Production Notes

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According to the Four A's 2000 Television Production Cost Survey, released in December, the average cost of producing a 30-second spot declined by 3 percent in calendar year 2000. The average :30 cost $332,000 , compared to $343,000 in 1999. The decline is the first since 1997 and stands in stark contrast to the 19 percent climb in production costs in 1999.

Bicoastal production company Cylo TVC has suspended operations, the latest victim of the production industry shakeout. Cylo ITV, the new-media company operated under the same roof and moniker, will remain in business. Executive producer Beth Kinder left the company with Cylo director Edouard Nammour on December 31 to form a company called Free Market Films, which will also represent Cylo director Clay Staub. Director Jeff Kaumeyer, meanwhile, has signed with Los Angeles-based production company Detour.

Following last year's closure of production house Straw Dogs by owner Paradise Music & Entertainment, president Craig Rodgers and director Jesse Dylan, director of the current comedy feature How High, are starting all over again with a company called Form. "Form is a brand new company that's privately owned by Jesse and myself," Rodgers says, with "privately" being the operative word. Rodgers and Dylan sold Straw Dogs to publicly traded Paradise three years ago in a deal that ultimately ended in litigation. Rodgers says he currently has a suit pending against the company. In the meantime, Form represents Dylan, Mike Rowles and Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld. The company has also added ex-Propaganda director Charles Wittenmeier.

Director Robert Logevall, known for his stylish work for Lexus and Volkswagen, has split with production company Bruce Dowad Associates to launch his own company, Wonderland, with longtime rep Drew Miller. Logevall, who once served as Bruce Dowad's art director, had been repped by the company for the last five years.

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