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Ted Hope appointed Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

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Ted Hope, one of the film industry’s most respected and prolific figures, has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), effective September 1, 2012. In a surprise move, the veteran film producer and one of the most influential individuals in independent film will embark upon a new chapter in his professional life, leaving New York City, where he produced independent films through his companies Good Machine, This is that corporation and Double Hope Films, t...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

Greta Scacchi named president of MWFF jury

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Australian film star Greta Scacchi will be president of the international jury of the 36th Montreal World Film Festival, it was announced. “Ms. Scacchi has marked the international cinema with her talent and we are honoured to have her as the president of our jury,” said Festival President Serge Losique. Born in Milan to an English mother and Italian father, Greta Scacchi was raised in England and Australia and received her early theatrical training as at the Bristol Old Vic...

Shangai fest opening with JJ Annaud as chair of the jury

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Shanghai International Film Festival 2012 opens on June 16. SIFF Project, the key program of the festival, presents CFPC and Co-FPC projects, 32 projects in total. CFPC is aimed at supporting young Chinese rising directors. This year, 8 young directors develop their ideas, and provide us both original and promising projects. Co-FPC focuses on encouraging the co-production market, and discover commercially potential project with well-known directors. This year 24 projects are to ...

ASC Names New President, Officers

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Stephen Lighthill has been elected to serve as president of the American Society of cinematographers (ASC). The vote was made by the newly elected Board Of Governors who also elected ASC Officers, Vice Presidents Richard Crudo, Daryn Okada and Kees Van Oostrum; Treasurer Victor J. Kemper; Secretary Fred Goodich; and Sergeant-at-Arms Steven Fierberg. Lighthill takes over the reins from outgoing ASC President Michael Goi, who served a maximum three consecutive terms. This will be Ligh...

Zucchero to Present Clive Davis with 'ISCHIA LEGEND AWARD’

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Clive Davis, the American music producer and recording industry icon who is currently Chief Creative Officer for SONY Music Entertainment, will be presented with the 2012 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest’s rarely bestowed highest honor, the “William Wolton Ischia Legend Award” on the opening night of the 10th annual event. Zucchero, the GRAMMY®Award-nominated Italian blues singer and one of the best selling artists throughout Europe (who has performed at Royal Albert Hall ...

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani to receive 2012 Ischia Legend Award

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Italian filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have been named the first recipients of the “2012 Ischia Legend Award” which will be presented during the 10th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest to be held from July 8th to 15th on isle which is located off the coast of Naples,. The announcement was made today by recently appointed Festival chairpersons Paula Wagner and Rick Nicita and Festival founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini. The festival is presented under the auspices ...

"ABSENT" by Justin Hunt to Receive the 2012 Director's Choice Award at 2012 Opening Night!

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The Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival and Executive Director, Len Archibald is proud to present ABSENT by Justin Hunt the 2012 DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD ! ABSENT is a documentary film that explores the devastating impact of disengaged fathers not only here in America, but around the globe. From prostitutes working the streets to one of the world's biggest rock stars, ABSENT lifts the veil on the damage being done by fathers who just aren't there. Featuring Metallica front ...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative And Documentary Competition Selections Plus Out-Of-Competition Viewpoints

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section—the program established last year that highlights personal stories in international and independent cinema. Forty-six of the 90 feature-length films were announced. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 at locations around New York City. ...

Todd Miller will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of Celestial Tiger Entertainment

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Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), the Asian media company launched last month by Celestial Pictures Limited, Saban Capital Group and Lionsgate, unveiled today its senior management team, led by industry veteran Todd Miller, who will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer.  CTE also announced the members of its Board of Directors. Miller brings over two decades of management and media experience to CTE and will lead the company and drive its core businesses of branded pa...

Alex Boyce, formerly with The Hollywood Reporter, joins HitFix

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HitFix (www.HitFix.com), one of the fastest growing film, TV and entertainment sites online, announced today that Alex Boyce, former General Manager of Digital for The Hollywood Reporter, has been hired as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy."Alex has a proven track record of driving growth and delivering value for online businesses. The addition of Alex to the senior management team will enhance HitFix's strong position in the entertainment arena," added CEO and co-founde...

Celestial Tiger Entertainment appoints Todd Miller as President COO

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Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), the Asian media company launched last month by Celestial Pictures Limited, Saban Capital Group and Lionsgate, unveiled today its senior management team, led by industry veteran Todd Miller, who will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer. CTE also announced the members of its Board of Directors. Miller brings over two decades of management and media experience to CTE and will lead the company and drive its core businesses of branded pay-TV channels, ...

Leading UK-based film industry publicist Ginger Corbett is leaving Premier PR

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  Leading UK-based film industry publicist Ginger Corbett is leaving Premier PR to pursue other projects that she has been developing.   Ginger has been with entertainment press and marketing agency Premier since 2001, when she and business partner Sara Keene brought Corbett & Keene, the agency that they set up in 1988, into the newly formed Premier Public Relations.     Over the years Ginger has worked with some of the world's most celebrated film...

