Monthly Archives: March 2012



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has acquired more than 70,000 photographs from the Bison Archives, the private collection of renowned film historian Marc Wanamaker, Academy COO Ric Robertson announced today. The images document nearly every facet of film production between 1909 and the present day, focusing on the first half of the 20th century. Many of these images are the only known photographs of their subjects, including a group of eight behind-the-scenes color images of the filming of the opening sequence of Orson Welles’s 1958 noir classic, “Touch of Evil.”

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The Recording Academy® Statement re: Earl Scruggs

Four-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Earl Scruggs was a bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer. He began playing banjo at the age of four and his unique three-finger playing became known worldwide as “the Scruggs picking style.” An innovator who helped popularize the banjo and helped change country music, he leaves an indelible legacy that will be remembered for generations to come. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans and all who have been inspired by his musical innovations.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

ATP Records Welcomes Tammie Davis To Their Roster

Tammie Davis signs Artist Development Deal with ATP Records

Photo credit: Smile Click Love Photography

ATP Records, Inc. and All That Productions, Inc. would like to welcome Tammie Davis to their artist roster. Tammie Davis, a singer/songwriter who hails from North Carolina, is a former United States Marine, Marine Musician and a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal. ATP Records CEO, Mark Alan Thompson, a twenty-five year music veteran says “We are extremely excited to be working with an artist of Tammie’s caliber. Her talent, drive, gorgeous smile and down home southern charm make her one of the most well rounded artists on the market.”

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Scott Miller and Kimberly Roush to senior management positions, COO Ric Robertson announced today. Miller, who will continue to serve as Assistant General Counsel, has also assumed the role of Managing Director of Administration, while Roush has been elevated to Managing Director of Membership and Awards. Both will report directly to Robertson.



Miller has held the position of Assistant General Counsel since 2002. In this capacity, he oversees all contract negotiations, directs global trademark enforcement, and provides key legal support in the production of the annual Academy Awards® show. In his new position, Miller adds senior administrative responsibilities such as campaign regulations and compliance, building and theater operations, and Oscar® statuette manufacture and distribution. “Scott has played a crucial and effective role in protecting our work and our brand. This expanded position will allow him to apply his energies and intelligence to an even wider array of Academy operations,” said Robertson.

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Bridgette Tatum Goes for the Gloss

The Lano Company advertises its Bridgette Tatum Exclusive Collection. Image courtesy of The Lano Company.

Like many professional touring singers, Bridgette Tatum struggled for years with severely chapped lips. In 2009, desperate to find something — anything — that would help, she reached out to Miranda Coggins. Tatum had seen The Lano Company Co-Founder and CEO on a Nashville television show, talking about how in 2006 Coggins started the business with her husband Layne, shortly after the birth of their first child. She began experimenting with lanolin, an ointment used primarily by new mothers who are nursing, and was able to soothe her chronically chapped lips.

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Academy Ventures Into The Projection Booth

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present an in-depth look at the evolution of motion picture projection, exploring the advances from early cinema through today’s digital technology in “Inside the Booth: A Journey through Projection,” a three part series beginning on Thursday, March 29 and concluding on Friday May 4, at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the programs will be hosted by Academy Chief Projectionist Marshall Gitlitz and silent film historian and projectionist Joe Rinaudo. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Battleship Featurette

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Academy Docs Spotlight Survival Stories from the War on Terror

Oscar®-nominated documentary short subjects “Poster Girl” and “Killing in the Name” and the documentary feature “Quest for Honor” will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

Directed by Sara Nesson, who produced the film with Mitchell W. Block, “Poster Girl” follows former cheerleader and ARMY magazine cover subject Robynn Murray as she deals with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder following her return from Iraq. The film earned a 2010 Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Short Subject. Block will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

“Killing in the Name” tells the story of Ashraf, a man who has devoted his life to opposing terrorism within the Muslim community since a suicide bomber killed 27  Read the rest of this entry

Snow White and The Huntsman Trailer

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