Over 100 Black Creatives And Allies Launch “Change The Lens” Pledge To Boost Diversity In Film And Advertising

(clockwise from top left) Savanah Leaf, Jason Harper, A.V. Rockwell, Rohan Blair-Mangat, Alli Maxwell, Isiah Donté Lee, Karena Evans, Calmatic Courtesy of Change the Lens








As the film and TV industry strives to make up for its long history of deficiencies when it comes to diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera, over 100 Black creatives and allies in the filmmaking and advertising communities have teamed to create the Black Filmmakers Collective to launch “Change the Lens,”  a new pledge to increase the number of Black workers at all levels.



Source: Deadline.com | Dino-Ray Ramos
July 9, 2020


Former University of Akron football player’s Oscar-winning short film ‘Hair Love’ being turned into series






From the bright lights under the football field to the bright lights of Hollywood, former University of Akron football player Matthew A. Cherry’s Oscar-winning short film is being turned into a series.

After winning the award for Best Animated Short Film, “Hair Love” got picked for a 12-episode series with HBO.

The film was based on the award-winning book following an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair.



Source: Cleveland 19 News | Simon Hanning
July 8, 2020


Cherry: Joe Russo Says Tom Holland-Led Film is Almost Done With Post-Production






In a recent interview with Comic Book, the Russo Brothers gave another update on the current status of their upcoming crime drama film Cherry, revealing that they’re in the final steps of post-production for the Tom Holland-led film. Because of this, they’ve also teased that viewers should expect to see the first trailer in the “very near future.”



Source: Comingsoon.Net | Maggie Dela Paz
July 7, 2020


To the future: Cleveland Leadership Center names 58 members of the Cleveland Bridge Builders class of 2021

The Cleveland Leadership Center has named 58 people from nonprofit, for-profit and public-sector employers as members of the Cleveland Bridge Builders class of 2021.

Bridge Builders is a 10-month leadership program that “prepares mid-career professionals of all ages for meaningful, fulfilling and impactful engagement in the community,” the Cleveland Leadership Center said in a news release announcing the members of the new class.



Source: Crain’s Cleveland Business | Scott Suttell
June 30, 2020


Screen sector vital to global economic recovery from impact of Covid-19, says report











The global screen sector will play a pivotal role in contributing to the worldwide economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19, according to a new study from Olsberg SPI.

‘Global Screen Production – The Impact of Film and Television Production on Economic Recovery from Covid-19’ reports production spending of $177bn drove a total global economic impact of $414bn in 2019. following several years of groundbreaking growth.

The study’s valuation focused on scripted film and television and documentaries, but not sport, news or commercials.



Source: Screen Daily
June 26, 2020


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 clevelandfilm.com.

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:  Cleveland.com | 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:  Deadline.com | David Robb
June 12, 2020