The Latest Industry News for the Exciting World of Production.

Creative Handbook puts together a bi-monthly newsletter featuring up-to-date information on events, news and industry changes.

Elevating Technology Rentals the eTech Way

By: eTech | March 16, 2018

eTech Rentals is a new company with deep roots in the technology rental business. So we understand the issues that you face when renting technology. We know your event is important as well as those big projects that have tight deadline - deadlines that must be met, budgets to be followed, or prospects that you seek to engage.

The eTech Way is for our eXPERTS to provide you with the technology you need, when you need it, making it as eASY as possible offering fast and secure online quotes, digital contract signing, and ...READ MORE>>


Jules Sylvester Hollywood's go-to man for the creepy and the crawly

By: Jules Sylvester's Reptile Rentals | March 15, 2018

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - The sign reads "Trespassers will be poisoned."

Outside the front door, more than 100 black grasshoppers, each the size of a small rat, are pinned onto a plastic foam sheet, drying in the sun. Inside, hundreds of snakes, scorpions, lizards, leeches, tarantulas, beetles and cockroaches crawl about in clear plastic cages.

This is the office of Jules Sylvester, Hollywood snake wrangler and behind-the-scenes star of the upcoming movie "Snakes on a Plane."

A professional animal trainer for 27 years, Sylvester has done more than 330 movies, plus countless commercials and photo shoots.

Associated Press

Snake wrangler Jules Sylvester, above, owner of Reptile Rentals, holds Petunia, an albino Nelsons Milk snake who appeared in the film "Lemony Snicket''s a Series of Unfortunate Events," in his office in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Sylvester''s animal actors take center stage in his latest project, "Snakes ...READ MORE>>


By: National Association of Broadcasters | March 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Nationally-syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2018 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the new Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 9 at the Encore in Las Vegas.

"Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," distributed by Premiere Radio Networks, is broadcast from New York City's Z100. Duran and his on-air crew feature up-to-the-minute entertainment and pop culture news, celebrity guests, hit music, and regular features. The show airs on over 80 radio stations nationwide, as well as XM Satellite Radio, iHeartRadio, and The Elvis Duran Channel at

"Elvis Duran represents great radio. He has endured as one of America's top radio talents and gets high ratings in syndication as well," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "We are honored to recognize his successful radio career and add him to our distinguished NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame."

Duran's radio career spans more than 30 years and includes both host and program director duties at iHeartMedia's WIOQ-FM Philadelphia and KBest Media's KBTS-FM Austin, as well as stints at Entercom's WZGC-FM Atlanta and ...READ MORE>>

Ark Wranglers: Animal Actors For Film - TV - Print - Music Video

By: Ark Wranglers | March 14, 2018

When you need exotic or domestic animals, expert trainers, and specialized animal services, Ark Wranglers can provide. Providing professionally trained animals within your budget to turn your shot list from small projects to major films, into a stunning reality! Ark Wranglers is fully insured and licensed which includes: USDA Licensed, GA DNR Film Licensed, GA DNR Wild Animal Licensed, and a GA DNR Wildlife Licensed.

Ark Wranglers is an expansion of Sam's Path Petting Zoo, that is a widely known and respected animal educational facility that has provided a wide variety ...READ MORE>>

Steve Berens' Animals of Distinctions "Taj" in this season of "Stranger Things".

By: Steve Beren's Animals of Distinction | March 14, 2018

Our cat Taj was "Mews" in this season of "Stranger Things". Apparently he now has a small, growing following asking #JusticeForMews.

Dogs, Cats, Birds - Over 30 years experience in creating memorable animal characters in film, TV and commercials. No job too big, no job too small. Allow us to share your vision. Storyboard and script breakdowns, coordinating, training, 2nd unit directing. ...READ MORE>>

San Francisco Video Equipment Rental Company 'Glitter's'

By: The Little Giant Lighting & Grip Co. | March 13, 2018

Little Giant Lighting's New Video Shines Spotlight On Indie Filmmakers

SAN FRANCISCO - In the wake of the Oscars and film festivals such as Sundance and SXSW, San Francisco-based The Little Giant Lighting & Grip Co. has released their first short spot 'Glitter ' honoring the conflict and crusade of the ever-dreaming, ever-driven indie filmmaker. It's one part homage, one part call to arms for the creative community.

"You thought for sure you'd have a few Oscars by the time you hit 30, but times have changed... You decide to get a real job. Something still in the industry. And you tell yourself -- my internal corporate videos will be unlike all others that have come before."

"So you lift up your chin and you carry on. And you're reminded of what you once saw written on a bathroom stall at a truck stop off I-5: You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter!"

In other words, pick up your camera - and some Little Giant lighting and grip equipment - and go boldly into that commercial shoot that pays the bills and gives you the means to make movies for a living.

