The Hollywood Reporter, Apr. 23
For years, some plaintiff-side litigators in Hollywood have complained that when it comes to arbitration, the cards are stacked in favor of big studios, which repeatedly use these alternative dispute-resolution forums. But in February, the tables turned when one JAMS arbitrator decided that not only did 21st Century Fox cheat the creative talent behind Bones out of tens of millions of dollars in profits, but that the fraud was so reprehensible that Fox should also pay an additional $128 million in punitive damages.
Variety, Apr. 23
Last year, CBS hired two white-shoe law firms to conduct an independent investigation into alleged misconduct by then-CEO Leslie Moonves, as well as broader cultural issues at CBS. Writing for Variety, Whitney Davis — a veteran of the company’s news and entertainment divisions — describes how the investigation prompted her to reconsider her nearly decade-and-a-half career at CBS.
Teen Vogue, Apr. 23
This latest chapter in Los Angeles’s colorful labor history is being written by, well, writers — specifically, screenwriters.
Broadway World, Apr. 18
Members of the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) on Saturday re-elected National Executive Director Chuck Parker and Associate National Executive Director dooner without opposition at the Guild's bi-annual general membership meeting.
Variety, Apr. 22
Brazil’s Ancine agency, its foremost public-sector source of film funding, has frozen all of its incentive programs, potentially near paralyzing new production in Latin America’s biggest film-TV industry.
Los Angeles Times, Apr. 19
On April 15, the European Council gave final approval to a new copyright law for the 28 member states of the EU. Brussels might seem very far away, but the changes in European copyright laws will be felt in Southern California — in our established entertainment industry, among the start-ups of Silicon Beach, and perhaps even by the Los Angeles Times.
Deadline, Apr. 18
Netflix is planning a major expansion of its New York City presence with a production hub that New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo says will bring “hundreds of jobs and up to $100 million in investments to the city.”
Rutgers Daily Targum, Apr. 18
The state of this nation is intertwined with the state of unions. Societal progress is won and lost by the unions of America.
Variety, Apr. 17
What if you could return to a time in your childhood and relive your life from that point knowing what you know now?
Daily Bruin, Apr. 17
With characters traversing the spectrum between the human and the supernatural, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” was an opportunity for Michael Goi to create a visually unstable landscape.
Studio Daily, Apr. 16
Cinematographer Matthew Libatique got a warm welcome from a big crowd at NAB, where conference-goers took time off from the show floor to line up for a career-spanning Q&A with the DP and ICG Magazine Executive Editor David Geffner.
Variety, Apr. 1
In the era of “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” it’s clear that Hollywood has finally begun to prioritize making entertaining, big-budget films that acknowledge the cultural diversity of U.S. moviegoers. A 2017 CAA study found that across every budget level, films with diverse casts outperformed films with less diversity, and nonwhite moviegoers now account for half of all tickets sold in the U.S.
Hollywood Reporter, Apr. 2
Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Joint Policy Committee, representing the advertising industry, have reached a tentative agreement on terms for successor television and audio commercials contracts. Details weren't immediately disclosed.
Hollywood Reporter, Apr. 2
Gov. Phil Murphy spent the weekend in Hollywood, Calif. where he rolled out the red carpet to film, television and media companies putting a spotlight on New Jersey as the next big location for filming and production. His tour comes less than a year after he signed the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act, which established a set of tax breaks for production companies who set up shop in New Jersey.“New Jersey has a rich history as a filming location dating back to Thomas Edison’s invention of the kinetoscope,” Murphy said in a statement.
Indie Wire, Apr. 4
When Harmony Korine first talked to cinematographer Benoit Debie about shooting “Spring Breakers,” he told his future collaborator that he wanted the cinematography to be the star of film and push further than anything he had done before. For Debie, whose work more than any other cinematographer of his generation has been defined by his bold use of color, the idea of a director asking him to reach for colors, and an intensity of color, not normally seen on screen was a dream come true.
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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