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  1. (LOS ANGELES, CA) - The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has invited Vitec Videocom's Eric J. Johnston to join the organization's ranks as an Associate Member. Johnston has been servicing the cinematography community throughout his entire career, ensuring they have the tools necessary to create their desired vision. Based in New York, Johnston is currently a strategic accounts manager, liaising with rental houses and digital cinema camera manufacturers across the United States representing Anton/Bauer, Litepanels, OConnor and Sachtler. "I'm extremely honored to be invited into this prestigious organization," said Johnston. "Its members have made some of the most iconic images in cinema history, and continue to forge new ground in the way stories are told visually today." Johnston, a filmmaker himself, began his career at Kodak in 1999 in the motion picture film division as a customer representative for their film products, while simultaneously serving as an instructor for the company's cinematography workshops. He then worked at ARRI in the camera division as a technical sales rep for camera systems, then as the product manager for their pro camera accessories (PCA) product line. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of their newly created camera accessory program in the United States and South America. Johnston joined Vitec Videocom in 2010 as a product specialist for OConnor where he continued to apply his experience doing field testing, prototype evaluation, and product recommendation and development. He helped to create, design and manufacture the OConnor Genuine accessory products for the motion picture industry, specifically designed for digital cinematography. "Ensuring that all our brands' equipment serves our customers and the rapidly evolving digital cinema market is a collaborative process," noted Johnston. "I'm thrilled to be able to work with so many talented DPs, dedicated rental facilities and inventive camera OEMs to make sure our innovative designs and new product developments meet the needs of the cinematography community." Johnston is also a member of Digital Cinema Society (DCS). About Vitec Group Vitec Group, brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Bexel, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Teradek, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business. Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide. Vitec Videocom - advancing the quality and science of media production. For more information: PR Contact: Jared Gay ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 jared@ignite.bz
  2. Popular Event Returns for its Second Year With a World-Class Lineup of Editors (Universal City, CA) 19 May 2014 - EditFest London makes its second appearance in the UK on 21 June 2014, when a lineup of top film and television editors will be on hand to share their insights and experiences in the art of editing. This year, American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) will present the popular daylong event at London's BFI Southbank. A.C.E. launched EditFest in 2008 in Los Angeles, in response to a need to put the industry's top editors in conversation with other editors and post-production professionals. By popular demand, EditFest NY was added to its agenda in 2009. Designed for professional as well as aspiring editors, post production team members, students, content creators, production execs, and those who simply love the art and craft of editing, EditFest is a rare opportunity to hear the most compelling artists talk about their work and interact with them in an intimate theater setting. A.C.E. President, Alan Heim, A.C.E., said, "Last year, we had a terrific experience in London. The city, the panelists, the attendees were everything we could have hoped for and more. The most gratifying thing was to see just how much the attendees wanted to learn from and interact with the editors. There was a thirst for connection and knowledge, and the panelists were delighted to discuss the art of editing and meet those who wanted to explore it. All of us at A.C.E. are really looking forward to returning to London with an exciting new group of editors who will discuss the amazing projects they're working on." An impressive array of BAFTA, Oscar® and Emmy® winners and nominees are scheduled to be part of EditFest London. The agenda for the 21 June event features interactive, face-to-face dialogue, Q&A sessions and includes: Opening remarks by A.C.E. President, Alan Heim, A.C.E. (All That Jazz, Network, The Notebook) Small Screen, Big Picture - The Television Editors Moderated by John Wilson, A.C.E. * Mags Arnold - The Trip * Mark Everson - Alan Partridge * Tim Porter - Game of Thrones, Doctor Who From Dailies to Delivery - Editing Features Moderated by Mick Audsley * Mark Day - Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, The Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2. * Alexandra Mackie A.C.E. - Indian Summer, Kill Command, Rogue, Downton Abby, A Poet in New York * Mark Sanger, A.C.E. - Gravity * Ken Schretzmann, A.C.E. - Toy Story 3, The Lorax * Lucia Zucchetti, A.C.E. - The Queen Closing Panel: A Conversation with Alan Heim Moderated by Adrian Pennington, American CinemaEditor Magazine A.C.E. is honored to present an in-depth conversation with the renowned Alan Heim, A.C.E. (All That Jazz, Network, The Notebook) hosted by the International Editor of A.C.E.'s CinemaEditor Magazine. EditFest London closes with a cocktail