Conductor Productions Creates Massive Campaign for Fanatics

By Don Packer

In a time when the advertising and production industries are experiencing changing business models and increasing competition, one thing remains true: If you succeed in working with your client to significantly and efficiently grow their business they will keep coming back. Case in point: Boston Back Bay’s Conductor Productions and Fanatics.com.

In 2018, Fanatics called Conductor Productions looking to boost their presence on the national stage and their overall sales. Conductor had proved themselves in the sports/celebrity arena having previously worked with sports celebrities like Tom Brady along with golfers Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele, to name a few.

Recognizing the opportunity, Conductor Productions got to produce their first campaign with Fanatics and it was quickly embraced.

The requirements were to conceive and create a broadcast campaign to celebrate the fans, highlight the apparel and provide a greater return on investment ( ROI).

They had to strategize a plan to efficiently shoot fan gear from all the major brands, leagues and teams (NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL)

It was also requested by Fanatics that they provide multiple national spots as well as market-specific versions to run locally in their top fifteen sales markets. In addition, there was a need to quickly and easily update creative to accommodate multiple offers, which would be tested in order to optimize media and (ROI).

Quickly moving forward in their creative design, Conductor built and lit staging that looks like an authentic entrance to a sports stadium. The set was created to be reusable so that they could organize multiple shoots throughout various sports seasons over and over.

Using scores of models and actors to portray fans in hundreds of different outfits with the scalable production workflow was critical to the final delivery and any future spots. This enabled Conductor to continually update Fanatics library of footage within each shoot. From there, the post-production team of editors and designers took over and created spot after spot for all channels.

Using 2017 Sportscaster of the year Kevin Harlan and Emmy Award Winner Mike “Doc” Emrick as voiceover talent along with music from Grammy Award Winners, Greta Van Fleet; the impact was immediate and overwhelmingly positive. The first shoot went off in April of 2018 and has continued with fresh work into this year.

“We were honored to be competing against much more established companies for the business, so that helped focus our resolve.” said Co-Owner and Director of Conductor Productions, Noah Lydiard. “We won by listening to the client and valuing their investment as though it was our own. By understanding what was at stake for them, we were able come up with a unique and efficient style that generates massive amounts of sales without compromising the company’s brand.”

When the spots launched, Fanatics realized and reported robust and exciting heightened brand awareness, increased visitors to their websites and more importantly, they got a drastic and immediate boost to their sales revenue. In fact, they reported six times more effectiveness than comparative league spots in 2018.

This further led to a full campaign rollout, with expansion into Canada and other key international television markets continuing well into 2019. Television spots with known sports celebrities such as, Tedy Bruschi, Mark Messier, Ed Reed, and Jim Kelly, as well as Sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews were also created.

With over 300 television commercials, roughly 120 Social media posts and radio ads, the proof was in the pudding as they say, culminating in spots for the Stanley Cup championships, the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals.

We are starting to look at new designs and strategies for the campaign, but currently the creative continues to grow in effectiveness. It just goes to show the value of good team and honest, hardworking creative,” stated Noah Lydiard whose team included Ryan Donavon, SVP of Marketing at Fanatics and Scott McKinnon, Producer and Copywriter at Conductor Productions.

For more information about Conductor Productions, visit www.conductorproductions.com.

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Caitlin McCarthy’s Thriller A NATIVE LAND Wins Best Feature Screenplay Award

Caitlin McCarthy’s thriller A NATIVE LAND has won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2020 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival (also known as the Lindsey Film Festival). In A NATIVE LAND, a black Native American cop battles local prejudice, personal troubles, and her own police force while trying to uncover a serial killer on the loose.

Caitlin is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, and is represented by legendary manager Barry Krost of Barry Krost Management. Krost is well known in the entertainment industry, both as a literary manager and producer. He has been involved in the careers of some of the entertainment industry’s leading talents, including Cat Stevens, Angela Lansbury, Richard Gere, Liza Minnelli, Peter Finch, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Montgomery, Jackie Collins, Michael Scott, Stuart Ross, John Osborne, and Lynn Mamet.

Caitlin was inspired to write A NATIVE LAND because she is of Métis descent through her Huron/Abenaki/French Canadian ancestry. Caitlin’s 8th great grandmother, Marie Olivier Sylvestre Manitouabeouich (1624-1665), was the daughter of Roch Manitouabeouich (a Huron) and Oueou Outchibahanoukoueou (an Abenaki). When Marie married Martin Prevost, Caitlin’s 8th great grandfather, it was the first recorded marriage between a Native person and a French person in Canada.

