February 8, 2023


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Guillermo del Toro will receive the Art Directors Guild Honor

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The Art Directors Guild has announced that Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will receive the prestigious William Cameron Menzies Award for his striking visuals and emotionally rich portfolio in his latest film “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.”

Del Toro will accept the award at the 27th annual Art Directors Guild ceremony on February 18 at the InterContinental Los Angeles downtown.

The award recognizes service by individuals to the entertainment industry through distinguished contributions to motion pictures or TV. Past honorees include Robert Osborne, John Musker and Ron Clements, Sid Mead and Denis Villeneuve.

“Guillermo del Toro stunningly brings humanity to inhuman characters and brings full existence to environments that can be seen as devoid of life by combining strong narrative imagery with his collaboration with production designers,” commented ADG President Nelson Coates. “The Art Directors Guild is thrilled to celebrate his captivating work, which has incredibly pushed the boundaries of production design to new heights.”

Asian Art Publication Lab Announces International Symposium on “Asian Diaspora and Migration Narratives”

The Asian Art Publication Lab (AAPLab) has announced its International Symposium on Teaching the Asian Diaspora, Celebrating Diversity and Fostering Unity from January 27 to February 25 in partnership with Korean Film Festival Canada.

The symposium will use a hybrid format of both in-person and online activities such as film screenings, artist talks, panels and “Asian Spice-Up!”, a public event around Asian cuisine and grocery shopping.

The symposium takes place amid an increase in hate crimes against Asians, particularly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, signaling the importance of spreading knowledge to break down barriers and strengthen communities impacted by the Asian diaspora.

“Asian Spice-Up” will begin on January 27, when participants and live-streamers will tour Asian grocery stores and explore Asian ingredients, and continue through February 3 and February 17.

Panel and artist discussions will allow for Asian diaspora education through the perspectives of scholars and artists, including discussions around national identity, forced displacement, and community representation through design. The online discussion will be held on 28th January and 25th February and an in-person discussion will be held on 11th February.

On January 28, the symposium “Tiger Spirit” and on February 25, it will screen “Showpao: The Filipinax-Montrealer Experience”, “Moving the Mountain” and “Autry Chinois au Quebec”.

AAPLab is an independent non-profit cluster organization focused on Asian media and visual arts in Montreal, Canada, working to use critical dialogue to build a community-based approach to inclusion and decolonization.

Worldwide Productions has announced the addition of literary agent Liz Orr

Worldwide Production Agency (WPA) announced Monday that the agency has hired accomplished literary agent Liz Orr. Orr joined WPA after four years as a TV writer/packaging agent at Buchwald. Orr will establish a new office in New York City, in an effort to expand the agency’s physical presence.

Orr’s extensive knowledge of artists, producers, and managing partners will support the expansion of WPA’s clientele into the literary space. Orr’s clients include Patrick Coker and Adam Whisen (“East New York”), Gary Hardwick (“The Perfect Match”), Hakeem Hill (“Hysteria”), Jake Plunkett (“Late Night with Stephen Colbert”), Marquan Smith ( “The Godfather of Harlem”), and 2022 GLAADLIST writer Dana Alia Levinson.

“I am thrilled to have found a new home for myself and my clients at WPA. With their exceptional team of committed agents advocating for critical production artists for fine film and television production, the expansion of literature seemed inevitable,” Orr revealed.

WPA Managing Partners Steve Jacob and Frank Balkin announced, “We are extremely fortunate that Liz has chosen to join our team – her passion for her clients and ‘artist-first’ philosophy make her an outstanding fit with both our staff and our culture.”

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