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‘Midnight Rider’s Film Allman Loses Third Appeal Over Safety Violations
Film Allman, LLC just lost another appeal in an effort to wipe away the “willful safety violation” and fine imposed by the Occupational Health and Safety Commission over the production company’s actions on the set of Midnight Rider, which led to the death of 27 year-old Sarah Jones and the serious injury of several others.


Disney Pays $3.8M for Violating Minimum Wage Rules
The Walt Disney Company has agreed to pay $3.8 million in back wages to Florida workers for violating minimum wage and overtime rules as part of an agreement with the US Department of Labor.


'Progress Being Made' at WGA Contract Talks
After a week of hard bargaining, a source close to the ongoing WGA contract talks told Deadline that “there is progress being made and it’s very cordial.” The negotiations, which began Monday, are being held under a strict media blackout at the Sherman Oaks offices of management’s Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.


WGA Contract Talks 'Tense' on Day 1 of Talks with AMPTP
“It was very tense and got a little heated,” one insider told Deadline about Day 1 of talks between the two sides at the AMPTP’s Sherman Oaks headquarters. “There’s a big divide when it comes to expectations and a lot of mistrust, more than I’ve seen before,” the source added.


ACTRA and SAG-AFTRA Partner to Promote Production Under Union Contracts
SAG-AFTRA and ACTRA, the leading unions for North American performers, on Thursday announced an expansion of their strategic alliance including the development of a joint plan to address non-union production in North America. Under the #WorkingTogether initiative the two unions will pool resources to promote the value of union work to employers and engagers while increasing work opportunities for members.


WGA Contract Talks Start Monday
Negotiations for a new WGA film and TV contract get underway Monday, and if the two sides fail to reach an agreement in a couple of weeks, expect a rush to get film scripts completed in anticipation of a strike come May 1, when the union’s current contract expires.


Off-Broadway Designers Agree on First-Ever Contract
The Off-Broadway League and United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829, have agreed to terms on an inaugural contract covering off-Broadway designers. If ratified by members, the three-year deal will go into effect in July.


Telemundo Actors Vote Overwhelmingly to Join SAG-AFTRA
SAG-AFTRA said Wednesday that 81% of eligible voters chose to unionize in a balloting process that began February 7 and lasted four weeks. The union said that a total of 124 individuals submitted anonymous mail-in ballots, with 91 voting in favor of the measure and 21 against it.


California Pols Introduce Bill to Boost Funding for Hollywood Job-Training Programs
California state Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra and Ian Calderon on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at building the state’s below-the-line workforce by increasing funding for entertainment industry job-training programs. The proposed legislation, AB 1664, would increase funding by $1 million for current hands-on training programs geared towards high school and community college students that are run by entertainment unions.


'Lucifer' Series Ditches Vancouver Production for a Sunnier Tax Scene
The high-profile American TV series Lucifer, set in Los Angeles but shot in Vancouver, is moving production to the real L.A. thanks to California tax breaks – a plot twist in the buoyant narrative around British Columbia’s booming TV production sector.


Hollywood’s Union Pension Plans on Sound Financial Footing, Analysis Shows
Despite the recent wave of difficulties facing multi-employer pension plans in other industries, Hollywood’s are on relatively sound financial footing, according to an analysis conducted for Deadline by the Illinois-based Society of Actuaries.


Lonergan Says Creative Control is a Vital Point in WGA Contract Talks
While the guild has specified several needs including larger earnings for TV writers in the face of shortened series, heightened residuals for streaming and new media and changes to the pension plan, Lonergan called for a vital point that seems to be overlooked in negotiations: “creative control” for scribes.


Asghar Farhadi, Iran’s Master of the Ordinary, Wins a 2nd Oscar
For Iranians, Asghar Farhadi, whose movie The Salesman won the Academy Award for best foreign language film on Sunday, is more than just a filmmaker.


Oscars 2017: ‘Moonlight’ Wins in a Chaotic Kerfuffle
'La La Land' ended up with six Oscars including director and lead actress, Emma Stone. Casey Affleck took home the lead actor award for 'Manchester By the Sea,' while 'Moonlight’s' Mahershala Ali took home the trophy for supporting actor. Viola Davis won for supporting actress in 'Fences.'


WGA Members 'Ready to Strike' After Round of Pre-Contract Talks Meetings
The threat of a writers strike continued to mount Saturday as the WGA held the last of 11 membership informational meetings in advance of next month’s negotiations for a new film and TV contract. Negotiations with management’s AMPTP begin on March 13.


Indie Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Sweeps
A24’s Moonlight swept all five competitive awards it was up for at the 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, wrapping the day at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger with a win for Best Feature. Barry Jenkins won for Director and Screenplay in addition to getting wins for Cinematography and Editing.


Meet 'Moonlight's' Joi McMillon, the First Black Woman Editor to Receive an Oscar Nomination
When Joi McMillon was a junior in high school, she really wanted to be a journalist for The Orlando Sentinel. Even though her brother moved from Florida to Los Angeles to be an actor, being in the film industry was just a fleeting idea.


