Diversity

Pay TV operator Sky has revealed the recruits joining its new two-year assistant commissioner program, which is designed to attract fresh talent from outside the traditional pool of commissioning executives. The program will bring 30% more commissioners to Sky’s teams across Sky Studios and Sky U.K., growing the number from…

Saturday night meant another feather in the cap for Egyptian director Omar El Zohairy, whose Arab-language social satire “Feathers” took the Best Film prize on the awards night of the 5th Joburg Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. His story centers on a father who literally turns into a chicken…

Monolit Film, the Danish banner behind “The Great Silence,” is developing “Wannabe,” the feature debut of “Bad Bitch” director Patricia Bbaale Bandak, and “After the Sun,” a dystopia based on a short story featured in The New Yorker in 2021. “Wannabe,” which was pitched at the Nordic Film Market in…

The Directors Guild of America informed members Saturday that it has decided to hold off on bargaining a new contract with the major studios until later this spring, saying the studios are not yet ready to address its major issues. The guild has already signaled that it expects an unusually…

Malou Reymann’s “Unruly” won the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at Göteborg on Saturday. At SEK 400 000 ($38,000), the Award’s cash prize is one of the largest prizes in the world.  Jurors Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Sofie Gråbøl, Antonio Lukich and Matti Bye praised the film for telling a “universal…

Andrew Gumpert is departing his role as COO of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Studios. CEO and president Brian Robbins confirmed the news in a memo to staff on Thursday night, writing that Gumpert has “decided to leave” the studios. “Since joining Paramount as COO in 2017 and expanding his responsibilities…

Berklee College of Music and Electronic Arts (EA) Music announced the “Next Gen” scholarship program, which will provide an annual scholarship and mentorship to a woman or non-cisgender composer in the screen scoring department each semester in an effort to increase diversity in the field. Through the mentorship program, the…

Call it the Woke & Roll Hall of Fame. This year, the first-time noms for the music’s most exclusive club range from a black female rapper to a gay male pop heartthrob to an ’80s icon known as much for human rights as artistic achievement.

The Miami Film Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. The festival, which runs from March 3 to March 12, includes 12 world premieres. The event will open with Ray Romano’s “Somewhere in Queens” and close with Stephen Frears’ “The Lost King.” The festival will screen a total of…

The NAACP Image Award-nominated film “Memory Builds the Monument” was acquired by Paramount for continuous airings on BET throughout Black History Month. The documentary short, which spotlights the vibrant community of Black artists in the Historic 5th Ward of Houston, Texas, will also be available for streaming on BET+ starting…

AMC Theatres is celebrating Black History Month by offering $5 movie tickets through the end of February. Patrons will be able to watch films from Black actors and creators, including the Viola Davis-led action epic “The Woman King,” Sony’s war drama “Devotion” and director Chinonye Chukwu’s historical drama “Till,” for…

Aren Prupas has taken over the reins as president and CEO of Canadian “Coroner” producer and distribution company Muse Entertainment. Prupas stepped into the role as of Jan. 1, when he took over for his father, Michael Prupas. Prupas Sr. now serves as executive chairman of the board. Previously, Aren…