What better way to illustrate that message than to produce a video of both creative and commercial value with their own Little Giant community -- 31 crew members, 47 actors, and 17 locations to be exact. It took over a year to bring it all together, led by dynamic directing duo Cliff Traiman and Jon Bowden. The result is a brilliant work of art that's already amassed thousands of views, likes, shares, and glowing responses.

So let this be a message to all filmmakers and videographers out there. This life may seem hard at times. But in the end, we're getting paid to make movies. So life is pretty good.

Watch the full "Glitter" video below or at

About The Little Giant Lighting & Grip Co

The Little Giant Lighting & Grip Co. ...READ MORE>>

Sloths Quickly Taking Over Hollywood with All Tame Animals

By: All Tame Animals | March 12, 2018

All Tame Animals provides all types of animals for work in advertising, TV, film and live theater, as well as special events ranging from parades to cocktail parties.

Established over twenty-five years ago, All-Tame Animals, inc. provides domestic, farm and exotic animals for all media and occasions, including stage, screen, and television, print and special events. All-Tame is the exclusive supplier of animals to the Metropolitan Opera, where we have worked live onstage with riding and carriage horses, ponies, donkeys, dogs, sheep, goats and chickens.

We are animal lovers ourselves, and our animals are always happy, healthy, attractive, well-groomed, and well-trained. Our handlers are professional and easy to work with. We make sure that all licensing and permitting is in order for you so that you need never worry about running afoul of regulatory agencies. We make sure that you get what you want without compromising an ...READ MORE>>


By: PHANTOMFLEX4K.COM | March 9, 2018

Capture the beauty of details that can only be seen through slow motion phantom camera photography.

The Phantom Flex4K is a high-speed camera which produces low noise and accurate blacks with a high dynamic range. This camera comes with 128GB internal memory.

Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera offers flexibility, low noise, and high dynamic range. Its sensor delivers sharp, detailed images. You can capture almost anything at super slow motion speed. Use the on-board camera controls instead of a computer or other interface to adjust settings and control the camera or have Paul do it!

Customize your workflow to suit your production. The Flex4K records Cine RAW for fast, high-speed capture or Apple ProRes 422 HQ to improve downtime, save on ...READ MORE>>

The Entertainment Industry's Largest Collection of Wild & Exotic Birds: Benay's Bird & Animal Rentals

By: Benay's Bird & Animal Rental | March 8, 2018

Established in 1982 by Benay Karp, Benay's Bird & Animal Rentals have been providing professionally trained birds and animals for the Entertainment Industry.

We work with other trainers, animal companies, zoos, breeders and parks in California and around the world, enabling us to have access to exotic and domestic birds and animals you might have thought impossible to work with.
Benay's Bird & Animal Rentals is a full service animal training and supply company. If we do not have exactly what you need or what you are looking for, we will (at no cost to you) do a full search of other reputable animal owners and companies to help you find it.

In addition to our trained birds and animals, we also offer you the most experienced trainers for you to hire directly, with absolutely no up charge. You pay them directly on your own production company time cards.

We are also a fully licensed and permitted (City, County, State and Federal) facility, with both union and non union trainers and wranglers available for you to hire.

"Once you use my company, my goal is to keep you as a satisfied client. My pledge to you is to always supply you with the best birds, animals and trainers at the most competitive prices. My hope is that you enjoy using our services, and that you tell your colleagues and associates about us, too." - ...READ MORE>>

You're invited! Come Find Us at USITT

By: Rose Brand | March 7, 2018

Come to our party at USITT expo on March 16, 7pm-8pm at the Hilton Marina in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Please RSVP to by March 12 and check out our booth #2411 at the show. Fabrics, hardware, curtains, backdrops, projection screens, production supplies & more. Isn't it easier to get it all at one place? See a sampling of our offering below.

Curtain Track

Durable ADC and Triple E curtain tracks available, whether manually operated or motorized. We also custom cut pipe and bend track to your specifications. All ...READ MORE>>

The Animal Actors at The Lazy SP

By: THE LAZY SP | March 6, 2018

Our standard of excellence will help you achieve a natural and authentic relationship between the animal and human performers. Our animals are prepared to accommodate the changing needs of your production demands. The innovative scope of our team brings depth of knowledge and expertise in order to maximize the performance of our animal actors. Safety is an essential aspect of our operation during every phase of production above and below the line.

Our cowboys are available to assist with our animal talent during your project. Please call for more information.

Feature Films:
American Sniper
Ridiculous 6
Down in the Valley
Starring Pancho Via as Himself: (subcontractor)
Second Chances

King of Texas: (subcontractor)
Westworld (Season 1)

Short Films:
Wild Horses
The ...READ MORE>>

Mob Scene Names Brett Abbey as CFO

By: Mob Scene | March 6, 2018

Los Angeles, CA - Mob Scene, one of Hollywood's leading entertainment marketing agencies for major motion picture studios, television networks, and production companies, has named Brett Abbey as its new CFO. The announcement was made today by Thomas Grane, CEO, Mob Scene.

