The TradeVine – Entertainment Article Highlights – week ending Jan 16th

Published: Thursday, January 15th, 2015


Welcome to the TradeVine whose purpose is to encourage the entertainment industry to read their trades: Variety, Backstage, Hollywood Reporter, etc. Enjoy learning about your industry.

Each Friday, The TradeVine seeks out a few of the informative trade articles you may have missed. Please visit the trade, itself, for the entire article.

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Back Stage, January 12th – How Do You Become a Star?, by Michelle Danner.

Michelle Danner

Michelle Danner


It’s a good question, since it’s something that an actor should want. A better question – How do you become a great actor? How do you set your goals so high that no obstacle will get in the way of you achieving them? Like in any profession, you want to dedicate yourself to study. Study great performance and understand what makes them unforgettable. An actor that creates a character that gets under your skin and makes you feel something for them is no small feat. When that performance stays with you long after you’ve seen it and it made you feel for the human condition, that is a gift.

Look at how great actors hold the screen—what their physicality is like as they move their bodies in different characters; what their choices are in every moment. Study every scintilla of what their hands do and their eye movement, how they hold their heads, how they breathe, how they convey grace, how their sexuality emerges through them, how they make us feel different emotions, how they are a vessel for the story they are telling. Make a list of 100 performances to not only study but, dissect. Watch them in slow motion; watch them without audio. Find the subtext of what is underneath every line, every frame. It’s only with that kind of an in-depth analysis that you understand why this acting, that galvanizes you, is so good. And then you have to take all you’ve learned that has simmered in you and inspired you and then you have to do it. You have to act.
See entire Variety article here.


Hollywood Reporter, January 9th – SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal, by THR staff.

David White

David White


SAG-AFTRA members have approved an agreement previously reached with broadcast television networks and producers for a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact. The contract, which was approved with 96.5 percent of members voting in favor, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs. Key terms of the deal include: Wage increases for most program categories. A reduction in streaming windows and increases in the streaming residuals rate consistent with the industry pattern. and Language that helps facilitate the merging of the SAG and AFTRA benefit plans.
See entire Article here


Variety, January 12th – Bruce Campbell to Host ‘Last Fan Standing’ for Comic Con Themed CONtv Network, by Marc Graser.

Last Fan Standing

Last Fan Standing


Cinedigm, which will launch CONtv as a new over-the-top channel dedicated to the Comic-Concircuit in February, has tapped Bruce Campbell as host of a new game show, Last Fan Standing. Campbell, who has become an icon to Comic-Con attendees for his roles in horror films like Army of Darkness and The Evil Dead, taped his first episode of Last Fan Standing during the New Orleans Comic Con. In each installment, Campbell asks questions like how much does Thor’s hammer weigh? The top four players who answer questions in a crowd get to compete for the title of the last fan standing. Last Fan Standing was created to celebrate the excitement and the fandom of each audience member, while providing them the chance to compete in a live game show. CONtv will be bringing the excitement and action of conventions to fans across the country. Never been to a convention? Check out Actors Reporters coverage of Comic Con San Diego at See entire Article here



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