Tag Archives: Hollywood

UPDATED: Pay-for-Play Auditions

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Last year, the new Bitter Lemons policy of “pay-for-play,” paying the publication to get them to send a reviewer, created a national debate on the practice – and near-universal condemnation.  (Bitter Lemons is again promoting a pay-for-play review system for the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival.) Now, the Hollywood Reporter reveals that a pay-for-play mentality is taking over Hollywood casting sessions. The arguments for this happening ...

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Hollywood Fringe 2016: Marketing & Official Packets

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Latest from Ben Hill and the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival: Registration Deadline for Guide Inclusion is Friday, April 1.  No Fooling! Official 2016 Hollywood Fringe Participant Packet The Fringe has put together a handy packet of reminders, marketing tips and tricks, promotional opportunities and other goodies. Read the entirety of this packet – it could contain the keys to your festival success! Check out the 2016 ...

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Hollywood Fringe 2016: Workshop on Promotion

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Latest from Ben Hill and the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival: Free Fringe Workshop A workshop on Money and Promotion is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Hudson Theatres, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. This free workshop will be led by Fringe Outreach Director Meghan McCauley and a panel of past participants and will offer an insider’s perspective on marketing and networking for the ...

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Hollywood Fringe 2016: Design Contest & Positions

Only part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival takes place on stage.  There are still many ways to be an active part of this huge event: Hollywood Fringe Brand Design Contest Submit your design ideas for the 2016 Fringe guide cover any time between Thursday, March 3rd and Monday, March 7th (by Noon) to be included in the qualifying round. To enter the contest visit the ...

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Homogeneous Hollywood Losing Money?

On the heels of the recent diversity report from cross-town football rival, USC, today UCLA has released its study on the lack of diversity in Hollywood.  The 60-page scholarly report, created by the Bunche Center of African American Studies, is filled with numbers that are sadly familiar:  There can be no doubt that the entertainment industry is not a place of equal opportunity. This report ...

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Hollywood Diversity: Real-Life Stories

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The New York Times: The #OscarsSoWhite awareness continues with these stories from the field.  If there are more diverse roles, there would be more diverse Oscars.  Asian, Black, Latino, Female, Gay:  the story is always the same.  There appears to be a desire to use stereotypes to tell stories which only increases the awareness of the stereotype.  The present discussion may help break the feedback ...

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Diversity Stats in Hollywood: It’s Not Pretty

As the Oscars approach, we again are reminded that #OscarsSoWhite.  A scholarly report from USC entitled “Inclusion or Invisibility: Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment” yields some troubling statistics.  These include a 2:1 ratio of male:female speaking roles and that only 28.3% of all speaking characters were from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. Not surprisingly, the report concludes, in part: The film industry still functions as ...

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Don Cheadle Needed A White Actor

Deadline Hollywood: The true rules of a system are often hidden.   Just as the election of Barack Obama did not signal a “post-racial” society, more actors of color at the Oscars may not signal a “post-racial” Hollywood.  For example, well-known actor, Don Cheadle, decided to make a film about jazz great, Miles Davis.  But funding for that film required something besides Cheadle’s resume, as he ...

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LASA plan for Theatre Centers has a future

The hope of building theatre centers seems one step closer today, as the West Hollywood City Council has earmarked funds to buy the Coast Playhouse on Santa Monica Blvd. “The Coast Playhouse redevelopment and activation will anchor a potential Center City Arts District …”    

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Working Black Actor Talks Inequality

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Vox:  A powerful piece by a Chicago-based black actor who relates what it’s like to be a black actor in both film and theater. So when we yell #OscarsSoWhite, I stand here thinking, “So is the rest of the industry.” The inequality starts from the bottom and works its way to the top until it becomes fully institutionalized.

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