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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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cgpbadgecfutureThis Thanksgiving, Don’t Stop Dreaming

Every child dreams. Runs, plays, imagines, creates. Every child wants to sing or dance or make believe, creating entire worlds in playrooms and backyards. At some point, however, there is The Great Tragedy in most people’s lives. A moment when most children “grow up” and tell themselves, “This isn’t the thing I can do for the rest of my life. This isn’t an adult thing. This isn’t a responsible thing. This is no longer a part of me.

We’re all born artists. Most of us choose to become something else, but it isn’t something that comes as naturally. What’s natural is imagination. What’s natural is creation. What’s natural is listening to that inner impulse to celebrate and reflect life with a dynamic voice that is uniquely our own...

cgpbadgeusccreativeWilliam Nix to serve as Juror and Award Presenter at the Second Annual Raw Film Festival Science Awards

The Raw Science Film Festival Awards Ceremony is being held on December 5, 2015 in the heart of Silicon Beach. The theme is Virtual Reality (VR). It is an opportunity to mingle with winning filmmakers, judges, and entrepreneurs amidst the most cutting edge virtual experiences in science and technology. Prizes are presented to winning filmmakers along with industry awards for theatrically released films. 

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cgpbadgebridgespiesJourneys in Film (JiF) and Participant Media Release Discussion Guide for Bridge of Spies

Although attorney Jim Donovan fails to win the freedom of accused spy Rudolf Abel in court, history presents him with another opportunity. At great personal risk, he goes to Cold War Berlin to negotiate a prisoner exchange for the release of captured U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers. This discussion guide covers the behind-the-scenes history of the Cold War, the U-2 incident, the Berlin Wall, and constitutional issues that should be of concern to all Americans in an era of espionage and surveillance.

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cgpbadgeaustinfilmhartchartVeteran Screenwriter and Producer, James V. Hart, Launches HartChart™ Software at Austin Film Festival 2015

James V. Hart, is the Screenwriter and storyline/concept creator behind such motion pictures as the Stephen Spielberg classic, Hook,  Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, Frankenstein, Muppet Treasure Island, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Sahara, August Rush, and Epic. For nearly three decades, Jim has taught master classes at film festivals, institutes and universities throughout the world. He has also been an industry leader and advocate in the Writers Guild of America throughout this time.  He launched the release of the HartChart™ Software at the 2015 Austin Film Festival (, a writer's festival for which the HartChart™ is a sponsor.

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cgpbadgepepeprdinesmallWilliam Nix serving as an Acting Supreme Court Justice in the Eighteenth Annual Pepperdine National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition

William Nix is serving as an Acting U.S. Supreme Court Justice, for the fifth year in a row, in the Eighteenth Annual Pepperdine School of Law Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, is being held on November 14-15, 2015 at Pepperdine's Malibu Campus. Teams from law schools all across the country argued novel entertainment law issues before some of the best entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles. For more information and to download the competition problem visit: Find Out More

cgpbadgelatc3William Nix an Industry Panelist at the 2015 LATC Los Angeles Immersion Program

Steve Solot, Founder and President of the Latin American Training Center, and CPG Advisory Board Member, along with Kate Lyra, Daniel Dreifuss and Daniel Pisano lead the November 2-7, 2015 global audiovisual industry professionals will have the opportunity to experience an “immersion” into the U.S. audiovisual industry. Through an intensive schedule of meetings, presentations, round tables and networking with film and television executives, consultants, talent agents, entertainment lawyers, each participant in the LATC Immersion Program have access to commercial, legal, marketing, artistic, academic and new media industry executives and exposure to a wide range of aspects of the US audiovisual industry, and an exclusive insider’s tour to selected events access of the American Film Market 2015.

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