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IATSE Hits Bravo With Unfair Labor Practices Charges Over ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Firings

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EXCLUSIVE: Three days after the NBCUniversal-owned cable network took direct control of Season 4 of Shahs of Sunset and canned the striking postproduction staff, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has made a big move of its own. Representing the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the union today filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against Bravo with the National Labor Relations Board. “Within the past six months the Employer has violated the Act by… Read


Hollywood’s Phony-Diploma Mills Help Underage Actors Labor In Film Biz Underground

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Protecting Kids On Sets: Second In A Series EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood is awash in fake high-school diplomas that allow underage actors to circumvent California's strict child-labor laws and work as adults. The sham has been going on for years, enabled by a plethora of diploma mills, willing parents, hard-driving agents and managers, complicit casting directors and producers looking to save a buck. That may finally be changing. One Internet diploma mill that was a go-to venue… Read


UPDATE: Union Blasts Bravo Over Cutting Striking ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Editors

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UPDATE, 3:04PM: Bravo may have today taken over control of Shahs of Sunset but the Motion Picture Editors Guild isn't going to let them pink slip the postproduction crew on the once Ryan Seacrest Productions run show without a fight - be it on the picket line or the courts. “The right to organize, including the right to strike, is enshrined in federal law,”" said IATSE Local 700 organizer Rob Callahan this afternoon. “It is an egregious violation of the law for any… Read


No ‘Midnight Rider’ Death Responsibility, Say Open Road, Landowner

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Both the distributor of Midnight Rider and the owner of the land where camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed Feb. 20 denied responsibility in court filings this week for her death. The landowner even blames Jones in its filings for not exercising “ordinary care for her own safety.” Jones' parents are suing distributor Open Road, landowner Rayonier Performance Fibers and a dozen others for their daughter's Feb. 20 death when a train blew through a film set on a… Read


Sarah Jones Walk-A-Thon Planned By ‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘The Originals’ Cast And Crew

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Cast and crew members from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have organized a Walk-A-Thon scheduled for next month in Atlanta, GA with all proceeds going to benefit the Sarah Jones Film Foundation which was created by her parents Richard and Elizabeth Jones. Today would have been Sarah Jones 28th birthday. The young camera assistant who worked on both television productions was killed on set during a feature shoot on a live train track in Georgia during the first day… Read


Con Men Lied, Faked IDs To “Teach” Kids Working On Hollywood Film Sets

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Protecting Kids On Sets: First In A Series EXCLUSIVE: Using aliases and fake credentials, two con men have been posing as licensed studio teachers for years, Deadline has learned, giving them access to child actors employed on dozens of low-budget movies and student film projects. In a bizarre coincidence, both men  — Kent Linker and Fred Robbins — claimed to be Marty Carlin, an accredited and respected teacher who, at age 83, is retired from on-set work with… Read


Bravo Advertisers Targeted In ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Strike


EXCLUSIVE: The labor battle between the Ryan Seacrest Productions series and the Motion Picture Editors Guild has moved into a whole new arena. While still manning the picket line in front of RSP's Miracle Mile offices, the IATSE Local 700 has now set its sights on Bravo's bottom line by focusing on advertisers and sponsors of Shahs Of Sunset, I've learned. "We encourage you to advise your clients that we retain our right to communicate with our members, members of… Read


Hooray For Hollywood! Gov. Brown Signs Film & TV Tax Credit Bill Extension


Look out Louisiana, Georgia and Canada, runaway productions are coming back to the home of Hollywood. At least that's the intention of the massive expansion to California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program. “California is on the move and Hollywood is a very important part of that,” said Gov. Jerry Brown just before signing the legislation into law today outside of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre — and behind a sign that read “Keep Cameras Rolling In… Read


UPDATE: Gov. Brown Signing Tax Credits Bill Thursday In Hollywood

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UPDATE, 3:10 PM: We told you earlier this week when Gov. Jerry Brown would be putting pen to paper to the legislation to greatly increase California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program and now it's official. In a made-in-Hollywood event, the Governor and a plethora of state and local pols plus industry and union figures will be at the TCL Chinese Theatre tomorrow morning to make the overwhelmingly passed Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act and its… Read


NBCU & Bravo Delaying ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Contract Talks Amid Strike

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EXCLUSIVE: One week after the postproduction crew of Bravo's Shahs Of Sunset went on strike, picket lines remain up at the offices of Ryan Seacrest Productions in LA. But no one is talking. This comes after Ryan Seacrest Prods declared on September 7 that it has "every intention of engaging in a discussion as soon as possible" with the Motion Picture Editors Guild regarding a union contract for the more than a dozen post crew members. But sources tell me today the delay… Read


Shawn Ryan Top Vote-Getter in WGA West Board Election; Incumbents Keep Seats


UPDATED WITH CORRECTED MEMBERSHIP FIGURES: TV writer and producer Shawn Ryan was the top vote-getter in the WGA West's board election, which saw a turnout of 22.4% of the guild's members casting ballots. Ryan, creator and showrunner of The Shield and The Chicago Code, got more votes than all of the incumbents in the race, with his name appearing on nearly 67% of the 1,835 ballots cast. The guild has more than 21,000 members, according to its latest filing with the… Read


11 Years Later, Feds Order CNN To Rehire Fired Union Workers

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The National Labor Relations Board has reaffirmed its 2008 decision that CNN violated the rights of hundreds of unionized contract staffers in 2003 when it axed them in favor of non-unionized workers. The case stems from the cable net's use of Team Video Services, a contractor that provided camera and tech services to CNN's Washington and New York bureaus. The NLRB has ordered the network to offer jobs or ” substantially equivalent positions” to 100-plus of those affected… Read


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