Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Entertainment Workers Share Why UI Benefits are Crucial for Families, Urge Congress to Act

Entertainment Workers Share Why UI Benefits are Crucial for Families, Urge Congress to Act

NEW YORK, NY — As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in much of the United States, the entertainment industry 

and behind-the-scenes workers continue to be disproportionately impacted by the health crisis. Most entertainment workers who found themselves out of work practically overnight in mid-March due to COVID-19 related cancellations across all sectors of the industry are still waiting to safely return to work.

While significant progress has been made in the development of industry-specific safety standards and guidelines to provide safe workplaces in a pre-vaccine world, many entertainment jobs will be among the last to fully return because of necessary safety restrictions and limitations on mass gatherings. The expansion of federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in the CARES Act have been critical to financially sustain IATSE members until a safe return to work is possible, as current state UI benefits tend to be insufficient for entertainment workers.

However, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation authorized by the CARES Act – the $600 weekly UI federal supplement to state benefits – expires on July 31st without Congressional action.

The HEROES Act, which passed the House of Representatives on May 15, extends the CARES Act’s UI provisions through January 2021, but the bill has not been taken up by the Senate. The HEROES Act also addresses most of IATSE’s subsequent COVID-19 legislative priorities.

We encourage members and allies to write their Members of Congress to continue to assert these priorities


Call your Senator and tell them to support the HEROES Act

The $600 weekly federal supplement is a necessary lifeline allowing entertainment workers and their families to continue to pay the bills and keep food on the table during an unprecedented crisis. For most, even these expanded UI benefits don’t come close to replacing the wages they earned in highly-skilled entertainment crafts. Congress must extend the CARES Act’s unemployment insurance provisions for as long as the health crisis persists.

Entertainment workers have come together to share their stories about Why UI Benefits are Crucial For Entertainment Families:

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More Pro Athletes looking to be a part of buying the Mets.

A-Rod and his investors look to have added some pro athletes into their group. Don't know if this is going to help them buy the Mets. I know this is definitely not the group that I want to own the Mets, so knowing my luck, these will be the new owners.

From the NY POST 

A series of current and former pro athletes have joined the star couple’s bid to buy the Mets, according to ESPN. The list includes Super Bowl champion tight end Travis Kelce, NFL running back DeMarco Murray, NBA All-Star Bradley Beal and Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have such high-quality individuals as part of our group,” Lopez and Rodriguez told ESPN.

Cohen, the hedge-fund billionaire and Mets minority owner, is believed to be the favorite because of his deep pockets. But Lopez and Rodriguez are in the mix as well, and now they are adding to their ownership group that already includes Florida Panthers owner and billionaire Vinny Viola and Vitamin Water co-founder Mike Repole. Cohen’s bid is said to be around $2 billion, along with an additional $2 billion for SNY, though it is unclear if the Wilpons are planning to sell the network. He agreed to purchase the Mets from the Wilpons in December for $2.6 billion, but the deal fell apart after he pushed for immediate control, which the Wilpons initially opposed. The terms of the new sale entail immediate control for the buyer.

Read more here

Monday, July 13, 2020

Entertainment industry workers need an extension to PUA

Stepping away from baseball for a quick minute today. I work in the film business and I have been lucky enough I work in a department where I am able to put money away for rainy days. People think the film business is a glamorous place to work. It is a hard business to be in. You have to work your ass off in extreme weather. There are crazy hours. You have to sacrifice a social life and events because you never know how long you are going to be working. That being said, the folks who work in the business still love it and bust their asses because they believe working in the business pays off for them in the long run. They also like working on projects that make people think and also entertain. That being said, there are a lot of below the line production folks who need this. The Production Assistants who break their backs trying to make it in a grueling business, being the worst paid, getting physically and mentally beaten down, need this extra money. There are background actors that have made a career of being folks that you don't realize are walking behind the main actors to make the scenes look real. Don't forget the people who are just getting into the business that were just getting into certain departments after passing the tests to get into unions. People who make tv, films, and work on broadway want to go back to work, but it’s going to be a slow process.

The $600/wk Pandemic Unemployment Assistance needs to be extended until at least the new year.

Why is this important?

The entire live event industry has been shut down plunging everyone into unemployment with no end in sight. People like me who have invested 38 years of my life to be at the top of my game working on Broadway. The extra $2400 monthly has allowed me to have a grain of hope that I can hold on long enough living in one of the most expensive areas in the country. If I lose it, I will need to sell my place and move away from NYC. Tens or even hundreds of thousands more are in the same position all over the country. We are ready to work but work is not ready for us.


I don't ask a lot out of people who follow me on twitter, or themediagoon.com page on FB, But I am asking you guys to do me a favor and sign this. Click here to sign. Can you also pass this along to your friends and family to sign this also. 

