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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


Mark Zuckerberg Explains His Nipple Theory Of Content Moderation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg offered a vivid example of the technological limitations of training machines to recognize certain types objectionable content on the sprawling social media platform. Back in 2004, when Zuckerberg was building Facebook in his Harvard University dorm room, he outsourced content moderation to the community. He lacked the resources to hire a staff of thousands, so individual users served as content cops, flagging offensive content which he would… Read


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


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


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


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