UTA announced three key hires in its Production Arts division: New York-based Fatima Wilson, Los Angeles-based Tanisha Whiting, and London-based Georgina Wahed. All three will report to partner and head of artistic productions, Pete Franciosa.
The arrival of Wilson and Whiting marks a new area of focus for Production Arts: the representation of choreographers working for television, film, live events and commercials. Both come from dance-focused agency Bloc Talent and will expand the choreography and dance roster in the production arts at UTA.
Whiting returns to UTA after beginning his career in the company’s mailroom. Her recent work as Vice President and Partner of Bloc Talent Agency included developing new talent, as well as placing her clients in projects related to Kendrick Lamar, Usher and Jennifer Lopez.
Wilson was most recently head of choreography, publicity and dance at the Bloc agency’s New York office, where she focused on providing choreographers and dancers for film, television, events live and commercials. She has placed clients on tour with artists such as Lizzo, Beyonce, Cardi B, Rihanna and more.
Wahed joins Production Arts in London, where she will focus on clients working in television and film. She brings a wealth of experience, including starting her career as a production assistant on the set of ‘Harry Potter’ and working at Liverpool Football Club where she negotiated deals with some of the biggest brands in the world. She recently worked in talent management in the UK.
The Gotham Awards will honor the late actor Sidney Poitier with Icon Tribute
The Gotham Film & Media Institute has announced that the late Oscar-winning filmmaker, activist and actor Sidney Poitier will posthumously receive the Icon Tribute at the 32nd Annual Gotham Awards on Monday, November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
The announcement of this year’s Icon Tribute follows the release of the critically acclaimed documentary film ‘Sidney’, which had its world premiere in a gala presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival and is released on Apple TV+ in September. The documentary has since won Best Biographical Documentary at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards.
The Gotham Awards Advisory Board has launched the Gotham Icon Tribute in 2021, seeking to draw attention to the boldness, artistry and impact of a filmmaker from a historically excluded community whose work has not been previously recognized by the organization. Playwright and filmmaker Kathleen Collins received the tribute last year.
Poitier’s Gotham Icon Tribute will be presented by “Devotion” actor Jonathan Majors, along with “Sidney” director Reginald Hudlin and producer Derik Murray, to members of the Poitier family.
“Punk Rock Vegan Movie” will open the 29th Slamdance Film Festival
The 29th Slamdance Film Festival has announced the festival’s opening night film, “Punk Rock Vegan Movie,” directed by Moby, and a new partnership with the University of Utah for the first in-person presentation of the Unstoppable program. .
The film follows the relationship between the worlds of punk rock and animal rights, with interviews with Ian Mackaye, HR, Dave Navarro, Ray Cappo, Steve Ignorant and Captain Sensible.
“‘Punk Rock Vegan Movie’ was created to highlight the surprising and inspiring history of punk rock and animal rights, but also to remind people of the importance and desperate urgency of embracing the ethics and the uncompromising actions of the original punk rock activist,” Moby said in a statement about his directorial debut.
“After its world premiere at Slamdance, it’s up to you,” the rocker continued, announcing his plans to release the film for free. “My goal is to give the film away, because I can’t in good conscience try to enjoy what is essentially a labor of love and activism.”
Programming for the Unstoppable 2023 program includes features and shorts from various genres from creators with visible and non-visible disabilities, as well as filmmaker panels and Q&As. The program is free and open to the public, from January 23 to 25.
The 2023 Slamdance Film Festival will take place in person from January 20-26 and online on the Slamdance Channel from January 23-29.
Critics Choice Documentary Award Winners Announced
The Critics Choice Association announced the winners of the seventh annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards at a gala in New York on Sunday, November 13. “Good Night Oppy” won five trophies in all, including the top prize of the night – Gold for Best Documentary Feature.
Read below for the full list of winners:
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Gold: “Goodnight Oppy” (Amazon Studios)
Silver: “Fire of Love” (National Geographic Documentary Films/Neon)
Bronze: “Navalny” (HBO Max/CNN Films/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ryan White – “Goodnight Oppy” (Amazon Studios)
BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY FILM
David Siev – “Bad Axe” (IFC Films)
The Cinematography Team – “Our Great National Parks” (Netflix)
Brett Morgen – “Moonage Daydream” (Neon/HBO Documentary Films)
Blake Neely – “Goodnight Oppy” (Amazon Studios)
“Goodnight Oppy” (Amazon Studios)
Written by Helen Kearns, Ryan White
Performed by Angela Bassett
BEST ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTARY
“Fire of Love” (National Geographic Documentary Films/Neon)
BEST HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY
“Sidney” (Apple TV+)
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
“The Beatles: Come Back” (Disney+)
BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY
“Navalny” (HBO Max/CNN Films/Warner Bros. Pictures)
BEST SCIENCE/NATURE DOCUMENTARY
“Goodnight Oppy” (Amazon Studios)
BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY (TIE)
“Citizen Ashe” (HBO Max/CNN Films)
“Welcome to Wrexham” (FX)
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
“Noxious Bear” (The New Yorker Studios)
BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES
“The Beatles: Come Back” (Disney+)
BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES
“30 for 30” (ESPN)
Patton Oswalt to Host MPSE Golden Reel Awards
The Motion Picture Sound Editors has announced that actor, comedian and author Patton Oswalt will host the 70th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing, the Golden Reel Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles.
“Like other below-the-line crafts, sound editing doesn’t get the praise and recognition it deserves,” Oswalt said. “Sound editors use their creativity to bring entire worlds to life. It is the sound, more than anything else, that immerses the viewer in the story. Sound editors are so essential to any completed project that I am happy to celebrate them at this 70th Annual Golden Reel Awards.
The upcoming Golden Reel Awards will be the first live ceremony in three years. The ceremony will include surprise guests and features as the entertainment industry’s leading sound organization celebrates its 70th year by recognizing the outstanding creative achievements of those who practice the craft.
13th Annual Hollywood Music In Media Award Winners Announced
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards presented their HMMA honorees during their 13th annual awards ceremony at the Avalon on Wednesday, November 16. HMMAs honor composers, songwriters and music supervisors for their work in music for film, television and video games.
Read the full list of winners below:
SCORE – FEATURE FILM
SCORE – ANIMATED FILM
SCORE – SCI-FI MOVIE
SCORE – FANTASTIC MOVIE
SCORE – HORROR/THRILLER FILM
SCORE – DOCUMENTARY
SCORE – INDEPENDENT FILM
SCORE – INDEPENDENT FILM (FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
SONG – FEATURE FILM
“Lift Me Up” from “BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER”. Written by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson. Performed by Rihanna.
SONG – ANIMATED FILM
SONG – DOCUMENTARY FILM
SONG – INDEPENDENT FILM
SONG – ON-SCREEN PERFORMANCE
MUSICAL, BIOPIC OR MUSICAL THEMED FILM
MUSIC DOCUMENTARY/SPECIAL PROGRAM
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