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  1. IATSE backs the candidate least likely to benefit its members. ============================================================ LOS ANGELES ELECTIONS Film industry gets spotlight in L.A. City Council race CHRISTINE ESSEL AND PAUL KREKORIAN EACH WANT TO BE SEEN AS THE ONE WHO WOULD KEEP MORE HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTIONS FROM LEAVING THE STATE. THE RUNOFF ELECTION IS DEC. 8. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-films-la29-2009nov29,0,6795021.story Former Paramount Pictures executive Christine Essel and Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) are vying for an L.A. City Council seat in the eastern San Fernando Valley. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) By Maeve Reston November 29, 2009 In a campaign where jobs and unemployment have become a signature issue, the two candidates seeking to replace former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel are fighting over who will do more to stem the exodus of Hollywood production. With feature film production down 37% citywide compared to the same period last year, former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive Christine Essel and Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) agree on one thing: City officials have waited far too long to address the issue. But the two candidates, who are competing in the Dec. 8 runoff in the eastern San Fernando Valley, have sharply criticized each other's work on film issues as they vie to serve as the voice for the industry at City Hall. Feature production in the Los Angeles area declined in 10 of the last 12 years, according to FilmL.A. Inc., which coordinates local film permits. And as more than 40 states offered lucrative tax incentives, California's share of studio feature film production dropped from 66% in 2003 to 34% in 2008, according to the California Film Commission. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Los Angeles stands at 14%. Essel argues that 30 years of working her way up from a studio accounting clerk to a vice president at Paramount prepared her to champion efforts to make Los Angeles more film-friendly. But Krekorian, who authored the state's current law offering film and television tax incentives, has blamed Essel for the plunge in production during her time as chairwoman of the California Film Commission and has faulted her for encouraging other states to enhance their incentive programs while she was an executive at Paramount. "My legislation is saving California film workers' jobs today, right now," said Krekorian, whose proposal was approved as part of an economic stimulus package in February. "She failed these workers for a decade, because it was in the corporate interests of her employer to take jobs away from California." In a recent debate, Essel expressed amusement at Krekorian's implication that she had the power at Paramount to send films to other states. While leading the commission, she said, she spent nine years bringing film industry officials together to advocate for an incentive that Sacramento refused to pass. "They finally passed an incentive when we had no films left shooting here," she said, adding that Krekorian's bill "was written by a lobbyist, and it is lopsided and it doesn't do the job." Essel is not alone in that criticism. Some industry analysts have said the $500-million program, which will last five years, is too narrow to compete with more generous offers in other states. California's incentive offers a 20% to 25% tax credit for feature films with production budgets between $1 million and $75 million. New television series for basic cable and those that previously shot all prior seasons outside of California are also eligible. But the incentive is not available for a variety of other projects, including commercials. So far 50 projects have been approved for the tax incentive program -- about half are independent films with budgets less than $10 million and 22% are studio features. Todd Lindgren, vice president of communications at FilmL.A.., said 16 of the projects have obtained permits to shoot in the Los Angeles area. "The program was very limited," Lindgren said. "It's not the final solution to runaway production, but it is a good start." Krekorian points to the incentive, however, as evidence of his "proven record of bringing good jobs back to Los Angeles." One campaign mailing quotes a news article stating that the incentive brought 6,000 jobs to the San Fernando Valley. But Jack Kyser, an economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said the county has lost 7,000 entertainment industry jobs this year so far. Though some productions taking advantage of the tax credit began shooting in August, Kyser said he has yet to see growth in jobs. "We were hoping for something in the September and October numbers, but nothing yet," he said. Officials at the California Film Commission and FilmL.A. say it is too early to quantify the credit's effect on jobs. Supporters of Krekorian such as Greg Lippe, chairman of the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn., describe