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Paul Anderson to run ViacomCBS operations across Australia and Nz

Paul Anderson.

ViacomCBS has appointed Network 10 CEO Paul Anderson to additionally lead its operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Viacom and CBS merged in December last year, with the CBS-owned Network 10 integrated into ViacomCBS Networks International.

As executive vice president Anz, Anderson will additionally have local oversight of Viacom’s family of flagship pay TV networks – including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. – and a range of associated businesses, as well as retaining oversight of Network 10’s portfolio of free-to-air TV channels and digital platforms.

Ben Richardson, who is general manager of Viacom’s existing networks operations in Australia and New Zealand, will now report to Anderson as Gm, Svp, ViacomCBS pay networks and Network 10 business development, with a brief focused on commercialising the company’s combined assets.

Ben Richardson is now Gm Svp ViacomCBS pay networks and Network 10 business development.

ViacomCBS Networks International CEO David Lynn said:
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Screen Australia announces finalists for $30,000 VidCon pitching competition

Screen Australia has announced the five finalists who will compete in its pitching competition, Pitcher Perfect, to be held at VidCon in Melbourne this Friday.

Each creative team will send two representatives, who have five minutes to pitch their concept live on stage to a panel of judges. The winning team will receive $30,000 from Screen Australia to develop their concept.

The inaugural Pitcher Perfect judges are:

Sbs production supervisor Nicole Coventry Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason Viacom International Media Network Anz general manager and Svp Ben Richardson Warner Media director of communications Wadooah Wali

The session will be hosted by Susie Youssef and feature a performance by comedy duo Double Denim.

The finalists were selected from 93 applications, and will also receive intensive pitch training from Rosie Lourde and Jason Geary.

“Being able to do a killer ‘elevator pitch’ is an essential skill for any creative, and something we want our
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‘Cold War’ Wins American Society of Cinematographers Award

  • Variety
“Cold War” cinematographer Łukasz Żal has won the top feature award from the American Society of Cinematographers.

“Cold War,” shot in black and white, topped Alfonso Cuaron’s digital 65mm black-and-white lensing of his own “Roma,” Linus Sandgren’s multi-format work on Damien Chazelle’s moonshot drama “First Man,” Matthew Libatique for Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” and Robbie Ryan for Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.”

Zal was unable to attend the Saturday night ceremonies, now in their 33rd year. The gala took place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, with Ben Mankiewicz hosting.

Zal is also up for the Academy Award in cinematography along with Cuaron, Labitique, Ryan and Caleb Deschanel for “Never Look Away.” “Cold War,” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, is set in Poland and Paris from the late 1940s until the 1960s and follows a musical director and a young singer
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‘Roma’ and ‘Cold War’ Lead American Society of Cinematographers Nominations

  • The Wrap
Two black-and-white foreign-language films have been nominated as the best work of 2018 by the American Society of Cinematographers, which on Monday announced a slate of nominees that included Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma” and Lukasz Zal for “Cold War.”

The other three nominees in the Asc’s theatrical-film category were Matthew Libatique for “A Star Is Born,” Robbie Ryan for “The Favourite” and Linus Sandgren for “First Man.”

Missing from the list was James Laxton for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Rachel Morrison for “Black Panther,” both of whom are considered strong Oscar contenders in the cinematography category.

Last year, Morrison became the first woman ever nominated in the Asc’s feature-film category, and then the first to be nominated for the cinematography Oscar.

Also Read: How Alfonso Cuarón Brought His Memories to Life in 'Roma'

The Spotlight Award, which goes to films that may not receive wide release,
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‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Yellowstone’ Among Asc Cinematography Nominees

  • Variety
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced nominees in film and television for 2018.

Film nominees included Alfonso Cuaron’s digital 65mm black-and-white lensing of his own “Roma,” Linus Sandgren’s multi-format work on Damien Chazelle’s moonshot drama “First Man,” Matthew Libatique for Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” Robbie Ryan for Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” and Lukasz Zal for Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War.”

Cuarón became the second director ever nominated by the Asc for shooting his or her own film. Cary Joji Fukunaga was nominated in the Spotlight Award category for “Beasts of No Nation” in 2016.

Television nominees included Adriano Goldman’s elegant work on Netflix’s “The Crown,” Colin Watkinson and Zoe White’s moody execution on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Ben Richardson’s big-country visuals in Paramount’s “Yellowstone,” and Florian Hoffmeister’s lush lensing of AMC’s “The Terror.”

