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Union Roundup: As Workers at One Amazon Warehouse Unionize, Corporate Contradictions Still Abound

April 5, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: As Workers at One Amazon Warehouse Unionize, Corporate Contradictions Still Abound

“The garden of controversy must be continually cultivated. Otherwise, nobody knows you are alive.” That quote comes from a Republican governor in Florida known for hiring his own security force, attacking teachers, teacher unions, and Federal judges, and calling protestors “communists” — but not the current Republican governor. No, it was actually said by Claude... »

Set Decorators Blast Academy’s Decision to Cut Eight Categories From Live Oscars Show

February 28, 2022 | By
Set Decorators Blast Academy’s Decision to Cut Eight Categories From Live Oscars Show

The Set Decorators Society of America has blasted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and its leadership following the shocking decision to cut eight categories from the live Oscars broadcast coming up on March 27. The SDSA Board of Directors sent its missive to Academy President David Rubin, CEO Dawn Hudson, the AMPAS Board Executive... »

Studios, Guilds Extend and Expand COVID Safety Protocols, Which Now Include Booster Shots

February 16, 2022 | By
Studios, Guilds Extend and Expand COVID Safety Protocols, Which Now Include Booster Shots

Studios and guilds have voted to extend and expand Hollywood’s COVID safety protocols, which now require individuals to receive booster shots in order to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up to date” on vaccines in the U.S. In a message sent to union members on Wednesday, SAG-AFTRA national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland announced that SAG-AFTRA, IATSE,... »

Teamsters Local 399 Casts Landslide Vote to Ratify New Film and TV Contract

February 9, 2022 | By
Teamsters Local 399 Casts Landslide Vote to Ratify New Film and TV Contract

In a landslide devoid of drama, Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 has voted to ratify a new three-year film and TV contract, with 89% of voters casting their ballot in favor of ratification, leaving just 11% to vote against it — and that’s with more than two-thirds of the local’s members casting a vote. The... »

Hackers Strike Society of Camera Operators Instagram Account

January 25, 2022 | By
Hackers Strike Society of Camera Operators Instagram Account

The Society of Camera Operators has just sent a message to its members regarding one of its social media accounts, as it appears that hackers have seized control of the SOC’s Instagram page. A letter sent to the Society’s newsletter subscribers said that “the hackers are sophisticated and we will not be able to recover... »

Visual Effects Society Unveils All-Female Executive Board of Directors

January 25, 2022 | By
Visual Effects Society Unveils All-Female Executive Board of Directors

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has unveiled its 2022 Board of Directors Officers, and for the first time in the group’s 25-year history, the five-member Executive Committee is comprised entirely of women. The Officers were elected at the January 2022 Board meeting, and they include Lisa Cooke, who was re-elected Board Chair after becoming the first... »

ICG’s John Lindley Won’t Seek Second Term as National President

January 12, 2022 | By
ICG’s John Lindley Won’t Seek Second Term as National President

John Lindley, the National President of the International Cinematographers Guild, has announced that he will not be seeking a second term atop the ICG. Lindley made the announcement at a recent National Executive Board meeting and repeated it in an email sent to guild members, adding that he was “confident that the next generation of... »

Thom Davis to Step Down at Local 80 Following Alleged Cover-Up

December 21, 2021 | By
Thom Davis to Step Down at Local 80 Following Alleged Cover-Up

Update 12/23: Following the publication of this article, Thom Davis reached out to Below the Line to contend that he was not “forced” to step down, as the original headline of this article suggested, but rather, he had long planned to step down on Dec. 31 as part of his “retirement plan.” The headline... »

ICG Local 600 National Executive Board Votes to Support IATSE Strike Authorization

September 26, 2021 | By
ICG Local 600 National Executive Board Votes to Support IATSE Strike Authorization

You might remember that on Friday, the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) had urged is members to vote “yes” on the upcoming IATSE strike authorization on Oct. 1 after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers balked at responding to IATSE’s recent proposal for a Basic Agreement. Maybe you even watched the video to ICG... »

Filmmaker U Talks Postproduction with Color Scientist Matthew Tomlinson

February 4, 2021 | By
Filmmaker U Talks Postproduction with Color Scientist Matthew Tomlinson

Join Filmmaker U tomorrow as they talk with Color Scientist Matthew Tomlinson about what his role is during postproduction process and where he finds inspiration outside of his work that assists him on projects. With over 25 years of experience, Tomlinson is currently the Color Scientist at Harbor where he services projects by ensuring... »