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12 items from 2014

Welcome To My Media Blitz

18 September 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Hope for Film | See recent Hope for Film news »

I never had a day like yesterday.  It was the first time I ever did a full day of publicity.  I started at Columbia University talking about producing to the first year grad film students.  From there I went to HuffPostLive and Ricky C show.  Check it out:

I lingered there afterwards so I could do a Redditt Ama (ask me anything).  Read the whole thing here.  It’s pretty good Imho.

From there is was do Kcrw’s The Business with Kim Masters (stay tuned for that one). And then off to join Katherine Oliver on Bloomberg radio (I hope to have a link soon for this too).

I had never been to Bloomberg building. It was pretty impressive.

To just end the day on an up up up beat, I then got myself to Nyu to talk to the grad students at the film school.  Whew!  Exhausting. But »

- Ted Hope

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Scores Industry Tribute at 2014 Gotham Awards

30 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos will receive the industry tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the annual fete presented by the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project.

The Gotham Awards’ tribute represents the latest industry acknowledgement of the importance of digital distribution to the future of the business. Under Sarandos’ leadership, Netflix has ventured not only into original TV programming with Emmy-nominated series including “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” but also has begun to acquire feature documentaries including the Oscar-nommed “The Square.”

Sarandos’ honor will be one of four annual tributes at this year’s Gotham ceremony, which is one of the earliest events in the film-world awards derby. The slate of annual Gotham trophies also includes juried awards (including feature, documentary, actor, actress, and breakthrough actor and director) and an audience award. In prior years, films including “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild »

- Gordon Cox

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Olivia Wilde, David O. Russell, Lee Daniels Celebrate Ghetto Film School’s Spring Benefit

19 June 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Olivia Wilde, helmers David O. Russell and Lee Daniels converged at The Standard Biergarten June 18 to support the Ghetto Film School’s 10th annual spring benefit, during which several aspiring young filmmakers are presented with scholarships to further their dreams.

Russell, Daniels and Wilde took time before the dinner to speak with several former graduates of The Cinema School, which Ghetto Film School helped open in the Bronx in 2009. Board members Daniels and Russell, longtime proponents of The Ghetto Film School, visited the school and its L.A. location, respectively, leading up to the event.

“I think this is great to support youth in a beer garden. I support that,” Wilde said, kicking off the scholarship presentation. “How cool is it that Criterion gave everybody a film at their seats? I think that’s so cool. I appreciate that. Not that kids know what a DVD is anymore, like, what is this ancient thing? »

- Alexa Harrison

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Paley Center Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees

4 June 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Paley Center for Media announced Wednesday that Mitch Barns, Andy Bird, Cesar Conde, Joe Marchese, Katherine Oliver and Edward Skyler will join the Paley Center’s Board of Trustees. Cynthia López will join as an ex-officio board member.

“We are so thrilled that these media and business luminaries have agreed to lend their considerable talents and expertise to the Paley Center board,” said Maureen Reidy, prexy and CEO of The Paley Center for Media, in a statement. “Their collective experience will be invaluable to the Paley Center as we continue to grow and as the media industry evolves into new sectors, develops new technologies, and explores new emerging markets.”

The complete list of new board members:

Mitch Barns, CEO, Nielsen

Andy Bird, C.B.E. Chairman, Walt Disney International

Cesar Conde, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal

Cynthia López, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment

Joe Marchese, CEO, true[X]

Katherine Oliver, »

- Andrea Seikaly

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It's Official: Bill de Blasio Names Cynthia Lopez NYC Film Czar

18 April 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially named Cynthia Lopez as the Big Apple's new film commissioner, confirming the news first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.   Lopez, who served as executive vp and co-executive producer of American Documentary and PBS documentary series Pov, replaces Katherine Oliver as commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. Lopez is a native New Yorker with more than two decades of experience in New York City's film and television industries. At Pov, she was responsible for all aspects of development including programming, community engagement, digital strategies and overall

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- THR Staff

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Cynthia Lopez, ‘Pov’ Co-Executive Producer, Will Be New York City Film Czar

17 April 2014 5:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cynthia Lopez, an executive vice-president and co-executive producer of the PBS documentary series “Pov,” is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's choice as the city's new TV and film czar. Lopez will step in as commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, replacing Katherine Oliver who stepped down in January along with outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg. A formal announcement with the mayor is expected Friday, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. Also read: New La Film Czar Ken Ziffren Calls Runaway Production a ‘Devastating Blow to the Middle-Class’ The appointment comes more than three months after de. »

- Todd Cunningham

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Cynthia Lopez's Appointment as New York City's New Film Czar Could Help the Indie Filmmaker

