EmptyANTI-SMOKING CLIPS TAKE A BOW
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health plans to run 15-second anti-smoking trailers before movie screenings during the summer that are targeted at teens. The big-screen messages are a result of a department study that showed exposure to smoking in film has a direct impact on a teen's likelihood to start smoking. The new messages will be unveiled next week in Hollywood.
WGAE taps Peterson
The WGA East has brought aboard veteran labor attorney Lowell Peterson as the guild's new executive director. Peterson comes from the New York firm of Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, where he specialized in labor issues and representing unions. Peterson also repped laid-off workers in the Enron and WorldCom bankruptcies, winning millions in severance pay. Lowell succeeds Mona Mangan, who retired.
MAUI FEST SETS HONORS
Pierce Brosnan, Felicity Huffman, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Quaid will be feted at the 2008 Maui Film Festival, set for June 11-15 at the Wailea Resort and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului. "Bottle Shock," starring Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and Chris Pine, will open this year's festival, while "Down the Barrel," a surfing documentary featuring Kelly Slater, Kalani Robb, Joel Parkinson and Rob Machado, will close the fest.