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California’s Expanded Production Tax Credit Draws 37 TV Applicants
California’s sweetened film and TV tax credit program has drawn applications from 31 new TV projects and six current TV series seeking to relocate to the Golden State.


Musicians Union Travels to Sacramento to Play a Song for Tax Credits
The dulcet strains of motion picture and television soundtracks wafted across the grounds of the State Capitol on Monday, as musicians union members from Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere joined Sacramento members in a concert and press conference to support AB 1199, a bill that would link production tax credits to scoring in California.


‘Pitch Perfect 2' Box Office: Movies by Women for Women Work
What makes “Pitch Perfect 2" something of a rarity is that it not only stars women like Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick, but its behind the scenes talent, director Elizabeth Banks and writer Kay Cannon, are also female.


Jane Fonda at Cannes: Gender Pay Gap ‘Unacceptable’
Jane Fonda is starring in a film at Cannes, but she also came to the film festival to pick up an honor. When asked about the pay divide in Hollywood, Fonda was spirited in her response.


Warner Brothers Strikes Multi-Year Pact with Deluxe for Post-Production Services
Deluxe has inked an agreement with Warner Brothers Pictures to be the studio’s primary provider for a wide range of post-production and home entertainment-related services.


A.C.L.U., Citing Bias Against Women, Wants Inquiry Into Hollywood’s Hiring Practices
Grumblings that Hollywood is a man’s world have percolated for decades and are borne out in studies that show how few women are hired to direct top-grossing films: only 4 percent over the last dozen years. Now this apparent truism is being challenged as a violation of civil rights.


WGA East to Reality Producers: Let’s Talk Collective Bargaining
The WGA East is urging the Nonfiction Producers Association to come to the bargaining table this month to hammer out an industrywide contract for writers and producers of TV reality shows.


NYT: What Hollywood Can Teach Us About the Future of Work
"Recently I visited a movie set," writes Adam Davidson in The New York Times. "It was the first day of production, and I arrived just as the sun was coming up, but already, around 150 people were busy setting up that day’s shot in an abandoned office building."


Don Mankiewicz Dies: Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Union Activist was 93
Mankiewicz, who received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay "I Want To Live" and was the creator behind TV’s "Ironside" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.," died of congestive heart failure at his home in Monrovia, CA, Saturday, his son told The Los Angeles Times. He was 93.


Editor Feared Missing in Nepal Says: 'We are Safe'
A Santa Monica couple feared missing after a magnitude 7.8 quake in Nepal killed thousands says they are safe and are now focusing on the victims. A. Michelle Page, is a former film editor whose projects included the Spider-Man trilogy and Robert Altman’s “The Player,” according to her website. She and her husband, Daniel Adams, both of whom arrived last week, were scheduled to stay in the capital of Katmandu near the Boudhanath burial mound that is the Himalayan city’s most famous landmark.


Musicians Union Sues Warners, MGM and Paramount Over ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Robocop’ Scores
The American Federation of Musicians has sued Warner Brothers, MGM and Paramount for alleged violations of the union’s master contract for recording film scores outside the United States and Canada.


Film Editor Visiting Nepal Reported Unhurt After Deadly Quake
A. Michelle Page, is a former film editor whose projects included the Spider-Man trilogy and Robert Altman’s “The Player,” according to her website. She and her husband, Daniel Adams, both of whom arrived last week, were scheduled to stay in the capital of Katmandu near the Boudhanath burial mound that is the Himalayan city’s most famous landmark.


Florida Film Officials Try 3rd Time for New Incentive Program
Proponents of Florida's film industry are back in Tallahassee for the third year in a row, trying to get funding for a new tax incentive program.


Theater Chief Says 2015 Will Be ‘Year of Women’ at Box Office
Women and family audiences will help drive 2015 to record-breaking box office numbers, predicted National Association of Theatre Owners president and CEO John Fithian in a speech to exhibitors Tuesday at CinemaCon.


West Coast IATSE Reaches 3-Year Deal with Producers
The new deal was concluded after two weeks of negotiations between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The deal is along the same lines as the agreements negotiated by SAG-AFTRA, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America with a 3% annual wage hike and an increase in contributions to the pension and health fund, according to sources close to the talks.


IATSE Reaches Deal with Producers for New Film & TV Contract
A tentative agreement has been reached on a new three-year contract covering some 38,000 Hollywood-based members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Details of the new film and TV pact, which now must be ratified by the union’s members, have not yet been disclosed, but pay increases are believed to be in line with those that management’s Alliance of Motion Picture & Television recently negotiated with the DGA, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA.


SAG-AFTRA Leaders Greenlight Industrial Films Contract
The SAG-AFTRA national board has ratified the union’s recently negotiated industrial films contract covering work in corporate and educational films and non-broadcast recorded material.


