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Women In Animation Crafts Anti-Harassment Pledge To Create Safety In The Workplace

Women in Animation has joined hands with a group of independent studio owners to craft an anti-harassment pledge affirming there is no tolerance for harassment in the workplace. The pledge has already been adopted by OddBot, Inc., Six Point Harness, Titmouse, Bento Box Entertainment, CounterPunch Studios, Duncan Studio, Incessant Rain Animation Studios, Renegade Animation, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Tonko House and Wild Canary Animation. The studio president/owner(s) have… Read

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YouTube To Increase Security Globally Following Shooting At Headquarters

YouTube plans to harden security at all of its offices worldwide following Tuesday’s shooting at the company’s headquarters in San Bruno. The video giant said the violent attack prompted it to reassess the security on its offices, which, like many in Silicon Valley, project an open, college campus-like vibe. “We will be increasing security at our offices worldwide to make them more secure not only in the near-term but long term,” YouTube said in a statement published to… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Establishes “Standards And Practices” For Stunt Coordinators

EXCLUSIVE: In a move to bolster safety and foster diversity and gender equality, SAG-AFTRA's national board of directors has established a new set of "standards and practices" for film and TV stunt coordinators. The move comes in the wake of two-stunt related deaths last year, and a growing outcry from stuntwomen about stuntmen donning wigs and women's clothes to double for actresses – an age-old practice known as "wigging." The union's contract with employers has long… Read

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Canada’s Actors Union Filed Grievance Over On-Set Accident That Disfigured Actress Taylor Hickson

Canada’s actors union is awaiting news about a grievance it filed against the producers of Ghostland, claiming that their failure to follow the union's contract contributed to an accident in Winnipeg that left a young actress with a disfiguring facial injury. The incident also is under investigation by Safe Work Manitoba, the local public agency dedicated to workplace safety. Taylor Hickson suffered a serious injury in December 2016 while performing an emotionally charged… Read

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SAG-AFTRA: “Knockoff” Stunt Harnesses Pose Safety Hazard

SAG-AFTRA is warning the stunt community about "knockoff" stunt harnesses that don't meet industry standards and pose a threat to safety on the set. Used to suspend actors and stunt performers in the air, one of the phony harnesses already has failed, the guild reported. "Thankfully, no one was hurt," it said. "This SAG-AFTRA safety bulletin is an urgent advisory to alert you to these dangers and to remind everyone to be very diligent about the harnesses and other safety… Read

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Safety Panel Urges New Culture To Speak Out; Joyce Gilliard Reveals Horrifying Details Of ‘Midnight Rider’ Incident

In a time when #MeToo has taken hold in the U.S. against those who have used their power to take advantage of the weak, and when students in Parkland, FL are using their voices to affect change, many crew members in Hollywood remain too scared to speak up against the powers that be over the abusive hours that are putting their own lives and personal relationships in peril. Joyce Gilliard, the seriously injured Midnight Rider crew member, said last night on a set-safety… Read

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‘Midnight Rider’ Case: Sarah Jones’ Parents In Court To Try To Prevent Randall Miller’s Ask For Leniency

Four years and one day after the death of Sarah Jones on a Doctortown train trestle, the parents of the late Midnight Rider camera assistant are back in a Jessup, GA courtroom fighting against a motion filed in December by the attorneys of Randall Miller. The film’s director is asking that California supervision, part of his plea agreement at his 2015 criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter trial, be lifted. The argument is that California law differs from… Read

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‘Midnight Rider’ Case: Director Randall Miller Asks Court To Drop CA Supervision

EXCLUSIVE: On what is the four-year mark of the death of their 27-year-old daughter Sarah Jones on a train track in Georgia for the film Midnight Rider, Richard and Elizabeth Jones are en route to a Jessup, GA courthouse this morning, where tomorrow they will fight to keep in place the film’s director Randall Miller’s three-year supervision in California. Miller has petitioned the court to remove his supervision. While Miller will not be there, he received that probation… Read

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Seriously Injured ‘Midnight Rider’ Crew Member Joyce Gilliard Sets Safety Panel

Deborah Hershman, the wife of camera assistant Brent Hershman whose 1997 death prompted the first push about the dangers of drowsy driving in the industry, actor/director Anson WilliamsArmy Wives actress Wendy Davis and Midnight Rider crew member Joyce Gilliard will be speaking Tuesday, Feb. 20 in a panel discussion called “Let’s Talk Safety.” The talk, which will take place from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Harmony Gold Theater on Sunset Blvd., was organized by Midnight Rider… Read

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Stuntwoman Jennifer Badger Accuses SAG-AFTRA’s Atlanta Local Of Putting Politics Before Safety

Atlanta's stunt community, which was rocked last year by the death of stuntman John Bernecker on the set of The Walking Dead, is up in arms over veteran stuntwoman Jennifer Badger's allegation that leaders of the SAG-AFTRA local there are playing politics with safety. Badger, one of Atlanta's top stuntwomen and safety advocates, and a vocal critic of the local's elected leadership, has accused them of not reappointing her to the stunt and safety committee purely  for… Read

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Stuntwoman’s Federal Push To End “Wigging” Shakes Up Male-Dominated Industry

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EXCLUSIVE: A sex-discrimination charge filed with the EEOC by stuntwoman Deven MacNair has Hollywood's stunt community wigging out, with one veteran stuntman claiming that the industry's most dangerous profession – which saw two stunt-related deaths last year – "is now in chaos" and "spiraling out of control." Others, however, scoff at the notion, arguing that the change coming to the stunt community and to the industry at large is long overdue. MacNair's complaint (read… Read

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Uma Thurman Posts Video Of ‘Kill Bill’ Accident, Says Quentin Tarantino Was “Deeply Regretful”

Uma Thurman took to Instagram to “memorialize” the Kill Bill car accident she detailed in her New York Times interview this weekend. She posted the same video Monday on the social media platform the that was originally shared on the news site. Last week, Thurman came forward with accusations of sexual assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. In addition, she accused Quentin Tarantino of not doing enough to protect her from an accident during the making of Kill Bill… Read