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Publicists Guild Nominations Announced

21 December 2010 2:04 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Publicists Guild has announced its 48th annual award nominees in four categories.

For the Les Mason Lifetime Achievement Award, the nominees are Jennifer Allen of Viewpoint Inc.; Tony Angellotti of the Angellotti Co.; unit publicist Rob Harris; Michael Singer of Jerry Bruckheimer Films; and Murray Weissman of Weissman/Markovitz Communications.

For the Press Award, the nominees are Geoff Boucher and Claudia Eller of the Los Angeles Times; Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly; Tom O'Neil of Gold Derby; and Sharon Waxman of the Wrap.

For the International Media Award, it's down to Philip Berk of Australia/Malaysia; Jose Ignacio Cuenca of Spain; Elaine Lipworth and James White of the U.K.; and Stevie Wong of Asia.

For excellence in unit still photography in motion pictures, the finalists are Frank Masi, Jamie Trueblood, Darren Michaels, Barry Wetcher and Michael Yarish. In the TV category, nominees are Michael Desmond, Danny Feld, Ron Jaffe, »

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Film Department no longer going public

4 August 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Film Department, the indie production and distribution company which Mark Gill and Neil Sacker founded in 2007, no longer plans to go public.

The company said Wednesday that it has withdrawn its registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that it is negotiating with private investors to raise $200 million in equity and debt that will be used to finance the production and distribution of five to 10 films per year.

In charting the new course, the company cited several developments: It has signed a U.S. home entertainment deal with Fox, and it has an output deal, through the Weinstein Co., with Showtime.

The Film Department said that it's improved its financial position over the past 12 months by more than $75 million, by paying off more than $60 million in debt and raising $15 million in additional private equity. In that same period the company has also generated more than »

- By Gregg Kilday

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