessible with the city at your disposal!

My least favorite thing is the amount of people and lack of nature. Yes, there are parks, but I like cities with more green spaces all around without having to go to a public park.

Firelight Media Documentary Lab Announces National Open Call for 2019

The Documentary Lab, An Incubator Program for Diverse Filmmakers, Marks Its 10th Anniversary in 2019

Firelight Media announced the 2019 Open Call for submissions to the 10th year of its Documentary Lab program. The Documentary Lab, launched by Firelight co-founder Stanley Nelson in 2009, is an 18-month fellowship supporting filmmakers of color with mentorship from prominent non-fiction leaders, film funding resources, professional development workshops and networking opportunities. The deadline for all submissions is June 17, 2019.

“A lot has changed since we first started the Documentary Lab ten years ago. Documentaries have become popular, the number of distribution platforms have doubled, and almost everyone agrees that we are experiencing the golden age of documentaries,” says Firelight Vice President and Documentary Lab Director Loira Limbal. “Yet, there are still structural barriers for filmmakers of color to enter into the field. Ten years later we remain steadfast in our belief in the importance of people of color being able to tell their own stories. The Documentary Lab Open Call is an exciting time for us at Firelight because it puts us in direct contact with hundreds of emerging filmmakers of color from all over the U.S. telling nuanced and complex stories informed by their own lived experiences.”

With this anniversary, Firelight’s Documentary Lab moves into its second decade of important work in amplifying underrepresented voices while celebrating key milestones of growth. Unrivaled in its representation of filmmakers of color, the Documentary Lab nurtures an inclusive network of talented unique storytellers to receive ongoing support from conception to completion. Considering the challenges for emerging diverse filmmakers Firelight Media also offers the Next Step Media Fund – a grant supporting fellows in the final phase of production with up to $25,000 towards necessary travel, shooting, editing, and more.

"For 18 months, Firelight offered project support with a level of intention and commitment that allowed me to mostly move calmly through the filmmaking process knowing that I had some of the best talents in the industry to turn to for advice, feedback, and resources when facing challenges great and small,” said Doc Lab alum Jackie Olive on her experience making her film Always in Season.

Previous notable fellows and films include Jason DaSilva’s When I Walk (2013) which won a Jury Award at Hot Docs and went on to win an Emmy Award in 2015; Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s Thank You for Playing (2015) which won two Emmys after receiving the Tribeca Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature; and Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’s Whose Streets (2017) which was nominated for Peabody, Gotham and Critics’ Choice Awards.

It’s already been a landmark year for Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab, starting with its presence at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where two of its fellows world premiered films – Jeffrey Palmer’s Words from a Bear and Jackie Olive’s Always in Season which won the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency. Stanley Nelson also debuted Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool there, his 10th feature to premiere at Sundance  a record for a documentarian. Most recently Doc Lab fellow Yu Gu premiered her documentary feature A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Principal funding for the Documentary Lab has been provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Wyncote Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the NY State Council on the Arts.

To find out more about the Documentary Lab application process and eligibility requirements please visit:


DON MISCHER PRODUCTIONS AND DONE+DUSTED TO PRODUCE “71ST PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS” AIRING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, LIVE ON FOX

Don Mischer Productions and Done+Dusted will co-produce the 71st PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS®, airing LIVE coast-to-coast from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 22 (8:00-11:00 PM ET live/5:00-8:00 PM PT live) on FOX.

“This marks the first Emmy Awards for FOX Entertainment as a new company, and we are taking a fresh direction by bringing together the two best, most inventive and most disruptive production companies to join forces on the show,” said Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Entertainment.  “Don Mischer Productions and Done+Dusted both brought incredible ideas to the table, and we are lucky enough to have the two teams collaborate on this television event.”

Frank Scherma, Television Academy Chairman and CEO, added, “Television is in a period of unprecedented growth and has emerged as the world’s premier entertainment choice across a multitude of spectacular platforms. As a consequence, the Emmy telecast has tremendous significance and should reflect the innovation and inventiveness that television embodies. Don Mischer Productions and Done+Dusted are the resources to help fuel that transformation.”

“We love producing the Emmys and celebrating the best television of the year,” said Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare of Don Mischer Productions. “We’ve known Done+Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton and Ian Stewart for many years and have admired their work for quite some time. So, when our friends at FOX proposed this unconventional marriage, we also thought what better way for us to have the opportunity to learn and steal all of D+D’s masterful production secrets.”

“With the total respect felt by all of us at Done+Dusted for all the great people at Don Mischer Productions, this felt like the perfect opportunity to put partisan production aside and work together to see if we can find ways to develop a new-look Emmys on new-look FOX,” said Done+Dusted President Ian Stewart.  “Not to mention it gives us a chance to learn and steal all of Don and the team’s masterful production secrets.”

Nominations for the 71st PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS will be announced the morning of Tuesday, July 16.

For more information and updates on the 71st EMMY AWARDS, go to TelevisionAcademy.com/Emmys and follow @TelevisionAcad on TwitterInstagramFacebookTumblr and Snapchat.  

About Don Mischer Productions

Don Mischer Productions (DMP) is an internationally acclaimed production company for television and live events. Led by Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare, DMP has consistently produced programs that share the best of the human experience, whether it be the work of our most acclaimed artists or the celebration of our greatest international events. DMP is always at the forefront of their craft, with an eye to innovate and advance the art form. 

Some of their marquee productions include the Academy Awards; Super Bowl halftime shows (Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, among others); We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial; The Emmy Awards; The Billboard Music Awards;  and the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.  Other productions include Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity; Rock The Troops with Dwayne Johnson; and the Breakthrough Prize.

About Done+Dusted

Done+Dusted has devised and produced broadcast content, events and experiences, in every corner of the globe. Based in LA and London, D+D has built a global reputation for producing spectacular experiences on behalf of nations, broadcasters, brands, artists, gamers, leaders and educators.  

D+D’s credits include the Emmys, the London Olympics and Paralympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the UAE National Day Celebrations, the British Fashion Awards, the BAFTA Television Awards and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Along the way, they have collaborated with many of the most successful artists on the planet in film, television, music and sport. 

On April 1, 2019, D+D turned 21 – if you need them, they have gone to the pub because they are finally old enough to drink. 

About the Television Academy

The Television Academy seeks to expand the horizons of television excellence. Through the programs, publications and events of the Academy and its Foundation, it strives to empower storytellers who shape the evolving television space. And it celebrates those who have excelled by recognizing their achievements through accolades and awards, including television's most coveted prize, the Emmy Award. For more information, please visit TelevisionAcademy.com.

About FOX Entertainment

FOX Entertainment, a unit of the newly formed FOX Corporation, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including the season’s #1 new show, THE MASKED SINGER, and 9-1-1, EMPIRE, LAST MAN STANDING, THE ORVILLE, THE RESIDENT, THE PASSAGE, LETHAL WEAPON, GOTHAM, STAR, THE GIFTED, THE COOL KIDS, REL, PROVEN INNOCENT, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, BOB’S BURGERS, HELL’S KITCHEN, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, BEAT SHAZAM, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK and MENTAL SAMURAI; as well as upcoming series PARADISE HOTEL, SPIN THE WHEEL and 90210. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week, as well as major sports events. Through the FOX NOW app, FOX viewers can watch full episodes of their favorite FOX shows on a variety of digital platforms, while enjoying enhanced interactive and social capabilities around those shows. Download the FOX NOW app at www.fox.com/foxnow.  To watch primetime programming live on the web, visit www.fox.com/live. “Like” FOX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOXTV and follow the network on Twitter @FOXTV. For additional information about FOX, please visit www.fox.com.

Firelight Media Documentary Lab Announces Groundwork Initiative in Puerto Rico April 12-14, 2019

2019 Marks the 10th Anniversary of Firelight’s Doc Lab - An Incubator for Diverse Filmmakers

Firelight Media has announced program details for its Documentary Lab’s Groundwork initiative in San Juan, Puerto Rico taking place April 12-14, 2019. The Doc Lab, launched by Firelight co-founders Stanley Nelson and Marcia Smith in 2009, is an 18-month fellowship that supports filmmakers of color with mentorship from prominent leaders in the industry, film funding, professional development workshops and networking opportunities. The Groundwork Day Lab, which launched in 2017, is a regional lab initiative that supports diverse, early career documentary filmmakers living and working in underrepresented regions of the U.S. Co-produced with local partners, Groundwork is designed to connect budding local filmmakers with industry leaders and to help position budding local filmmakers with bigger opportunities at a national scale.

