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IndieWire, Aug. 14

There were inherent challenges to shooting “Russian Doll.” For starters, the Netflix show had a limited budget, with mostly location shooting, and allowed for only five days of production per episode.

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The Hollywood Reporter, Aug. 11

Hong Kong film studios have found themselves in a perilous position following Beijing's boycott order of Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Awards, often referred to as the "Chinese Oscars."

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The Hill, Aug. 10

Universal Pictures says it is canceling the release of "The Hunt" following intense backlash from conservatives and President Trump over the politically charged violence depicted in the purported satire.

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Variety, Aug. 7

SAG-AFTRA’s newly executed three-year TV and film contract with Netflix could provide a template for the union’s contract talks with Hollywood’s major studios next year, according to SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris.

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The Hollywood Reporter, Aug. 6

City National Bank, long known for its ties to the entertainment industry, said Tuesday it has paid an undisclosed amount to acquire FilmTrack, a firm that helps companies determine whether they have the rights to sell or license movies and television shows.

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Variety, Aug. 1

For two seasons, director of photography M. David Mullen has been responsible for inviting the audience into the world of a housewife-turned-comedian on Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

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CNN, Jul. 28

The film "Jaws" could've been a disaster for Universal Pictures.

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Crain's Cleveland Business, Jul. 28

From helping secure and expand the motion picture tax credit to procuring funding for the School of Film, Television and Interactive Media at Cleveland State University to steering directors and producers to consider the Buckeye State for their productions, Ivan Schwarz has shaped the ecosystem for Ohio's film industry for the past 13 years.

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Santa Clarita Signal, Jul. 26

Mayor Marsha McLean joined State of California Film Commission Executive Director Colleen Bell for a Santa Clarita film information tour Wednesday.

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Indie Wire, July 25

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Greig Fraser, known for his grounded approach and broad range, has signed on to shoot Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman installment. “The Batman,” planned for a 2021 release by Warner Bros., will be Fraser’s second Reeves movie, a studio spokeswoman confirmed. He was DP on the acclaimed 2010 “Let Me In,” a remake of the Swedish vampire hit “Let the Right One In.”

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Variety, July 25

AEG and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti teamed up to host a kickoff event for the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF), an effort to boost diversity in the entertainment industry. The event, which took place at L.A Live on June 15, featured a panel discussion with writer, producer, and actress Issa Rae known for her hit HBO show “Insecure.”

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Bloomberg, July 19

BuzzFeed Inc. agreed to voluntarily recognize an employee union, ending a standoff that included a walkout and months of negotiations. After Bloomberg reported on the accord Friday, the union confirmed the agreement in a tweet.

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The Oregonian, Jul. 16

The film “Last Black Man in San Francisco” sheds natural light on the city of San Francisco’s shadowy problem of gentrification – with the help of an Oregon cinematographer.

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Star News, Jul. 15

Set painter Tim Hunley was awarded recognition from the IATSE 491 crew union and will receive the Carnegie Medal of Heroism.

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Salon, July 13

Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” — the studio’s first Asian superhero movie — is a sign of the times. Destin Daniel Cretton, who is of Asian descent, will be directing the film, which will feature a Chinese superhero who originally appeared in one of Marvel’s 1973 comics.

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IATSE D2 Convention

The 2020 IATSE D2 Convention has been changed from an in person event to a virtual convention. Anybody who purchased airfare or hotel accommodations for the event should cancel them. Virtual sessions will be held Saturday Oct. 24 and Sunday Oct. 25, 2020. Details on the virtual convention will be sent to the Local Unions as soon as they become available. Please send questions to ebrown@iadistrict2.org.

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