The District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment  named Jerome Hyde as the January 2016 Filmmaker of the Month.  According to a release, through his local production company, Unplugged Multimedia, Hyde oversees a robust portfolio of music videos, commercials, documentaries, short films and other film works produced in the D.C.-area and internationally. Hyde’s list of corporate clients includes Toyota, Radio-One, Discovery Channel, National Institutes of Health, Washington Redskins, Washington Wizards and popular music artists Wale, New Edition and Johnny Gill, among others.  Hyde, who graduated from Howard University and Savannah College of Arts and Design, has received many professional awards recognizing his accomplishments, including a regional Emmy and Telly award.

The Film & TV Training Seminar, Feb 20-12.  is a two-day workshop designed to provide practical training for an entry-level Production Assistant position in the film or television industry.  Participants gain valuable knowledge and insight into the entertainment industry and learn about on-set etiquette and protocol from seasoned filmmakers. This valuable training provides the tools needed to walk confidently onto any commercial, television, new media, theatre, or movie set. The two-day event runs from 9:00 to 5:00 at the Harris Theatre on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

The Baltimore Film Office is accepting entries for the 11th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition.  Applicants can submit in the feature or shorts categories.  The top entries in both categories win cash prizes, feature winners also receive all access passes to the 2016 Maryland Film Festival  and passes to local movie theaters.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by 5 p.m.  The competition is designed to create awareness of screenplays as a literary art form and to encourage new screenwriters into the entertainment industry.  The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.  Funding is provided by Morgan State University, The Arts Insurance Program, a division of Maury, Donnelly and Parr and Johns Hopkins University.  Additional support is courtesy of the Maryland Film Festival, NEXTCAR and Visit Baltimore.  You can find out more here.

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