Rome MIA Market Strengthens Standing as Post-Mipcom, Pre-AFM Industry Confab

ROME — Rome’s new-concept MIA market for feature films, TV series, documentaries and video games has strengthened its standing as a post-Mipcom, pre-AFM industry gathering, with attendance for its second edition up more than 6%, according to figures released following the Oct. 20-24 event. The market saw 1,500 accredited industry executives – more than half from outside… Read more »

Marvel’s Annie Chang Joins Academy’s Tech Council

Annie Chang, VP Technology for Marvel Studios, has join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
During Chang’s 11 years at Marvel parent Disney, she has shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into feature postproduction and mastering pipelines and helped the studio transition from tapes to files and launch consumer distribution platforms. A fellow of the Society of Motion…


Taking ‘The Crown’: Behind the Royal Treatment of Netflix’s New Series

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” Shakespeare wrote. Centuries later, little has changed: The Bard would have found plenty of inspiration in the eternal dramas of the British monarchy. As has Peter Morgan, screenwriter of the 2006 film “The Queen,” which earned him an Oscar nomination for best screenplay (not to mention a… Read more »

Big (and good) changes at Duncan Channon.


Big changes at Duncan/Channon. They’ve rebranded with a new identity and website, as well as a retooled leadership team. Sure to prompt discussion, the agency’s new identity even comes with its own handy, NSFW trolling guide for the busy would-be hater. The agency has also removed the slash from its name to become simply Duncan Channon.

They’ve also announced new leadership changes: Founder and Partner Robert Duncan is now chairman, Founder and Partner Parker Channon has become the agency’s first chief marketing officer and Anne Elisco-Lemme now leads all creative work as the sole executive creative director. The agency also elevated Jamie Katz as the office’s director of account management and Rachel Hermansader as its first director of marketing and business development. Katz will take over chief responsibility for account management from CEO Andy Berkenfield, who previously played this role. Both Katz and Hermansader were group account directors prior to their promotions. Robert Duncan will continue to be involved in the agency’s creative work and its distinctive, collaborative office culture.

“Our new look and leadership double down on the belief that human creativity, in all its magnificent messiness, is more essential than ever in an increasingly algorithmic world,” said Duncan Channon Founder and Chairman Robert Duncan. “This talented team is poised to accelerate the agency’s growth and I remain ready to keep the fires burning under our work and inimitable culture.”

Tokyo Film Review: ‘7 Minutes’

Among the most insidious, narcotizing illusions that the powerful can peddle to the less empowered is the suggestion that choice equals freedom — that as long as we have the option to decide between at least two alternatives, we are somehow the masters of our own destinies. It’s a notion that underpins the very idea of democracy, not… Read more »

Lin Oeding To Direct ‘Office Uprising’ Starring Brenton Thwaites – AFM

EXCLUSIVE: Lin Oeding, whose action design and stunt credits include Ant-Man, The Equalizer, Straight Outta Compton and Inception, is set to helm Office Uprising. The genre pic is due to begin production in Alabama at the end of November. The Exchange is handling international sales.
Office Uprising stars Brenton Thwaites (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe) and Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars).
Written by Ian Shorr (Splinter) and…