All posts by Peter Caranicas

Showbiz Marketers Look to Netflix’s Data Expertise as They Build Their Own Campaigns

Netflix’s ability to profit from its secret sauce of granular consumer data has made it the envy of Hollywood. Now, with Disney, Warner Media and others prepping their own ambitious services to challenge the streaming insurgents, entertainment marketers will face more competitive pressures than ever. But at the same time, new marketing tools are emerging […]

Cinematographer Ben Davis Helps Create the Look of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Since 2008’s “Iron Man,” the Marvel cinematic universe has continued expanding, now numbering more than 20 films. Along the way, the company has developed a reputation for solid technology choices with the large-format ARRI Alexa 65 camera and the Codex Vault 65 on-set media management system as cornerstones of its workflow. Earlier in the series, […]

How DP Ben Davis and Panavision’s Dan Sasaki Picked the Right Lenses for ‘Captain Marvel’

Cinematographers coordinate their efforts with a platoon of visual artists and other artisans, from colorists to computer scientists, from digital imaging technicians to glassmakers. On “Captain Marvel,” Ben Davis worked closely with Dan Sasaki (pictured above), VP of optics at Panavision, to find exactly the right optical solutions for the look he imagined. Their collaboration […]

‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Dumbo’ Shows Off the Versatility of Cinematographer Ben Davis

March is a triumphant month for Ben Davis. Two of the films shot by the DP — Disney’s “Dumbo” and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” — are being released this month, bringing to fruition two years of hard work. In both cases, Davis’ cinematography has classic progenitors: the iconic cel animation of the 1941 original Disney film, […]

From Superhero Movies to Intimate Dramas, DP Ben Davis Can Shoot It All

Cinematographer Ben Davis is often credited with a crucial role in creating the visual tone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In films including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Doctor Strange,” he proved that big-budget superhero films can offer strong characters and soulful visuals. But at the same time, Davis has kept […]

ICG Publicists Awards Honor Jamie Lee Curtis, Jon M. Chu and Greg Berlanti

The ICG Publicists Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Feb. 22, are honoring a trio of creative individuals, including an actor and two behind-the-scenes players. Jamie Lee Curtis, Life Achievement The versatile star, who made her film debut in 1978 in the horror classic “Halloween,” has since appeared in a wide range of […]

Publicists Gather for Awards as Shifting Showbiz Landscape Changes Their Trade

As Hollywood’s entertainment industry is changing by the hour, publicists are gathering for their annual ICG Publicists Awards Lunch, a low-key celebration two days before the Oscars taking place at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Now in its 56th year, the event will feature the presentation of the awards for the best feature film and television […]

Hollywood Prospects for New Licensing Opportunities at New York Toy Fair

On Feb. 16 more than 30,000 studio executives, buyers and toy company reps will gather in Manhattan for the annual Toy Fair New York, all vying for market share and trying to snag the latest hot trend in a fast-changing industry. Those working the film side of the business will focus much of their attention […]

Cinema Audio Society Honors Steven Spielberg, Lee Orloff and Mary Jo Lang

At the Cinema Audio Society Awards on Feb. 16, CAS is honoring a trio of artists. The event take place at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel.   Steven Spielberg, Filmmaker Award It’s hard to overestimate the influence of the three-time Oscar winner, a towering figure in Hollywood for decades. A prolific director-producer-screenwriter, who also co-founded […]