Frederic Boyer Joins Tribeca as new Artistic Director

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  The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced today that Frederic Boyer, a veteran executive who most recently ran the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, has been named Artistic Director of TFF.   Boyer will report to Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of TFF, and Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. Gilmore will take on a more active role in overseeing the Festival program, while maintaining his existing responsibilities across Tri...

Frederic Boyer (former Cannes Director's Fortnight) joins Tribeca

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Veteran Leader of Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight ArrivesAs TFF Starts Preparations For Its 11th Edition in April 2012The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced today that Frederic Boyer, a veteran executive who most recently ran the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, has been named Artistic Director of TFF.Boyer will report to Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of TFF, and Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. Gilmore will take on a more ac...

Amanda Duthie to join BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF) as new CEO

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    The Board of the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF) today announced that Amanda Duthie will take over as Director and CEO following Katrina Sedgwick's departure at the end of 2011.   Currently the Content Head of Arts and Entertainment at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Amanda Duthie is one of Australia's leading figures in the film and entertainment industry and possesses an extraordinary depth of experience and expertise in the film and telev...

Bruno Chatelin elected at the European Film Academy Board

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I am now a Proud new member of The European Film Academy Board. The results of the election of the new Board by the  2500 members have been announced at the recent EFA Awards. I am so happy they have trusted me with this honor. Chairman Yves Marmion has been re elected. Vive l'Europe The creation of the European Film Academy (EFA) was the initiative of a group of Europe’s finest filmmakers brought together on the occasion of the first European Film Awards Cerem...

Nashen Moodley appointed to Sydney Film Festival

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Durban International Film Festival manager Nashen Moodley has been appointed as director of the Sydney Film Festival.  Previously a journalist at Independent Newspapers, for whom he still writes film reviews, Moodley has been centrally involved in the development and management of Durban International Film Festival programmes since joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts in 2001. Announcing Moodley's new appointment, Peter Rorvik, director of the CCA and ...

Sue Mengers a top Hollywood agent passes on

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   When i was a young actor starting out in New York , I was granted the privlege of meeting Sue Mengers and the advice she offered me was to take a chance on making it in Holywood.She told me to take 6 months in Hollywood and  to see what the result would be and if I got a lucky break to stay there.Well it took me 12 years to get to Hollywood from NY and I had an an opportunity to meet with Sue at a conference and we shared our meeting and her advice. We both laughed and ...

IFFR appoints Bianca Taal as programmer for 2012 edition

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Bianca Taal as programmer for its upcoming edition. Bianca will oversee the 2012 selection of feature length films from Greece, Turkey, Israel, Iran and the Arab world. She is also a member of the CineMart Selection Committee. After finishing her Film and Television Studies at the University of Utrecht, Bianca Taal started working with the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2001 as a staff member of the Hubert Bals Fund and ...

Paul Hertzberg, President and CEO, CineTel Films, Inc., has been elected Chairman IFTA

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  IFTA Also Announces Election Results For New Executive Committee and Board of Directors   Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing independent producers and distributors worldwide, today announced election results for its Executive Committee, as well as 10 members and two alternates for its Board of Directors. The elections were held as part of IFTA's Annual Members Meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and conc...

Industry Leaders Jump On Board With Cinequest

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Four dynamic business and media leaders, Lila Ibrahim, Ellen McGirt, Todd Hoddick and Anand Chandrasekaran have joined Cinequest's Board of Directors with the mandate to enhance Cinequest's global impact through creativity and innovation. Lila Ibrahim , partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has connected with Cinequest. Ibrahim became a partner at Kleiner Perkins in 2010 and works across the firm's digital and greentech portfolios. Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Ibrahim had a div...

Our dear colleague Graham Leggat passed away

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It is with deep sadness that we announce that Graham Leggat, beloved executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51. "For nearly six exciting and transformative years, Graham Leggat led the San Francisco Film Society with irrepressible determination, dash and design," said Pat McBaine, president of the Film Society's board of directors. "His vision, leadersh...

Nu Image Names Roy Matalon New President of International Sales & Distribution

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  Roy Matalon has been named President of International Sales & Distribution for Nu Image, Inc. it was announced today (8/18) by principals Danny Dimbort, Avi Lerner and Trevor Short. Matalon joins Nu Image after 14 years at New Regency Productions as Senior Vice President of Distribution of domestic and international theatrical, home entertainment and television; overseeing sales, licensing, and, marketing. Prior to New Regency, Matalon served as Managing Director of Theatrical...

Christina Kounelias has been named Chief Marketing Officer at AMPAS

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Christina Kounelias has been named to the newly created post of Chief Marketing Officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was announced today by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. Kounelias will assume her new role on August 1 and will report directly to Hudson. "As the Academy expands and fosters the achievements of the film community and its legacy, we are proud to have an executive of Christina's caliber join us in this vital role," said Hudson. "Christina ...

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