Denise Kasell, former executive director of the Hamptons International Film Festival, has launched a film festival consulting, staffing and training operation with Home.Work.People, a real estate and human resources company serving the entertainment industry with a database of some 2,500 freelance professionals. Aimed at smaller and midsize events, the company's new festival division will work to find and train a range of festival organizers and staff, as well as advising fests on developing key initiatives and programs. "There is a big gap in the way festivals are run," noted Kasell, "and we hope to bring uniformity and a professional approach to each event. At present there really is no one doing this. There are other consultants but they are stand alone individuals, not a company with resources to hundreds of festival personnel." [Eugene Hernandez]