There is a separate petition that has over a million signatures. If you can, sign here too?

Thanks guys.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Possible Mets line ups hurting my brain.

I don't usually posts like this but last night my dog woke me up at 3 am to take him out. After I brought him back in I couldn't fall asleep. I have no idea why this was popping into my head when there are much more important things going on in life. Maybe my brain just needed something to different to work on.

Catcher         Ramos
1st Base        Alonso
2nd Base       McNeil 
Short Stop     Rosario
3rd Base        JD Davis

RightField       Conforto
CenterF field   Marisnick
LeftField         Nimmo
DH                   Cespedes

Now that seems like a decent line up. but there are a few other players that are around that might need to fit into the lineup.

Robinson Cańo, Jed Lowrie, Melky Cabrera, Dom Smith.etc. I am just going to use these four because if I go too deep we'll be here all day.

I am sure  there will be days they'll have Cańo in the line up. Some days at DH and some at 2nd base. But then you would have to shift McNeil to third and then JD Davis has day off then you slide Cespedes into LF, shift Nimmo to Center and Marisnick sits down with Conforto in RF. That's one scenario.

Another one Alonso DHs for a free games. Dom Smith at 1st. Cańo is off for the day. Lowrie if he ever comes back at 2nd, McNeil to 3rd, Cespedes to LF and Marisnick in CF and Conforto in RF.

I really don't have the patience to keep going with this but what do you guys think the best line up is going to be? do you have Cespedes play every day? Is Cańo an every day player? I don't know. My brain hurts.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Saw these comments coming about Cano a mile away.

This tweet by the Mets made me laugh without even having to see what the comments were going to be. I knew the so why isn't Cano in camp yet comments were going to be fired out and I am going to admit I was going to fire one out myself but clearly didn't have to.

Mets Bids: Steve Cohen bidding big time.

Yesterday was the deadline to make the first round of bids to the Wilpon owned Mets and boy did they get a biggie. I can see the Mets saying no to it though for some reason. The Wilpons really seemthe type of people to bypass a life boat while waiting for a life yacht. TWO BILLION FOR THE TEAM and TWO BILLION FOR SNY was offered by Cohen. AROD and JLO's team bid $1.75 Billion. If the Wilpons take the Cohen deal, they still have to worry about if MLB owners will approve him. At this point I think they might just to get rid of the the Wilpons but who knows. Weirder things have happened.

Fromt he NY POST

Cohen, the hedge-fund billionaire who had previously offered $2.6 billion only to see the deal fall apart at the 11th hour, delivered the Wilpons an offer for $2 billion this time, according to a Fox Business report. That report stated Cohen is also willing to offer an additional $2 billion to also acquire SNY.

Cohen’s bid wasn’t the only one to come in before Thursday’s deadline.

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez have their necessary funding and made a bid that is likely good enough to keep them in the game, sources told The Post.

The former Yankee slugger’s bidding group offered around $1.7 billion, two sources close to the situation said.

Read more here

Thursday, July 9, 2020


NLDS 2015 game 3 game used 2nd base from 8th inning. Signed by Harvey deGrom and Syndergaard. Mets won 13-7. Harvey winning pitcher. COA MLB Hologram for the base is on it. Also a Steiner Holo for Syndergaard Auto. Two Steiner COA cards for deGrom and Harvey autos. $850 for the base shipping included. Email Mediagoon@gmail.com to buy it. If no buyers it will be put up on eBay.

ESPN 30 for 30 going to do a 1986 Mets Multi episode show.

                                          Photo Credit Heather Quinlan

From SI.com

ESPN Films announced an upcoming multi-part 30 for 30 documentary on the legendary 1986 Mets team. 

Highlighting their iconic season, which featured a franchise record 108-54 record and one of the greatest World Series comebacks, the series will be executive produced by Jimmy Kimmel, Sal “Cousin Sal” Iacono, ITV’s Jordana Hochman, Kimmelot’s Scott Lonker and MLB’s Nick Trotta.

Nick Davis, who was the writer and director of the PBS documentary “Ted Williams: ‘The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived,’” will direct the multi-part series on the team. The series will show moments on and off of the field.

Read more here.

Hey Heather. Stop being a Perfectionist and get your 1986 movie out already will ya? Check her project out here. Heather Quinlan has been working on a documentary for years that needs to get put out.

Mets 2021 Schedule is out

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Mets doing cut out thing at Citi Field

Free if you renew for next year if you roll over your money from this year.

The New York Mets are jumping on the cardboard fan bandwagon…but only if you pledge to bring yourself back to Citi Field in 2021.As with the San Francisco Giants and several other teams, the Mets will be using cardboard cutouts of fans to fill some of the seats at Citi Field while human (and sometimes canine) fans are not allowed to visit the park, offering season ticket holders one free cutout per seat if they choose to renew their package for 2021.

