COLA Awards winners announced

FilmL.A., FLICS honor California location managers

Location managers for Sony Pictures’ “Moneyball” and Fox skein “House M.D.” took home trophies at the 2011 California On Location Awards at the Millennium Biltmore hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The Brad Pitt starrer, which shot at several Golden State locations — including Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland — yielded two prizes: one to location manager S. Todd Christensen for location pro of the year, studio feature, and a second to Christensen and his staff for location team of the year, studio feature.

“House” location manager Nancy Haecker won the kudo as location pro of the year, TV episodic.

The COLA Awards honor industryites and public employees for excellence during on-location filming in California. Honorees include location pros and public officials who facilitate shooting.

The prize for location pro, indie feature, went to location manager Caleb Duffy for “The Artist,” shot largely in Los Angeles.

Other prizewinners were the location teams behind NBC’s “The Event” and indie feature “Big Sur,” Louis de Fontanes for a Jim Beam commercial and production shingle Furlined for a Chevy spot.

“Top Gear” producer Sun Never Sets Prods., a subsidiary of BBC Worldwide Prods., took home the trophy for production company of the year, reality.

Additional honors went to Michael Dinh of the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation, Steve Senet of the California Dept. of Transportation, Barry Lane of the U.S. Coast Guard, several employees of the L.A. County Sheriff’s office, and Teamsters John Brown and Mike Soleau.

The COLAs are held jointly by permitting org FilmL.A. and Film Liaisons in California Statewide, an association of film offices. Nominees are selected by film commissioners, production execs and fellow location pros.

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