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Variety, Apr. 1

In the era of “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” it’s clear that Hollywood has finally begun to prioritize making entertaining, big-budget films that acknowledge the cultural diversity of U.S. moviegoers. A 2017 CAA study found that across every budget level, films with diverse casts outperformed films with less diversity, and nonwhite moviegoers now account for half of all tickets sold in the U.S.


Hollywood Reporter, Apr. 2

Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Joint Policy Committee, representing the advertising industry, have reached a tentative agreement on terms for successor television and audio commercials contracts. Details weren't immediately disclosed.


Hollywood Reporter, Apr. 2

Gov. Phil Murphy spent the weekend in Hollywood, Calif. where he rolled out the red carpet to film, television and media companies putting a spotlight on New Jersey as the next big location for filming and production. His tour comes less than a year after he signed the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act, which established a set of tax breaks for production companies who set up shop in New Jersey.“New Jersey has a rich history as a filming location dating back to Thomas Edison’s invention of the kinetoscope,” Murphy said in a statement.


Indie Wire, Apr. 4

When Harmony Korine first talked to cinematographer Benoit Debie about shooting “Spring Breakers,” he told his future collaborator that he wanted the cinematography to be the star of film and push further than anything he had done before. For Debie, whose work more than any other cinematographer of his generation has been defined by his bold use of color, the idea of a director asking him to reach for colors, and an intensity of color, not normally seen on screen was a dream come true.


The Hollywood Reporter, Apr. 1

UCLA and Harvard lead a pack of elite institutions churning out top-tier showbiz litigators and dealmakers in Hollywood Reporter's annual ranking.


KHTS Radio, Mar. 31

An unidentified independent film studio recently leased space in Santa Clarita, joining over 25 other studios in the development of ‘Hollywood North’ in the Santa Clarita Valley.


Deadline, Mar. 28

SAG-AFTRA is backing a bill in the California Legislature that would allow actors to sue producers who use technology to sexualize their scenes without their permission. Senate Bill 564 also would give Californians the right to sue anyone who creates “deepfake” pornography or fake sex tapes.


Washington Post, Mar. 28

A dark office. An agent, holding a contract that could change a young woman’s life forever. The following, unforeseen sexual assault.


The Hollywood Reporter, Mar. 28

The second annual Freeform Summit, an influencer-focused event featuring panels about inclusivity and representation — and plenty of photo ops — brought most of the network's current and future stars to Hollywood on Wednesday night for conversations and an "UnPageant."


Forbes, Mar. 27

Hillary Schwartz, the first assistant director on the Greg Allman biopic ‘Midnight Rider’ asked for leniency from a Georgia judge, seeking a shortening of her 10-year probation which prohibits her from working in the film industry.


Film School Rejects, Mar. 27

In Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, tension brews when a wealthy, dying farmer is deceived into marrying a young woman at the behest of her lover. It’s a film with little dialogue and subdued performances but one best remembered for its stunning cinematography.


Vulture, Mar. 26

There is a very big fight going on in Hollywood, but since it’s a standoff built around contract negotiations and entertainment-industry minutiae, you probably haven’t heard about it unless you scour the trades for fun. But this fight affects every person who writes and creates the shows and movies we watch.


Variety, Mar. 19

Don’t tell cinematographer Nancy Schreiber that she’s having a renaissance. That would imply there’ve been slumps in her long career, and she won’t have any of that, even if for a time she was taking smaller jobs as the gaps widened between larger gigs.


Bloomberg, Mar. 18

The U.S. television and film industry has become a bigger employer than commodities and energy, according to an analysis by the Motion Picture Association of America.


Variety, Mar. 14

Sixty-four percent of diverse writers working in television today have experienced bias, discrimination or harassment, including seeing their pitches rejected only for a non-diverse writer to pitch the same idea and get accepted, a new report finds.


Save the Date!
Aloha, Delegates!

The 75th IATSE District 2 Convention is going to Hawaii!

Where: Sheraton Waikiki
2255 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Dates: Friday June 7 – Sunday June 9

Rooms starting at $295
Conference Rates Available 3 days prior and following the convention – LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Call for group rates & reservations: (808) 921-4611 and mention IATSE District 2 Convention for your group discount

The hotel website is under renovation, and will not be available for bookings for this event.

For photos from last year’s D-2 convention, Click Here

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