passage of the incentive bill as evidence of Krekorian's effectiveness. Lippe praised Essel's work but added that "the one who actually wound up getting the legislation done was Paul." For months, the assemblyman has sought to turn Essel's work as a government affairs executive at Paramount into a liability. He claimed in a campaign mailing that Essel "shipped our jobs to Canada for corporate profits" -- basing that claim, in part, on a report that Paramount invested $10 million to build soundstages and a production office in Vancouver. But a Paramount spokeswoman said Essel did not have a role in business decisions about the company's operations in Canada. Krekorian has also criticized Essel's efforts to persuade officials in Florida and Alaska to make their film incentives more attractive while she was serving on the California Film Commission. In her role as a Paramount executive, Essel told a Florida Film & Entertainment Advisory Council committee last year that the state's facilities, scenery and conditions made Florida "a go-to place" for studios. "We would just really encourage the incentive to be more competitive," she said, according to a recording of the teleconference posted on the group's website. Essel noted that she is running for the council seat as a private individual. "It's an outright lie for him to infer that I would be sending jobs out of the state, as if I had any control [over where productions were filmed] whatsoever at my studio," she said in a recent interview. Sixteen of the studio locals of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union have lined up behind Essel, as has the North Hollywood-based Teamsters Local 399, which represents about 5,000 casting directors, drivers and location managers. Steve Dayan, a business agent for Teamsters Local 399 who serves with Krekorian and Essel on the California Film Commission, said the group's long working relationship with Essel and her intimate knowledge of the issues gave her the edge. But he described both candidates as "strong advocates" for the film industry. "The city has always been supportive of filming, but I don't think they've really backed it up with anything," Dayan said. "So we're hoping now that something will change the perception among producers that L.A. is a difficult place to film." maeve.reston@latimes.com
  2. Denecke, David Ronne, Ringo..... I am gonna quit and enjoy life... its much too short to be on a movie set or rent stuff to vidiots... so sad. wolf.
  3. why does he not lick the mics clean? is there something dirty about the mike? The beer rock and rollers have done worse than clean food to the mikes for years...
  4. * The Wall Street Journal * THE MIDDLE SEAT * OCTOBER 15, 2009 Cracking Down On How Airlines Treat Travelers DOT Presses Carriers to Comply With Rules On Lost, Delayed Luggage * By SCOTT MCCARTNEY Columnist's name * Article * Comments (32) more in Travel Main » * Email * Printer Friendly * Share: facebook ↓ More o StumbleUpon o Digg o Twitter o Yahoo! Buzz o Fark o Reddit o LinkedIn o del.icio.us o MySpace * Save This ↓ More * smaller Text larger Many airlines may be violating federal rules on reimbursing travelers for expenses when baggage is lost, delayed or damaged on domestic flights, and the federal government is finally cracking down to help consumers. Baggage Handling Arriving at your destination and finding your baggage is lost, delayed or damaged can be difficult to remedy. Here are some tips: * Never check valuables, such as computers and electronics or the suit you need the next morning. * Have 'travel clothes' and keep store receipts for them so you can easily prove their cost if lost. * Make sure your name and cell number are inside your bag. External tags get torn off, and airlines look inside to identify the bag. * Mark your bag on the outside so it's easy to spot -- use bright ribbon. * Consider small claims court if an airline's settlement is not sufficient. * Get the phone number for the local baggage office -- not are a remote call center, but someone who can physically look through a pile of arrived luggage for your bag. * If you do lose your luggage, check to see if your credit card or homeowners insurance might cover unreimbursed losses. Taking a tougher stand on how airlines treat travelers, the Department of Transportation fined Spirit Airlines $375,000 last month for multiple violations of federal rules, including violations of domestic baggage-reimbursement requirements. Late last week, the DOT warned other carriers that their baggage-reimbursement policies appear to violate federal rules, too. "We have learned that a number of airlines have adopted policies that purport to limit reimbursement for such expenses in a variety of ways," the DOT said in its notice to airlines Friday. A Wall Street Journal examination of practices at 14 airlines shows that many carriers have some of the same restrictions that resulted in the official censure of Spirit Airlines. One violation cited by the DOT was that Spirit made customers wait 24 hours after luggage was lost or delayed before covering any