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

May 24, 2022 | By
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... »

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

May 23, 2022 | By
Blockbuster Composer Brian Tyler Named BMI Icon as <i>Women Warriors</i> 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... »

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

May 23, 2022 | By
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... »

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

May 23, 2022 | By
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... »

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

May 20, 2022 | By
Inside the Academy Museum, From <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> to <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i> 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... »

Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, Dies at 79

May 19, 2022 | By
Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind <i>Chariots of Fire</i> and <i>Blade Runner</i>, Dies at 79

Vangelis, the Greek composer who won an Oscar for Chariots of Fire, died on Tuesday in a French hospital while being treated for COVID-19, according to Greek media reports. He was 79. Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou on March 29, 1943, Vangelis was raised in Athens,  Greece, where he taught himself piano and formed a... »

2023 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Unveil Date for Live Ceremony at New Venue

May 18, 2022 | By
2023 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Unveil Date for Live Ceremony at New Venue

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) has announced that the 70th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2023, in Los Angeles. For the first time in three years, the awards ceremony will be held live — and at a new venue, no less — and there will also be special... »

Academy Unveils Key Dates for 2023 Oscar Season; Ceremony to Stay in March

May 13, 2022 | By
Academy Unveils Key Dates for 2023 Oscar Season; Ceremony to Stay in March

The Academy and ABC have announced that next year’s Oscars ceremony will take place on March 12, 2023 — two weeks earlier than this year’s show, which was held on March 27. The 95th Annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC in over 200 territories worldwide from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The eligibility... »

Baird Steptoe Sr. Elected National President of International Cinematographer Guild

May 13, 2022 | By
Baird Steptoe Sr. Elected National President of International Cinematographer Guild

Baird Steptoe Sr. has been elected national president of the International Cinematographers Guild, it was announced Friday. Steptoe defeated Jamie Silverstein for the coveted position, and he’ll replace John Lindley, who opted not to seek a second term. Steptoe won the election with 1106 votes (43 percent of ballots cast), while Silverstein garnered 909 votes, Diane Farrington... »

Framestore Names Mel Sullivan New CEO as Sir William Sargent Steps Down to Focus on Company 3

May 12, 2022 | By
Framestore Names Mel Sullivan New CEO as Sir William Sargent Steps Down to Focus on Company 3

Framestore, the Oscar and Emmy-winning VFX studio that has conjured visuals for the likes of Gravity, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Blade Runner 2049, has tapped Mel Sullivan as its new CEO, as Sir William Sargent is stepping down as CEO after 26 years to focus on the wider Framestore Company 3 Group. Sullivan has been with Framestore since 1998, most recently... »