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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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ADAM SMYTH BRINGS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO STRING AND TINS.

Sound designer Adam Smyth brings a wealth of experience with him to String and Tins.


RATTLING STICK’S NEW BEAT.

Rattling Stick have launched Dirty Work - a roster of new talent, as well as setting up a dedicated music video department with producer Emma Wellbelove at the helm.


DARK ENERGY WELCOME SYE ALLEN.

Sye Allen says he's "ready to spread his wings" as a director by signing with Dark Energy for commercial representation.


AMANDA BLUE JOINS SKUNK FOR TRANS-ATLANTIC REPRESENTATION.

Director Amanda Blue has joined SKUNK's roster on both sides of the Atlantic.


JOHN O'HAGAN HEADS FOR 2AM.

2AM Films have signed director John O'Hagan to their roster for commercial representation.


PODCAST - DANISH DIRECTOR LAERKE HERTHONI.

Danish director Laerke Herthoni joins Jason Stone on the beach at Cannes to talk ballet and film-making.


RICH LEE ENTERS KODE.

Few people are brave enough to chuck their day job working for Disney and strike out on their own.... but that's exactly what Kode's new signing Rich Lee did.


ALEX LILL JOINS SOMESUCH

Somesuch have signed director Alex Lill to their roster for worldwide music promo and commercial representation.


MINDSEYE LAND IBON LANDA.

MindsEye are pleased to confirm the signing of Spanish filmmaker Ibon Landa for commercial representation.


THE HOMESPUN YARNS CONTENDERS.

The team at Homespun Yarns have completed their selection process and a quartet of filmmakers will soon be shooting their scripts.


ENGLAND EXPECTS... YOU TO ATTEND PARK VILLAGE'S WORLD CUP PARTY.

Park Village are holding a World Cup party tonight in the garden at The Edinboro' Castle pub.


SAM MASON HEADS TO HORNET

Hornet have signed director Sam Mason to their roster for global Representation.


DARLING STAND UP FOR THE COMMON GOOD.

Darling's signing spree shows no sign of abating as the company welcome Canadian directing collective Common Good to these shores.


BORED ON THE 4TH OF JULY? COME TO CRAFTWORKS!

On the evening of July 4th, we're putting together the last CraftWorks before the summer break.


CAPTAIN'S BLOG: CANNES: WE KICK IT.

Cannes Lions may have reduced the number of days but they added yet more awards.


INDY8 SIGNS THE ROOS BROTHERS

Indy8 have signed the Roos Brothers for commercial representation in the UK and Europe.


PODCAST - FEED ME LIGHT

Four key figures from animation studio Feed me Light join DAVID on the beach at Cannes.


PARK VILLAGE UNVEIL HARRY REAVLEY.

Park Village have bolstered their roster with the signing of director Harry Reavley.


PODCAST - NICE SHIRT FILMS

In the second of the beach podcasts from Cannes, Jason Stone spoke to Richard Martin, Tareq, and Bethan Keane of Nice Shirt Films.


TU & NICK AND THIBAUT GREVET JOIN KNUCKLEHEAD.

Directing duo Tu & Nick and filmmaker Thibaut Grevet are the latest to join Knucklehead's UK roster for commercial representation.


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.


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