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  • Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019
Patty Jenkins

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) will honor writer/director Patty Jenkins, best known for Wonder Woman, Monster and The Killing, with the inaugural Distinguished Filmmaker Award presented by Panavision, at the 2019 Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM in the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. 

“The Distinguished Filmmaker Award was created to honor filmmakers who best understand the crucial role cinematographers play in capturing their vision, and who exemplify the best in that working collaboration,” said Lewis Rothenberg, national president of the ICG. “Ms. Jenkins is truly a groundbreaking auteur widely known for appreciating the detailed contributions of her craft departments, and particularly her camera team. She is an incredible inspirational and educational role model for our emerging cinematographers.” More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
This file photo shows Indiana Reformatory booking shots of John Dillinger, stored in the state archives. The History Channel has dropped out of a planned documentary on John Dillinger that would have included the exhumation of the 1930s gangster's Indianapolis gravesite. (Indiana State Archives/The Indianapolis Star via AP, File)

The History Channel has dropped out of a planned documentary on 1930s gangster John Dillinger that would have featured the proposed exhumation of his grave in Indianapolis sought by two relatives of the notorious criminal who question whether he's truly buried there.

A&E Networks spokesman Dan Silberman said Wednesday that The History Channel is no longer involved in the documentary, but declined further comment, saying network officials "do not comment on why we aren't moving forward with a project."

Silberman said in early August that the Dillinger project had not gone into production.

Dillinger's nephew, Michael C. Thompson, filed a lawsuit Aug. 14 against Crown Hill Cemetery, after cemetery officials objected to the proposed exhumation.

Thompson is one of two Dillinger relatives who sought a state permit to exhume the gravesite, saying they have evidence that Dillinger's body may not be buried there and that he may More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
In this May 16, 2016 file photo, David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel attend the FOX Networks 2016 Upfront Presentation Party in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

A lawsuit over profits between the producers and stars of the show "Bones" and 21st Century Fox has been settled.

The two sides in the long-running lawsuit over the hit Fox TV show filed documents saying the lawsuit was settled in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.

The terms and other details of the deal are confidential.

A private arbitrator had awarded "Bones" stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel along with the show's producers about $178 million after trial.

A judge then threw out $128 million of the award — the portion that was for punitive damages — leaving the plaintiffs with about $50 million. The plaintiffs were appealing the reduction when the lawsuit was settled.

Neither side had any comment, saying only that the lawsuit was settled amicably.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
Todd Milliner (l) and Sean Hayes

Hazy Mills Productions--the company founded in 2004 by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, and with credits that include the TV series Hot in Cleveland, The Soul Man (both for TV Land) and Grimm (NBC/Universal Television--has launched a branded content division, partnering with Test Pattern Media, a creative studio and production house specializing in commercial, TV, documentary and short-form content for leading brands and agencies. Operating together as a full service initiative, Hazy Mills and Test Pattern aim to work with brands and agencies to create engaging, series-based content, as well as cutting-edge and unique approaches to advertising.

Hazy Mills is no stranger to the branded space, having won awards for its Orbitz campaign with branded content agency, Bark Bark. The Hazy Mills/Test Pattern partnership’s combined clients include Lucasfilm, Amazon, Showtime, Starbucks, Orbitz, Capital One, TNT, TBS, Lincoln, P&G, and More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
Barkley's headquarters in Kansas City

Barkley, one of the largest ESOP-owned (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) ad agencies in the U.S., has transitioned ownership to its leadership team. The ESOP sold 100% of its shares back to the company at an all-time high valuation. As a result, a management group led by its executive team now owns 100% of the company’s stock.

Prior to this sale, a significant percentage of the stock was held by former Barkley employees. This change brings 100% of the shares back into the company and maintains Barkley’s competitive advantage as an independent agency. Barkley announced that it has retained all of its current leadership team through this process.

“This helps us preserve our strong culture and puts us in a great position to continue attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry,” said CEO Jeff King. “This process helped us create the best possible conditions to continue driving growth and providing exceptional value to our clients More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
This image released by HBO shows a New York City Fireman speaking to children in a scene from the documentary "What Happened on September 11," a short film aimed at young people to explain to them what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. The program debuts on Wednesday. (HBO via AP)

For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn't a memory. It's history. A new HBO documentary that debuts on the event's 18th anniversary treats it that way.