incidental costs travelers had to pay, such as toiletries or replacement clothes. DOT rules prohibit such waiting periods. The agency also said Spirit reimbursed customers for incidental expenses only if bags went missing on the outbound portion of a round-trip journey, yet the DOT's rule applies to "any flight segment." "Travelers should not have to pay for toiletries or other necessities while they wait for baggage misplaced by airlines," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. "We expect airlines to comply with all of our regulations and will take enforcement action if they do not." Journal Community “It amazes me how airlines say they strive for customer loyalty but show their distain by their policies and actual treatment of customers.” —Steve Mark The DOT gave airlines 90 days to modify their rules and practices before the agency would launch any enforcement actions. Lost or delayed bags are relatively rare—about one traveler out of every 190 on domestic flights ended up at the baggage office empty-handed last year. And airlines say most people get their bags back within a day or two. Still, a large number of people are impacted by the uncertainty, inconvenience and expense of lost luggage. In 2008, more than three million mishandled-baggage reports were filed by airlines, and that just covers domestic flights. View Full Image midseatluggage1 Getty Images The DOT has warned carriers that their baggage-reimbursement policies appear to violate federal rules. midseatluggage1 midseatluggage1 Part of Spirit's response to the DOT was that its baggage policies were consistent with those of several other airlines. Indeed, Continental Airlines Inc., Hawaiian Airlines and Allegiant Air, for example, all say they pay for expenses only after the first 24 hours from a flight's arrival. UAL Corp.'s United Airlines says it reimburses expenses only on the outbound portion of a trip. And many airlines put a limit on what they'll offer to pay passengers per day for expenses related to the lost luggage, which the DOT says is a violation of its domestic baggage-liability rule. The only limit allowed, the agency says, is that total liability for lost domestic baggage is $3,300 per passenger, including replacement costs and incidental expenses. Long-Standing Gripes Travelers have been complaining about such restrictions for years. In January 2007, this newspaper charted baggage-reimbursement policies at different airlines and reported on customer unhappiness with airline reimbursement. But the DOT didn't explore the issue until a few months ago. In our latest survey over the past week, Continental said its reimbursement to travelers for delayed or lost luggage tops out at $200—$50 a day for four days after a 24-hour waiting period. United says it will pay $50 to $100 a day. US Airways Group Inc. has a less-generous limit of $25 a day for up to three days. Alaska Airlines says it doesn't provide interim expenses to passengers for baggage delayed or lost because of bad weather or air-traffic-control problems. When it does pay, Alaska limits its liability to $25 for the first day a bag is missing, then ups that to $50 a day for the next four days. Your Rights When baggage goes missing from domestic flights, federal rules do offer some protection for airline passengers. * Airlines can't limit their liability to less than $3,300 per passenger in replacement costs and incidental expenses. * The Department of Transportation prohibits airlines from refusing to pay for incidentals in the first 24 hours. * Limits on expenses while travelers are without bags can't be capped at $25 or $50 a day. Source: DOT Allegiant, a unit of Allegiant Travel Co., says it pays $25 a day for four days, but that only begins 24 hours after a bag has gone missing. Hawaiian, a unit of Hawaiian Holdings Inc., limits payments to $30 a day for three days. JetBlue Airways Corp. says its "standard" payment is $25 per day, but like other airlines it considers higher amounts on a case-by-case basis. Continental said it was evaluating what changes it may need to make to its policy to ensure it is in compliance with the DOT regulation. Virgin America, which said it reimburses $25 a day for five days, then amended that statement to say it may pay more if customers provide receipts; the airline said it asked the DOT on Monday for "further clarity" to determine if it is in compliance. Allegiant says it has asked the DOT "for clarification on a few items.'' Others said they believe they are in compliance. AMR Corp.'s American Airlines says it has no daily limit and will negotiate with customers, but it does require customers to get prior approval from the airline for any expense. Southwest Airlines says it offers customers $50 on the spot when luggage goes missing, and will pay more if passengers file formal claims. Case-By-Case Basis After the DOT warning was issued, many airlines stressed that they consider their reimbursement limits, sometimes included in published materials given to passengers, to be only "guidelines" and that higher amounts can be paid on a case-by-case basis. That may be news to some