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Cirque du Soleil Returns To Action After Tragic Death Of Aerialist

Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil returned to performances on Friday in New Jersey, offering a tribute to the aerialist who died last month on stage. It was the first show since the March 17 accident that claimed the life of Yann Arnaud. The show, titled VOLTA, began with a tribute to Arnaud, the 38-year old aerialist who perished after falling about 20 feet to his death. The accident happened March 17 during an aerial straps routine in Tampa. New Jersey’s show was postponed in the wake… Read


WGA Seeks To Reshape Talent Agency Business With Proposal For New Deal


EXCLUSIVE: The Writers Guild wants to completely reshape the talent agency business, putting an end to packaging and stopping the agencies' nascent ventures into film and television production. In their proposals for a new agreement with the Association of Talent Agents, the WGA East and WGA West have proposed that "No agency shall accept any money or thing of value from the employer of a client." That would effectively end all packaging deals, in which agencies receive… Read


Stuntman Injured By SUV Driven By Tom Sizemore On ‘Shooter’ Set Settles Lawsuit

A lawsuit brought by a stuntman pinned beneath an SUV driven by Tom Sizemore during a TV production has been settled. A notice of settlement was filed March 29 on the suit, which named Paramount Pictures and Sizemore. The parties must appear in court in July to finalize it. Terms were not disclosed. Stuntman Steve de Castro alleged Sizemore was intoxicated during filming for the USA Network show Shooter when the incident occurred.  The filming was done at Agua Dulce… Read


DGA, SAG-AFTRA & IATSE Urge Congress To Update Internet Copyright Law

As Congress continues to investigate Cambridge Analytica's unauthorized access to the private information of more than 87 million Facebook users during the 2016 election, the leaders of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA and IATSE have urged the Senate to look at the "broader context" of Internet regulations that they say allowed the breach to happen in the first place. Specifically, the union leaders want the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, which heard testimony from Facebook… Read


Hollywood’s Guilds Move To Protect Members Residuals And Benefits In TWC Bankruptcy

The Weinstein Company

Hollywood's unions and their pension and health plans have filed court papers to protect their members' residuals and benefits in the Weinstein Company's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. It's a common move when companies declare bankruptcy so that current and future obligations to the union's members will be paid. SAG-AFTRA, the DGA and the WGA East and West – and their respective pension and health plans – filed a joint motion to preserve the money owed to their members… Read


Nickelodeon Animation Studio Joins IATSE & Editors Guild; Viacom OKs Move

EXCLUSIVE: In an increasingly rare occurrence in Hollywood nowadays, the successful effort by editorial employees of Nickelodeon Animation Studio to unionize has been welcomed by the SpongeBob SquarePants home's corporate bosses. An independent arbitrator this morning signed off that a clear majority of the currently nearly three dozen  NAS staff members had inked union cards and sought IATSE and its Local 700, the Motion Picture Editors Guild representation. With that… Read


Tronc Lays Off Former LA Times Editor-In-Chief, Several Dozen Others

Former Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief Lewis D’Vorkin and dozens of other employees of Tronc Inc. were dismissed on Thursday. The cuts, which were made in a joint meeting with all the laid off employees present, included Tribune Interactive’s Los Angeles-based video and online content teams, which operate separately from the Los Angeles Times. No information on the total number of layoffs was immediately available. D’Vorkin was the chief content officer of Tribune… Read


SAG-AFTRA Bans Auditions In Hotel Rooms And Residences

SAG AFTRA Code Of Conduct

UPDATED with Anita Hill statement: SAG-AFTRA has called for a ban on auditions in hotel rooms and residences, where many reported incidents of sexual harassment and assault have occurred. “We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in announcing the movie today. The ban on such meetings – called Guideline No. 1 – is… Read


France On Strike: Planes, Trains & Post-Production Workers; Cannes Implications?

A wave of disruptive strikes has been rolling through France for the past few weeks. From train workers to Air France staff and others, employees have walked out and largely paralyzed the country's transport systems. That created a knock-on effect for executives attending this week's Mip-TV market in Cannes, and the situation could also be a headache for folks trying to get to the Cannes Film Festival in a month’s time. But it's not just rail workers, flight crews and… Read


‘Worst Cooks In America’ Host Anne Burrell Contemplates Shuttering NY Restaurant

Celebrity chef Anne Burrell knows about bad cooks. Now, apparently, she’s learning that partnerships can also have its problems. The spiky haired Burrell, who co-hosts the Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America reality competition featuring cooking exercises by amateur kitchen bumblers and celebrities, has closed Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge just under a year after opening. Despite its reported popularity, owners Burrell and restauranteur Phil Casaceli reportedly have… Read


WGA Moves To Renegotiate Packaging Agreement With Talent Agents


The WGA East and West have notified the Association of Talent Agents that they want to renegotiate their decades-old agreement covering packaging of TV series. "After months of member outreach, the WGA West board and WGA East council have voted unanimously to reopen the Guilds' 42-year-old agency agreement," the WGA West said in a email to its members. To set a deadline for the talks, the guilds say they have sent the ATA a 12-month notice to terminate the existing deal… Read


Amazon’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ Expected To Get A Season 3 After Securing California Relocation With TV Tax Credit

Sneaky Pete

Amazon’s Sneaky Pete will move production from New York To California for what now is likely its upcoming third season after being conditionally approved for $9.2 million worth of Golden State tax credits, highlighting the latest round of TV project allocation from the state’s expanded Film & TV Tax Credit Program. The California Film Commission’s latest TV application period, held February 12-16, was open only to relocating series and recurring series already accepted… Read