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Mother of Fallen ‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman Says Hollywood Covers Up Safety Problems Like It Does Sex Abuse

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Susan Bernecker, the mother of stuntman John Bernecker, who was killed last July in a high-fall accident on the Georgia set of The Walking Dead, says that over the last 10 years she heard him and his friends talking about unsafe conditions in the film and television industry "all the time." "I'm friends with 50 or 60 stunt people," she told Deadline in an exclusive interview. "They're like my adopted children, and I heard this all the time." And when the Harvey Weinstein… Read


Mother of Stuntman Killed On ‘The Walking Dead’ Will “Seek Justice”

Susan Bernecker, the mother of stuntman John Bernecker, who was killed on the Georgia set of The Walking Dead last July, said that she intends to "seek justice for John and to ensure that no other parent with a child working in the film and television industry suffers this kind of heartbreak." Her comments on her son's death come the day after OSHA slapped the show's production company with a $12,675 fine for "failing to protect employees from fall hazards." Bernecker died… Read


‘Walking Dead’ Production Company Slapped With Maximum Fine In Stuntman’s On-Set Death

UPDATED with production company statement: In the wake of July's death of stuntman John Bernecker on the Georgia set of The Walking Dead, OSHA has imposed the maximum allowable fine – $12,675 – on the company that produces the show. "This tragedy should serve as a wake-up call for the entertainment industry," said OSHA Atlanta regional administrator Kurt Petermeyer. "The entire industry needs to commit to safety practices for actors and stunt people involved in this type… Read


NYC Blasted For Not Pulling Film Permits During “Bomb Cyclone”

SAG-AFTRA's offices in New York City were closed today due to the "blizzard conditions and inclement weather" that slammed the East Coast, but city officials didn't think the "Bomb Cyclone" blasts of Arctic air and wind were bad enough to pull film permits – much to the dismay of some film and TV crews slipping and shivering there. "There are still productions shooting today and several have rescheduled shoots inside," a spokesperson for the Mayor's Film Office told… Read


SAG-AFTRA Establishes Blue Ribbon Commission On Safety

Responding to the recent deaths of stunt performers on the sets of The Walking Dead and Deadpool 2, SAG-AFTRA has established a President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Safety to evaluate and address workplace safety issues on film and TV productions. "Our industry has undergone significant change, and it only makes sense to review our safety practices to ensure the well-being of our members and others on the set," SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement… Read


Camera Operator Mark Milsome Dies Filming Stunt On BBC/Netflix Drama; Production Shut Down – Update

UPDATED, 9:36 AM: The BBC has halted production on the drama The Forgiving Earth in the wake of cameraman Mark Milsome’s on-set death. “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news,” the UK pubcaster said in a statement. “Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.” PREVIOUSLY, 7:35 AM: Veteran film and TV camera operator Mark Milsome has died while… Read


SAG-AFTRA Sending Team To ‘Riverdale’ Set After K.J. Apa Crash

AJ Apa

SAG-AFTRA will be sending up a team to the Vancouver set of the CW/Warner Bros.’ television production of Riverdale after one of the union’s 20 year-old stars — K.J. Apa — fell asleep at the wheel last week and crashed his automobile after he worked what Warner Bros. TV said was a 14.2-hour work day. "This is an extremely troubling situation and we are deeply concerned about the safety of performers on the Riverdale set,” said SAG-AFTRA in a statement. “We are sending a… Read


Warner Bros “Extremely Grateful” ‘Riverdale’ Star K.J. Apa OK After Car Crash – Update

AJ Apa

UPDATE, 2:47 PM: Warner Bros. Television is “extremely grateful that Riverdale star K.J. Apa was uninjured after his recent car crash en route from the set but warns that the accident could have been avoided. The studio’s statement comes hours after details were revealed about an early-morning accident involving Apa. Filming in Vancouver, the actor who plays Archie Andrews in the CW drama hit a lamp post on the way home from a long day of filming. Although stressing… Read


Pablo Escobar’s Brother Urges Netflix To Change ‘Narcos’ Security Protocol After Death Of Location Manager

Nearly a week after Carlos Munoz Portal died while scouting locations for Narcos, Pablo Escobar’s brother, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, has urged Netflix to change the security protocol of its production. “People are dying,” said Olof K. Gustafsson, CEO of Escobar Inc. “It’s clearly not safe to film shows about drug lords.” Gaviria was the lead accountant for the Medellín cartel, but before that, he was the chief of the hitman. In 1993, he was arrested and while in… Read


‘El Chicano’ Producer Joe Carnahan: Safety Rules “Followed To A T” Before Crash That Injured Stuntman

EXCLUSIVE: El Chicano producer Joe Carnahan said that "all safety protocols were followed to the T" in the run-up to last week's on-set accident in Calgary when a stunt car and a taco truck collided and sent another car crashing into the camera platform as the camera crew went scrambling. He said a cameraman's claims that the shot was unsafe and poorly planned are "simply not true." Stuntman Greg Harris was injured in the accident. "He was there to safety our director of… Read


Stunt Goes Wrong On ‘El Chicano’ Set In Calgary, Sends Camera Crew Scrambling

EXCLUSIVE: An accident on the set of U.S. indie El Chicano in Calgary sent a camera crew scrambling for their lives last week when a stunt car traveling in reverse crashed into a taco truck, sending the larger vehicle careening into their camera platform. The incident being investigated by actors union ACTRA Alberta and IATSE Local 669, which represents the film's crew. Footage of Wednesday’s accident was posted to social media but has been taken down. The film’s… Read


Bill In Congress Would Protect Child Actors Nationwide

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Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would, for the first time, create nationwide workplace protections for child actors. Currently, kids working in the film and TV industry are exempt from federal laws governing the employment of children, and must instead rely on a crazy-quilt of wildly varying state laws governing their safety and the hours they can be employed. Introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), HR 3691, or the Child Performer Protection Act (re… Read