Local 706 - The Artisan

Spring 2019

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14 • THE ARTISAN SPRING 2019 by Patrice K. Madrigal Theater Business Representative I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 Theme Park, Theater & Broadcast Television News SHOW NEWS Network TV The CBS 'Television City' property near 3rd & Fairfax has been sold to real estate developer Hackman Capital Partners, with a hand-off of the property (from CBS to Hackman) to occur at the end of this calendar year 2019. Hackman already owns Culver Studios in Culver City. IATSE Local 706 has a signed agreement through the end of the calendar year 2020; we have already been advised by CBS that we will be negotiating our successor agreement for our Broadcast Television contract with Hackman next year, as the daytime television shows that employ our members (The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Price Is Right, The Late Late Show with James Corden, etc.) have leases on the property running another five years or so… Although this will be a major change for some of our network TV members, I believe when one door closes, another one opens. Disneyland Resort Negotiations We are at the negotiation tables! Members may worry because they fear "no news" may not always be good news. However, the time is here and we are making our voices be heard! The Force is with us all … as Star Wars Land is open!! Hold on to your "lightsaber," we're going in! While touring on the road, I was able to see ghost lights in all of the different theater venues we played around the country. I thought it was seriously cool, and of course, I took several pictures. I love theater folklore, and one of the best ones: ghost lights. When theaters were first lit in the early 1800s, the lights were powered by gas. The "ghost light" was left to burn in the empty (otherwise) dark theater after everyone had gone home. The flame of a ghost light during non- performance time burned off the excess gas and eliminated the pressure that could result in an explosion. Even without the use of gas lamps, the tradition has remained. Some superstitious theater folks believe that the ghost lights help to keep spirits away. If you are in the theater when all is quiet and most of the crew has left the building … stop by, "We'll leave the ghost light on for you." Ghost Light Regional Theater Harry Potter in the house! The house of Curran that is … Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has already broken box-office records in New York, Melbourne and London. The most awarded show in the history of the Olivier Awards (Britain's version of the Tony Awards) will begin its run at the Curran Theater in San Francisco later this year. The official opening is October 23. The stage play is 5-plus hours long and spread over two shows, so you see Part I during the matinee and Part II later that evening (or Part I on Thursday night and Part II Friday night). No solid news on how long the run will be. However, it's going to be years (not months) and it is going to be AMAZING! Randy Sayer and I are already negotiating with the producers for our contract, and we expect a half dozen Local 706 members to be employed on this produc- tion during its engagement. Most will be full-time make- up and hair positions.

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