Caitlin is a member of the Métis Federation of Canada, and holds a Certificate of Aboriginal Status card through the Ontario Métis Family Records Center (OMFRC). She is very proud of her Native ancestry – but out of respect for those who are enrolled in a Nation and/or experience prejudice as a Native, she only checks the “Caucasian” box and never tries to muscle in on opportunities designed for Native artists.

Caitlin McCarthy at the podium with the cohosts of the Lindsey Film Festival Awards Show: George Lindsey, Jr. (in the orange jacket), son of the festival’s namesake; and actor Austin Parsons. Photo courtesy of Caitlin McCarthy.

With A NATIVE LAND, Caitlin’s intention is to create opportunities for Native artists through the leading roles of Roxanne Jones and her brother Christian. Actor Adam Beach’s words about the exclusion of Natives in casting resonated with Caitlin. Since every film starts with the script, Caitlin is in a position to be the change by creating characters who must be played by Natives.

As part of the prize, Caitlin received an all-expenses-paid trip to the Lindsey Film Festival held March 5 – 7 just before unnecessary travel and avoiding large gatherings was recommended. The festival is hosted each year by the University of North Alabama in Florence, one of the four cities comprising the culturally rich Shoals. The festival was founded by celebrated entertainer George Lindsey, along with the late Communications professor Bobby Hurt and now retired Director of University Relations Bill Jarnigan. George Lindsey is well known for his role of Goober Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show and many other credits in television, including episodes of Hee Haw, The Twilight Zone, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Gunsmoke, MAS*H, and as the host of Turner South’s Emmy award-winning Liars & Legends.

Since 1998, the Lindsey Film Festival has exhibited independent films from across the world. Special guests have included Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton and Ernest Borgnine; actors Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), James Tolkan (BACK TO THE FUTURE and TOP GUN), Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), Cedric Pendleton (The Shield), Rance Howard (COOL HAND LUKE), and Stephen Root (O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?); and many more.

Caitlin McCarthy with Charlton James and his wife. James starred in the select scene reading from A NATIVE LAND. He is an actor and the Artistic Director of the University of North Alabama’s Theatre Program. Photo by Phil Abroms.

The Lindsey Film Festival’s awards show will be streamed on “Facebook Live” on March 7, (starting at 7 pm eastern time) at www.facebook.com/GLUNAFF. The awards show will include a reading of a select scene from Caitlin’s thriller A NATIVE LAND. While at the festival, Caitlin will also spoke with students in a Creative Writing Appreciation course at the University of North Alabama.

Caitlin received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best graduate programs in the country. An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has written feature screenplays including: “Wonder Drug,” a “Featured Script” on The Black List website, Bitch List honoree, and Top 50 in the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition (out of 7,302 entries); “A Native Land,” Academy Nicholl Top 10% and promoted as a “highly-rated script” by The Black List website; and “Resistance,” a script accepted into the exclusive Squaw Valley Screenwriters Program, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Caitlin is also writing/creating the TV series “Free Skate,” named “One to Watch” on WeForShe’s WriteHer List; and partnering on writing/creating the TV series “Pass/Fail” with Jim Forbes (a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent, and narrator).

Caitlin has been recognized as an “Intelligent Optimist” by Ode Magazine; a “Woman to Watch” by IMAGINE Magazine; a “Person to Watch” by The Pulse Magazine; a “Woman To Watch” by Forty Over 40; and a “Red Sox Most Valuable Educator” twice by the Boston Red Sox.

Caitlin won an MTA Human and Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association; and a “Service to Community” Alumni Award from Regis College. She was nominated twice (in 2011 and 2012) for a Presidential Citizens Medal for her work on the DES (diethylstilbestrol) tragedy. Caitlin was also a Fellowship Grant Recipient from the Worcester Arts Council; and a finalist for the Artist Fellowships Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which provided her with a financial award.
In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English Language Arts Instructor at Worcester Technical High School, a high-poverty urban public high school with universal free breakfast and lunch. Prior to education, she worked in public relations, where she fostered relationships with the press and crafted messages for companies that were delivered worldwide.

To learn more about Caitlin, visit www.caitlinmccarthy.com.

