Matthews Co-Founder and President Ed Phillips Dies at 72

At 72 years old, Ed Phillips, who helped start Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE) in 1969 and presided as President for nearly 50 years, died Saturday, June 22nd. The cause of death was not reported by his family. He had an active career defining grip standards and developing new products; and innovating to standardize the gear used on set. Ed began his film industry career on the backlot of Universal Studios […]


Catch 22 Chooses Cooke S4/i Prime Lenses

Directed by Grant Heslov, Ellen Kuras and George Clooney, the Hulu six-episode miniseries Catch 22 cinematographer Martin Ruhe relied on two sets of Cooke Optics’ S4/i prime lenses matched with two ARRI ALEXA Mini cameras to capture this latest on screen version, which premiered on May 17th. Ruhe’s goal was to contrast the aerial scenes and the ground scenes. To do that, he made use of two identical sets of […]


Motion Picture Editors Guild To Honor Martin Cohen

The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) will honor veteran post-production executive and producer Martin Cohen with its prestigious Fellowship and Service Award, recognizing an individual who embodies the values set forth by the Guild: professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of spirit and commitment to the labor movement.  Cohen will receive the award at a gala in his honor on October 5th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City. Cohen has served as […]


Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Sets Awards Date

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) has announced that the MUAHS Awards honoring outstanding achievements for make-up artists and hair stylists in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theater, will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020. The announcement was made by Julie Socash, President of IATSE Local 706. 2020 MUAHS Awards Timeline: Lifetime Achievement Awards Nominees announced – Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Lifetime Achievement […]


William Morris Sues WGA For “Unlawful Group Boycott”

The William Morris Endeavor (WME) has filed an antitrust lawsuit in California federal court alleging that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has organized an unlawful group boycott against the talent agencies. For months, the WGA has been negotiating a “Code of Conduct” with the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) with the writers demanding that the agents no longer collect packaging fees, an activity that has been around for decades […]


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Call For Entries

The California Film Commission is partnering with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles for the “What’s You’re L.A.?” competition – a community outreach program that puts Los Angeles focused small films on the screen. It’s an opportunity for indie filmmakers to get noticed and compete for more than $60,000 in prizes. The submission deadline is Friday, August 23rd. More information is available at www.newfilmmakersla.com/onlocation


2019 Cine Gear Expo Technical Awards Winners

The Cine Gear Expo’s Technical Awards are the expo’s annual recognition of the products with the industry’s technical advancements that have been introduced since the previous year’s LA Expo. After reviewing and evaluating 130 of the technologies submitted and presented at the 2019 Cine Gear Expo, the team of industry expert judges has chosen to honor the recipients of this year’s Technical Awards. And the winners are: Camera Technology: Winner: […]


Galactic Innovations: STAR WARS and ROGUE ONE

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  will be hosting “Galactic Innovations: STAR WARS and ROGUE ONE,” panel on Thursday, June 27th. Held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the evening event will contrast the analog technologies developed for the first STAR WARS released in 1977 with the all-digital toolsets used to create ROGUE ONE released in 2016. The panel disucssion will be hosted by Kiri Hart, co-producer of ROGUE […]


Camerimage Last Call For Entries

The deadline for submitting narrative feature films and documentary films to the 27th Edition of Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, is Sunday, June 30th. The deadline for other categories (music videos, TV pilots, student etudes) is Wednesday, July 31st. All submitted feature films will be evaluated by the selection committee, and if selected, will compete for the Golden Frog award as part of the Main […]


Women in Media: Black Carpet Genre Brunch and Panel

The Women In Media hosted a Black Carpet Genre Brunch and Panel to celebrate and honor five talented women for their outstanding achievements in the industry held at Taix French Restaurant on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The five ladies were each presented by a different Toast Master as Women In Media Executive Director Tema Staig moderated the conversation with the panel. Amazon Original Movies Development Executive Brandon Harris praised Writer Emily […]