Archive for December, 2011


Grace Hill Media Newsletter

Q: I’m not sure you even like Christmas films… but what’s your favorite?

A: Hmmm… Ask Dr. Scrooge? No, I can seriously understand why you’d have your doubts.

But two versions of Dickens’ Christmas Carol top my list. Scrooge has some of the most amazing musical numbers while capturing the redemptive thrust of the story, and Muppet Christmas Carol almost unabashedly preaches the Gospel.

Fonda wins 2011 Lansing Award
Former atheist, now Christian, still recognized as major force in Hollywood.

QB Works Miracles for Broncos
Tim Tebow says God doesn’t care who wins or loses, credits Jesus Christ anyway.

Even Atheists Take Kids to Church
Be sure to show everyone, inlcuding them, extra love this Christmas season.

12 Albums,
12 Days of Christmas

A lot of music crosses the desks of Jacob Sahms and Nate Watts. A lot of that piles up by the end of the year… but a lot of it sticks, too, like fresh winter snow.


Dolphin Tale director Charles Martin Smith comes by his animal affinity naturally.

The actor, writer, and director starred in Disney’s Never Cry Wolf, directed the original Air Bud, and of course appeared as Terry the Toad in American Graffiti !

A Christmas Story
DVD Giveaway

Courtesy of Hollywood Jesus and Warner Bros., you can be one of two lucky GHM News readers to win a DVD copy of the Christmas classic A Christmas Story, now available on Blu-ray.

Click through for details…


from AFTRA





AFTRA Members Reach Tentative Agreement on Network Television Code


LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2011) – The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO – a national union of more than 70,000 performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals – today announced that AFTRA members have reached a tentative agreement with the four major television broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) and other producers on terms for a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting, aka, the “Front of the Book.” Negotiations began on Nov. 7, and were held at the offices of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Sherman Oaks, Calif.


AFTRA members achieved their primary objective in this negotiation: a 1% increase in employer contributions to the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds upon ratification, which will bring the total H&R contribution rate to 16.5%. Upon ratification, the three-year agreement will run from Nov. 16, 2011 through Nov. 15, 2014.


Other highlights include:


  • ·         Increase wages by 6% over the term of the agreement (2% each year) for most categories
  • ·         Increase minimum hazard pay for Dancers from $80 to $100 per day, and from $100 to $125 per program
  • ·         The $37.50 overtime rate for Singers will be paid starting at the 7th instead of the 9th hour
  • ·         Increase the minimum work day for Stand-Ins who work on primetime variety and award shows, which will increase the minimum daily rate by 20% to 67%
  • ·         Improved contract language to increase equal employment opportunities for union performers, including an agreement to prohibit discrimination based on a member’s gender identity       


AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon, who chaired the 25-member negotiating committee of working members from Locals around the nation, praised the tentative agreement saying: “Our negotiating committee of rehearsal and background actors, promo announcers, freelance newspersons, stunt performers, singers, dancers and, of course, actors, worked together seamlessly to deliver an agreement that guarantees increases and improvements for all union members who work, or who will work, under this contract.”


Reardon continued: “I especially acknowledge the tremendous dedication and skill of Kim Roberts Hedgpeth and her terrific team of staff. AFTRA members are fortunate to be supported by such an amazing group of professionals.”


AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth served as Chief Negotiator for the Union, and was assisted co-negotiators Joan Halpern Weise, AFTRA Assistant National Executive Director of Entertainment Programming, and Stephen Burrow, AFTRA New York Local Executive Director.


The Network Code “Front of the Book” is the Union’s largest national collective bargaining agreement and generates more than $250 million a year in member earnings. The Code covers programming in all television day parts (except for scripted primetime programs on the networks and the CW which are covered under the AFTRA Exhibit A contract) and programming produced for digital media. Covered programs include dramas in first-run syndication, morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contest, sports and promotional announcements. Current programs covered by this contract include: “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Price is Right,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Voice,” “Amazing Race,” “Nightline,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and “American Idol” among many others.


