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Executive Producer Gianfilippo Pedrotti Joins Bully Pictures

LOS ANGELES — Veteran Executive Producer Gianfilippo Pedrotti has joined Bully Pictures as Vice President and Partner. Pedrotti, who arrives from BRW USA, a company he  co-founded, will be responsible for recruiting directorial talent, developing new agency relationships in the United States and internationally, and implementing strategies for expansion and growth. Pedrotti brings broad international experience, a proven record for ...

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Technicolor PostWorks Collaborates with Ken Burns and Daniel J. White on “The Civil War” Restoration

Landmark PBS documentary remastered in 4K for 25th anniversary rebroadcast and Blu-ray release. NEW YORK— When Ken Burns’s 11-hour documentary The Civil War first aired on PBS in 1990, it set new standards for television documentaries through its astonishingly detailed, sweeping and often heart-wrenching recount of the epic conflict between the North and South. Working under the direction of Burns ...

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Cognition Makes Major Investment in Mistika Finishing Technology

Studio purchases six finishing and grading systems as part of its multi-million dollar expansion. Senior Colorist Mike Eaves uses Mistika to grade indie feature “Opening Night.” HOLLYWOOD—Cognition, the recently launched hybrid post production facility, has purchased six powerful Mistika systems from SGO. The package includes two top-end 4K color grading and mastering systems, two assist workstations and two laptop systems ...

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FuseFX Team Wins Emmy Award for “American Horror Story”

BURBANK—FuseFX won a 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role for their work on American Horror Story: Freak Show, episode “Edward Mordrake, Part 2.” FuseFX winners include Visual Effects Supervisor Jason Piccioni and other members of the creative team: Justin Ball, Jason Spratt, Tim Jacobsen, David Altenau, Tommy Tran, Mike Kirylo and Matt Lefferts, ...

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SIM Group Signs Lease for New Production Center at Former Eastman Kodak Site; Brings Chainsaw, Sim Digital and Bling Digital Together

State-of-the-art facility, slated to open in 2016, will offer streamlined production and post-production services. LOS ANGELES— The SIM Group has entered into a long-term lease for a 65,000 square foot space at the historic Eastman Kodak building off Las Palmas in Hollywood. The company will undertake a multi-million dollar build-out of the facility, currently known as Hollywood Office Campus, to ...

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GPL Technologies Welcomes Scott Ballard as VP of Software Development

GPL adds pipeline development offering to their extensive list of services LOS ANGELES—GPL Technologies, a leading provider for IT services for companies in the media and entertainment industry, announced today that Scott Ballard has joined its expanding team as the VP of Software Development. Ballard is set to head the company’s new pipeline consulting division, Pipeline Now, which will provide ...

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Tattersall Sound and Picture Unveils Dolby Atmos-Certified Mixing Theater

Toronto facility creates “immersive” soundtrack for Afghan war drama “Hyena Road” debuting at TIFF. TORONTO— In a significant boost to its services for movie and television sound, Tattersall Sound and Picture has added Dolby Atmos technology to its largest mixing stage and completed its first project in the immersive sound format. Hyena Road, an Afghan war drama from actor/director Paul ...

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Rising Sun Pictures Offers Course in Compositing for Feature Films

Adelaide, South Australia—Aspiring visual effects artists will have an opportunity to learn the basics of compositing through a new course offered by Rising Sun Pictures. Introduction to Compositing for Feature Films will be taught by RSP Senior Compositor Paul Kirwan, whose more than two dozen film credits include Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and ...

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FuseFX Delivers Action-Packed VFX for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Burbank-based effects studio collects second Emmy nomination for ABC series. BURBANK— Accolades continue to accumulate for FuseFX and its work on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The lead visual effects provider for the action series, the team from the Burbank-based studio is currently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects; the second straight year they’ve been so honored. ...

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Filmworkers’ Knack for Developing Talent Continues with Colorists Jeff Altman and Matt Harger

Altman grades eSports documentary, “All Work All Play”; Harger to grade indie feature “Who Gets the Dog?” CHICAGO— Filmworkers has a tradition for developing post-production talent and now it has two new stars in the making. Young colorists Jeff Altman and Matt Harger are producing standout work, and developing strong followings among local agencies and filmmakers for their enthusiasm, knowledge ...

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Technicolor PostWorks Helps David Simon Recreate 1980s Yonkers for HBO’s “Show Me a Hero”

NEW YORK—Post-production for Show Me a Hero, the new 6-part drama debuting on HBO this month, recently wrapped up at Technicolor PostWorks New York. The post house handled dailies processing, editorial conforming, final color grading and deliverables. It also provided sound mixing through its PostWorks facility. From David Simon, whose previous work with HBO includes the acclaimed series Treme and ...

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FuseFX Sets the Bar High in Emmy-Nominated Work for “American Horror Story.”

Burbank-based effects house’s freaky work for hit FX series continues to draw accolades. BURBANK— American Horror Story is a major hit for FX. The most recent season of the anthology series, Freak Show, became the most-watched show in the network’s history. The show has won the loyalty of fans and kudos from critics for its smart, imaginative storytelling and superb performances ...

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Chainsaw Provides Post Services for Emmy Nominees

Post Factory, Pixel Underground, Bling Digital and SIM Digital also lend their expertise to nominated series, documentaries and specials. LOS ANGELES— Chainsaw, A SIM Group company, provided post production services for 11 television productions that received a total of 54 nominations in the 67th Emmy® Awards. They include HBO’s Game of Thrones, which led all shows with 24 nominations, including ...

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VFX Exec Jason Dowdeswell Joins FuseFX Vancouver

Former VP of Production at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Vancouver, takes the helm of FuseFX’s Vancouver operation, which is currently producing VFX for shows for Fox, A&E, Syfy and CBS. BURBANK— FuseFX has hired veteran visual effects supervisor and executive Jason Dowdeswell to lead its facility in Vancouver. Previously Vice President of Production Operations at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Dowdeswell will supervise ...

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DI Producer Colin Davis Joins Post Factory NY

NEW YORK—As part of its ongoing effort to grow its resources for motion picture finishing, Post Factory NY, a SIM Group company, has hired Colin Davis as DI Producer. Davis, who arrives from a similar position with Company 3, New York, will oversee feature film and documentary projects undergoing editorial conforming, color grading and other finishing services. He will also ...

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2G Digital Grows Its Sales Team

BURBANK—2G Digital, a leading independent supplier of digital supply chain services, has made two appointments to its sales team. Cheryl A. Dorsey, a 20-year veteran of the digital media industry, assumes the post of Director of Business Development. She will work to grow the company’s business in traditional markets, including studios, production companies and distributors. She will also seek to ...

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