Actors Fund Survey finds deep hardship among performers

The Actors Fund today released a new survey of 7,163 people helped through February  28, 2021.  The purpose of the survey was to help The Fund determine how to best assist those with long-term needs caused by the Covid pandemic. Since the pandemic began, The Fund has helped more than 40,000 entertainment professionals. The survey … Continue reading “Actors Fund Survey finds deep hardship among performers”

WGA(w) contributes $590K to the Actors Fund

With the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic shutdown probably extending now into April, requests for assistance from the Actors Fund have skyrocketed. The WGA West has set out to help those who bring their screenplays and teleplays to life. According to Deadline, who first reported the story, the Actors Fund typically processes an average of 60 grants per week. In the … Continue reading “WGA(w) contributes $590K to the Actors Fund”

WarnerMedia & AT&T create $250k fund for Atlanta Arts

WarnerMedia, an AT&T company, announced the establishment of a COVID-19 relief fund that will provide Atlanta-based artistic and cultural institutions with resources needed to elevate storytelling and continue creating during these challenging times. WarnerMedia and AT&T created the $250,000 relief fund with a special focus on small-to-medium arts and cultural institutions in Atlanta. “We believe … Continue reading “WarnerMedia & AT&T create $250k fund for Atlanta Arts”

Netflix sets up $100m relief fund for film/TV workers

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has announced the streaming giant will launch a $100 million fund to help the film and television industry through the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic has shut down productions across the entertainment industry, including at Netflix. The streamer has suspended filming on nearly all of its series, including blockbuster series The Witcher … Continue reading “Netflix sets up $100m relief fund for film/TV workers”

“Middle class” actors, writers, crew hit hard

It’s official. President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which we’ll call the “Tax Jobs Law”) during an Oval Office ceremony this morning. Next stop, holiday in Florida. With the corporate tax rate set to drop from 35% to 21%, the Tax Jobs Law has been hailed as a “middle-class miracle” by … Continue reading ““Middle class” actors, writers, crew hit hard”

Chicago Actors Meetup celebrates 10th anniversary

On August 18, the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup will mark its 10th anniversary with a celebration and fundraiser in the restaurant and lounge connected to the historic Davis Theater, the Carbon Arc Bar & Board, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Open to CAFM members as well as the production community and the general public, admission includes a drink ticket for the first hour followed by a cash bar for the remainder of the evening in the movie-themed Lincoln Square venue. The price is $25 now through August 11, $30 between August 12-17, and $35 at the door.

Lost Daughter sweeps top prizes at Gotham Awards

Awards Season has officially kicked off. The Gotham Film & Media Institute (The Gotham) tonight announced the winners of the 31st Annual Gotham Awards at a ceremony held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Winning Best Feature and three additional awards was The Lost Daughter, director and screenwriter Maggie Gyllenhaal’s assured screen adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel … Continue reading “Lost Daughter sweeps top prizes at Gotham Awards”

Producers can mandate vaccinations in agreement with unions

With the ongoing goal of keeping casts, crews and all set workers safe, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), together with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television … Continue reading “Producers can mandate vaccinations in agreement with unions”

ASC: Stephen Lighthill re-elected as President

The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has voted on the organization’s 2021-2022 officers and Stephen Lighthill has been re-elected president. He will serve his next one-year term alongside Vice Presidents Amy Vincent, Steven Fierberg, and John Simmons; Treasurer Steven Poster; Secretary Gregg Heschong; and Sergeant-at-Arms Jim Denault. Lighthill was elevated to president … Continue reading “ASC: Stephen Lighthill re-elected as President”

Casting Society unveils Artios noms in TV, shorts

The Casting Society of America (CSA) has unveiled the television, theater, short film and short form series nominees for the 36th Artios Awards, which honor the contribution of casting directors in these categories.  CSA previously announced the three honorees for the 2021 event, with the Actors Fund receiving the Rosalie Joseph Humanitarian Award. and The … Continue reading “Casting Society unveils Artios noms in TV, shorts”