Six Flags Great Adventure opening and how they dealing with COVID-19

I just received this email from Six Flags Great Adventure about how the are opening and dealing with 
Covid-19. I wonder if this will be how concerts ans sporting events will eventually end up. And they say 
contactless entry.What about security going through bags?  Oh yeah..they figured it out. It's in the video.
Watch the video here. I wonder if MLB 
will use this tech.

This document is a summary of the key program components as of May 15, 2020. The plan is a living document that 
will be adjusted as needed based on the implementation of new programs, guidance from the CDC or mandates from federal, 
state and local government agencies.
General Protocols

Require Guests to follow our Robust Health Policy
Prior to visiting the park, all guests will be asked to carefully review our health policy, which requires all attendees to 
have been healthy for at least 14 days prior to their visit.

Require all Guests and Team Members to Wear Masks
All guests over the age of 2 and all team members will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth 
throughout their time on the property (exceptions apply in pools and on waterpark attractions). Mask Break Zones are available.

Screening Protocols

Conduct Non-Invasive Temperature Checks on Guests
We will be using state-of-the-art temperature reading technology designed to provide an efficient guest experience.

Check the Temperature of Employees
Team Members will be screened for high temperatures when they arrive on the property.

Social Distancing Protocols

Control Daily Park Capacity
We will be controlling the maximum daily attendance at each of our parks to maximize the space available to each guest.

Implement a New Park Reservation & Contact System
To reduce congestion at the front gate and to ensure a great experience for all visitors, we’ll be implementing a 
web-based reservation system for all guests.

Strongly encouraging guests to purchase parking in advance
To reduce the use of cash and thereby minimize onsite transactions, all guests will be strongly encouraged to 
purchase their parking from our website before they arrive at the park.

Promote 6 ft Separation in all Queues
We’ll have clear markers in all of our park entry, ride, restroom and dining queues to help guests keep a safe 
distance from one another. Roaming personnel will monitor the queues to ensure that the social distancing is promoted.

Promote Guest Separation in Seating Areas
Our dining and water park seating areas will be reconfigured to encourage plenty of distance between
 seated parties. In areas where strangers are seated together, seats will be removed or blocked off to promote 
a clear 6-foot gap between guests.

Separate Guests on Rides & Attractions
We’ve developed custom plans for each of our rides and attractions to minimize contact between parties and 
follow social distancing guidelines. Strategies for separating guests include empty rows and leaving empty
 seats between guests in ride vehicles.

Promote Guest Separation in Water Park Changing Areas
We’ll have clear markers in our water park changing areas, changing rooms, and showering areas to facilitate social distancing.

Reduce Indoor Facility Venue Capacity
While most of the Six Flags experience takes place outdoors, we do have many indoor shops, restaurants 
and service buildings. Capacity at each of these venues will be reduced to ensure that there is plenty of room for social distancing.

Separate Employees and Guests with Protective Equipment
We are introducing individual protection equipment at many of our food stalls to definitively separate guests from employees.

Minimize Guest Contact During Security Pre-screen
We will be using state-of-the-art technology designed to efficiently perform bag checks and metal detection with no contact.

Separate Guests in Entertainment Viewing Areas
Guests viewing entertainment, in the form of live outdoor street shows, fireworks displays, or 
other people playing games, will be separated from the performances and each other by at least six feet.

Remote Classroom Training for Employees
Every employee traditionally undergoes a significant amount of classroom training. This will be replaced 
with remote training whenever possible.

Sanitization and Disinfection Protocols

Introduce Cleaning Teams to Disinfect Common Areas
We are significantly increasing our efforts to sanitize and disinfect all high touch points, such as chairs,
 tubes, benches, tables, cans, etc.

Provide Hand Sanitizer Stations Throughout the Park
We will have a large number of stations throughout the park offering free hand sanitizer to guests 
and employees.

Provide Hand Washing Stations for Guests Throughout the Park
We will provide guests with easy access to hand washing stations in the park’s high traffic areas.

Continuously Monitor and Sanitize Restroom Areas
We will staff each restroom area with personnel who will disinfect all high touch point areas 
within the restrooms on a regular basis.

Continuously Monitor and Sanitize Water Park Changing Areas
We will monitor and regularly disinfect all changing area high touch points including showers, shower curtains, and lockers.

Continuously Sanitize & Disinfect Ride Units
Cleaning teams will spray or wipe down seats and restraints to give the riders a safe and sanitary experience.

Continuously Clean & Sanitize Employee Work Areas
Team Member work areas in both the back and front of house will be sanitized multiple times each 
day according to CDC guidelines.

