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All3Media America Names Tim Pastore As CEO

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After a lengthy search, former National Geographic Channels’ President of Original Programming and Production Tim Pastore has been named CEO of All3Media America. Reporting to Jane Turton, All3Media CEO, Pastore will start October 1.

All3Media America has been without CEO since January when Greg Lipstone stepped down as CEO after two and a half years, joined by COO Dan Donahue who exited after an year on the job.

Pastore, an Emmy-winning producer, exited Nat Geo in May after a four-year stint as President, Original Programming and Production for National Geographic Channels where he oversaw development, programming, and production across the Us and UK.

“Tim’s reputation as a business leader and his track record as the creator and producer of high quality and popular TV is incredibly impressive,” Turton said. “I’m really excited at the prospect of working with such a talented executive and believe that Tim is
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Nat Geo Alum Tim Pastore Named CEO of All3Media America

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National Geographic Channels alum Tim Pastore has been named CEO of All3Media America.

Pastore’s appointment, effective Oct. 1, fills the void left since the departure of Greg Lipstone from the top job at All3 America in late January after two years in the role.

All3Media America is the U.S. arm of the U.K.-based production group that is home to more than two dozen banners, most of them focused on unscripted programming. All3Media is jointly owned by Discovery Inc. and Liberty Global.

“Tim’s reputation as a business leader and his track record as the creator and producer of high quality and popular TV is incredibly impressive,” said Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media. “I’m really excited at the prospect of working with such a talented executive.”

Based in Los Angeles, All3Media America is producer of CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” CNN’s “United Shades of America,
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Four Oscar Contenders Lead Golden Reel Sound Editing Nominations

Four Oscar Contenders Lead Golden Reel Sound Editing Nominations
“Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Dunkirk,” and “The Shape of Water” each received three Mpse sound editing nominations (Dialogue/Adr, Effects/Foley, and Music Score) in the race for the 65th Golden Reel Awards (held February 18th at the Westin Bonaventure).

Right behind with two nominations were “War for the Planet of the Apes” (Dialogue /Adr, Effects/Foley) and Pixar’s “Coco” (Animation, Musical).

Receiving single nominations were “Darkest Hour” (Dialogue /Adr), “Detroit” (Dialogue/Adr), “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (Music Score), “Logan” (Effects/Foley), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Effects/Foley), “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri (Dialogue/Adr), “The Lost City of Z” (Music Score), “Thor: Ragnarok” (Effects/Foley), “Transformers: The Last Knight” (Music Score), “Wonder Woman” (Music Score).

Other Musical nominations went to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Greatest Showman.” Competing with “Coco” in animation were Pixar’s “Cars 3,” Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3,
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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors

Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors
The documentary film and television community came together to honor their own at the festive 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards celebration Saturday night at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The evening’s top prizes went to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-jury-winning love story “Dina” for Best Feature, and Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-shortlisted “Edith+Eddie” for Best Short.

Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s Oscar-shortlisted “La 92” for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Curated Series, HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” for Best Limited Series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for Best Episodic Series, The New York Times Op-Docs for Best Short Form Series (which boasts three Oscar-shortlisted shorts), and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Charles Burnett presented the Emerging Filmmaker Award to Yance Ford, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling,
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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors

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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors
The documentary film and television community came together to honor their own at the festive 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards celebration Saturday night at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The evening’s top prizes went to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-jury-winning love story “Dina” for Best Feature, and Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-shortlisted “Edith+Eddie” for Best Short.

Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s Oscar-shortlisted “La 92” for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Curated Series, HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” for Best Limited Series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for Best Episodic Series, The New York Times Op-Docs for Best Short Form Series (which boasts three Oscar-shortlisted shorts), and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Charles Burnett presented the Emerging Filmmaker Award to Yance Ford, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling,
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The IndieWire 2017-18 Awards Season Winners Guide

The IndieWire 2017-18 Awards Season Winners Guide
The 2017-18 awards season is in full swing after a handful of major announcements were made this week, including end-of-the-year picks from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Gotham Awards. With so many critics groups, guilds and organizations set to make announcements over the next three months, IndieWire is putting together a guide to make all the awards season madness a little bit clearer.

