The biggest hurdle of all when it comes to onscreen tattoos has proved to be legal issues, ever since 2011, when S. Victor Whitmill — a tattoo artist who gave Mike Tyson his famous face tattoo — sued Warner Bros. for similar-looking ink on Ed Helms in The Hangover: Part II. The studio settled with Whitmill, and in the decade since, the industry has become extremely strict about signing off on every tattoo that will appear onscreen, whether real or fake. For a production to give clearance, makeup artists and effects studios must come up with either original designs or imagery from the public domain. If an actor’s real tattoo is going to be shown, their personal tattoo artist has to give approval.
Deadline reports – Rebecca Damon has been named executive director of SAG-AFTRA’s New York local – a paying staff job that will require her to give up her membership in the union. Damon, an actor and voice-over performer, had previously served as the union’s executive vice president and president of the New York local – both of which are non-paying positions.
Two other local executive directors have also been appointed: Serena Kung in Los Angeles, and Jessica Maher in New England. They had previously served as interim local executive directors. Kung succeeds Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, who retired earlier this year after 20 years of service.
Deadline reports that dues payable by SAG-AFTRA’s high-earning members will be going up over the next two years, per a resolution passed at the union’s recently-concluded 5th biennial convention. The dues hike will be achieved by increasing the maximum earnings on which members pay their percentage of work dues.
The dues cap on work earnings, which has not been raised since the merger of SAG and AFTRA in 2012, is currently set at $500,000, but will be going up to $750,000 in May of 2022, and to $1 million in May of 2023.
On-location filming is booming in Los Angeles. The third quarter of 2021 was the third-best quarter in 26 years, trailing only the pre-pandemic fourth quarters of 2016 and 2018, according to the latest report from FilmLA, the city and county film permit office. Shooting days were up 3.4% from the second quarter, and skyrocketed more than 141% from the dark days of the pandemic a year ago.
“The biggest takeaway from this report is that the pace of local production continues to increase,” said FilmLA president Paul Audley. “The late-pandemic recovery is uneven in some ways, but community receptiveness to filming is steady and the work opportunities are undeniably there.”
The film and TV industry’s return-to-work protocols have been extended.
The protocols were first established in September in an agreement between the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, the Teamsters and the Basic Crafts.
The Protocols have now been extended indefinitely until “a new agreement is reached,” labor and management are hoping this move will “give them necessary time to negotiate Covid-19 safety agreement modifications.”
I do not know what these people are thinking, however, I can tell you what I see when I go outside and I can not help but notice that the homeless do not wear masks and do not social distance and some how they are not sick, does this mean that the politicians and media are wrong? Or maybe just more lies to the public, in fact due to the economic shutdowns caused by the politicians there are now more homeless people than ever before.
I wonder what the long term health effects will be from constantly breathing in all those synthetic mask fibers? And who will be responsible for the damage caused by forcing mask wearing on people, SAG?
Deadline reports that SAG-AFTRA’s national board of directors, meeting last Thursday, voted 75%-25% in favor of approving a motion that authorizes the union’s staff “to approve requests for mandatory vaccination policies in strict compliance with SAG-AFTRA’s standard parameters for mandatory vaccination policies.”
Reminder if you choose to take an experimental “vaccine” then you are part of someone’s experiment. Forcing anyone for any reason to take any experimental drug is if nothing else extremely evil.
TheWrap – May 27, 2021 at 09:01AM:
In gobbling up MGM for $8.45 billion, tech behemoth Amazon’s big move into legacy content acquisition is signaling the power of distribution over creative content in the fight for Hollywood dominance, experts say.
“There are starting to be fewer choices for the larger companies that have to keep bulking up…assets are a priority, and I don’t see the trend reversing any time soon,” said Erick Opeka, chief strategy officer and president of Cinedigm Networks. “These companies are battling for global supremacy.”
Entertainment industry analyst Rich Greenfield of Lightshed Partners called the acquisition a “watershed moment” as streaming services are increasingly scrambling for library content alongside developing their own new premium content. Just last week, AT&T made a $43 million deal to merge WarnerMedia with Discovery, uniting HBO Max and Discovery+, a game plan which Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav has said will allow the new entity to differentiate itself from streaming services like Disney+ and Netflix by marrying a combination of news and sports with high profile entertainment franchises such as “Game of Thrones” and Harry Potter.
TheWrap – December 13, 2020 at 01:09PM:
Netflix announced Sunday that it is starting development on seven new shows that will be filmed in the U.K., with Andy Serkis, Rowan Atkinson and “1917” director Sam Mendes among the attached talent.
Netflix Adds 7 Shows to UK Production Slate With Sam Mendes and Andy Serkis Among Attached Talent
/Film – December 11, 2020 at 02:13PM:
Without San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con, Star Wars Celebration or any big media events, Disney was left to announce tons of news during their big live streamed presentation for investors last night. That means some little tidbits got lost in the shuffle, such as Disney announcing their plans to make Hulu the exclusive streaming home to original movies from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight, the studios formerly known as 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight.
Hulu Will Exclusively Release 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures Movies as Originals
TheWrap – December 8, 2020 at 02:53PM:
Filming in Los Angeles County decreased by 7.6% in November, the first dip since filming activity resumed in mid-June. In a report released Tuesday by FilmLA, the partner film office for the City and County of Los Angeles and other local jurisdictions, analysts attributed the slight decline to factors including the presidential election, the Thanksgiving holiday and…
LA Film and TV Production Dropped 7.6% in November, FilmLA Reports
Collider – December 8, 2020 at 10:19AM:
The shockwaves that HBO Max sent through the industry following last week’s big announcement that all of Warner Bros’ 2021 features would be heading to WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer streaming service the same day they’re scheduled for theaters, continue to be felt. But one of the weirder wrinkles to their upcoming approach seems to have been glossed over almost completely. In a recent CNBC report on the behind-the-scenes WarnerMedia shenanigans, they have been quietly pushing for ads on the platform, something that goes against the entire model of HBO’s premium pay cable format. The controversy continues.
HBO Max: Ads Could Hit the Streamer in 2021