Ari Brown Joins UTA ​​as Production Arts Agent


Ari Brown joined UTA as an agent in the Production Arts division. She will be based in Los Angeles and will report to partner and head of production arts, Pete Franciosa.

“Ari has championed artists throughout her career, and her passionate and inclusive approach to representing artisans makes her an invaluable asset to UTA and our clients,” Franciosa said. “She is a driving force in our field and we are delighted to welcome her to the team.”

Brown joins UTA ​​from APA, where she was an agent in its physical production department. She began her career at the first camera house Keslow Camera, where she worked with respected cinematographers during her four years as an assistant to the management team.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of Brown’s work. She was instrumental in establishing the Americas division of the HUE List, launched by SPORAS founder Joel Honeywell, which serves as the global go-to resource for the UK DP’s directory of personnel below the line. BIPOC. Additionally, his personal roster is mostly made up of people of color and women, including cinematographer Alan Gwizdowski, costume designers Rahimah Yoba and Allyson Fanger, production designers Davon Johnson and Mboni Maumba (The Chef), among others. .

Warner Bros. shares trailer for ‘House Party,’ a movie co-produced by LeBron James

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the official trailer for “House Party,” a steamy and quirky comedy adventure co-produced by basketball legend LeBron James.

Featuring actors Jacob Latimore and Tosin Cole, the trailer previews the hilarity and mayhem to come in the upcoming release, including a scene where the duo reunite at James’ house, talking to a hologram that the athlete created to shower him. words of affirmation.

“He got a hologram of himself, just to compliment him?” Latimore jokes in the trailer.

The feature is a remake of a 1990 comedy with the same title, although the plot has been adapted for a new, modern audience. Unlike the two leads who are high school kids looking for a fun night out, Latimore and Cole play two budding club promoters who decide to throw a big party to distract themselves from their financial troubles after being fired from their jobs as day as housekeepers.

The feature is directed by Calmatic, who frequently make music videos for popular artists like Pharrell Williams, Lil Nas X, and Jhené Aiko. Jamal Olori and Stephen Glover, younger brother of multi-talented performer Donald Glover, wrote the screenplay, having previously worked together on the show “Atlanta.” Executive producers include Warrington Hudlin, Spencer Beighley, Jamal Henderson and Reginald Hudlin, the director and screenwriter of the original “House Party.”

Filled with cameos, R-rated humor and a soundtrack that features an original 2 Chainz song, the film’s exclusive release is not to be missed – only in theaters on January 13th.

Watch the trailer below.

Make-up Artists & Hairstylists Guild Awards Announce Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees

The Lifetime Achievement Award nominees have been announced for the 10th Annual Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards, presented by HASK® Beauty, announced October 17 by IATSE Local 706 President Julie Socash. The awards gala will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will also be broadcast to a global and inclusive audience.

The Lifetime Achievement nominees for makeup are John Caglione, Jr., Kenneth Chase, Steve La Porte, Ronnie Specter and Brad Wilder.

Hairstyle nominees are Judy Alexander Cory, Alan D’Angerio, Lola Kemp, Josée Normand and Peter Tothpal.

The MUAHS Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a makeup artist and hairstylist for their outstanding contributions to the film, television and theatrical entertainment industry. Lifetime Achievement Award recipients will be announced on November 14 and will be honored at the gala.

Gravitas Ventures acquires North American rights to “Shut Eye”

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to director Tom Levesque’s “Shut Eye.” The New Zealand drama centers on a social outcast who befriends an ASMR streamer in a bid to cure his insomnia. The film is slated for a VOD release on November 22.

“Inspired by my own journey, the core of ‘Shut Eye’ is about self-acceptance – the good, the bad, and everything in between. We are thrilled to be working with Gravitas Ventures to share the film with the North American audiences. After our premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival, it was great to see how the film connected with people, bringing a fresh perspective to topical yet timeless themes,” said Levesque said.

Levesque also wrote the film, which stars Millie Van Kol, Sarah May, Amber Liberté and Liam D’Souza. The film is produced by Eva Trebilco and is a Lumin Productions production. Nick Royak negotiated the deal on behalf of Gravitas Ventures. The film had its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival and will premiere at Berlin’s Festival Down Under later this month.


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