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Details Of New IATSE Contract That Averted Strike: “Strongest Contract We Have Achieved In Our History,” Says Union – Updated

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Details Of New IATSE Contract That Averted Strike: “Strongest Contract We Have Achieved In Our History,” Says Union – Updated
(Updated with more IATSE statements & details) IATSE appears to have gotten much of what it was asking for in a deal with the AMPTP that averted a nationwide strike, including more rest between workdays, a significant investment in the health and pension plans, improved wages and working conditions on streaming shows.

“This is a Hollywood ending,” said IATSE International President Matt Loeb after news of the agreement (revealed exclusively by Deadline) became public. “Our members stood firm. We are tough and united,” he added with a full brief coming for all members before they vote on ratifying the deal. “We went toe to toe with some of the richest and most powerful entertainment and tech companies in the world, and we have now reached an agreement with the AMPTP that meets our members’ needs.”

The leadership of Local 800 went for ever greater blunt brevity

“Hands down this is the strongest
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Art Directors Guild “Wholeheartedly” Urges Members To Approve IATSE Strike Authorization

Art Directors Guild “Wholeheartedly” Urges Members To Approve IATSE Strike Authorization
The Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800, is “wholeheartedly” urging its members to authorize a strike against film and TV production companies all across the country. The leadership of all three IATSE locals with national jurisdiction – the Art Directors Guild, the International Cinematographers Guild and the Editors Guild – have now gone on record recommending that their members authorize a strike in voting that begins on Friday.

Editors Guild Urges Members To “Overwhelmingly” Approve IATSE Strike Authorization

A resolution approved by the Art Directors Guild’s board of directors states:

Whereas, the IATSE International Bargaining Committee has asked its membership to vote to authorize a strike; and

Whereas, the AMPTP has refused to consider our proposals for a living wage, reasonable rest, and sustainable benefits; and

Whereas, the successful acquisition of such a contract will greatly benefit our membership, our future membership, and ensure dignity at the sunset of all of our
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IATSE Leaders Say “Now Is The Time To Change The Culture Of Our Work Places” As Union Gears Up For Strike-Authorization Vote

IATSE Leaders Say “Now Is The Time To Change The Culture Of Our Work Places” As Union Gears Up For Strike-Authorization Vote
IATSE president Matthew Loeb and the presidents 13 Hollywood locals, saying that “now is the time to change the culture of our work places,” issued a joint statement Tuesday urging members to authorize a nationwide strike against film and TV production companies.

The union leaders said that the strike-authorization vote, which will be held October 1-3, “will empower our negotiators to secure a fair deal.”

“We each have witnessed first-hand the physical and emotional suffering our members and their loved ones endure as a result of punishing and unrealistic schedules, and lack of rest or meal breaks,” they said. “We have repeatedly seen the economic impact of inadequate rates for members who do not make a living wage, and the discounted ‘New Media’ pay rates that subsidize mature and profitable streaming businesses.

“Now is the time to change the culture of our work places. We fully support our members who demand safe and sane working conditions,
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Art Directors Guild Sets 2022 Date For Adg Awards

Art Directors Guild Sets 2022 Date For Adg Awards
The Art Directors Guild has set Saturday, March 5, 2022, for its 26th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. The location will be confirmed at a later date.

Adg President Nelson Coates and Ad Council Chair Mark Worthington today also set the timeline for the awards, which celebrate excellence in production design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, animated features and music videos.

The 25th annual Adg Awards took place as a reimagined virtual show due to the pandemic, on April 10, 2021, with Mank, Tenet and Da 5 Bloods taking top film honors.

The 2021-2022 timeline:

Submissions Open for TV & Feature Film at http://www.adg.org

Mon, Oct. 4, 2021

Submissions for TV Close

Mon, Nov. 8, 2021

Submissions for Feature Films Close

Mon, Dec. 20, 2021

Online Voting for TV & Feature Film Nominations Begins

Mon, Dec. 27, 2021

Online Voting for All Nominations Ends

Fri, Jan. 21, 2022 (5Pm Pt)

Nominations Announced

Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Final Online Voting Begins

Thurs, Feb. 3, 2022

Final Online Voting Ends

Thurs,
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‘In The Heights’ Production Designer Nelson Coates on Neighborhood Locations and the Gravity-Defying Set

‘In The Heights’ Production Designer Nelson Coates on Neighborhood Locations and the Gravity-Defying Set
Reteaming with his Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, production designer Nelson Coates canvassed the streets of New York’s Washington Heights to find the ideal locations for In the Heights, the Warner Bros. production based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage musical of the same name. Some of the locations were also the basis for expansive sets built at the Marcy Armory in Brooklyn — included the one for “When the Sun Goes Down,” the gravity-defying performance by Leslie Grace (Nina) and Corey Hawkins (Benny).

