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Cannes Film Festival Unveils Official Poster, Featuring Federico Fellini’s ‘8½’

“A photogram taken from Federico Fellini’s , which was presented in the Official Selection in 1963, is the basis for the 67th Festival de Cannes official poster.

Poster designers Herve Chigioni and Gilles Frappier based the work on Fellini’s classic imagery.”

Hollywood Reporter article by Stuart Kemp

Dreamworks to Make Adventure Movie With Black Girl Protagonist

“If you caught Mr. Peabody and Sherman or Rio 2 in theaters, you probably also saw an adorable short called “Almost Home” about a group of aliens in a spaceship searching for a planet to settle in. 

That was a preview for Home, an animated space adventure set in the future that will star Dreamworks’ first human protagonist of color since 1998’s The Prince of Egypt and only the studio’s second female protagonist after Monsters vs. Aliens (its third if we’re counting The Croods).”

Indiewire article by Inkoo Kang

Fox and The Black List Team Up to Find Emerging Drama Writers

Online script service The Black List has announced its latest partnership to offer opportunities to emerging writers in drama. They’ve recently teamed up with Fox, their first partnership with a broadcast television network, to offer potential blind deals with the network or staff positions on current and future Fox series. 

Indiewire Article by Jai Tiggett

Striking Photos Aim To Redefine ‘Natural’ Female Beauty

“In 2007, London-based photographer Ben Hopper started “Natural Beauty,” a photo series designed to challenge what he described as the societal “brainwashing” done by the beauty industry.

Now, nearly seven years later, Hopper released his first official set of these photographs to The Huffington Post. Using an eclectic group of models, actresses, designers and friends, Hopper’s pictures highlight a woman’s beauty, her armpit hair, and the timely reminder that those two things are in no way mutually exclusive.”

The Huffington Post by Isaac Saul

Apple Poised to Add Four Digital Agencies, Including Huge and AKQA

Apple is set to add four digital agencies to its roster, including WPP’s AKQA and Interpublic Group’s Huge on the West Coast, as well as small, New York-based indie shops Area 17 and Kettle, Ad Age has learned.

The agencies declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Adage Article by Alexandra Bruell

2014 Emmy Predictions

Indiewire’s predictions for the 66th Primetime Emmy Award nominations, which will be announced on July 10th, 2014 before a ceremony on August 25, 2014 announcing the winners.

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Filmmaker Freida Mock on ‘Anita: Speaking Truth to Power’ –

“Freida Lee Mock is an Oscar Award-winning documentary filmmaker (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), whose most recent work is Anita: Speaking Truth to Power. The documentary is about Anita Hill, a woman who was thrown into the national spotlight during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Hill was subpoenaed as part of allegations of workplace sexual harassment against Thomas. “

Hyphen Article by Momo Chang

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5 Tips to Boost Your Brand in A Changing SEO Environment

“Online marketing. Content marketing. Inbound marketing. Native advertising. Sponsored content. There’s a lot of buzzwords being tossed about these days when it comes to making it easier for people to find your brand online. Most of these buzzwords front for practical and effective strategies any intelligent brand should employ. But let’s not forget about the granddaddy of “getting found” online: SEO.”

This article was written by Eric Covino, President & Founder of Creative Signals.

10 Things Every Film Festival Wants Filmmakers to Know

“Although the viewpoint from filmmakers is that festival programming is as opaque as midnight fog, it is assuredly not the case when you speak to the festivals. They may be gatekeepers but they definitely do not want to lock you out of the process. To build a bridge between programmers & filmmakers, I offer some insights that I have gleaned from years of managing film festivals, programming the International Film Festival Summit and speaking to hundreds of programmers and festival directors.”

Indiewire Article By Laurie Kirby

DGA Names Assistant Executive Director of Diversity

“Frank Bennett Gonzalez will head implementation of diversity programs agreed to in recent contract talks.

Gonzalez will be responsible for coordinating diversity strategy and managing new and existing diversity programs, according to the DGA’s national executive director Jay D. Roth. He’ll also lead the guild’s efforts to implement the diversity programs at the major TV studios that were agreed upon in the guild’s recently concluded talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.  “ article by Todd Cunningham

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