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SmartSource® Expands in Canada
October 5, 2022Hauppauge, NY... SmartSource®, an ABCOM Technology Group company, one of the nation's leading technology solutions providers, announced that it is expanding its presence to Canada to further meet the increasing demand of the nation's film and television industry. SmartSource had already made strong inroads into the Vancouver market, serving its production companies largely from its Los Angeles, California branch office. With growing demand, however, the company made the decision to establish a local presence in Vancouver, B.C. It is the American company's first formal entry into another country. According to SmartSource Sales Director Jeremy Lyon, a native Canadian from Vancouver based in the U.S., "We understand that rapid deployment of customized technology and support are essential to keeping productions rolling smoothly. The Canadian film and television industry has been steadily growing, with the latest data from the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) noting that the industry generated over $9 billion in production volume and contributed $12.2 billion to Canada's gross domestic product (GDP). Nowhere has the industry been booming more than in Vancouver, the third largest film and television production center in North America. As part of our Canadian expansion, we will be adding studio-specific technicians, studio contractors and other support staff, who will be based in Vancouver." Lyon noted that SmartSource will offer Vancouver production companies the full suite of its entertainment industry solutions, which include rental technology for writers and writers' rooms, pre-production and post-production, accounting teams, set decoration and props designers, and talent. Its technologies include: iMacs, Mac Pros, and MacBook Pros; iPads, tablets, and Wacom products; monitors, printers, and copiers; ScanSnaps; LED tile walls; digital signage; Vibe interactive digital whiteboards; and high-end editing equipment. These solutions, backed by SmartSource's 24/7 support, enable production companies to rapidly scale up or down to meet project needs. SmartSource Business Development Manager for Entertainment, Sergio Bertamini, added, "Leveraging our proven track record serving the American entertainment industry, we have been able to build an impressive client roster of major production companies and studios in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta. It was a natural extension of this success that we were able to attract leading studios north of the border with growing inquiries for our film and television production solutions, particularly from the Vancouver region." Future plans for SmartSource include expanding its services to Canada beyond the film and television industry to other vertical markets where it has been successful in the United States. About SmartSource®. SmartSource®, an ABCOM Technology Group company, has more than 35 years of experience serving clients' business technology needs in the events, staffing, legal, government, finance, education, entertainment, and meeting production industries. The company provides service throughout North America through its fully staffed and equipped offices in major metropolitan markets. SmartSource draws from its extensive inventory of IT, AV, and interactive technologies to deliver solutions as varied as computers and help desk support for remote staff, office equipment for temporary spaces, or multi-story video walls for trade shows and events. Deep experience in logistics and IT services ensure clients are covered on everything from warehousing to asset tracking, cybersecurity, and technical support. The SmartSource team is passionate about leveraging its expertise to empower clients to excel. For more information, visit www.thesmartsource.com or call (844) 320-6212
Partnership Opportunity - Solar Studios + LMGI - October 23
October 3, 2022We are reaching out to introduce Solar Studios - if you haven't heard of us we're a fully-permitted Studio | Stage | Film Location located close to the Hollywood Hills in Atwater Park that was established in 1993. We're looking to create a preferred catering vendor package, and would like to discuss including you as a partner. To kick-this off, on October 23rd, we will be hosting the next LMGI industry event. The event attendees will include many of the top industry professionals from location scouts, managers location libraries and event producers. We are looking to partner with your company and create a staffed food station featuring 1-2 of your signature items. The event will be a fantastic opportunity for brand promotion. We will include your logo on all marketing materials. Our marketing team will also create a preferred vendor deck, including your menus, company bio, and craft service offerings for future events. This will be available on-site the day of the luncheon event and also will be distributed digitally to our network of over 2000 industry professionals. Please let me know when you're available for a quick call to discuss if interested. I can send you some background on Solar Studios as well as our floor plan. Contact us at (310) 489-7801 3909 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204 Warmest, Ira + Peter
Production Expendables Are In Stock Now