Groundwork Puerto Rico will be co-produced with AdocPR (Association of Puerto Rican Documentary Filmmakers) and Sistema TV-WMTJ (a PBS member station located in San Juan). The weekend’s program will begin on Friday with a public screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution at the Ana G. Méndez University Theatre, followed by a Q&A with director and executive producer Stanley Nelson, moderated by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Founder of The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. The weekend will also include workshops, work-in-progress screenings and feedback sessions for the nominated local filmmakers, which will be led in Spanish by Firelight Vice President and Doc Lab Director, Loira Limbal.

“We are thrilled to partner with AdocPR and Sistema TV to support filmmakers living and creating in Puerto Rico during such a critical time,” said Loira Limbal, Firelight’s Vice President and Documentary Lab Director. “Puerto Rico is facing unprecedented challenges due to the economic crisis and Hurricane Maria and these filmmakers are essential to the recovery process.”

It’s already been a landmark year for Firelight Media, starting with its presence at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where Stanley Nelson premiered Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, his 10th feature to premiere at the fest (a record for a documentarian), along with two Doc Lab fellows’ film premieres – Jeffrey Palmer’s Words from a Bear and Jackie Olive’s Always in Season which won the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency (US Documentary). Miles Davis will continue to screen at film festivals throughout the spring and Nelson’s next film BOSS: The Black Experience in Business airs April 23 on PBS. 

This year also marks the 10th Anniversary of Firelight’s Documentary Lab and since its inception over 70 filmmakers have gone through the program and more than $650,000 in grants has been spent on 40 documentary projects. More than just a workshop, the Documentary Lab is unrivaled in its representation of diverse filmmakers, creating an exclusive network of talented unique storytellers that receive ongoing support from a project’s conception to its completion.

In all, high profile accolades for past Doc Lab films include over 30 broadcast/distribution deals with POV, Independent Lens, WORLD, OWN, Netflix, and Discovery ID; one Peabody award and several nominations, four Emmy wins and several nominations, and 13 world premieres at Sundance or Tribeca Film Festivals. Documentary Lab alumni include: Dawn Porter (Spies of Mississippi), Deborah Esquenazi (Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four), and Lyric Cabral ((T)error). Recent Doc Lab fellow Yu Gu will premiere her documentary feature A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem later this month at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Principal funding for the Documentary Lab has been provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Wyncote Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the NY State Council on the Arts.

To find out more about Firelight’s Documentary Lab and Groundwork Initiative please visit: http://www.firelightmedia.tv/documentary-lab.

ABOUT FIRELIGHT MEDIA

Firelight Media was born in 2000 to address the deficit of films made by and about diverse communities, particularly people of color. Founded and led by MacArthur “genius” Fellow Stanley Nelson and award-winning writer and philanthropy executive Marcia Smith in Harlem, NY, the organization has gone on to produce over 25 hours of primetime programming for public television, receive every major broadcast award, and have its first theatrical release (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution).

Through its Documentary Lab and Impact Producer Fellowship, Firelight is dedicated to developing talented documentary filmmakers that advance underrepresented stories, moving them from the margins to the forefront of mainstream media through high quality, powerful productions.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM, PIERRE THE PIGEON-HAWK TAKES FLIGHT

Star studded cast includes Nick Cannon, Jennifer Coolidge, Kenan Thompson, E.G. Daily and Whoopi Goldberg

LOS ANGELES (March 12, 2019)  Exodus Film Group announced today they will partner with Nick Cannon and his Ncredible Entertainment banner to produce a full-length animated feature, Pierre The Pigeon-Hawk.  Exodus’ John D. Eraklis is set to direct. Nick Cannon (“Wild ‘n Out”, “The Masked Singer”) will voice the lead character, oversee the music and produce under his Ncredible Entertainment banner with Michael Goldman serving as Executive Producer.  Academy Award Winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, Sister Act, The Lion King) will voice Nick’s mother in the film while Jennifer Coolidge (Best in ShowLegally Blonde) will voice his aunt.  Kenan Thompson (“SNL”, The Grinch) voices Sniff- A hilarious, street-savvy, smooth talking city squirrel and E.G. Daily (“The Rugrats”, The Emoji Movie) is also featured.  The film is being produced and financed by Ciaran Crampton and Chase Muratore of NYC based, Sugar Water Entertainment.  Exodus will provide production services and handling sales. 

Set in NYC, Pierre The Pigeon-Hawk is a musically driven animated comedy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and community.  Born as a product of forbidden love between a hawk and a pigeon…Pierre is rejected by both the pigeon and hawk communities.  Dejected and confused, Pierre sets out on a mission to find out where he belongs.  During his adventure, he unites with a band of unlikely friends including a bear that has recently escaped from the Central Park Zoo, an owl whose genius is outweighed only by his madness, and a pair of rag tag, pop-cultured city squirrels with attitude.  Amidst a journey of self-discovery, Pierre finds the courage to inspire animals from all backgrounds to change their ways and open their minds to a new way of thinking.  It will take a hybrid bird to unite a hybrid world.

Cannon said, “It’s always such a pleasure working with friends and combining forces with industry veterans to create fun content for all ages.”

Sugar Water Entertainment’s Ciaran Crampton said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with John and Nick and their seasoned teams at Exodus and Ncredible to bring this comedic, powerful and timely tale to life. This film will use music, laughter and terrific visual images to create thought provoking emotions that will be shared by audiences young and old.”

Cannon currently hosts and executive produces Fox’s record-breaking series “The Masked Singer,” and made regular appearances on hit comedies including “30 Rock,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Chappelle’s Show,” as well as hosting eight seasons of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Film credits include Spile Lee’s Chi-Raq, Drumline, Bobby,and Men in Black II, among others.

Cannon is represented by CAA, Michael Goldman and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcanowill. Goldberg is repped by WME; Coolidge is repped by UTA; Thompson is repped by UTA, Michael Goldman and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano and Daily is repped by Innovative Artists.

Exodus Film Group is a boutique production company based in Venice Beach, California. Exodus develops and produces a wide range of projects in both animation and live-action for all media. Exodus’ past productions include the animated features, "Igor", "The Hero of Color City", and "Bunyan & Babe”.

Founded by Nick Cannon in 2009, Ncredible Entertainment has quickly become a powerhouse brand in the entertainment industry. Ncredible Entertainment continues to demonstrate the kind of intuitive feel for cross-promoted multimedia initiatives that thrives in today’s 2.0 creative environment. Under this banner, he produces numerous TV and film projects, including Nickelodeon’s Make It PopTeenNick Top 10, and React To That. The rapid growth of Ncredible Entertainment has established projects in TV, Film, Music, along with Products & Services and a growing Management division. 


SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY 2019 Opens Friday 3/15 with 'The Merger' US Premiere

• The Merger, Cinema Australia 2018 Audience Award winner, has US Premiere at SRFF
• Refugee-focused opening night program also includes It Will Be Chaos Doc

[NEW YORK, NY] SR Socially Relevant Film Festival 2019(SRFF 2019) marks its Sixth Edition opening night with Mark Grentell's critically acclaimed feature film, The Merger. The Australian production follows a struggling football club that recruits local refugees, finding new players and new purpose. The Merger, a US premiere, shows at Cinema Village on March 15, 2019, at 7:00 pm. Tickets via Eventcombo.

The film, adapted from Damian Callinan's solo stage production, is the winner of the Cinema Australia 2018 Audience Award. The uplifting comedy tells a story of a small town that is waging an ideological battle over inclusiveness versus xenophobia. As bonds are formed and memories are made with the new members, the quirky club shows the town how much good can come from helping others. Watch the trailer here.

Also showing on opening night is the NY premiere of Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo's documentary, It Will Be Chaos, with a following Q&A. In the film we are introduced to the Eritrean refugee, Aregai, as he guides us through Italy's faltering immigration system. After the evening's screenings, SRFF 2019 will host an after party at Le Midi Bar & Restaurant, a limited number of tickets are available here.

SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY 's 6th edition is scheduled to run March 15-21, 2019, at Cinema Village and neighboring venues. Watch the festival trailer here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n29IoJOXZsg).

Highlights of SRFF 2019 include a documentary feature film on 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege, called The Man Who Mends Women directed by Thierry Michel, followed by a panel on Women and Children in Conflict Zones, presided over by UN UnderSecretary General special representative for Sexual Violence, Pramila Patten, and with the participation of other distinguished panelists CSW chair Susan O'Malley, The Children of Panzi director Cathleen de Kerchove and more. The film screening is preceded by a reception.
The narrative film slate offers six titles, the documentary feature slate has 14 films, and there are 32 shorts that complete the balance of 52 highly select films on offer. Industry workshops, panels and networking opportunities, not to forget parties and happy hours, make SRFF 2019 another unforgettable year.

