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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


Brutally Long Workdays Will Take Center Stage As IATSE Contract Talks Resume


The film and TV industry's excessively long workdays and the unsafe conditions they create are expected to take center stage as stalled negotiations resume today for a new IATSE contract covering some 43,000 West Coast behind-the-scenes workers.  It's an issue that's dogged the union – and the industry – for decades. The contract talks with management’s Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers began on April 2, but broke off just three days later and have been on… Read


‘9-1-1’ Stunt Coordinator Mark Vanselow On Coaching Actors Through Harrowing Season 1 Stunt Work

For Season 1 of Ryan Murphy's first responder procedural series 9-1-1, Mark Vanselow took on as much as any stunt coordinator could: an oceanic plane crash, apex predator attacks, bloody motorcycle wrecks and more. Learning Murphy's process while working on American Horror Story: Cult, Vanselow went into the producer's latest series as part of a large team of disaster manufacturers, collaborating closely in bringing each of its visual terrors to the screen. Joining forces… Read


Hollywood Child Protection Act Ignored; Here’s Why It Is Important

Hollywood California Child Actor

EXCLUSIVE: One of the key California laws designed to protect child actors from sexual predators has gone largely ignored and unenforced since it was enacted five years ago. The law requires publicists, managers, acting coaches and headshot photographers who work with child actors to be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check to screen out registered sex offenders. Only then will they be issued a Child Performer Services Permit. A Deadline investigation, however… Read