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GUN SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE RIGID ON FILM AND TV SETS

Gun safety protocols are rigid on film and TV sets. This ‘should never have happened.’ (msn.com) SANTA FE, N.M. – Black-shirted security guards stand sentry at a weather-beaten white gate, a faded American flag flapping overhead in a cloudless blue sky. Nearby, bouquets of wilting flowers are tied to a ...

SOMERSET COUNTY APPOINTS FIRST MEMBERS TO FILM COMMISSION

Somerset County Appoints First Members to Film Commission (tapinto.net) SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County’s Board of Commissioners took the next step in the creation of its new Film Commission with the appointments of experienced filmmakers Adam Scherr and Jonathan Kalafer. In addition to experience in the film industry, both Scherr and Kalafer ...

LET COMPUTERS DO IT: FILM SET TRAGEDY SPURS CALL TO BAN GUNS

Let computers do it: Film set tragedy spurs call to ban guns (apnews.com) NEW YORK (AP) — With computer-generated imagery, it seems the sky’s the limit in the magic Hollywood can produce: elaborate dystopian universes. Trips to outer space, for those neither astronauts nor billionaires. Immersive journeys to the future, ...

STATES MOSTLY DEFER TO UNION GUIDANCE FOR ON-SET GUN SAFETY

States Mostly Defer to Union Guidance for On-Set Gun Safety (usnews.com) Safety standards developed by film studios and labor unions are the primary protection for actors and film crews when a scene calls for using prop guns. The industry-wide guidance is clear: “Blanks can kill. Treat all firearms as if ...

ROB REINER’S CASTLE ROCK REVIVES FILM DIVISION WITH $175M FUND

Rob Reiner’s Castle Rock Revives Film Division With $175M Fund (hollywoodreporter.com) Rob Reiner’s Castle Rock Entertainment is relaunching its storied film division with a $175 million film fund that will allow the company to develop, produce and finance movies for a worldwide audience. The banner has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. ...

INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV UNIONS INSPIRATION FROM IATSE DEALMAKING

International Film and TV Unions Drawing Inspiration From IATSE Dealmaking (hollywoodreporter.com) The new, tentative three-year film and TV deal agreed upon between the studios and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union representing below-the-line entertainment workers, still has to be ratified by union members. But as IATSE rank-and-file go over the ...

HELLO, HOLLYWOOD EAST: FILM AND TV PRODUCTIONS BOOMING IN N.L.

Hello, Hollywood East: Film and TV productions booming in N.L. (cbc.ca) “We have Rex and Charlie walking up to confront the bad guys…” The director of Hudson & Rex describes the next shot while filming on location in the Georgetown neighbourhood of St. John’s in September. There’s a fleet of white trailers, ...

SAVANNAH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY APPROVES REBATE INCENTIVE

Savannah Economic Development Authority approves rebate incentive for production companies (wtoc.com) SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The Savannah Economic Development Authority decided to keep a program going that they hope will make Savannah the home to even more TV and film productions. Georgia already has a film tax credit in place ...

THE FILM INDUSTRY WANTS TO KEEP THE STATUS QUO? THEN SHUT IT DOWN.

The Film Industry Wants to Keep the Status Quo? Then Shut It Down. (nytimes.com) In 2015, Cutter Ray Palacios, an actor from Texas, moved to Los Angeles. While auditioning for roles, he found himself working primarily as a production assistant (P.A.), a job that can entail transporting actors to and from ...

GEORGIA BRACES FOR TV, FILM WORKERS STRIKE

Georgia braces for TV, film workers strike (johnsoncitypress.com) (The Center Square) – Georgia’s multibillion-dollar film and television industry may be in jeopardy as TV and film production workers threaten to go on strike. Contract negotiations between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Alliance of Motion Picture ...

IATSE NEGOTIATIONS RESUME WITH NEW OFFER FROM STUDIOS

IATSE Negotiations Resume With New Offer From Studios (variety.com) Negotiators from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the studios returned to the bargaining table on Tuesday in hopes of averting a TV and film production strike, but no deal was immediately in sight. The Alliance of Motion Picture ...

NEW FILM STUDIO TO BE BUILT IN GREECE

New Film Studio to be Built in Greece Already Attracting Hollywood (greekreporter.com) Hollywood A-listers Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham will be filming in Greece next month for the fourth movie of The Expendables franchise, Greek-American John Kalafatis, CEO and co-founder of York Films in New York City, revealed recently. Speaking at the special forum “Hollywood in ...