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Principal Photography Has Been Completed on "The Blood Diamond" 2006-07-18 "The Blood Diamond" has wrapped principal photography and the film is now in post-production. The majority of filming took place in South Africa and Mozambique, with additional filming in London. The film is directed by Edward Zwick, whose credits include "The Last Samurai", "Legends of the Fall" and "Glory". Zwick shares screenplay credit with Marshall Herskovitz and Charles Leavitt. The creative team includes cinematographer Eduardo Serra ("The Wings of a Dove", "Girl With A Pearl Earring") and editor Steven Rosenblum ("Braveheart", "Legends of the Fall"). Blood diamonds are also known as conflict diamonds because they are usually mined and sold in war zones. This story is set in Sierra Leone, amidst a civil war and the resulting chaos, and involves two men, Leonardo and Djimon Hounsou, who are from opposite backgrounds but find themselves working together to find a rare diamond that can change both of their lives. Jennifer Connelly plays an American journalist whose idealism is tempered by a deepening connection with Leonardo's character. "The Blood Diamond" will be in theaters near the end of this year.

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Stephen D. Lux Appointed Gemesis CEO and President
 
(October 3, '06, 4:41 IDEX Online Staff Reporter)
 

The Gemesis Corporation appointed Stephen D. Lux as its CEO and president effective immediately. Gemesis is a leading producer of laboratory-grown diamonds.

 

Lux’s previous position was as group vice president and general manager of the Engelhard Corporation, a surface and materials science company that provides environmental technologies, specialty chemical and performance products.

 

He led an $800 million operating division providing pigments for cosmetic, automotive and architectural applications. He directed five separate global business units and held the dual role of general manager for one of the most profitable and highest growth business unit of Engelhard. His responsibilities included managing 2,800 employees, 12 manufacturing sites including three overseas and three research facilities, and seven sales and distribution centers located globally.

 

“Offering a new product in itself is a challenge, but when that product also represents a new product category in a traditional industry, the challenge is magnified,” Lux said. “I look forward to leading Gemesis into the future of rapid growth and a sustained position of market leadership with an expanded array of exquisite laboratory-grown diamonds.”

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