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‘Sharknado 3' Hit by IA Strike
It looks like the Syfy sequel has had a bite taken out of its schedule, to say the least. On Tuesday morning, approximately 30-40 members of the 'Sharknado 3' production crew voted to walk off the job in search of an IATSE contact. The crew are seeking a health and pension agreement. Sharknado 3 is set to air this summer on the NBCUniversal owned channel.


Reality Producers 'Jane' to Freelancers Seeking Union: 'You Aren’t Part of a Machine'
Who needs a union? The owners of Jane Street Entertainment certainly don’t think their freelance writer-producers do. The New York-based company, which produces reality shows for Food Network, HBO, NBC, TLC, USA, Lifetime and HGTV, is urging its freelancers to vote no on union representation, arguing that the company can do a better job of safeguarding their interests than the WGA East can.


‘Midnight Rider’ First A.D. to Get Separate Trial
Hillary Schwartz, the first assistant director on “Midnight Rider,” will get a separate trial from three other defendants who also face charges of criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter stemming from the February 20, 2014, accident on the movie’s set near Jesup, Georgia, according to the Associated Press. Director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish are scheduled to go on trial in Wayne County Court on March 9. They each have pleaded not guilty.


Mayor Garcetti Debuts New Film Marketing Effort
"Our entertainment industry is essential to our city's identity and economy and this campaign represents the next step in a strategic agenda to ensure Los Angeles remains the entertainment capital of the world," Mayor Garcetti said in a statement. "We're launching this campaign to make sure decision-makers understand all of the incentives we can provide for filming in L.A."


L.A. Mayor Unveils ‘Greenlight Hollywood’ Initiative to Fight Runaway Production
With eyes and cameras all over the world focused on the Oscars this weekend, Eric Garcetti is set Friday to formally announce the next steps City Hall is going to take to curb runaway production and keep filming in Hollywood.


'Citizenfour' Triumphs: Snowden Documentary Nabs Oscar
Citizenfour, the film chronicling the decision made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to expose wrongdoing to the world by leaking details of the agency's top-secret global surveillance operation to journalists, was awarded the Best Documentary Film award at Sunday night's Academy Award.


‘Birdman’ Wins Best Picture, Director at Politically Charged Oscars
Politics took center stage at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, as winners and presenters used the widely watched telecast to draw attention to everything from civil rights to whistleblowing. “Whiplash” ranked as the second most- honored picture in the early going, nabbing Oscars for best sound mixing for Craig Mann and Ben Wilkins, and film editing for Tom Cross. Best sound editing went to Alan Robert MurraPolitics took center stage at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, as winners and presenters used the widely watched telecast to draw attention to everything from civil rights to whistleblowing. “Whiplash” ranked as the second most- honored picture in the early going, nabbing Oscars for best sound mixing for Craig Mann and Ben Wilkins, and film editing for Tom Cross. Best sound editing went to Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman for their work in "Sniper."


WGA Asks Members for Moment of Silence for Sarah Jones’ One-Year Memorial
The WGA asked its writers to observe a moment of silence, at 1:29 PM, to honor the memory of Sarah Jones. It is joining other unions representing cinematographers and mechanics in Georgia in memorializing Jones, who was killed a year ago today at that time on the rural Georgia set of "Midnight Rider."


Former Rhythm & Hues Owners Sued for Having 'Pillaged' Oscar-Winning VFX House
On February 13, two years after Rhythm & Hues filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Trustee in the case brought a new complaint against the company's former officers and directors, including John Patrick Hughes, Pauline Ts’o and Keith Goldfarb.


'Birdman,' 'Big Hero 6' Earn Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound
"Birdman" and "Big Hero 6" won the feature film honors Saturday evening in Los Angeles at the 51st Cinema Audio Society Awards.


‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead MPSE Golden Reel Awards
The 62nd Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards recognized features including “Birdman,” “Big Hero 6,” “Unbroken” and “Get on Up” at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.


‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay. HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.


Contender -- Editor Barney Pilling, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
English editor Barney Pilling had never worked with director Wes Anderson before, but during The Grand Budapest Hotel’s principal shoot in Görlitz, Germany, director and editor quickly settled into a copacetic flow, refining but mostly sustaining the small masterpieces of performance the film’s cast delivered for the cameras.


