THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Film London creates department for artists looking to make movies
LONDON – Film London, the British capital’s movie agency familiar to Hollywood’s location decision makers, is setting up a dedicated department for artists looking to make movies. The U.K. government-backed agency has tasked current head of production and talent development Maggie Ellis with the job of overseeing the newly created department. Ellis is named head of Artists’ Moving Image and will aim to build on the growth in artists turning to film. Funded by Arts Council England (ACE), Film London launched its Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) in 2005 to provide British capital-based artists working in the moving image access to funding, guidance, development opportunities and promotional and exhibition platforms.
CAMPAIGN LONDON: Jamie Oliver’s food chain in hunt for advertising agency
Jamie Oliver’s high-street restaurant chain, Jamie’s Italian, has appointed intermediary Oystercatchers to oversee the hiring of its first advertising agency. Agencies have been invited to pitch for what is understood to be a national brief promoting the chain. Jamie’s Italian is positioned as an “authentic, affordable Italian restaurant” and has launched ambitious expansion plans. Jamie’s Italian has more than 30 restaurants in its national chain and is expanding globally. As well as the UK chain, Jamie’s Italian has restaurants in Australia, Dubai, Ireland, Russia, Singapore and Turkey.
THE INQUISITR: Brutally honest Oscar ballot goes viral
Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of an Oscar voter? One frank and hilarious ballot cast by an unnamed director is going viral for its cheeky and brutal honesty. The director shared his choices with a reporter from the Hollywood Reporter, calling “Argo” a “whole lot of nothing,” saying “Django Unchained” is “Tarantino masturbating” and passing on “Amour” because “there’s only so much diaper-changing I can tolerate.”