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
Stuntwoman’s Federal Push To End “Wigging” Shakes Up Male-Dominated Industry
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
SAG-AFTRA Board Member Peter Antico Accuses Union Of Playing Politics with Safety
A former SAG-AFTRA presidential candidate is accusing the union’s leadership of playing politics with safety. Local board member Peter Antico, a stuntman who finished third in the presidential race last year, has filed a complaint with the union and the Secretary of Labor claiming that the union’s newly formed safety commission has been stacked with political allies of SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and that too few of them have any expertise in stunts or… Read
AMC Sued For Wrongful Death Of ‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman
UPDATED with more details of lawsuit: More than six months after The Walking Dead stuntman John Bernecker was killed on the Atlanta set of the AMC blockbuster series, his mother has followed through on her promise to "seek justice" with a wrongful-death lawsuit that puts the blame on AMC for allegedly doing things on the cheap.
"The production of Season 8 of The Walking Dead, like seasons before it, had an emphasis on keeping production budgets low and profits high," the… Read
SAG Awards Stunt Ensemble Winners: ‘Wonder Woman’ & ‘Game Of Thrones’
UPDATED with winners list: The sizable stunt teams for Warner Bros. Wonder Woman and HBO’s Game of Thrones walked away with the SAG Awards Stunt Ensemble trophies today. The winners were announced before the televised portion of the show. The female-centric superhero pic beat out the stunt teams from Baby Driver, Dunkirk, Logan and War for the Planet of the Apes. The epic juggernaut drama series GoT topped the stunt performers from GLOW, Homeland and The Walking Dead, the… Read
In Hollywood, Few Female Stunt Performers Are Allowed To Drive
EXCLUSIVE: Four Saturdays ago, the Bumblebee stunt team showed up for rehearsals in downtown Los Angeles for work on the latest in the Transformers movie franchise. It was late afternoon, and they were preparing to film the stunt the next Wednesday, November 1. The rehearsal that day involved 11 stunt drivers and three passengers – all men. One of the drivers was even told to wear a wig to double for a woman.
Seven of the driving jobs listed on the call sheet were… 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
‘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
‘Deadpool 2’ Crash: Details Emerge In Death Of Stuntwoman Joi Harris
EXCLUSIVE: A preliminary investigation into the accident that took the life of stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris this week on the Vancouver set of the Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool 2 suggests that the stunt might not have been all that difficult and that her death was the result of a freak low-speed accident.
An investigation report by WorkSafeBC, British Columbia's version of the U.S. government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, obtained by Deadline and dated… Read
‘Deadpool 2’ To Restart Production 48 Hours After Stunt Driver Killed
(Updated with more material) EXCLUSIVE: Production on Deadpool 2 will start again Wednesday morning, two days after stunt woman Joi “SJ” Harris was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Vancouver set. The stunt woman had only recently joined the David Leitch-directed film after it was realized that they needed a different stunt performer for the production, Deadline has learned.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances,” a posted notice for the production that went up late today… Read
‘Deadpool 2’ Stunt Crash Victim ID’d As First African-American Female Pro Road Racer; Director & Fox “Deeply Saddened” – Update
WRITETHRU, 4:50 PM: A rookie stuntwoman who was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2 has been identified as the first African-American female professional road racer. Joi “SJ” Harris was doing her first film as a stunt performer, Deadline has learned. A spokesman for ACTRA confirmed her identity to Deadline, though she is not a member of the Canadian actors union.
Production on the superhero sequel was shut down immediately after the fatality… Read