Off-Broadway Designers Agree On First-Ever Contract

The Off-Broadway League and United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829, have agreed to terms on an inaugural contract covering off-Broadway designers. If ratified by members, the three-year deal will go into effect in July.
More than 4,300 members comprise Local USA 829, made up of artists and designers working in film, theater, opera, ballet, TV, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions. Costume designer Colleen Atwood, a Local USA 829 member, won the Oscar this…

The Off-Broadway League and United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829, have agreed to terms on an inaugural contract covering off-Broadway designers. If ratified by members, the three-year deal will go into effect in July. More than 4,300 members comprise Local USA 829, made up of artists and designers working in film, theater, opera, ballet, TV, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions. Costume designer Colleen Atwood, a Local USA 829 member, won the Oscar this…

Zero Gravity Management Signs ‘Major Crimes’ & ‘The Closer’ Veterans Phillip P. Keene & Robert Gossett

Zero Gravity Management has signed one current and one former Major Crimes cast member: Phillip P. Keene, who co-stars as Buzz Watson on the TNT drama, and Robert Gossett, who played LAPD Deputy Chief Russell Taylor until last year.
Both also were seven-season regulars on TNT’s The Closer, from which Major Crimes was spun off in 2011. The Major Crimes season finale will air April 12, and the series already has been renewed for Season 6.
Keene has been kept busy doing…

Zero Gravity Management has signed one current and one former Major Crimes cast member: Phillip P. Keene, who co-stars as Buzz Watson on the TNT drama, and Robert Gossett, who played LAPD Deputy Chief Russell Taylor until last year. Both also were seven-season regulars on TNT’s The Closer, from which Major Crimes was spun off in 2011. The Major Crimes season finale will air April 12, and the series already has been renewed for Season 6. Keene has been kept busy doing…

‘UnReal’: Brandon Jay McLaren Set To Recur In Season 3

Brandon Jay McLaren (Ransom) has booked a heavily recurring role in Season 3 of Lifetime‘s critically praised series UnReal.
McLaren will play Dr. Simon, an excellent psychologist brought in by Quinn to work on “Everlasting” this season. He’s a former corporate crisis counselor who is known as a bit of a “fixer.” Great at his job, he is professional and more ethical than Dr. Wagerstein. After a career setback, he is determined to remain above the chaos of the show – but…

Brandon Jay McLaren (Ransom) has booked a heavily recurring role in Season 3 of Lifetime's critically praised series UnReal. McLaren will play Dr. Simon, an excellent psychologist brought in by Quinn to work on "Everlasting" this season. He's a former corporate crisis counselor who is known as a bit of a "fixer." Great at his job, he is professional and more ethical than Dr. Wagerstein. After a career setback, he is determined to remain above the chaos of the show – but…

Former Axium Payroll CEO Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Not Paying Taxes On Stolen Millions

John Visconti, the 74-year-old former CEO of Axium International, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for defrauding the IRS by failing to report millions of dollars he embezzled from the company. U.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal also ordered him to pay $1.75 million in restitution to the IRS.
In its heyday, Axium was one of the largest payroll services companies serving the entertainment industry, and its client list included studios, Fortune 500…

John Visconti, the 74-year-old former CEO of Axium International, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for defrauding the IRS by failing to report millions of dollars he embezzled from the company. U.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal also ordered him to pay $1.75 million in restitution to the IRS. In its heyday, Axium was one of the largest payroll services companies serving the entertainment industry, and its client list included studios, Fortune 500…

‘Sharp Objects’: Eliza Scanlen Cast In HBO’s Amy Adams Series

Eliza Scanlen (Home and Away) is set for a lead role opposite Amy Adams in HBO‘s eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects, from Entertainment One.
Written by Marti Noxon based on the book by Gillian Flynn and directed by Jean Marc Vallée, Sharp Objects centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams). Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological…

Eliza Scanlen (Home and Away) is set for a lead role opposite Amy Adams in HBO's eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects, from Entertainment One. Written by Marti Noxon based on the book by Gillian Flynn and directed by Jean Marc Vallée, Sharp Objects centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams). Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological…

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Hong Kong-Based Ivanhoe Merge; China Private Equity Fund Takes Position

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, the independent film finance and production company behind this year’s Academy Award Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water, and Hong Kong-based Ivanhoe Pictures have merged to form SK Global. SKE Chairman/CEO Sidney Kimmel and Ivanhoe Pictures Chairman Robert Friedland, who will be Co-Chairmen of SK Global will now join to produce and finance film and television content. In addition, China-focused private equity fund and prominent investment…

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, the independent film finance and production company behind this year’s Academy Award Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water, and Hong Kong-based Ivanhoe Pictures have merged to form SK Global. SKE Chairman/CEO Sidney Kimmel and Ivanhoe Pictures Chairman Robert Friedland, who will be Co-Chairmen of SK Global will now join to produce and finance film and television content. In addition, China-focused private equity fund and prominent investment…

Sean Spicer Defends Donald Trump’s “I Love Wikileaks!” Campaign Remark After CIA Hack

The day after Wikileaks released thousands of pages of what purports to be CIA documents describing software tools for tapping into smartphones, smart TVs and computers, ABC News’ Cecilia Vega asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer: “Trump said, ‘I love Wikileaks!’ during the campaign. Doe he still feel that way?”
“There is a big difference between disclosing John Podesta’s Gmail accounts about a back-and-forth, and his undermining of Hillary Clinton and his…

The day after Wikileaks released thousands of pages of what purports to be CIA documents describing software tools for tapping into smartphones, smart TVs and computers, ABC News' Cecilia Vega asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer: "Trump said, ‘I love Wikileaks!’ during the campaign. Doe he still feel that way?” “There is a big difference between disclosing John Podesta’s Gmail accounts about a back-and-forth, and his undermining of Hillary Clinton and his…