Commercial Producers Agree To Covid-19 Testing In New Pact With DGA, IATSE & Teamsters

Sipa via AP Images







SOURCE: | David Robb
December 4, 2020

A multi-union coalition of Hollywood unions has reached an agreement with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers for new return-to-work protocols that largely mirror those adopted by the film and TV industry in September. Testing for the coronavirus is one of the major changes in the new AICP agreement, and now brings testing on commercial shoots more in line with those used on film and TV productions. The AICP says its member companies account for 85% of all domestic commercials aired nationally

The AICP’s agreement with the DGA, IATSE and the Teamsters, which was reached after weeks of negotiations, includes new Covid-19 testing guidelines, paid Covid-19 sick leave, on-set Covid-19 compliance managers, and a system of “zones” to ensure that different sections of a production can be tightly controlled to protect actors and background performers while they’re not wearing masks during shoots.



‘The Marksman’: Liam Neeson Action Pic Targets Early 2021 Release

Ryan Sweeney/Open Road







SOURCE: | Anthony D’Alessandro
December 3, 2020

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Open Road Films has another Liam Neeson action movie, The Marksman, and they’ll be going wide with the pic on Jan. 22, 2021.

Directed by Robert Lorenz, Neeson plays Jim in The Marksman, a hardened rancher in an Arizona border town who helps a young boy escape across America while being chased by the leaders of a Mexican drug cartel. The film was produced by Lorenz along with Tai Duncan, Warren Goz, Eric Gold and Mark Williams.


Daytime Emmys And Rest Of NATAS Awards Shows To Stay Virtual For 2021









SOURCE: | Patrick Hipes
December 1, 2020

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Tuesday that it has decided to keep its slate of awards shows virtual in 2021, meaning the organization’s Daytime Emmys, Sports Emmys, News & Documentary Emmys and Technology & Engineering Emmys will be online-only again next year.

NATAS was among the first awards shows to shift to virtual ceremonies as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the spring. Its marquee Daytime Emmys were presented in primetime on CBS in July, while the others were livestreamed on the organization’s dedicated platform.

‘Cherry’ First Look: Apple Heads for Oscars with Tom Holland’s Hard-Hitting Drama

“Cherry” | Apple









SOURCE: IndieWire | Zack Sharf
November 24, 2020

Tom Holland scored Oscar buzz during the 2012-2013 awards season for his supporting performance in “The Impossible,” and now he’s back on Oscar pundits’ radar with his upcoming drama “Cherry.” Based on the 2018 novel by Nico Walker, the film reunites Holland with his Marvel Cinematic Universe directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who are diving into a hard-hitting character study after the record-breaking success of “Avengers: Endgame.” Vanity Fair has the official first look at “Cherry,” including new stills of Holland and his co-star Ciara Bravo.



Tom Holland in the Wild and Woeful Cherry: Exclusive First Look










SOURCE: Vanity Fair | Anthony Breznican
November 24, 2020

Cherry is a movie that dares you to try and describe it. It’s the first film that Anthony and Joe Russohave directed following their Avengers finales, Infinity War and Endgame, and it reunites them with Spider-Man star Tom Holland. It also compresses their penchant for large-scale action and cataclysm into the core of a single person.

Holland’s title character is both volatile and vulnerable, a hard-knock nobody from Cleveland who’s just scraping by but doesn’t even have any big dreams to guide him. Every solution to his problems only deepens the trouble: College isn’t working out, so Cherry joins the Army to serve in Iraq as a medic. He returns home haunted and damaged, and starts abusing opioids to blunt his PTSD. To pay for the drugs, he resorts to bank robbery. The more desperate he gets, the more banks he has to rob.

Every step is a step down, a progression into the abyss you can see in these images from Vanity Fair’s exclusive first look.



How The “Swiss Cheese” Is Made: The Difficult And Expensive Reality Of Filming TV Series Amid The Pandemic

SOURCE: | Nellie Andreeva
November 20, 2020

The story is part of Deadline’s Reopening Hollywood series. 

After months of brainstorming and negotiations, the Hollywood studios and unions adopted rigorous safety protocols to get TV production going again. And, with fits and starts, it has been going, churning out fresh content with original episodes hitting the air first with the soaps in daytime, followed by unscripted and then scripted series in primetime.

But has not been easy. And it has been expensive.



SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Reach Deal on Recording, Streaming Stage Shows









SOURCE: TheWrap | Jeremy Fuster
November 19, 2020

SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity announced on Thursday that they have reached an agreement on how to handle jurisdiction over recording and streaming of stage shows, ending a dispute triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this year, Actors Equity accused SAG-AFTRA of undermining its bargaining power by negotiating lower-paying deals with theaters for streaming productions at a time when such productions are the only means of income for many stage actors who are out of work due to the pandemic.



Pandemic Insurance Takes Step Ahead With Capitol Hill Hearing; NY Rep. Maloney Hopes For Passage In Biden’s First 100 Days









SOURCE: | Jill Goldsmith
November 19, 2020

New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney said Thursday that the nation desperately needs pandemic insurance, a “public private partnership that has a mechanism in place that you can depend on,” and hopes some version of it will pass early in the Biden administration.

“There are a number of proposals out there. People who are serious about passing a bill will support my effort to make this part of the first 100 days [when] you can get a lot of things passed,” Maloney told Deadline shortly after a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill. “My goal is to work with all these factions and see if we can come together.”



MTV Entertainment Group Partners With Social Justice Organizations To Launch ‘Culture Code’ DE&I Initiative








SOURCE: | Dino-Ray Ramos
November 19, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: The MTV Entertainment Group (formerly Entertainment and Youth) is looking to make progressive change in its creative community with the newly launched comprehensive DE&I (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) orientation called “Culture Code”. The immersive employee-led initiative is in partnership with The Museum of Tolerance, Color of Change, GLAAD, Anti-Defamation League, The Jed Foundation, MPAC, RAINN, RespectAbility and Storyline Partners.

The aforementioned social justice organizations will collaborate with the MTV Entertainment Group  will help develop the program which will “construct a communal set of values, understanding and baseline cultural norms to create a more inclusive and welcoming creative community.”