In the spotlight award category,
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Asc Awards Nominations: ‘Roma’, ‘A Star Is Born’ & Others Make Cinematographers’ Cut

  • Deadline
The American Society of Cinematographers has revealed the film and TV nominees for its 33rd annual Asc Awards, set for February 9 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

The marquee Theatrical Release prize certainly is an international contest, with the five nominees all hailing from different countries: Mexico’s Alfonso Cuarón for Roma, American Matthew Libatique for A Star is Born, Irishman Robbie Ryan for The Favourite, Linus Sandgren of Sweden for First Man and Poland’s Łukasz Żal for Cold War.

It’s the same story for the Spotlight Award, which recognizes cinematography in smaller features that might not receive wider theatrical release or awareness. Vying for that prize are Briton Joshua James Richards (The Rider), Georgian Giorgi Shvelidze (Namme) and Frank van den Eeden of the Netherlands (Girl).

Check out the TV nominees below.

The Asc said last month that Robert Richardson will receive its Asc Lifetime
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Alfonso Cuarón Leads Asc Cinematography Nominations for ‘Roma’

Alfonso Cuarón Leads Asc Cinematography Nominations for ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”) will compete against feature cinematographers Matthew Libatique (“A Star Is Born”), Robbie Ryan (“The Favourite”), Linus Sandgren (“First Man”), and Łukasz Żal (“Cold War”) in the 33rd annual Asc Awards. They will be held February 9 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, marking the Asc’s 100th anniversary.

However, after making history last year as the first woman Dp nominated for her work on “Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison was snubbed for Best Picture contender “Black Panther.” Also left out was previous Asc nominee James Laxton (“Moonlight”) for Barry Jenkins’ follow-up, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

For Cuarón, this marks the first time that the Asc has nominated a director in the feature category for serving as his own Dp. Previously, Cary Fukunaga (“Bond 25”) was nominated in the Spotlight category for “Beasts of No Nation,” which he both directed and shot.

In addition, “Roma” and “Cold War” mark
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Best Movies by American Directors 35 or Under, from ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Training Day’

  • Indiewire
Best Movies by American Directors 35 or Under, from ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Training Day’
Among the many impressive numbers associated with “Black Panther” is the director’s age. At just 31, Ryan Coogler has directed an historic, record-breaking blockbuster whose achievements will be studied for years by scholars and pop culture dabblers alike. He follows in the footsteps of such wunderkinds as Steven Spielberg and Orson Welles, who were respectively 28 (“Jaws”) and 25 (“Citizen Kane”) when they first helmed movies that were to become iconic cinema classics.

Coogler’s not the only young filmmaker to leave a mark at an early age in recent years. Thus, we present to you our ranking of the 25 best movies from 2000 to the present from filmmakers 35 and under. (Sorry, Jason Reitman and Xavier Dolan: you’re Canadian.) To keep the list manageable, we stuck to homegrown Americans only, and picked our favorite film from each early oeuvre. (If you disagree, feel free to share alternatives in the comments.
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‘Wind River’ Blu-ray Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, James Jordan | Written and Directed by Taylor Sheridan

Avengers co-stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen headline this snowbound mystery thriller from Taylor Sheridan, the writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water. Gripping and moving in equal measure, it’s being billed as Sheridan’s “proper” directorial debut, which probably says everything you need to know about his actual debut, the little-seen 2011 horror flick Vile.

Set in the remote Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, the film opens with a young Native American woman (Kelsey Asbille) running for her life, barefoot, in sub-zero conditions in the wintery wilderness. When she’s found, frozen to death, an autopsy reveals that she was raped, prompting the arrival of Vegas-based FBI agent Jane Banner (Olsen), who teams up with Native American sheriff Ben (Greene) to investigate.

However, Banner quickly
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‘1922’ Review: ‘The Shining’ Meets ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ in the Year’s Most Impressive Stephen King Adaptation — Fantastic Fest

‘1922’ Review: ‘The Shining’ Meets ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ in the Year’s Most Impressive Stephen King Adaptation — Fantastic Fest
The Netflix-produced “1922” has jolts of violence and sweeping period details, but in a year overrun with Stephen King adaptations, it’s also the simplest of them: “It” features a ludicrous shapeshifting clown, “The Dark Tower” is an inter-dimensional sci-fi western fantasy, and “Gerald’s Game” has kinky sex gone wrong and a giant goal. In “1922,” a guy kills his wife and feels guilty about it. That’s the gist of its premise, and while nothing groundbreaking, the story mines a degree of profundity out of the traditional supernatural thriller tropes at its core.