October 3, 2022Rose Brand has all of your production expendables in stock.Tapes, flame retardants, masking fabrics, tie line, dance floors, and so much more. Get them while they last. Buy online or call our Sales representatives at 1-800-223-1624. ProTape Gaffers Tape It's used everywhere in just about every production. Strong, yet leaves no residue when removed, This is the gaff tape you want. Matte finish, hand tearable, water-resistant and abrasion-resistant. Buy the ROLL or save when you buy the CASE . Fire Stop Flame Retardant Unlike other flame retardants, just a single product treats almost EVERYTHING in your production. It also prevents items from igniting, as opposed to extinguishing a flame once it's already been ignited. So much better! Masking Fabrics Get Duvetyne and Commando Cloth in various weights and widths. Ubiquitous, matte fabric that absorbs light. Can be sewn into inexpensive curtains or simply draped over whatever needs to be hidden. Tie Line #4 Uncoated or Coated Tie Line (also known as "trick" line). Pull scenery, hang curtains, wrap cables... Stage, Studio & Event Flooring Large assortment. Choose based on cushioning, durability, price, color, temporary or permanent... Wagon Brakes Lifts scenery off of casters to prevent rolling. Provides secure holding power & quiet releasing without drilling holes in the floor. Hampers Heavyweight canvas hampers with hinged wooden tops, reinforced bottoms and swivel casters. Ideal for soft goods storage and moving. NEW Bogus Paper Heavyweight 70# absorbent grey paper used under backdrops to assist in drying and prevent paint puddling. Scenery Hardware It's everything you need from the brands that you most trust. CM, ADC, Triple E, Rosco, New England Ropes, Griplock, Darnell-Rose, Harken, Sapsis, LiftAll, and more. NEW Heavy Protection Paper Highly absorbent and strong 122# brown paper. Protects stage & studio floors during load in and rehearsals or when working on location.
Nan Wilson's Manage Ad Music acquired by BMAT Music Innovators to become MAM BMAT
September 19, 2022Los Angeles, CA - September 19, 2022 - Manage Ad Music - MAM - a company specializing in the collection of music royalties founded by Nan Wilson in 2000, has been acquired by BMAT Music Innovators, a global music technology company specialized in connecting all players of the industry to amplify the value of music to now become known as MAM BMAT. The announcement was made today by Nan Wilson, President of MAM BMAT and by Pedro Cano, one of the CEOs of BMAT. In related news, BMAT has just released a data-driven music usage TV report in collaboration with the Production Music Association. The report has determined that 46% of the music played on broadcast and cable TV across the U.S. is production music. Commercial music only accounts for 7% of total usage. The report can be accessed here - https://www.bmat.com/tv-music-usage-us/. The new MAM BMAT company will have a strong presence during the upcoming 2022 Production Music Conference, to be held September 21-23, at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. On Friday, September 23, at 12:30 pm, MAM BMAT will present a panel entitled "Baby Got Backend: The Future of Sync Music Royalties," that will feature Nan Wilson as moderator, and guest speakers: Connor Marks, VP, Publishing, APM; Serona Elton, Head of Educational Partnerships, The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC); and Randy Wachtler, President, 11OneMusic. The panel will address the future of production music backend income streams - everything after the sync fee. Other topics to be explored will include - • Performance royalty trends: platforms, usage types, growth, collections. • What are opportunities for PL mechanical royalties? How do they collect them? • What are opportunities for PL digital royalties? How do they collect them? • Are there PL opportunities for AdRevenue share? On what platforms? How do they collect them? • What is the future of making money in VOD for production libraries? • How to find blanket licensed songs usages and unlicensed usages? • Production Music - should it be distributed? • Updating metadata across all collecting societies? • Is there backend money when you license to a video game? • Performance and mechanical royalties for libraries in Online Ads, Podcasts, General Entertainment on YouTube. As a result of the acquisition of MAM by BMAT, the new MAM BMAT is now offering a wide array of additional services, including global performance royalty administration for music, music performance monitoring and market analysis reporting. Regarding the formation of MAM BMAT, Nan Wilson said, "This merger is a game-changer in maximizing performance royalty revenues around the world. By joining forces, we can now meld MAM's longstanding relationships and expertise with BMAT's pristine technology." Adds Pedro Cano, "We are delighted to join forces with MAM. BMAT's authoritative and comprehensive music usage data is the standard for more than 100 PRO and major industry players. MAM adds the expertise, wisdom and loving care to monetize this data. MAM is a critical addition to the Music OS, bringing not only the performance royalty collection in the TV ads but also a 20-year-plus relationship with composers, music houses, publishers and libraries." Longtime MAM client Marcia Kutz, Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships with