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DGA Leadership Decries Georgia’s Restrictive Voting Law

April 8, 2021 | By
DGA Leadership Decries Georgia’s Restrictive Voting Law

It has been one of the biggest stories in production news for the past few weeks, the narrative of whether to outright boycott Georgia after Governor Brian Kemp signed a restrictive voting law that potentially limits the access the state’s African-Americans have to their right to voice their political opinion in their country’s right-to-vote laws. There... »

Soul, The Mandalorian and Netflix Big Winners at 19th Annual VES Awards

April 6, 2021 | By
<em>Soul</em>, <em>The Mandalorian</em> and Netflix Big Winners at 19th Annual VES Awards

The 19th Annual VES Awards, presented by the Visual Effects Society (VES), were handed out on Tuesday night, April 6, 2021, to celebrate the outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life. The Visual Effects Society... »

Back to Work: Tyler Perry Studios Comes out of Its Quarantine Bubble

April 6, 2021 | By
Back to Work: Tyler Perry Studios Comes out of Its Quarantine Bubble

The way that media mogul Tyler Perry figured out how to reopen production at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta with his “Quarantine Bubble” COVID protocols was one of the earliest stories I wrote for Below the Line back in August. That story seems to have reached its logical conclusion as enough of the crew at Tyler Perry Studios... »

Over the Weekend 4/5/21: MLB Leaves Atlanta, Broadway Reopens, SAG Awards and More News

April 5, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 4/5/21: MLB Leaves Atlanta, Broadway Reopens, SAG Awards and More News

Happy Easter Monday, or for those who don’t get to take today off, welcome back to work. The backlash against Georgia’s new voting law that we reported on Friday continues to get more heated. Over the weekend, Major League Baseball decided to pull the annual All-Star Game and the draft from Atlanta due to the... »

Voice Actors Kelly Stables, David Cowgill Hosting 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards

April 2, 2021 | By
Voice Actors Kelly Stables, David Cowgill Hosting 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) has announced that acclaimed voice actors Kelly Stables and David Cowgill will host the 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards, taking place as an all-virtual awards ceremony on Friday, April 16, at 6pm Pacific. Stables and Cowgill will be joined by presenters from around the world in honoring outstanding achievement... »

End of the Week Production Notes 4/2/21: Tyler Perry on New Georgia Voting Laws, American Gods Not Quite Dead and More News

April 2, 2021 | By
End of the Week Production Notes 4/2/21: Tyler Perry on New Georgia Voting Laws, <em>American Gods</em> Not Quite Dead and More News

Happy Friday, and for some of you, Good Friday, as well! It was a pretty packed week, and the biggest news story may be the backlash to the Georgia government instituting voting laws that have come off as discriminatory with many in the entertainment industry making statements to the effect of boycotting bringing any... »

Emmy-Winning Set Designer Evelyn Sakash Found Dead in Queens Apartment after Disappearance

April 1, 2021 | By
Emmy-Winning Set Designer Evelyn Sakash Found Dead in Queens Apartment after Disappearance

A tragic and somewhat horrifying news story comes from the New York Daily News as Emmy-winning set designer Evelyn Sakash was found dead in her trash-filled Queens apartment after being missing for seven months. The body of the 66-year-old crafts person was found by her sister, Ellen Brown, under an avalanche of trash seven months after her... »

Hollywood Unions Hit Hard by COVID Relief and Diminishing Dues

April 1, 2021 | By
Hollywood Unions Hit Hard by COVID Relief and Diminishing Dues

Deadline has posted an exclusive report investigating how the industry unions have been hurt by the Covid-19 pandemic that has shut down production and racked the industry as a whole but especially the unions that have seen a decrease in membership dues, their main source of revenue, as members have lost or failed to... »

JB Smoove Hosting 25th Annual ADG Awards on April 10

April 1, 2021 | By
JB Smoove Hosting 25th Annual ADG Awards on April 10

Actor and comedian JB Smoove has been announced as the host for the 25th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards (ADG, IATSE Local 800) on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Recognizing 25 years of outstanding production design in film, television, animation and commercials, this year’s awards ceremony will be presented on a virtual platform, streaming to a worldwide and more... »

DoP Alan Jacobsen’s Work Showcased on New Netflix Doc Series, Worn Stories

April 1, 2021 | By
DoP Alan Jacobsen’s Work Showcased on New Netflix Doc Series, <em>Worn Stories</em>

The Netflix original documentary series, Worn Stories, debuts on the streamer globally today, showcasing the bold and imaginative cinematography of Alan Jacobsen.  Adapted from Emily Spivack’s New York Times best-selling book and helmed by Orange is the New Black’s Jenji Kohen alongside Tremolo and Tilted Productions, Worn Stories explores the often-overlooked memoirs living inside cherished articles of clothing.... »