HR: 50 A-Listers Reveal New Campaign to Tackle Hollywood Gender Inequality
Enough talk! Studio and agency insiders, producers, directors and industry leaders reveal ReFrame, a focused and results-oriented push to break entertainment's gender-parity logjam: "This is bigger than the bullshit," according to Rebecca Sun for The Hollywood Reporter.


Film, TV Lag Nation’s Diversity at a Cost, UCLA Study Finds
UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies, examined the top 200 theatrical film releases in 2015 and 1,206 broadcast, cable and digital platform television shows from the 2014-15 season. It found scant improvement in diversity from previous years, with figures back to 2011 not materially different from the latest numbers.


SAG-AFTRA Disputes Trump’s Claim that News Media is 'Enemy of the American People'
“As a union whose membership includes broadcast and online journalists, SAG-AFTRA champions the rights of a free press, whose primary role is to provide citizens with the information they need to effectively govern a democracy,” the union said in a statement. “These rights are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which establishes that the press shall be free from government interference in the dissemination of information, ideas and opinions."


‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Golden Reel Sound Editing Awards
Mel Gibson’s World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge claimed top honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 64th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The film won in both the FX/Foley and Dialogue/ADR categories. La La Land won in the musical field. Awards also went to Warcraft: The Beginning and Moana, among others.


WGA Awards: ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Arrival’ Win Top Film Prizes; FX’s ‘Atlanta’ & ‘The Americans’ Lead TV
Moonlight and Arrival were the big film winners tonight at the 69th annual WGA Awards Sunday night, which were handed out at dual ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. On the TV side, FX swept the top categories with Atlanta winning for Comedy Series and New Series, The Americans for Drama Series and The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for Long Form Adapted.


Tennessee's Film Industry Experiencing Significant Growth
A report said that in the past seven years, show business employment has grown by 8 percent, with nearly 4,400 Tennesseans earning an average of nearly $59,800 before benefits. That figure ranks 21.3 percent higher than the average wage of all industries in Tennessee.


‘Rogue One’ VFX Supervisor John Knoll Discusses the Evolution of ILM
A six-time Oscar nominee and winner for Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest, John Knoll has been with the George-Lucas founded visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic for decades, eventually climbing to the company’s zenith, as ILM’s Visual Effects Supervisor and Chief Creative Officer.


'La La Land' Wins Cinema Audio Society Award for Sound Mixing
The award went to re-recording mixers Andy Nelson and Ai-Ling Lee, production sound mixer Steven Morrow, scoring mixer Nicholai Baxter, ADR mixer David Betancourt and Foley mixer James Ashwill.


Syrian Subjects of Oscar-Nominated Documentary ‘The White Helmets’ to Attend Academy Awards
Raed Saleh, the leader of the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Syrian rescue group the White Helmets — and subjects of the Oscar-nominated Netflix original documentary of the same name — announced Friday that he will travel to the US in order to attend the Oscars in Los Angeles at the end of the month.


DuVernay's Advice to Women in Hollywood: 'Fight for Your Stories'
Oscar nominations still "amplify work in a way nothing else does," says the director of the nominated documentary '13th,' who spoke to THR from the set of Disney's 'A Wrinkle in Time.'


‘La La Land’ Sound Editors on Damien Chazelle’s Sonic Inspirations
Speaking to Deadline, sound editors Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan discussed the division of labor they’ve struck in the sound department, and how it feels to see such a diverse crop of nominees below the line, as the clock ticks on toward the annual Oscars ceremony.


MTV News Voluntarily Accepts WGA East as Staff Union
MTV has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East as the collective bargaining representative of the digital editorial staff at MTV News, the union announced Tuesday. The move comes just 11 days after the WGAE announced the staff’s desire to unionize, and it avoids a ballot.


How President Trump's Policies Have Weighed on the Foreign Language Oscar Race
Before President Trump's executive order was signed, star Taraneh Alidoosti said she would not attend the Oscars in protest, calling the ban “racist”. Over the next few days, word spread that the travel ban would impact Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. Sure enough, he released a powerful statement on January 29 saying he would not attend, even if exceptions for his trip were to be made.


2017 BAFTA Award Winners
La La Land, which went into the night with the highest number of nominations with 11, took home five wins, including best film, best actress and best director. Elsewhere, Casey Affleck won best actor for Manchester By the Sea and Ken Loach scooped the best British film award for I, Daniel Blake. Mel Brooks received the BAFTA fellowship award, in effect their lifetime achievement award.


#BAFTAsSoWhite: U.K.'s Biggest Film Event Again Lacks Diversity
Across the Atlantic, it seems the BAFTAs — which now mirror the Oscars more than any other film awards — haven't quite been keeping pace.