Encourage Hand Sanitization When Entering Ride Queues
To maximize the sanitization of our ride queue rails, we’ll provide and encourage the use 
of hand sanitizer at the entrance of all ride queues. Depending on the experience, 
we’ll also make hand sanitizer available at ride exits.

Provide All Team Members with Personal Protective Gear
Every employee will be provided a kit featuring a face mask, gloves and safety glasses to use during their shift. 
Kits can be refreshed daily or as otherwise needed.

Priority Cleaning Regimen for All Dining, Cabana & Locker Areas
Trained, dedicated cleaning teams will continuously monitor and disinfect dining areas, cabanas, and locker areas.

Quarantine, Disinfect & Secure All Food Service Items
Following industry and CDC guidelines, all food service items such as napkins, food wrappings, condiments, and cutlery 
will be accepted into our warehouse, quarantined, disinfected and secured prior to disbursement and utilization.

Eliminate Open-Access Condiment, Topping Stations
Ketchup, mustard and other condiments will now be securely stored and served to guests upon request.

Eliminate Self-Service Cutlery & Napkin Stations
Napkins, knives, and forks will now be securely stored and provided to guests with their meal, as required or on request.

Ensure that Only Unused Cups are Used at our Beverage Filling Stations
Guests participating in one of our food or beverage refill programs will receive new containers each time they fill. All beverages 
will be disbursed by an attendant (no more self-service refills).

Eliminate Buffets & Ensure All Food Items are Shielded From Guests
In-park restaurants that hosted self-service buffets and salad bars will be reconfigured to eliminate guest contact with food.

Reconfigure Games to Allow for Effective Sanitization and Social Distancing
Game items will be sanitized between uses or, if that’s not possible, guests will be provided with gloves
 for each play. Group race games and arcade games will be reconfigured to ensure that guests are kept separate.

Signage, Communications, Training, & Guest On-boarding Protocols

Pre-visit Guest On-boarding Program
Guests with reservations will receive on-boarding information prior to their visit explaining how they can stay safe 
and have a great day at the park by following our basic social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Program will 
include emails, documentation and videos.

Newsletter Communication Program
Guest newsletters will regularly feature information about how to best plan for a visit to the park. Topics will 
include new screening procedures, security screening procedures, mobile ordering program processes,
reservation systems, social distancing recommendations, disinfectant procedures, and more.

Social Distancing Messaging on Six Flags TV
Our in-park TV network (at most Six Flags parks) will feature regular messaging encouraging guests to social distance and 
offering them tips on how they can stay germ free at the park.

Display Social Distancing & Hygiene Signage
Signage reminding guests to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene will be displayed conspicuously throughout the park.

Mandatory COVID-19 Training for All Six Flags Employees
We’ll require all of our employees to participate in online training programs instructing them how to stay safe and keep 
our guests safe.

Six Flags 2020 Health & Safety Policy
The health and safety of our guests is our top priority. We have implemented several measures that you will see in our parks which are each designed to protect Six Flags guests and employees from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus (“Coronavirus”), by minimizing contacts, promoting social distancing and increasing sanitation throughout the park. 
In addition, to further protect the health and safety of our guests and employees, you will not be admitted to the park and you should stay home if within past fourteen (14) days you have:
  • Tested positive or have been deemed presumptively positive with the Coronavirus;
  • Sought testing to determine whether you might have the Coronavirus, and have not yet received the results; 
  • Been informed that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus or learned that you have been in the immediate vicinity of a person now known to have been carrying the Coronavirus; or 
  • Experienced any of the following symptoms commonly associated with the Coronavirus, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, OR two or more of any of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. 
Prior to entering the park, you will undergo a non-invasive temperature check. If your temperature is 100.40 F or higher, you will be directed to one of our medical technicians to determine whether we can safely admit you to the park. No personal information or data will be recorded or retained in any manner in connection with this process. 
Once you enter the park, you must:
  • Wear your protective face mask at all times during your visit (other than children two and under); and 
  • Adhere to the social distancing and sanitization guidelines posted throughout the park.
Six Flags reserves the right to modify these requirements on a case-by-case basis to accommodate any circumstance that in Six Flags sole discretion warrants a modification to this policy. 
Six Flags cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to Coronavirus during your visit. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus. Guests should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread Coronavirus if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to Coronavirus. By coming to the park, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.
If at any time Six Flags determines that a guest does not meet the criteria outlined in this policy, Six Flags reserves the right to refuse entry or (if the guest is already in the park) immediately remove the guest from the park. These actions are at the sole discretion of Six Flags.
By entering the park you acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree to abide by this policy. If you have any questions, or if you do not understand the policy, please speak with guest relations.