Full details of the tentative agreement will be submitted for approval to the AFTRA National Board on Jan. 28, 2012. Subject to the Board’s approval, the agreement will be sent out for ratification by the Union’s membership.


AFTRA has one more national contract negotiation to conclude before the end of the year: the AFTRA Sound Recordings Code. In August, AFTRA members commenced bargaining with representatives from Sony, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and most of their subsidiary labels for a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings, the Union’s second largest national contract. AFTRA members are scheduled to return to Sound Recordings Code negotiations in New York on Dec. 14 and 15. The Sound Recordings Code is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2011.



The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at



Upcoming Schedule of Events…
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Welcome to Kristen Shaw Acting Studio!  THE Studio for the Working Actor in Atlanta. We are now registering for classes in January 2012.



Now Registering:
January Classes:
ALL classes 4 weeks, only $100
Classes start January 2, 2012
Mon 1-3p    Advanced On Camera Auditioning
Mon 7-9p    Masters – Living the Actor’s Life 
Tue 1-3p     Beginner’s Acting for Film/TV
                     (3 month commitment suggested)
Tue 7-9p     Advanced On Camera Auditioning
Wed 1-3p    Film Monologue
Wed 7-9p    Marketing for the Actor  Pt 2 – *FULL                           (2 month commitment required -NEXT CLASS                            STARTS FEB 8th)
Thur 1-3p    Advanced Scene Study
                      (Instructor Approval Required – 3 month                                   commitment suggested)
Thur 7-9p     Cold Reading
                      (Required for Advanced On Camera                                         Auditioning)


*Marketing for the Actor*

is now registering for next 8 week cycle!

Starts Wednesday Feb 8th, 1-3pm


Class size is limited and tends to fill quickly

 see website for details

Come see what all the buzz is about…

Sunday Jan 29, 3-5p

(Last Sunday of every month)

Only $25 at the door.

Just email us to hold your place.


An Actor’s Workout!* 
Bring something to work on, or be ready for what I give you.  Keep those acting ‘muscles’ in shape! 
*If you are registered for ANY classes in Dec you get this class FREE!  (My holiday gift to you.)


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS, and a delightful new year!!!



Sally Neal, voiceover agent of Houghton Talent has this to say: “A voice is just a voice until you add personality and a true understanding of what you are saying and why…  It’s the reason producers will choose one voice over another.”

Break down the copy you are given. Look at it from the producer’s and writer’s point of view. Figure out who the target audience is. Determine why your style/voice has been asked to audition the copy. Then deliver the script in the most effective way to promote interest in the product. If you do it, you will book the jobs!

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Dear Mystie,

Join Blueprint 4 Hollywood and Studio 11 Films at the…

Winter Wonderland Freeze Frame Holiday Party  & Short Film Screenings

 Thursday, December 15, 2011

6:00 -11:00 pm  

The Foundry at Puritan Mills

Admission $10.00  

$5 Valet Parking   


Free Food! Music! 

Cash Refreshment Bar   


P.S.  Bring cash for parking, admission and bar. And if you can, bring an unwrapped toy for this month’s charity! Let’s make this an amazing holiday for kids in the Atlanta area! 


The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Also In the Spirit of Giving . . .  

  Pitch Tables For Aspiring Filmmakers – 3 Minute Pitches Are Back!


Come Early to Get Your Spot In Line!  


If you have a smashing show that belongs on a powerful network, or you hold a feature length screenplay that needs a cutting edge, this opportunity is for you. LA based production company seeking to expand into the Atlanta market is eager to hold its first pitch session with “Get Connected”. The new production company is focused on helping grass-root filmmakers develop compelling and commercially viable stories. The company is spear-headed by UCLA graduate, Producer/Director/Writer, Delano D. Massey.  To kick start its arrival, the company has committed to FUNDING two projects:  A TV Pilot, Webisode, or a short adaptation of a Feature Screenplay.

Submission Requirements

Filmmakers must submit a one (preferred) or two page document stipulating what type of material they have, to include: Logline, Genre, Film or Television, Episodic or Stand Alone, Approximate Length, etc. In addition, the document must also stipulate the goals of proposed works and why those goals are being pursued. Lastly, although we understand the need to explore all aspects of life in film, television and theater, projects that are heavy in profanity or nudity will NOT be selected.

