Stranger Things

Union Roundup: New Mexico Film Commissioner Amber Dodson Says the State Is in Showbiz for the Long Haul

Our post-election, Georgia Peach logo-meets-Wakanda Forever column drew an interesting email from the New Mexico Film Office. Would we be interested in chatting, they asked, now that their governor, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, has also been handily reelected, as the state seeks to emphasize its specific differences with Georgia? Before, this kind of conversation would have been restricted to differences in production tax incentives, and perhaps the square footage of […]

Lilah Obregon-Wilson

Union Roundup: Union Organizer for Music Supes Says Step Licensing Deals Are Growing Harder to Come By

So, nearly two weeks later, the election is almost wrapped up, and while it seems little substantive legislation will get done on the split-house Federal level over the next two years, American cultural shifts will keep moving around like tectonic plates in the hills near Hollister (look at the leadership changes on at least one side of the aisle, for example). Why, we’ve even had mail from at least one […]

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Union Roundup: Viewing the Election Results Through the Lens of Wakanda Forever‘s Georgia Peach Logo

While the role of this column isn’t to give you the big-picture political analysis you’ve either been mainlining or avoiding all week (especially given how wrong most of the mainstream pundits were with their false tsunami warnings), you already know the GOP underperformed in this election and there was, essentially, a kind of massive national “draw” between the parties, as opposed to a singular wave. As of this writing, on […]

Austin Film Festival 2022

Union Roundup: A Dispatch From the Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference, Where James Gray Deemed Cinema to Be “In a Strange Place” Now

Filing into the awards show luncheon, I immediately took an available seat facing the stage, as I usually do at, say, the VES or ASC awards, to better watch the speeches, awardees, and film clips. Only the twist here is that I was doing the journalist equivalent of breaking the fourth wall, or making like She-Hulk busting through the on-screen Disney+ menu — I was, in this instance, one of […]

Prime Cuts TV Academy

Union Roundup: Two Frames, One Afternoon — Editors and “Prime/Cuts” at the TV Academy

Seemingly energized after two consecutive weekends comprising three nights of Emmy Awards, the Television Academy, rather than rest, proceeded to launch into a series of “Prime/Cuts” events featuring past award winners and nominees in various disciplines talking about their work, and in many cases, how they wound up going from new-to-L.A. hopefuls to masters of their crafts. On one recent fall afternoon — we’d love to add “crisp,”, but it […]


IATSE, AICP Reach New Three-Year TV Commercial Production Agreement

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) concluded negotiations last week on a new three-year contract covering TV commercial production across the US. The new agreement became effective October 1, 2022 and expires September 30, 2025, with terms going into effect on October 30, 2022. Additionally, the two parties reached a Neutrality Agreement and Procedures which could lead to Voluntary Recognition […]

Gen. Smedley Butler

Union Roundup: Is Amsterdam Hollywood’s First Response to January 6? Plus, the Rust Settlement and Hollywood’s Mask Mandates

In the column business, one sometimes hopes for a quiet stretch of time to perhaps ruminate on things in print. Perhaps not everything will be collapsing this week, or caught up in a frenzy, one thinks. One would usually be wrong, for there is always news. On the rumination side, it was hoped there might be a moment for some briefly sensational news from some 70-ish years back, that flickered […]

Dr. Giggles

Union Roundup: On Masks, Mandates, Oscars, and Orbs

Do you remember, before the hurricanes, the war in Europe, the repeal of women’s basic health rights in America, and everything else happening, that there was a pandemic? Hollywood still does. Indeed, they may be one of the last repositories of such institutional memory. As you read here, and other places over the weekend, Hollywood guilds and producers have agreed to extend the current Covid protocols. “The current Agreement, which […]

Checco Varese

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 write it,” as he sang the paean to hard-working below-the-liners, adding that, given the song’s age, […]

Edward James Olmos

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 he likes “the Emmys (the more headline-grabbing, live broadcast ones), I get it, but no one […]