“I Didn’t Know That!” with Evan Miller & Mike Wendt

SOURCE: Stoffer Mortgage Facebook LIVE | Mike Stoffer
August 12, 2020

Presented by Stoffer Mortgage and hosted by Mike Stoffer, I Didn’t Know That! is an engaging Facebook Live discussion with interesting guests sharing information that may surprise you, inform you, and cause you to say “I didn’t know that!”

Mike talks Northeast Ohio TV & film production with Evan Miller & Mike Wendt of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting a thriving and adaptive local media industry. Their mission is to promote increased media production in NE Ohio using effective strategies for attraction and workforce development including building an artistic infrastructure through film. They aggressively pursue media productions and businesses that can positively impact the local economy. Learn more about GCFC at https://www.clevelandfilm.com.

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IATSE Grips Local 80 Issues Protocols For Safe Return To Work: Production “Is Finally Getting Ready To Start Back Up”







SOURCE: Deadline.com | David Robb
August 10, 2020

Film and television production “is finally getting ready to start back up,” IATSE Grips Local 80 business manager Thom Davis said in his latest update on the industry’s efforts for a safe return to work.

“The major lots have brought back people to get the departments ready for production,” he said, “and some of the Independents and Commercials have commenced with production.”



Film Commission Survey: Production Prospects and The Pandemic

Various film commissioners discuss permitting, precautions, restrictions, concerns

SOURCE: ShootOnline.com | A Shoot Staff Report
August 7, 2020

“Location, location, location.” This proverbial mantra for buying real estate also applies to the state of filming during a pandemic. So much depends on where you are–and whether rates of COVID-19 infections are high, have flattened or even better are on a downward curve. Public health and safety guidelines should evolve accordingly–and so too does film permitting, the nature of projects that are feasible and thus allowed.



Trailer for filmed-in-Cleveland ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ offers first glimpse of movie about slain Black Panther leader


Source: Cleveland.com | Joey Morona, cleveland.com
August 07, 2020

The cast and crew of “Judas and the Black Messiah” spent parts of three months last fall shooting the upcoming film in Cleveland and Mansfield.

Director Shaka King debuted the first trailer for the movie, about the life and assassination of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton, during a panel Thursday at the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists joint virtual convention.




‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Trailer: Director Shaka King Puts Shine On Timeless Story Of Black Revolutionary Chairman Fred Hampton

Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield in Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) | IMDb.com








Source: Deadline.com | Dino-Ray Ramos
August 06, 2020

In the new trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah, Daniel Kaluuya, who plays the real-life iconic Black Panther revolutionary, is heard saying: “You can murder a liberator, but you can’t murder a liberation! You can murder a revolutionary, but you can’t murder a revolution! You can murder a freedom fighter but you can’t murder freedom!”




NYC Phase 4 Expands & Updates Guidelines On Outdoor Filming: 50-Person Limit, No Blocking Streets

Blue Bloods Craig Blankenhorn/CBS






Source: Deadline.com | Jill Goldsmith
July 20, 2020

As New York City enters Phase 4 on Monday, allowing production to ramp up, the Mayor’s Office of Film and Television today issued what it called a “plain language” guide to remaining restrictions on outdoor shoots on public property: They’re now limited to 50 people (up from 25), can’t interfere with hospitals or COVID-19 testing centers, can’t block streets, and can’t be close to restaurants with outdoor seating without the eateries’ permission.




Hollywood Production Restart: A Look At the Hurdles In Studio-Union Negotiations As Series Gear Up For Shoots

Jordin Althaus/CBS






Over the last couple of months, the Hollywood studios successfully negotiated new collective bargaining agreements with the major guilds. But hammering out industrywide safety protocols for film and TV production during the coronavirus pandemic is proving hard to reach a consensus on.

It’s been five weeks since the Hollywood unions and guilds on June 12 released their White Paper of detailed safety guidelines that was to serve as a starting point and a blueprint in the negotiations with studios. After weeks of talks, progress has been made but there are still multiple outstanding issues that are proving difficult to overcome, which is further delaying the start of production even in locations where the pandemic is largely under control, like British Columbia, New Zealand, Hawaii, as well as New York, which today allowed film and TV production to resume.



Source: Deadline.com | Nellie Andreeva
July 17, 2020


Netflix Commits Largest Budget So Far For ‘The Gray Man’; Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans Star, AGBO’S Joe & Anthony Russo Direct Mano A Mano Espionage Thriller

(L-R) Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans
AP Images







DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from an earnings report that saw it add 10 million subscribers during the pandemic, Netflix has just set its most financially ambitious feature film so far. Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are set to star in The Gray Man, with AGBO’s Joe & Anthony Russo directing their first blockbuster since setting the all-time global box office record with Avengers: Endgame two years ago. The intention here is to create a new franchise with a James Bond level of scale and a budget upward of $200 million.




Source:  Deadline.com | Mike Fleming Jr.
July 17, 2020


Indie Producers, Completion Bond Firms Create Task Force To Push For COVID-19 Liability Protection, Federal Aid

Zachary Burns: Oklahoma Film + Music Office






A group of production companies, distributors, sales agents and completion bond guarantors have created a new tasks force to push for government funding and support to independent production threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Coalition for Independent Content Production (ACICP) said its aim is to help the industry avoid permanent loss of productions and jobs. It ncludes 25 organizations including; A24, Alcon Entertainment, Amblin Partners, Annapurna Pictures, Avalon, Bron Studios, Endeavor Content, Endless Media, Endurance Media, Film Finances, FilmNation, Gaumont, Le Grisbi, Madrona Drive, Media Guarantors Insurance Solutions, Origin Entertainment, Picturestart, Platonic Systems, Skydance Media, UniFi Completion Guarantors, Valence Media, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, wiip, and XYZ Films.



Source: Deadline.com | Jill Goldsmith
July 16, 2020


CBS, NAACP Ink Sprawling Content Partnership Deal

CBS’ George Cheeks (left) and the NAACP’s Derrick Johnson







Days after CBS committed to expanding development from BIPOC, the company is teaming with the NAACP for a wide-ranging content partnership.

As part of a new, multiple-year agreement, CBS TV Studios and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will team to develop and produce scripted, unscripted and documentary content for linear and streaming platforms.




Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Lesley Goldberg
July 15, 2020