Browse Articles by Mark London Williams

Union Roundup: The Calls to Boycott Production in States That Ban Abortion Are Growing Louder, and Harder for Hollywood to Ignore

June 2022
Union Roundup: The Calls to Boycott Production in States That Ban Abortion Are Growing Louder, and Harder for Hollywood to Ignore

Originally, this was going to be a “lite” summer column, before a wee break for Independence Day, which now commemorates – what, exactly? A time when the female half of the population had independent autonomy over their bodies? We even had a book review planned – well, we still do, you’ll just have to... »

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Union Roundup: Hollywood Can’t Rely on Federal Legislature to Ensure Safety on Sets, Plus a Chat With the Editor of Human Resources

June 2022
Union Roundup: Hollywood Can’t Rely on Federal Legislature to Ensure Safety on Sets, Plus a Chat With the Editor of <i>Human Resources</i>

Human Resources, the newish animated series on Netflix, has pulled off the improbable trick of being one of the streamer’s current cartoon series that has managed to actually get… renewed. A spinoff of its hit Nick Kroll series Big Mouth, which concerns perpetually horny teens growing up in and around Westchester County, Human Resources... »

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Posted in Camera, Columns, Crafts, Featured, Industry Sector, Television, Union Roundup |

Union Roundup: Cine Gear Emphasizes Gun Safety, Proper Rest Periods, Demo Booths & a New Moderator

June 2022
Union Roundup: Cine Gear Emphasizes Gun Safety, Proper Rest Periods, Demo Booths & a New Moderator

“A culture is an environment, a support mechanism.” One doesn’t necessarily come to Cine Gear looking for broad philosophical constructs, particularly in an era where cultures are at war with themselves, but then again, part of the fun of the show is you never know what kind of surprises you might find at a booth.... »

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Posted in Columns, Community, Events, Featured, Gear, Union Roundup |

Union Roundup: Cine Gear Hopes for NAB-Like Luck Regarding Covid, Which Weakened the Force at Star Wars Celebration

June 2022
Union Roundup: Cine Gear Hopes for NAB-Like Luck Regarding Covid, Which Weakened the Force at Star Wars Celebration

Sometimes, you need more than the Force. Sometimes, you simply need enforcement. At least of common-sense protocols, such as wearing masks during a still unyielding plague. This became an issue during the recent Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, the largest Star Wars fan gathering extant. However, the arc for many attending seems to have... »

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Posted in Columns, Community, Events, Featured, Union Roundup |

Union Roundup: Hollywood Has Been Weeding Out Yellers and Screamers, But Not Those Cutting Corners When It Comes to Safety

May 2022
Union Roundup: Hollywood Has Been Weeding Out Yellers and Screamers, But Not Those Cutting Corners When It Comes to Safety

It’s understandable if you missed this news late last week, as the country was further fraying apart, but here in Los Angeles, there was another major court ruling in the Rust case. Superior Court Judge Michael E. Whitaker ruled that script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, “who was standing next to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when she... »

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Union Roundup: Will Hollywood Flee Production-Friendly States That Pass Anti-Abortion Laws?

May 2022
Union Roundup: Will Hollywood Flee Production-Friendly States That Pass Anti-Abortion Laws?

An email from a pal and colleague brings us back to previous (and still unfolding) topics, including this week’s raft of primaries — especially Georgia’s. This epistolary-minded friend straddles the above-and-below lines of production and writes from the purple-trending-blue state of New Mexico, saying he’d read a recent column and “was interested, in particular, about the... »

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Union Roundup: New ICG President Baird Steptoe Sr. Will Have to Fight for Working Families Amid Larger Cultural Battles

May 2022
Union Roundup: New ICG President Baird Steptoe Sr. Will Have to Fight for Working Families Amid Larger Cultural Battles

IA Local 600 — the International Cinematographers Guild — just had an election for new officers, as many readers here know. Camera assistant Baird B. Steptoe Sr. was elected to a three-year term to replace outgoing President John Lindley, ASC, with results expected to be certified at the local’s next board meeting in June.... »

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Posted in Columns, Featured, Shop Talk, Union Roundup |

Union Roundup: If the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, It Will Have Major Consequences for Hollywood

May 2022
Union Roundup: If the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, It Will Have Major Consequences for Hollywood

The Ankler, as many readers know, is one of the most recent entries into the roiling, chumming waters of “Hollywood trade publications” with a growing online presence, multiple newsletters, and most recently, a podcast. They remain gleefully puckish in their outlook (not to be confused with “optimistic”) about showbiz, along with their mission of... »

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Posted in Columns, Community, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, Television, Union Roundup, Who's Where? |

Union Roundup: After One Amazon Warehouse Unionizes on Staten Island, a Second Votes Against It

May 2022
Union Roundup: After One Amazon Warehouse Unionizes on Staten Island, a Second Votes Against It

A fun Union Roundup fact as the Merry Month of May gets underway: Did you know that our September “Labor Day” was likely started as a “safer” alternative to “International Workers’ Day,” which falls on that “May Day” — the 1st of the month — that just passed? As National Geographic tells it, May Day,... »

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Posted in Columns, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, Television, Union Roundup |

Union Roundup: Disney vs. DeSantis Intensifies as Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter

April 2022
Union Roundup: Disney vs. DeSantis Intensifies as Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter

The Walt Disney Company has a creeping neo-fascism problem, one that won’t always be restricted to Disney, either. As readers already know, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis found himself cornered by his own rhetoric, signing the “Don’t Say ‘Gay’” bill into law after taking larger umbrage at Disney’s umbrage on behalf of its LGBTQ+ employees... »

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