Monday, August 30, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Praises Emmy-Winning NM Productions and Actors

From the NM Film Office:



For immediate release                                               Contact: Pahl Shipley, NM Film Office

August 30, 2010                                                                                              (505) 476-5613


Governor Bill Richardson Praises Emmy-Winning

New Mexico Productions and Actors


Bryan Cranston earns third straight Emmy for "Breaking Bad",

New Mexico's Neil Patrick Harris wins two


SANTA FE-Governor Bill Richardson today praised actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Neil Patrick Harris for receiving Primetime Emmy Awards last night. Cranston, the star of "Breaking Bad", the AMC series shot in Albuquerque, won his third-straight Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.  Paul co-stars with Cranston on the show and received the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.


"'Breaking Bad' is a phenomenal show that has become a symbol of the high quality productions that are made in New Mexico," said Governor Richardson.  "I congratulate Bryan, Aaron, and the entire cast and crew, especially the many New Mexicans involved with the production.  I also want to recognize the writers, producers, and directors of the show, as well as AMC for creating and supporting 'Breaking Bad.'"


Neil Patrick Harris, a New Mexico native, received two Emmy Awards- for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on the hit Fox series "Glee," and for his role as host of the 2009 Tony Awards broadcast which was named Outstanding Special Class Program.


"I am pleased that Neil is being recognized for his amazing talent and versatility," added the Governor.  "But first and foremost he's a proud New Mexican and a tremendous advocate of the state's film industry."


Made-in-New Mexico productions and New Mexico Actors received a total of 17 Primetime Emmy nominations for 2010:


"Breaking Bad"

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston WON

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul WON

Outstanding Cinematography for a One-hour Series

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing


"Georgia O'Keeffe"

Outstanding Made for Television Movie

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Joan Allen

Outstanding Art Direction for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Special

Outstanding Casting for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Special

Outstanding Costumes for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Special

Outstanding Directing for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Special

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Mini-series, Movie, or Special


Neil Patrick Harris (New Mexico native)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: "How I Met Your Mother"

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: "Glee" WON

Outstanding Special Class Program (host): The 2009 Tony Awards WON


Jesse Tyler Ferguson (New Mexico native)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: "Modern Family"


Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003 more than 141 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3.3 billion.  There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.





Monday, August 23, 2010

Dragonslayer Signs with Screen Media!

From Jesse Herron at the INDIE Q list:

Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer Newsletter
August 18, 2010
WendieDear Ann,
This week our little movie has taken a big leap forward in the process of getting out to the world.

This is a public email.  We see no reason why you shouldn't forward it to everybody you have ever met.
1. Dragonslayer Signs With Screen Media!

Wendie"Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer" has been picked up for domestic distribution by Screen Media, a robust and successful distribution organization.  Their full company information can be accessed by visiting their website but we're not shy in saying that we are extremely excited about this distribution deal.  Screen Media's home video label is well known throughout the industry, with Universal Studios Home Entertainment being their primary distributor.  In addition, Screen Media licenses programming to basic and pay cable outlets including HBO, Showtime, Starz, Turner, Lifetime, A&E, Encore, Sci-Fi Channel, Court TV, Hallmark, and U.S.A. Networks.

Soon, "Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer" will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and television all over the country!
2. The Country? Try the World!

Screen Media has purchased the rights to distribution in the North American territories of the U.S. and Canada.  Previously, Strategic Film Partners purchased the rights to all other territories.

The way it works is that for film distribution purposes, the foreign territories are divided into 35 pieces, and those rights get sold one at a time.  SFP is the agent that sells those rights to foreign distributors.

It takes some time, but the headline above is true.  This is a movie that will play the world over.

3. What's Next?

Well, we don't know all the answers to that yet.  Screen Media has guaranteed a DVD street date of February 28, 2011 or before.  So, we know you'll be able to buy the DVD by then. 

Now that the deal is finalized and information is open to the public, we'll be free to send more updates on a regular basis.  We'll let you know where it's going to play and be for sale, and how you can go about buying copies for all of your friends.  And all of your enemies.

At this point, it's all about sales for us.  We believe in our movie, and what we know is that the audience it was made for--children ages 6 to 12--love it.  It's the best movie they've ever seen.  All we have to do is make sure they know it's there.