Warner Chappell Production Music has said, "MAM always provides 'above-and-beyond' personalized, results-driven customer service. They have the most thorough data curation for supporting royalty claims, utilizing multiple performance sources for leading-edge metrics. Nan Wilson and her staff have intrinsic knowledge of production music and provide excellent data assistance when needed." About the 2022 Production Music Conference. The Production Music Association's 2022 Production Music Conference will take place September 21-23, at the OMNI Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The PMA is the leading advocate and voice of the production music community, dedicated to advancing the unique value of production music. A non-profit organization, the PMA counts over 670 music publisher and composer members, including major labels, independent boutiques, emerging composers and well-known Grammy Award winners are included within the PMA's membership. pmamusic.com/events/pmc-2022 About Manage Ad Music. Launched by longtime music industry veteran Nan Wilson in 2000, Manage Ad Music - MAM - is a tight, global firm of performance royalty experts focused on helping music composers and publishers collect their due royalties. MAM began with a vision to merge the primary facets of advertising and music royalty collection. Wilson conceived MAM after many years of advertising experience working with agencies, music production and media buying had revealed to her a new, more efficient method for collecting music royalties not yet pursued within the industry. Wilson serves as an advocate for new possibilities in the advertising music royalty world, both within the U.S. and globally. Designed as a boutique, 'one-stop shop' for collecting performance royalties on music played in commercials, MAM has helped composers, music houses, publishers and libraries of all shapes and sizes harvest their maximum advertising music royalties through meticulous data and performance analysis. Comprised of a global family of industry pros and musicians, MAM is dedicated to helping fellow artists make money so they can creatively thrive. manageadmusic.com About BMAT Music Innovators. With the slogan: "We're the Operating System for the Music Industry - A platform that pumps up the jam of every play," BMAT is a music innovation company with a mission to index all music usage and ownership data. They help all different companies in the music industry better their data operations to make sure artists get paid for their plays. Every day BMAT delivers 27 billion matches and 80 million identifications to CMOs, publishers, record labels, broadcasters, and DSPs globally. Driven by machine learning and copyright expertise, BMAT's Music Operating System pumps neutral data and authoritative knowledge to everyone along the chain. Everyone who makes or uses music can plug in to ease operations, increase earnings, and get in sync with everyone else. bmat.com
Fourth Installment in Hit Christian Drama Series Screens in Los Angeles
September 15, 2022Los Angeles, CA - The glitz and the glam were brought to the AMC cineplex in the Westfield Century City Mall on the eve of September 13th, as PureFlix hosted a private screening to show appreciation for members and supporters of the 'God's Not Dead' film series. The original film, which was released in 2014, told the story of Christian college student whose faith is challenged by an atheist philosophy professor, who declares God a pre-scientific fiction. The film grossed a staggering $62 million at the US box office on a budget of just $2 million. The special screening was for 'God's Not Dead: We the People', starring David A. R. White, Antonio Sabato Jr., and William Foresythe. 'We the People' was released in 2021 and grossed $1.1 million in its special three-night-only engagement. The story portrays a group of parents, led by a local pastor, whose homeschooling methods are brought into question after an agent from social services makes an unexpected visit to one of their homes, and deems the educational setup inadequate. The case makes its way to Washington D.C. in defense of homeschooling, and to also prove, once and for all, that God is truly "not dead!" Step and Repeat LA printed two 8'H x 10'W backdrops to serve as the evening's photo op for all those in attendance. The backdrops were printed on a matte-finished polyester blend fabric that eliminates the possibility of glare often seen in photos where flash photography was used. The setup was accompanied by movie posters printed on high quality gatorboard, and decked out with a plush 20' red carpet to add that legendary Hollywood touch! 'God's Not Dead: We the People' and all three previous films in the series are currently available to view on the PurFlix platform. From movie premieres to private birthday parties, Step and Repeat LA has been creating backdrops for countless events for nearly 15 years. The company provides top-notch sales executives to handle every detail, a cutting-edge design team that can create custom-designed layouts, as well as in-house printing, production, and quality check. Delivery, setup and take-down services are also available and are done by Step and Repeat LA's experienced crew. And with 24 hour turnaround capability, it's no wonder Step and Repeat LA has become The City of Angel's premiere red carpet backdrop company!