17 April 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After almost four months in office, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has finally, to the relief of Hollywood, named Cynthia Lopez as the new commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. Katherine Oliver, who served in the post during former mayor Michael Bloomberg's tenure in office, stepped down in January upon Bloomberg's departure. Ever since then, the post has remained vacant. While Lopez and Oliver both come from television, the latter worked in the private sector and the former worked in the public sector. Prior to being appointed to the position of Film Czar by Bloomberg, Oliver served as General Manager for Bloomberg Television and Radio. Her background in broadcast news, along with her professional rapport with Bloomberg, which pre-dated her appointment, contributed immensely to the success of her initiatives to boost production in NYC. How then, does Lopez step into such well-made shoes? She »

- Shipra Gupta

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NYC Mayor Taps Cynthia Lopez For Film Office

17 April 2014 3:52 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped documentary filmmaker Cynthia Lopez to head the city’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. According to multiple reports, an official announcement will come Friday morning. New York has recently been on a roll with its film and television production. It successfully lured NBC’s "Tonight Show" back from Burbank. TV series such as CBS’ “The Good Wife” call the city home, and several new blockbusters shot there, including “Noah” and “The Amazing Spider Man 2.”   Still, the city’s entertainment community was uneasy that de Blasio was biding his time with an appointment for the Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s choice, Katherine Oliver, stepped down in January, leaving the crucial office leaderless.  Lopez joins the office from PBS, where she served as vice president and co-executive producer American Documentary "Pov," where she’s worked since 2000. »

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New York Mayor Names Producer Cynthia Lopez Film Czar

17 April 2014 3:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Cynthia Lopez as the city’s film czar, Variety has learned.

Lopez will take over immediately as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, replacing Katherine Oliver, who stepped down in January with outgoing mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Lopez will be introduced at a press conference with the mayor in New York on Friday morning.

She is executive vice president and co-exec producer of PBS documentary series “Pov.” Lopez joined American Documentary, the nonprofit that produces “Pov,” in 2000.

The appointment comes 3½ months after de Blasio took office – a delay long enough to rattle a local film industry that has, over the last dozen years, grown into a $7.1 billion boon to the local economy. With no new film czar immediately in place and a rumored list of candidates that prompted advocacy and opposition from all sides, Gotham film »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Gordon Cox

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NYC Mayor Names Cynthia Lopez New York Film Commissioner

17 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After a lengthy search, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped PBS Pov exec Cynthia Lopez as the new commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting. We’ve learned Lopez’s appointment will be officially announced tomorrow at a noon press conference in NYC. Her exact start date has not yet been set. Lopez will replace Katherine Oliver, who exited in December at the end of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s third and final term. With Lopez’s lack of experience in the city bureaucracy, sources tell Deadline that a key selection will be who the deputy commissioner could be in this new regime. The commission has been bullish about revitalizing the city’s film and TV production through generous tax credits and a streamlined permit process. Most recently Mayor de Blasio called Leslie Moonves, personally asking him to keep the Late Show »


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New York Mayor’s Office Closes in on Film Czar Selection Amid Backchannel Lobbying

20 March 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With no New York City film czar yet appointed some three months into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s  term, the local entertainment industry’s backchannel lobbying has grown increasingly heated — a mark of the growing apprehension of an industry that has not yet gotten any sense of the new mayor’s attitude toward the biz and how its activities might be impacted by his administration’s policies.

With the selection process said to have narrowed to a handful of names – including, some sources add,  candidates who haven’t yet surfaced publicly — the decision could be made as soon as next week, according to those with knowledge of the selection process. Chloe Drew, a former exec director of the Council of Urban Professionals, has been named the new director of the Mayor’s Office of Appointments to assist in filling the vacant commissioner posts in the administration, which has taken some »

- Gordon Cox

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New York City Film Czar Poised to Be Named by Month’s End

5 March 2014 2:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The pool of candidates for New York City’s next film commissioner is believed to have been narrowed to a handful of likely suspects, with a decision expected by the end of the month as the city’s film industry waits impatiently for new Mayor Bill de Blasio to fill the vacant slot.

Former Independent Film Project topper and Games for Change co-president Michelle Byrd is believed by many in the industry to be the frontrunner, with Julie Menin, the former chair of Community Board 1, also said to be a serious candidate for consideration. Pat Kaufman of the New York State Office for Motion Picture and Television Development and former SAG-aftra co-president Roberta Reardon are understood to have expressed interest in the post as well, while some insiders hint that there are other candidates in the running whose names have not yet emerged.

The mayor’s office declined to comment »

- Gordon Cox

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