Please let your friends now that the best way to receive updates is to sign up on our site.  It's free and the whole thing takes 30 seconds to do.
4. A Personal Note From Ryil

I just want to take a moment to congratulate everybody who worked on, invested in, or supported this movie.  No movie is perfect, and though this one turned out to be very good, it's not perfect either.  Frankly, the distribution it's going to get is what it deserves: worldwide DVD and television, but not a large theatrical release like the one for "Harry Potter" or something.

I want to be clear though: this type of success doesn't happen to most movies like ours.  There are a lot of movies being made like this, funded in living rooms and out of retirement accounts, shot on borrowed equipment and with a pound of flesh from free labor, edited in spare bedrooms on home computers.  There are not a lot of those movies that succeed; most of them never really get seen.  You're already more successful than 99% of the movies like this in the history of world, and that's not made up math.

We always felt like we had two promises to keep.  First, we'd do what we could to make sure that all the free labor meant something, that this wouldn't be just one more movie that died before it got shown. Second, we'd do what we could to turn a profit for the people who helped us out with, well, cash.  We're not finished on either account, but things sure are looking up.

As always, thanks for your support. 

Ryil Adamson
Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer
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Monday, August 16, 2010

KNME General Manager Polly Anderson to Chair National Educational Telecommunications Association Board and Named to the Board of Native American Public Telecommunicaitons, Inc.

August 16, 2010
For Immediate Release:

August 16, 2010
Contact: Jessica Kinser
(402) 472-8607, []

KNME General Manager Polly Anderson to Chair National Educational Telecommunications
Association Board and Named to the Board of Native American Public Telecommunications,

(Albuquerque, New Mexico)--KNME, public television for Albuquerque/Santa Fe, northern
and central New Mexico has announced that General Manager and CEO Polly Anderson
 has been elected Chair of the National Educational Television Association (NETA).
The new six-person board was introduced at the organization's summer meeting held
in Albuquerque in July. Anderson will serve as chair for Fiscal Year 2011.
Based in Columbia, South Carolina, NETA is a professional association that serves
public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, by providing quality program content,
educational resources, professional development, management support and national
"Our members all face 'interesting times,' and the most important role of a membership
organization is to support the work of each member in their communities," said NETA
president Skip Hinton. "Our ability to do this is always dependent on the strength
of our leadership. Once again, the NETA membership has selected a very strong team
to lead this association."
Anderson commented on the energy and momentum generated at the meeting, saying,
"It's an exciting time to work with public media communities and colleagues across
the country. There are many new challenges and opportunities facing us now. Social
media and new technology, as well as shifting media habits, are changing the landscape
of our industry." She added, "I'm looking forward to assisting NETA in its mission
to continue to help connect and support people in public media."
Anderson was also recently named to serve an unexpired term on the board of Native
American Public Telecommunications, Inc. []
(NAPT) and will be up for reelection this fall.
Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, the mission of NAPT is to "serve Native producers and
Indian country in partnership with public television and radio. NAPT works with
Native producers to develop, produce and distribute educational telecommunications
programs for all media including public television and public radio. NAPT supports
training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing
 quality public media programs, which includes advocacy efforts promoting increased
control and use of information technologies and the policies to support this control
by American Indians and Alaska Natives."
Says NAPT Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve, "Because of the rich Native American
cultures represented by KNME's coverage area, we are happy that Polly can help us
deepen our relationships in the Southwest region."

Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. []
(NAPT) shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion
and distribution of Native media. Founded in 1977, through various media-public
television, public radio and the Internet-NAPT brings awareness of Indian and Alaska
Native issues. NAPT operates the AIROS Native Network [],
a 24/7 Internet radio station that features music, news, interviews, documentaries
and audio theater. AIROS also features downloadable podcasts with Native filmmakers,
musicians and Tribal leaders. VisionMaker Video []
is the premier source for quality Native American educational and home videos. All
aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more
about careers in the media-to be the next generation of storytellers. NAPT is located
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NAPT offers student employment, internships
and fellowships. Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate
goal for the dissemination of Native-produced media.