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As directed by Zak Hilditch (whose 2013 debut “These Final Hours” was an expressionistic apocalyptic tale), “1922” (originally a King short story) has the merits of a solid “Tales From the Crypt” or “Masters of Horror” episode, with a
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Review: "Wind River" (2017) Starring Jeremy Renner And Elizabeth Olsen

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

Until it goes off the rails, writer/director Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River" shapes up to be a compelling murder mystery. The film's opening scene shows a young woman desperately running through a remote, snowy landscapes, obviously trying to outpace whoever or whatever is pursuing her.  Ultimately, we learn her fate when Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a tracker who is assisting the police in the search for the missing girl, stumbles upon her body. Turns out she had been sexually abused prior to her death, which took place on the barren Wind River reservation for Native Americans in Wyoming. Cory has to deliver the bad news to the girl's father (Gil Birmingham), whose wife is already suffering from a mental disorder. Ironically, the victim, Natalie (Kelsey Asbille), was the best friend of Cory's own daughter, who died under tragic and unsolved circumstances a few years prior. Both
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‘Wind River’ Review

  • Nerdly
Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, James Jordan | Written and Directed by Taylor Sheridan

Avengers co-stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen headline this snowbound mystery thriller from Taylor Sheridan, the writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water. Gripping and moving in equal measure, it’s being billed as Sheridan’s “proper” directorial debut, which probably says everything you need to know about his actual debut, the little-seen 2011 horror flick Vile.

Set in the remote Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, the film opens with a young Native American woman (Kelsey Asbille) running for her life, barefoot, in sub-zero conditions in the wintery wilderness. When she’s found, frozen to death, an autopsy reveals that she was raped, prompting the arrival of Vegas-based FBI agent Jane Banner (Olsen), who teams up with Native American sheriff Ben (Greene) to investigate.
See full article at Nerdly »

Taylor Sheridan continues his strong run with “Wind River”

In short order, Taylor Sheridan has become one of the most exciting screenwriters in the business. The one two punch of Sicario and especially Hell or High Water is really just tremendous. Now, he also is a full on filmmaker as well, directing his latest script. The film is Wind River, which debuted to strong reviews at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. It hits theaters this weekend and is really top notch. It’s among the best things so far this year. Sheridan is for real folks. He’s a star and a future top tier A-list storyteller in Hollywood. The movie is a crime thriller/procedural, though as with all of Sheridan’s works, it’s about much more than initially meets the eye. For this one, the story centers on the investigation of a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation which gives the film its namesake.
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Trailer for “Wind River” continues Taylor Sheridan’s Hollywood ascent

Over the weekend, Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut Wind River took an Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Just a few days earlier, a First Trailer debuted for the flick. For fans of Sheridan as a writer, this represents a whole new ballgame. Already highly acclaimed for penning Sicario as well as the Oscar nominated script for Hell or High Water, he’s now a fully fledged filmmaker. After getting some strong notices at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie went on to Cannes and killed it there as well. Now, it get set to roll out at the end of the summer. You’ll be able to see the Trailer shortly, but first, as always, some discussion! The film is a crime thriller, though as with all of Sheridan’s works, it’s more than initially meets the eye. Here, the story centers on the investigation
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17 of Hollywood’s Top Cinematographers You Should Be Following on Instagram

(Courtesy: Kimberley French/20th Century Fox)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

One of the jobs that the general public doesn’t pay that much attention to — but probably should — is that of the cinematographer. If you think a film looks gorgeous and you’re able to get swept away by what you’re seeing on the screen, that’s all thanks to this man or woman’s work behind the scenes. Turns out, though, you can even see these folks showcase their talent on social media.