‘Jungle Book,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominate Visual Effects Society Awards
The Jungle Book was named photoreal feature film winner, earning five awards. Kubo and the Two Strings, from Laika Entertainment and Focus Features, received the honor for top animated film. In TV, HBO’s Game of Thrones episode Battle of the Bastards was showered with multiple awards.


DGA Names Russ Hollander to Succeed Jay Roth as New Chief Executive
Russ Hollander will be the DGA’s next chief executive succeeding Jay Roth, who is retiring in May after leading the guild for more than two decades. The appointment was made Sunday at a meeting of the guild’s national board of directors.


MTV News Staff Votes to Unionize Under Writers Guild of America, East
Members of the editorial staff of MTV News, the youth-focused viral media division of MTV, have voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East, the union announced on Friday.


IATSE Strike Ends at Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema, for Now
A strike Thursday by dozens of workers at Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema is over – for now. After the walkout at around 11:30 AM and picket lines Thursday afternoon, IATSE and a postproduction local, the Motion Picture Editors Guild, shut down their own labor action. The union sent people back into the company’s Burbank offices at about 4 PM and declared the strike done.


SAG-AFTRA Draws More Than 500 to Video Game Strike Rally
The rally drew members of WGA, DGA, Actors Equity, IATSE, Unite Here, SEIU, the Teamsters and the American Federation of Musicians, which provided a brass band. Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation, Rusty Hicks of the L.A. County Federation of Labor and Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu also spoke and rapper Murs performed.


Disney and Diversity: Women and Black Americans Not Making Director's Chair
USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative collected data from the top 100 films at the box office every year for the last decade, and found that 5.1% of directors were black – and none of their films were made or distributed by Disney.


Handel: SEIU, CWA, AFL-CIO Speak Out on Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch
The Communications Workers of America president Chris Shelton said, “CWA opposes the nomination of Judge Gorsuch … [who] has a record of aligning with corporate interests. Working families can’t afford to have Judge Gorsuch making decisions that without doubt will adversely affect our livelihoods and families.”


Gardner: What Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Means for Hollywood
“President Donald Trump wanted another Antonin Scalia for the US Supreme Court,” writes Eriq Gardner in The Hollywood Reporter. “On Tuesday, Trump tapped Neil Gorsuch, a Harvard Law School educated judge whose prominent clerkships, impeccable writing and undying commitment to hew closely to the text of the US Constitution and statutes have drawn comparisons to the late conservative idol."


Female Directors Worry Donald Trump’s EEOC Picks Could Stall Hollywood Probe
The ongoing reshuffling of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could have dire consequences for female film and TV directors who’ve been hoping that the EEOC’s ongoing investigation would address Hollywood’s discriminatory hiring practices.


Writers Guild of America Blasts Trump’s Muslim Ban as ‘Unconstitutional and Deeply Wrong’
“It is both unconstitutional and deeply wrong to say that you cannot enter our country because of where you were born or what religion you were born into,” said WGA West president Howard Rodman and WGA East president Michael Winship in a statement on Sunday.


Study: Women Shunned by Oscars as Men Make Up 80% of Nominees
Recent progress on racial diversity didn’t extend to women in non-acting categories. The number of female Oscar nominees dropped two percentage points, according to an analysis by the Women’s Media Center. No female directors were nominated.


Oscar-Winning Sound Guru Richard Portman Dies at 82
Academy Award-winner and retired Florida State film school professor Richard Portman, who mixed the sound for such famed movies as Star Wars (1977) and Harold and Maude (1971), died Saturday night at his home in Betton Hills. He was 82.


UK Film-Makers to Use Iranian Director's Movie in Anti-Trump Protest
Some of Britain’s leading names in film will try to screen the Oscar-nominated film of an Iranian director affected by Donald Trump’s travel ban outside the US embassy in London on Academy Awards night.


Blasting Off
Politics blended into the awards themselves, including the night’s biggest winner, Hidden Figures, a historical drama about the largely unknown black women who helped NASA launch the space program.


Next Stop Oscar After ‘La La Land’ Wins PGA Prize
With La La Land claiming the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award Saturday night, the film seems primed for Oscar glory, just like 19 of the previous 27 winners of the prize.


No Escaping Politics at the Progressive Sundance Film Festival
In ordinary years, the focus at the Sundance Film Festival is often on the breakout movie, the essential title that everyone wants to see and insists that you need to see. This year, however, is not like most years, and with a new president in the White House, the festival itself has inescapably become the biggest story here.


‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Top American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards
'Arrival' editor Joe Walker and 'La La Land' editor Tom Cross won top honors at American Cinema Editors’ 67th annual Eddie Awards, Friday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 'Arrival' won the category for best edited dramatic feature and La La Land for best edited comedy feature.


‘Arrival,’ ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Westworld’ Lead MPSE Sound Editing Nominations
The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) organization has announced nominees for excellence in sound editing, to be awarded at the 64th annual Golden Reel Awards on February 19. On the feature side, Arrival and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story landed the most nominations with three apiece. For television, Westworld picked up four nominations.


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