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Film Panels at Afm!

The 2009 American Film Market today announced its schedule of seminars and conferences to be held between Nov. 4 and 11. Celebrating its 30th year, the Afm will showcase panels on film financing opportunities, local and international distribution trends, marketing strategies and digital technologies. The sessions will include film executives, producers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers and attorneys. This year’s seminars and conferences will include the annual “Afm Finance Conference” on Friday, Nov. 6; “Pitch Me!” on Saturday, Nov. 7; “No Direction Home – Changing Indie Distribution Strategies” on Sunday, Nov. 8; “Writing for the Genre World” on Monday, Nov. 9; “Case Study: How to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas” on Monday, Nov. 9; and “The New Hollywood Movie Studio, New Media and Social Networking” on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Programming the seminars and conferences will be the American Society of Cinematographers, British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles, Directors Guild of America, Film Independent, Hong Kong Trade Development Council,
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SOC goes 'Wild' for Jouffret

Jacques Jouffret was recognized for his work on Into the Wild on Saturday when he won the Society of Camera Operators' award for Camera Operator of the Year in feature film at the SOC Lifetime Achievement and Camera Operator of the Year Awards presentation.

The SOC also presented director of photography Robert Primes with the Society's President's Award for lifetime achievement in the industry and dedication to the SOC at the ceremony, held at the Goldenson Theater of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences,

Primes won Emmys in 1995 for Antonia and in 1999 for Felicity. He won an American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Award in 2002 for MDs.

The SOC board of governors award for lifetime achievement in the service of the motion picture industry was presented to industry visionary and Panavision vp Joe Dunton.

Mitch Dubin, whose credits include Munich and Jerry Maguire, was honored for lifetime achievement in camera operating.

The SOC held a memorial tribute to Scott Rathner, whose credits include "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal" and The Spiderwick Chronicles, for his lifetime achievement as a camera technician.

Echevarria set for Par return

Writer-producer Rene Echevarria has inked a two-year overall deal with Paramount Network Television. As part of the pact, said to be in the seven-figure range, Echevarria will join Medium, the studio's midseason drama for NBC, while also developing other projects for the studio. On Medium, a co-production with Grammnet Prods. and Picturemaker Prods., Echevarria will serve as executive producer alongside creator Glenn Gordon Caron, Kelsey Grammer and Steve Stark. The project stars Patricia Arquette as a suburban mom who uses her psychic powers to solve crimes. The deal marks Echevarria's return to the Paramount fold, where he started his writing career on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It also reunites Echevarria with Caron, with whom he worked on Now and Again, Caron's acclaimed but short-lived drama series for CBS and Paramount. Echevarria most recently had a two-year deal with Touchstone and served as an executive producer on MDs, the studio's short-lived medical drama for ABC. Echevarria's resume also includes exec producing duties on Fox's Dark Angel and USA Network's 4400. He is repped by Endeavor and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.

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