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GUILD NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KUTAK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

On January 8, 2016, at the Motion Picture Editors Guild’s Board of Directors meeting, the Guild’s longtime National Executive Director, Ronald G. Kutak, announced his plans to retire this coming fall, after more than 30 years in the position. Kutak, who joined the Guild (which was then IATSE Local 776) as a part-time employee in 1981, and became Executive Director in 1985.

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THE IMMIGRATION GAME

A little over a year ago, the Irish-British-Canadian co-production 'Brooklyn' was greeted at its Sundance Festival premiere by a standing ovation that set off a fierce bidding war for distribution rights won by Fox Searchlight. Released in late November 2015, the film has drawn Oscar nominations for Best Picture, for Nick Hornby’s screenplay of Colm Tóibín’s novel, and for Saoirse Ronan’s performance as a young woman who leaves her Irish home in the early 1950s for a new life in New York. Jake Roberts’ deceptively unobtrusive editing draws viewers into the story and the characters with subtle but precise craftsmanship.

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CREATING A MULTI-CHANNEL, MULTI-PLATFORM MIX

Taking as its focus the various ways in which the TV and film community can create a single, object-based immersive mix that will translate everywhere — from cinema to home theatre to tablets with headphones — a recent AES/SMPTE monthly meeting held at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City in late January offered a valuable analysis from industry practitioners. Entitled “The Mix: The Challenges of Creating a Multi-Channel, Multi-Platform Product,” the meeting was moderated by Jim DeFilippis from TMS Consulting, who has experience of immersive 3D audio.

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MPSE ANNOUNCES GOLDEN REEL NOMINATIONS

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) its announces nominees for the 63rd MPSE Golden Reel Awards on January 26. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions. The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 24 categories encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work. The 63rd MPSE Golden Reel Awards will be held February 27, 2016 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles. For the list of nominations, click on the link above.

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‘Mad Max,’ ‘Big Short,’ ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Score Wins from American Cinema Editors
Continuing their awards momentum, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Big Short” and “Inside Out” took top prizes at the American Cinema Editors‘ Eddie Awards on January 29 at the Beverly Hilton hotel. ACE gave career achievement awards to writer/director/producer Nancy Meyers, and editors Carol Littleton and Ted Rich.


Academy President: #OscarsSoWhite 'A Punch to the Stomach' but New Rule Changes not Ageist

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Revenant,’ ‘Star Wars’ Lead MPSE’s Golden Reel Nominations

British Academy Acknowledges 'Fury Road' for Editing, 'Revenant' for Sound


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Congress Bans Import of Forced Labor Products
A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.


Applications for US Jobless Aid Fell Sharply Last Week

Why Low-Wage Workers Rely on Public Assistance

Reich: Want Change? Don’t Despair, Mobilize


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