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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.

01/31/2017

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.

01/30/2017

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.

01/30/2017

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.

01/30/2017

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.

01/30/2017

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.

01/30/2017

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.

01/29/2017

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.

01/28/2017

‘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.

01/28/2017

‘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.

01/27/2017

Directors Guild of America Members Ratify New Contract
Members of the Directors Guild of America have approved a three-year successor deal on the master contract with a major gain in streaming residuals.

01/27/2017

Commercial Producer 'Pet Gorilla' Signs IA Contract
After almost a year, the long-time non-union commercial production company “Pet Gorilla” was brought under an IATSE contract last Monday.

01/25/2017

Huerta on 'Dolores:' 'It’s Really the Story of a Movement'
“My story, it’s really the story of a lot of other people who were involved in the farmworker movement. It was the farmworkers themselves, many of them who were arrested, who were jailed, who were beaten, who were killed, just trying to get basic human rights,” Dolores Huerta said.

01/24/2017

Oscars Not So White: Most Diverse Nomination List in a Decade
Tuesday’s Oscar nominations offered up the most nonwhite nominees in over a decade, on the heels of a major diversity push within the academy and a two-year #OscarsSoWhite protest.

01/24/2017

Oscar Nominations 2017: 14 for ‘La La Land,’ and 6 for Black Actors
Oscar voters showered the neo-musical 'La La Land' with 14 nominations on Tuesday, a tie with 'Titanic' and 'All About Eve' for the most in Academy Award history. But the academy also moved past two #OscarsSoWhite years by honoring six black actors — a record — and including diverse films like 'Moonlight,' 'Fences' and 'Hidden Figures' in the best picture race.

01/24/2017

Oscars: 'Moonlight's' Joi McMillon Becomes First Black Woman to Be Nominated for Editing
Tuesday morning's Oscar nomination for 'Moonlight' editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders was a first for both editors — and it makes McMillon the first black woman to earn an Oscar nomination in film editing.

01/24/2017

SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Proposals for Film and TV Contract Talks
The national board of SAG-AFTRA has overwhelmingly approved the union’s package of proposals for its upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract. No date has been set for the negotiations, but the Writers Guild typically follows the Directors Guild, which recently concluded its talks for a new contract.

01/22/2017

Editors Guild Fetes 2017 Board of Directors
On January 14 the Editors Guild acknowledged its 2017 Board of Directors, its staff and its outgoing Directors at the annual Installation Dinner. It was held at the Loews Santa Monica.

01/19/2017

Jay Roth Retiring as Directors Guild of America National Executive Director After 22 Years
Jay Roth, who has led the Directors Guild of America for 22 years, will step down from his role as national executive director this spring, the union announced on Wednesday.

01/18/2017

Al Gore's 'Inconvenient' Sequel to Open Sundance in Acutely Political Year
The first film on the screening schedule for the 2017 edition of the Sundance film festival is Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a follow-up to his 2006 Oscar winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

01/18/2017

Female Directors on Decline in Hollywood, Study Shows
“I would say I’m dumbfounded,” Martha Lauzen, executive director of the center, told Variety. “It is remarkable that with all of the attention and talk over the last couple of years in the business and the film industry, the numbers actually declined. Clearly the current remedies aren’t working.”

01/12/2017

CAS Announces Its 53rd Audio Mixing Awards
The Awards will be presented at a sealed envelope dinner on February 18th in the Bunker Hill Ballroom of the OMNI Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza.

01/12/2017

BAFTA Nominations 2017: 'La La Land' Dances On But 'Arrival' and 'Nocturnal Animals' Hot on Its Heels
'La La Land,' the musical romance starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, continues its seemingly unstoppable quickstep towards next month’s Oscars by taking 11 nominations at the BAFTAs. The film, which won a record-breaking seven Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, is in the running in almost every category bar those open only to Brits.

01/10/2017

Meryl Streep Comments on Donald Trump
"There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was -- there’s nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth..."

01/08/2017

Canada's Actors Union Names New Toronto President
Tova also has helped ACTRA negotiate new labor deals with North American producers, including the Hollywood studios, which cover all movie, TV and new media production in Canada, except in British Columbia, where the Union of B.C. Performers has a separate labor agreement.

01/06/2017

‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Deadpool’ Land WGA Award Nods
The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for the best screenplays of the year with selections that largely stuck to awards season regulars. The best original screenplay nominees were: Kenneth Lonergan’s script for Manchester by the Sea, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, Taylor Sheridan’s Hell or High Water and Jeff Nichols’ Loving.

01/04/2017

ACE Eddie Award Nominees Await Their Moment
The American Cinema Editors have unveiled nominations for the 67th annual ACE Eddie Awards, which recognize outstanding editing in 10 categories of film, TV and documentaries. Winners will be revealed the group’s awards ceremony January 27 at the Beverly Hilton.

01/04/2017

‘In Search of Liberty’ Wraps Production Despite Labor Walkout
Production on the film, which stars Food Network host Bobby Deen, hit a snag in July when 30 members of its Savannah, Georgia-based crew — made up mostly of students and recent graduates from the Savannah College of Art and Design — walked off. They’d been working on the shoot for three weeks, but dissatisfied with wages and working conditions, approached IATSE for representation. The production was shut down and left town when the producers couldn’t find replacements.

01/04/2017

California Film Commission Presents First-Year Data
Last quarter, hours worked by the members of below-the-line unions (Teamsters, IATSE, basic craft, and others covered by the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans) show a 12.45 % increase over the same quarter in 2015.

01/03/2017

Variety: 5 Box Office Lessons from 2016
Finding Dory, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Secret Life of Pets and other blockbusters helped drive the domestic box office to record heights in 2016. However, it’s not like moviegoing suddenly saw a surge in popularity. Attendance was essentially flat with last year’s 1.32 billion and a far cry from the record 1.57 billion admissions from 2002.