IRS Considers Exclusions on 'Cadillac' Health Plans
Some groups, particularly unions, have slammed the Cadillac tax as a way for employers to shift more healthcare costs to employees and reduce the value of collectively bargained benefits. Comments are due May 15.


New Mexico Governor Signs New Tax Incentive Bill
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed a bill Tuesday that will allow production companies to pre-assign their tax rebates to third parties.


Want Full California Tax Credit? Bill Says Keep the Music Scoring Local
A bill introduced in the California Assembly seeks to change the state’s pending $330 million film incentives program by requiring that more of a film project’s music scoring be performed in California to qualify for the full amount of the rebates being offered.


Will 2015 Finally Be the Year of Women at the Movies?
Hollywood has long treated actresses like second-class citizens, but 2015 could finally be a turning point. Only three months into the new year, two of the three top-grossing films have been headlined by strong female characters: Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” starring Dakota Johnson (with a worldwide gross of more than $550 million), and Disney’s “Cinderella” with Lily James in the title role and Cate Blachett as the evil stepmother (to the tune of $260 million worldwide).


‘Midnight Rider’ Producer Film Allman Contests Safety Citation in Court
Film Allman LLC lawyers continued in federal court in Savannah, Georgia arguing against the OSHA citations and $74,900 in fines. This has really become a mini-trial about whether "Midnight Rider" filmmakers intentionally put their crew in jeopardy on February 20, 2014 when they criminally trespassed on a Doctortown train trestle to place a metal hospital bed perpendicular on the tracks and shot a scene.


‘Midnight Rider’ Producer Film Allman Contests Safety Citation In Court
Lawyers for Film Allman arrived in federal court today in Savannah, GA to contest a safety violation and fine imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the Midnight Rider set accident that resulted in the death of 27 year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones.


Jane Street Producers Vote to Join WGA East After Company Brass Urged Against It
Freelance producers and associate producers at Jane Street Entertainment have voted overwhelmingly to join the WGA East. Despite pleas from the company’s owners to reject union representation, the freelancers voted 46-3 to join the guild, and the National Labor Relations Board now has certified the guild as their collective bargaining representative.


Feds Probing Former Paramount Exec Over Embezzlement Allegations
The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating allegations that former Paramount labor relations executive Stephen Koppekin embezzled money from three of the union pension and health plans that he served on as a management trustee.


‘Midnight Rider’ Case Moves to Federal Court as OSHA Hearing Scheduled
A hearing will be held in federal court next week regarding the Midnight Rider train trestle accident that killed 27-year old camera assistant Sarah Jones to determine whether or not the film company behind the Gregg Allman biopic will have to pay fines levied against them by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


NTSB Cites Trespassing as Cause of ‘Midnight Rider’ Accident
The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the probable cause of the February 20, 2014, train accident on the set of “Midnight Rider” was that the production didn’t have permission to shoot on the CSX trestle over the Altamaha River near Jesup, Georgia.


Husband of Worker Hurt on ‘NCIS: LA’ Calls for 'After-Injury Advocate'
Assistant location manager Brianne Brozey, who was injured on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles in March 2011 -- and was one of a handful of people Deadline found in the industry with enough courage to go on the record after the train accident that killed Sarah Jones -- now has difficulty speaking after going through a life-threatening, five-hour surgery.


Feds Cite CNN’s 'Anti-Union Animus,' Reject Latest Appeal In Worker Firings
CNN has lost another round in the broadcast industry’s longest-running labor dispute -- a battle that’s been going on so long that some of the workers wrongfully terminated by the news network 12 years ago have died before they could be rehired, as ordered by the National Labor Relations Board.


At the Box Office, It’s No Longer a Man’s World
Heading into the all-important summer moviegoing season, two converging box-office trends are startling studios: Women are driving ticket sales to a degree rarely, if ever, seen before, while young men --- long Hollywood’s most coveted audience --- are relatively AWOL.


‘Midnight Rider’ Director Issues Statement from Jail
"Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller, who pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones, issued a statement to the Associated Press from his jail cell saying that he accepted responsibility for the accident that killed her and injured six others.


New Mexico Legislature Votes to Increase Film Tax Credits
Two new bills to increase New Mexico’s film tax incentives have sailed through the state Legislature. The measures now go to Governor Susana Martinez, who is expected to sign them into law.


U.K. Sweetens Incentives for Film, TV, Videogame Industries
The U.K. government has sweetened incentives for the film, TV and videogame industries as part of its annual budget statement, announced by Chancellor George Osborne on Wednesday.


Upfront 2015: Time May Be Running Out for Primetime TV
Madison Avenue and the nation’s biggest media companies are about to go to war over something that may not exist in its current form just a year from now.