Since the role of cinematographer is often referred to as the director of photography — shortened to Dp or Dop — it only makes sense that we hone in Instagram as that’s one popular online platform dedicated specifically to photos. Let’s take a look at 16 of the cinematographers who are utilizing Instagram to showcase more of their work and giving us a glimpse of
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Sundance Review: ‘Wind River’ Finds Taylor Sheridan Stuck in the Snow

With the strongest one-two punch of first produced scripts in Hollywood the past few years, Taylor Sheridan has emerged as a distinctive voice in revitalizing tired (or all but dormant) genres. After scripting Sicario and Hell or High Water, he’s now gone fully behind the camera for his directorial debut Wind River, which blends both crime and western elements with disappointing results. Let down by muddy characterization and a choppy directorial style, the drama finally coheres in its final act to deliver the uncompromising thrills that have been Sheridan’s trademark.

After capturing the violence at the Mexican border and west Texas, this final entry into his self-proclaimed American frontier trilogy finds Sheridan in the chilly, snow-covered mountains of Wyoming. When a dead body is discovered at the vast Wind River Indian Reservation by a local U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), the FBI sends in perhaps their least-experienced agent,
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Ben Cox appointed VP and Gm at Nickelodeon

Ben Cox..

Ben Cox has been named vice president and general manager for Nickelodeon Networks Australia and New Zealand. He takes over the role from Jihee Nam, who is leaving the company at the end of January..

Cox will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Nickelodeon.s brands, including its hour subscription television networks, digital platforms, live events, recreation destinations, consumer products, local production and program sales. His appointment was announced today by Ben Richardson, sr. vice president and general manager, Viacom International Media Networks (Vimn) Australia and New Zealand, to whom Cox will report. .

Cox has spent over a decade working in subscription television, joining Nickelodeon Networks after serving as the Gm of content aggregation at Foxtel. Prior to this, he served as Foxtel.s head of channel partnerships and business development manager. He has also worked as a strategy analyst and a product manager at Austar.

Cox
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Tiff’s Instagram Shorts Festival: 8 Key 60-Second Films That Pack A Punch

Tiff’s Instagram Shorts Festival: 8 Key 60-Second Films That Pack A Punch
This year marks the inaugural Tiff x Instagram Shorts Festival, a competition open to filmmakers across the globe to have their work seen by the likes of Ava Duvernay, James Franco, and the entire Toronto International Film Festival audience. Tiff will be screening three shorts a day on their Instagram account from now until August 18th, when they will announce the winning film and the audience favorite.

“When Instagram announced they were extending their videos to 60 seconds it seemed like a great time to collaborate with them to seek out new visual storytellers from around the globe,” Tiff Digital Director Jody Sugrue told IndieWire. “We were looking for filmmakers who leveraged the platform and time constraint in different and compelling ways.”

Read More: Tiff Announces Platform Titles, Including ‘Jackie,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Daguerrotype’ and More

Of the 30 finalists, 37% are female filmmakers, the films span a diverse array of genres, and there is
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Priyanka Chopra to turn jury member for short films in Tiff

Priyanka Chopra to turn jury member for short films in Tiff
Priyanka Chopra has time and again proved her stardom as an international celebrity and now the actress is all set to turn jury member at the renowned Toronto Indian Film Festival. She will be a part of the seven member jury for the Shorts Festival section. From what we hear, this newly included Shorts section will explore the digital social networking world where participants from across the world are invited to showcase their 60 second films through their Instagram accounts. The jury will not only handpick the best to screen on each day of the 10 day festival but they will also select winners for the Judge's Choice Award as well as Fan Favourite Award categories which will be announced on August 18. Priyanka Chopra's co-judges include actor James Franco, cinematographer Ben Richardson, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Canadian writer-director Xavier Dolan, music video director and photographer Nabil Elderkin and stop-motion animation artist Rachel Ryle.
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On The Rise 2015: 15 Cinematographers To Watch

It’s that time of year again, when blockbusters start to lull, the fall festival season hasn’t quite begun, and when the movies on release tend to be slimmer pickings. That’s when we like to look to the future and the talents who’ll be shaping it, with our On The Rise season of actors, actresses, writers, directors, cinematographers and composers to watch. Having tackled actors, actresses and composers so far, we move to one of our favorite parts of the On The Rise season — the cinematographer. Arguably no position in a filmmaking team other than the director and the writer have as much impact on the finished product as the director of photography — every image that you see will be one that they were responsible for capturing, and a great DoP can make a dire movie worth the price of admission. Over the years, we’ve included people like Greig Fraser,
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