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Producers Announce Digital 25 Visionaries

Press Release from The Producers Guild of America

PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE, Sony Pictures Studios (June 8, 2009) -- The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced "The Digital 25: Visionaries, Innovators and Producers of 2009," an honor which recognizes individuals and teams that have made the most significant contributions to the advancement of digital entertainment and storytelling over the past year. The announcement was made by the PGA's New Media Council at the inaugural Produced By Conference at Sony Pictures Studios.

Producers Events

Produced By 2009

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, June 5, 2009 at 11:00am
Begins: June 5, 2009

The Producers Guild is working with the top producers in the entertainment industry to host the first annual Produced By 2009 conference this June 5-7 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. Attendees will interact with and learn from the likes of James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Kennedy, Lauren Shuler Donner and producers of Emmy winning TV shows including DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and TWO AND A HALF MEN.

Sessions include:

-- The Collaborative Process Of Visual Effects: From Previs To Post

Production Headline News

VFX Technologies to be Explored at First Producers Guild Conference

Produced By 2009, the first conference sponsored by the Producers Guild of America about the state of production, will take place Saturday and Sunday at Sony Pictures, with more than 100 producers and filmmakers participating.

The highlight will definitely be a James Cameron session on AVATAR (Saturday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.). According to the website (, Cameron "will unveil the craft behind the making of [AVATAR] with its combination of live action [3-D] and computer-generated, photo-real visual effect..."

Producers Headline News

Warner Bros. Buys Some Darkness

Warner Bros. has bought the North American rights to EDGE OF DARKNESS, a thriller starring Mel Gibson and directed by Martin Campbell from production company GK Films, per VARIETY.

Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, the film is about a veteran homicide detective with the Boston Police Department whose only child is murdered on the steps of his home. Producers were Graham King (THE DEPARTED) and the miniseries producer Michael Wearing.

Producers Headline News

Producer Credits Determined for Best Picture Nominee

Producer credits for Academy Award Best Picture nominee THE READER have been determined by the Producers Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The official nominees for the film are Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti and Redmond Morris.

Series Headline News

Chorion's Olivia Gets Ready For Her World Debut

Chorion has signed a raft of major international broadcast partners for its brand new children's television series OLIVIA, based on the best-selling, award-winning book property.

Chorion has secured deals with TF1 in France, Nick Jr U.K., Treehouse in Canada, Danmarks Radio and The Walt Disney Company Latin America for the preschool animated series.

Producers Headline News

23 Years Of Gemini Awards Honor Canadian Television

The 23rd Annual Gemini Awards, over the course of four gala evenings, honor this year's most prominent productions in 96 craft, program and performance categories in Canadian English-language television.

The four animation categories will be awarded during the Gemini Lifestyle, Children's and Youth Gala on October 21, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Best Animated Program or Series


Season Headline News

Lex Luthor Actor Departing Smallville

REUTERS and THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER confirm that actor Michael Rosenbaum is leaving the CW's SMALLVILLE after seven seasons playing Superman nemesis Lex Luthor.

He will be replaced by two new villains, but might appear as a guest on the show's upcoming eighth season.

"It is time for me to start the next chapter of my life and career," Rosenbaum said Thursday. "I hope that I gave you some enjoyment over the years and that you found my portrayal of Lex Luthor to be satisfying."

Producers Headline News

Berg Onboard The Dune Buggy

Peter Berg will direct big screen adaptation DUNE for Paramount Pictures, VARIETY reports.

DUNE is the 1965 classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert that takes place on the desert planet of Arrakis. A war breaks out over the control of the spice Melange, used for distant space travel.

DUNE also was the inspiration for a 1984 David Lynch film and a 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries with William Hurt.

The theme of limited ecological resources is considered especially timely, and producers are looking for a scribe who will adhere to the original work.

