Archive for April, 2015

Rose Byrne launches all-female production company

By Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya Meryl Streep recently funded a writing lab for women over 40, and now Rose Byrne is teaming up with four other Australian women to elevate women’s voices in film. Byrne, along with The Last Impresario director Gracie Otto, theater and opera director Shannon Murphy, emerging producer Jessica Carrera, and actor Krew Boylan, recently formed a new […]

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Rwanda: Film Regulatory Body Moves to Address Quality Issues

By Stephen Kalimba The Film industry in Rwanda must devise ways of generating more income to ensure sustainability. The call was made at the official launch of the Rwanda Film Federation (RFF) last Friday, over a year since it was formed. Ismael Ntihabose, the head of the federation said the major objective is to take […]

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Equity Approves New 99-Seat Rule Over Member Objections

By Daniel Holloway Actors’ Equity Association imposed Tuesday a $9-per-hour minimum wage for actors on Los Angeles’ mid-size theaters. Equity’s national council voted to move ahead with the plan despite overwhelming opposition from the union’s Los Angeles membership, who rejected the proposal 2,046 to 1,075 in an advisory vote completed earlier this week. The new […]

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GREEN PARTY PLEDGE EXTRA £2.5BN TOWARDS THE ARTS

BY IAIN ALEXANDER The Green Party will commit to spending an extra £500m a year on the arts in the next Parliament if elected. In their Manifesto, the Green Party highlight ‘active citizenship’ and favour increased government support in areas such as media, sports and the arts. This is their list of pledges for the next […]

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Nova Scotia film tax credit plan struck between province, industry

Nova Scotia’s government has struck an agreement with members of the province’s film industry over the planned cuts to the film tax credit, the two sides announced Thursday. Officials with the Department of Finance met with industry members on Thursday for the fourth session of head-to-head talks in about a week. Marc Almon, chairman of Screen […]

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Wanted: film crews for hard, rewarding work

Be careful what you wish for if you want to work in the capital region’s film and TV production scene. A recent surge in production activity here has sparked a flood of inquiries and measures to increase the local crew base. But Paul Rayman, unit manager on Gracepoint, said while working in the film industry […]

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Warner Bros. TV Partners With IATSE to Launch Sarah Jones Memorial Internship

by Etan Vlessing Warner Bros. Television has partnered with the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) to give filmmakers an internship and TV series training to honor Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train last year while filming Midnight Rider. The Sarah Jones Opportunity, a memorial internship and training program, will […]

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Film supporters in Baton Rouge, New Orleans at odds over union contract

DAVID JACOBS As the Louisiana Legislature this week begins to debate bills that would reform, cut or end the state’s incentive program for film production, an internal industry dispute is pitting Baton Rouge-area stakeholders against their more numerous New Orleans counterparts. At the end of this month, IATSE, the union that represents film industry crews, […]

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Cut or Keep Rolling on Unprofitable TV and Film Tax Credits?

By Michael Geist The Nova Scotia government has been embroiled in a high profile controversy for the past week following its decision to slash tax credits available to film and television production in the province. The decision sparked an immediate backlash from the industry, which staged a major protest last Wednesday across from the legislature in […]

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Pittsburgh union serving TV, film production looking for lots of help

By Jason Cato A run of movie projects and two television series making Pittsburgh home have pushed the region’s film crew base to an all-time high, with the union looking to add members. “We are having a shortage of film-industry carpenters,” said Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. “Right now, we are so busy. […]

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