A key filming location was the intersection for the film’s central bodega operated by Usnavi (Anthony ...
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‘In the Heights’: Production Designing the Latin Neighborhood as a Playground for Each Musical Number

‘In the Heights’: Production Designing the Latin Neighborhood as a Playground for Each Musical Number
When production designer Nelson Coates first saw Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” Broadway musical in 2008, he was so “blown away” that he immediately bought tickets to two more performances. He vowed to be a part of any movie adaption of this Latin celebration of music, dance, and community in Washington Heights. But he played coy during the making of “Crazy Rich Asians,” when director Jon M. Chu asked if he’d like to join him on “In the Heights.” “I didn’t tell him how much I really wanted the job until we did the series, ‘Home Before Dark,’ when he said: ‘You dork.'”

But their previous collaboration on the Asian-American rom-com hit proved to be a valuable springboard for transforming Washington Heights into a playground for each musical number. Only the amount of detail was staggering and a lot more complex, as they incorporated influences from the Dominican Republic,
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‘In the Heights’: How Cinematographer Alice Brooks Captured a Hollywood Musical on Location

‘In the Heights’: How Cinematographer Alice Brooks Captured a Hollywood Musical on Location
Twenty years ago, while still students at the University of Southern California, cinematographer Alice Brooks and director Jon M. Chu worked on his thesis short film, “When the Kids Are Away,” a musical honoring motherhood that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003. That early partnership set the foundation for a creative affinity that has reached its greatest expression to date with “In the Heights,” Chu’s cinematic adaptation of the Latino-centered, Broadway hit penned by storytelling prodigies Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alagría Hudes.

Featuring 30 dancers and filmed in South Pasadena, California, “When the Kids Are Away” required Brooks to use a crane and shut down a street for the first time in her career. Now, two decades later, “In the Heights” showcases scenes with up to 300 dancers; instead of trees in SoCal, the George Washington Bridge frames the NYC spectacle.

Brooks and Chu honed their collaboration with other musically themed projects,
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How ‘In The Heights’ Production Designer Nelson Coates Constructed the Neighborhood

How ‘In The Heights’ Production Designer Nelson Coates Constructed the Neighborhood
In the Heights” production designer Nelson Coates had an important task from Lin-Manuel Miranda: The bodegas for the film adaptation of the stage show needed to be located east of Broadway, “because that was a historic Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban neighborhood.”

Anything west of that would be predominantly Irish, Russian or Jewish. The last thing director Jon M. Chu and Miranda wanted was to shoot anywhere but in the Heights. The film centers on the vibrant Washington Heights community and follows bodega owner Usnavi, played by Anthony Ramos, who dreams of a better life and returning to the Dominican Republic. Corey Hawkins (Benny), Leslie Grace (Nina), Melissa Barrera (Vanessa), Olga Merediz (Abuela Claudia) and Daphne Rubin-Vega (Daniela) also star.

Coates breaks down how he built the neighborhood seen in the movie, out June 11 in theaters and on HBO Max.

Building the Intersection

“Audubon Avenue, which runs from West
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‘In the Heights’ to Screen at Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

‘In the Heights’ to Screen at Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
Jon M. Chu’s “In the Heights” will screen at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival with a special preview on June 4 at Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theatre.

The film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical will screen five days before the Tribeca Film Festival.

“We cannot wait to share this incredible film with our audience as part of this year’s festival,” said Edward James Olmos, founder of the Latino Film Institute. “’In the Heights’ celebrates the Latino culture and allows us to continue to support our mission of providing a platform of stories that are told by us and for us. We are equally excited to partner with such a renowned film festival like Tribeca and we know that this will be a partnership that will flourish over the years.”

In addition, Laliff and Tribeca will partner as a celebration of their 20th anniversaries.

“Congratulations
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Nelson Coates Re-elected President Of Art Directors Guild

Nelson Coates Re-elected President Of Art Directors Guild
Nelson Coates has been reelected president of the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800. Coates, who ran unopposed, was first elected to the post in 2015.

“I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to continue leading the Art Directors Guild – one of the most creative and influential Locals in the entertainment business,” said Coates, the production designer on Crazy Rich Asians and Apple TV+’s The Morning Show. “Championing the talents of our 3,000 members, addressing the unprecedented industry challenges and changes brought about by the pandemic, fostering member diversity, equity and inclusion, and striving to keep Adg members at the forefront of technological advances are but a few of the many areas of continued focus. I am excited about the direction of the Adg and look forward to what we can accomplished over the course of the next three years.”

