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badgeJeff Chao Joins Creative Projects Group Board of Advisors

Creative Projects Group welcomes Jeff Chao to its Board of Advisors. Jeff is a seasoned media professional and Executive Producer who has dedicated his career to social impact entertainment, including during his tenure as Senior Director, Finance at Participant Media. While there, he managed film investments for a $250 million film fund between Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, producing hits such as LincolnThe HelpHundred Foot JourneyBest Exotic Marigold Hotel I & IIContagion and Snitch.

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badgeoscarnomWilliam Nix Joins the 93rd Oscars Animated Feature Film Nominating Committee

William Nix has joined the 93rd Oscars Animated Feature Film Nominating Committee to vote on the Best Animated Feature Film of 2020. In accordance with the Academy’s Special Rules for the Animated Feature film Award, “An animated film is defined as a motion picture in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique, and usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation: narrative or abstract. Some of the techniques of animating films include but are not limited to hand-drawn animation, computer animation, stop-motion, clay animation, pixilation, cutout animation, pin screen, camera multiple pass imagery, kaleidoscopic effects created frame-by-frame, and drawing on the film frame itself. Motion capture and real-time puppetry are not by themselves animation techniques. An animated short film has a running time of40 minutes or less. An animated feature film has a running time of more than 40 minutes. In an animated film, animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time. In addition, a narrative animated film must have a significant number of the major characters animated. If the picture is created in a cinematic style that could be mistaken for live action, the filmmaker(s) must also submit information supporting how and why the picture is substantially a work of animation rather than live action.”

The Oscar Winner(s) will be announced during the Annual Awards Show on April 25, 2021: https://www.oscars.org/news/academy-and-abc-set-april-25-2021-new-show-date-93rd-oscarsr

badgeCindy Chang Joins Creative Projects Group Board of Advisors

Creative Projects Group welcomes Cindy Chang to its Board of Advisors. Cindy Chang is currently the Publishing Specialist at Netflix. She has had a long career in the entertainment industry, including with the Consumer Products Group, Partnerships & Licensing at NBCUniversal, overseeing the licensing of Universal films and NBC TV properties, and most recently leading their Global Publishing team. She launched the consumer products program for Illumination Entertainment and built the global Minions/Despicable Me consumer products franchise into a multi-billion dollar program at retail around the world.

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austingfilevirtualbadgeWilliam Nix Guest on "White Collar Week"

William Nix joined CPG Board of Advisors’ Member Jeff Grant as a guest on Jeff’s “White Collar Week” podcast: https://prisonist.org The topic of discussion was “Is Your Life a Movie?” Also on the show were Lydia B. Smith, Bethany Jones fellow movie and television producers who actually make justice-related films or TV shows.

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austingfilevirtualaustinfilmbadgeWilliam Nix Moderated AFF 2020 Panel on “The Writer-Producer Relationship” 

As part of the Austin Film Festival 2020’s Virtual Festival (https://austinfilmfestival.com/about/), William Nix moderated a panel entitled “The Writer-Producer Relationship”

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badgesentinalhollywoodhealthWilliam Nix Served as Judge in the 2020 Sentinel Awards for USC’s Hollywood, Health & Society

After two rounds of judging, 13 TV shows will be honored at the 2020 Sentinel Awards for their outstanding storylines on health, safety and security. Read the press release.

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badgesiesocietyWilliam Nix serving as founding member and Co-Executive Director, along with Founders Rippberger and Deml, of new SIE Society

Founders Robert Rippberger and Tobias Deml today announced the formation of the SIE Society, an organization which will serve as a central hub to connect, empower and create alliances between Social Impact Entertainment companies, content creators, organizations, institutions and professionals.

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badgekaiaWilliam Nix does Q&A with Kaia Alexander’s Writing With Kaia “Secret Knock Call”

Kaia’s focus is on supporting women writers, especially women of color, black and indigenous writers. She brings special guests onto zoom calls, and also run a Facebook group called “Writing with Kaia” where she shares industry information, articles, tips and videos I create for them. She also teaches small workshops like how to pitch, drawing on her experience as a development executive, where she helped produced did three movies that did well at the BO. She teaches about the buyer's perspective, and has a reputation for supporting women creators in the industry.

For more information see: https://kaiaalexander.com/  and https://www.facebook.com/groups/656447015115266/kwM

badgepgalogounlogoWilliam Nix Joins PGA Colleagues in Moderating U.N. 101: ROADMAP TO WORKING WITH THE UNITED NATIONS Workshop. Presented by the Producers Guild of America.

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cgpbadgepropjunRoger Allers, Writer/Director and William Nix, Executive Producer Panelists at Illuminate Silver Linings Screenings Series

The Prophet is screening on June 4 at 5:00pm - 7:30pm MST/PDT

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, produced by Salma Hayek Pinault and starring the voices of Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Quvenzhane Wallis and Frank Langella, is the fourth film of the month-long, weekly watch-at-home program Silver Linings Screening Series: Loving Life After Lockdown. The free live weekly series features a lineup of life-affirming, uplifting feature narratives and documentaries alongside live filmmaker Q&A’s, interactive discussions and the festival’s signature Reel Healing events.

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