reception where attendees and panelists can mingle in an intimate and friendly environment. Tickets for EditFest are available online at www.editfest.com for £200/$299. For further information, email jenni@americancinemaeditors.com or call +1818.777.2900. *Denotes BAFTA, Oscar®, Emmy®, A.C.E. Eddie nomination or win. About A.C.E. American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950. Film editors are voted into membership on the basis of their professional achievements, their dedication to the education of others and their commitment to the craft of editing. The objectives and purposes of the American Cinema Editors are to advance the art and science of the editing profession; to increase the entertainment value of motion pictures by attaining artistic pre-eminence and scientific achievement in the creative art of editing; to bring into close alliance those editors who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the editing profession. A.C.E. produces several annual events including EditFest (a weekend editing festival in the summer), Invisible Art/Visible Artists (annual panel of Oscar® nominated editors), and the A.C.E. Eddie Awards, now in its 64th year, recognizing outstanding editing in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, CinemaEditor, highlighting the art, craft and business of editing and editors. About A.C.E. EditFest Launched in Los Angeles in 2008 to put the leading film editors in touch and in communication with editors and those who work with editors and editing enthusiasts, EditFest expanded to New York in 2009 and London in 2013. EditFest presents panels, conversations and social interaction with some of the most influential editors working in film and television. The highly anticipated annual event, which sells out each year, has plans to expand to additional cities in the future. # # # Media contacts: For A.C.E.: Lea Yardum Perception PR lea.yardum@gmail.com For EditFest Christine Purse ignite strategic communications c: +1.323.806.9696 | o: +1.818.980.3473 chris@ignite.bz skype@cpurse A.C.E. Social Media Libby Higgins libby@citypostmedia.com p: +1.818.840.8400
  3. HBO and Starz Lead Nominations (LOS ANGELES, CA) The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has selected its television nominees for the organization's 28th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards. The winners will be announced at a gala on February 1, 2014, here at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom. The nominees in each of the three categories are: One-hour Episodic Television Series: Steven Bernstein, ASC for Starz Network's Magic City ("The Sins of the Father") David Franco for HBO's Boardwalk Empire ("Erlkönig") Jonathan Freeman, ASC for HBO's Game of Thrones ("Valar Dohaeris") Pierre Gill, CSC for Showtime's The Borgias ("The Purge") David Greene, CSC for The CW's Beauty and the Beast ("Tough Love") Anette Haellmigk for HBO's Game of Thrones ("Kissed by Fire") Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for Fox's Sleepy Hollow ("Pilot") Ousama Rawi, BSC, CSC for NBC's Dracula ("The Blood is the Life") Half-hour Episodic Series: Peter Levy, ACS, ASC for Showtime's House of Lies ("The Runner Stumbles") Matthew J. Lloyd, CSC for Amazon's Alpha House ("Pilot") Blake McClure for Comedy Central's Drunk History ("Detroit") Television Movie/Miniseries: Jeremy Benning, CSC for National Geographic Channel's Killing Lincoln David Luther for Starz Network's The White Queen ("War at First Hand") Ashley Rowe, BSC for Starz Network's Dancing on the Edge (Episode 1.1) "The new heights that storytelling has reached on television are in part because of the tremendous artistry and outstanding work being done by the shows' cinematographers," says ASC President Richard Crudo. "It was difficult for our members to narrow down the field to these nominees given the high caliber of the submissions." Franco has been previously nominated for Boardwalk Empire (2012), Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2008), Intensity (1998), Falling for You (1996) and Million Dollar Babies (1995). Freeman has collected three ASC Awards. His wins were for Boardwalk Empire (2012, 2011) and Homeland Security in (2005). He has also earned additional nominations for Taken (2003), Strange Justice (2000) and Prince Street (1998). Gill and Morgenthau have each previously earned an ASC Outstanding Achievement Award. Gill took home an Award for Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2004), and was nominated for Joan of Arc (2000). Morgenthau earned his first ASC Award last year for Game of Thrones, and has nominations for Boardwalk Empire (2011), Life on Mars (2009) and The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2005). This is Levy's fourth nomination, having been nominated for House of Lies (2013), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2005) and 24 (2002). Rowe and Rawi have both previously been nominated for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2004) and The Tudors (2009), respectively. Benning, Bernstein, Greene, Haellmigk, Lloyd, Luther and McClure are all first-time nominees. HBO and Starz led the pack with three nominations each, followed by Showtime with two noms. Amazon, Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, The CW, and National Geographic Channel are also represented. For information regarding the 28th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333. # About The American Society of Cinematographers The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. Since its charter in 1919, the ASC has been committed to educating aspiring filmmakers and others about the art and craft of cinematography. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com. Join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/The.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer. (Oscar and Academy Award are registered trademarks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.) (Emmy is a registered trademark of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.) Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 Sally Christgau, sally@ignite.bz Lisa Muldowney, lisa@ignite.bz
