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Strike dodged with deal between film and TV crews, studios

Oct. 16, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 11th-hour deal was reached Saturday, averting a strike of film and television crews that would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs and would have frozen productions in Hollywood and across the U.S. After days of...

Film TV workers union says strike to start next week

Oct. 13, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing film and television crews says its 60,000 members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday if it does not reach a deal that satisfies demands for fair and safe working conditions. A strike would bring a...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the looming Hollywood strike?

Oct. 07, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

A major Hollywood strike could be on the horizon for some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers in the entertainment industry. Over the weekend, members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IASTE) overwhelmingly voted in favor of authorizing a nationwide strike for the...

Pandemic safety plays role in New Mexico films

Sep. 19, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s film industry has come roaring back to life this year and it has so far managed to avoid significant COVID-19 outbreaks. Many credit the stringent protocols put in place by the industry, the Albuquerque Journal reported. ...

Film financier gets 13 years in prison for $60M fraud scheme

Sep. 14, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man claiming to be a film financier was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison for running a scheme to steal over $60 million from investors and producers seeking financing for movies and Broadway shows. Benjamin Forrest McConley, 39, was...

Hallmark movies key in a big year for N.C. film production

Aug. 29, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hallmark Channel movies are playing a key role in what's expected to be a big year for North Carolina’s film industry, according to a newspaper report. With film productions expected to bring a record-setting $409 million to the state in 2021,...

New owners to renovate the Mescal Movie Set east of Tucson

Aug. 15, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Telling tales of life in the Wild West was all in a day’s work for the folks behind the Mescal Movie Set east of Tucson. The filming location, a lot of 27 structures that until recently served as an extension of Old Tucson, played host to more...

Producer brings Hallmark romance to Tampa Bay movie sets

Aug. 01, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Asked if she is a romantic, Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt stoically replied, “I guess.” But when asked about her husband, Schmidt’s business-like demeanor softened. “He is the man of my dreams,” the 64-year-old Citrus...

New Mexico marks record year of spending by film industry

Jul. 19, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Despite the coronavirus pandemic that led to a shutdown for months in film production, the show did go on in New Mexico. The New Mexico Film Office announced Monday that this fiscal year, which began in July 2020, broke records in the state with...