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New Details In ‘LA’s Finest’ Stunt Car Crash That Injured Showrunners

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New details have emerged in last month's stunt car crash on the set of LA's Finest that seriously injured co-showrunner Brandon Sonnier, who had to have his leg amputated below the knee. As previously reported, he and producing partner Brandon Margolis had been watching the scene unfold on video village monitors on the shoot's set in San Pedro when a stunt car crashed into a metal shipping container, overturning it and pinning them beneath it. "Witnesses reported that a… Read

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‘Midnight Rider’ Case: First AD Hillary Schwartz Denied Leniency By GA Court

Like Midnight Rider's director before her, the film’s first assistant director Hillary Schwartz asked for and was denied leniency by a Georgia court for her part in the death of her 27 year-old crew member Sarah Jones. Schwartz had motioned the court for a shortened sentence last year asking that her probation end. She was sentenced to 10 years probation in March 2015 for criminal trespass and felony involuntary manslaughter for her role in the camera assistant’s… Read

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Crewman Badly Shocked On ‘Mr. Mercedes’ Set Credits Co-Workers For Risking Their Lives To Save His

Mike Wilks is lucky to be alive. The special effects technician on Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes was nearly electrocuted March 2 on the show's set in South Carolina and remains hospitalized after having four toes amputated and undergoing multiple surgeries to repair his hands and what's left of his feet. The accident is being investigated by OSHA. A source tells Deadline that Wilks was working in man-made rain when the Condor lift he was operating got too close to power… Read

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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Crewmember Electrocuted In South Carolina; Expected To Recover

A veteran special effects crewmember is being treated after being electrocuted on the set of Mr. Mercedes, the AT&T Audience Network TV series. The accident happened on Friday while the crewmember was "hooking up lights in the rain" on location in Summerville, South Carolina, a suburb of Charleston, a city official told Deadline. "The crewmember suffered burns to their hands and feet, is being treated for their injuries, and is expected to make a full recovery," Sonar Ente… Read

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Cal/OSHA Opens Investigation Into ‘L.A.’s Finest’ Accident

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Cal/OSHA has opened an investigation into Thursday’s accident on the set of LA's Finest that injured the Spectrum/Sony Pictures TV series’ co-showrunners Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier. "Cal/OSHA was notified by Mesquite Productions and LA Port Police on Thursday of a workplace accident that occurred on set during the filing of LA's Finest in San Pedro. Today Cal/OSHA opened an inspection of Mesquite Productions," agency spokesman Luke Brown told Deadline. Mesquite… Read

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OSHA Fines ‘MacGyver’ Producers For Accident That Left Stuntman Seriously Injured

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OSHA has slapped the producers of CBS’ MacGyver with a "serious citation" for an accident on its Atlanta set in August that seriously injured stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist. Its proposed penalty, however, is only $9,472. Sundquist was injured when he fell off the back of a moving vehicle while performing a stunt he also was coordinating. His head injury was so serious that part of his skull had to be removed to relieve the pressure on his brain. Hospitalized for… Read

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Golden Globes Security Ramped Up After European Terror Attacks

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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