customers who get told there's a tight limit to what the airline will pay. In 2007, when The Wall Street Journal charted baggage-reimbursement policies, Delta Air Lines Inc. said it limited customers to $25 a day for five days. This week Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott said that amount is offered "in many cases, but because we handle these types of issues on a case-by-case basis the compensation could be more depending on the situation." Likewise in 2007, AirTran Airways said it had a limit of $25 a day for three days. After the DOT warning was issued Friday, a spokesman for AirTran said it had no arbitrary limit. Asked when the policy changed, AirTran, a unit of AirTran Holdings Inc., didn't respond. Arbitrary Expense Limits The DOT said it considers "any arbitrary limits on expense reimbursement incurred in cases involving lost, damaged or delayed baggage to violate" its baggage rule, 14 CFR Part 254. The rule says an airline can't "limit its liability for provable direct or consequential damages...to an amount less than $3,300 for each passenger." It applies to any flight with more than 60 seats, or any passenger whose itinerary includes a flight using an aircraft with more than 60 seats. Airlines say they delay any help with incidental expenses for 24 hours because bags often show up during that first 24-hour period. However, excluding the first 24 hours can greatly reduce airline payments to customers for incidentals. And that policy leaves travelers in the lurch—typically they don't know when or even if the bag will turn up. If you need a tie for your presentation in the morning, you may have to buy one even though your bag may be delivered to your hotel at 10 p.m. Travelers complain they often have to battle with airlines to cover the cost of lost items. Borrowing Clothes David Pykon, a New York hedge-fund trader, says he was given conflicting information by different American Airlines supervisors on daily expenses after his bag was lost on a Thanksgiving trip to Dallas last year. Although he had no clothes or toiletries, he was first told he had to limit his spending to $25 a day. Then he was told $50 a day. Later another official said $75 a day. Mr. Pykon borrowed clothes from friends but still spent nearly $200 over his four-day trip, and the airline gave him a check before his flight home for $170. "They said tough luck—it is what it is," he said. American spokesman Tim Smith said some of Mr. Pykon's expenses may not have been pre-authorized. The bag was never found and Mr. Pykon filed a claim for more than $2,600. He included credit-card statements showing purchases. American sent a check for $740, saying it accepted only actual store receipts, and didn't cover electronics (he had lost an iPod), medication and sunglasses, he said. The airline discounted the value of other items for depreciation. He said he wrote to American three times, called repeatedly and was never allowed to speak to the person who handled his claim. (His credit-card company covered much of the loss the airline refused to pay.) "It's easier for them to frustrate me," Mr. Pykon said of the airline. "A person is only going to take it so far." American says it hopes its processes aren't frustrating and inconsistent. "We try to be fair and listen to what the customer needs," Mr. Smith said. Write to Scott McCartney at middleseat@wsj.com
  5. rates are pretty much published for members only on 695.com. something changed and I don't have access right now. wolf
  6. I worked a series of union commercials that MM directed a few years ago. He was a mensch. He actually took personal interest in most crew members lives. (Wow) It was a hidden camera series of funny spots for Midas muffler. He could not help himself and had to break the "hidden" part as much as he could. Then noone recognized him and thought he was just as bizarre as the situations we set up. He had to be in every shot it seemed. I do like his films and I do like his politics, even though he is a clown. It seems those are the only voices heard today outside the Washington consensus. PS did you know there are 6 lobbyists for the Health industry for every congressperson? SO he is swimming in money yet can't conceive of hiring union talent?? what? wolf
  7. Jensen makes no transformers for Cat5. I am not sure they would as the Cat5 specs are not very tight, like audio cable. Jensen even make special transformers for specific Belden cables of over 1000 Ft length. Cat5 is great and convenient for lower quality distribution of analog signals (it was developed for well specified digital apps - the bandwidth is limited and speced to a few Gbytes, HDSDI video will not pass - it has trouble with good coax at more than 150 feet) Video assist back and forth and possibly Comtek like stuff is perfect for it. Yes and its fine for digital signals as designed in by Aviom ( SP.). I bet there are others like them cheaper , less channels... etc GOOGLE it, or ask Makee or Behringer. wolf
  8. from the lousy crosstalk specs alone I would not even use this in a home theater install - never with production audio. wolf (snobby?)
