Apr. 12 | Forbes
Alibaba Pictures Group, an entertainment and film unit of China e-commerce leader Alibaba Group, expects to report up to 1.1 billion yuan to 1.2 billion yuan of losses ($157 million-$171 million) in the fiscal year ending March 31, a “significant” increase from a loss of 254 million yuan a year earlier, the company said in an announcement at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Thursday evening ahead of the long Easter holiday.
Apr. 11 | Daily Beast
Given the direction things have been going, maybe it shouldn’t be so much of a surprise that Trolls World Tour would end up being the most important and consequential film in modern cinematic history.
Apr 10. | Deadline
Requests for assistance from the Actors Fund have skyrocketed during the industry’s coronavirus shutdown.
Apr. 9 | R Newswire
Cast & Crew, which provides payroll and human resources, accounting and financial, and workflow and productivity software and services to the entertainment industry, today announced a three-part program to bring its operations into alignment with the entertainment industry’s reduced production activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr. 9 | Deadline
Miriam Segal’s production company Good Films Collective (The Infiltrator, The Postcard Killings) had a juicy slate ready to go this year when COVID-19 derailed life as we know it.
Apr. 9 | The Hollywood Reporter
A comprehensive look at what measures European countries have introduced to help film and TV companies and their employees hit by the virus crisis and lockdown regulations.
IATSE News Release|Mar. 17
With thousands of entertainment workers displaced as a result of social distancing measures to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the IATSE General Executive Board approved $2.5 million in donations to three entertainment charities Tuesday. The funding will go to the Actors Fund, the Motion Picture and Television Fund, and the Actors Fund of Canada.
The Hollywood Reporter|Mar. 17
As Europe struggles to deal with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, governments across the continent are pushing for bailout and stimulus packages aimed at helping sectors including the entertainment industry that are suffering because of the pandemic.
When the news broke that Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison, Lili Bernard was on her way to the Echo Training Conference, which empowers trauma survivors and is led by one of the producer’s many victims, Louise Godbold.
Washington Post|Mar. 17
Nearly every facet of the entertainment industry has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak as government officials limit large gatherings and encourage those who can to stay home.
After a tidal wave of more than 70 TV and film production shutdowns last week, Hollywood’s major players spent much of Monday sorting out the tricky question of how long crew members will be paid during the unexpected dark period.
LA Times|Mar. 15
The International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, elected Emmy-nominated John Lindley as president of the union in a special vote held online to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
Entertainment industry workers in California who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak are eligible to receive expedited unemployment benefits of up to $450 a week from the state’s Employment Development Department.
The Chief Leader|Mar. 13
While firefighter-union leaders called the FDNY decision to order their members not to respond to medical emergencies that might be linked to coronavirus a prudent move to avoid infecting entire firehouses, Emergency Medical Service union officials said the decision made their case in recently begun contract talks for substantial pay raises for their troops.
The head of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has called for the federal government to provide relief for entertainment industry workers displaced by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 District 2 Convention will be held in July 2021 in conjunction with the International Convention in Toronto, Canada. Details to follow when they become available.
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