Blesscode Entertainment chooses Arroyo West Studios
Setember 15, 2022I want to thank Blesscode Entertainment for choosing Arroyo West Studios to shoot two music videos for the rock group I Prevail . I can't say enough about the creative and the visual effects prowess of this remarkable production company. Their producers, Phoenix Vaughn , Tanner Gordon , Veronika Graves , Ashley Haines , and writer/director Jensen Noen , are a powerful and highly creative team. Check out the first completed music video, "Self-Destruction " and see for yourself. The second video "There's Fear in Letting Go" is still in post production, as it's heavy with visual effects. I'll post photos and more about it on our website once the video is released. Besides our good rates and amenities, the producers also chose Arroyo West Studios for our De Sisti Lighting Hoist System . After Justin Jones, Director of Photography, and Arthur Girgoryan, the Gaffer, scouted our studios and saw the lighting hoist system, they knew they had to shoot here. Immediately they realized the many advantages of our hoist system and how it would allow them to be more efficient and productive. Each lighting hoist has power and DMX built-in , saving the crew time and expense. The advantage of easily raising and lowering lights and green screens helped speed up the pre-light and made any changes easier and faster. It was a real game changer. The band was great to work with and always kept their high energy for every take. I Prevail's popularity has grown so much in such a short period of time, you'll definitely be hearing and seeing a lot more of them in the near future. Check out the band's website for more information about their latest music and more. Also, a big shout-out to their record label, Fearless Records . It was a privilege having Blesscode Entertainment and I Prevail here at Arroyo West Studios. I'm looking forward to having them and their awesome crew back again soon! Carl Schloetel Director of Sales Marketing/ Studio Manager Arroyo West Studios
The International Cinematographers Guild to Honor Emmy® Nominated Cinematographer Patti Lee, ASC with the ASC Mentor Award
September 14, 2022LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2022 - The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) will honor Emmy® nominated cinematographer Patti Lee, ASC ("Bob Hearts Abishola," "Superior Donuts," "Call Me Kat") with the ASC Mentor Award at the 2022 Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) , spotlighting promising cinematographers and providing crucial exposure needed to succeed in the motion picture industry. The honor and a showcase of the 10 final selected short films will be presented at the ECA event on October 2, 2022, at the Wolf Theatre in the Television Academy's Saban Media Center, followed by a cocktail reception. Patti Lee received her bachelor's degree from UCLA film school, and began her career lighting feature films, commercials, music videos, and television shows, working first as a set lighting technician and then becoming a gaffer. All during that time, she continued to sharpen her skills as a cinematographer on independent projects, including the Independent Spirit Award nominee, "Bunny." Patti got her first big break as Director of Photography on "The Bernie Mac Show." Since then, she has been busy shooting both single and multi-camera television and has received Emmy® nominations for her work on "Bob Hearts Abishola," "Call Me Kat," and "Superior Donuts." In addition to her work as a Director of Photography, Patti Lee produced the Emmy® nominated feature documentary, "A Small Act," which premiered at Sundance and aired on HBO. The film was named by Roger Ebert as one of "The Best Documentaries of 2010." The winning filmmakers, who have been selected from 108 submissions nationwide, are: Andrew Aiello, Green Cobra , Austin Scott Ahlborg, Lotus , Jac Cheairs, KENOBI: A Star Wars Fan Film , Morgan Gardiner, Molly Robber , Gregor Tavenner, Pleasant Canyon , Jason Chau, Sting , Michael Tedford, The Elder Scrolls Legends , Leonard P. Walsh, Kingsnake , Eric M. Hurt, Singularity , Allie Schultz, Your Monster . ICG's Emerging Cinematographer Awards gives Local 600 members an opportunity to present themselves as directors of photography by submitting a short film with a running time of 30 minutes or less for consideration. The awards are open to any member of the Guild who is not already classified as a director of photography. The films are selected by a panel of ICG members from across the country. For more information about the ECAs go to www.ecawards.net or contact MaryAnne MacDougall at email@example.com . The ICG's Emerging Cinematographer Awards are sponsored by Premier: Panavision (Family of Companies); Platinum: Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment; Gold: The Studio- B&H, TRP Worldwide, ZEISS Cinematography;Silver: Picture Shop, Band Pro, Aputure, The Tiffen Company, Sigma Corporation, Quasar Science; Bronze: ARRI, Fujifilm, JL Fisher, Inc., Rosco, AbelCine, Kino Flo, Matthews Studio Equipment; Media Partners: American Society of Cinematographers, Cine Gear Expo, Deluxe, DF Studio, Fourth Dimension Events, ICG Magazine, Mill Valley Film Festival, NAB, Production Hub, Screen International, SHOOT, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Variety. ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS GUILD (ICG, Local 600). The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents approximately 9,000 members who work in film, television, streaming and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, digital imaging technicians, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, broadcasters and all members of camera crews and publicists. The first cinematographers' union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn't until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. In addition to its work organizing, bargaining and enforcing contracts, advocating for legislation that serves working families, training and mentorship, ICG's ongoing events include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 27th ANNUAL ART DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS ARE OPEN ONLINE
