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Seasoned broadcast professional Diana Payer has taken the helm as executive producer at Big Fish Films, a full-service production company headquartered in Dallas. Payer has 25 years of agency and broadcast production experience and most recently was director of broadcast production for TracyLocke. Payer's resume also includes roles as senior broadcast producer at Publicis Mid-America, manager of broadcast production for Atkins, and group account director at GSD&M. She has worked on brands including Pizza Hut, Zales, BMW, Christus Health, Texas Lottery, Pearl Vision, Nestle, and TXU Energy.
"I have known Big Fish as a company for most of my career and have great respect for Robert Latorre as a innovator and visionary in our industry. I am excited to help take this company to the next level," Payer said. "I hope to bring the knowledge of what producers and creatives and clients need on the agency side and make Big Fish an invaluable resource for those people.
Founded in 1990, by Director/Cameraman Robert Latorre, Big Fish Films is headquartered in its own 12,000-square-foot production building that house two stages and a commercial kitchen for food/tabletop shots.
"Diana has a well-deserved reputation for integrity, leadership and boundless energy, and I know that she will put those talents toward attracting the best directorial talent and ensuring the quality in our production process," Latorre said. "Big Fish is privileged to have her leading our company."
In her new role, Payer has wasted no time in attracting directors Vittorio Sacco, Mark Micks, Henry Meziat and Zack Linder to a roster already loaded with an impressively diverse range of talent.
In addition, Payer has brought on board new sales representatives for Big Fish: Joanne Morris and Cathy Brittingham of Catalina Reps.
The Big Fish roster includes directors from across the country, including LA, NY, Austin, Dallas, Miami, Mexico City and Argentina and features A-List established directors in their respective specialized areas of tabletop, comedy, real people, and visual storytelling. Diana has also brought on newer, up and coming talent. The company has produced work for clients including McDonald's, American Airlines, Coca Cola, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sony, Kraft, Miller, GMC, U.S. Air Force, Hyundai and Florida Tourism.
In the beginning, there was film. Images captured on light-sensitive material that could be shared among many viewers. Later came magnetic material called “videotape” and it was good for many things. Then a revolution! The computer and digital charged onto the field.Read more...
The western states, as a whole, are filled with more scenery than people. There are, of course, pockets of population that skew that logic – Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, and a few other cities – and they tend to be very urban areas, filled with views that can be found in cities east or west, But the grandeur of the land away from the cities is what attracts film makers from all over the world.Read more...
In the western United States, studios and soundstages often come with a distinguished Hollywood heritage. In Santa Fe, N.M., Garson Studios was founded by an Academy Award-winning actress. In Hollywood, Fox Studios carries the cachet of one of the legendary major studios. Moving north, the stages of San Rafael, Calif.’s 32TEN Studios once hosted Lucasfilm blockbusters, while the new Reno Tahoe Studios in Nevada seeks to establish its own heritage as production incentives promise to attract film and TV business to the state.Read more...
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FirstCom Music 2013 Credit Reel
A blue sky sprawls between ridges frosted in deep evergreen, framing Alder Gulch much as when Native American tribes traversed this landscape 800 years ago. The town of Virginia City sprang up virtually overnight in the summer of 1863; within one year, it was the largest city in the Inland Northwest, with an estimated 10,000 residents. These days, few people continue seeking gold in Alder Gulch. But for filmmakers seeking ready-made Old West locations, the towns of Virginia City and Nevada City offer one more chance to strike it rich.
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