L.A. Film Czar Ken Ziffren Q&A
With a system based on qualified wages and potential bonus points for economic drivers like VFX, the vote comes just over a year to the day that Hollywood heavyweight attorney Ken Ziffren was officially appointed as Los Angeles’ second Film Czar.


DGA Awards: ‘Birdman’ Wins Best Feature Film for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
“Birdman” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has won the Directors Guild of America top feature film award.


Citizenfour Filmmaker Laura Poitras Wins Dual Top Honors
Filmmaker Laura Poitras was awarded two top honors on Sunday for her feature 'Citizenfour,' which chronicles NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's efforts to expose the U.S. government's massive spying campaign.


BAFTA Awards: 'Boyhood' Wins Best Film, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Gets Five Honors
"Boyhood" took home the best film, best director and best supporting actress awards, while Eddie Redmayne landed the best actor honor -- one of three wins for "The Theory of Everything" -- and Julianne Moore scored best actress for "Still Alice," which is still not out in U.K. cinemas.


Ennio Morricone: 'My Life In Music' Review – Hair-Raising, Extraordinary
Ennio Morricone’s current world tour is billed as "My Life in Music." For an 86-year-old with more than 500 film and television scores to his name, that’s a lot of life and a lot of music.


Anthem Health Plan Hack Ensnares Hollywood Unions
The hack, which the insurer called "a very sophisticated external cyber attack," was disclosed Wednesday night in an email to subscribers. Anthem said that attackers "have obtained personal information … such as … names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data," but said it did not currently believe credit card or medical information had been compromised.


Visual Effects Society Awards Go Bananas for ‘Apes,’ Big Night for ‘Big Hero 6'
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Big Hero 6" and “Game of Thrones” were the big winners at the 13th annual Visual Effects Society Awards. 6


‘How to Train Your Dragon 2' Wins Annie Award for Animated Feature
It’s the Year of the dragon, as DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2? took home the top prize at the at the 42nd annual Annie Awards honoring the best in film and TV/broadcast animation for 2014.


‘Boyhood,’ ‘Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Lego Movie’ Top ACE Eddie Awards
Oscar best picture nominees “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” enhanced their prospects Friday night at the ACE Eddie Awards, which recognize outstanding editing. “The Lego Movie,” edited by David Burrows & Chris McKay won best edited animated feature Film. “Citizenfour,” edited by Mathilde Bonnefoy, was honored as best edited documentary feature.


Indie Filmmakers Often Get Stiffed By Distributors, Study Says
These may be the best of times and the worst of times for independent filmmakers, many of whom are amassed right now in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. With all the new forms of distribution, digital and otherwise, there are now more outlets for their work than ever before. Getting paid, however, is another matter.


Richard Linklater to Receive Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award
“Boyhood” director Richard Linklater has been selected to receive the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award.


France, Birthplace of Cinema, Is Losing Film Production to Its Neighbors
“La Volante” has all the qualities of a French thriller: a twisted story line, intricate character studies and a cast led by Baye, a star of French cinema since the 1970s. But this scene, like most of the film, was not shot in France.


Threatened Teamsters Strike Against TV Commercials Industry Averted
A threatened Teamsters strike against the TV commercials industry has been averted, as members of Teamsters Local 399 ratified a new commercials contract in voting conducted Saturday.


Dargis: Lights, Camera, Taking Action
“The American movie mainstream needs a revolution -- and if some women have their way, it just might get one,” writes Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. “It’s time. Not because Ava DuVernay wasn’t tapped as a best director in the recent Academy Award nominations, even though her acclaimed movie ‘Selma’ received a best picture nod."


Frank Mazzola, Film Editor and ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Actor, Dies at 79
Frank Mazzola, longtime film editor and actor and technical consultant for the James Dean classic “Rebel Without a Cause,” died January 13. He was 79.


American Cinema Editors Announce 2015 Career Honorees
Editors Diane Adler and Jerry Greenberg and journalist Carolyn Giardina have been named as special award honorees by the American Cinema Editors.


Teamsters Local 399 Reaches Deal on New Commercials Pact
Teamsters Local 399 has reached an agreement for a new commercials contract that could avert a threatened strike against the TV commercials industry. The new deal must still be ratified by the local’s members on Saturday, and that’s no sure thing.


Teamsters Move Closer to Settlement with Commercial Producers
It's looking less likely that members of Teamsters Local 399 will go on strike against commercial producers.


