REELSCENE: Production News and Notes

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VIDEOGRAPHER NED MILLER and soundman Greg Quedens spent 11 days shooting across four European countries for The History Channel’s “Giants.”

The 2-hour special, produced by Tom Jenkins Productions of Malibu, chronicles the folklore and legends of giants throughout history. Last week, Miller and Quedens were in Minnesota taping a segment on Paul Bunyon.

NBC PILOT SEASON has wound down for Tenner Paskal Rudnicke Casting to “a few very specific roles,” notes Jennifer Rudnicke. TPR also worked on an ABC pilot, ?Platonically Incorrectly,’ with writer/director Darleen Hunt, who auditioned actresses here.

Those tapped — Stephanie Childers, Rebecca Spence and Beth Lacke ?- had L.A. screen tests but, alas, didn’t make the cut. “They surely will the next time,” Rudnicke predicts.

EXTRA: For the MGM/Morgan Freeman movie, “Straight Up,” TPR will holds an open call starting June 2 for two African American women, 16-18, an African American boy, 11-13 and a Latino youth, 16- 18.

TOP WINNERS in AMC’s Interactive Communications/Design Competition were Brian Davis of Media Options, for a kid-friendly CD-ROM to teach fire safety in the schools for State Farm; Kevin Larson of ITOONS for a CD-ROM based on Big Ideas’ VeggieTales characters, and Elizabeth Cook of On Call Interactive for a CD-ROM to help Harley-Davidson dealers create ad materials.

NOTES FROM EVERYWHERE. Chicago Ad Federation’s April 11 Career Day for students interested in advertising is a total sell-out. All 200 registrations, at $75, were filled as soon as the event was announced ? Optimus’ Gretchen Praeger was named executive producer, replacing Julia Finlayson who opted for motherhood ?

Charter Broadcast is now the official name of Charter Advanced Broadcast Systems, reflecting its expanded services beyond equipment rentals ? Amazon editing added executive producer Laurel Dobose.

Rep Nikki Weiss now selling for Red Car’s 5-branch editorial company in the Midwest? Marci Miles and Gail Miller’s Reelize selling for Charlex, New York? We hear that FCB may be the recipient of the Dannon Water account, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola.

Top winners in AMC’s Interactive Communications/Design Competition were Brian Davis of Media Options, for a kid-friendly CD-ROM to teach fire safety in the schools for State Farm; Kevin Larson of ITOONS for a CD- ROM based on Big Ideas’ VeggieTales characters, and Elizabeth Cook of On Call Interactive for a CD-ROM to help Harley-Davidson dealers create ad materials.?

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