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Golden Globes Security Ramped Up After European Terror Attacks

Golden Globes Security

(UPDATED WITH LA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TWEET) EXCLUSIVE: The sun is out for today’s Golden Globes but so is the bomb squad and more security than ever before. In the wake of last month’s gunman attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France and the New Year’s Eve knifing rampage that left three injured in Manchester, UK, Hollywood is on high alert as the 76th Hollywood Foreign Press Association shindig gets underway this evening at the Beverly Hilton. “The… Read


Stunt Performers Air Their Concerns At Meeting With SAG-AFTRA Officials

David White, SAG-AFTRA's national executive director, met Tuesday night with some 80 stunt performers to hear their concerns about safety, pensions and contract issues. Stuntwoman Jane Austin, who's the union's national secretary-treasurer and president of its Los Angeles local, also attended the meeting, which was held at the offices of Stunts Unlimited in Chatsworth, CA. Safety is the chief concern of all stunt professionals – an issue that was highlighted when two… Read


IATSE, WGA, SAG-AFTRA & Others Offer Aid To Members Affected By California Wildfires

UPDATED with AFM relief fund: SAG-AFTRA, the WGA and the American Federation of Musicians have joined IATSE in offering financial relief to its members affected by the California wildfires. The actor and writer unions are directing its members to contact welfare funds established for emergencies like the ones facing many of their members across the state. Details on the SAG-AFTRA, WGA and AFM programs are below. Meanwhile, IATSE said earlier this afternoon that "the… Read


Hidden Hills Evacuation Order Lifted As Fire Danger Ebbs; Some Neighboring Areas Also Reopened

Five days after Hidden Hills residents were told to pack up and get out as the Woolsey Fire raged, authorities said today it’s safe to go back. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said today that folks could start heading back into the gated celebrity enclave at 9 a.m. PT. Meanwhile, residents of Calabasas, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills also are being allowed to return in some areas of those cities, though SoCal Edison notes that some sections of Calabasas… Read


Stunt Coordinator Musical Chairs On ‘Five-O’, ‘MacGyver’ & ‘Magnum’ Raises Liability Questions In Wake Of Accidents


There had been bad blood between Justin Sundquist and Jeff Cadiente before they landed plum stunt coordinating assignments within weeks of each other on two CBS reboots from executive producer Peter Lenkov, the network's most prolific writer-producer. All three men had been involved in a lawsuit stemming from a 2016 accident on Hawaii Five-0 – another CBS reboot Lenkov executive produces – in which Sundquist blamed Cadiente, the show's stunt coordinator, for a stunt that… Read


Crew Member James Emswiller Dies After Fall On Set Of Tom Hanks’ Mister Rogers Film; Sony Laments “Devastating Tragedy” – Update

UPDATED with studio statement and OSHA probe: A sound mixer has died after a fall on the set of the untitled film about Mister Rogers starring Tom Hanks. James M. Emswiller, an Emmy winner who also worked on major films such as The Avengers during a three-decade career, fell two stories from a balcony while taking a break between scenes in Mount Lebanon, PA. He apparently suffered a medical emergency and fell over the brick wall of a balcony in an apartment building where… Read


You’re Going To Get A Text From The Federal Government Today – And There’s No Opting Out

Most Americans have received an emergency alert on their cellphones — Amber Alert, tornado warning or whatever. But today virtually every American with a mobile device will be hearing directly from Uncle Sam. Whether they want to or not. If your cell is turned on at 11:18 a.m. PT/2:18 p.m. ET, it will buzz and you’ll see a “Presidential Alert” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the FCC. And, as FEMA notes, “Users cannot opt out of receiving… Read


AMPTP Defends Proposed New IATSE Contract’s Safety And Rest-Time Provisions


EXCLUSIVE: As IATSE members vote on a new three-year film and TV contract, management's AMPTP has weighed in with a defense of proposed safety provisions designed to prevent drowsy driving accidents after long workdays. IATSE says the new pact includes “a massive stride forward in improving rest-time provisions,” but opponents who say it doesn't go far enough to curb the industry's brutally long hours include the leaders of the Editors Guild and the widow of assistant… Read


Injured ‘MacGyver’ Stunt Coordinator Was Hired As Part Of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Accident Settlement


EXCLUSIVE: CBS TV Studios acknowledged to Deadline today that the hiring of Justin Sundquist as stunt coordinator of MacGyver was part of a deal settling his lawsuit over a 2016 injury he sustained on Hawaii Five-0. On Monday, he was hurt again, this time on a stunt that went wrong on the MacGyver set that left him in a medically induced coma with a traumatic head injury. Jeff Wolfe, who was replaced by Sundquist on MacGyver, warned his stunt crew in July that Sundquist… Read


Feds Investigating ‘MacGyver’ Accident That Left Stunt Coordinator In Coma

EXCLUSIVE: The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating Monday's accident on the Atlanta set of CBS' MacGyver that left stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist in a medically induced coma. "OSHA has opened an investigation," Eric Lucero, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor, told Deadline. Sources say that Sundquist is showing some signs of improvement but remains unconscious. He was injured in a stunt that called for him to fall off the… Read


‘MacGyver’ Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquist Seriously Injured On Set Of CBS Series


EXCLUSIVE: Justin Sundquist, who sued CBS Corp. and CBS TV Studios last year after being injured on the set of Hawaii Five-0, has sustained a serious head injury during a stunt on another CBS/CBS Studios series, MacGyver, which is shooting in Atlanta.. “We have learned about an injury to stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist that occurred late Monday on the set of MacGyver in Atlanta,” CBS TV Studio said in a statement to Deadline. “The production team is cooperating with… Read


‘Lost’ Producers Apologize To Evangeline Lilly For Her Discomfort On The Set

The creators and executive producers of the TV show Lost have issued an apology to actress Evangeline Lilly, who said earlier in an interview that she was made to feel “cornered” on the show’s set about doing partially nude scenes. Creators and executive producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse issued a joint statement apology for the alleged problems on the show, which ran on ABC from 2004-2010. “Our response to Evie's comments in the media was… Read