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David A. Goodman Elected President of WGA West

September 19, 2017 (00:25) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

 

David A. Goodman, running unopposed, has been elected president of the WGA West, and Marjorie David, also running unopposed, has been elected vice president. Goodman got 1,952 votes, but David actually out-polled him, receiving 1,962 votes. Goodman succeeds Howard Rodman as president.

In the only contested officer race, Aaron Mendelsohn was elected secretary-treasurer, with 1,322, handily defeating board member Carleton Eastlake, who got 663 votes.

John August was the highest vote-getter in the race for nine seats on the board of directors. He got 1,634 votes, followed by Nicole Yorkin (1,561), incumbent Andrea Berloff (inc.) (1,510), incumbent Meredith Stiehm  (1,436), Angelina Burnett (1,337), incumbent Luvh Rakhe (1,337), Michele Mulroney (1,284), incumbent Zak Penn (1,172), and Patti Carr (1,096). The top eight vote-getters were elected to two-year terms, and Carr, finishing ninth, was elected to a one-year term to fill the vacancy created by David’s election as vice president. Spiro Skentzos with 920 votes and Francesca Butler with 734 finished out of the money.

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So Writers you can all West easy he’s a Goodman!  Huh?  But, but, but….

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Feds Find Merit in SAG-AFTRA Complaint About Spanish Broadcasting System Firings

September 13, 2017 (15:52) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

September 13, 2017 | 10:32AM PT

The National Labor Relations Board will move forward with a formal complaint on unfair labor practice charges filed by SAG-AFTRA against Spanish Broadcasting System for firing seven employees in retaliation for union activities.

The firings took place in March at two Los Angeles Spanish-language music stations, La Raza (KLAX/KXOL 97.9 FM) and Mega (96.3 FM). The employees had voted in August 2016, to join the union.

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “The National Labor Relations Board’s findings underscore what we have been saying all along: For nearly a year, SBS has failed to negotiate a fair contract with the union, and refuses to engage in good faith bargaining over economics, including wages. SBS’ blatant disregard for workers’ rights cannot and will not be tolerated. I want to thank all of the SAG-AFTRA members who stepped up and spoke up. Their passion for justice and their voices are an important part in this fight.”

SAG-AFTRA has accused SBS of failing to negotiate a fair contract with the union, and refusing to engage in good faith bargaining over economics, including wages. “SBS unlawfully fired seven of its unionized employees (25% of the workforce) in retaliation for their union activities, in an effort to decimate the Union; and unlawfully failed to give SAG-AFTRA an opportunity to bargain about the terminations,” the union said Wednesday.

The union said it has requested that the NLRB expeditiously issue a complaint, set a quick trial date, and go into federal district court to obtain an injunction to get the terminated employees back to work immediately.

SBS was defiant in its response on Wednesday. Chairman Raúl Alarcón Jr. said that the company will “vigorously defend itself against these false claims to the fullest extent permitted by the law.”

Alarcon also added, “I find it ironic that, at this critical juncture when Latino culture and its institutions are under relentless attack, the union has singled out for criticism the one truly national Hispanic media organization with an unblemished historical record of service to our community.”

SBS general counsel Richard D. Lara said, “It is unfortunate that SAG-AFTRA once again is resorting to blatant and transparent attempts at intimidating our company into accepting unfair contract demands. SBS has provided witness testimony and thousands of documents to the NLRB directly contradicting the outlandish SAG-AFTRA allegations concerning a handful of employees at our two L.A.-based radio stations, and we fully expect to prevail against these spurious claims.”

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Okay, it’s a dicey situation,  We’re all rooting for the Seven!     But at the same time aware of the lurking Snake eyes always ready to beat the crap-out of unionism!
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El Chicano’ Producer Joe Carnahan: Safety Rules “Followed To A T” Before Crash That Injured Stuntman

September 12, 2017 (17:23) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

EXCLUSIVE: El Chicano producer Joe Carnahan said that “all safety protocols were followed to the T” in the run-up to last week’s on-set accident in Calgary when a stunt car and a taco truck collided and sent another car crashing into the camera platform as the camera crew went scrambling. He said a cameraman’s claims that the shot was unsafe and poorly planned are “simply not true.”

Stunt Goes Wrong On ‘El Chicano’ Set In Calgary, Sends Camera Crew Scrambling

Stuntman Greg Harris was injured in the accident. “He was there to safety our director of photography,” Carnahan told Deadline. “He did his job. Greg happened to put a fire extinguisher at the bottom of the platform. When he jumped off the platform, he rolled his right knee. He’s back at work and was moving around on crutches the next day,” the producer said.