Visit www.ratedsrfilms.org for schedule, synopses, bios, and sponsors.

ABOUT SR SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL NY
SR Socially Relevant ™ Film Festival New York is a 501(c) 3 non-profit film festival founded by actress Nora Armani. The Mission of the SR Film Festival is to shine the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant™, human interest stories dealing with social issues. SR™ believes in the power of cinema in raising awareness and promoting positive social change. Submissions re-open May 2019.
The mission of SRFF is the promotion of films and filmmakers that deal with socially relevant film content. In its first five years, the festival has successfully served as a platform for 287 films from 35 countries, has offered industry panels covering such topics as distribution, storytelling, diversity casting, funding, marketing, low budget filmmaking, filming in New York, and scriptwriting, and has presented over 40 awards to deserving talented filmmakers from all over the world and has helped them reach larger audiences year after year. SRFF believes that positive social change can happen through the impact of Socially Relevant™ films on people.

HE BETTER ANGELS SOCIETY, THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND THE CRIMSON LION/LAVINE FAMILY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS LAVINE/KEN BURNS PRIZE FOR FILM

Annual Award to Recognize Exemplary Accomplishment in Historical Documentaries Next Generation Angels Prize for Young Filmmakers to be Presented in Partnership with National History Day

The Better Angels Society, the Library of Congress, and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, an annual award to recognize exemplary accomplishment in historical documentaries.

The award, which will be presented each fall at a gala at the Library of Congress, will recognize a filmmaker whose documentary uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that touch on some aspect of American history.  More information about the award and requirements for submission can be found at: www.thebetterangelssociety.org.  The winner will receive a $200,000 finishing grant to help with the final production of the film. The submission deadline for the inaugural prize is June 1.

“I’ve been very fortunate to spend my career focused on our country’s history,” said Ken Burns.  “While each film is different, they all ask the same question about who we are as a people.  History is of course fraught with complexity and is often divisive. But somehow by confronting this history together, and the many stories that make it up, we become closer.  I’m honored and humbled to join the Library of Congress, The Better Angels andJeannie and Jonathan Lavine and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation to help other filmmakers working in this space share their stories.  By supporting their work, and diverse stories and voices, I’m hopeful we can engage new generations of Americans in understanding our past.” 

“Documentary film is one of the most engaging media for bringing our nation’s history to life,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “As Ken has demonstrated prolifically and beautifully through his work over the years, piecing together historic photographs, manuscripts, music, oral histories and other primary source materials into a narrative moving image can capture our hearts and minds like nothing else. The Library is a treasure trove of these materials, and I hope this new prize elevates awareness of the Library as an inspirational national resource among documentary filmmakers of the present and the future. We are honored to join The Better Angels, Ken and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation to launch this award.”

“We believe an understanding of history is critical to a healthy and functioning democracy,” noted Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine.  “We are exceptionally proud of the support we have provided Ken and his team.  We are equally excited about building on this work and creating a new program in partnership with our colleagues at The Better Angels Society and the Library of Congress. This prize will recognize other filmmakers working in this space and the stories that they can share with the millions of Americans who have learned about America’s past from the extraordinary work of Ken Burns.”  Jeannie Lavine works on several national boards, including The Better Angels Society’s Board of Directors. Jonathan Lavine is the Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital and a Co-Chair of the Trustees of Columbia University. 

Interested filmmakers are invited to apply for the award through the website at:

www.thebetterangelssociety.org.

To be eligible for the award, films must meet the following criteria:

1. The project must be a late stage documentary film with a running time of 60 minutes or more.

2. The subject matter of the film must be American history.

3. The applicant must have previously produced or directed at least one long-form documentary for broadcast or online distribution.

4. The applicant must submit 20 minutes of a rough or fine cut AND a script of a full-length rough or fine cut at time of submission of application. (Note: Upon request, applicant will need to be able to provide a full-length rough or fine cut for review.)

5. Industrial, promotional, branded content or instructional films are not eligible.

In addition to the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, The Better Angels will partner with National History Day, to award the Next Generation Angels Awards recognizing six individual documentary filmmakers in the junior and senior divisions.  These include an award named in memory of Anne Harrington, a colleague who handled outreach and education for Burns’s films who passed away in 2018.  Finalists will be recognized at the National History Day National Contest held each June at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will return for special programming to honor them and showcase their work in the fall. Winners will be invited to attend the Library of Congress award gala in Washington, D.C. as well.  More information about the award is also available at: www.thebetterangelssociety.org

About Ken Burns

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years.  Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness:  The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The War; The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts:  An Intimate HistoryJackie Robinson; Defying the Nazis:  The Sharps’ War; The Vietnam War, and, most recently, The Mayo Clinic:  Faith - Hope - Science.  Ken’s films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including sixteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

About The Better Angels Society

The Better Angels Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about their history through documentary film. Their mission is to educate, engage and provoke thoughtful discussion among people of every political persuasion and ideology. They work to ensure historically significant films are completed, broadcast, promoted, and shared in ways that reach and inform as many people as possible through robust educational and civic outreach. The Society is currently raising funds for films in production and planned over the next ten years.

The Better Angels Society is also working to ensure that the next generation of documentary filmmakers, inspired by Ken Burns and his team, receive the education, mentoring, training, and support they need to continue his legacy.

About The Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation

Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine established the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation to focus a significant portion of their philanthropic efforts toward leveling the playing field for individuals and families. The Foundation works to address pressing social challenges in the areas of education, community and public service, health and welfare, discrimination and poverty. The Foundation supports the multi-disciplinary efforts of organizations that serve to strengthen society through research, innovation, public policy, direct service and advocacy.

About the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

THE 2019 “IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS” TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY ALICIA KEYS, ARIANA GRANDE, HALSEY, GARTH BROOKS, JOHN LEGEND, KACEY MUSGRAVES AND MORE, THURSDAY, MARCH 14, LIVE ON FOX

Taylor Swift to Receive Tour of the Year Award for her Reputation Stadium Tour

iHeartMedia and Fox Entertainment (FOX) announced today that the 2019 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Garth Brooks, John Legend and Kacey Musgraves, with more to be announced. The live, two-hourevent airs Thursday, March 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The sixth annual iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS will also air live on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live-streaming radio service.

iHeartMedia also announced that Taylor Swift will receive the iHeartRadio Tour of the Year Award for her Reputation Stadium Tour. With more than two million tickets sold in the U.S. and grossing $266 million, it is the highest-selling U.S. tour in history by any artist. The Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour broke Swift’s own record for highest-grossing tour by a woman. It was critically acclaimed for its cutting-edge, large-scale production value that gave tens of thousands of fans in attendance each night a rare and intimate glimpse at what makes Swift one of today’s greatest performers. The tour, which kicked off in May 2018 in Glendale, AZ, also traveled to Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and was made into a special concert film for Netflix. Swift will be in attendance to accept her award.

Nominees for the 2019 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS were announced on January 9. Artists receiving multiple nominations include Cardi B, Drake, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons. For a full list of categories, visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

In addition to being a compelling celebration of music and artists, the 2019 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS will again celebrate the fans, giving iHeartRadio listeners the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army, presented by Taco Bell®; Best Lyrics; Best Cover Song; Best Music Video; the Social Star Award; Best Solo Breakout; Cutest Musician’s Pet; and the first-ever Song That Left Us Shook and Favorite Tour Photographer awards.

Social voting began on January 9 and will close on March 7. Fans can vote on Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.

This year’s awards will feature a broad array of categories, including Artist of the Year, Best Duo/Group of the Year and individual winners for Album of the Year in music’s biggest genres, including Pop, Country, Alternative Rock, Rock, Dance, Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin and Regional Mexican formats. For the third year, the 2019 Best New Artist awards will be grouped by music format and format winners will then become finalists for the top title of Best New Artist. 

Proud partners of the 2019 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS include the feature film “Five Feet Apart” in theaters March 15, L'Oréal Paris, Taco Bell®, TikTok and Total Wireless, with more to be announced.

Executive producers for the iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS are Joel Gallen for Tenth Planet and John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz for iHeartMedia. 

For breaking news and exclusive iHeartRadio Music Awards content visit iHeartRadio.com/awards or follow #iHeartAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Tickets are currently on sale to the general public at axs.com.

About iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). VisitiHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About Microsoft Theater

Microsoft Theater hosts over 120 music, family, dance and comedy acts, award shows, televised productions, conventions and product launches with over 500,000 guests passing through the doors annually. The 7,100-seat theater offers guests mid-sized intimacy, with no seat further from the stage than 220 feet. Microsoft Theater offers 12,000 square feet of VIP & hospitality areas, 10 dressing rooms and state of the art technology making it is a favorite indoor venue for performers and fans alike. Since opening in October 2007 with six sold out shows featuring the Eagles and Dixie Chicks, Microsoft Theater has hosted concerts starring the most popular artists including Alan Jackson, Katy Perry, Charlie Wilson, Juan Gabriel, Aretha Franklin, Ed Sheeran, John Fogerty, Gabriel Iglesias, Kanye West, Marc Anthony, Sesame Street Live, John Legend, The Avett Brothers, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Trey Songz, Kelly Clarkson, Rush, Yanni, Nicki Minaj, Juanes, Cat Stevens, The American Idol Finale shows, Michael Jackson’s This is It, Straight Outta ComptonThe Hunger Gamesand Twilight Movie Premieres and many more. Microsoft Theater is home to the American Music Awards, ESPYs, Primetime Emmy Awards, BET Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, 2010, 2011 & 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, 2014 & 2015 MTV Movie Awards and the 2013 Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Microsoft Theater is centrally located within L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $3 billion downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring Microsoft Theater, a 7,100-seat live theatre, a 2,300 capacity live music venue, a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination (featuring The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE  hotels and 224 luxury condominiums – The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE – all in a single tower) , the GRAMMY Museum, the 14-screen Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatre, broadcast facilities for ESPN along with entertainment, residential, restaurant and office space.

2019 Indie Spirit Awards - A Snapshot!

It was a clear, cool and sunny Saturday afternoon on Feb 23rd in Los Angeles for the 2019 Indie Spirit Awards! An important award season event, often an Oscar predictor, which is a day before the Academy Awards. 

Attendees were styling and there was no shortage of food and drink before and during the ceremony!

Some big wins were:

If Beale Street Could Talk - Took home 3 awards!

Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress  - Regina King
Best Director - Barry Jenkins

Alfonso Cuaron - Best International Film for Roma 
Glenn Close - Best Actress for The Wife

Boots Riley - Best First Feature for Sorry To Bother You

Richard E. Grant - Best Supporting  Actor for Can You Ever Forgive Me

Annual Newport Beach UK Honours Kicks Off BAFTA Weekend With Celebration of UK Creative Talent

Honorees include Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, Lesley Manville, Rob Brydon, Lily Cole, as well as the film Stan & Ollie, new talent, and more

qqq.jpg

In a star-studded celebration of the best of UK talent from film, television, and music, the Newport Beach Film Festival kicked off BAFTA weekend with the Newport Beach Film Festival UK Honours on Feb. 7 at The Langham London.

For 20 years, the Newport Beach Film Festival, one of the fasted growing luxury lifestyle film festivals in the United States, has included a dedicated UK showcase during its 10-day program.  Starting in 2015, the film festival and Visit Newport Beach partnered to elevate the connection to the UK industry by honoring talent via the Newport Beach Film Festival UK Honours held in London just ahead of the BAFTA Awards. Honours include Arts Champions, Breakout Talent, Artists of Distinction, Icons, and Outstanding Achievement in Cinema.

In addition, starting in 2017, Variety, the entertainment industry bible, partnered to use the opportunity to present their annual list of 10 Brits to Watch.

2019 Newport Beach Film Festival UK Honours Honorees

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN BRITISH CINEMA:

Stan & Ollie – Jon S. Baird, Jeff Pope

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GLOBAL CINEMA:

The Favourite

ICON:

Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, All or Nothing), John Llyod (Blackadder, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

ARTIST OF DISTINCTION:

Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey, The Trip), Lily Cole (Balls, Snow White and the Huntsman), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Fortitude), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey, A United Kingdom)

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST:

Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth, The Bisexual), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, High Resolution), Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ready Player One), Louis Ashbourne Serkis (The Kid Who Would be King, Mowgli)

ARTS CHAMPION:

MediCinema, Women in Film and Television

Presented by Jenelle Riley, deputy awards and features editor, Variety’s 2019 10 Brits to Watch included Rhianne Barreto, Raffey Cassidy, Paapa Essiedu, Jess Glynne, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Billy Howle, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jessica Swale, Joivan Wade, and Fionn Whitehead. Profiles of the talent appear in the magazine’s Feb. 5 issue and on Variety.com.

Images from the event can be found via Getty and here: https://bit.ly/2DTT5nr

Event EPK can be downloaded here (available until Feb. 14, 2019): https://we.tl/t-jOID5q0jrk

Event EPK can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/gettyimagesentertainment/review/316011033/cabfdd2171

By-line: Newport Beach Film Festival UK Honours

 ###

About Newport Beach

Situated between Los Angeles and San Diego and nestled among golden stretches of pristine Pacific coastline, Newport Beach epitomizes the casual yet sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. This idyllic seaside destination is widely celebrated for its natural beauty that sets the scene for a vibrant yachting community alongside stylish accommodations, eclectic coastal cuisine, and world-class shopping. Comprised of ten distinct district neighborhoods, each lend a unique culture, charm, natural beauty, and history to the city. Ranked among the “Top 10 Resort Towns in the U.S.,” Newport Beach is also distinguished as one of the country’s “Top 10 Best Family Beaches.”

About The Newport Beach Film Festival

Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The 20th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 25 – May 2 and will spotlight over 300 films from more than 50 different countries.

 About Variety

Recognized and respected throughout the world of show business, Variety is the premier source of entertainment news. Since 1905, the most influential leaders in the industry have turned to Variety for timely, credible and straightforward news and analysis — information vital to their professions.


KYRA SEDGWICK’S BIG SWING PRODUCTIONS PARTNER WITH SERIESFEST FOR ‘WOMEN WRITING COMPETITION’

SCRIPT COMPETITION FROM LEADING TV FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS CELEBRATES BOLD NEW NARRATIVES WITH A DISTINCTLY FEMALE PERSPECTIVE

Kyra Sedgwick BTS 'Girls Weekend'

Kyra Sedgwick BTS 'Girls Weekend'

Winner(s) Signed to First Look Development Deal with Big Swing Productions; Submissions Open Today

Broadening its mission to cultivate opportunities for and about women, SeriesFest, the non-profit organization, has partnered with Emmy®- and Golden Globe®- winner and DGA nominee Kyra Sedgwick, Meredith Bagby and Valerie Stadler, co-founders of the television and film shingle, Big Swing Productions, for its “Women Writing Competition.” SeriesFest, dedicated to supporting the art of episodic storytelling with year-round initiatives, will celebrate the partnership with Big Swing Productions at the Sundance Film Festival today with an invite-only reception honoring female creatives at the forefront of serialized storytelling.

Seeking new series and narratives from female creators about real, complex, recognizable characters, scriptwriters have from January 28, 2019 to July 26, 2019 to submit original work at http://seriesfest.com/artist-initiatives/women-writing-competition. The winner of the competition will receive a year-long development deal with Big Swing Productions and the opportunity for a live read of the script with professional actors.

SeriesFest launched the “Women Writing Competition” in 2016 with Rose McGowan and her production company, Damage Inc. Productions under the Featuring Women Platform. Winner Sarah Sellman presented her original “Cottonwood” script at a special live event at the 40th Denver Film Festival. 

“We couldn’t ask for a more like-minded partner for the ‘Women Writing Competition’ than Kyra and Big Swing Productions,” commented Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook, SeriesFest co-founders. “Their mission, like ours, is to amplify these often-unknown voices and their work embodies exactly what this initiative, and SeriesFest, is all about. We’re excited to work with them to discover new female screenwriters and lead the charge in providing meaningful opportunities for women the storytelling space.” 

“Big Swing is thrilled to be partnering with SeriesFest to elevate women’s voices and presence in television,” added Sedgwick. “Everyone views the world through our own experiences, triumphs and failures. We are excited to see and share your stories through your lens.” 

BTS Girls Weekend with Sedgwick

BTS Girls Weekend with Sedgwick

Submissions and entry fees are due by July 26, 2019. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges and finalists will be notified by Fall 2019.  To be eligible for the contest, entrants must be aged 18 years or older. Limit one entry per person. Each entry must include only one (1) script. Entries must be written in English and scripts must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by a third party.  For additional details about submissions, please go to www.seriesfest.com.

In 2018, under the Featuring Women Platform, SeriesFest launched the “Jan Marino Scholarship” to support women over age 55 enrolled in the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting program, and the “Women Directing Mentorship” initiative partnering with Shondaland.