The necessity of her project, "What Happened on September 11," struck filmmaker Amy Schatz when a third grade girl told her about a playdate where she and a friend Googled "Sept. 11 attacks."

"When a child does that, what he or she finds are some pretty horrific images that are not necessarily appropriate for kids," Schatz said on Tuesday. "So I felt a responsibility to try to fill that void and try to give kids something that isn't horrifying and kind of fills in the gap."

The half-hour film debuts Wednesday at 6 p.m. A companion piece, focusing on the memories of former students at a high school near Ground Zero, premieres three hours later.

Schatz has made a specialty of creating films that seek to explain the inexplicable, with "The More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
In this Aug. 26, 2019, photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives in court in New York. A new book by The New York Times reporters who uncovered sexual misconduct accusations against Weinstein includes new details on the movie mogul’s attempts to stop the newspaper from publishing the story. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A new book by The New York Times reporters who uncovered sexual misconduct accusations against Harvey Weinstein reveals the identities of some of the whistleblowers who aided their investigation and includes new details on the movie mogul's attempts to persuade the newspaper not to publish the story.

"She Said," by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, details how Weinstein and a team of lawyers including an unlikely ally, the feminist lawyer Lisa Bloom, tried to convince reporters that accusers including the actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan were unreliable and mentally unstable.

The book, which hits bookstore shelves Tuesday from Penguin Press, includes a copy of a confidential memo Bloom wrote to Weinstein in December 2016, in which she said she was "equipped to help you against the Roses of the world, because I have represented so many of them."

"They start out as impressive, bold women, but the more one presses for evidence, the More

  • Monday, Sep. 9, 2019
This Feb. 2, 2015 file photo shows Felicity Jones, left, and Eddie Redmayne at the 87th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jones and Redmayne, who starred in “Theory of Everything,” reunite for their latest film "The Aeronauts." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

As soon as Eddie Redmayne read the script for "The Aeronauts," he knew whom his co-star should be: His "Theory of Everything" co-star Felicity Jones.

"I read it . with Felicity in mind and the second I finished it, I called her up and I said, 'I'll do this if you do,'" the star said.  "And we sort of made that very quick decision. It was a spontaneous thing."

Jones, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2014's "The Theory of Everything," said reuniting with Redmayne — who won an Oscar for the movie — "felt really natural."

"But the thing that pushed it was that the parts were so good," she said. "I mean, if one of us had read it and one part hadn't been good, it would it would never have worked. But they were both brilliantly written. They were both parts that we were ready to do at that moment. And I think it made it feel more of an adventure coming back together and it made the film feel like it was part of some More

  • Sunday, Sep. 8, 2019
Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen poses for a picture Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen wants TV viewers to watch the channels his company produces — from one that runs "Judge Judy"-like shows all day to those dedicated to comedy, cars, food and pets. But while many distributors carry Allen's channels, two cable giants have refused.

Allen says the reason is that he's black, and so he's sued for racial discrimination. An appeals court has let his lawsuits go forward, but now the Supreme Court will weigh in and could deliver a setback.

The justices will hear arguments Nov. 13 in a $20 billion lawsuit that Allen filed against Comcast, with the outcome also affecting a $10 billion case he has filed against Charter Communications.

If Allen prevails, black-owned businesses will have an easier time winning suits that allege discrimination in contracting. If Comcast wins, the bar will be high to bring and succeed with similar suits.

The question for the justices is whether Allen More

  • Sunday, Sep. 8, 2019
Pictured (l-r) are DGA's Kathy Garmezy; Thom Davis, president, California IATSE Council; Scott Bernard of Local 695; Rebecca Rhine of Local 600; Ed Duffy of Teamsters Local 399; and Alex Aguilar of Laborers LiUNA! Local 724.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- 

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) has signed into lab SB 271, a bill co-sponsored by the California IATSE Council (CIC) and the Entertainment Union Coalition (EUC). Set to go into law January 2020, SB 271 will ensure full access to Unemployment Insurance (UI), State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits for California resident entertainment industry workers who work on productions that take them to other states.

A statement from the CIC and EUC read, “On behalf of the California IATSE Council and the Entertainment Union Coalition, we want to express our appreciation to Senator Scott Wiener for his leadership in guiding SB 271 through the legislative process, to Governor Newsom for signing the bill into law, to our 12 co-authors, and to the members of the California Legislature for their unanimous support.  SB 271 ensures that the working women and men of the entertainment industry will have access to the UI, SDI, and PFL More

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