Partner News 8/27/21

Posted by on September 01, 2021

Check out what our partners have been up to this week of 8/20/21!

Restoring the Future: Building a More Abundant Media Arts System Through Restorative Values Practices

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For over a year, an informal yet tightly knit group of allied organizations — all artist support nonprofits with a mission toward equity and justice and the uplift of artists from historically marginalized communities — has been meeting virtually to develop strategies for deep and sustained reform. And NALIP is one of them.

Learn more and read the full report on

Nic Novicki Presents a Night of Comedy!

Join Nick Novicki on Sunday August 29th, 2021 in Burbank for "A Night of Comedy"! The comedy show will benefit The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge and will feature an outstanding cast of comics! 

Learn more and get your tickets HERE

Nickelodeon Animation Studio is Looking for a Line Producer for upcoming Feature!

Nickelodeon is looking for someone with the following skills:

 A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a line producer on animated feature for
major animation studio(s). 

Must work well within deadlines and under pressure.

 Excellent communication skills.

Learn more and apply HERE

 37th Edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications taking place September 23 to October 2, 2021 in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), presented annually by Visual Communications (VC), today announced the first set of films that will screen as part of the 37th edition of the Festival, which will be a hybrid event taking place virtually and in person at select cinemas in the Los Angeles area from September 23 to October 2, 2021. The Festival will open on Thursday, September 23 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center’s Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles with the Los Angeles premiere of Ann Kaneko’s MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST, a poetic look at the unexpected alliance formed by Native Americans, Japanese American WWII incarcerees, and environmentalists to defend their land and water from Los Angeles. 

LAAPFF will announce its full lineup on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Ticketing for the general public will be available starting Monday, September 13, 2021 at 12:00pm PT.

For program information, please visit Media accreditation for the 2021 edition of the festival is now open and available here.

MACRO Partners with Beats to Help HBCU Students Achieve Dreams of Being in Hollywood

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MACRO and Beats will offer current students and recent alumni of four Historically Black Colleges & Universities in Atlanta the opportunity to pitch their passion film project to top Hollywood executives. Beats is partnering with MACRO to evaluate and provide constructive feedback to three finalist teams on their big idea for the next great film.

Read more here.

Wyatt Cenac Inks Overall Cross-Studio Deal With Warner Bros. Animation & Cartoon Network Studios

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Wyatt Cenac is expanding his relationship with Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Network Studios with an exclusive, multiyear cross-studio overall deal. Under the pact, Wyatt Cenac will develop and produce original animated programming at both WBA and CNS for a variety of audiences including preschool, kids, adult and family/co-viewing across all WarnerMedia platforms, as well as external outlets and services.

Read more here.

Comcast & ViacomCBS To Launch Joint Streamer SkyShowtime In 20 European Markets

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Comcast and ViacomCBS have announced the next phase of their expected joint streaming venture into international markets in the form of SkyShowtime, which is looking to roll out in 20 European territories in 2022.

The platform will host 10,000+ hours of content including titles from Showtime, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Paramount+ Originals, Sky Studios, Universal Pictures, and Peacock.

Read more here.

Sony Pictures Classics’ Sundance Acquisition ‘Jockey’ Sets Year-End Release

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The winner of the Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Special Jury award, Jockey, will hit New York and LA theaters on Dec. 29. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film out of the Park City, Utah festival. The movie will expand across the country following its exclusive debut.

Directed by Clint Bentley and written by Bentley and Greg Kwedar, the film also stars Molly Parker, Moises Arias, Logan Cormier, and Colleen Hartnett.

Read more here.

Netflix Drops ‘Dear White People’ Musical Final Season Trailer (TV News Roundup)

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Netflix released a trailer for “Dear White People: Vol. 4,” the musical's final season premiering Sept. 22. It reveals that at least a portion of the season will take place in the future, while the rest will be set during the usual group’s senior year.

Read more here.

How Hollywood is Trying to Mentor a Future Generation of Artists Through the Academy’s Gold Rising Program

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to provide guidance through its Academy Gold Rising program, which completed its fifth year of over 100 entertainment enhancement and mentorship for students and young professionals.

All Gold Rising internships through this year’s 25 partner companies are paid, and Production Track students receive stipends. Some of their partners included AMC Networks, CAA, Paramount Pictures and Warner Media.

Read more here.

‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ Star Max Harwood Says Outfest Premiere Was ‘Absolutely a Dream’

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Outfest, the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ film festival, kicked off its opening night joyously with the premiere of “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” the film adaptation of the West End show.The film’s star, Max Harwood, said having its premiere at Outfest is a dream come true. 

Read more here.

Directors Guild of America Sets Key Dates for 2022 Awards

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The Directors Guild of America has announced the key dates and timeline for the 2022 Directors Guild of America Awards, with the 74th Annual DGA Awards set for March 12. Theatrical Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film nominees will be announced on Thursday, January 27, 2022 and Television, Commercial, and Documentary nominees will be announced on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

Read more here.