Paradigm signs 5-year franchise deal with WGA

Paradigm Talent Agency is the latest literary agency to sign a new franchise agreement with the Writers Guild of America, allowing the fifth largest talent agency to resume representation of its WGA-represented clients for the first time in nearly a year. The agency also noted that the deal makes it the first major talent agency engaged … Continue reading “Paradigm signs 5-year franchise deal with WGA”

Marvel Studios reportedly releases crews as of April 3

Hopefully, this chatter will turn out to be false, but right now there is talk making the rounds that Marvel Studios is shutting down production and releasing the crews associated with each project due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The studio has already paused production on the feature, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten … Continue reading “Marvel Studios reportedly releases crews as of April 3”

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”

Phoenix, Aniston, ‘Parasite’ & other SAG winners

Even with no Ricky Gervais to hurl insults at Hollywood royalty and their plant-based menu, The SAG Awards presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and television performances of 2019 at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall. And did you see that dress … Continue reading “Phoenix, Aniston, ‘Parasite’ & other SAG winners”

SAG Awards nominations announced

Nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for  outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2019, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris introduced America Ferrera (Superstore, Ugly Betty) and Danai … Continue reading “SAG Awards nominations announced”

Willimon, Goodman re-elected presidents of WGA

The Writers Guild of America, East and West announced the election results of their 2019 Council election. While running unopposed, incumbent Beau Willimon (House of Cards), who represents the Unity Slate in the East, was re-elected president of the WGA East. His slate of running mates, who also support the guild’s five-month-long battle with the … Continue reading “Willimon, Goodman re-elected presidents of WGA”

Valerie Harper of ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ and ‘Rhoda’

This is a sad news. Valerie Harper, the actress best known for playing outspoken neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern from 1970 to 1978 on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Rhoda, died Friday. She was 80. The news came from Harper’s husband Tony Cacciotti was posted on Twitter by their daughter, actress Cristina Cacciotti. My … Continue reading “Valerie Harper of ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ and ‘Rhoda’”

‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘Forgive Me’ shock at WGA Awards

Thank you, Writers Guild. You had to go and make the Oscar predictions even more confusing. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who endures the awkward tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through middle school – beat out the likes of Vice, Roma and heavily favored … Continue reading “‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘Forgive Me’ shock at WGA Awards”

‘Black Panther’ stuns at 25th annual SAG Awards

The REEL 360 team did not see this coming. Marvel’s superhero hit, Black Panther, beat out favorites A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman, and even Crazy Rich Asians to take home the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Not only did it … Continue reading “‘Black Panther’ stuns at 25th annual SAG Awards”

Cutters New York hires editor Alison Grasso

Versatile, award-winning pro brings post, radio, on-camera, voiceover, and production expertise to the Big Apple boutique Cutters Studios welcomes the highly accomplished commercial editor Alison Grasso to its New York staff, effective immediately. Well known as a staff editor for Crew Cuts in New York, Grasso started her commercial career with the company immediately upon … Continue reading “Cutters New York hires editor Alison Grasso”

Visa suspends any advertising featuring Morgan Freeman

Following sexual assault allegations by 16 women, Visa announced on Thursday that it was suspending its voice talent, actor Morgan Freeman from any of its marketing. This according to The Wrap. On Thursday, eight women told CNN that the actor made unwelcome remarks about their appearance or their clothing choices, and some reported he would … Continue reading “Visa suspends any advertising featuring Morgan Freeman”

In response to #metoo, MIFF teams with LiftUPLift

Led by acting Director Mike Kwielford, The Midwest Independent Film Festival (“MIFF”) has teamed up with nonprofit LiftUPLift Worldwide in order to create a safer, more inclusive and harassment-free environment for all its participants. LiftUPlift Worldwide is an Illinois-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to end sexual violence by promoting awareness and prevention. Founded … Continue reading “In response to #metoo, MIFF teams with LiftUPLift”

“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 creative community to aid hurricane victims

Seeking to comfort victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, independent agency Schafer Condon Carter and several trade organizations yesterday launched Chicago Creative Relief, an industry-wide effort to raise $500,000 for affected areas in the US and Caribbean. The program intends to channel the generosity of Chicago’s creative community through a secure online portal that enables … Continue reading “Chicago creative community to aid hurricane victims”