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Slow Progress for Diversity Among Film and TV Writers, Study Finds

(THR, March 24)

Women and minority writers in film and TV are still paid less and employed less often than white or male counterparts.

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NEVADA: Nevada Jobless Rate Under 6 Percent for First Time Since 2008

(Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 23)

Numbers from the employment department suggested the improvement came from job growth rather than a shrinking labor force.

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Sarah Jones' Parents React to 'Midnight Rider' Director's Early Jail Release

(THR, March 23)

"We’ve never wanted revenge of any kind, we’re not like that. We just wanted accountability, and that’s still the case," says Richard Jones.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Pirated Blu-ray Copies Leak Online

(Variety, March 23)

The first pirated copies of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” appeared online late March 22, and within 12 hours had been downloaded by about 250,000 people.

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Hollywood Divided Over Movie Streaming Service

(NY Times, March 20)

The Screening Room, a start-up supported by AMC, wants consumers to pay $50 to rent big-budget movies on the same day they arrive in theaters.

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HAWAII: Incentives Scorecard: Hawaii Says Aloha to Productions With Lush Locations, Refundable Tax C

(Variety, March 18)

The state’s 20%-25% refundable tax credit for qualified spending only adds to its allure.

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Netflix Commits $90M+ For David Ayer-Directed Will Smith-Joel Edgerton Pic ‘Bright’

(Deadline, March 18)

The deal covers a $45 million budget with additional funds going to buy out back-end deals of the talent so there will be no residuals on the day-and-date release.

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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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IATSE District 2 Convention 2016

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72nd Annual IATSE D-2 Convention
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Aug. 5-7, 2016

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Spread the Word for Women’s Health

The IATSE Women’s Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and HealthyWomen on a campaign called “Spread the Word” to disperse helpful health information to women.
 
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Behind the Scenes is a charity that provides financial assistance in times of extreme need to people working in the entertainment industry. Many IATSE members have benefited over the years from this grant program.
 
If you are injured or sick and need assistance paying the rent or paying down your bills until you can get back to work, click here to find out more about this valuable organization. Cases are reviewed quickly and confidentially.
 
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