ABOUT SERIESFEST

SeriesFest (www.seriesfest.com) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the art of episodic storytelling. With year-round initiatives and professional development opportunities focused on diverse and under-served voices, education programs for students ages 10-18, and an annual festival which gives emerging artists a platform and place for discovery, SeriesFest is where new voices and storytellers have found a home. SeriesFest: Season 5 will take place June 21-26, 2019 in Denver, Colorado – the birthplace of cable television. With a musical performance and network premiere at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre and six days of in-competition screenings, panels, and network sneak peeks and premieres, the festival showcases compelling and creative content while celebrating television history and engaging in meaningful dialogue about serialized storytelling. SeriesFest is collecting submissions now through March 4, 2019 for Season 5 competitions. Visithttp://seriesfest.com/2019-submissions for more information on competition categories, key dates, entry fees, guidelines and prizes.

 

ABOUT BIG SWING PRODUCTIONS

Formed in 2018 by Kyra Sedgwick, Meredith Bagby and Valerie Stadler, Big Swing Productions is committed to celebrating new heroes and amplifying bold voices. Focusing on stories with heart and purpose, we believe that when talent meets opportunity, magic happens. We all deserve the chance to take a BIG SWING.

Big Swing Productions’ series, “Girls Weekend,” makes its debut at Sundance Film Festival 2019. The series, directed by Sedgwick and created and stars Ali Liebegott, follows a queer daughter’s return home to Las Vegas for the weekend with her estranged, homophobic sister and people-pleasing mother. Her gun-toting dad lets it slip that her mother’s cancer is back with a vengeance, forcing her to decide whether or not she can rejoin her family.

JENNA ELFMAN, CASSIAN ELWES, KYRA SEDGWICK, AND OCTAVIA SPENCER PARTICIPATE IN “WOMEN BREAKING BARRIERS: WHERE ARE WE NOW?” PANEL HOSTED BY THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION

Courtesy: SundanceTV

Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) hosted a special “Women Breaking Barriers: Where Are We Now?” panel at the SundanceTV Headquarters, moderated by HFPA member Elisabeth Sereda. Panelists included accomplished women and men from various fields in the film industry including Jenna Elfman (Golden Globe-winning actress), Cassian Elwes (Award-winning producer, “Mudbound”), Kyra Sedgwick (Golden Globe-winning actress), and Octavia Spencer (Golden Globe-winning actress and producer). Sundance Institute’s Executive Director Keri Putnam and HFPA member Silvia Bizio opened the panel with a brief Q&A followed by an HFPA announcement that the organization will continue to show support to the Sundance Institute’s Women’s programs by donating $50,000. To date, the HFPA has donated $100,000 to this program.

During the discussion, panelists spoke about the progress made in the last year and how to continue the momentum moving forward towards gender parity in the industry. 

Spencer, who has expressed gratitude to Jessica Chastain in the past for making a stand for equal pay, said today, “We need advocates and allies in negotiating.” She continued, “When I was negotiating my deal for Madam C.J., Lebron James had to intervene. We need all of our male counterparts to be in the fight with us.”

Continuing on the topic of men joining the conversation, Elwes spoke about the learning curve in Hollywood and relayed an anecdote from a recent conversation with a lawyer negotiating on behalf of a male co-star during which the lawyer was fighting for his client to make more than his female counterpart. Cassian received a round of applause after explaining that the conversation concluded with Elwes stating,” I have two words for you, man, Time’s Up.”

Sedgwick ended the panel with a message to all women in the entertainment industry.  “Women always have to work harder than men because we’re in a patriarchal system. So, we have to work harder.” Sedgwick added, “If you’re in a woman in power in Hollywood right now and you’re not reaching down and pulling up another woman, you’re f*cking up.”

 For more than 25 years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has donated over $33 million to entertainment related charities, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts. Grant recipients of the HFPA fall in four major areas: nurturing the development of young artists in film and television through support for scholarships, fellowships and education; preserving the culture and history of motion pictures by supporting film preservation; promoting cultural exchange and understanding through support for major programs and exhibitions that utilize film to ignite critical dialogue; and supporting special projects, educational and cultural activities connected with the entertainment industry. The HFPA began giving grants as early as 1989 to institutions such as University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC) and the American Cinematheque, which continue to receive support today. The HFPA has created endowments at Los Angeles colleges and universities to help underserved students such as Los Angeles Community College and California State University, Northridge. 

Licensing fees obtained from the Golden Globe Awards® has allowed the HFPA to support over 80 nonprofits focused on these pillars as well as journalistic organizations committed to freedom of speech and organizations that support natural disaster relief and other international and humanitarian crises.  

About the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was founded in 1943 as the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (HFCA) by a group of entertainment journalists representing world media in Hollywood, who realized the need to unite and organize to gain the recognition and access to studios and talent accorded to the domestic press. All qualified journalists were accepted, with the bold goal of “Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race.” A year later, the HFCA created the Golden Globe Awards which, to this day, the entire membership selects, votes on and awards every year for outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television. Members of the HFPA represent 56 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world’s most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe® Awards, which has enabled the organization to donate more than $33 million to 80 entertainment-related charities, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts over the last 25 years. For more information, please visit www.GoldenGlobes.com and follow us on Twitter (@GoldenGlobes), Instagram (@GoldenGlobes), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/GoldenGlobes).

‘PROGRAMMERS OF COLOUR COLLECTIVE’ LAUNCHES AT SUNDANCE 2019 | POC2 members

POC2pic v2.jpg

Members from a new collective of film festival programmers comprising people of colour, women and TSLGBTQ+ made their first public appearance together last night at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Having already confirmed 85 members, POC2 (Programmers of Colour Collective) aims to stimulate conversation around the underrepresentation of people of colour within film programming and international film festival staffing, but also to act as a catalyst for transformative change towards a more inclusive international programming pool.

Set against the snow-filled backdrop of the Park City festival hotspot ‘Timbers Bar’, many of the recently formed collective’s members assembled for a group photograph: a symbolic first step in a push towards a greater representation of diversity at film festivals’ curating and green lighting tables.

Those in attendance included founding members Paul Struthers (Director of Exhibition & Programming at Frameline), Hussain Currimbhoy (Programmer, Sundance)and Lucy Mukerjee (Senior Programmer, Tribeca), as well as other influential industry figures including Cameron Bailey (Artistic Director and Co-Head of Toronto International Film Festival), Loren Hammonds (Senior Programmer, Tribeca) and Gina Duncan (Associate Vice President – Cinema, Brooklyn Academy of Music). The photo was accompanied by the publication of a full list of the collective’s current members. Spanning five continents and counting among its ranks festival and industry programmers from a diverse range of film festivals, the nascent collective’s list shines a light on a growing generation of such programmers who are calling for a greater recognition of the inclusion of their perspectives.  

Spurred by the many cases of (unconscious) bias in film festival selections that are gender-imbalanced, lack representation of people of colour or else portray them or other underrepresented groups in a way that is inauthentic or culturally appropriative, the collective’s objective is for programming pools, and therefore the films selected for festivals, to become truly diverse.

The collective chose to launch at Sundance where, contrary to the norm, diversity is the order of the day in the programming room. POC2 will strive for such inclusivity to become ubiquitous with curating films.

Next steps 

The primary aim of POC2 is not only to stimulate a conversation around the lack of programmers who are people of colour at international film festivals, but also to be a catalyst for transformative change towards a more inclusive international programming pool.

Ultimately, the primary objective is to make festival line-up themselves more robust, reflective of international audiences and richer through inclusion.

The Founding Members (listed below) issued the following statement:

“As a collective, we’re forward-looking and focused on connecting people with opportunities. Whilst we seek to diversify the current festival programming pool, we also want to create a network of new talent from all of our communities that feeds into those pools and creates its own programming activities. We want to be a portal where other collectives with similar interests can connect with us, offer advice and who we ourselves can advise on festivals, programmers and films. Essentially, we’re a new door into the industry for other POC groups and filmmakers.” 

Founding Members:

Paul Struthers FRAMELINE Director of Exhibition & Programming

Lucy Mukerjee TRIBECA Senior Programmer

Hussain Currimbhoy SUNDANCE Programmer

Themba Bhebhe EFM Diversity & Inclusion 

Initiatives

POC2 advocates for studies, research and statistics on the composition of the international film festival programming pool to provide data on equality gaps within the industry.

Through mentoring schemes, generating greater awareness on the profession of film and industry programmers as well as outreach to universities and schools, POC2 will create pathways for POCs, those belonging to underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds and underrepresented groups more generally.

POC2 will also create an internal database and online repertory of POC programmers.

To maintain momentum and remain interconnected, POC2 will also organize regular gatherings and themed events at major international film festivals.

