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Still in the Woods

By Peter Caranicas

Just when everyone thought we were out of the woods , we’re back in the woods again—and the wolf is nipping at our heels. This wolf’s name is SAG. The writers’ strike lasted 100 days and caused financial and mental anguish for thousands of people working in this industry. Unsupported by IATSE, condemned by... »

Union Roundup – March 2008

By Mark London Williams

And so, the BTL blog has gotten quieter since the Great Writer’s Strike of 07/08 wound down, and while TV is happily getting busy again, we find that there may be another de facto strike brewing, this time on the feature film side. Studios, the word goes, don’t want to launch into new mega-features,... »

WIF Panel Addresses Empowerment

By Mary Ann Skweres

Women in Film hosted “It Takes a Vision,” a panel at the Sundance Film Festival featuring women working both in front of and behind the camera. The session was another event to further WIF’s mission, which “is about meeting people, following up, building your community,” says Jane Fleming, president and WIF board member, as... »

Strike Climate Persists as SAG Threatens New Storm

By Jack Egan

Even with the recent contract settlement by the Writers Guild of America on a new contract after a strike that lasted over three months, there’s still no labor peace in Hollywood. Now the Screen Actors Guild has a contract expiring June 30. Despite public pressure from high-profile actors like George Clooney and Tom Hanks... »

The Oscars: Below-the-Line Kudos Bourne Again

By Jack Egan

The 80th Academy Awards, placed in jeopardy for months by the writers’ strike, went off on schedule at the Kodak Theater on February 24, with scribe-assisted Jon Stewart as the capable but unscintillating emcee. In the craft categories, The Bourne Ultimatum was the big winner, hauling down three Oscars—second only to No Country For... »

Thomson Ships Infinity

By Scott Lehane

Thomson announced that it has shipped its first Grass Valley Infinity Digital Media Camcorders, almost two-and- a-half years after the company first unveiled the camera at IBC 2005. The camera, originally scheduled to ship in early 2006, has seen a number of engineering delays, but Las Vegas-based NBC affiliate KVBC recently took delivery of... »

Publishing Change at Below the Line

By Staff

Naida Graham, co-founder and co-publisher of Below the Line, is stepping down April 1 to pursue ventures in media and entertainment via her new production entity, Conshimfee Productions. Graham launched the paper with co-founder and co-publisher Patrick Graham six years ago. During her tenure Below the Line experienced significant growth in circulation and advertising... »

Paul Huntsman

By Staff

Sound editor Paul Huntsman passed away Feb. 21 in his home in Glendale, Calif. He had over 60 films to his credit. Hendricks was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in film, he spent two years with the Peace Corp in Morocco. He... »

A Tale of Two Sundance Debuts

By Mary Ann Skweres

Despite the continuing trend at the Sundance Film Festival towards stars with name recognition and bigger budgets to increase the films’ sale-ability, the event still provides the opportunity for first-time filmmakers to expose their souls on the big screen. Two such films are Captain Abu Raed and Good Dick. Although scenes from films such... »

Avid Appoints New GM

By Scott Lehane

Avid Technology announced that Kirk Arnold has joined the company as executive VP and general manager of its Professional Video business unit, reporting directly to Avid’s new CEO Gary Greenfield, who joined the company in December. Arnold will be responsible for Avid’s products and services for the professional video market – broadcast television, postproduction... »

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