“I’m doing all right, I’m hanging in there, day by day,” Harris said, noting that he had to have surgery to reattach the quad and patella tendons to his knee. No one else was injured, but Harris’ quick thinking may have saved the film’s DP from serious injury.

The incident being investigated by actors union ACTRA Alberta and IATSE Local 669, which represents the film’s crew.

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The scene called for a stunt car to crash into a taco truck, which would then be tipped over on its side by an air cannon. But instead of flipping, the taco truck bounced back up on its wheels and careened into a catch car that had been positioned in front of the camera platform as a safety barrier. The catch car then crashed into the camera platform. It happened in seconds.

Looking through the narrow view of his camera lens, the DP couldn’t see that the stunt had gone wrong, but they’d planned for that contingency. Before the stunt, Harris told the DP that if he felt a tug on his shirt, it meant that something was wrong and should jump from the platform.

“I had my right hand gripped on his shirt, and when the van came, I pulled him off the platform and made him jump with me,” Harris said. “He was still looking through his lens. I pulled on his shirt, and as I was in the air, I grabbed him by the arm and threw him to the side. The catch car hit the table, and the table hit me.”

Stumbling to regain his balance, Harris fell to the ground, landing on his back on the fire extinguisher he’d placed to the side of the platform in case the taco truck ignited. His torn knee, he laughed, “didn’t hurt as much as my back. I put a fire extinguisher where no one would fall on it, and I fell on it. I set my own trap up.”

The director of photography, he said, appreciated his efforts. “The DP didn’t even have a scratch. I got injured, but my job was to protect him. He sent me bottles of wine, which helps with the healing process.”

Harris says he doesn’t consider himself a hero, but that’s what all heroes say.

He and Carnahan both are angry, however, at the camera operator who, in the wake of the accident, claimed on social media that the stunt was too dangerous and that he had “total reservations” about filming it but went ahead with it anyway, despite his better judgment. Posting on Facebook, the cameraman thanked a quick-thinking dolly grip for pulling him to safety and “saving my ass.”

“I have seen people die on set, and yet, in the given circumstances, I felt that I was expected to do the shot as planned and was assured by all the people above me that we were following all protocols,” the camera operator wrote. “Post-crash, I was furious with production for putting me in that position. I had to demand that they actually debrief the accident before moving on and continuing to shoot. It was completely crazy.”

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Carnahan, who posted footage of the accident on Instagram – which since has been taken down – said that simply is not true. “He was not meant to shoot this scene until the truck wound up on its side. He put himself in harm’s way. The safety protocol that we had in place went off flawlessly. The stunt did not, but that happens. There’s an investigation underway.”

He said that “we were doubly, doubly vigilant” in the wake of recent on-set accidents that took the lives of stuntman John Bernecker on The Walking Dead and stuntwoman Joi “S.J.” Harris on Deadpool 2.

“If I thought we’d done anything wrong, I wouldn’t have posted it to social media,” he said of the footage showing the accident. “It was intended to show how brave and tough and undervalued stunt people are. Never did I think it was going to be unwound into this accusatory thing.”

Deadline has obtained the footage, but copyright law prohibits its publication without the permission of its owner. Callahan declined to give that permission because of the ongoing investigation.

Harris, who has 25 years of experience as a stuntman, said he was “was extremely shocked” by the cameraman’s Facebook posting.

“If he was at the same safety meeting I was at, he would have known that he was not supposed to go in until the stunt was over, after the van flipped over on its side. He was supposed to come in with his Steadicam and show the driver in the truck, but instead he came in before the cars even crashed. He didn’t cause the accident, but saying he was in danger – he shouldn’t have even been there. No one was supposed to be there. That’s the part that made me angry. It was his fault he shouldn’t have been there. But he went online saying all these negative things about everyone. I’m the one who was injured, and I’m not blaming anyone. There’s always a chance that something could go wrong. Once in a blue moon you get a freak accident, and this is one of them.”

The cameraman is no longer with the production. El Chicano is being directed by Ben Bray and stars George Lopez, Raúl Castillo, Aimee Garcia and Kate Del Castillo.

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Hmmm…Doesn’t the word Tragedy begin with the letter…well you get the idea.

