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cgpbadgepepperimage015pgalogoPGA is Producing and Pepperdine's Entertainment, Media & Culture Institute is Hosting "Crowdsourcing" Master Class

Ian Wagner, Producer with Fantail Entertainment, and the PGA Education Committee, will be offering a 4-hour Master Class that will be hosted by the Pepperdine Institute of Entertainment, Media & Culture (iEMC), as part of iEMC's "Next Wave in Entertainment" series. The Crowdsourcing Master Class will be held at Pepperdine's Culver City campus. It will focus on the process, requirements, techniques and companies who specialize in online and other forms of crowdsource-funding for film, television and other media projects.


cgpbadgeWilliam Nix serving as Industry Advisor to Pepperdine Institute on Entertainment and Media & Culture "Diversity Works" Symposium Group

As part of its Next Wave in Entertainment series, on Friday afternoon, November 4th, at the Fairmont Miramar Starlight Ballroom in Santa Monica, California, on the occasion of the American Film Market (AFM), the Pepperdine Institute of Entertainment, Media & Culture is producing an academic/industry symposium entitled "Diversity Works." It will:

  • Focus upon Diverse Perspectives that are sweeping through the entertainment business, how are new stories and voices transforming media.
  • Focus upon the shifting media landscape ranging from the impact of the "Black Lives Matter" Movement, how women are tackling gender bias, and from stories of inter-generational characters to the movement to recognize those of us with disabilities.
  • To join industry leaders and researchers in a series of lively and evocative discussions about the evolution of the business in light of greater Diversity and Inclusion.

iEMC Diversity Notice


cgpbadgemootimage009William Nix to serve as a "Supreme Court Justice" in Pepperdine Law School's 19th National Entertainment Law Moot Court CompetitionProtection Group

On November 30th, William Nix is serving as a "Supreme Court Justice" in the Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition takes place at Pepperdine University School of Law. Each team has the opportunity to argue novel entertainment law issues before some of the best entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles.


cgpbadgeriomarketimage016riomarketimage017William Nix and Nancy Cushing-Jones to Teach "Branding and Cross-Media Storytelling" Master Class at 2016 RioMarket

William Nix, Chairman of CPG, and CPG Board of Advisors Member and Partner in BroadThink, Nancy Cushing-Jones, are presenting a Master Class on "Branding and Cross-Media Storytelling" for the participants in the 2016 Rio Film Festival/RioMarket in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


cgpbadgeiemcimage027William Nix serving as Industry Advisor to Pepperdine's new Institute on Entertainment, Media & Culture (iEMC)

The Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture (iEMC) facilitates the education and development of a new generation of multi-disciplinary graduates who are uniquely positioned for impactful leadership roles within the media and entertainment sectors and committed to stewardship of its cultural and societal impacts. The Institute creates pathways for students from Seaver College, Graziadio School of Business, and the School of Law to become business savvy creatives, creatively minded executives and entrepreneurs, and entertainment industry focused lawyers.


cgpbadgerawscienceimage032William Nix to serve as Juror for 2016 Raw Science Film Festival

The Raw Science Film Festival (RSFF), now in its third year, honors films on science and technology worldwide. The film festival partners are Explore Mars, Space Tourism Society Canada, and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. Categories include fiction and non-fiction for both students and professionals. Cash prizes are awarded. Animations and infographics are welcomed. he winners of the Raw Science Film Festival will be screened during the day at Fox Studios inside the historic Zanuck Theater on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The screening is followed by a black-tie-optional Awards Ceremony in true hosted "awards show" fashion that will be live-streamed with magic, brain games, and immersive experiences. The theme of the event is "Space 3.0," the development of private space in addition to augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality experiences. The best in science media from around the world will be celebrated.


cgpbadgeunivcomcastStraus Institute Class Meets with NBCUniversal Studios Legal Department and its Creative Content Protection Group

Students in Adjunct Professor and Industry Advisor William Nix's Straus Institute Entertainment & Media Dispute Resolution class recently met with the members of NBCUniversal Studios Legal Department on the Studio Lot. They were able to hear inside stories about how studio lawyers and technology teams service the varied needs of their film, television, video and other clients, and keep pace with the demands of new technology and pirate operations in order to protect the Intellectual Property assets of the Studio and its partners.


cgpbadgepga headerWilliam Nix Joins the Producers Guild of America as a Member of its Producer's Council

William Nix, Chairman of Creative Projects Group, has joined the Producer's Guild of America (PGA) as Member of its Producer's Council, which is comprised of Producers, Executive Producers and others who are responsible for the majority of producing functions throughout the entire production of projects.


cgpbadgeoscaranniThe Prophet Film Nominated for Three Annie Awards and on Short-List for Best Animated Feature Oscar® Nominations

Members of the International Animated Film Society (IAFS) nominated Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet for three different industry Annie Awards. See: The film's Editors, Jennifer Dolce and Ernesto Matamoros, were nominated for Editing in an Animated Feature, its Director, Roger Allers for Directing in an Animated Feature, and the producers of the film for Best Animated Independent Feature. Variety | Hollywood Reporter


cgpbadgeselmafilmtvSalma Hayek Named The WIFTS Animation Awardee

Actress, producer and director Salma Hayek has been named as the recipient of The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase (TheWIFTS) Animation Award 2015 for her labor of love adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Hayek is one of 23 honorees for this year’s International Visionary Awards, being held for the eighth year this month at Knoll, West Hollywood.