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Kees van Oostrum Re-Elected President of American Society of Cinematographers

The board of governors of the American Society of Cinematographers has re-elected Kees van Oostrum to a second term as president of the organization.

The Amsterdam native was elected a year ago to a one-year term, succeeding Richard Crudo. The organization, now in its 98th year, has 370-plus active members and 200 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry. Membership is by invitation only.

The Asc board also elected officers for the 2017-2018 term, including Bill Bennett, John Simmons, and Cynthia Pusheck as vice presidents; Levie Isaacks as treasurer; David Darby as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms.

“As an organization, we are focused on education, international outreach, diversity, and preservation of our heritage,” van Oostrum said. “Over the past year, we expanded our Master Class program internationally to Toronto and China. We launched a Chinese version of American Cinematographer magazine.”

He also noted that the Asc is preparing for
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Kees van Oostrum re-elected Asc president

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Cinematographers guild board also votes in officers for 2017-18 term.

The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has re-elected Kees van Oostrum for a second term as president.

The Asc board met on Monday night and also voted in the officers for the 2017-18 term.

They are: Bill Bennett, John Simmons and Cynthia Pusheck as vice-presidents; Levie Isaacks as treasurer; David Darby as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms.

“As an organisation, we are focused on education, international outreach, diversity and preservation of our heritage,” van Oostrum said. “Over the past year, we expanded our Master Class programme internationally to Toronto and China. We launched a Chinese version of American Cinematographer magazine. We are preparing for a third International Cinematography Summit, which sees attendees from several other societies around the world.

“And our Vision Committee has many initiatives planned after presenting two very successful ‘Day of Inspiration’ events in Los Angeles and New York, which were designed
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Four Women Tapped for Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame

A quartet of pioneering women — Carmen Dillon, Patricia Norris, Dorothea Holt Redmond and Dianne Wager — .have been selected for induction into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremonies will take place at the guild’.s 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.

“These women made great strides in their craft achieving prominence despite designing in a field dominated by men,” said the guild’s Council Chairwoman Marcia Hinds. “Acknowledgement of their efforts leads to a more balanced and open guild.”

The Hall of Fame honors are are only given posthumously. There are currently 44 members.

Dillon was the first female art director in the British film industry and became the first woman to win an Oscar for set decoration in 1949 for “Hamlet.” Her film credits include “Richard III,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Browning Version,” “The Prince and the Showgirl,
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'Hell on Wheels' Season 3 moves to Saturdays on AMC

'Hell on Wheels' Season 3 moves to Saturdays on AMC
AMC is opening up a third night of original programming on Saturdays, hoping to make inroads on a night the broadcast networks have long since abandoned.

The cable channel is moving its series "Hell on Wheels" to Saturdays for Season 3, which will premiere Aug. 3. The show will be the capper for a day of western-themed programming on the network, including movies, classic TV series like "The Rifleman" and "Rawhide" and miniseries including "Lonesome Dove" and its sequel, "Return to Lonesome Dove."

"A new episode of 'Hell on Wheels' on Saturday night after a full day of western fan favorites is going to be like the saddle on top of the horse," AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier says. "This is a programmer's dream -- to have a genre-specific, 14-hour lead-in to one of your highest rated originals. We are so excited about this opportunity to entertain AMC
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AMC Expands to Saturdays with Return of ‘Hell’

AMC is expanding to a third night of original programming beginning Aug. 3 with the Saturday premiere of the third season of “Hell on Wheels.”

The cabler has typically shown off its movie roots on Saturdays, with a particular focus on Westerns, but is evolving to include in its programming that night original series “Hell,” which will air along with such newly incorporated Paramount Picture films such as “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “The Shootist.”

In addition, AMC has acquired TV series “Rawhide,” starring Clint Eastwood, which joins “The Rifleman” on Saturdays beginning April 20, and will also air miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and for the first time “Return to Lonesome Dove.”

“A new episode of ‘Hell on Wheels’ on Saturday night after a full day of western fan favorites is going to be like the saddle on top of the horse,” AMC prexy/g.m. Charlie Collier said. “This is
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Eliza Dushku heads to cable with TNT pilot

Eliza Dushku has booked her next lead role in a TV project, and it's a little more conventional than the last one.

Dushku, who last starred in Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse," has taken the lead role in a TNT pilot called "Bird Dog." She'll play a small-town cop who winds up with an unlikely new partner -- her dad.

The project comes from veteran TV writer and director Mike Robe (TNT's "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," "Return to Lonesome Dove"), Deadline reports. Dushku's character is a city girl who willingly left that life in the rear-view mirror when she moved to the Pacific Northwest to become a police officer. It's working pretty well for her until her estranged dad, an NYPD veteran, shows up and becomes her new partner.

If it's picked up, "Bird Dog" would be the first cable series for Dushku, who also starred in "Tru Calling" and logged time on two other Whedon shows,
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