Hollywood on the Potomac

'Film School Friday'

August 6, 2020

“I’ve always believed that one of the most powerful ways that we can lift and inspire one another is by celebrating those among us who have achieved excellence and especially those who we might otherwise overlook by shining the light of recognition on those in front of and behind the camera. The changes that we’re experiencing right now as an industry have presented some serious challenges from stalled productions to shuttered cinemas and these challenges also extend to our Award season, particularly how to convene them from the physical production to social responsibility and the need for diversity inclusion and equity. Today’s discussion could not be more timely, “said Amb. Charlie Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association as he welcomed ZOOM guests to the 4th edition of Film School Friday.


“The Television Academy recently announced that it will host its Prime Time Emmy Show virtually for the first time this year and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed its Oscar Awards to April,” Rivkin added. “So today we’re very excited to bring together four industry veterans who will share their perspectives and opinions on the challenges and the opportunities facing our award season and more broadly our industry panelists. I am really looking forward to the discussion that’s about to follow because what better voices than these to explore how change can also be an opportunity to ensure that our industry’s awards can extend their recognition of excellence to everybody, no matter who they are, what they look like or how they identify.”

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Olivia de Havilland

July 27, 2020

“Olivia de Havilland, the delicate beauty and last remaining star of Gone With the Wind who received her two acting Oscars after helping to take down Hollywood’s studio system with a landmark legal victory in the 1940s, died Sunday. She was 104.” Hollywood Reporter


Happy 102nd to Olivia de Havilland who celebrated another birthday yesterday.  The below article was first printed last year.


Legendary actress Olivia de Havilland celebrated her 101st birthday today. Considered the last star of the Golden Age of Hollywood, she is best known for her role as Melanie in Gone with the Wind and her Oscar winning performance in The Heiress, directed by three time Oscar winner William Wyler.  Less known, but no less important, is the De Havilland Law, a gutsy challenge to the grip of the studios.


“The De Havilland Law is the informal name of California Labor Code Section 2855. Hollywood industry lawyers in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s took the position that an exclusive personal services contract should be treated as suspended during the periods when the artist was not actually working. Since no artist could be working every single day (that is, including holidays and weekends), this interpretation meant that two, or later seven, years of actual service would be spread over a much longer calendar period, thus extending the time during which the studio system had complete control of a young artist’s career. In response, actress Olivia de Havilland filed a lawsuit on August 23, 1943 against Warner Bros. which was backed by the Screen Actors Guild. The lawsuit resulted in a landmark decision of the California Court of Appeal for the Second District in De Havilland’s favor on December 8, 1944. De Havilland’s legal victory reduced the power of the studios and extended greater creative freedom to performers. The decision was one of the most significant and far-reaching legal rulings in Hollywood. The decision came to be informally known, and is still known to this day, as the De Havilland Law.”   Wikipedia

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July 23, 2020

“We intended to actually host a party for her in our home and in person, but obviously that was not a good idea so we feel like this is the next best thing. We have our cocktails ready and we’re prepared to have a great conversation with Capricia tonight and toast this great achievement,” said Lee Satterfield zoomoing in from ‘a very hot and humid South Carolina’ with her husband Patrick Steele.


The occasion was the virtual launch of Capricia Penavic Marshall’s just released book Protocol: Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You co-hosted by Diana and Michael Allen, Robyn and Jeremy Bash, Evan Ryan and Tony Blinken, Rachel and Phil Gordon, Alexis Herman, Gwen & Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Philippe Reines, Andrews Shapiro, Ann & Stuart Stock.

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