  9. read this on cat 5 http://wolfvid.com/datasheets/faq_cat5_cabeling_specs.pdf
  10. summary and comparison of Battery types Look at http://wolfvid.com/datasheets/Batteries_and_chargers.pdf
  11. everything I know about powering 12 V ( it was written kinda Red centric - sorry) [watch out for switching power supplies - not all are quite in the UHF range ( they transmit UHF noise and garbage, especially at higher Amperages), you might notice reduced range of radio mikes !!! and some like Alinco are impossible to filter. I like heavy transformers, there is no question that they are RF quite. Some batterychargers have loud RF pulses when they switch states, use floating power supplies... http://wolfvid.com/datasheets/Batteries_and_chargers.pdf wolf
  12. Best all round manual collection for Soundmen that can read - and Scott keeps it up to date... WOW http://web.mac.com/farroutpro/sound/user_guides.html
  13. this is what some manufacturers are including in their sales pakage: Legal Newsflash: There is provision in the federal regulations now to use Video Assist transmitters with some restrictions with permission in the USA. Look at: Federal Communications Commission §74.870 47 CFR Ch. I (10-1-04 Edition) They ask the manufacturer to: include with a wireless assist video device information regarding the requirement for users to obtain an FCC license, the requirement that stations must locate at least 129 kilometers away from a co-channel TV station, the limited class of users that may operate these devices, the authorized uses, the need for users to obtain a license, and the requirement that a local coordinator (or adjacent channel TV stations, if there is no local coordinator) must be notified prior to operation. [68 FR 12772, Mar. 17, 2003, as amended at 68 FR 69331, Dec, 12, 2003] You may read the details regarding above at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2004/octqtr/pdf/47cfr74.870.pdf http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2008/octqtr/47cfr74.870.htm
  14. new writeup of Battery - charger - powersupply. I dont recommend Battery chargers for float applications, they tend to be noisy. http://wolfvid.com/datasheets/Batteries_and_chargers.pdf you can get at this only from this address. its not visible on my website. I dont want a bunch of Yahoos calling me. None here of course. wolf
  15. Legal Newsflash: There is provision in the federal regulations now to use Video Assist transmitters legally in the USA with some restrictions. Look at: Federal Communications Commission §74.870 47 CFR Ch. I (10-1-04 Edition) asks the manufacturer to: include with a wireless assist video device information regarding the requirement for users to obtain an FCC license, the requirement that stations must locate at least 129 kilometers away from a co-channel TV station, the limited class of users that may operate these devices, the authorized uses, the need for users to obtain a license, and the requirement that a local coordinator (or adjacent channel TV stations, if there is no local coordinator) must be notified prior to operation. [68 FR 12772, Mar. 17, 2003, as amended at 68 FR 69331, Dec, 12, 2003] You may read the details regarding above at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2004/octqtr/pdf/47cfr74.870.pdf
  16. Legality- We just had an interesting lecture by Tim Holly at Wexler and there is new law and regulation that allows video assist (with restrictions) and Radio mike transmitters and a licensing procedure finally. He will post the info on 695.com. FINALLY wolf
  17. I have just what you need - and several of them look at http://wolfvid.com/datasheets/Specials.pdf latter in the doc. Astron powersupply with fused outlets and cables to charge a lead acid. same as the pretty blue box, but a REAL transformer isolated input ( yes its heavy wolf
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