Perry Headline News

Perry Goes Where No Madea Has Gone Before

Multi-hyphenate Tyler Perry has joined the cast of J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Perry -- writer, director and star of a series of films include MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION and DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN -- will play the head of the Starfleet Academy. The cast includes Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Winona Ryder, Leonard Nimoy, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Karl Urban, Chris Hemsworth, Zoe Saldana and Clifton Collins Jr.

Producers Headline News

Two More Femmes Join Miller's Spirit

SPANGLISH star Paz Vega and SIN CITY siren Jamie King will play femme fatales in Frank Miller's adaptation of WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT, reports VARIETY. Vega takes the role of blade expert Plaster of Paris, while King will play the mysterious Lorelei.

The Lionsgate and Odd Lot Ent. production follows the title character as he goes from rookie cop to a masked hero, who rises from the dead to fight crime.

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Producers Re-Tool Masters of Horror for NBC

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 12:00am

MASTER OF HORROR producers Lionsgate and Industry Ent. will retool their horror anthology series for NBC as the 13-episode series, FEAR ITSELF, reports VARIETY. The network hopes to have the series ready for next summer.

MASTERS OF HORROR exec producers Keith Addis, Andrew Deane and Mick Garris will produce.

The producers hope to attract an all-star lineup of horror writers and directors for the production, which will start filming early next year.

Production Headline News

Polanski Passes on Pompeii

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 12:00am

Roman Polanski is stepping down as the director of the screen adaptation of Robert Harris' novel, POMPEII, reports SCREEN DAILY. The move is due to producer Summit International's need to push the start date indefinitely on the massive production. The production had been set to begin next summer in Europe, but fears of an industry strike spurred producers Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde to postpone the start of filming. The producers are pre-selling the project and have begun looking for a new director.

Animation Headline News

Television Animation Conference Helps Producers Stay Competitive

This year's lineup for the Ottawa Animation Festival's Television Animation Conference will give producers a "tool box" for success. The event is already 70% sold-out and attendees only have until Aug. 27, to sign up if they want to get in the delegate guide.

Producers Headline News

Mendes Now Femme Fatale for Miller's Spirit

Frank Miller has cast Eva Mendes (GHOST RIDER) as femme fatale Sand Saref in his screen adaptation of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Saref was The Spirit's teenager lover until the couple was ripped apart by the death of Sand's father at the hands of Spirit's uncle.

Cast already includes Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht (upcoming WHITEOUT). Additionally, MATRIX's Bill Pope has been hired to bring the comic book world to life as the cinematographer.

Festival Events

LATV Festival

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 11:00am
Begins: July 25, 2007

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is launching the LATV Festival to run concurrently with the highly successful NATPE TV Producers' Boot Camp, now in its fifth year.

The events will run from July 25 through 27 at various locations in Los Angeles including the House of Blues in West Hollywood and The Highlands Hollywood at the Hollywood and Highland complex. Supporting sponsors include the Producers Guild of America, the House of Blues, TV Guide, NETTV and

Pitch Headline News

TAC Announces Pitch THIS! Competition

Animation producers are invited to polish their best ideas, practice their pitches and wow an audience of top television execs at the third annual Pitch THIS! event at the Television Animation Conference (TAC). Presented by the Ottawa International Animation Festival, TAC takes place Sept. 19-20, 2007, at the historic Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa Canada.

Producers Headline News

Canadian Actors & Producers Reach New Agreement

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 12:00am

Following several days of negotiations the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA), Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) and ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) announced that they have reached a renewed Independent Production Agreement (IPA).

Animation Headline News

China to Speed Up TV Animation Censoring Process

In a new Chinese government regulation, the censoring process of domestic animation will be sped up to aid the development of the industry, reports XINHUA.

Starting in August 2006, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) will decide whether or not to approve animated productions every month. Previously, regulators only authorize productions twice a year in January and July.

Animation Headline News

Television Animation Conference Announces 2006 Lineup

Canadas only animation-specific industry forum, the Television Animation Conference (TAC), which returns to Ottawa Sept. 20-21, 2006, at the Château Laurier hotel, has announced its 2006 lineup.