01/02/2017

Quiet Death for Federal Tax Incentive Designed to Stem Runaway Production
Enacted as part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, Section 181 of the Internal Revenue Code was designed to stem the flow of runaway production to foreign countries that were, and still are, offering generous tax breaks to lure away American productions.

01/02/2017

Women Make Small Gains in Animation Industry But Still Hold Just 23% of Union Jobs
Women hold less than a quarter of the union jobs in the local animation industry, according to the latest statistics from the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839. As of October 31, the guild said, only 23.2% of the jobs as animators, writers and technicians working under its contracts were held by women. That up from 20.6% 18 months ago.

01/02/2017

J.J. Abrams to Receive ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award
Abrams will receive the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award from American Cinema Editors at the organization’s 67th annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on January 27 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

12/31/2016

Atkinson: We Hunted Down the 10 Best Films of 2016
"My number one and two, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster are, in fact, almost inscrutable, and all the more fabulous for it," writes Michael Atkinson in In These Times.

12/30/2016

Directors Guild of America Board Approves New Three-Year Contract
Thomas Schlamme, who co-chaired the DGA’s negotiating committee said, “Much like in 1981 with pay TV, this is a groundbreaking, important deal – with SVOD now moving toward converging with the subscriber-based pay TV formula established by the DGA.”

12/30/2016

With Domestic BO Poised to Hit $11.4B, Industry Wants a Revolution
With 2016 poised to hit $11.4 billion, the domestic theatrical marketplace is the largest we’ve ever seen it, with estimated admissions currently even with last year’s 1.32B. Yet despite this all-time high, distributors and exhibitors want change.

12/30/2016

SAG-AFTRA Remembers Carrie Fisher in Wake of Her Passing
“She was a beautiful spirit and a light that has dimmed too soon,” Screen Actors Guild President Gabrielle Carteris said. “It is a tremendous loss that is felt by all. What a sad way to end the year.”

12/28/2016

Directors and Producers Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract
The Directors Guild of America has reached a tentative agreement on the terms of new three-year collective bargaining agreements with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the DGA announced Friday night. The agreements cover motion pictures and television work. The terms of the new contracts were not announced, but will be released after the agreement has been submitted to the Guild’s national board for approval at a special board meeting.

12/26/2016

The Perils of Filming in Mexico
There were three days left of filming Dead Trigger down in Mexico in May when panic swept through the set of the indie zombie movie. A heated argument had broken out among the local drivers – some of whom hadn’t been paid – and rumors began swirling that a cartel had been called in to settle the dispute.

12/24/2016

Moonlight Could Make History: Editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders on Their Big Step Up
McMillon is one of two editors on Moonlight, and poised to make history as the first African-American woman ever nominated for a best editing Oscar. “Thinking about it stresses me out a bit,” McMillon said. “Whether you want it or not, the responsibility holds.”

12/22/2016

Faughnder: What Hollywood's Record Box Office Doesn't Tell You
While projections of $11.3 billion in US and Canada ticket sales would seem like a cause for celebration, the rosy numbers mask underlying challenges in a cinema business that is facing rapid changes in a period of digital upheaval.

12/21/2016

Art Directors Guild Re-Elects Nelson Coates as President
Nelson Coates has been re-elected president of the Art Directors Guild, defeating challenger Joe Musso in a do-over of last year’s election mandated by the USDepartment of Labor. The DOL ordered a rerun of last December’s officer elections after it found flaws in the way the electronic balloting was handled.

12/18/2016

The Guardian: The 50 Best Films of 2016 in the US: No 1 Moonlight
"In an industry that still prefers a limited set of straight, white narratives above all else, the arrival of this ambitious, slow-burn drama was a game-changer," writes Benjamin Lee in The Guardian.

12/16/2016

The Golden Globes' Diverse Group of Nominees Means Oscar Voters Have No Excuse
The diverse slate of film acting nominees it announced on Monday sent a clear, early message to Oscar voters dogged by the #OscarsSoWhite label: There can be no excuses this year.

12/13/2016

Before His Death, Haskell Wexler Stood Accused by His Union, IA Local 600
Haskell Wexler, the two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer, fought for the rights of working men and women his entire life. But before he died last December, he was brought up on charges by his own union in the last big fight of his life – for safety on the set.

12/08/2016

Animation Guild’s Steve Hulett Retires
Steve Hulett is saying goodbye to Hollywood. The longest-serving* union leader in the film and TV industry, he’s retiring December 6 after 27 years as the business rep of the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839.

12/06/2016

'Moonlight' Named Best Picture by L.A. Film Critics
Moonlight was named this year's best picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The critics group gave its best editing award not to a narrative feature but to Ezra Edelman's epic documentary O.J.: Made in America. (La La Land was the editing runner-up.)

12/04/2016

Writers Guild Sets Negotiating Committee for Producer-Union Talks
The WGA — or more precisely, the two Writers Guilds of America, West and East, that bargain jointly — have named the members of the negotiating committee for their upcoming contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the guilds announced Thursday.

12/04/2016

Actor Who Voices ‘Uncharted’s Nathan Drake Speaks Out About Vidgame Strike In Awards Speech
Nolan North won the Best Performance Award on December 1 at The Game Awards, which celebrates the best in video games, and he got a huge round of applause – and raised some eyebrows – during an acceptance speech some observers viewed as a dis of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike against the video game industry.

12/04/2016

Warner Brothers and Universal in Premium VOD Talks
Warner Brothers and Universal’s statements last week that they’re in discussions with theater chains for a new premium home window has raised more severe questions than answers in the exhibition and distribution community.

12/04/2016


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