Abbey comes to Mob Scene from entertainment marketing agency mOcean, where he was the CFO for the past five years. There, he was instrumental in setting up processes for analytics and data-driven teams in a highly creative business setting. By collaborating with mOcean's creative teams, he was able to achieve greater efficiencies on award winning marketing campaigns by creating new metrics and KPIs.

Regarding today's announcement, Grane said, "Brett is truly a great addition to our expanding company as we continue to evolve into new businesses. Brett has that rare duality - he has a great background in big company discipline and structure, and also gets along really well with creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. We welcome him to Mob Scene."

Adds Abbey, "I am very excited to join the Mob Scene team and look forward to the challenges of a different POV on the entertainment industry. This new position allows me to bring my years of experience from leadership roles I've previously held in similar creative business settings. The entrepreneurial feel of Mob Scene and its equity investors has inspired me to take the lead on providing the financial vision and strategies necessary during this exciting evolution of the ...READ MORE>>

John Wm. Hart, III Insurance Agency announces a strategic merger with MFE Insurance Brokerage.

By: John Wm. Hart | March 6, 2018

John Wm. Hart, III Insurance Agency will merge with, and assume the name MFE Insurance Brokerage, effective March 1, 2018. The merger is expected to provide clients with expanded insurance markets among a well-rounded breadth of product offerings and services in Commercial and Entertainment Property and Casualty, Personal Lines, and Life & Health.

For the past 10 years, John Wm. Hart III, Insurance Agency focused exclusively on the distinctive needs of the motion picture, television, video, music, and theatrical companies. Today, technological advances in filmmaking, and owners taking on new ventures outside the field of entertainment, the needs of their clients' insurance portfolios are rapidly changing.

John Hart will take on the roll of Vice President of Insurance Sales and continue to provide his clients with the world-class service they are accustomed to. John Hart commented on the merger by saying, "Merging with MFE Insurance Brokerage allows ...READ MORE>>

Animal Management and Behavior Training LLC, is a positive reinforcement animal training company that specializes in dogs, cats and horses.

By: AMB TRAINGING | March 5, 2018


AMB Training provides you with the techniques to prevent, problem-solve and apply the skills needed for everyday, practical obedience. We give you a well-rounded understanding of what motivates your pet and insight into the learning theory - behind the species.?

Whether it is general obedience, socialization, counter-conditioning, behavior

modification, trick training, transitioning, or picking out the perfect-pet companion, AMB Training can help decipher, decode and translate your animal's behavior so that you can become your pet's most confident and compassionate owner.


Our years of experience with domestic and exotic animals, dogs, cats, horses, tropical fish, reptiles, birds and livestock, can help your production team to shoot animal scenes more efficiently and within budget.

?If your production is looking for an Animal Coordinator, Trainer/Wrangler/Supplier or Welfare Specialist experienced with special ...READ MORE>>

Whether you are an award recipient, a project contributor or you just want to be in the room as we celebrate this year's awards for outstanding achievement in themed entertainment

By: THEA | March 2, 2018

Saturday April 7, 2018
24th Annual Thea Awards Gala

The Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong on April 7th is an elegant, black-tie event celebrating ...READ MORE>>


By: PACKAIR | February 28, 2018

According to the AFCI, Colombia is offering a 40% rebate on film services and 20% for film logistics services.

There are six major film location regions within Colombia: Bogotá, Caribbean, Central Andean, Southern Andean, Eastern, and the Amazon regions. Colombia's extraordinary natural wealth and dynamic ecosystems - snowcapped peaks, tropical jungles, adventurous desert valleys, beautiful oceans, all inhabited by thousands of gorgeous plants and wild animals - surely make it a very unique film location. To get your all of your camera equipment, lighting gear, wardrobe costumes, makeup, and film props to Colombia on-time safely and securely, entrust over 45 years of experience with Packair's ATA Carnet and air freight services.

There are quite a few competitive advantages to producing in Colombia as well - financial, novelty, proximity, diversity, and similarities. By producing in Colombia you will ...READ MORE>>


By: Chapman-Leonard | February 28, 2018

RAIN OR SHINE we've got you covered!




** All attendees must donate to enter the event and in return will recieve raffle tickets **

** All industry professionals & film students are welcome & please NO PETS **


Chapman/Leonard will be hosting their Fifth Annual Product Showcase Fundraiser event featuring various industry vendors. Join us MAY 6TH, 2018 at our North Hollywood, CA facility.

Have front row seats of demonstrations of our latest developments, hands-on experience with our cranes, dollies & remote camera systems, and have questions answered by certified ...READ MORE>>