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Warner Bros. Creates Film Workshop for New Directors Amid Diversity Outcry

(LA Times, March 10)

Film studio Warner Bros. is preparing to launch a new film workshop for aspiring directors, billing the initiative as a way to boost undiscovered and underrepresented talent amid the outcry over a lack of diversity in Hollywood.

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ARIZONA: Scottsdale Ranked Hardest-Working City in Arizona

(Phoenix New Times, March 10)

Three of the seven Arizona cities included in the analysis ranked among the top 15 hardest-working cities in the country.

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CALIFORNIA: ’Scream Queens' and 'American Horror Story' chosen to receive California tax credits

(LA Times, March 9)

The Fox series "Scream Queens" is moving production to California as one of nine television projects selected to receive state tax credits.

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Movie-Streaming Sites Claim Legal Cover With DVD-Ownership Models

(Variety, March 9)

Startups MovieSwap, VidAngel offering members online access to video content ripped from discs.

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Netflix's $5 Billion Budget Pushes Networks to Also Spend Big

(EtCentric, March 4)

Prior to Netflix's massive spending on original content, cable companies could still draw viewers by routinely running reruns and less expensive shows.

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Media Firms Make a Big Push into Video Streaming

(LA Times, March 3)

Scrambling to keep pace with consumer trends, established media companies are accelerating their push into the Internet video streaming business.

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How J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Is Bringing More Diversity to Hollywood

(THR, March 2)

"The Oscars controversy was a wake-up call," says the director, whose company has asked agents to include women and minorities on their list of submissions for acting and writing jobs.

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HAWAII: Labor Department Orders Hawaii Contractor to Pay Back $500k in Back Wages to its Employees

(Pacific Business News, March 2)

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Hawaii contractor for allegedly violating the overtime and minimum wage requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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NEVADA: Construction Workers Walk Off Tesla Job Site in Labor Dispute

(Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 29)

Hundreds of union construction workers walked off the job at Tesla Motors' battery manufacturing plant in northern Nevada on Monday to protest what union organizers say is the increased hiring of out-of-state workers for less pay.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Wins Top Prize at ICG Publicists Awards

(THR, Feb. 26)

Showmen of the Year awards went to FX’s John Landgraf and Open Road Film’s Tom Ortenberg.

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Publicists Guild Awards: Film Promoters Adjust to Cultural Changes as Large Campaigns Go Global

(Variety, Feb. 26)

Movie PR efforts have turned into vast strategic operations incorporating world travel and social media onslaughts.

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California Man Admits to Pirating 'The Revenant' and 'The Peanuts Movie’

(THR, Feb. 26)

An employee on a studio lot copied screeners of unreleased films onto a portable drive and uploaded them to a peer-to-peer site called Pass the Popcorn that allows users to download movies.

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