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The A-List: Veteran director Walter Hill
By Iain Blair

Over the course of a long and storied career, writer, director and producer Walter Hill has done it all. His career began in the early 1970s with screenplay credits for The Getaway and The Drowning Pool. In 1975, he made his directorial debut with Hard Times, a Depression-era street fighting drama.

Since then, his projects have ranged from classic sci-fi (Alien) to classic westerns (The Long Riders, GeronimoWild Bill) and from action-packed thrillers (Extreme Prejudice) to buddy comedies (48 HoursAnother 48 Hours).

With his unique visceral style, Hill also made a successful foray into television, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for the pilot of the neo-western Deadwood. He also directed AMC’s acclaimed Emmy Award-winning debut television movie, Broken Trail, and was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards — he won an Emmy for producing and a DGA award for directing. Hill was also executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series Tales from the Crypt.

He has also written two graphic novels, which have been published in France, the second of which served as the basis for his provocative new film, The Assignment. The neo-noir, pulpy thriller, which he co-wrote with Denis Hamill, stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia. It tells the story of hitman Frank Kitchen, who is given a lethal assignment, and after being double-crossed discovers he’s not the man he thought he was — he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman (Rodriguez). Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the surgeon (Weaver) who transformed him.

I talked with Hill, whose eclectic credits also include Brewster’s Millions and Bullet to the Head, about making the film.

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A glimpse at what was new at NAB
By Lance Holte

I made the trek out to Las Vegas last week for the annual NAB show to take in the latest in post production technology, discuss new trends and products, and get lost in a sea of exhibits.

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Jason Moss composes music
for ABC’s The Toy Box

By Jennifer Walden

Children may not be the best source for deciding when bedtime should be, or deciding what’s for dinner (chicken nuggets again?), but who better to decide what toys kids want to play with?

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My NAB 2017 top five
By Brady Betzel

While I didn't make it out to NAB this year, I was paying very close attention to what was introduced in terms of products and technology. Below are five announcements that really got my attention.

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NYC editing house Bandit adds Chris Kursel

Sony’s offerings at NAB
By Daniel Rodriguez

Nutmeg, Nickelodeon team
to remix SpongeBob songs

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