iWoman TV has partnered with New York Women in Film & Television and Go Indie TV to showcase the work of female filmmakers and content creators through the 4th Annual NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival. Submissions are being screened throughout the month of January on iWoman TV and Go Indie TV.
Production & Post-Production
Late last year, as was widely reported, the investment firm Arts Alliance opened Garden Studios, a 62,000-square-foot facility located in Park Royal, West London. Arts Alliance founder and CEO Thomas Hoegh said at the time, “This will be an owner-operated business, spearheaded by people who have long and deep experience across many aspects of the film industry with success stories like Picturehouse Cinemas, Love Film, Arts Alliance Media, Met Film School and Park Circus under our belts. Like all Arts Alliance companies, we seek to demonstrate an innovative and passionate drive for inclusive community building, learning, and opportunities for all.” In all his businesses Hoegh says, “My principal task is not to be in the way.” I recently spoke via email with Hoegh and Garden Studios CTO Rich Phillips to learn more about this latest venture.
Produced to extremely high production standards and directed by Indian American filmmaker Mira Nair, A Suitable Boy tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) as she comes of age in North India in 1951, at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election. The series involves more than a hundred characters, many belonging to one of four extended families.
SMPTE Hollywood will host senior technology executives from MovieLabs, Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures January 28 in a virtual panel discussion on their shared vision for the future of the film and television industry.
Ian Sheppard has been appointed head of development at Laika, the award-winning animation studio known for the films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link. A veteran animation executive, Sheppard’s career has included senior positions at Skydance Animation, DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon. He will report directly to Laika president & CEO Travis Knight.
Senior colorist Alex Berman has joined the team at Goldcrest Post. Berman brings more than 20 years of experience in color grading and credits across feature films, episodic television, documentaries and commercials.
Fujifilm has announced that the Fujinon Premista 19-45mm T2.9 lens will be released on January 28. This lens is the third model to join the Premista Series of cinema zooms that support large format sensors.
Streamland Media, formerly Picture Head Holdings, has entered into an agreement to acquire the Technicolor Post business. This addition builds upon Streamland’s global network of award-winning talent, further solidifying their dedication to the creativity, innovation and collaboration essential in post-production. The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is backed by Trive Capital and Five Crowns Capital and is expected to close in the first half of 2021.
Few know underwater cinematography and how to light the great blue sea better than Pete Romano ASC. His unique specialty has made him sought after for most major films where’s there’s any underwater action. His 40-year underwater track record is unmatched. IMDB tries but at 159 credits for film and television they just skim the surface, especially considering the multitude of commercials, music videos and documentaries to count.
Liquid Media Group has appointed Ronald Thomson as its CEO to drive the growth of its evolving business. As president of the global business development firm Cameron Thomson Group, he has been building successful media/entertainment and tech companies for more than two decades from its offices in Toronto, London, Lake Como, Los Angeles and Taipei.