Browse Articles by Mark London Williams

Union Roundup: Part 2 of Our Creative Arts Emmys Coverage, From Music Cues to Filmed Faces and Slow-Moving Changes

September 2022
Union Roundup: Part 2 of Our Creative Arts Emmys Coverage, From Music Cues to Filmed Faces and Slow-Moving Changes

Randy Rainbow was one of the hosts on the first night of the two-part Creative Arts Emmy weekend, dressed in a sparkling tuxedo, and singing — to the tune of “It Had To Be You,” the words “It Had to Be Crew.” He paused during some of the lyrical play to note “I didn’t... »

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Union Roundup: Creative Arts Emmys Honor Those Who Both Paved the Way and Will Lead It Going Forward

September 2022
Union Roundup: Creative Arts Emmys Honor Those Who Both Paved the Way and Will Lead It Going Forward

On the second night of the Creative Arts Emmys (for indeed, it’s an event so sprawling, with so many categories, that it takes two evenings, a week ahead of the Primetime Emmys, to get it all done), Edward James Olmos kicked things off, exhorting the crowd into celebratory response. He started by saying that... »

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Union Roundup: Production Incentives Experts Gather, Hoping Hollywood Can Bring Economic Recovery As We Learn to Live With Covid

September 2022
Union Roundup: Production Incentives Experts Gather, Hoping Hollywood Can Bring Economic Recovery As We Learn to Live With Covid

During the dog days of August, one of our excuses for staying in, where the air was cooler, was a Zoom seminar (remember those, in these suddenly, precipitously, unmasked times?) from Entertainment Partners, that offered an update on U.S. Production Incentives for 2022. The seminar focused on four states — Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and... »

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Union Roundup: Questions Still Surround Rust’s New Camera Operator and Lack of Plexiglass Sheeting on Set

August 2022
Union Roundup: Questions Still Surround <i>Rust’s</i> New Camera Operator and Lack of Plexiglass Sheeting on Set

And here the plan was to talk about a recent online gathering of film commissioners and producers to discuss the current state of incentives — especially domestically, and particularly in the context of the increasingly uncontainable schizophrenia erupting in some localities/states whose ambitious politicos want to stand against “Hollywood” as a symbol for all... »

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Union Roundup: Will Anyone Take Responsibility for the Death of Halyna Hutchins on the Set of Rust?

August 2022
Union Roundup: Will <i>Anyone</i> Take Responsibility for the Death of Halyna Hutchins on the Set of <i>Rust</i>?

There was a time — though it’s hard to recall it now — when summer was generally thought to be the season of languors and idylls. Election politics didn’t begin ‘til after Labor Day (though once upon a time, neither did schools), the season wasn’t given to thousand-year droughts and recurring wildfires, and more... »

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Union Roundup: Inflation Reduction Act Aims to Address Climate Change, Which Affects On-Set Safety

August 2022
Union Roundup: Inflation Reduction Act Aims to Address Climate Change, Which Affects On-Set Safety

This column goes live in the week where the recently resurrected and pared down Inflation Reduction Act (formerly “Build Back Better”) is ostensibly mid-journey between its hairsbreadth Senate passage last weekend, and presumed House approval in the days ahead en route to eventually landing on the Resolute Desk — or wherever Joe Biden can... »

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Union Roundup: ADG’s Ongoing Controversy Begs the Question, ‘Who Watches the Watchmen?’

August 2022
Union Roundup: ADG’s Ongoing Controversy Begs the Question, ‘Who Watches the Watchmen?’

So if you’ve been kind enough to be a regular reader of this space, you not only have an interest in the labor side of the film and TV biz but are doubtless already apprised of the latest union imbroglio — namely the somewhat ironic situation where workers in the Art Directors Guild office... »

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Union Roundup: Activision Blizzard Staffers in Austin Walk Out in Support of LGBTQ Rights as Michael Shannon Moves His Next Movie to North Carolina

July 2022
Union Roundup: Activision Blizzard Staffers in Austin Walk Out in Support of LGBTQ Rights as Michael Shannon Moves His Next Movie to North Carolina

It’s Emmy season, as readers of this publication not only know well but also probably can’t escape from, given the various lines of work that bring us all here. So it is that, wearing another of my showbiz journalism hats, I’ve been watching a lot of nominated episodes of shows I hadn’t caught up... »

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Union Roundup: Film Commissioners Discuss More Than Tax Breaks at AFCI’s First Live Event Since 2019

July 2022
Union Roundup: Film Commissioners Discuss More Than Tax Breaks at AFCI’s First Live Event Since 2019

As regularly recurring events attempt to, well, recur, in these still wildly uncertain times, so it was that the AFCI — the Association of Film Commissioners International — held their first live event since 2019, a 36ish-month stretch that feels like it might as well have been a decade or two ago. But as... »

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Union Roundup: IATSE’s Jonas Loeb and Music Supe Lilah Obregon-Wilson on Mutual Aid Programs for Women & Organizing Efforts

July 2022
Union Roundup: IATSE’s Jonas Loeb and Music Supe Lilah Obregon-Wilson on Mutual Aid Programs for Women & Organizing Efforts

Labor Day may be a couple of months away, but since little thought is actually given to the labor movement on that holiday anymore, I decided to use the “independence” granted to me with this column to check in with IATSE’s director of communications, Jonas Loeb, in advance of the major American holiday that... »

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