Grammy-winner Meat Loaf dies of COVID-19

Grammy award winner Meat Loaf passed away Thursday night with his wife Deborah and daughters Pearl and Amanda at his side. He was 74. The news was confirmed on his Facebook page.  “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda … Continue reading “Grammy-winner Meat Loaf dies of COVID-19”

“Make it No” Picard production halted after 50 people test positive for COVID

On Thursday, it was reported that over 50 people working on the set of Star Trek: Picard have tested positive for COVID-19, immediately shutting down the Paramount+ production. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story. Filming halted Monday on the show, which employs more than 450 staffers. The infections impacted “multiple zones”, including cast in “zone A”. … Continue reading ““Make it No” Picard production halted after 50 people test positive for COVID”

Justice League teams up with Biden Administration to battle COVID

DC’s iconic Justice League members, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more, will be supporting childhood COVID-19 vaccination as part of an ongoing collaboration between WarnerMedia and the Biden-Harris Administration. DC has created superhero-themed decorations and will be providing giveaway items to Children’s Hospitals across the country for anyone that receives the COVID-19 vaccine. The … Continue reading “Justice League teams up with Biden Administration to battle COVID”

Cannes: Positive COVID tests, lesbian nuns highlight Day 5

An average of three positive COVID tests a day have occurred at The Cannes Film Festival, but at the star-studded event, there are only raves and more standing ovations.  Paul Verhoeven’s drama, Benedetta, a film about lesbian nuns made waves and received positive reviews. La Fracture, directed by Catherine Corsini,  about a couple in a hospital also received … Continue reading “Cannes: Positive COVID tests, lesbian nuns highlight Day 5”

RE:Store: campaign for Black businesses hurt by COVID

A year in the making following the devastating effects of the pandemic on local businesses nationwide, Los Angeles-based RE:Store–a brand-new platform created to connect Black-owned companies with free advertising support–has launched its first commercial campaign produced through the program. The initiative was co-launched by Steve Gandolfi, founder of Cut+Run, and features top-tier directorial and editorial talent. In … Continue reading “RE:Store: campaign for Black businesses hurt by COVID”

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”

COVID-19 forces filming to record low in Los Angeles

Sobering news for the Los Angeles production community. FilmLA today issued a pair of reports illuminating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Los Angeles film economy. Powering forward since October, production activity picked up considerably in the fourth quarter of 2020 to reach 7,348 Shoot days (SD)*. Nonetheless, compared with the same period … Continue reading “COVID-19 forces filming to record low in Los Angeles”

What will become of the movies and theaters post Covid?

A bold catchphrase circulated the online world amidst the Covid 19 pandemic initial lockdown: “artists are second responders.” With deep respect to our first responders and frontline workers saving lives, the average citizen did their part by staying home isolated with no contact to the outside world. What we thought would be a few months … Continue reading “What will become of the movies and theaters post Covid?”

Ford participates in COVID-19 memorial

According to the latest statistics, there have been 23,556,676 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 392,641 deaths in the United States. Ford Motor Company will join with organizations and communities across the United States tomorrow in a memorial honoring people who lost their lives as a result of the pandemic. For one hour starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ford will illuminate … Continue reading “Ford participates in COVID-19 memorial”

Congress COVID relief package includes $15 billion for independent movie theaters, event venues

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have announced Congress has reached a deal on pandemic relief Sunday afternoon. According to CNBC, who reported the story, the agreement will establish temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefits and $600 direct stimulus payments to most Americans, along with a new round of … Continue reading “Congress COVID relief package includes $15 billion for independent movie theaters, event venues”

Charley Pride dies from Covid-19 complications

Country music’s first Black vocalist, Charley Pride has died. He was 86. Public relations firm 2911 Media confirmed that Pride died on Dec. 12 in Dallas, Texas from complications related to COVID-19. Pride had just been seen by millions on live TV in November as he received a lifetime achievement award from the Country Music … Continue reading “Charley Pride dies from Covid-19 complications”

David Prowse, Darth Vader dies from COVID

UPDATED: While acclaimed actor James Earl Jones will alway be synonymous with injecting iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader with his malevolent personality and voice, it will be British actor David Prowse who embodied the Dark Lord of the Sith. Literally. Sadly Prowse has passed away at the age of 85. According to the New York … Continue reading “David Prowse, Darth Vader dies from COVID”

AstraZeneca Oxford COVID vaccine up to 70% positive

British – Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca announced positive high-level results from an interim analysis of clinical trials of COVID vaccine AZD1222. Testing in the UK and Brazil showed the vaccine was highly effective in preventing COVID-19, the primary endpoint, and no hospitalizations or severe cases of the disease were reported in participants … Continue reading “AstraZeneca Oxford COVID vaccine up to 70% positive”

Ad Council launches COVID-19 vaccine education effort

The Ad Council today announced plans for a communications effort to encourage vaccination against the virus, which will represent one of the largest public education campaigns in history. This coincides with Astrazeneca’s announcement of a vaccine that is 70% effective. This effort will be launched in partnership with the COVID Collaborative, a national assembly that has brought … Continue reading “Ad Council launches COVID-19 vaccine education effort”

Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for COVID-19

The important lesson here, since President Trump did say he is now in “the real school” for COVID-19, is that neither being president or being a blonde and cute White House press secretary can stop you from being infected with coronavirus. WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced on Monday that she has tested positive for … Continue reading “Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for COVID-19”

AICP announces updates to COVID-19 guidelines

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced today that the trade association’s COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines and Considerations for production and post production have been updated for a fifth time (marked as Version 6) since their initial launch in late April. The latest version may be found by clicking here and are also available as a downloadable PDF. … Continue reading “AICP announces updates to COVID-19 guidelines”

Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID. ‘The Batman’ shuts down production again.

This just goes to show that even with the highest safety precautions, it it still going to be a challenge for networks and studios to keep cameras rolling. Now comes word from the U.K. that The Batman star Robert Pattinson has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a report in Vanity Fair, Pattinson’s positive test results … Continue reading “Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID. ‘The Batman’ shuts down production again.”

Producers Guild releases COVID safety guidelines

The Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) Production Safety Task Force has published a comprehensive safety guide for producers as they go back to work titled “COVID Safety Protocols for Producing Independent Productions.” Through the collective power of the Guild’s network of producers and deep industry knowledge, these guidelines offer a comprehensive and detailed recommendation of … Continue reading “Producers Guild releases COVID safety guidelines”

CinemaStreet gets back to production with COVID rules

Riddle us this – How do you shoot a commercial, in the midst of a pandemic, on multiple sets, over a half-dozen cast members and a crew numbering up to 45 people, and still ensure the health and safety of all concerned? Answer – if you do it with the right set of guidelines, rigid adherence to … Continue reading “CinemaStreet gets back to production with COVID rules”

W+K São Paulo launches #MinersOutCovidOut

Today, W+K São Paulo is launching a really strong and necessary message in defense of the Yanomami Indigenous People. The production is narrated Dário Kopenawa, a native leader who describes the suffering of the native tribes facing the pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the deaths of more than 630 native Brazilians, with nearly 23,000 confirmed … Continue reading “W+K São Paulo launches #MinersOutCovidOut”