  4. Trio will be Presented Awards at Annual ASC Gala (LOS ANGELES, CA) Dean Cundey, ASC; Eduardo Serra, AFC, ASC; and Richard Rawlings, Jr., ASC will be recognized by their peers during the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 1, 2014, here at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom. Cundey will receive the ASC's Lifetime Achievement Award; Serra will be presented with the International Achievement Award; and Rawlings will pick up the org's Career Achievement in Television Award. "Anyone who has been in the presence of these three brilliant and talented individuals should count themselves lucky," notes ASC President Richard Crudo. "Dean, Eduardo and Dick have each had an immeasurable impact on our art form, and we're proud to have the opportunity to honor their outstanding craftsmanship." Cundey first attracted widespread attention when he collaborated with John Carpenter on the production of Halloween (1978). The two filmmakers continued to work together on such memorable films as The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Halloween II and III, and Big Trouble in Little China. For his work on Robert Zemeckis' landmark, live-action film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Cundey garnered both Oscar® and BAFTA nominations. Zemeckis and Cundey also teamed up on the beloved Back to the Future trilogy, Romancing the Stone, and Death Becomes Her. Cundey earned his first nomination from his peers at the ASC for Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991), and a second one for his gripping imagery of Ron Howard's Apollo 13 (1995). He also earned the Society of Operating Cameraman's President's Award in 1999. Cundey's credits also include such notable films as Jurassic Park, What Women Want, Garfield, The Holiday, The Spy Next Door, Jack and Jill, Crazy Kind of Love, and the upcoming releases Walking with the Enemy and Carry Me Home. "Dean has continually raised the bar with his magnificent imagery, and I'm certain he will continue to do so for many years to come," says ASC Awards Chairman Lowell Peterson. "He has compiled an incomparable body of work that has made a meaningful and indelible impression on the art of filmmaking. This award is a symbol of our respect and admiration for both the man and his work." Serra earned his first Academy Award® nomination for Iain Softley's The Wings of the Dove (1997), which also netted him a BAFTA Award. In 2004, he received Oscar® and BAFTA nominations for Peter Webber's Girl with the Pearl Earring. His work on such films as Jude, Map of the Human Heart, What Dreams May Come and Funny Bones is highly acclaimed. Serra has over 50 feature films to his credit, including A Promise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2, Blood Diamond, Beyond the Sea, Unbreakable, and The Widow of Saint-Pierre, among others. In 2004, for his services to enhance Portuguese culture, he was presented with the prestigious Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, one of the highest honors given by his native Portugal. Rawlings grew up in Hollywood, under the tutelage of his father, Richard Rawlings, Sr., ASC. He worked alongside his father for years, learning the industry from the ground up. His first TV series as director of photography was in 1978 on the cultural phenomenon Charlie's Angels. He went on to shoot such memorable series as Matt Houston, Stingray, L.A. Law, Boston Public, Gilmore Girls and Desperate Housewives, among others. Rawlings telefilm credits include Halley's Comet, Spring Awakening and Gidget's Summer Reunion. He has earned Emmy® nominations for the series Ohara (1987), Paradise (1988), Reasonable Doubts (1991), and the television movie Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995). Rawlings also earned an ASC Outstanding Achievement Award for Paradise in 1989, and another nomination for the series in 1990. In 1993, he received his third ASC Award nomination for the telefilm When No One Would Listen. For information regarding the 28th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333. # # # (Photos of the ASC honorees are available upon request.) About The American Society of Cinematographers The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. Since its charter in 1919, the ASC has been committed to educating aspiring filmmakers and others about the art and craft of cinematography. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com. Join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/The.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer. (Oscar and Academy Award are registered trademarks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.) (Emmy is a registered trademark of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.) Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 Sally Christgau, sally@ignite.bz Lisa Muldowney, lisa@ignite.bz
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