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Over the Weekend 1/19/21: Peaky Blinders Ends, Ethan Hawke Joins the MCU and More News

January 19, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 1/19/21: <em>Peaky Blinders</em> Ends, Ethan Hawke Joins the MCU and More News

Welcome back from the long weekend for those of you that had Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday celebration. We have a big week ahead with the Wednesdasy Inauguration of former VP Joseph R. Biden as the 46th President of the United States and former Senator Kamala Harris as the first-ever woman Vice President,... »

End of Week Production Notes 1/15/20: SAG Awards Changes Date, Kidman & Hammer Fall Foul of Social Media and More News

January 15, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 1/15/20: SAG Awards Changes Date, Kidman & Hammer Fall Foul of Social Media and More News

As some may have suspected, the fact that production was temporarily paused for a few extra weeks after the holiday break didn’t mean that things weren’t a-happenin’ in Hollywood. This week saw the announcement of  a number of new film projects and TV series, some casting news as well as news about filmmakers and showrunners coming onto... »

FilmLA Reports 25% Decline in Film Permits for December 2020

January 12, 2021 | By
FilmLA Reports 25% Decline in Film Permits for December 2020

FilmLA, the partner film office for the City and County of Los Angeles and other local jurisdictions, issued its seventh update about regional filming activity since the reopening of L.A. County to on-location filming last June. It reports having processed approximately 4,213 film permit applications spanning 2,985 unique projects in that time. Because December... »

Over the Weekend 1/11/20: HBO Max Sex and the City Revival, Sex Pistols Mini-Series and More News

January 11, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 1/11/20: HBO Max <em>Sex and the City</em> Revival, Sex Pistols Mini-Series and More News

It was a relatively quiet weekend following the announcement of Director Michael Apted‘s death on Friday. Los Angeles baseball fans were also mourning the death of Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. Still, here’s a quick update of some of the announcements. The big news seemed to be the fact that HBO‘s popular series Sex and the City was going... »

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... »

Over the Weekend 1/4/21: Television Production Start-Up Delayed, Resident Evil Wraps and More News

January 4, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 1/4/21: Television Production Start-Up Delayed, <em>Resident Evil</em> Wraps and More News

Happy New Year! In this case, this week’s “Over the Weekend” is more like “Over the Past Two Weeks” because as is the case every year — pandemic or no pandemic — Hollywood has mostly been shut down over the past few weeks. Agencies haven’t been trying to put together projects for their clients,... »

SAG-AFTRA Pulls Plug on L.A. Production Until Mid-January

December 30, 2020 | By
SAG-AFTRA Pulls Plug on L.A. Production Until Mid-January

Yesterday, Below the Line reported on a message from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) suggesting that the TV and film industry pause production during the surging number of COVID case and deaths across the county, filling hospitals to capacity. The actors’ union, SAG-AFTRA, has taken that advice to heart and gone... »

L.A. Public Health Department Warns of COVID Surge, Advises Caution for Production

December 29, 2020 | By
L.A. Public Health Department Warns of COVID Surge, Advises Caution for Production

As cases of COVID-19 and deaths from the virus continue to surge in Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) is urging the TV and film industry to consider pausing production, a message passed along by FilmLA who helps streamline the on-location filmmaking process in L.A. “Although music, TV and film productions... »

Over the Weekend 12/21/20: NY and LA Critics Make Their Picks, Fox’ The Big Leap Paused and More News

December 21, 2020 | By
Over the Weekend 12/21/20: NY and LA Critics Make Their Picks, Fox’ <em>The Big Leap</em> Paused and More News

It’s the last “Over the Weekend” before Christmas, and hopefully, everyone has been good for Santa. There haven’t been any further developments in the Tom Cruise flame-out on the set of Mission: Impossible 7, so we can focus on other things today. Unfortunately, many of the other news items today also involve COVID-19 as the Chicago-based production on... »

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... »

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