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The news that Richard Brick passed away at age 68 is sad news for me, and the Gotham production community. Back when I was covering the New York production business closely, Brick became the film commissioner in 1992 under David Dinkins. This was right after New York went through a devastating production boycott by major studios that refused to shoot in the city until the unions agreed to help them make the location less expensive by becoming more reasonable on issues like overtime, staffing requirements and other issues. Brick, a Columbia U grad and a New York guy through and through, came in after being line producer on such films as Silkwood, Ragtime and Places In The Heart. His knowledge of how movies actually got made and his tireless energy made him an important player at a pivotal time. That included streamlining the permitting process. Related: R.I.P. Richard Brick Under »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Richard Brick, a producer, Directors Guild of America official and former New York City Film Commissioner, died Wednesday. He was 68.
Brick also became the first commissioner of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting in 1992 under Mayor David Dinkins, who appointed him to draw back major movie and TV production at a time when those productions were leaving in search of less expensive locations. He served in that post until 1994.
“Richard spent years in service to his fellow members, advocating passionately on behalf of his assistant director and unit production manager colleagues,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “As a former New York City film commissioner, Richard had a unique perspective about the needs of our members within the broader entertainment community, giving him valuable »
- Dave McNary
Downton Abbey's Lady Cora on her other life as the singer with Sadie and the Hotheads and why she can't act like a lady on the road
As Elizabeth McGovern outlines her itinerary for the past two weeks, one is tempted to commiserate with her: Basingstoke, Basildon, Bradford, Stevenage. It shouldn't happen to a 52-year-old actress once nominated for an Oscar and seen most recently as Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey. But if it has been a privation touring with Sadie and the Hotheads, a seven-piece blues-folk band of which she is lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter, then she is skilled at hiding it.
"We're having the time of our lives!" says McGovern and it's clear she means it. "We are all in a splitter van and sharing rooms at Travelodges; this isn't the luxury rock star tour, but that's part of the fun. You know, »
- Tim Lewis
3 items from 2014
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