HBO lauds Broadcast Commission

Javier Figueras (left), HBO Latin America corporate vice-president of affiliate sales, peruses a copy of the Jamaica Observer newspaper
while his colleagues, Jonathan Baker, vice-president of corporate affairs, and Melody Regalado, communications coordinator, look on.
The occasion was a season three premiere of its hit series Ray Donovan at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, recently.

CABLE network Home Box Office (HBO) Latin America is hailing Broadcasting Commission's recent effort to streamline the local industry as "positive". "Kudos to the Broadcasting Commission for moving forward and doing the right thing. We see this as positive," Javier Figueras, HBO Latin America corpo ... Read More

Deiwght Peters Deiwght Peters Show returns
THE Dweight Peters Show made its return to local television last night after its popularity earned i ... Read More

Dalton Narine Caribbean end to film festival
THE final screenings for the five-day Jamaica Film Festival was held at Jamaica Promotions Corporati ... Read More

Herbie Miller (left), curator of Jamaica Music Museum,
accepts the award for Best Documentary (Legends of Ska)
on behalf of producer/director Brad Klein from American
actor Stephen Bishop. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) ...And the winners are
JAMNESIA -- a film which explores the little-known story of surfing in Jamaica, its history, develo ... Read More

Film fest gets thumbs up

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, July 13, 2015    

Presenters in the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival
held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston
on Saturday. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

THE inaugural Jamaica Film Festival is being hailed as a success by organisers as well as several international guest presenters who attended the five-day event. Film commissioner Carole Beckford was all smiles as she presided over the closing ceremony inside the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Saturday night. She told the Jamaica Observer that having screened 20 hours of films, the international community now has better idea of the breadth and scope of talent and technical expertise ... Read More

Hyde behind the camera

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer | Sunday, July 12, 2015    


MUSIC video director and film producer Jerome Hyde has 10 years of experience under his belt. He has worked on major Hollywood films and television shows as well as videos for hip hop and reggae acts. Currently in Kingston for the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival, the 30-year-old Washington DC native wants to learn more about the latest production trends, as well as share some of his knowledge and experience. "My main reason for attending the Jamaica Film Festival is to learn from it. Although ... Read More

Industry experts share filmmaking secrets

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July 12, 2015    

Presenters at Friday’s film and
music workshop held at the
Bob Marley Museum on Hope
Road in St Andrew: (From left)
Marlon Paul, Cyrus Sundar
Singh and Barrington Cole.
(Photo: Bryan Cummings)

THE final day of workshops for the Jamaica Film Festival saw the morning sessions dedicated to music in films. The Bob Marley Museum hosted a handful of industry players who listened to experts on issues relating to clearing music for use in film and television, as well as how to find the right music for your project. For Canadian cinematographer Marlon Paul, one of the biggest mistakes by film-makers is not tapping into resources available to them. "Work with local artistes. The music you ha ... Read More

Riveting search for Samuel Lowe

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Friday, July 10, 2015    

The opening of the Jamaica
Film Festival brought together
personalities from the local
and international film and
television arena. From left,
Fox executive Nicole Bernard,
broadcaster and actress Fae
Ellington, American actor
Stephen Bishop (Being Mary
Jane) and retired NBC
executive Paula Williams

ON Tuesday, the Jamaica Film Festival truly got off to a strong start with the screening of the event's curtain-raiser, Finding Samuel Lowe. The docu-film follows the search by Harlem-born Paula Williams Madison, and her brothers Elrick and Howard, to connect with the Chinese father of their Jamaican mother. The personal, yet riveting story, had the audience in the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, engrossed from start to finish. Finding Samuel Lowe is an intense search for self, identity ... Read More

'Bad Man' gets standing ovation

Friday, July 10, 2015    

Diary of a Bad Man’s director Diemiruaya Deniran (left) and lead
actress Jacinth Sutphin at the Courtleigh Auditorium in St
Andrew, on Wednesday evening. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

London-born director Diemiruaya Deniran and St Mary-born actress Jacinth Sutphin, who plays the lead role of undercover detective Simone Williams, attended the event which marked the second day of the Jamaica Film Festival. Sutphin, who migrated to the United States in her early teens, was thrilled to return to Jamaica and show her worth as an actress. "This is absolutely wonderful for me. This movie is really special as it gives me a chance to go back to my Jamaican roots. Being here and seei ... Read More

Deniran banks on 'Diary'

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter | Wednesday, July 08, 2015    

Diemiruaya Deniran (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS)

UNITED States-based film-maker Diemiruaye Deniran is currently in the island to showcase his movie Diary of a Badman, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in St Andrew, tonight at 7:00. The film is part of Jamaica Promotions Corporation's (JAMPRO) Jamaica Film Festival, which began yesterday and is scheduled to end on Saturday. Diary of a Badman, an hour and 50 minutes, was filmed in sections of New York and New Jersey. The plot surrounds Detective Simone Williams, a Jamaican immigrant to the US, who ... Read More

'Tell better stories'

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, July 08, 2015    

American actress and producer Tony Lee Williams speaking with Jamaica Observer’s reporters at Jamaica Promotions Corporation’s (JAMPRO) headquarters
on Braemar Avenue in St Andrew, on Monday. Looking on is JAMPRO president, Diane Edwards.

ACTRESS and producer Tonya Lee Williams is calling on Jamaican film-makers to start developing stories which can make it on the international market. Williams, who is familiar to many as Olivia on the long-running soap opera Young and The Restless, is currently in Jamaica for the Jamaica Promotions Corporation's (JAMPRO) Jamaica Film Festival which kicked off yesterday. Williams, who has Jamaican roots, said she is tired of the "violent, shoot-them-up" films about drugs and gangsters, which, f ... Read More

Cosby admission brings him more shame, but...

Wednesday, July 08, 2015    

Bill Cosby during an interview (AP)

NEW YORK, USA (AFP) -- Bill Cosby's admission that he used sedatives to lure at least one woman into having sex with him heaped more shame on the disgraced US comedian yesterday, but may count for little in court. The 77-year-old, beloved by millions for playing a family father and doctor in the hit sitcom The Cosby Show, has gone from megastar to accused rapist over a torrent of allegations of sexual misconduct spanning four decades from dozens of women. Lawyers say his admission -- in a 2005 ... Read More

Lights, camera, film fest

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

Movie reel

JAMAICAN film-makers are being urged to see the industry as a business and work towards understanding all aspects of it in order to succeed. This has come from president of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, in the run-up to the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival, which opens in the Corporate Area today and runs until Saturday. According to Edwards, this thrust is at the heart of the five-day event, which seeks to build the capacity of local players in the film industry. "F ... Read More

Experts for film fest

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

Larry Katz

A full roster of experts is slated for the workshops of the inaugural Jamaica Promotions Corporation's (JAMPRO) Jamaica Film Festival, which kicks off today at the Courtleigh Auditorium in St Andrew. These industry insiders will present an array of topics including: The Business of Filmmaking and the Future of TV; Key to Financing your Film Project; and Casting for Film and Television. Among the presenters is Nicole A Bernard, executive vice president of Audience Strategy at The Fox Group. ... Read More



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