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Location Pros for ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Taken 3’ Are Among COLA Winners

California On Location Awards honor location managers, producers and public employees who facilitate filming

In what must be its earliest win of the awards season, the Christopher Nolan space saga “Interstellar,” this week’s global box office champ, and its assistant location manager, Justin Harrold, took the COLA honor in the category of assistant location manager of the year – feature motion pictures.

Taken 3,” slated for 2015, scored a pre-release award for location manager Robin Citrin and her team in the category of location team of the year – independent motion picture.

The trophies were bestowed as location pros gathered at the Beverly Hilton on Nov. 9 for the 20th annual California On-Locations Awards, which honor location professionals, production companies and public employees for excellence while working on location in the state of California.

The complete list of winners:

Location Professional of the Year Studio Feature Motion Picture
Patrick Mignano, Location Manager
“American Sniper”

Location Professional of the Year Independent Motion Picture
Gregory Alpert, Location Manager
“Burying the Ex”

Location Professional of the Year Episodic Television, Full Season
Scott Poole, Location Manager
“Mad Men”

Location Professional of the Year Episodic Television, Single Episode
Peter Martorano, Location Manager
“Beverly Hills Cop”

Location Professional of the Year Still Photography
Peter McClafferty
“Hitchcock”

Location Professional of the Year Music Video,
Jason Wisch, Location Manager
“Happy”

Location Professional of the Year Reality Television
Andrew Harrison. Location Manager
“American Dream Builders”

Location Professional of the Year TV Commercials
Patrick Riley. Location Manager
“Mercedes Benz”

Assistant Location Manager of the Year Television
Marc Meeks
“The Mindy Project”
Open for Business Productions, NBC on Fox

Assistant Location Manager of the Year Feature Motion Pictures
Justin Harrold
Interstellar
Warner Bros.

Location Team of the Year Studio Feature Motion Picture
Paramount Pictures
“The Gambler”
Chris Baugh, Location Manager
Mike Betz, Key Assistant Location Manager
Justin Harrold, Key Assistant Location Manager
David Park, Key Assistant Location Manager
Michael Soleau, Key Assistant Location Manager
Keomanee Villaythong, Key Assistant Location Manager
Sophia Ochoa, Assistant Location Manager

Location Team of the Year Independent Feature Motion Picture
Taken 3 Inc.
“Taken 3”
Robin Citrin, Location Manager
Lori Russell, Key Assistant Location Manager
Robert Paulsen, Key Assistant Location Manager
Ron Haynes, Key Assistant Location Manager
Michael Glaser, Key Assistant Location Manager
Justin Harrold, Key Assistant Location Manager
Sophia Ochoa, Assistant Location Manager
Shelly Armstrong, Location Department Coordinator

Location Team of the Year Episodic Television, Full Season
ABC Studios
“Criminal Minds”
Jeffrey T. Spellman, Location Manager
Walter Roshetski, Location Manager
Tada Chae, Key Assistant Location Manager
Phill Kane, Key Assistant Location Manager
Jodi Leininger, Key Assistant Location Manager
Leslie Morrow, Key Assistant Location Manager
Kristina Santoro, Key Assistant Location Manager
Gary Watt, Location Scout
David Van Dam, Set Assistant Locatioon Manager

Location Team of the Year Episodic Television, Single Episode
ABC Studios
“Criminal Minds”
Jeffrey T. Spellman, Location Manager
Walter Roshetski, Location Manager
Phill Kane, Key Assistant Location Manager
Jodi Leininger, KeyAssistant Location Manager
Leslie Morrow, Key Assistant Location Manager
Gary Watt, Location Scout
David Van Dam, Set Assistant Location Manager

Location Team of the Year Television Commercials
Chelsea Pictures
“Maserati”
Jonathan Gordon, Location Manager
Justin Besemer, Location Manager
Greg Lazzaro, Location Scout

Public Employee of the Year Federal
Charlie Whitman
National Park Service

Public Employee of the Year State
Rhonda Weber
Caltrans

Public Employee of the Year County
Curtis Markloff
San Bernardino County Fire

Public Employee of the Year City
Cindy Shamban
City of San Francisco

For 20 years COLA has saluted location managers, assistant location managers and location teams in various film genres, plus public employees, for their efforts to facilitate local filming. Recipients this year were chosen by a panel of 14 judges.

The assistant location manager awards are sponsored and presented by the Hollywood Teamsters 399, the union representing location managers.

The public employee awards are presented in recognition of the fact that cooperation with government officials can be vital to a production’s success when filming on location. These honors are presented to individuals in federal, state, county and city jurisdictions.

To date, COLA has bestowed more than 200 honors. COLA is a project of Film Liaisons in California, Statewide (FLICS), a group that promotes and and seeks to facilitate in-state filming.

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