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KHTS Radio, Mar. 31

An unidentified independent film studio recently leased space in Santa Clarita, joining over 25 other studios in the development of ‘Hollywood North’ in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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Deadline, Mar. 28

SAG-AFTRA is backing a bill in the California Legislature that would allow actors to sue producers who use technology to sexualize their scenes without their permission. Senate Bill 564 also would give Californians the right to sue anyone who creates “deepfake” pornography or fake sex tapes.

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Washington Post, Mar. 28

A dark office. An agent, holding a contract that could change a young woman’s life forever. The following, unforeseen sexual assault.

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The Hollywood Reporter, Mar. 28

The second annual Freeform Summit, an influencer-focused event featuring panels about inclusivity and representation — and plenty of photo ops — brought most of the network's current and future stars to Hollywood on Wednesday night for conversations and an "UnPageant."

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Forbes, Mar. 27

Hillary Schwartz, the first assistant director on the Greg Allman biopic ‘Midnight Rider’ asked for leniency from a Georgia judge, seeking a shortening of her 10-year probation which prohibits her from working in the film industry.

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Film School Rejects, Mar. 27

In Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, tension brews when a wealthy, dying farmer is deceived into marrying a young woman at the behest of her lover. It’s a film with little dialogue and subdued performances but one best remembered for its stunning cinematography.

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Vulture, Mar. 26

There is a very big fight going on in Hollywood, but since it’s a standoff built around contract negotiations and entertainment-industry minutiae, you probably haven’t heard about it unless you scour the trades for fun. But this fight affects every person who writes and creates the shows and movies we watch.

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Variety, Mar. 19

Don’t tell cinematographer Nancy Schreiber that she’s having a renaissance. That would imply there’ve been slumps in her long career, and she won’t have any of that, even if for a time she was taking smaller jobs as the gaps widened between larger gigs.

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Bloomberg, Mar. 18

The U.S. television and film industry has become a bigger employer than commodities and energy, according to an analysis by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Variety, Mar. 14

Sixty-four percent of diverse writers working in television today have experienced bias, discrimination or harassment, including seeing their pitches rejected only for a non-diverse writer to pitch the same idea and get accepted, a new report finds.

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Coast Mountain News, Mar. 14

A union representing film and television workers in B.C. announced the death of one of their employees. Aron Koel, 34, died on March 9, according to a tweet from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees local 891.

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Associated Press, Mar. 13

The state Senate has endorsed a bill that would more than double New Mexico's annual payout to the film industry through tax rebates and address a backlog in payments.

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New York Times, Mar. 14

The other day I found myself, as I often do, at a conference discussing lagging wages and soaring inequality.

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Gonzales Weekly Citizen, Mar. 13

Louisiana Economic Development will host the second Louisiana Entertainment Summit on March 28 to provide opportunities to network and engage with entertainment industry professionals, Louisiana businesses, content creators, and regional and local allies from across the state.

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The Hill, Mar. 12

Last year, teacher strikes and walkouts took state capitols by storm across the country. In these states and far too many others, average teacher pay has stagnated and state disinvestment in education has become chronic.

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IATSE D2 Convention

The 2021 District 2 Convention will be conducted virtually on July 25, 2021 in conjunction with the Virtual International Convention. Delegates should be receiving the Convention Call and Credentials at the end of April. Please ask your Union leadership to forward these items to you as soon as they receive them via email. Additional details to follow when they become available.

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