Broadway News, Jan. 9
A day after Actors’ Equity announced a strike against developmental work produced by the Broadway League, theatrical unions have voiced support for their efforts.
Deaadline, Jan. 7
Writers and producers at four Vice Media news outlets have voted overwhelmingly to ratify contracts negotiated on their behalf by the WGA East.
Deadline, Jan. 4
Casting directors and associates in Los Angeles and New York have ratified a new three-year contract that was negotiated on their behalf by Teamsters locals 399 in LA and 817 in New York.
CBS, Jan. 4
Hollywood’s record-breaking year at the box office wasn’t the only noteworthy thing about 2018.
Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 3
Picture Motion, the company that provides non-theatrical screening experiences for sociocultural impact filmmaking, is expanding its reach with the acquisition of Film Sprout, a fellow screening company with a focus on doc films.
LA Times, Jan. 3
Change can spread like wildfire when a voice rises up to energize its momentum. At the 2018 Golden Globes, Natalie Portman lent hers, calling out the 88 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for its best director nominations. Seven words could not have been more prophetic. “And here are the all-male nominees.”
Forbes, Jan. 02
I spoke with Tom Cross, editor of First Man, The Greatest Showman, Whiplash, and La La Land, about the subtle art of editing. How would you describe your role to someone who doesn't understand the importance of the edit? Half of my job is to distill the purest, most efficient, and most artistic version of the director’s vision. It’s about protecting great performances and making sure they are emotionally seamless.
Labor Press, Dec. 27
Every year, the union performers in the Portland SAG-AFTRA local gather at the Lake Theater in Lake Oswego to watch their union’s televised annual awards event. This year, the event is open to all local union members and supporters and is doubling as a fundraiser for local SAG-AFTRA president Robert Blanche, who’s fighting for his life after a double lung transplant./p>
(Variety, Dec. 14)
CBS Corp. said Friday it would award $20 million that was originally earmarked for severance for its former CEO, Leslie Moonves, to 18 different organizations that work to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.
(Washington Post, Dec. 13)
For a group of people who communicate with the public professionally, the entertainment industry has a disconcerting tendency to shoot itself in the collective foot.
New York Times, Dec. 11
“Trolls.” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” “Moana.” “Inside Out.” “Wonder Woman.” All were global box-office hits that had women in leading roles.
New Orleans Advocate, Dec. 12
The state's film industry supports more than 14,000 direct and indirect jobs, with an average salary of $63,000 per year, according to the Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association.
Florida Phoenix, Dec. 12
Eight years ago, Florida kicked off a program to try to attract the film industry – and the jobs and publicity that come with it – to the Sunshine State.
Deadline, Dec. 12
Four longtime SAG-AFTRA staffers – all women – have been promoted to executive director roles. Olga Rodriguez-Aguirre, Beth Millman, Jennifer Gaudy and Lori Hunt have all been given the new titles and will report to Ray Rodriguez, the union’s chief contract’s officer.
Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 12
Cinematographer Curtis Clark will receive the John A. Bonner Medal. Nine technical achievements, represented by 27 individual award recipients including Pixar's Ed Catmull and ILM's John Knoll, will be honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Feb. 9 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.
The IATSE Women’s Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Healthy Women on a campaign called “Spread the Word” to disperse helpful health information to women.
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