Art director/set designer Jim Wallis was reelected vice
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‘Tenet’ and ‘Mank’ Win Top Honors at Art Directors Guild Awards

‘Tenet’ and ‘Mank’ Win Top Honors at Art Directors Guild Awards
David Fincher’s “Mank” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” were among the winners at the Art Directors Guild Awards on Saturday night — both are also Oscar nominees for best production design.

In a hybrid ceremony, the Adg (IATSE Local 800) awarded 11 categories across television, film, music videos and commercials.

Other winners included, “Da 5 Bloods” (Wynn Thomas), and “Soul” (Steve Pilcher).

In the television category, “The Mandalorian: Chapter 13: The Jedi,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” and “What We Do in the Shadows: Resurrection” were all recognized.

Comedian Jb Smoove, co-star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” served as the evening’s host, entertaining a global audience. Nelson Coates, Adg president, and Mark Worthington, art directors council chair, presided over the awards ceremony.

“I’m grateful we were able to share our open awards event with all of our members, their families, friends, and coworkers this year,” producer Scott Moses said. “The show
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Ryan Murphy To Receive Art Directors Guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award

Ryan Murphy To Receive Art Directors Guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award
Ryan Murphy will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award at the 25th Annual Adg Awards on April 10.

The Adg’s Cinematic Imagery Award is given to those whose body of work in the film and television industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the viewer’s experience.

“Ryan Murphy is a visionary whose impact spans a wide spectrum of film, television, and streaming projects, all the while creating memorable, visual story telling experiences as one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful writers-directors-producers,” said Adg President Nelson Coates in a statement. “His imagination and consistent emphasis on high production values have fostered the creation of worlds that will have lasting impact on the visual lexicon of entertainment for years to come. He personifies the very concept of cinematic imagery. The Adg is thrilled to recognize Murphy’s tremendous contributions to the art of narrative design.”

Ryan
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Ryan Murphy to Receive Cinematic Imagery Award From Art Directors Guild

Ryan Murphy to Receive Cinematic Imagery Award From Art Directors Guild
The Art Directors Guild will award Ryan Murphy with the Cinematic Imagery Award at its upcoming 25th Adg Awards. “The Prom” director will be honored in a ceremony on April 10.

“Ryan Murphy is a visionary whose impact spans a wide spectrum of film, television, and streaming projects, all the while creating memorable, visual storytelling experiences as one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful writers-directors-producers,” Adg president Nelson Coates said in a statement. “His imagination and consistent emphasis on high production values have fostered the creation of worlds that will have a lasting impact on the visual lexicon of entertainment for years to come.”

The Adg’s Cinematic Imagery Award is given to those whose body of work in the film and TV industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the viewer’s experience. Previous recipients have been Chuck Lorre, Rob Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Brad Bird, David O. Russell,
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Ryan Murphy to Be Honored by Art Directors Guild

Ryan Murphy to Be Honored by Art Directors Guild
Ryan Murphy will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award at the 25th Adg Awards, which will be handed out on April 10 during a virtual presentation.

The multi-hyphenate and six-time Emmy winner is the originator of programs including American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Pose, Hollywood, Feud, Glee, and The New Normal. Most recently, he helmed the feature adaptation of the Broadway musical The Prom.

“Ryan Murphy is a visionary whose impact spans a wide spectrum of film, television, and streaming projects, all the while creating memorable, visual storytelling experiences as one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful writers-directors-producers,” said Adg president Nelson Coates in a released statement. “His imagination ...
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Roy Christopher Dies: Emmy-Winning Production Designer & Art Director Was 85

Roy Christopher Dies: Emmy-Winning Production Designer & Art Director Was 85
Roy Christopher, a 10-time Emmy winning production designer and art director whose credits include decades of work on Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards broadcasts, died of natural causes Tuesday, Feb. 2, at his home in West Hollywood. He was 85.

His death was confirmed by the Television Academy.

Art Directors Guild Nelson Coates said in a statement, “Roy Christopher was a legendary designer and gentleman who consistently raised the bar for excellence in production design through his career and by mentoring the next generation of designers. He was a major influencer on popular culture and the visual presentation of our industry to the world.”

In addition to the awards ceremony broadcasts, Christopher’s extensive roster of credits include art direction for all seasons of Welcome Back, Kotter, Wings, the original Murphy Brown, Frasier and Becker. Production design credits include many of those series in addition to Just Shoot Me!, American Playhouse,
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Roy Christopher, Famed Production Designer Behind Tony Awards, Oscars and ‘Murphy Brown,’ Dies at 85

Roy Christopher, Famed Production Designer Behind Tony Awards, Oscars and ‘Murphy Brown,’ Dies at 85
Roy Christopher, the multiple Emmy-winning production designer behind numerous awards shows as well as “Murphy Brown,” “Frasier,” and “Wings,” died on Feb. 2. He was 85.