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WWW Spring 2020

Given the present and challenging situation of social distancing and self-isolating to stay safe and healthy, IMAGINE brings you an introduction that will provide filmmakers with an avenue to participate online to learn skills and improve your industry knowledge. If you are missing a one-on-one mentor, this may help. PUB.

New Online Filmmaking Courses with Award-winning & Acclaimed Artists in Sound Design, Color Grading, and Editing Classes are Now Live

Before the age of digital filmmaking, mentorship played a key role in career advancement. Sets, locations, cutting rooms, and mixing studios were hives of creativity and central hubs for passing on techniques, ideas, and war stories. The mentor relationship would solidify skills, foster collaboration and education and create real-world job opportunities. Today, young film professionals are often thrust into positions without having the chance to learn the craft from seasoned veterans at the top of their game.

Filmmaker U was created to help fill this void in the modern-day film industry. This online series brings some of the best in the business to any aspiring media artist who seeks to obtain this type of apprenticeship experience.

Launched earlier this month, Filmmaker U, unveiled the first in a series of unique, in-depth courses taught by top filmmaking professionals:

Academy award winner Eugene Gearty, MPSE.

Academy award-winner Eugene Gearty, MPSE (HUGO, LIFE OF PI, THE IRISHMAN), shares his tricks, techniques, and concepts on creating sound design.

Brian Kates, ACE

Multiple Emmy award-winner Brian Kates, ACE (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Shortbus, The Savages), teaches pacing, timing, and the equally creative art of collaborative storytelling.

Acclaimed colorist Eric Whipp, CSI (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, LEGO MOVIE: THE SECOND PART), demonstrates techniques, strategies, organization, and problem solving straight from the color suite.

Eric Whipp, Colorist

Oscar-nominated and multiple Emmy-winning documentary Director/Editor Sam Pollard (4 Little Girls, WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS, SAMMY DAVIS JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME), and trailblazing & award-winning Director/Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (CAMERAPERSON, CITIZENFOUR, DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD, THE OATH); are confirmed to release courses this year.

“From a technical perspective, there is also a treasure trove of knowledge,” said Simon Wyndham, Editor of Red Shark News. He added “The course covers far more than I can ever describe in a short review…, and the nuances and thought processes contained within it will most certainly warrant going back to rewatch it, perhaps numerous times in order to truly pick up on everything.

“The mix of technical specificity and filmmaking business know-how makes these courses a wealth of valuable information,” said Editor Brian Kates, ACE.

These courses are not software or hardware-specific unlike most online courses out there,” stated co-creator Gordon Burkell. “They are specifically designed to be utilized by anyone with any tool in the filmmaking industry.”

Filmmaker U is a collaboration of educators and innovators Josh Apter and Jason Banke of Manhattan Edit Workshop and Gordon Burkell at Aotg.com. This online seminar series was created to give aspiring and existing filmmakers unprecedented access to the lost art of apprenticeship in the film industry. These instructors are acclaimed and award-winning artists who are some of the best in the industry.

For more information please visit www.filmmakeru.com.

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Steven Spielberg Launches American Film Institute’s New Daily AFI Movie Club

By Pete Hammond

The American Film Institute is looking somewhere over the rainbow to put a little hope in our new daily routines in this age of the coronavirus.

Today AFI unveiled the launch of AFI Movie Club, designed to be “a daily virtual gathering to leverage our collective love of film on behalf of optimism in this time of global uncertainty.” Steven Spielberg, an AFI Trustee and 1995 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, introduced the first movie chosen — 1939’s immortal Oscar-winning classic THE WIZARD OF OZ — with a video (find it below) in which he is standing in front of a stunning French poster of another classic, DOCTOR ZHIVAGOIn the video, he explains the reason the debut film was chosen for the honor. “I know you think you’ve seen it, but please think again because right now at this moment in our history what better message is there then ‘There’s no place like home’? ”

FAQs about AFI Movie Club

AFI said it will continue to select an iconic movie each day for the world to watch together, creating a communal viewing experience during these unprecedented times of social distancing. The plan is to have a variety of other guest hosts announcing select AFI Movies of the Day in videos posted on AFI.com and social media platforms. To view the featured movie of the day with the use of your preexisting streaming services, go to AFI.com/MovieClub. An AFI spokesperson told me the organization will be doing this every day for the foreseeable future and will be digging out tons of great exclusive archive material to add to the experience. This will include “fun facts and family discussion points.” Audiences can continue the conversation online using the hashtag #AFIMovieClub.