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Stunt Goes Wrong On ‘El Chicano’ Set In Calgary, Sends Camera Crew Scrambling

September 11, 2017 (16:50) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

by David Robb
September 11, 2017 3:35pm

EXCLUSIVE: An accident on the set of U.S. indie El Chicano in Calgary sent a camera crew scrambling for their lives last week when a stunt car traveling in reverse crashed into a taco truck, sending the larger vehicle careening into their camera platform. The incident being investigated by actors union ACTRA Alberta and IATSE Local 669, which represents the film’s crew.

Footage of Wednesday’s accident was posted to social media but has been taken down.

The film’s production company won’t say if anyone was hurt, but quick thinking by a colleague might have saved a camera operator from serious injury. “Have to thank my dolly grip for saving my ass,” the operator wrote on Facebook.

After the accident, the camera operator posted on Facebook that he had “total reservations” about filming the stunt but went ahead with it despite his better judgment. “I have seen people die on set, and yet, in the given circumstances, I felt that I was expected to do the shot as planned and was assured by all the people above me that we were following all protocols. Post-crash, I was furious with production for putting me in that position. I had to demand that they actually debrief the accident before moving on and continuing to shoot. It was completely crazy.

He continued: “And for all the people who say, ‘Oh, you can say no,’ or refuse to work, the people on our team who declined to work were personally emailed by production to be chastised for their ‘negative impact on the show.’ It’s systemic. It has to change. An independent safety officer should have to sign off on all stunts. That stunt was all about math gone wrong – basic stuff that seems so obvious in hindsight, but not so in the immediate moment.”

The accident, he added, “was a strong reminder that we have to say NO to dangerous situations.”

IMDb; Joi Harris via Facebook

The accident highlights the dangers that camera crews face on film sets. The last two stunt-related deaths have both been stunt performers — John Bernnecker in July on The Walking Dead in Atlanta and Joi “S.J.” Harris on Deadpool 2 last month in British Columbia – but far more camera operators have been killed on film and TV productions in recent years than stunt performers. In the decade before 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed on the Georgia set of Midnight Rider in 2014, more than four times as many camera department personnel had been killed making movies and TV shows than stunt performers.

A production manager for El Chicano declined comment. The film is being directed by Ben Bray and stars George Lopez, Raúl Castillo, Aimee Garcia and Kate Del Castillo.

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Whew!  Pulling off a stunt is one thing but if it means possibly pulling out the plug on someone’s life that definitely another!!

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Mike Hodge, ‘Law & Order’ Actor and SAG-AFTRA New York Local President, Dies at 70

September 10, 2017 (20:31) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

September 10, 2017 | 05:54PM PT

Mike Hodge, the president of the SAG-AFTRA New York local, died on Saturday night. He was 70.

Hodge was a longtime union activist and was re-elected last month as president of the local chapter. Rebecca Damon, first VP of the New York local, made the announcement Sunday night on her Facebook page, writing:

Mike Hodge was a powerful unionist, a remarkable leader, and more than anything, a great friend, colleague, and mentor. He led our local through several challenging years and into the momentous merger. He built on that powerful foundation to bring cohesion and stability to our local and helped build the industry economy on which New York members’ careers now thrive. His vision and leadership made us stronger and justifiably prouder. Alongside the pain of losing Mike, I urge us all to remember his extraordinary achievements on behalf of SAG-AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild before it.

Hodge first won a SAG national board seat in 2001 and was elected New York division president in 2010. Hodge’s acting included recurring work on “Law & Order” and “Fringe,”  as well as film, commercial, and stage work, including four Broadway shows.

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a message to board members: “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you of the sudden and unexpected passing of our dear friend and much beloved colleague Mike Hodge,” she wrote to the union’s leaders yesterday evening. “Mike was an incredible advocate for SAG-AFTRA members since he first joined SAG’s New York board back in 2001. Through nearly 16 years of service, we came to know his wit, his generous nature and his insight. Mike had a deep love for the work we do as performers and enjoyed every character he brought to life on stage, television or film. We all relied on his kindness and his vibrant spirit to help guide us as we focused on the union and its members.”

“It is painful to think that the gentle giant whom we so admired and loved is no more, but I personally take comfort in the thought that, as Mike would say, we will see each other again. Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time,” Carteris concluded. “We will provide an address for condolences shortly aOnd I will share information on memorial services and arrangements as soon as that is available.”

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Sad News indeed.  Our condolences to his family.

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