SAG-AFTRA Promotes Franklin Sablan To Executive Director Of Equity & Inclusion – Deadline

SAG-AFTRA has expanded its equity and inclusion department, promoting Franklin Sablan to the newly created position of executive director of equity & inclusion and upping Ellen Huang to national director of equity & inclusion programming and engagement and Grace Allen to senior manager of equity & inclusion policy compliance. Sablan, who starts his new job … Read more

Hollywood Unions, Producers Working To Extend Covid Protocols Amid Omicron Surge – Deadline

Hollywood’s Covid safety protocols, which had been set to expire over the weekend, are being extended on a day-to-day basis as labor and management continue to work out details for a formal extension – the first since the highly infectious Omicron variant has led to a worldwide surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. A formal … Read more

Tom Hanks Comedy ‘A Man Called Ove’ Finds Director Ahead Of 2022 Shoot – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Finding Neverland, World War Z and The Kite Runner director Marc Forster has been set to direct Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the anticipated U.S. adaptation of Swedish comedy hit A Man Called Ove, we can reveal. Two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (Life Of Pi) is scripting the project and re-uniting with Forster after their collaboration on acclaimed … Read more

Fremantle U.S. Signs Up FilmRise’s Trey Durst As Director,Distribution – Deadline

Fremantle U.S. has signed up FilmRise VP, Digital Content Programming Trey Durst as Director of Distribution. Reporting to Lisa Honig, Senior EVP Distribution North America, New York-based Durst will focus on Fremantle’s growing AVoD and Free Ad-Supported TV (FAST) business as well as having responsibility for the traditional side of the global producer-distributor’s offering. Durst … Read more

BBC Director General Tim Davie:Licence Fee Deal Leaves $400M Shortfall – Deadline

BBC Director General Tim Davie has said yesterday’s licence fee settlement will leave the public broadcaster with a shortfall of £285M ($390M) in 2027/2028 and needing to save around $1.5BN (£2.1BN) across the next five years. The corporation still has to separately make around $1BN (£1.4BN) in savings but, while still hefty, the figure will … Read more

Covid Test Positivity In L.A. Falls 20% As Hospitalizations Skyrocket – Deadline

In what may be the first sign of the beginning of the end of the Omicron surge in Los Angeles, the 7-day average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus has fallen dramatically in the past week. Test positivity is considered a better measure of the rate of spread than raw case counts … Read more

Novak Djokovic Could Be Barred From French, Spanish Opens As Well – Deadline

Just days after missing the Australian Open and being deported from Australia because he was unvaccinated, Novak Djokovic, found out he may be barred from the next Grand Slam tournament on the tennis calendar, as well. A new vaccine pass law was approved France’s parliament on Sunday. It will require proof of vaccination to enter … Read more

Read Tracey Scott Wilson’s Screenplay For Aretha Biopic – Deadline

Editors note: Deadline’s Read the Screenplay series debuts and celebrates the scripts of films that will be factors in this year’s movie awards race. When it came to encapsulating the epic life, prodigious talent and seismic impact of the iconic Aretha Franklin, the creative team behind Respect had a massive tapestry from which to draw. But … Read more

CNN Stage Manager Jay Conroy Dead, Network Pays Tribute With Video – Deadline

CNN anchors Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow paid emotional tribute to stage manager Jay Conroy, who died over the weekend, with Sciutto calling him “a deeply special person” who, among other things, shepherded the news staff to safety during a 2018 bomb threat. Watch the tribute below. Details of Conroy’s death, including cause and exact … Read more

Elliot Page Boards Italian Gender Transition Doc ‘Into My Name’ – Deadline

Actor, producer and activist Elliot Page has boarded 2022 Berlin Film Festival title Into My Name (Nel Mio Nome), directed by Italian filmmaker Nicolò Bassetti, as an executive producer. The film, which premieres in Berlin’s Panorama program, is a feature documentary telling a coming-of-age story of four friends who share important turning points in their lives … Read more