“AFI’s goal is to live in a world of art above anxiety,” president and CEO Bob Gazzale said. “We’re honored to have Steven Spielberg, the greatest storyteller of our day, lead the way.”

“There’s no place like home,” is a great message for each of us at this unsettled time. I’m looking forward to better times that are sure to come to us in this great country.

Stay healthy, well, and optimistic for our future.

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Nantucket Film Festival Announces Honorees

It’s time to begin thinking about the incredible array of New England’s Summer of Film Festivals. Today the Nantucket Film Festival made the following announcement as we here at IMAGINE continue our planning for our IMAGINE House at this always satisfying event. Watch for the next issue of IMAGINE for additional details. Here’s the festivals announcement:

25TH ANNIVERSARY NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HONOREES & SPECIAL GUESTS

ERIC ROTH (A STAR IS BORN) TO RECEIVE SCREENWRITERS TRIBUTE AWARD

Screenwriter Eric Roth

AMY SHERMAN-PALLADINO & DANIEL PALLADINO (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL) TO BE HONORED WITH VARIETY’S CREATIVE IMPACT IN TELEVISION AWARD

Amy Sherman-Palladino on the set of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with Rachel Brosnahan

MSNBC’S BRIAN WILLIAMS TO HOST ANNUAL SCREENWRITERS TRIBUTE EVENT

Brian Williams

Festival Adds Additional Day in Celebration of Anniversary

The Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) announced today honorees for the 25th anniversary festival – including the Screenwriters Tribute Award to Oscar®-winning screenwriter Eric Roth and Variety’s Creative Impact in Television Award to Emmy Award®-winning writers, executive producers, and directors Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. It was also announced that Brian Williams, host of MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams will return as host for the Screenwriters Tribute, which will take place on Saturday, June 27th at the Siasconset Casino. The 25th Nantucket Film Festival will take place June 23 – 29, 2020.
A STAR IS BORN screenplay by Eric Roth
The 2020 Screenwriters Tribute Award will be presented to Oscar®-winning screenwriter Eric Roth. With a career spanning over 40 years, he has penned unforgettable scripts that have inspired cinema for decades. Roth won an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay for the critically acclaimed film FORREST GUMP, starring Tom Hanks in an Oscar®-winning performance. He also received four additional Oscar® nominations for A STAR IS BORN (2018), THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, MUNICH, and THE INSIDER. Additional notable films from Roth include ALI, THE HORSE WHISPERER and EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE. He is currently in post-production on DUNE with Timothee Chalamet, Jason Momoa, Zendaya and Josh Brolin and is in pre-production on KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON to be directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro. He has just completed producing MANK starring Gary Oldman in a 1930s drama about the writing of Citizen Kane for Netflix and David Fincher. Roth is a recipient of the prestigious Laurel Award for Screen, the Writers Guild of America West’s lifetime achievement award.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein

Writers, producers, and directors Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino will receive Variety’s Creative Impact in Television Award at the Screenwriters Tribute. Sherman-Palladino is the creator of the hit television series including Gilmore Girls, Bunheads, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She has received five Emmys® for her work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and is the first person in history to win in both the comedy writing and directing categories at the Primetime Emmy® Awards. In 2019, Sherman-Palladino received the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America. Daniel Palladino has worked as a producer on the popular television series Gilmore Girls, Bunheads, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He won three Emmy® Awards and a PGA Award for his work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Palladino has also received nominations for his work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from the DGA, WGA and PGA. He has also worked on additional series including Family Guy and Roseanne. Previous recipients of the Variety Creative Impact in Television Award have included Saturday Night Live writers and performers Anne Beatts, Jane Curtin, Heidi Gardner, Sudi Green & Sarah Schneider, as well as House of Cards creator Beau Willimon and David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik for their work on Friends and Episodes.

“As the Nantucket Film Festival embarks on our 25th anniversary we look forward to honoring some of the most creative minds and talented storytellers in today’s field. Eric has made an impact on the industry with extraordinary scripts that have left a lasting influence, bringing some of the most iconic and timeless characters and words to the screen,” said Mystelle Brabbée, Executive Director of the Nantucket Film Festival. “Amy has created some of the most powerful and poignant roles for women in television and she and Dan bring their trademark brilliant dialogue to every show they write and produce. As the world eagerly anticipates a new season of Maisel, we look forward to celebrating Amy and Dan and their wide-ranging and impactful careers in television.”