Jason Sudeikis, George Wendt lead virtual It’s a Wonderful Life table read

Ted and Norm will now be George and Billy. Real-life uncle/nephew pair George Wendt and Jason Sudeikis are slated to play the roles of George Bailey and Uncle Billy for this year’s virtual table read of It’s a Wonderful Life. In Partnership with Turner Classic Movies and sponsored by MeTV, fans of the classic holiday … Continue reading “Jason Sudeikis, George Wendt lead virtual It’s a Wonderful Life table read”

COLCOA: Emmanuel Carrére’s Between Two Worlds to open 25th French Film Fest

During a press conference held yesterday, Taylor Hackford, director, Board member of the Franco-American Cultural Fund and COLCOA Program Committee member, announced the opening film of the 25th Annual COLOCA French Film and Series Festival will be the North American Premiere of writer/director/author Emmanuel Carrère’s BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, starring Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche. The … Continue reading “COLCOA: Emmanuel Carrére’s Between Two Worlds to open 25th French Film Fest”

Netflix introduces Inaugural Class of the NALIP Latino Lens: Women of Color

Earlier this year, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) teamed up with Netflix to create the NALIP Latino Lens™: Narrative Short Film Incubator for Women of Color, an incubator program that provides four writers/or directors who identify as women of color with the opportunity to develop and produce an original short film. This partnership … Continue reading “Netflix introduces Inaugural Class of the NALIP Latino Lens: Women of Color”

WarnerMedia donates more than $400K in face mask proceeds to UNICEF

Today WarnerMedia announced it will donate more than $400,000 in proceeds generated from sales of branded face masks featuring DC, Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and other iconic WarnerMedia properties to UNICEF’s Global Education Fund. The donation will support UNICEF education programs to help ensure every child has equitable access to learning opportunities and could help … Continue reading “WarnerMedia donates more than $400K in face mask proceeds to UNICEF”

President Biden announces new actions to get more Americans vaccinated

This afternoon President Biden addressed reporters and laid out plans to slow the spread of the deadly Delta Variant and get more Americans vaccinated. Six months into the Biden Administration’s vaccination effort, 164 million Americans are fully vaccinated, including 80 percent of seniors and more than 60 percent of adults. This is significant progress, and … Continue reading “President Biden announces new actions to get more Americans vaccinated”

James Franco settles class action complaint for $2.2m

James Franco has signed off on paying $2,235,000 to settle an Oct. 2019 lawsuit alleging he and his associates coerced students into performing explicit sex scenes on camera. The proposed figure was revealed in court filings that were made public on Wednesday, and a Los Angeles judge will need to approve it. In 2019, Sarah … Continue reading “James Franco settles class action complaint for $2.2m”

NFT of Boseman to be redesigned after Oscars loss

An NFT of Chadwick Boseman created by Andrew Oshea as part of “Everyone Wins” swag bags for Oscar nominees is being redesigned in the wake of his Best Actor snub. The decision was made by Distinctive Assets, an LA-based entertainment marketing company, which was auctioned off with 50% of the proceeds going to the Colon … Continue reading “NFT of Boseman to be redesigned after Oscars loss”

Omnicom sees slight First Quarter increase in U.S.

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) announced net income – Omnicom Group Inc. for the first quarter of 2021 of $287.8 million as compared to $258.1 million in the first quarter of 2020. Diluted net income per share for the first quarter of 2021 was $1.33 per share compared to $1.19 in the first quarter of 2020. Omnicom’s worldwide revenue in the first quarter of … Continue reading “Omnicom sees slight First Quarter increase in U.S.”

SXSW announces Pitch Competition finalists

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals announced the finalists for the 13th annual SXSW Pitch event, taking place virtually on March 17-18 as part of the SXSW Online digital experience. This competition takes place during South by Southwest Online 2021, with 40 startups chosen to compete based on the technological innovation brought to their fields. One winner … Continue reading “SXSW announces Pitch Competition finalists”

Post-COVID, some pandemic-policies should stick around

2020 was an incredibly challenging year for production, across advertising, TV and film. These teams are not considered essential workers, neither federally nor on state levels. Thus, when the country was on complete lockdown, there was a 3-4 month period with essentially no work, which caused great hardships for production companies, thousands of crew members, … Continue reading “Post-COVID, some pandemic-policies should stick around”