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‘Bleacher Bums’ Producer Steven Jay Rubin Forms Good Humor Literary Management

Film and television producer Steven Jay Rubin has formed Good Humor Literary Management, a full-service management company that will be a division of his production company, Fast Carrier Pictures.

Emphasizing that he will represent all genres, Rubin says, “For the last two years, we have been developing a huge comedy slate of films and television shows, and our intention is to be a strong comedy force in Hollywood at a time when we have to get the world to start laughing again. However, we also represent some strong drama projects in the horror, sci-fi, thriller, western and action arena.”

Rubin began his career in producing at Showtime and will begin with a client lineup that includes writer and director David Lee Miller (“My Suicide”), Billy Riback (“Home Improvement”), William Malone (“House on Haunted Hill”), Frank Arno and Ray Ferrente (“Martin the Peacemaker”), Laszlo Klima (“Greed Street”), Stephen Jared (“Time Heroes”), Slava Kirillov (“The Big One”), and Mike Calog (“The Cage”).

Hidden Empire Film Hires New COO and President, Production and Music

Quincy Newell has been hired as the new Chief Operating Officer at Hidden Empire Film. Omar Joseph joins the company as President, Production and Music. Both will report to company co-founders, Deon Taylor and Roxanne Avent Taylor.

“Quincy is a veteran and trusted leader who consistently delivers success,” said co-founder Deon Taylor. “He is highly qualified to expand the visibility and depth of Hidden Empire Film Group as we continue to build ourselves as a preeminent media company. I have tremendous confidence in his leadership and it is a privilege to have him in our family.”

“I’ve been a fan of Deon and Roxanne’s for many years and it is an honor to finally join them at Hidden Empire Film Group,” said COO Quincy Newell. “The company they have built over the years is remarkable and it is a privilege to collaborate and tell exciting and compelling stories. This is the start of an incredible journey.”

Prior to his new role, Newell launched the boutique content production and distribution company TwentyOne14 Media. He is also a licensed California attorney. Newell will continue in his role as CEO of TwentyOne14 Media under this arrangement.

Joseph will oversee the company’s slate of projects from development to exhibition and distribution as well as oversee all music-related elements with a focus to create progressive content that brings a fresh voice for all audiences.

“Omar has been with us since the beginning and quickly moved up the ranks. I can’t think of anyone better to have as our President, Production and Music than him,” said co-founder Roxanne Avent Taylor. “He has had his hand in all facets of the company, from the script development and conceptualization to marketing and releasing the final products. His keen eye for the business makes him a true asset to HEFG and we look forward to seeing him continue to shine in years to come.”

“From the beginning, Deon and Roxanne set goals for us to accomplish the impossible through our passion of film and TV production. As we continue to climb and grow in the space of entertainment, I couldn’t be more proud and excited to take on this position as President, Production and Music,” said Omar Joseph. “It means the world to me to work with this fantastic team and to be a part of the forward planning for our company’s success. We have many great productions in the pipeline that I can’t wait to share with our audiences in the coming years.”

Wed. March. 24

Anthony Anderson to Host the 8th Annual Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Anthony Anderson, star and executive producer of ABC’s multi-award-nominated sitcom “black-ish,” will host the 8th Annual Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) Awards.

The reimagined awards gala, honoring outstanding achievements of both make-up artists and hairstylists in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater, will be held virtually on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

As previously announced, Eddie Murphy will be honored with the Distinguished Artisan Award, presented by Arsenio Hall, star of Murphy’s recently released movie Coming 2 America.

Anthony Anderson, best known for his iconic roles on television and in movies, has received many accolades throughout his career including six consecutive Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series,” two Golden Globe nominations and three Critics Choice nominations for his popular role in “black-ish.” Anderson is currently hosting his sixth season of the ABC game show “To Tell the Truth.” In addition, he is producing “grown-ish” for Freeform and “mixed-ish” for ABC, both “black-ish” spin offs, and executive producing “Road Trippin’” which airs on SnapChat.

As previously announced, Matthew Mungle, Oscar and Emmy winning make-up artist, will receive the 2021 MUAHS Lifetime Achievement Award for MakeUp, presented by eight-time Oscar Award nominee Glenn Close. Both Mungle and Close are Oscar nominees for this year’s Academy Awards for “Hillbilly Elegy” – Close for her role as supporting actress, and Mungle for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Emmy-winning hairstylist Terry Baliel, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Hair Styling, presented by Oscar-nominated actress Scarlett Johansson, who worked with Terry on “Jojo Rabbit.”

Additional presenters include Jennifer Garner (“Yes Day”), Judith Light (“The Politician”), Ming-Na Wen (“The Mandalorian”), Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”), Cheryl Burke (“Dancing with the Stars)”, Temuera Morrison (“The Mandalorian”), Doug Jones (“Star Trek: Discovery”), A.J. Buckley (“SEAL Team”), and Michael Cohen (“Henry Danger”) among others

Gunpowder and Sky Inks Two-year First-look Deal With HBO Max And HBO

Gunpowder & Sky has signed a two-year deal with HBO Max and HBO with a first look at the studio’s rapidly-expanding library of documentaries and docuseries.