Upcoming events

A panel organized by POC2 due to take place during the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival, – Feb. 7th – 17th) is currently in the making.

ARMIE HAMMER, EMMA ROBERTS, EIZA GONZALEZ, HILARY SWANK, JENNY SLATE, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, DANIEL RADCLIFFE, AND MORE REFUEL AT THE PIZZA HUT X LEGION M LOUNGE - SUNDANCE

Pizza Hut x Legion M Lounge Park City - Day Two

During festival weekend, Pizza Hut and Legion M -- the world's first fan-owned entertainment company -- invested in the creators of culture by giving top entertainment industry talent, on and off screen, a place to relax and refuel in the heart of Main Street at the Pizza Hut x Legion M Lounge. Guests spent the day warming up with a hot slice by Pizza Hut while sipping signature cocktails including mulled wine and delightful bloody Mary's. Cinema's elite including Armie Hammer, Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kyra Sedgwick, Sanaa Lathan, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Milla Jovovich, David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Eiza Gonzalez, Karan Soni, Danielle Macdonald, Ray Romano, Hilary Swank, Mark Duplass, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Kiki Layne, Richard Kind, Nick Robinson, Michael Urie, Natalia Dyer, Zazie Beetz, Chester Algernal Gordon, Elegance Bratton, Kelly Price, and more enjoyed slices at the Pizza Hut x Legion M Lounge. 

  • Armie Hammer - spotted adding red pepper flakes to his pizza and sipping on a "Bloody Marinara"

  • Zach Galifianakis - digging into fresh slices and cinnamon sticks

  • Jenny Slate - laughing and dancing to Drake with friends in the lounge while shouting, "Pizza Hut Lounge babyyyy."

  • Eiza Gonzalez - indulging in multiple slices of pizza including a tasty veggie slice and pepperoni.

  • Emma Roberts - enjoying hot slices of cheese pizza, even taking a slice to go!

Photo Credit - Getty Images for Pizza Hut

@The Pizza Hut x Legion M Lounge in Park City, UT.

THE WILD IMMERSION ADDS THREE NEW VR FILMS TO ITS ‘VIRTUAL RESERVES’ EXPERIENCE | Aurora Borealis, Baby Animals and Great Apes Feature in Breath-taking New Nature Videos

Pioneering VR experience producers The Wild Immersion will add three new VR film experiences to its set of breath-taking 3D nature videos, it was announced today by founder Adrien Moisson. The three new films will focus on Aurora Borealis or ‘the northern lights’, baby animals and great apes.

The Wild Immersion chose their latest three subjects as part of their overall strategy to immerse people in the beauty of natural environments they might not otherwise experience. Each film is 12 minutes long and shot by Moisson and director Raphaël Aupy. ‘Borealis’ is currently in post-production and was shot in locations across of Finland. The baby animals film titled ‘The Cutest Movie in the World’ was shot in France, Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Argentina in late 2018 and features rabbits, horses, elks, sea turtles, pangolins, seals, birds and penguins. ‘The Great Apes’ will begin shooting in the last week of January in Tanzania, Uganda and Indonesia.

“By adding these new films we’re enhancing our ability to create empathy and wonder for our natural world, which is truly an honor for us,” said Moisson. “We are so excited to help people experience the sheer beauty of Aurora Borealis, the incredible experience of new life and get up close and personal with our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.” 

The Wild Immersion virtual nature reserves currently consist of three 12-minute VR experiences shot during 120 days among animals in their natural habitats in the Amazon, Australia, Canada, Colombia, and Sri Lanka using 360-degree VR cameras creating a fully immersive experience.  The three films are Terra, set in tropical ecosystems; Alba, filmed in polar habitats; and Aqua, which goes beneath the waves.

The Wild Immersion is bringing the world’s first ‘virtual nature reserve’ to Park City during the Sundance Film Festival 2019, with pop up installations at The Fly Lounge (427 Main Street) from January 24-28 and the Kia Supper Suite (890 Main Street) from January 26-27. The Wild Immersion will also have installations at 2019 Berlinale and a Soho House Amsterdam members pop-up February 12, 2019. Permanent installations have also been rolled out with international distribution partners.

The Wild Immersion team launched the VR content at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and since then has debuted the experiences at the Forum des images in Paris, Mountain View in Shenzhen in China, Pathe cinemas in France and Switzerland, Parc Omega in Montreal, Canada and secured an international distribution agreement with VR specialist Diversion Cinema. Discussions are underway to bring the Wild Immersion experience into malls, zoos, and theaters in the US, UK, France, China and beyond.

The Wild Immersion is the brainchild of Adrien Moisson who developed the fully immersive VR reserve as part of a wider plan to develop social, economic, and ecological projects with conservation at their core. Having already locked distribution in Europe and China, The Wild Immersion is heading to Sundance to showcase its amazing visuals and technology. Profits from the virtual reserve distribution program are being used to fund real reserves across the globe.

To experience The Wild Immersion virtual nature reserve in Park City and meet with creator Adrien Moisson please contact Charlotte Hallam to set up your own private appointment with nature.

TRAILER: The Wild Immersion endorsed by Jane Goodall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Km--jUWRFw&feature=youtu.be

About The Wild Immersion

The Wild Immersion produces breathtaking 3D experiences, leveraging the best augmented-reality footage techniques and cutting-edge immersive technologies, to plunge the spectators into a Nature 360° action film. The spectator experiences the feeling of being in the middle of the wilderness, discovering mind-blowing situations, like it would happen in real life.

The Wild Immersion Virtual Reserve program brings a strong educational message, about the Nature and the situation on species extinctions in the world, particularly for younger generations.

iHeartMedia and FOX Announce Nominees for the 2019 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS, Airing Live Thursday, March 14, on FOX

iheart2019.jpeg

IHEARTMEDIA AND FOX ANNOUNCE NOMINEES FOR THE 2019 “IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS,” AIRING LIVE THURSDAY, MARCH 14, ON FOX, FROM MICROSOFT THEATER IN LOS ANGELES

Drake; Ed Sheeran; Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B; Post Malone; and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey Nominated for Song of the Year

iHeartMedia and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) announced today the nominees for the 2019 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS airing Thursday, March 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event also will be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live-streaming radio service.

Now in its sixth year, the iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS is a star-studded event celebrating the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2018, while also offering a preview of the upcoming hits of 2019. The 2019 telecast will feature live performances from today’s superstar performers, once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations in multiple categories. Since the Awards’ inception in 2013, the show has included live performances and appearances by such superstar artists as Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Big Sean, Rihanna, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Blake Shelton, Pharrell, Pitbull, Justin Bieber and many others.

“It’s no secret why this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards nominees are a Who’s Who of music,” said John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises. “These are the artists and the songs iHeartRadio listeners couldn’t get enough of this past year. It’s going to be an unforgettable show.”

Artists receiving multiple nominations include Cardi B, Drake, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons. All nominees are listed below. For a full list of categories, visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

“Millions of music’s biggest fans have once again made their voices heard and, of course, we listened,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “What makes our iHeartRadio Music Awards categories so special is that they truly reflect the artists, songs and moments that have defined this past year in entertainment. We can’t wait to see who wins.”

In addition to being a compelling celebration of music and artists, the 2019 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS will again celebrate the fans, giving iHeartRadio listeners the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell,Best Lyrics, Best Cover Song, Best Music Video, the Social Star Award, Best Solo Breakout, Cutest Musician’s Pet and the first-ever Song That Left Us Shook and Favorite Tour Photographer awards.

Social voting begins today, January 9, and will close on March 7. Fans can vote on Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visitingiHeartRadio.com/awards.

Ranking as one of the most talked-about television events in social media this past year, the 2018 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS garnered more than 216 billion social media impressions in the U.S. alone. It also proved its strength on individual platforms, such as Twitter, where the official hashtag of the evening, #iHeartAwards2018, trended #1 on Twitter worldwide and in the U.S. in more than 30 cities.

Among the many winners of the 2018 Awards were Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” for Song of the Year, Taylor Swift for Female Artist of the Year, Ed Sheeran for Male Artist of the Year, Cardi B for Best New Artist, Maroon 5 for Best Duo/Group of the Year and U2 for Best Tour. Chance the Rapper received the most prestigious award of the evening – the 2018 iHeartRadio Innovator Award – for his groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry and his unsurpassable contributions to social causes. In addition, L'Oréal Paris and iHeartRadio presented Camila Cabello with the first-ever Fangirls Award, which recognizes a female artist who has pushed boundaries with her music and message, while inspiring fans around the globe. And Bon Jovi received the first-ever iHeartRadio Icon Award for their global impact on pop culture, longevity and continued relevance as a touring and radio force with a loyal fan base worldwide.

