Patricia Heaton to appear in Greater Cleveland Film Commission online event

Patricia Heaton made a guest appearance on the CBS game show “The Price Is Right” on January 8, 2020.








Here’s your chance to talk to Emmy-winning actress Patricia Heaton.

The Bay Village native will be the featured guest on the second episode of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission’s “Between the Screens” show. The live online conversation, hosted by Q104 FM personality Jeremiah Widmer, will take place 7 p.m. Monday, June 22.

The program is free to stream, but attendance is limited. Registration is required at

Heaton was the star of “Carol’s Second Act,” a sitcom recently canceled after one season on CBS. But she is best known for her roles in “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle.” Heaton also is a best-selling author and currently working on a book called “Your Second Act.”

Heaton, of course, comes from a famous Cleveland family. Her late father Chuck was a longtime sportswriter for The Plain Dealer, and her brother Michael served as the newspaper’s “Minister of Culture.”

Source: | Joey Morona
June 15, 2020

Greater Cleveland Film Commission to Host a Webinar With Actress Patricia Heaton












The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that aims to cultiviate film and television industry in Northeast Ohio, has just announced that it’ll host an online webinar with actress Patricia Heaton at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 22.

A Northeast Ohio native, Heaton famously portrayed Debra Barone in the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.



Source: Cleveland Scene | Jeff Niesel
June 15, 2020


‘The Safe Way Forward’ Joint Report from the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, and Teamsters on COVID-19 Safety Guidelines to Provide Safe Workplaces in a Pre-Vaccine World







In the next major step toward the resumption of film and television production, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) today released “The Safe Way Forward,” a Multi-Union Report on Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. The Guidelines set forth a detailed set of science-based protocols serving as a path for Employers to uphold their responsibility of providing safe workplaces in a pre-vaccine, Covid-19 world. The Guidelines serve as an essential and necessary element of a return to work for the Unions and Guilds representing film and television casts and crews.




Source:  SAG-AFTRA
June 12, 2020


Hollywood’s Unions Release Protocols For Restarting Film & TV Production: Joint Effort By DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE & Teamsters







Hollywood’s unions released their detailed protocols today for the safe reopening of the film and TV industry – a joint effort by the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and the Teamsters. The 36-page report implements the more general guidelines set forth in a White Paper on reopening that was issued by the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force on June 1. The release of the unions’ report comes just as Los Angeles County has allowed production to resume, starting today.




Source: | David Robb
June 12, 2020


Safety Protocols For Restarting Film & TV Production Amid Coronavirus Are Announced By Los Angeles County Officials







Safety protocols for restarting film & TV production in COVID-era Los Angeles were announced just under the wire on Thursday.

They include:

– Health checks for all vendors and employees when they arrive on set
– Protocol and workflow assessment to ensure proper social distancing and infection control
– Designation of a workplace COVID-19 compliance officer
– Established procedures for any employee exhibiting coronavirus symptoms or for those who test positive

Production will be officially allowed to resume tomorrow.

Other considerations include the employer providing all PPE and infection prevention equipment necessary.




Source: | Tom Tapp
June 11, 2020


American Film Market: Worldwide COVID-19 Film Production Guidelines

As the world begins to reopen, official production protocols and safety guidelines relating to COVID-19 are being released by countries, states and organizations. To help keep track of the latest information across the globe, we will update this page, Worldwide Covid-19 Film Production Guidelines, with relevant information as it becomes available.

Please note that multiple guidelines will likely apply to each production, including  national, local, and organizational such as guilds, unions, trade groups and other NGOs.



Source:  American Film Market
June 11, 2020

Immense Knowledge Leads To Appearance On Jeopardy

Joanna Pratt






Joanna Pratt a fun-loving and spirited local woman recently got to appear on the game show Jeopardy. Her episode airs Wednesday, June 10th at 7:30pm on channel 19 WOIO. “I joke that I have an immense wealth of useless knowledge,” she said with a full-hearted laugh. “I just felt the best place to showcase that would be on Jeopardy! I have always collected facts and could remember people, places and things. Ever since I was young, I have loved information and trivia.”




Source:  Villager | Heather Scarlett
June 10, 2020


A ninja in Cleveland: 10-year-old athlete makes it to American Ninja Warrior Junior finals

Nathanael Honvou competing in age group 9-10 on American Ninja Warrior Junior – Season 2







Nathanael Honvou, 10, likes breaking records. He started running when he was five years old and in 2015 was the fastest six-year-old to run the five-mile Johnnycake Jog in Painesville. He is attempting to break a pogo sticking record. And Honvou is the youngest kid to successfully climb the 14-foot warped wall in his Lyndhurst gym.



Source:  FreshWater Cleveland | Karin Connelly Rice
June 10, 2020


Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force White Paper

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers

Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force
Proposed Health and Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, Television, and Streaming Productions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Submitted: June 1, 2020


The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) respectfully submits the following guidelines for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. These recommendations set forth the consensus of the Task Force and outline guidance regarding protective measures to be used, including regular screening, diagnostic testing, use of personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfecting work sites, and appropriate response should an employee contract COVID-19 or be exposed to it.

The proposed recommendations were developed by the Task Force at the request of and in collaboration with the various unions of the motion picture and television industry and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which collectively exercised final control over their content, based on the input provided. The Task Force consists of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and its West Coast Studio Local Unions, as well as its New York Local Unions, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as well as the Basic Crafts Unions, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Directors Guild of America as well as the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and other representatives of the producers. The guidelines are based on discussions with health experts, guidelines issued by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and input from industry participants familiar with the working conditions of motion picture and television production. The participants in the Task Force are listed in the Appendix.

While these guidelines and protocols address many elements of production, productions must consult applicable state and local public health orders as well as applicable federal and state OSHA guidelines. These recommendations are intended to address the circumstances under which production can safely resume. The Task Force recognizes that COVID-19 is a new disease and many of the facts surrounding COVID-19 are still being determined. Several elements of the protocols including testing and PPE are subject to further discussion and agreement between the Employers and the Unions and Guilds representing the cast and crew. As circumstances change, and public health officials issue new guidance, the protocols under which production occurs may be adjusted accordingly.

Click below to read the full white paper.














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!