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Week of 9/19/22
Marc Homer joined Apple TV+ marketing as Creative Director, Custom Content.
 
From Sharlene Martin: We offer shopping agreements for our client's books to film/tv for qualified PGA members. https://www.martinlit.com/film-tv
Week of 8/1/22
From Sharlene Martin: We've just recently listed some new fabulous books available for adaptation in our Summer Rights Catalog.  Check it out! https://www.martinliterarymanagement.com/film-tv
 
From Donna Ebbs: Producing the animated film, YOUNG CAPTAIN NEMO alongside fellow PGA member, Drew Tolman.
 
Week of 7/25/22
Excited to announce the release of Judi Levine's rousing film HOW TO PLEASE A WOMAN, in cinemas across the US July 22nd. A funny and stirring liberation story for women who have been afraid to ask for what they want at home, at work and in the bedroom.
 
From Swati Shetty: Delighted to share the trailer for Wedding Season, a Netflix Original, and my first film as a lead producer here in Hollywood. It's a happy coincidence that the release is in the week of my 6th anniversary in America.
 
From John Heinsen: Bunnygraph thru its development deal with the MaNaBu Movement foundation announced at KidScreen this week it has signed a collaborative agreement with Chicago-based Have Dreams, a leading worldwide resource center for programs and education for children, teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). https://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/manabu-movement-partners-with-autism-resource-center-have-dreams/
Week of 7/4/22

Robert Schwartz has a new project at Searchlight Pictures: https://deadline.com/2022/04/honey-boy-alma-harel-mockingbird-searchlight-1235006100/

 
Week of 5/2/22

From Stephanie Dawson: I was induced into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame on March 10, 2022. For the announcement click here.

 

Phil Cooke has just released his newest book "Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking." It's the definitive book for creative and industry professionals who have to deliver breakthrough ideas under pressure.

 

From Sharlene Martin: Our Spring 2022 Film-TV Rights Catalog is available now. Great books in various genres for adaptation.

 
Week of 4/18/22

American jazz piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker, who is blind, pursues film composing and musical direction with the help of renowned mentors John Califra, Susan Jacobs, Zane Mark and Michael McElroy in this documentary film produced and directed by Steven Tabakin.

 

From Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner: Having moved back to Berlin in 2019, I've coordinated with the German teams on UNCHARTED (Studio Babelsberg) and the Amazon (Germany) series THE GRYPHON. My first feature screenplay, KIDNAPPING LOVE, made to be an international co-pro with Germany has advanced to the Quarter Finals with Screen Craft.

 
Week of 2/23/22
Candi Carter has joined e-commerce company Knocking. Announcement in Variety
Quentin Lee interviewed Olga Zhurzhenko to discuss how the current politics affect the life of a producer in Ukraine. See here for the interview.
From Jennifer Haire: The Film & TV production handbook I co-authored publishes in March. "Keys to the Production Office" is required reading for your Office PA's. 
From Tom Hillery: I just completed a thriller called "Looks Can Kill" with Jagged Edge Productions in the UK. It is a tale of hardship and abuse that ends up with murder stalking a modelling agency.
 
Week of 2/7/22
From Lisa Insana: For those looking to hire HIGHLY TRAINED, HARD-WORKING BIPOC PAs, and those who know low-income, BIPOC individuals who are looking for a career behind-the-camera, take a look Streetlights, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that has been working to bring diversity to the set for 30 years!
 
Week of 1/24/22
Steven CSmith produced documentaries for the Film Noir Foundation's new releases of two long-lost, and now restored, noir classics: THE BITTER STEMS (1956) and REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1947). Both are released on DVD and Blu-ray by Flicker Alley.
Week of 1/17/22
Lynn Kestin Sessler has a new position and is now Senior Creative Director, Nickelodeon Podcasts, ViacomCBS.
Week of 12/6/21
From Martine Melloul: I am releasing a new film called FAMOUS releasing in Los Angeles on December 10 through the 16th. https://lumierecinemala.com/film-famous/
 