September 14, 2022LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2022 - Television and Feature Film submissions for the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) 27th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards will open on Monday, September 19, 2022. The online submission forms may be accessed at adg.org . The ADG Awards gala will be held at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on Saturday, February 18, 2023. This year's program will split the One Hour Period/Fantasy Single Camera Series Category into two new separate categories: "One Hour Period Single Camera Series," and "One Hour Fantasy Single Camera Series." The official announcement came from ADG President, Nelson Coates. Coates said, "These newly minted singular awards categories of One Hour Period Single Camera Series and One Hour Fantasy Single Camera Series recognize the exponential growth in quantity and quality of eligible projects in large part as a result of increased viewer popularity. We are thrilled to celebrate the design excellence of projects in these categories and their unique design achievements." The ADG will present winners in 14 competitive categories representing theatrical films, television programs, commercials, animated feature films and music videos. The categories include Period Feature Films, Fantasy Feature Films, Contemporary Feature Films, Animated Feature Films, One Hour Period Single-Camera Series, One Hour Fantasy Single-Camera Series, One Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series, Television Movie or Limited Series, Half Hour Single-Camera Series, Multi-Camera Series, Variety, Reality or Competition Series, Variety Special, Commercials, Short Format: Music Video or WebSeries. For a complete list of the ADG Award Rules and Submission Guidelines: 27th ADG Rules Document Submission deadline for Television is Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 and the deadline for Feature Film submissions is Monday, December 5, 2022. Nominations for ADG's Excellence in Production Design Awards will be announced Monday, January 9, 2023. Final online voting will begin on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. This date has been revised from our previous announcement. For a complete timeline of the ADG Awards Season: 27th ADG Awards Timeline Returning as producer of this year's ADG Awards is Art Director Michael Allen Glover, ADG ( Station Eleven, The Alienist, Solos ). Joining the team as co-producer is Production Designer Megan Elizabeth Bell, ADG ( Out of the Blue, Breakwater, American Murderer ). ADG Awards are open only to productions, when made within the U.S., by producers' signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions. Honorees for Cinematic Imagery Award, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Hall of Fame and the William Cameron Menzies Award will be announced at a later date. Further inquiries regarding the ADG Awards may be directed to Debbie Patton, ADG Awards & Events Director, at 818.762.9995 Email: Debbie@adg.org (#ADGawards) ABOUT THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD. Established in 1937, the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 3,000 members who work throughout the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers and Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Set Designers and Model Makers; and Illustrators and Matte Artists. The ADG's ongoing activities include a Film Society screening series, annual "Excellence in Production Design Awards" gala, bimonthly craft magazine (PERSPECTIVE) , figure drawing and other creative workshops, extensive technology and craft training programs and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. For the Guild's online directory and website resources, go to www.adg.org . Connect with the Art Directors Guild on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram .
Tight Deadlines are Never a Problem
September 14, 2022For those of us who eat, sleep, and breathe production, we're accustomed to tight deadlines. When it comes to meeting the audio needs of ad agencies and production companies, LA Digital Recording is at the top of its game. This boutique audio facility is best-known in the Hollywood community for its quality TV/Film ADR. However, the staff at LADR knows that they will be very busy from late fall into the New Year recording voice-over talent for a wide range of Super Bowl ads. "We never know which celebrities are going to walk through our doors to record their :30 and :60-second spots, that will be seen and heard around the world during the Super Bowl. It's our job to be professional and adapt quickly to changes that come from the ad agencies", says Christina Tropp, Studio Director at LA Digital Recording. "These days last-minute script changes are the norm in the world of high-profile TV commercials". The Studio Director goes on to say, "Our job is to help our clients meet every deadline expected and unexpected". While the crew at LA Digital Recording is busy working on Super Bowl Ads, they may simultaneously be recording ADR work for some of today's top-rated shows as well as recording podcasts for their entertainment news clients. Because of advancements in technology, these days most actors and producers have been recording from home. They're happy when they have the opportunity to work in-studio because of LADR's charming and welcoming atmosphere. Whether it's a Super Bowl ad or TV/ADR work LA Digital Recording is a trusted source for most broadcast and audio production needs. LA Digital Recording is located in Toluca Lake, CA close to all major Burbank and Universal City production facilities.