Bogdanovich Pushes for Non-‘Titanic’ Tentpoles
Peter Bogdanovich blames James Cameron’s success with 1997’s “Titanic” for studios pulling the plug on smaller movies, such as his 1971 hit “The Last Picture Show.”


IATSE Rips Into 'Lying' ‘Sharknado 3' Producers
It didn’t take long for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to respond to dismissive and disparaging remarks from 'Sharknado 3' producer The Asylum earlier Friday.


Viacom to Pay $7.2m in Interns Lawsuit Settlement
On the same day that they were pink-slipping people at Paramount and Nickelodeon, the Sumner Redstone-controlled Viacom was putting a price tag on how much it will shell out to make their interns lawsuit go away. That will be $7,212,500 to be exact.


Proyect: Films on the Lives of Ordinary People
"After being asked to chair a panel discussion on storytelling at the Socially Relevant Film Festival 2015 in New York that runs from March 16 to 22 and previewing a dozen scheduled films, both narrative and documentary, I had an epiphany: 'socially relevant' films have a higher storytelling quotient than Hollywood’s for the simple reason that they are focused on the lives of ordinary people whose hopes and plight we can identify with," writes Louis Proyect in CounterPunch.


‘Sharknado 3’ Strike: IATSE Accuses The Asylum of ‘Lies,’ ‘Anti-Union Screed’
The “Sharknado 3” strike has been a whirlwind of biting (remarks, at least) -- not unlike the plot of the campy Syfy TV movie franchise from The Asylum.


Dayen: Michele Bachmann in ‘Sharknado 3’: Brought to You by ‘Strikenado’ Scabs
“This week, the cottage industry of sites formerly dedicated to covering ex-Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s every move had reason to celebrate, as she resurfaced in Washington, filming a scene for ‘Sharknado 3,’ the latest installment in the so-bad-it’s-actually-really-bad science fiction franchise,” writes David Dayen in In These Times.


Global Box Office Hits Record $36.4 Billion Fueled by China
The global box office was essentially flat in 2014 with worldwide receipts reaching $36.4 billion, according to a new study by the Motion Picture Association of America.


‘Sharknado 3' Strike Hits White House
Just over a week after the watery Syfy sequel was hit by labor action, IATSE has taken its bark and bite to the nation’s capital. Shooting on Sharknado 3 in front of the White House this morning was interrupted by picketers. All the IATSE members on the Asylum produced shoot walked off the job, the union says.


‘Midnight Rider’ D.A.: ‘This Was a Very Preventable Tragedy’
Jackie Johnson, the district attorney who led the prosecution in the “Midnight Rider” criminal case, said she hoped that they were prepared to show the extent to which the filmmakers knew that they did not have permission to be on the CSX railroad tracks and that their location was dangerous. “I think it is easy to call this an accident; this was a very preventable tragedy,” she told reporters after the final defendant, the movie’s first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation.


‘Midnight Rider’ First AD Hillary Schwartz Guilty; Gets 10 Years Probation
'Midnight Rider’s' first assistant director Hillary Schwartz was found guilty of criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter today and will receive 10 years probation and no prison time.


‘Midnight Rider’ Director Pleads Guilty, Gets Two Years in Prison
A plea agreement was reached on Monday in the “Midnight Rider” case in which director Randall Miller was sentenced to two years in jail and executive producer Jay Sedrish was sentenced to 10 years probation.


‘Midnight Rider’ Trial: Director Randall Miller Pleads Guilty
Director Randall Miller entered a guilty plea on Monday in the “Midnight Rider” case, reversing a not guilty plea just as a trial was scheduled to begin.


TV Pilot Locations 2015: New York Slips, Los Angeles & Vancouver Rebound
California’s long-awaited expansion of the Film and TV Tax Credit Program is still months away, but things are starting to look up for the state in the high stakes of broadcast pilot production. After hitting a new low last year with a measly five drama pilots and slipping to 85% of comedy pilot production, Los Angeles regained some ground with seven drama pilots, tying Vancouver and last year’s leader New York for No. 1.


L.A. Mayor Cuts Production Red Tape, Appoints New Chief Film Liaison for City
Nearly two weeks after he announced his Greenlight Hollywood campaign, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday unveiled further measures to make L.A, the friendliest city in America for production.


Returning TV Series to Receive $90 Million in Next Round of California Credits
Returning TV series will receive the lion’s share of allocations -- $90 million of the $100 million available -- in the next round of the California film and TV tax credit program before the commission launches its expanded program.


Albert Maysles, Legendary Documentarian, Dies at 88
Albert Maysles, the documentary filmmaker and cinematographer behind “Grey Gardens,” a look at the bizarre lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter; Rolling Stones film “Gimme Shelter”; cinema verite classic “Salesman”; and Muhammad Ali docu “When We Were Kings,” died Thursday of natural causes. He was 88.


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