  **Actors! Bring head shots, resumes and materials to showcase your brand!  Production and casting folks from film, theater and television will be out seeking new talent for upcoming projects in 2012!**



Remember to Check Out The Screenings! 

The imaginations of two homeless girls illuminate their dark world and brings beauty to their brief, tragic lives.

Imagine the most horrific fear. Is it a monster? A demon? A nightmare? A twisted person who can turn the purest soul into dust and corrupt it until it becomes evil itself? Lencevo and his twisted benevolence will make Ryden face the most horrible act. Murder.

Some doors open only once.”  Tom and Angela are at the end of their rope. Facing foreclosure, bankruptcy and physical problems, they are offered a chance for a new life… at a price. They must leave all they know, and can never return. Will they risk everything for a fresh start, or choose to stay and face an uncertain future?


A widow struggling with her own personal struggles, opens her home to women in need. Inspite of conflicts and differences the women bond as they share their past, future, love lost and love gained.



“Not All Gifts Come in a Box”. Be prepared to shed a tear. This is a Director’s Cut version of the jury awarded “Best Actor” and “Best Special Effects” film submitted to the 2011 48-hour film Project.


A hero who doesn’t back down – an avatar with selfless purpose – a champion that knows no fear. She is Edwina. And soon they will all understand that SHE IS UNSTOPPABLE.



The Odds are Against Him… Time is Against Him. Take an exclusive look behind the scenes of developing a growing popular action thriller that has evolved from a web series to a full feature film!


“Tracks” is the true story of a tragedy. A student reminisces of a day that would shape the rest of his life.



We Hope To See You There!

Thought I’d Share This With You …

We just received this testimonial today (12/12/11).

“Hi All. I just wanted to leave this here 🙂  Its the least I could do.  I decided to move to Atlanta back in May after the English government made it even more difficult for filmmakers in the UK to actually be able to make a living!  In 7 months I have worked on 15 projects: only 4 unpaid and 3 of them being Features. And most credits in the AD department. I have met a lot of professional people on all levels and Get Connected was integral towards that! I just landed back in England for Christmas yesterday… I already Cant wait to get back to ATL though. I’m ready to get my hands dirty again. #rollon2012”   

(The Foundry at Purtain Mills does not offer ATM’s or accept Credit/Debit cards)!/pages/Get-Connected/150061968382511


Check out the video from October’s Get Connected Best of Both Worlds Mixer



GET CONNECTED Will be  on December 15, 2011 For A Holiday Mixer 6-11pm $10

The Foundry at Puritan Mills  916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd  Atlanta, GA 30318


Check out the video from last month Get Connected Best of both worlds mixer =KSFCjoacmZc&feature=channel_v ideo_title
Autumn Bailey Entertainment LLC

Independent Film Finance
Founder of Get Connected


Q&A with Kim Fields and Mel Jackson

You are invited to the following event:

Q&A with Kim Fields and Mel Jackson

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

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Attend Event Dec 17, 2011
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Studio 11 Films / Blueprint 4 Hollywood
8735 Dunwoody Place
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Atlanta, GA 30350

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Angel Tree: Give the Gift of God’s Love this Christmas

Angel Tree: Give the Gift of God’s Love This Christmas

Hundreds of thousands of prisoners’ children will spend this Christmas apart from their incarcerated parent. Your church or organization can embrace these children by providing a present on behalf of their mom or dad and by sharing the greatest gift of all — the Good News of Jesus Christ!

This year, nearly 400,000 children were signed up for Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program by their parent in prison. While more than 7,500 churches and groups have already signed up to serve these children, there are still over 50,000 children who have yet to be paired with a church or organization.

The needs are great, but so is the opportunity. By partnering with Angel Tree, you can touch the lives of children and families near you.

To learn more, or to register your church or organization, please visit or call Angel Tree at 1-800-55-ANGEL (1-800-552-6435)

Almost every state has children remaining to be served. There are especially high numbers of children in California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Call now to find out how many children are near you!

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