(Associated Press, April 21)
Shonda Rhimes, the TV mastermind whose hits include "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," keeps a lid on plot twists. But she's giving aspiring screenwriters a behind-the-scenes look at how to succeed in her craft.
(The Hill. April 21)
If the music industry has its way, Congress will soon pass legislation that will charge consumers more for listening to music.
(Variety, April 20)
Lisa Paulsen is stepping down as president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation after 27 years running the charity.
(Fstoppers, April 20)
Cinematographer Matt Workman has created an extensive video detailing the methods and tools used by Director of Photography Linus Sandgren to create the Academy Award winning look of La La Land.
(People, April 19)
As a veteran journalist of 67 years, Dan Rather has had ample opportunity to master the art of keeping things in perspective even during the most unsettled eras — he was on the scene for JFK’s assassination, reported on Civil Rights and Watergate, and literally dodged bullets in Vietnam, for starters.
(Variety, April 19)
Conroy’s father, also a DP, taught him that the key to success is working harder than anyone else.
(LA Times, April 12)
The number of on-location movie shoots in the Los Angeles area plummeted in the first quarter of the year despite generous California tax incentives designed to lure more big-budget film productions from out of state.
(Variety, April 11)
After two days back at the bargaining table, there is cautious optimism that the WGA and major studios could be inching closer to compromise on at least one key issue on the table: options and exclusivity terms for TV writers.
(LA Times, April 10)
Most women directors don’t like to talk about gender. They’d rather just get on with their work.
(Adweek, April 9)
Hollywood is still the center of the film and TV universe—for now—but over the past few years, Atlanta’s thriving entertainment industry has been rapidly giving it a run for its money.
(Hollywood Reporter, April 5)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched Academy Gold, a new summer internship and mentoring program that will pull from underrepresented communities.
(New York Daily News, March 25)
These workers have good union jobs. They have employers invested in a local business that fuels the city’s economy by making a unique product sent out to the whole world. It is an old-fashioned idea: Hire people to create something special, and pay them fair wages with good health and retirement benefits.
(New York Times, March 25)
His testimony suggests that as labor secretary his primary goal would not be to look out for workers by promoting fair pay and workplace safety. Instead, he seems more interested in shielding employers from having to address those concerns.
(Deadline, March 25)
Since the first writers’ strike of 1960, there have been 12 U.S. presidents – five Democrats and seven Republicans, and yet all six WGA strikes occurred during Republican administrations.
(Northwest Labor Press, March 24)
A long-festering union dispute at KGW-TV has come to a close. At the Portland NBC affiliate, 26 camera operators and editors represented by IATSE Local 600 ratified a new union contract March 22 — more than two years after their old contract expired. They’re the last of three KGW units to reach agreement.
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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