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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.
21 June 2018

Whether you're enjoying Cannes or cursing your luck for not being at Cannes (don't worry - there's rain forecast), DAVID thought this would be the ideal opportunity to catch up on some of the news floating around the industry.

From BBC Three commissions to fast food controversy via colourful developments down Fitzrovia way, there's plenty for curious types to mull over below...


1. PrettyBird's Sindha Agha directs 'Body Language' for BBC Three



BBC Three have enlisted filmmaker Sindha Agha for their online series ‘Body Language' - a quartet of five-minute films which explore women's health issues (such as the menopause and sexual discomfort) in eye-catching fashion.

Blending stop-motion animation, irreverent prop work and candid monologues, Agha hopes her films "compel those who typically wouldn't to stop and listen… building empathy for the way in which women still suffer on a massive scale from systemic injustices in healthcare".



2. Cherry Cherry launch POP.



Polka Post are currently settling into their new digs at Cherry Cherry VFX as the two studios launch their new ‘POP' service. The move will see POP offer everything from editing to grading… aided by a new Baselight studio.

Cherry Cherry MD Ian Harland and Polka's Kenny Gibb look forward to what they can achieve under the same roof, with Harland noting: "I've known Kenny for over twenty years so this collaboration is as natural a fit as they come."

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3. A Burger King-sized blunder.



Hard to swallow.  

Vuvuzelas and rampant mosquitoes aside, Russia 2018 has largely gone off without a hitch… unless you're a member of Burger King's Russian marketing team. The fast food chain have apologised for offering cash and a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any woman impregnated by a World Cup player.

The online ad was pulled followed by a brief statement admitting the campaign was "too insulting" - no VAR required for that decision. This - and Mastercard's dubious efforts to fight world hunger through goals - proves ludicrous displays needn't be confined to the field of play this summer.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.

A trio of news items for those keen to unwind after a hard day's Cannes-ing.


PODCAST - DIANE MCARTER

Furlined's and Film Craft jury president Diane McArter catches up with Jason Stone on the beach at Cannes.


IN WITH THE 'DUBLIN OLD SCHOOL' CROWD.

Mad Cow Films director Dave Tynan is primed for the release of his debut feature film, 'Dublin Old School'.


JW COLLECTIVE WELCOME PARK VILLAGE.

Production company Park Village and their stablemate Park Village Studios have joined Jane White's ensemble at JW Collective.


STRAIGHT 8 INDUSTRY SHOOTOUT 2018

In Cannes this week? For the price of a sip of Rosé, you could attend Straight 8's Industry Shootout and witness the agony of twenty companies who rashly threw their hats into the ring.


TASH BLOOM IS SOLD ON RATTLING STICK.

Rattling Stick have bolstered their ranks with the addition of Tash Bloom as their new Head of Sales while Josie Juneau is on maternity leave.


JO RUDOLPHY STRENGTHENS SKUNK LONDON.

By adding her experience and wisdom to Kate Taylor's at Skunk London, Jo Rudolphy is certain to give the rising company even more momentum.


AMMA ASANTE JOINS PULSE

Pulse Films have signed award-winning director Amma Asante to their roster for global representation.


TOM HAINES IS ON BOARD AT AGILE.

Agile Films are pleased to confirm the addition of director Tom Haines to their talent roster.


DAVID PLAYS.

As gamers pore over E3's announcements, no-shows, and slick press conferences, here's a quick round-up of some of the video game tidbits circulating throughout our industry.


TREASURE HUNT

Sportswear company Vollebak are offering an unusual prize to one of their most intrepid devotee.


MERMAN CELEBRATE FIRST ANNIVERSARY WITH A BRACE OF SIGNINGS.

It's Merman's first birthday and they're celebrating by signing directors Will Clark and Zak Emerson.


DARLING FILMS WELCOME TOM CLARKSON.

Darling's recruitment drive continues at pace with the addition of filmmaker Tom Clarkson to the roster.


MAHANEELA HEADS TO ACADEMY FILMS

Academy Films have signed director and photographer Mahaneela to their roster.


PODCAST - HELEN HADFIELD

Helen Hadfield's new company Snapper promises agility and boutiqueness and, recently, she joined DAVID editor Jason Stone to talk about her new venture and the career which preceded it.


YOUTH HYMNS JOIN DIRTY FILMS.

Dirty Films have added directors-stroke-music producers Youth Hymns to their roster.


LET'S GET CRAFTY.

On Wednesday 13th June, David Reviews editor Jason Stone is curating and presenting a special version of his CraftWorks programme called 'Let's Get Crafty'.


IT'S A HEY WONDERFUL LIFE FOR DARLING.

Darling have brought an American twang to their roster by signing Los Angeles-based production company Hey Wonderful for UK representation.


AMELIA HASHEMI IS INDEPENDENT

Independent Films has signed acclaimed director Amelia Hashemi to their roster.


CAPTAIN'S BLOG: HOW THE 'YES' WAS WON.

In a historic vote last Friday, voters in the Irish Republic opted to scrap the 8th Amendment, effectively legalising abortion. How was this victory for progressiveness achieved?


THREE NEW SIGNINGS AT BLINKINK

BlinkInk have added three new signings to their animation roster: Zombie, Ten Times, and Luca&Sinem.


CHRIS LABROOY JOINS NEXUS.

Filmmaker and all-round digital whizz Chris Labrooy is the latest to join the Nexus roster for worldwide representation.


MPC CREATIVE HAVE A TASTE FOR LEMONADE.

MPC Creative are the latest production company to join Corin West's stable at Lemonade.


CHANNEL 4'S DIVERSITY IN ADVERTISING AWARD RETURNS

Channel 4 have launched their annual award for Diversity in Advertising - with a £1 million prize.


HARALD ZWART BRINGS HOLLYWOOD TOUCH TO TANTRUM'S ROSTER.

Acclaimed director Harald Zwart brings a bit of Hollywood glamour to tantrum as the Berwick Street outfit continue with bold recruitment drive.


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