From Sharlene Martin: Our Winter 2022 Rights Catalog is now available for PGA members to view for books available for adaptation. www.MartinLit.com/film-tv
Week of 11/29/21
From John Hadity: Happy to announce that in addition to financing tax credits, we (at EP) are now financing Minimum Guarantees from major U.S. distributors. https://www.ep.com/production-incentives/
Week of 11/1/21
Timothy Mendonça will be debuting his first multimedia art exhibit entitled scriptART: The Collection Volume One this November in New York City. The collection reimagines written word screenplays as paintings and sculptures. scriptART: The Collection Volume One will be on display at 2 Rivington Street from November 4th-7th 2021.
Week of 10/18/21
The film I'm producing (and composing music for) recently won Tribeca/AT&T Untold Stories award of $1M and we're now nearing completion of Principal Photography. - Simon Taufique
Lisa L. Wilson has joined MGM Television as the Executive Director of Unscripted. 
Week of 10/4/21
The short film, The Dark Valley selected  for LA Live Film Fest, Red Nation Film Festival LA & the American Indian FF in San Francisco all in Nov. The poster & story are also the cover art & feature of the Oct issue of Native Hoop magazine. Written, Produced & Directed by TJ Morehouse, PGA! https://vimeo.com/547363315 / Password:  tvd7
Our film Toxic Beauty (executive producer) has been nominated for an International Emmy in the Documentary category. -Cheryl Dillard Staurulakis
Week of 9/6/21
Outside The Spotlights: Conversations With Unsung Creators Behind the Screens in Hollywood, by Elaine Spooner, was published, telling the stories of 37 entertainment professionals from all areas of the industry - including producing, writing, game design, interactive media, marketing and technology.
Week of 8/23/21
Producer Steven C. Smith's nonfiction book, Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood's Most Influential Composer (Oxford), has been named one of the Best Books of 2020 by Variety and BBC Music Magazine.
Week of 8/16/21
Looking for a great new project to produce? PGA members are invited to judge the Final Round of the 2021 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. Get a first look at some of this year’s best new screenplays and pilots before they go out wide. For info, contact Kristin Overn: exec[at]pageawards.com
Week of 8/9/21
Earlier this year, Shirley Jackson was promoted to Co-Executive in Charge of Production at 44Blue Productions which is part of Red Arrow Studios.
Give Her A Microphone Podcast series has launched! Producers and co-hosts, Karen Somers and Shirley Jackson interview women working and thriving in the entertainment business. Recent guests: Pamela Williams/ Producer "United States VS Billie Holiday" and Apple+ Showrunner Nichelle Tramble Spellman.
Barbara Multer-Wellin is proud to announce that "Orchestrating Change," the feature documentary I produced and directed with Margie Friedman, is the sole recipient of the 2021 Austen Riggs Erickson Prize for Mental Health Media. The film is about Me2/Orchestra, founded by and for people living with mental illness.
Week of 8/2/21
"Escape with Nate: In Search of Black Utopia," Saturday (7/31) 5pm EST, The Africa Channel. Travel influencer Nate Fluellen spurs provocative discussions with BIPOC influencers and celebrities. Exec Producers: Nichelle Protho, Angela Northington, Nathan Fluellen, Jessica L. Funches (Head Writer)
Messiah Jacobs recently negotiated distribution for worldwide rights for a film he served as Executive Producer on, Givers of Death (G.O.D.), with Buffalo 8. 
Sharlene Martin's Martin Literary & Media Management Summer 2021 Film/TV Rights Catalog available to PGA members for shopping agreements/books to option. 
Brian McLaughlin finished a successful five-month gig as COVID Health Safety Supervisor on Season 6 of the Comedy Central/ITV America series, Crank Yankers. We had 261 people, for 154 days, 20 episodes, and 6,344 COVID tests and achieved 0 COVID cases and 0 production shutdowns! Yay team!
Martine Melloul just launched a Kickstarter to help finish the production of "The Braille Legacy", an incredible musical played by the blind and disabled actors of The Theater by the Blind. 
Rick Telles Executive producing movie at Netflix 
 
 
 
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