This year’s awards will feature a broad array of categories, including Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Best Duo/Group of the Year and individual winners for Album of the Year in music’s biggest genres, including Pop, Country, Alternative Rock, Rock, Dance, Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin and Regional Mexican formats. For the third year, the 2019 Best New Artist awards will be grouped by music format, and format winners will then become finalists for the top title of Best New Artist. Category finalists (by alphabetical order) are:

Song of the Year:

- “Better Now” - Post Malone

- “Girls Like You” - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

- “God's Plan” - Drake

- “Perfect” - Ed Sheeran

- “The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Female Artist of the Year:

- Ariana Grande

- Camila Cabello

- Cardi B

- Dua Lipa

- Halsey

Male Artist of the Year:

- Drake

- Ed Sheeran

- Kendrick Lamar

- Post Malone

- Shawn Mendes

Best Duo/Group of the Year:

- 5 Seconds Of Summer

- Imagine Dragons

- Maroon 5

- Panic! At The Disco

- twenty one pilots

Best Collaboration:

- “Finesse (Remix)” Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

- “Girls Like You” - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

- “I Like It” - Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin

- “Meant To Be” - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

- “The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Best New Pop Artist:

- Bazzi

- Lauv

- Marshmello

- MAX

- NF

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

- “Africa” - Weezer

- “Broken” - lovelytheband

- “Happier” - Marshmello featuring Bastille

- “High Hopes” - Panic! At the Disco

- “Natural” - Imagine Dragons

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

- Imagine Dragons

- lovelytheband

- Panic! At The Disco

- Portugal. The Man

- Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

- AJR

- Badflower

- Billie Eilish

- lovelytheband

- Two Feet

Rock Song of the Year:

- “Are You Ready” - Disturbed

- “Bulletproof” - Godsmack

- “Devil” - Shinedown

- “Safari Song” - Greta Van Fleet

- “Zombie” - Bad Wolves

Rock Artist of the Year:

- Five Finger Death Punch

- Godsmack

- Greta Van Fleet

- Shinedown

- Three Days Grace

Country Song of the Year:

- “Heaven” - Kane Brown

- “Meant To Be” - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

- “Most People Are Good” - Luke Bryan

- “Rich” - Maren Morris

- “Tequila” - Dan + Shay

Country Artist of the Year:

- Carrie Underwood

- Jason Aldean

- Luke Bryan

- Luke Combs

- Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:

- Carly Pearce

- Dylan Scott

- Jordan Davis

- LANCO

- Russell Dickerson

Dance Song of the Year:

- “Friends” - Marshmello and Anne-Marie

- “Happier” - Marshmello featuring Bastille

- “One Kiss” - Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa

- “Remind Me To Forget” - Kygo featuring Miguel

- “The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Dance Artist of the Year:

- Calvin Harris

- Kygo

- Marshmello

- The Chainsmokers

- Zedd

Hip-Hop Song of the Year:

- “God's Plan” - Drake

- “I Like It” Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin

- “In My Feelings” – Drake

- “Nice For What” - Drake

- “Psycho” – Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

- Cardi B

- Drake

- Kendrick Lamar

- Post Malone

- Travis Scott

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:

- BlocBoy JB

- Juice WRLD

- Lil Baby

- Lil Pump

- XXXTENTACION

R&B Song of the Year:

- “Boo'd Up” - Ella Mai

- “Finesse (Remix)” - Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

- “Medicine” - Queen Naija

- “Sky Walker” - Miguel featuring Travis Scott

- “When We” - Tank

R&B Artist of the Year:

- Daniel Caesar

- Ella Mai

- H.E.R.

- Miguel

- SZA

Best New R&B Artist:

- Brent Faiyaz

- Ella Mai

- H.E.R.

- Queen Naija

- TK Kravitz

Latin Song of the Year:

- “Clandestino” - Shakira featuring Maluma

- “Dura” - Daddy Yankee

- “Échame La Culpa” - Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato

- “Me Niego” - Reik featuring Ozuna and Wisin

- “X” - Nicky Jam and J Balvin

Latin Artist of the Year:

- Bad Bunny

- Daddy Yankee

- J Balvin

- Maluma

- Ozuna

Best New Latin Artist:

- Lele Pons

- Manuel Turizo

- Mau y Ricky

- Nio Garcia

- Raymix

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

- “Entre Beso y Beso” - La Arrolladora Banda El Limón

- “Me Dejé Llevar” - Christian Nodal

- “Mejor Me Alejo” - Banda MS

- “Mi Sorpresa Fuiste Tú” - Calibre 50

- “Mitad Y Mitad” - Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:

- Banda Carnaval

- Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

- Calibre 50

- Christian Nodal

- Gerardo Ortiz

Producer of the Year:

- David Garcia

- Frank Dukes

- Louis Bell

- Marshmello

- Noah “40” Shebib

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

- “Consequences” - Camila Cabello

- “Girls Like You” - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

- “God's Plan” - Drake

- “In My Blood” - Shawn Mendes

- “thank u, next” – Ariana Grande

- “Without Me” - Halsey

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

- “A Million Dreams” - P!nk and Willow Sage Hart

- “Africa” - Weezer

- “Crying in the Club” - Niall Horan

- “Fast Car” - Khalid

- “In My Blood” - Charlie Puth

- “Lucid Dreams” - Halsey

- “Me, Myself & I” - Zayn

- “Natural Woman” - Ariana Grande

- “Rewrite the Stars” - Anne-Marie and James Arthur

- “You’re Still The One” - Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves

- “Under Pressure” - Shawn Mendes and Teddy Geiger

- “Your Song” – Lady Gaga

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category. Nominees to be announced at a later date

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category

- “Delicate” – Taylor Swift

- “Dura” – Daddy Yankee

- “Finesse (Remix)” - Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

- “Freaky Friday” - Lil Dicky and Chris Brown

- “Girls Like You” - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

- “God's Plan” - Drake

- “I Like It” - Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny

- “One Kiss” - Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa

- “Psycho” - Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign

- “Taki Taki” - DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B

- “thank u, next” – Ariana Grande

- “This Is America” – Childish Gambino

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category

- Agnez Mo

- Bhad Bhabie

- Dylan Minnette

- Joji

- Lele Pons

- Loren Gray

- Mason Ramsey

- Queen Naija

- Tana Mongeau

- Trixie Mattel

Cutest Musician’s Pet: *Socially Voted Category

- Asia – Lady Gaga

- Edgar - Brett Eldredge

- Goodwin - Sabrina Carpenter

- Gracie - Lauren Jauregui

- Hatchi - Perrie Edwards

- Mooshu - Alex Pall from The Chainsmokers

- Piggy Smallz - Ariana Grande

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category

- Ally Brooke

- Dinah Jane

- Lauren Jauregui

- Normani

- Tiffany Young

Song That Left Us Shook: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

- “Here Comes The Change” - Kesha

- “I'll Never Love Again” - Lady Gaga

- “One Day” - Logic featuring Ryan Tedder

- “thank u, next” - Ariana Grande

- “This Is America” – Childish Gambino

- “Youth” - Shawn Mendes and Khalid

Favorite Tour Photographer: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

- Andy DeLuca (5SOS)

- Christian Tierney (Niall Horan)

- Helene Pambrun (Harry Styles)

- Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes)

- Pixie Levinson (Dua Lipa)

- Rahul B (Camila Cabello)

- Ravie B (Beyoncé)

- Zack Caspary (Why Don't We)

Additional categories include Best Tour, Label of the Year, Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year and Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year. For a full list of categories visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

Tickets will be available at axs.com.

Proud partners of the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards include Taco Bell® with more to be announced.

Executive Producers for the iHeartRadio Music Awards are Joel Gallen for Tenth Planet and John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz for iHeartMedia.

For breaking news and exclusive iHeartRadio Music Awards content, visit iHeartRadio.com/awards or follow the social buzz on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+.

About iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is the #1 audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). VisitiHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About Fox Broadcasting Company

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including 9-1-1, EMPIRE, THE ORVILLE, THE GIFTED, THE RESIDENT, LETHAL WEAPON, GOTHAM, STAR, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, BOB’S BURGERS, HELL’S KITCHEN, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM, BEAT SHAZAM, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK; as well as new series THE COOL KIDS, REL, LAST MAN STANDING, THE PASSAGE, PROVEN INNOCENT and THE MASKED SINGER. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week, as well as major sports and Sunday morning news. Through the FOX NOW app, FOX viewers can watch full episodes of their favorite FOX shows on a variety of digital platforms, while enjoying enhanced interactive and social capabilities around those shows. Download the FOX NOW app at www.fox.com/foxnow. To watch primetime programming live on the web, visit www.fox.com/live. “Like” FOX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOXTV and follow the network on Twitter @FOXTV. For additional information about FOX, please visit www.fox.com.

