Broadway World, Sept. 10
The 13th Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, which celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers, has unveiled six original short films, pilots and webisodes as this year's finalists. They will be recognized at the festival's finale screening and awards ceremony on October 24, 2018 at the Director's Guild of America in Hollywood.
Deadline, Sept. 8)
This blows past previous high water marks — in the past two decades, there have been only two instances of multiple wins for black guest actors — in 2003 and 2014. Both times two of the four winners were people of color.
LA Times, Sept. 5
WarnerMedia, the parent company of Hollywood studio Warner Bros., announced Wednesday a company-wide policy aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera. The initiative, established in partnership with actor Michael B. Jordan, is to apply to all productions going forward, beginning with Jordan’s “Just Mercy.”
Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 9
The unexpected box-office success of three summer titles — 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?,' 'Three Identical Strangers' and 'RBG' — is fueling a resurgence in the genre as audiences search for a Trump-free zone and "an alternative to the blockbusters."
LA Times, Sept. 7
The news that “Crazy Rich Asians” had become the most successful romantic comedy in nearly a decade inspired, I confess, not just happiness but relief. For months, my group chats had hummed with anticipation about the first blockbuster in a while to feature an Asian cast and story line.
Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 5
IThe Hollywood Reporter gathers the female directors behind deep dives into such topics as Bill Clinton's impeachment, Roger Ailes and Julian Assange for a candid conversation about persistent gender bias, the new demand for nonfiction and how to corner cagey subjects: "We’re detectives."
Hollywood, Sept. 4
Netflix has hired Disney vet Christie Fleischer as its global head of consumer products. In the new role, she will oversee retail and licensee partnerships, publishing, interactive games, merchandising and experiential events. Fleischer, who will begin her job Tuesday in Los Angeles..
Deadline, Sept. 4
Two productions, he said, “chose to shut their doors for the next two days, and one production went home early. Everybody’s taking precautions. Safety is first. We’ve been through this before.”
Variety, Sept. 4
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will present this year’s Artists Inspiration Awards to Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga at its third annual Patron of the Artists Awards. The event will be held on Nov. 8 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
LA Times, Sept. 2
Damien Chazelle just made a movie about the greatest triumph in the history of space exploration: “First Man,” about astronaut Neil Armstrong's journey to become the first man to set foot on the moon.
New York Times, Sept. 2
In the past year, the American labor movement was dominated by two things. First, the Janus decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled the public sector was essentially "right to work" - meaning, workers covered by union contracts no longer had to pay the costs of their representation. And second, the "Red for Ed" movement, the wave of teacher strikes, mostly in conservative states with few union protections.
NY Times, Aug. 9
When the trailer for the new Netflix series “Insatiable” arrived in July, it was met with fierce criticism on social media and elsewhere; a Change.org petition calling for it to be pulled from release has over 200,000 signatures as of this writing.
Variety, Aug. 8
In an industry that has long relied on apprenticeship programs to pass down skills from one generation to the next, the breakdown of the old studio system — along with the growing itinerant nature of below-the-line employment — have posed new challenges to the transfer of knowledge to younger artisans.
Variety, Aug. 8
In five years, nothing has changed. Despite open calls for greater diversity and inclusion, recent research shows that there was little change in the number of characters with disabilities in popular films in 2017.
Deadline, Aug. 7
Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 has won a $200,000 grievance settlement against HBO’s Big Little Lies. The money is being paid out to the dozens of transportation drivers who worked on the first season of the Emmy-winning limited series.
The IATSE Women’s Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Healthy Women on a campaign called “Spread the Word” to disperse helpful health information to women.
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