SAG-AFTRA Podcast Addresses “Wigging” And “Paint Downs” In Stunt Industry
SAG-AFTRA leaders today weighed in on “paint downs” and "wigging" in the stunt industry, in which stuntmen double for actors of another race or gender — practices the union frowns upon. Speaking about "some of the things that have come up in the past," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a podcast that "We know that there's been people putting on blackface, or men dressing as women. There seems to be more opportunity for work out there. Are we being more… Read
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
OSHA Fines ‘MacGyver’ Producers For Accident That Left Stuntman Seriously Injured
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
Disabled Stuntwoman Leslie Hoffman Wins Major Appeals Court Ruling In Suit Against SAG Pension Plan
Disabled stuntwoman Leslie Hoffman has won a major legal battle in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has reversed a lower court's ruling and ordered a trial of her lawsuit that claimed that the SAG Pension Plan wrongfully terminated her occupational disability pension.
In a ruling handed down today, the appellate court found that US District Court Judge Manuel Real had "erred" in granting the pension plan's motion for summary judgment in 2016, reversed his… 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
SAG-AFTRA Cracking Down On Producers Who Cheat Stunt Performers Out Of Residuals – Update
UPDATED with more details: SAG-AFTRA is cracking down on producers who risk safety and who try to cheat stunt performers out of their residuals by signing them to stunt coordinator flat deals that don't pay residuals. "The union is pursuing claims on this issue and will continue to challenge any miscategorization of stunt performers that it discovers," it said.
"It has come to the attention of the SAG-AFTRA Stunt & Safety Department that producers have engaged stunt… Read
Stuntman Jack Gill And Family Fought To Save Their Home From Deadly Wildfires
Hollywood has a new hero – legendary stuntman Jack Gill, who stood on his roof with a fire hose, surrounded by flames, battling to save his home in Agoura Hills, just across the road from the Paramount Ranch, where its famed Western Town film set burned to the ground in the deadly California wildfires inferno. And after he saved his own home, Gill and his family fought to save those of their neighbors. "I think it's something that anybody would do if they had the right… Read
Kitty O’Neil Dies: Deaf ‘Bionic Woman’ Stuntwoman, Speed Racer Was 72
Kitty O’Neil, a deaf stuntwoman whose credits include the 1970s series Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman, has died of pneumonia at age 72. Her life story was told in a 1979 TV movie called Silent Victory: The Kitty O’Neil Story starring Stockard Channing – with O’Neil herself handling stunts.
O’Neil died Nov. 2 in Eureka, S.D., her home since 1993. Friend Ky Michaelson told The New York Times that the cause of death.
Her work on the two iconic ’70s superhero series… Read
SAG-AFTRA To Create Stunt Coordinator Eligibility Guidelines
In a move to improve safety on the set, SAG-AFTRA says it will create a Stunt Coordinator Minimum General Standards Eligibility Process Guideline. The program, which was overwhelmingly approved today by the union's national board of directors, is set to launch in 2020.
According to the union, it will permit prospective stunt coordinators to apply for inclusion on SAG-AFTRA's online registry after demonstrating that they've completed 500 working days. The program also… 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
Boxer Deontay Wilder Breaks Nacion ESPN Mascot’s Jaw During Jokey Show Segment
Heavyweight champion boxer Deontay Wilder allegedly broke the jaw of a person wearing a cartoonish ESPN mascot outfit during an in-show stunt showcasing his pugilistic skills. The incident happened during a Spanish language episode of Nacion ESPN.
Wilder, undefeated at 40-0 and nicknamed “The Bronze Bomber,” was invited by the show hosts to kiddingly box the hot dog-like Nacion ESPN mascot in what was supposed to be a jokey moment. Wilder apparently didn’t get the memo… Read
‘MacGyver’ Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquist Out Of Coma But “Not Out Of The Woods Yet”
EXCLUSIVE: Injured MacGyver stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist has come out of a medically induced coma and was removed today from intensive care. The news comes a week after he suffered a serious head injury in Atlanta in a stunt fall from the back of a tractor trailer on the set of the CBS drama series.
"He's not out of the woods yet," said veteran stuntman Spiro Razatos, a longtime friend of the family, "but he's out of ICU and knows what's going on. He's responding… Read