About Microsoft Theater

Microsoft Theater hosts over 120 music, family, dance and comedy acts, award shows, televised productions, conventions and product launches with over 500,000 guests passing through the doors annually. The 7,100-seat theater offers guests mid-sized intimacy, with no seat further from the stage than 220 feet. Microsoft Theater offers 12,000 square feet of VIP & hospitality areas, 10 dressing rooms and state-of-the-art technology, making it a favorite indoor venue for performers and fans alike. Since opening in October 2007 with six sold-out shows, featuring the Eagles and Dixie Chicks, Microsoft Theater has hosted concerts starring the most popular artists, including Alan Jackson, Katy Perry, Charlie Wilson, Juan Gabriel, Aretha Franklin, Ed Sheeran, John Fogerty, Gabriel Iglesias, Kanye West, Marc Anthony, Sesame Street Live, John Legend, The Avett Brothers, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Trey Songz, Kelly Clarkson, Rush, Yanni, Nicki Minaj, Juanes and Cat Stevens, as well as the “American Idol” finale shows, and the movie premieres for Michael Jackson’s “This is It,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight.” Microsoft Theater is home to the American Music Awards, ESPYs, Primetime Emmy Awards, BET Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, 2010, 2011 & 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, 2014 & 2015 MTV Movie Awards and the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Centrally located within L.A. LIVE, Microsoft Theater is a 4 million square foot / $3 billion downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, featuring Microsoft Theater, a 7,100-seat live theater, a 2,300 capacity live music venue, a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination (featuring The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE hotels and 224 luxury condominiums – The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE – all in a single tower), the GRAMMY Museum and the 14-screen Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theater, as well as broadcast facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, residential, restaurant and office space.

Regina King & Mahershala Ali Take Home Golden Globe Wins for IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK and GREEN BOOK

The 2019 awards season has officially begun, starting with the Golden Globes! Last night, GREEN BOOK and IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK were honored in major ways! 

Regina King arrives to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Regina King arrives to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

GREEN BOOK won Best Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyBest Screenplay Motion Picture and Mahershala Ali won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture. Regina King took home the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK.


IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK 
In Theatres Everywhere January 2019
Annapurna Pictures

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk, is the story of Tish, newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.
Directed by: Barry Jenkins
Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin
Cast: Regina King, Stephan James, KiKi Layne, Teyonah Parris, Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal, Brian Tyree Henry

Mahershala Ali attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Mahershala Ali attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

GREEN BOOK 
Universal Pictures

In 1962, Tony "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work with his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America's racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America's appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other's talents and heart to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives.
Directed by: Peter Farrelly
Written By: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali


76TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNERS

BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

A Star is Born

If Beale Street Could Talk

 

BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE

Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book

Mary Poppins Returns

Vice

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Christian Bale, Vice

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Robert Redford, The Old Man & The Gun

John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Charlize Theron, Tully

Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Glenn Close, The Wife

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

 

BEST ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 

BEST SCREENPLAY  MOTION PICTURE

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Adam McKay, Vice

Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE

"All The Stars," Black Panther (Kendrick Lamar, SZA)

"Revelation," Boy Erased (Troye Sivan)

"Girl in the Movies," Dumplin' (Dolly Parton)

"Shallow," A Star is Born (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson)

"Requiem for a Private War," A Private War (Annie Lennox)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE

Marco Beltrami, A Quite Place

Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs

Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther

Justin Hurwitz, First Man

Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Return

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE - FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Capernaum

Shoplifters

Girl

Never Look Away

Roma

 

BEST TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA

The Americans

Bodyguard

Homecoming

Killing Eve

Pose

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Stephan James, Homecoming

Billy Porter, Pose

Richard Madden, Bodyguard

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Julia Roberts, Homecoming

Keri Russell, The Americans

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Henry Winkler, Barry

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Connie Britton, Dirty John

Laura Dern, The Tale

Regina King, Seven Seconds

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OF MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso

Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

 

BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

The Alienist

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Escape at Dannemora

Sharp Objects

A Very English Scandal

 

BEST TELEVISION SERIES MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Barry

The Good Place

Kidding

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES  MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Kristen Bell, The Good Place

Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

Alison Brie, GLOW

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Debra Messing, Will & Grace

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES  MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Sacha Baron Cohen, Who is America?

Jim Carrey, Kidding

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

THE 9TH ANNUAL ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL in NYC (February 28 - March 3, 2019) - Honoring Extraordinary Women In Entertainment & Showcasing Female Leadership

pasted image 0.png

9TH ANNUAL ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL

February 28 - March 3, 2019

The Athena Film Festival celebrates the leadership and creative accomplishments of trailblazers in the entertainment industry. The festival showcases films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless female leader from all walks of life – stories of ambition, courage, and resilience. They amplify the voices and stories of strong, bold women, curating a public discourse on gender equality, and changing the cultural conventions surrounding leadership.

The festival was founded by Kathryn Kolbert (Co-Founder and Producing Director of the Athena Film Festival) & Melissa Silverstein (Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Athena Film Festival and founder of Women and Hollywood).

This year’s honorees and programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

WHAT | The 9th Annual Athena Film Festival

WHEN | February 28 - March 3, 2019

WHERE | Barnard College

Past years’ honorees have included:

Barbara Kopple, Amma Asante, Bridget Everett, JJ Abrams, Jodi Foster, Karyn Kusama, Jeanine Tesori, Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, Paul Feig, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Sheila Nevins, Cathy Schulman, Julie Taymor, Eve Ensler, Sherry Lansing, Callie Khouri, Kasi Lemmons, Keri Putnam, Debra Martin Chase, David Oyelowo, Leslie Bennetts, Rachel Horovitz and Gale Anne Hurd among others.

About The Athena Film Festival

The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City, is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless female leader from all walks of life – stories of ambition, courage, and resilience. We amplify the voices and stories of strong, bold women, curating a public discourse on gender equality, and changing the cultural conventions surrounding leadership.

Over the last nine years, the Festival has welcomed more than 35,000 people from all over the world to 200+ screenings. This past year we screened 46 films including 17 features, 13 documentaries, and 16 shorts. We welcomed distinguished guests including Billie Jean King, J.J. Abrams, Lena Dunham, Amma Asante, Barbara Kopple, and Bridget Everett among many others.

As a key part of our educational mission, we offer a wide range of programs including panels, workshops and masterclasses for filmmakers, labs for film and TV writers in New York and Los Angeles, and a works- in-progress showcase for female documentary filmmakers.

Our signature program, the Athena List, is an annual slate of between 3-5 screenplays with female leaders that have yet to be made into films. Now in its 5th year, several Athena List scripts have been produced or are in production. For example Athena List finalist, Little Pink House, written and directed by Courtney Balaker and starring Catherine Keener, opened the 2017 festival and was released in the spring of 2018. Athena List winner, On the Basis of Sex, based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, directed by Mimi Leader and starring Felicity Jones as a young RBG, will be released on December 25, 2018.

As the only film festival specifically focused on women’s leadership, the Athena Film Festival provides a forum for dialogue about and an opportunity to showcase what it means to be a powerful woman today, inspiring women and girls in the process. We engage with community partners to reach diverse audiences and ensure that we are connecting with families and youth in the Morningside Heights neighborhood and across New York City.

15th Annual StandUp NBC Final w/Amanda Seales, Tone Bell and more!

((L-R) Comedians Calvin Evans, Sohrab Forouzesh, Luz Pazos, Mike E. Winfield, Ali Clayton, Jay Jurden, Vincent Bryant, Senior Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion Karen Horne and Venessa Peruda)

((L-R) Comedians Calvin Evans, Sohrab Forouzesh, Luz Pazos, Mike E. Winfield, Ali Clayton, Jay Jurden, Vincent Bryant, Senior Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion Karen Horne and Venessa Peruda)

On Wednesday, December 5th – the 15th Annual ‘StandUp NBC’ finale was held at the Hollywood Improv with the top 8 outstanding new comics of diverse backgrounds. 

Finalists were chosen from a four city casting call to perform at the finale showcase in front of NBCUniversal Execs from Development programming, Primetime, Alternative & Cable as well as top producers, casting director, agents and managers in the entertainment industry.

Previous StandUp NBC winners and alumni in attendance included: Amanda Seales (“Insecure), Tone Bell (“Disjointed”), Langston Kerman (“Insecure”), Ron G (Comedian) and more!