All posts by Peter Caranicas

Cinematographer Witold Sobociński, Lenser of ‘Frantic,’ Dies at 89

Polish cinematographer Witold Sobociński, who received a lifetime achievement award at the Camerimage film festival on Nov. 10, suddenly passed away on Monday. He was 89. Director Roman Polanski made a surprise appearance at Camerimage to present the honor to Sobociński. The duo collaborated on the 1988 Paris-set thriller “Frantic,” starring Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle […]

Korean Film Council and Local Companies Aim for Fair Trade in the Movie Business

In 2017, a group of film companies announced the launch of the Foreign Film Buyer-Distributors Assn. of Korea, aiming to contribute to a better business environment and fairer practices. However, the first dispute occurred between member companies in September — less than a year after organization’s birth. Jinjin Pictures, a member of the association, agreed […]

Filmmakers Find Financial Incentives on Hawaii’s Oahu and on U.S. Virgin Islands

Oahu and the U.S. Virgin Islands beckon Hollywood and productions from around the world with lush scenery, sunny beaches — and generous, budget-friendly incentives that many filmmakers find too good to pass up. HONOLULU AND OAHU With its wide range of looks and locations, experienced crews, and the best infrastructure in Hawaii, Honolulu and the […]

Tax Evasion Scandals Stall Film Production in China

Things are changing fast in China’s entertainment industry. The country’s film business is expected to enter a period of slowdown as the government continues to crack down on tax evasion after the eruption of the scandals surrounding Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured above) and the war epic “Unbreakable Spirit.” Many productions in the making have […]

Mary Ann McCready Receives Variety’s 2018 Business Managers Elite Award

Business managers help clients make smart investments and build and retain wealth. They can also make a big difference in the lives of others with their charitable work and causes. But even among business managers, some are true standouts in the philanthropic arena. One such individual is Mary Ann McCready, co-founder of Nashville-based business management […]

Hollywood’s Business Management Firms Face a Wave of Consolidation

After two decades of false starts, the great consolidation in Hollywood business management companies seems to be under way. International financial services aggregator Focus Financial Partners, which is publicly traded and sports a $4 billion stock market capitalization, acquired two sizable Hollywood business management films. They are the giant NKSFB (formerly Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein […]

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ DP Newton Thomas Sigel’s Work Spans ‘X-Men,’ Indie Films and Documentaries

On Nov. 2, when “Bohemian Rhapsody” — the biopic of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of British rock group Queen — debuts on U.S. screens, it will mark latest in a long string of highly diverse films lensed by cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel. The DP’s work, which goes back to the early ’80s, has encompassed war […]