Gaspard de Chavagnac , the former Zodiak Media France boss, and ex- Endemol Shine Group international COO Marina Williams are teaming up with former Zodiak CEO Marc Antoine d’Halluin to launch Asacha Media Group . Chavagnac and Williams and the founding partners and joint CEOs of the new venture, while d’Halluin is the third founding partner and will serve as Asacha’s non-executive vice-chairman. He remains CEO of Middle Eastern free-to-air satellite network MBC Group. Asacha will be backed with investment from funds managed by U.S. company Oaktree Capital Management and will be headquartered in Paris, France. It will be focused on non-English language scripted film and television, but will also develop and produce reality shows, documentaries and children’s content. Related Story France's Asacha Media Group Acquires UK Producer WAG Entertainment As part of its launch, Asacha has taken minority stakes in three companies: Italian scripted firm Picomedia, … [Read more...] about Former Endemol Shine & Zodiak Executives Launch Paris-Headquartered Production Group Asacha Media
SAG-AFTRA’s national board has suspended this year’s automatic annual 2% dues increase and will hold initiation fees at their current levels. The move, which had been recommended by the union’s Finance Committee, comes in recognition of the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on many members’ earnings. In other actions, the board, meeting on Saturday, approved a recommendation to extend the lease on the union’s headquarters in Los Angeles to the year 2032, and approved a new agreement covering content created by so-called “influencers” when they are paid to advertise products or services. The union said that the new “influencers” agreement will allow it to “increase its coverage over this form of advertising, and increase opportunities for members to earn union income and qualify for health and pension benefits.” Related Story Donald Trump Banned From Ever Rejoining SAG-AFTRA “Making it easier to … [Read more...] about SAG-AFTRA Suspends Annual Dues Hike & Approves New “Influencers” Contract As Factions Continue To Fight Over Health Care & Governance
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund will resign effective Jan. 16, according to a police spokesperson. His resignation comes as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are demanding answers from the Capitol Police after it failed to stop a mob of Trump supporters from taking control of large parts of the Capitol on Wednesday, an invasion that resulted in lives lost and successfully shut down Congress for several hours. Democratic lawmakers, whose party is set to take over the White House and both chambers of Congress, are promising to investigate the police force’s failures — and to fire those responsible. In calling for Sund to resign, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that he had not even contacted her since yesterday. “There was a failure of leadership at the top… Mr. Sund, he hasn’t even called us,” she told reporters. Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a statement saying “bipartisan discussions” about the … [Read more...] about Capitol Police Chief Resigns Following Insurrection, Lawmakers Demand Answers
It arrived last night. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier full trailer is finally here and unlike WandaVision, it appears to be a head-on action-thriller fiesta with less room for head-scratching mysteries. In fact, its trailer has even put the stamp of confirmation on the much-anticipated arrival of the X-Men in the wide world of the MCU and maybe, just maybe, set the stage for Wolverine as well. Much of the action-packed trailer focuses on the aftermath of the Avenger: Endgame scene which saw an elderly Steve Rogers pass on the shield to Sam Wilson. We get to see Falcon using the shield for the first time, though in another scene both Sam and Bucky Barnes are seen practicing with the shield. As we already know, Daniel Bruhl's Baron Zemo is back along with his comic book accurate mask. But looks like he is not going to be the only villain in the story as Bucky is seen having a particularly life-threatening tussle with a group of masked guerrillas. While Wyatt Russell's debut as … [Read more...] about Latest The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Footage Confirms X-Men Are Coming to the MCU?
Pixomondo , the award-winning VFX and virtual production company, has hired VFX veteran Bryan Godwin as Head of Studio for its Los Angeles facility. Godwin has two decades of business and artistic experience at Shade VFX, which he founded in 2009, and more recently at DNEG. His credits include being VFX Supervisor on Joker, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Wolverine , and Shade won an Emmy for his work on Westworld while he was personally nominated for Daredevil . The LA-headquartered Pixomondo has eight offices around the world. Its recent credits out of the West Coast include Westworld , working alongside Shade, as well as Raised By Wolves, Perry Mason, Westworld, The Orville, Goliath, Greenland, and Midway . Related Story UK Gov Backs 42 Cinemas & Opens Production Restart Scheme; 'Joker' Tops New UK Digital Rental Chart; Pixomondo Virtual Studios -- Global Briefs It also recently opened its first virtual production studio and LED volume in Toronto, Canada, … [Read more...] about ‘Greenland’ VFX Studio Pixomondo Names New Head Of Los Angeles Studio