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Anonymous Content's David Fincher was awarded the Directors Guild of America's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials last month. The first-time nominee edged out fellow finalists Lance Acord, Noam Murro, Errol Morris and Joe Pytka with a reel featuring two spots for Nike and a commercial for cell phone brand Xelibri, from Mother/London. ... According to a new survey released by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, U.S. production companies spent close to $3.5 billion on production expenditures in the calendar year ending June 30, 2003, with approximately $768 million going to overseas shoots. The Goodwin Simon Strategic Researc survey was conducted online in August and September of 2002 and 2003. ... Mona Davis Music, which specializes in music for film and TV, has announced the launch of a commercials division out of its Los Angeles office. Founded in 1991 by composers Tom Batoy and Franco Tortora, the company made its first foray into spots last year by composing and producing the music for McDonald's global "I'm Lovin' It" campaign.
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