It was also announced that Brian Williams will return to host the Screenwriters Tribute for the 25th anniversary. Williams is a longtime supporter of NFF, from sitting on the board of directors for several years to his tenure as the popular host of the Screenwriters Tribute. During his 15 years leading the event, Williams demonstrated the humor that he’s shown in guest appearances on The Daily Show, Late Night, Tonight Show and Late Show to Nantucket audiences. Audiences will once again have a chance to hear his witty jokes and sharp commentary at this year’s event.  

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Festival an extra day will be added, with NFF kicking off on Tuesday, June 23rd. The 2020 seven-day event will include additional programming for the Nantucket community, including the return of past guests representing the history of the Festival.

Presenters for the Screenwriters Tribute and participants of audience favorite event, the annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable, as well as other Signature Programs and film programming for the 25th edition, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 25th Anniversary Nantucket Film Festival runs from June 23-29, 2020.

ABOUT THE NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL

The Nantucket Film Festival was founded by brother and sister team Jonathan and Jill Burkhart in 1996 to promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the fine art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. Since then, NFF has become one of the premier destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the preview screenings, unique signature programs, and stand out hospitality on a magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. In addition to screening over 100 films across seven days, NFF presents The All-Star Comedy Roundtable, Screenwriters Tribute, In Their Shoes…®, our daily Morning Coffee With…®, and other Signature Programs.

The Nantucket Film Festival is supported by Showtime and The White Elephant Nantucket Island as Major Sponsors; and Bank of America, A&E IndieFilms, Brand Content, and Delta Air Lines as Signature Sponsors.

The 25th annual Nantucket Film Festival will take place June 23-29. For further information on the 2020 Nantucket Film Festival, please visit www.nantucketfilmfestival.org.

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THEY ALL STOOD UP: The Life and Legacy of James Cotton

THEY ALL STOOD UP: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF JAMES COTTON is currently in production with plans for a world premier in Spring 2020. It is an emotionally evocative feature documentary that portrays the untold story of James “Superharp” Cotton, a legend whose musical influence shaped the Chicago Blues style and beyond. Having been mentored by the originators of the Delta blues tradition, Cotton played a pivotal role in making the blues prominent in the evolution of the American roots sounds of the 20th century. The story brings to audiences a unique appreciation of the blues harp as part of American culture that became sophisticated and exported around the world, offering opportunities for musicians to transcend the restraints imposed by poverty and race. Cotton’s life tracks a swath of America’s history — from the post-depression cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to tough Chicago-land era of artistic reinvention to today’s live music scene in Austin, Texas. Along the way Cotton played with Muddy Waters, toured with Janis Joplin, Steve Miller and became a sought after performer on stage with Led Zepplin, Paul Butterfield, the Grateful Dead, Jimmie Vaughan, Santana, B.B. King and Buddy Guy among many others. This film probes deeply the story of a man and his instrument that became a gift to the heart and soul of what it means to sing the blues.

Rarely seen archival footage and stills are woven throughout a visual landscape of original footage in which some of today’s finest harp and blues musicians lead us on a powerful journey, bringing a fresh and deep understanding of the harp in the expanding blues tradition. In new interviews and original concert recordings, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan, Steve Miller, Huey Lewis, Billy Branch, Annie Raines, Curtis Salgado, Kenny Neal, Rick Estrin, Bob Margolin, James Montgomery and many others bring Cotton’s story to life and leave us with an understanding of the lasting impact his music has imprinted upon our cultural heritage. Cotton’s unique mixture of high quality musicianship and seemingly boundless energy is an expression of an artist who became the ultimate showman and who made the world pay attention to the “harp” as a complex instrument with its own voice. This journey unfolds in a joyful, thumping original film through an exploration of harp-based blues music and stories shared by some of the most respected musicians.

Fundraiser on February 27 at the Regatta Bar

Funds raised at this event will help fund additional interviews and editing. Donations to The Reel Blues Fest, Inc., are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donors will be thanked by
name in the credits.

Director, Bestor Cram, Produced by The Reel Blues Fest, Inc. and Northern Light Productions.
For more information: www.jamescottonfilm.com
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thereelbluesfest
Contact: info@thereelbluesfest.org or 508 495-3456

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IMAGINE: Stars Align as Award Season Hits Home in Boston

IMAGINE Magazine presented its IMAGINE Industry New Year’s Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala in the exquisite “Glass Room” at the Seaport Tuscan Kitchen in Boston. The Gala is held on the second Tuesday of each New Year expressly to celebrate our peers and honor new “Imaginnaires.”

