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Director Kay Cannon on her
raunchy comedy Blockers

By Iain Blair

At a time when women are increasingly breaking down barriers in Hollywood, writer/ director Kay Cannon is helping lead the charge. The director of Universal’s new film, Blockers, got her start at such comedic training grounds as The Second City, The iO West Theater and The ComedySportz Theatre.

While writing and performing around Chicago, she met Tina Fey, a fellow Second City alumna. When Fey began 30 Rock, Cannon joined the creative team and worked her way up from staff writer to supervising producer on the hit show. She has three Emmy noms for writing, two for Outstanding Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. She has also won three Writers Guild of America Awards, as well as a Peabody, all for her work on 30 Rock.

Cannon, who also served as a co-executive producer on New Girl, a consulting producer on Cristela and co-produced the feature Baby Mama, received rave reviews for her debut screenplay for the film Pitch Perfect, and she wrote and co-produced the sequels. She served as the executive producer, creator and showrunner of the Netflix series Girlboss, based on Sophia Amoruso’s best-selling autobiography, which starred Britt Robertson.

Cannon — one of only a handful of women ever to direct an R-rated comedy for a big studio — has now stepped behind the camera on Blockers and made an assured and polished directorial debut with this coming-of-age sex comedy that takes one of the most relatable rites of passage and upends a long-held double standard. When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

The film stars Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This is 40), John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) and Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad). It is produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner (Neighbors, This is the End), alongside Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar) and Chris Fenton (47 Ronin).

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Director HaZ Dulull on his
sci-fi offering The Beyond

By Randi Altman

On his first feature-length film, this VFX
artist, writer, editor, producer and director
used everything in his toolbox.

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NAB: Adobe’s spring updates
for Creative Cloud

By Brady Betzel

This post pro was impressed with data-driven animation inside After Effects and color matching in Premiere Pro.

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B&H expands its NAB footprint
to target multiple workflows

By Randi Altman

This year The Studio-B&H will exhibit in the Central and South Halls, showing a variety of products and workflows.

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Turnkey VR studio via Z Cam, NextComputing, Assimilate

NYC’s Wax brings on
editing vet Kate Owen

Editor Dylan Tichenor to headline SuperMeet at NAB

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