New York Women in Film & Television has named Cynthia López, an Emmy, Peabody and duPont-Columbia Award-winning media strategist, and former commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, as its new executive director. López will succeed Terry Lawler, who concludes a remarkable 21-year tenure, effective January 1. NYWIFT president, Simone Pero made the announcement on behalf of the organization’s 18-member board of directors.
The Motion Picture Sound Editor will honor Antoine Fuqua with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of such films as The Equalizer (1 & 2), The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw and Training Day, is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. He will receive the award at the 66th MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 17th in Los Angeles.
National CineMedia announced today that Andrew J. England has stepped down as chief executive officer and a member of the company’s board of directors and that the company’s president, Clifford E. Marks, has been appointed to the additional role of Interim chief executive officer.
Post-production house Light Iron, a Panavision company, has hired senior colorist Nicholas Hasson. He will be based in the company’s Los Angeles facility.
Burbank-based visual effects studio VFX Legion has signed lead matte painter Marc Adamson, head of simulation and dynamics Eric Ebling, and lead lighter Bryan Shepperd to its team. The artists bring a mix of skill-sets to the company, which specializes in augmenting footage for feature films and episodic television shows with photorealistic environments and CG imagery that would be too expensive and time-consuming to shoot live.
National CineMedia has named Rick Butler chief digital officer. In his new role, Butler will lead the company’s digital products and data initiatives to deliver both innovative consumer experiences and new ways for brands to connect with movie audiences.
Screenvision Media has appointed broadcast and placed-based media veteran Gerald Griffin to the position of executive vice president of local and regional sales. With more than 30 years of experience in local sales and marketing, Griffin brings a comprehensive understanding of how to amplify traditional, digital and out of home platforms to support Screenvision Media’s advertising partners. This strategic appointment further underscores Screenvision Media’s ongoing commitment to small business owners and the crucial role they play in strengthening our communities.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television will examine the entertainment industry’s need for greater diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent at its monthly meeting October 11, in Hollywood.
The American Film Institute has appointed industry veteran Juli Goodwin as its new chief communications officer. Goodwin brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing and publicity to AFI, most recently as executive vice president of domestic publicity for Warner Bros. Pictures. Goodwin will serve on AFI's senior management team, leading communications strategies for AFI's national arts and education programs.
European 3D manufacturer Volfoni today announced that industry veteran Thierry Ollivier has joined the Volfoni Group as vice president of sales to develop the professional business, which includes all non-cinema professional markets. The move is the latest step in the company’s continuing effort to strengthen its leadership team as it capitalizes on the growing demand for active and passive 3D systems in the professional market