A rep confirmed to Variety that Christopher died in his sleep.

Nelson Coates, President of the Art Director’s Guild said, “Roy Christopher was a legendary designer & gentleman who consistently raised the bar for excellence in production design through his career and by mentoring of the next generation of designers. He was a major influencer on popular culture and the visual presentation of our industry to the world.”

After graduating from California State University Fresno in 1957, Christopher began his career as an art director, working on “The Name of the Game” in 1970. That same year, he would work on “Jack Benny’s 20th Anniversary TV Special,” and in 1979, Christopher landed the job of art director at the Oscars, creating the concept design behind the 51st Annual Academy Awards.
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Art Directors Guild Leaders Say AMPTP To Blame For Delay In Getting Back To Work

Art Directors Guild Leaders Say AMPTP To Blame For Delay In Getting Back To Work
Leaders of the Art Directors Guild are blaming management’s AMPTP for the delay in finalizing procedures for a safe return to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On July 24, the Art Directors Guild – IATSE Local 800 – released its own protocols “in the absence of an industry-wide agreement” with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and in a letter to his members last week, Chuck Parker, the guild’s national executive director, said that “there is still no agreement.”

“We, the united joint-union side of this negotiation, are not slowing this process down,” he told his members. “There are critically important details that the Employer must take responsibility for: testing, supplying the necessary PPE, safe travel and scouting protocols, provisions for paid sick leave that incentivizes not coming to work when ill and symptomatic, everything that is involved in providing a safe working environment. It is you, the members of the IATSE,
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Art Directors Guild Issues Protocols For Safe Return To Work “In Absence Of An Industry-Wide Agreement” With AMPTP And Commercial Producers

Art Directors Guild Issues Protocols For Safe Return To Work “In Absence Of An Industry-Wide Agreement” With AMPTP And Commercial Producers
The Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800, has released its key recommendations and protocols for a safe return to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

“In the ongoing absence of an industry-wide agreement with either the AMPTP covering filmed entertainment, or the Aicp for commercial production, the Art Directors Guild has released their set of key recommendations and protocols for adoption in the workplace,” the Adg said. “These recommendations are intended to address the day to day experience of Adg members and are supplemental to the Industry-Wide White Paper, and the Safe Way Forward with respect to testing and department-specific protocols related to employees represented by DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters and the Basic Crafts.”

Read about all the protocols here.

“We are extremely encouraged by progress being made in industry-wide talks with employers,” said Nelson Coates, the guild’s president. “Considering that commercial production continues, and other forms of film & television prep
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‘Home Before Dark’ Production Designers Help Director Jon M. Chu Reveal Truth in Apple TV Plus Series

‘Home Before Dark’ Production Designers Help Director Jon M. Chu Reveal Truth in Apple TV Plus Series
The thing that appealed to director Jon M. Chu about “Home Before Dark,” the new series from Apple TV Plus, is that it’s a family show about the importance of truth and journalism.

“We teach kids to tell the truth, and yet we lie to them,” says Chu of the show, based on the true story of 9-year-old Hilde Lysiak, who sought to uncover the facts behind a murder in her hometown. “I thought this little girl’s relationship with her father [Matt, played by Jim Sturgess] is interesting. He was a journalist at one point, and he taught her everything she knows.” However, Chu marries fact with fiction to tell the narrative. As played by Brooklynn Prince (“The Florida Project”), Hilde isn’t just investigating a murder but digging into a long-ago kidnapping that has haunted her father since he witnessed it as a child.

Chu, who recently became a father to a little girl,
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Production Designer Nelson Coates On Building The Perfect Town Setting for ‘Home Before Dark’

Production Designer Nelson Coates On Building The Perfect Town Setting for ‘Home Before Dark’
When director Jon M. Chu needed to build the sets for Apple TV’s “Home Before Dark” he called on longtime collaborator Nelson Coates.

The show is inspired by the real-life story of Hidle Lysiak, the young journalist who stumbles across a crime scene and scoops the town paper on a murder investigation. Lysiak’s story took place in a small town in Pennslyvania, but the show was shot in Vancouver.

“We set it in a small fishing town in the Pacific North West,” Coates says. The idea was to set the story in a small town that had both a feeling of remoteness and visual intrigue.

Writers Hillary Cunin, Dana Fox and Dara Resnik had initially envisioned a small town with a lake, but despite scouting, the team couldn’t find one. Coates show them the town of Steveston. “It had fisheries and everyone got excited when I explained
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