We Are All In This Together

 

We understand that these are difficult times for everyone. Please know that the Greater Cleveland Film Commission is keeping its finger on the pulse of the industry. We are constantly in touch with the studios and producers to remind them we are here for them and excited to support their productions when this passes.

From what we are hearing, although production is temporarily on hold, the industry will come roaring back to life when we emerge from this crisis. The need for content will be greater than ever, and Ohio is well-positioned to be incredibly busy.

The GCFC is currently supporting two feature films scheduled to shoot over the summer.  At least two other films are in the tax credit application process and are anxious to get started. We are also talking with several series and mini-series in development. And calls continue to come in from new projects seeking information on locations, permit processes and tax credit availability.

We are here for you, and as always, we’ll bring you all the crew and vendor opportunities as soon as we get notice. Our streets and neighborhoods will once again come alive with film crews at work!

What’s the status of ‘Cherry,’ the filmed-in-Cleveland movie from the Russo Brothers?

“Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo came home to Cleveland for three months late last year to shoot their latest movie “Cherry” with “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland.

In case you forgot about it while you’ve been sheltering in place, here’s an update:

The drama tells the true story of Nico Walker, a Clevelander and Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD who robbed banks to support his heroin habit. Shooting wrapped in February, but the brothers have continued to work on the film while quarantined in their homes in California.

Source:  Cleveland.com | Joey Morona
May 24, 2020

 

Greater Cleveland Film Commision President Evan Miller Zoom-ing Music Box Supper Club’s ‘CLE Stories & Film Café’

Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Evan Miller settles into his new office overlooking Lake Erie. CJN Photo / Skylar Dubelko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A story right out of Hollywood.

That’s what Greater Cleveland Film Commission’s new president, Evan Miller, plans to tell during the next Music Box Supper Club’s “CLE Stories & Film Café” affair.

“My Life as a Hollywood Agent — Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Evan Miller” takes place May 21 as a Zoom webinar.

“During normal times, the Music Box holds monthly film café events where they bring people from the local production community and local filmmakers to discuss their experiences in the industry,” said Orange native Miller, who recently moved to Brecksville.

“It’s just a fun way to engage the local production community and people who enjoy film. This is really the first time putting this together.”

 

 

 

Source:  The News-Herald | John Benson
May 18, 2020

Russo Brothers launching Instagram show about classic movies and pizza

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You can add an Instagram show to the Russo Brothers’ already full plate.

“Russo Bros. Pizza Film School” premieres Friday, May 15 on the social media platform. Each week, Joe and Anthony Russo, Cleveland’s most famous movie directors, will interview a guest about a classic film over a slice of a pizza. The brothers will reveal the name of movie to be highlighted prior to each episode so that fans can watch it and take part in the discussion during the live shows. New episodes will stream every Friday at 8 p.m. on their Instagram page.

 

 

Source: Cleveland.com | Joey Morona
May 08, 2020

 

Cleveland’s Russo Brothers working on ‘Extraction’ sequel, live-action ‘Hercules’

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The Russo Brothers are going back to the world of “Extraction.”

Cleveland native Joe Russo reached a deal to write the script for “Extraction 2,” Deadline reported Monday. The sequel (or prequel?) for the Netflix hit will be produced at AGBO, the entertainment company he runs with brother Anthony.

 

 

 

Source: Cleveland.com | Joey Morona
May 05, 2020

 

NYC Mayor’s Office Leads Early Talks About Road Back For Film And TV Producers In COVID-19 Epicenter

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one of the signature shows produced in New York.
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With production at a standstill in most of the world, the path back for New York-based film and TV producers is particularly fraught.

The city is the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 300,000 people infected and about 18,000 people dead.

In an effort to coordinate the early conversations about the restart, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is convening the first of two Zoom calls Thursday for those in the industry affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Hundreds of freelance filmmakers, craftspeople, producers and executives are expected to dial in given the swirl of uncertainty and the acute safety and financial hazards that lie ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  Deadline.com | Dade Hayes
April 30, 2020

How Hollywood Can Make On-Set Work Safer When Production Resumes (Guest Column)

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Collective quarantines, staggering crew work hours, daily temperature checks, regularly disinfecting props and costumes should be considered, write a trio of employment lawyers.

As communities begin to “flatten the curve” amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, employers have started the difficult task of planning to resume operations. But getting workers back on the job presents a host of unique challenges for employers in the entertainment industry, particularly in on-location production environments.

 

 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Anthony J. Oncidi, Kate S. Gold, Philippe A. Lebel
April 30,2020

 

As Hollywood Maps Out Its Return, New On-Set Protocols Take Center Stage

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The shuttered Warner Bros. studio lot on April 8, 2020, as TV and film production halt amid a coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studios and guilds are debating a phased approach that includes pretesting for antibodies, quarantining sets and airline-style packaged meals: “The days of doing an eight-episode show and traveling to five countries are done.”

Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, when predicting the future may seem futile, there’s at least one thing Hollywood is in agreement on: When the industry is eventually able to start up production again, film and TV sets are going to look very different. Gone are the days of grazing on the communal snacks at the craft services table, inviting friends and family to pop over to the set and maybe even kissing scenes between actors — at least until a coronavirus vaccine is widely available.

 

 

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter | Bryn Elise Sandberg, Etan Vlessing
April 27, 2020

 

How The Multi-Billion Dollar UK Film & TV Industries Are Creating “Robust Protocols” For Production After Lockdown

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“Everything is on the table”, says British Film Commission and Film London CEO Adrian Wootton about the manual being drawn up to help kick-start production in the UK post-lockdown.

Industry vet Wootton is leading the UK’s Inward Investment Recovery Group, which is co-ordinating a widespread consultation with producers, studios, streamers, unions and industry bodies about how they can safely get back to work once Covid-19 restrictions ease.

 

 

 

Source:  Deadline.com | Andreas Wiseman
April 27, 2020

 

New Document Lays Out Plan to Resume Movie and TV Productions With Strict Quarantine Pods (VARIETY EXCLUSIVE)

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As Hollywood contemplates the risks and uncertainties around going back into production in the coming months after coronavirus-imposed shutdowns, strategies for scaled-back sets are beginning to emerge. Producers Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Chris Ferguson — from the companies Automatik (“Honey Boy,” “Bad Education”) and Oddfellows (“Child’s Play”), respectively — have created a proposal titled “Isolation Based Production Plan,” which Variety has obtained.

 

 

Source: Variety | Kate Arthur
April 24, 2020