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End of Week Production Notes 3/5/21: Oscar Noms Open, California Tax Credits Announced and More News

March 5, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 3/5/21: Oscar Noms Open, California Tax Credits Announced and More News

It’s been a busy week with a ton of awards nominations, and it’s looking to be a busier than usual weekend at the movies, as theaters in New York City reopen for the first time in nearly a year with a number of new offerings like Walt Disney Studios‘ animated Raya and the Last Dragon, Lionsgate‘s Chaos Walking, Focus Features‘ Boogie... »

End of Week Production Notes 2/26/21: Paramount+ Launch Announcement, Next Fincher Flick and More News

February 26, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 2/26/21: Paramount+ Launch Announcement, Next Fincher Flick and More News

There must have been something in the air this past week as almost every studio and streamer seemed to have news about new projects in development, actor and filmmaker attachments or just general announcements. Part of it might have been the European Film Market (EFM) taking place in (virtual) Berlin next week, but it... »

End of Week Production Notes 2/19/21: Change in MI:8 Plans, NCIS: New Orleans Ends, and More News

February 19, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 2/19/21: Change in MI:8 Plans, <em>NCIS: New Orleans</em> Ends, and More News

Another week has flown by as if it never happened — sadly, a lot of the country was covered in snow with no electricity this week, but at least we’ve landed a probe on Mars to see if maybe life would be warmer there. We’re heading into a weekend with the only wide release being Chloé... »

End of Week Production Notes 2/12/21: The Equalizer Paused, Sorkin Gets His Mertzes and More News

February 12, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 2/12/21: <em>The Equalizer</em> Paused, Sorkin Gets His Mertzes and More News

It’s Friday again, and it’s also President’s Day (AND Valentine’s Day) weekend, and that means it’s another installment of our End of Week Production Notes, and we go into this weekend with a ton of casting news. Before we get to that and other news… Over the next couple weeks, many of those reading this in various guilds,... »

End of Week Production Notes 2/5/21: Sundance Sales, Fantastic Beasts Pause, A New Franken-Vision, and More News

February 5, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 2/5/21: Sundance Sales, <em>Fantastic Beasts</em> Pause, A New Franken-Vision, and More News

This was a week for festivals and awards as the Sundance Film Festival wound down with some of the big jury and audience prizes going to Sian Heder‘s amazing dramedy Coda — short for “Child of Deaf Adult,” and Ahmir “QuestLove” Thompson‘s directorial debut, Summer of Love (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), an amazing doc... »

End of Week Production Notes 1/29/21: SAG, PGA Lift Halt on Indie, Commercial Production, Two Acting Legends Die and More News

January 29, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 1/29/21: SAG, PGA Lift Halt on Indie, Commercial Production, Two Acting Legends Die and More News

Once again, we’ve gotten through another week. Under normal circumstances i.e. “the before times”, the entire entertainment industry would be in Park City, Utah to celebrate films and filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival, which Below the Line will be covering but more with plans on figuring out what movies are worth covering over the rest of... »

End of Week Production Notes 1/22/21: Bond Delayed Again, Bridgerton Gets 2nd Season and More News

January 22, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 1/22/21: Bond Delayed Again, <em>Bridgerton</em> Gets 2nd Season and More News

As expected, it was another busy and fairly crazy week, but when it comes to actual production, no news is probably good news. It means that no production has been shut down due to COVID despite the numbers and deaths continuing to skyrocket in the United States. Unfortunately, the theatrical side of the movie business is not... »

End of Week Production Notes 1/8/21: Spike in L.A. Covid Cases Creates Dilemma for Production and More News

January 8, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 1/8/21: Spike in L.A. Covid Cases Creates Dilemma for Production and More News

Phew! It’s a good thing that the first week of 2021 was quiet with no major happenings, huh? We can only wish. While a lot was happening in Washington, DC and across the country this week, we instead want to focus on a situation that hits far closer to home, and that’s the situation with... »

End of Week Production Notes 12/18: Tom Cruise’s COVID Rant, Netflix Series Hit by Covid and More News

December 18, 2020 | By
End of Week Production Notes 12/18: Tom Cruise’s COVID Rant, Netflix Series Hit by Covid and More News

We’re just one week away from Christmas Day  —  this Friday column will be taking a few weeks off,  in case it wasn’t obvious — but it was still a crazy week in the world of television and film production. Anyone who has been reading this column or our “Back to Work” pieces over... »

End of Week Production Notes 12/11/20: Walt Disney Announces Upcoming Plans, HBO Max Backlash and More News

December 11, 2020 | By
End of Week Production Notes 12/11/20: Walt Disney Announces Upcoming Plans, HBO Max Backlash and More News

It’s been a pretty crazy week that began with almost unanimous backlash to last week’s decision by Warner Media to put its 2021 releases day-and-date onto its streamer HBO Max at the same time they open in theaters. We’ll get to that in a sec, because the biggest news that broke yesterday was about Walt Disney Pictures‘ “2020 Investor... »