Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville joins RadicalMedia
Academy and Grammy Award-winning director Morgan Neville (pictured) has joined global production studio RadicalMedia for commercial representation in North America.
The move follows a recent string of successful collaborations between Neville and RadicalMedia, including a campaign for Audible that aired during last month’s 89th Academy Awards.
Neville executive produced and directed two episodes of RadicalMedia’s eight-part documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design, which debuted last month on Netflix after its Sundance Film Festival world premiere, and he directed RadicalMedia’s Keith Richards: Under the Influence, also for Netflix.
Neville is best-known for his seminal documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, which was the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win numerous awards, including the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Graham Stuart appointed Edinburgh International Television Festival’s executive chair
Managing director of So Television, Graham Stuart has been appointed the Edinburgh International Television Festival’s executive chair.
Stuart co-founded So Television with Graham Norton in September 2000. Since then, he has continued to executive produce the multi-award-winning Graham Norton franchise in the UK and U.S., as well as develop new projects for the company, which is now part of ITV Studios. He won the Best Entertainment Program BAFTA for So Graham Norton in 2001 and again for The Graham Norton Show in 2013. He won the BAFTA for Best Comedy Entertainment Program for The Graham Norton Show in 2015.
Stuart takes over from ITN Productions editorial director, Chris Shaw, after the 2017 Festival.
“Graham is not only a hugely successful and respected entertainment producer, he’s also a very popular individual with a deep knowledge and affection for the industry,” said Shaw in a statement. “He’ll be a brilliant champion for the TV Festival.”
Sheffield Doc/Fest partners with a behavioral research agency on a new pitch competition
A new initiative from Sheffield Doc/Fest is out to clear misconceptions about the Baby Boomer generation.
Sheffield Doc/Fest has partnered with human behavioral research agency The Mix to launch a new pitch competition.
Five filmmakers will have the chance to pitch at the festival and two winners will walk away with a US$6,200 commission to produce a short film that will help to dispel myths about what it means to be a Baby Boomer.
Having identified that Baby Boomers are often labelled as out of touch, set in their ways and adverse to change, The Mix is seeking to invest in ideas that will harness the power of documentary film-making to challenge these stereotypes and present fresh insights through bold, distinctive, character-driven stories.
“We are thrilled about the introduction of this brand new pitch from The Mix at Doc/Fest. This is the first time that we have worked with a human behavioral research agency and I look forward to seeing how filmmakers respond to the pitch challenge during the festival in June, and to see the end results next January,” said Patrick Hurley, head of marketplace at Sheffield Doc/Fest, in a statement.
The five Boomer Pitch finalists will have a five-minute slot to pitch their film concept live at the festival in front of the audience, a panel of makers, industry professionals, and the founder and creative head of The Mix. The panel will decide which filmmakers have the idea for the most promising short films and two winners will be awarded funding at the conclusion of the pitch session.