With the release of “69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez” and Lil Peep’s “Everybody’s Everything,” Gunpowder & Sky is quickly becoming the go-to studio for stories about larger-than-life musicians, undeniable social issues overtaking the globe, and personalities pushing our culture.

The independent studio  creates and distributes films, series, short form content and podcasts. From Werner Herzog covering the end of the universe in “Last Exit: Space,” to a 24-year old’s unlikely run for Amarillo city council in Kid Candidate, to Bill Ackman’s crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history in Betting on Zero, and down through the underground world of street art in Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” Gunpowder & Sky’s docustyle content tackles societal concerns in new and entertaining ways.

Since its inception in 2016, Gunpowder & Sky has released more than 30 feature films and series, more than 750 short films in theatres, on TVOD and on leading services such as HBO, Netflix, MTV, Hulu, Sky, Showtime, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, Quibi, Audible and Discovery, has premiered four podcast series and has launched a global IP and talent incubator fostering emerging, diverse and underrepresented voices.

With a collective audience of more than 65M monthly unique viewers, Gunpowder & Sky also owns and operates content brands that include DUST, the number one free sci-fi channel; ALTER, a leading horror brand, and CUT, an unscripted & comedy brand. With offices in Los Angeles and New York, Gunpowder & Sky was founded by Van Toffler and Floris Bauer, in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T.

Tues. March 23

Ted Hope To Co-lead New Entertainment And Creative Industries Program At ASU

Ted Hope, the former Co-Head at Amazon Movies, will join Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management as the marquee professor of practice in the new Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management in the Creative Industries (MGCI).

Powered by Thunderbird, the MGCI is a collaborative effort between two ASU colleges, linked together through The Sidney Poitier New American Film School.

Starting with the 2021 fall semester, Hope will co-teach the lead-off class of the MGCI, and will teach experienced professionals in Thunderbird Executive Education courses and in select undergraduate courses in The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, which is a part of a separate ASU college, The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Additionally, Hope will spearhead a burgeoning ASU Film Spark Global Vision Lab, which is being designed to spur tomorrow’s business and content innovations while fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive industry workforce.

“The evolution of the creative industries continues to move on a seismic scale, requiring new outlooks, practices and processes, and on an increasingly more urgent basis,” said Hope. “The various creative communities I have been fortunate to be part of over these three decades in the film business have guided and mentored me in profound ways, inspiring me to do the same for others. Thunderbird, Herberger Institute, ASU and I share the same mission to not just always be learning and innovating but to make sure we measure ourselves on how inclusive we can be. Big change is coming and we are all going to be better prepared for it. I thought I had big ideas, but Thunderbird’s dwarf mine, yet together I think we will spark a bonfire of opportunity. Watch this space.”

World Soundtrack Academy Establishes New Rules for Eligibility

The World Soundtrack Academy, the premier organization preserving and celebrating the art of film music, has announced rule changes for World Soundtrack Awards eligibility. Most importantly, scores for feature-length documentary films will from now on be eligible for the WSAwards for Film Composer of the Year, Discovery of the Year and the Public Choice Award.

From WSA2021 on, scores for documentaries will be up for the awards for Film Composer of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Best Original Song, Best Original Score for a Belgian Production and the Public Choice Award. Distinctions – whether between actor and actress, comedy and drama, or documentary and fiction – seem increasingly arbitrary. Petite fille, a documentary by Sébastien Lifshitz won the 2020 Grand Prix for Best Film at Film Fest Ghent, the host of the WSAwards. It proved the perfect catalyst for the WSAcademy to confirm the rule change.

Further acknowledging evolutions in composing and writing music for screen, the WSAcademy also makes TV series eligible for the category Best Original Song. Since 2016, the World Soundtrack Awards honour the Television Composer of the Year. The eligibility of TV series for Best Original Song is the logical next step in confirming the varied work of composers and lyricists for screen.

Film Fest Ghent programme director Wim De Witte said, “In recent years, we have noticed that soundtracks have become an increasingly important part of documentary filmmaking. In portraying real world situations, filmmakers use music to set the tone and rhythm of their film whilst at the same time ensuring it does not disrupt the emotional involvement of the spectator. This is a delicate balance and crucial for the authenticity of the film. Therefore, after twenty years focusing solely on fiction films, we are pleased to announce the scope of the World Soundtrack Awards will be broadened to include documentary filmmaking. This will enable us to recognize the magnificent work done by composers in this area.”

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry, scores for films which premiered on a streaming TV service that commissions original content will also be eligible. Members of the World Soundtrack Academy will be able to submit composers and songs for consideration in the categories Film Composer of the Year, Television Composer of the Year and Best Original Song via http://www.worldsoundtrackawards.com.

The finalized lists of eligible composers and songs are approved by the WSA Advisory Board.