Below you’ll find all of the films walking away with top honors this awards season. The guide will prove handy in determining which films are breaking out ahead of the pack with the most overall wins this awards season. The information will be updated with each new announcement made during the 2017-18 awards season.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions

Be sure to check out our full list of Oscar predictions right here, along with our full awards season calendar.
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National Board of Review and Gotham Award winners announced

A little earlier today, as well as yesterday evening, the precursor season marched on. Two notable ones announced, with the Gotham Awards having their ceremony last night, while only a short while ago, winners were revealed from the National Board of Review. This represents another marker in the first phase of the awards season. Precursors will be coming hot and heavy, and while Gotham doesn’t really impact the race all that much, Nbr does have a decent track record. Keep that in mind as you look at what the winners were over the course of the past 24 hours. It’s been an eventful day and change though, that much is clear. As you’ll see below, Gotham and Nbr both cited Jordan Peele and Get Out in multiple categories. The former also went hard for Call Me By Your Name, while the latter had a bit of recency bias on their minds.
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National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director

National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director
The National Board of Review (Nbr) has made their selections for the best films and performances of 2017. “The Post” has taken top honors, winning the Best Film prize, while Laurie Metcalf, Willem Dafoe, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep all received acting honors. Greta Gerwig earned the Best Director prize.

The Nbr is often one of the first organizations to announce their end-of-the-year selections, followed closely by the New York Film Critics Circle (which makes its announcement on November 30). Awards season officially kicked off with the Gotham Awards on November 27, where “Get Out” earned three awards and “Call Me By Your Name” won Best Feature.

Read More:Gotham Awards 2017: Complete Winners List

While the Nbr awards are considered a forerunner to predicting Oscar nominations, the organization’s prizes don’t always line up with the Academy’s final choices. The Nbr Best Film prize has gone to Best Picture nominees like “Manchester By the Sea,
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‘Hell on Earth’: Two New Shorts Provide a Harrowing Look Into the War in Syria — Watch

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‘Hell on Earth’: Two New Shorts Provide a Harrowing Look Into the War in Syria — Watch
In light of the horrifying and long-lasting war in Syria, Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested have directed a documentary called “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

The film’s purpose was to capture the harrowing socio-political situation in Syria and to be a relentless portrayal of the death and violence that surrounds the population on a daily basis. IndieWire’s editor-at-large Anne Thompson highlighted the film as a potential Oscar contender for Best Documentary Feature.

“You can’t sugarcoat the suffering of the Syrian people. We didn’t go out to shock people. We went to show people how it really is. It’s entirely documentary, exactly as it is happening. This is the reality,” said co-director Nick Quested.

Read More:How Women Made the Documentary Community

Below are two exclusive shorts that
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Oscar Campaigning, San Francisco Style: Sffilm Doc Stories Showcases Its Contenders

At the San Francisco Film Society’s Doc Stories, Samantha Power — aka President Barack Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations — is a true star. “What a crowd,” she tweeted after a rousing standing ovation for Greg Barker’s HBO documentary “The Final Year,” which features her as part of Obama’s foreign policy team. “Huge thanks to SFFilm Doc Stories & to an incredibly engaged San Francisco audience who saw @thefinalyeardoc not as a retrospective, but as a call to action.”

The third annual Doc Stories (Nov. 2-5) was a rich weekend of nonfiction features and shorts that launched with the world premiere of Alex Gibney’s “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, Part I” (HBO) and closed with Chris Smith’s “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton” (Netflix).