From left to right: Eran Lobel, James Montgomery, Carol Patton, Alecia Orsini Lebeda, Jan Waldman, Tackey Chan

“We host this opportunity to toast our industry and the people who work in it. Often new friends, new ideas, and new collaborations spring from tis festive occasion,” says IMAGINE Publisher Carol Patton.

IMAGINE Magazine covers the Business of Film, Television, and New Media Productions in New England. Previous “Imaginnaires” have been Academy and Emmy Award winners as well as steadfast supporters of the film industry including Casey Sherman, Rex Trailer, Douglas Trumbull, Lisa Strout, Ernest Thompson, Christy Cashman and many more. 

This was the Fourteenth Gala where IMAGINE Magazine honored five new honorees: Boston based actor and TV Host Jan Waldman, President of Women in Film and Video of New England (WIFVNE) Alecia Orsini Lebeda, Founder and CEO of ELEMENT Productions Eran Lobel, Massachusetts Representative Tackey Chan who introduced House Bill No. 2419 – an Act to remove the film tax credit expiration date, and filmmaker and Blues legend James Montgomery.

Mistress of Ceremonies Erica McDermott

2016 “Imaginnaire,” and noted actress Erica McDermott (THE FIGHTER, BLACK MASS, AMERICAN HUSTLE) served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies gracing  the stage with her humor and wit. She was assisted by presenters selected to introduce each new “Imaginnaire.” Presenters included Boston based actor Mary Hronicek, WIFVNE Administrator JoAnn Cox, ELEMENT Productions COO and Executive Producer Kristen Kearns, New York Times Bestselling Author Casey Sherman (The Finest Hour and Boston Strong – both made into major motion pictures) and the Executive Director of Woods Hole Film Festival, Judy Laster.

The citation for the “Imaginnaire” Award is: For Creative Vision, Leadership and Commitment to Excellence. For Distinguished Service Advancing the Business of Film, TV and New Media Production in New England. Recipients are rich in creative ideas and execute brilliantly. They are generous of themselves and their resources in service to our industry and its members.

Patton adds, “We view each recipient as making a significant contribution to our industry in New England. We are so very fortunate to have them in our midst. They inspire us all and help us succeed as an industry! I genuinely extend special thanks to everyone who helped make this event another magical and memorable evening.” 

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Come Meet our 2020 Presenters

Hello everyone, I am very excited to announce our presenters for our IMAGINE New England Industry Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala on January 14tin the exquisite “Glass Room” at the Seaport Tuscan Kitchen.

Please join us for this once a year magical evening and support the industry and the work IMAGINE does in its behalf. Now, meet our amazing presenters for the Awards Gala! If you haven’t already, RSVP as soon as you can. I genuinely appreciate your support!

Our Imaginnaires Presenters:

Casey Sherman will present to Massachusetts Representative Tackey Chan. Casey is a New York Times Bestselling Author including The Finest Hours (now a major motion picture starring Casey Affleck & Chris Pine) and Boston Strong (the basis for the film PATRIOTS DAY starring Mark Wahlberg).

Judy Laster will present to James Montgomery. Judy Laster is the founder and director of the Woods Hole Film Festival, now in its 29th year. She is also the co-founder and director of The Reel Blues Fest along with James Montgomery. Together they are producing the feature documentary, JAMES COTTON: THEY ALL STOOD UP, directed by Bestor Cram.

Mary Hronicek will present to Jan Waldman. Mary is a Boston based actor who also enjoys working behind the camera (production design, AD, Scriptie). As an actor, Mary enjoys exploring complicated, challenging characters like ‘Joan’ in the award winning film, GUTTERBUG.

Kristen Kearns will present to Eran Lobel. Kristen is the COO/Executive Producer at Element Productions. With more than fifteen years of experience working with amazing and talented creatives on broadcast campaigns, web content, and TV shows. She captains the ship at Element.

JoAnn F. Cox will present to Alecia Orsini Lebeda . JoAnn is a Board member of and administrator for Women in Film and Video New England. She enjoys stories (writing, telling, listening, watching!), making connections, and tackling details. She hates limes and loves STAR WARS.

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