Nathan Boyd

Streamland Media Taps Nathan Boyd as Chief Information Officer, Rolls Farm Group Teams Into Its Picture and Sound Divisions

Streamland Media has named industry veteran Nathan Boyd as its new Chief Information Officer. A highly regarded IT executive and leader, Boyd’s successful career spans media, technology, government, and future transportation. Most recently, he served as Head of IT for Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment. Boyd will be responsible for Streamland Media’s global IT infrastructure and strategic planning, as well as the implementation of related technologies and management of a global staff. “Nathan […]

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Accidental Turitz

The Accidental Turitz: It’s a Bummer There Aren’t Enough Movies This Summer Due to Hollywood’s Lack of Counterprogramming

I’m seeing Top Gun: Maverick for a second and third time over the next few days because I loved the movie so much the first time, and while I’m excited to see it again (and again), I’m just as excited to go back to the theater at all, given how few opportunities there seem to be this summer. Last week, I wrote about the embarrassment of riches we’re enjoying (or being overwhelmed […]


Gaslit‘s Prosthetic Makeup Maestro Kazu Hiro on Transforming Sean Penn Into John Mitchell

To be gaslit is to be manipulated into questioning your own sanity, and in the new Starz original miniseries Gaslit, White House counsel John Mitchell (Sean Penn) and his outspoken wife Martha (Julia Roberts) find themselves dealing with just that as the Nixon Administration seeks a scapegoat for Watergate. You might say the Mitchells were thrown under the proverbial bus for bugging the Democratic committee’s corporate headquarters even though many […]

Aidy Bryant

Union Roundup: Will Hollywood Flee Production-Friendly States That Pass Anti-Abortion Laws?

An email from a pal and colleague brings us back to previous (and still unfolding) topics, including this week’s raft of primaries — especially Georgia’s. This epistolary-minded friend straddles the above-and-below lines of production and writes from the purple-trending-blue state of New Mexico, saying he’d read a recent column and “was interested, in particular, about the part [regarding] crews working in the states soon to have abortion bans and legal penalties.” “You […]

Tony Fanning

The First Lady Production Designer Tony Fanning on Recreating the White House Across Different Eras

Showtime’s new tripartite series The First Lady follows the remarkable White House lives of three iconic First Ladies — Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis), and explores how the responsibilities of the First Lady have both changed and stayed the same over time. Created by Aaron Crowley and directed by Susanne Bier (Bird Box), the series interweaves their stories, drawing subtle parallels between them while contrasting […]

Brian Tyler

Blockbuster Composer Brian Tyler Named BMI Icon as Women Warriors Team Wins Impact Award

Broadcast Music, Inc. recently held its 38th Annual BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards to celebrate the top-performing composers of the past year. The private ceremony was hosted by BMI President/CEO Mike O’Neill, EVP of Creative and Licensing Mike Steinberg, and SVP of Creative Alex Flores. The highest honor of the evening went to renowned composer Brian Tyler, who was named a BMI Icon for his exceptional body of work and phenomenal success as […]

Stephen Lighthill

Stephen Lighthill Re-Elected President of American Society of Cinematographers for Third Time

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors has elected the organization’s 2022-2023 officers and Stephen Lighthill has been re-elected president for a third consecutive one-year term. Lighthill will serve alongside Vice Presidents Amy Vincent, John Simmons, and Shelly Johnson; Treasurer Steven Poster; Secretary Gregg Heschong; and Sergeant-at-Arms Chris Chomyn. The members of the ASC Board, elected by the organization’s active membership, also include Curtis Clark, Richard Crudo, Steven Fierberg, Michael […]

Tony Robins

VFX Industry Veteran Tony Robins Joins Harbor as Managing Director of Advertising

VFX industry veteran Tony Robins has joined Harbor as Managing Director of Advertising, the company’s CEO, Zak Tucker, recently announced. Robins joins from The Mill’s New York studio, where he spent 14 years as a pioneering artist and creative leader, rising from Head of 2D to Director of Operations and then to Managing Director. Over the past 30 years, Robins has forged top creative relationships and been a driving force behind a […]


Inside the Academy Museum, From The Wizard of Oz to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Spike Lee’s Poster Collection

Last fall, the Academy Museum opened after many years of careful planning, and Below the Line was given a tour of the facility by one of its curators, Jenny He. The Museum was well worth the wait, as it’s an impressive achievement to behold. The structure itself is the old May Company Building, a local landmark that has been seen in films such as The Big Lebowski, Suburbia, and Miracle Mile, […]

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Everything Everywhere All at Once Sound Team Talks Track Counts, Son Lux, and the Hot Dog World

A24’s indie breakout Everything Everywhere All at Once tackles the multiverse on its own terms and in this timeline, it has become a bonafide box office hit, as it’s on the verge of becoming the studio’s highest-grossing domestic release. Directed by the Daniels (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), the movie stars Michelle Yeoh in a powerhouse performance alongside Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, James Hong, and the great Jamie Lee Curtis. Sound […]