Frank Marshall Honored by American Cinema Editors as Filmmaker of the Year
Frank Marshall has been selected by the American Cinema Editors as the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year.


Visual Effects Artists Drop Effort to Challenge Film Subsidies
A group of visual effects artists has dropped their effort to challenge film subsidies in countries like Canada and Great Britain, citing a lack of money to pursue a legal strategy that would force U.S. officials to pursue trade action.


Academy President Responds to Lack of Oscars Diversity
Responding for the first time to the firestorm of criticism over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy’s push to be more inclusive.


Feds Called In to Mediate ArcLight Projectionists Dispute
A federal mediator has been called in to help resolve the ongoing labor dispute between IATSE Local 33 and ArcLight Cinemas over a living wage for the theater chain’s projectionists. On Friday, the union’s chief negotiator called the company that owns the theater chain “evil.”


Oscar Nominations 2015: ‘Birdman’ and ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Lead the Pack
Alejandro Iñárritu’s 'Birdman' and Richard Linklater’s 'Boyhood' were showered with honors as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed what’s been whispered for months: Those are the films to beat at the 87th Oscar show, set for February 22. Final voting ended on February 17.


'Birdman,' 'Apes' Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated 'Birdman and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.'


Directors Guild Nominations Announced
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Clint Eastwood for “America Sniper,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Birdman,” Richard Linklater for “Boyhood” and Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game” for its feature film directing award.


Los Angeles Production Jumped 9.6% in 2014
Driven by gains in TV and commercial shooting, location production in Los Angeles jumped 9.6% last year amid rising optimism over the looming expansion of the California production tax credit.


Musicians Union Reaches Three-Year Extension with Film & TV Producers
The American Federation of Musicians and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers have struck a deal to extend their labor contract. The deal calls for across-the-board wage increases of 2% per year for all classifications of employment and also allows up to four minutes of clip use in films produced abroad.


L.A. Production Rises 10% In 2014 Fueled by TV Biz
Things were looking up in Los Angeles for the movie and TV business in 2014, says FilmLA -- especially in TV with Dramas, Pilots and Reality. In its annual report on production in the home of Hollywood, the non-profit permitting group today clocked an overall rise of 9.6% over 2013.


Number of Female Film Directors Falls Over Last Two Decades
A study has found that the number of female directors in the list of the top 250 highest-grossing films in the US has declined by 2% over the last 17 years.


‘Interstellar,’ ‘Guardians’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees
“Interstellar,” “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Unbroken” have been selected as the nominees for best sound mixing for a live-action film by the Cinema Audio Society. Winners will be unveiled on February 14 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.


Teamsters Vote To Strike TV Commercials Industry In Rare Rebuke
Members of Teamsters Local 399 have voted overwhelmingly to strike the TV commercials industry, although a strike can still be averted if producers make a better offer before the current pact expires January 31.


SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal
SAG-AFTRA members have approved an agreement previously reached with broadcast television networks and producers for a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact.


Low-Budget Film Actors To Get 25-Percent Pay Hike Under New SAG-AFTRA Contracts
Actors working on low-budget films will be paid 25 percent more under new deals approved unanimously by the SAG-AFTRA national board of directors after an all-day meeting Saturday.


‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Birdman,’ ‘Theory of Everything’ Lead BAFTA Nominations
Six Titles are Nominated for Best Editing BAFTAs, Five for Sound.


Vail: Atlanta Stagehands Fight ‘Labor Pimps’ Pushing Temp Work, Low Wages
“Anger over the mistreatment of entertainment workers in the Atlanta area has been brewing for years, according to Daniel Di Tolla, an organizer with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees,” writes Mark Vail in In These Times. "Entertainment companies have embraced the use of temporary labor contractors for hiring stagehands, electricians, audio technicians, and riggers for the short-term jobs at their concerts, often seeking out the lowest-cost anti-union contractors available."


Box Office Drops 5% in 2014: What’s Behind the Fall
Without Iron Man, Batman or James Bond to bolster ticket sales, the overall box office plunged 5.2% in 2014, topping out at $10.3 billion domestically. Audiences cooled to Hollywood offerings, voting with their feet as attendance dropped by an estimated 6% to 1.26 billion, the lowest figure in nearly two decades.


ACE Eddie Award Nominations Unveiled
The American Cinema Editors have revealed nominations for their 65th annual ACE Eddie Awards, which recognize the year’s outstanding editing in 10 film, TV and documentary categories.


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