Newly formed indie film production company Hart/Lunsford Pictures has announced completion of its debut feature film, “How You Look to Me.” Helmed by J. Miller Tobin, pic is about a well-respected English professor who helps three young men come to terms with themselves and the world.Frank Langella and Laura Allen star. Media buyer Carat Americas is launching Carat Entertainment, devoted to developing branded entertainment properties for Carat clients. Advertising vet Michael Yudin will head the venture. Carat Entertainment will be part of Carat’s National Broadcast Group and will be overseen by exec VP Andy Donchin.
* * *The three film offices serving most of greater Miami have launched one-stop permitting for activity within Miami-Dade County. Producers seeking permits for film, TV, commercial, video and still photo shoots can apply online at Filmiami.org. Some 80% of permitted production takes place in the cities of Miami and Miami Beach and in areas controlled by the county, such as the airport and seaport. County film office also handles the permitting for a number of smaller municipal jurisdictions. The one-stop service does not cover the cities of Coral Gables or Key Biscayne, among some other cities in Miami-Dade County.
* * *The International Channel has announced plans to rebrand and reprogram. Move will focus channel exclusively on the Asian-American audience and is intended to attract new advertisers. All European- and Middle Eastern-language programming will be removed by the start of the second quarter. Overhaul will see an expansion of English-accessible, Asian-themed programming, though some existing programs, such as news broadcasts and dramas in Asian languages, will remain.
* * *AIM Tell-A-Vision, the force behind syndicated programs “American Latino TV” and “Latin Fuze,” has launched inhouse TV distrib arm AIM Tell-A-Vision Distribution. Company’s bicoastal offices will be headed by prexy Ernest Cartwright in Los Angeles.
* * *Chameleon Entertainment CEO Damon Harman has joined forces with veteran ad helmer-producer Jonathan Nixon to relaunch Point of View Films. The commercial/musicvideo production company has signed indie helmer Ryan Craig for musicvid projects.
* * *New York-based animation production company and facility Noodlesoup Prods. will launch an original content division, Noodlesoup Entertainment, to produce animated features and television programs. Jeffrey Nodelman, animation director and founder of company, will serve as chief creative officer. Nathan Graf, previously chief operating officer of Noodlesoup, will become CEO.
* * *The Globe of America Academy and the Queen Mary in Long Beach have joined forces to offer acting classes and professional Shakespeare productions on the famed ship. Outdated machinery in the boiler room has been removed to make space for a legit stage being called the Cauldron. Classes include stage combat, mask & mime, dialects and circus techniques. A youth theater company begins in the spring.