It’s part of Sffilm executive director Noah Cowan’s
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Oscar Campaigning, San Francisco Style: Sffilm Doc Stories Showcases Its Contenders

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Oscar Campaigning, San Francisco Style: Sffilm Doc Stories Showcases Its Contenders
At the San Francisco Film Society’s Doc Stories, Samantha Power — aka President Barack Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations — is a true star. “What a crowd,” she tweeted after a rousing standing ovation for Greg Barker’s HBO documentary “The Final Year,” which features her as part of Obama’s foreign policy team. “Huge thanks to SFFilm Doc Stories & to an incredibly engaged San Francisco audience who saw @thefinalyeardoc not as a retrospective, but as a call to action.”

The third annual Doc Stories (Nov. 2-5) was a rich weekend of nonfiction features and shorts that launched with the world premiere of Alex Gibney’s “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, Part I” (HBO) and closed with Chris Smith’s “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton” (Netflix).

It’s part of Sffilm executive director Noah Cowan’s
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Official Oscar® Entry from Syria: ‘Little Gandhi’ in Best Foreign Language Film Category

Official Oscar® Entry from Syria: ‘Little Gandhi’ in Best Foreign Language Film Category
Syria’s first ever submission in the Motion Picture Academy’s Foreign Language category, “Little Gandhi”, is one of a handful of documentaries submitted for Best Foreign Language Film nomination this year.

It comes to the Academy in a most unusual way. It was selected not by the country which is how submissions are always made, but by a committee of artists in exile. If any of these people had actually been in Syria they would likely have been imprisoned, tortured and executed, for this was the fate of Ghiyath Matar, the Syrian activist who became known for giving flowers and roses to army soldiers in his home town of Daraya, leader of the once peaceful Syrian revolution and the Little Gandhi of the title. It premiered at the ongoing Asian World Film Festival.

I have yet to see the documentary submission for Academy Award® nomination entitled Syria Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis
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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold
Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal,
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold
Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal,
See full article at Indiewire »

Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’

Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’
Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its 15-film Short List of Oscar contenders along with its opening-night selection, “The Final Year,” in which Greg Barker follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during their last year in office. The festival runs November 9-16.

Thom Powers, Doc NYC’s artistic director as well as documentary programmer for Tiff, oversees curation of the Short List of films that may be in the running for the Academy Award for Best Documentary feature. This year contains a spectrum of funders and distributors, including four from Netflix — and none from HBO.

Historically, most Doc NYC picks do land on the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap, with four or five titles going on to Oscar nominations. For the last six years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’

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Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’
Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its 15-film Short List of Oscar contenders along with its opening-night selection, “The Final Year,” in which Greg Barker follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during their last year in office. The festival runs November 9-16.

Thom Powers, Doc NYC’s artistic director as well as documentary programmer for Tiff, oversees curation of the Short List of films that may be in the running for the Academy Award for Best Documentary feature. This year contains a spectrum of funders and distributors, including four from Netflix — and none from HBO.

Historically, most Doc NYC picks do land on the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap, with four or five titles going on to Oscar nominations. For the last six years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that
See full article at Indiewire »

Saboteur Media launches production, sales, finance venture

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Saboteur Media launches production, sales, finance venture
Exclusive: Sales and distribution veteran Mark Lindsay to introduce five new titles to Cannes buyers.

New York-based Saboteur Media has launched a production and finance operation with a broader sales remit and hired former Miramax International senior executive Mark Lindsay as president of distribution.

The moves comes as executive director Nick Quested expands the suite of services beyond those of documentary distributor and sales company initially launched under the auspices of Goldcrest Films.

Saboteur now operates as a stand-alone entity that produces, finances and sells narrative and documentary features, with particular emphasis on empowering the New York creative community and an opportunistic eye towards television.

The company has the ability to finance tax credits and invest equity in select projects, which will not rely on pre-sales in order to get greenlight. It serves as co-producer on all five titles headed for Cannes.

Lindsay, whose executive roles have included head of sales and distribution at Kimmel International, Arclight
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