L.A. Stagehands Local 33 Co-Chief Ron Valentine’s Harrowing Account Of Early Days Of Shutdown & Herculean Efforts To Get Town Back To Work
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EXCLUSIVE: Ron Valentine, business agent of IATSE Stagehands Local 33 in Los Angeles, says he doesn’t expect concerts, sporting events and theatrical productions to return with audiences until 2021. Even so, he’s hopeful that the show will go on, even if it has to be without live audiences.
“We have been in discussions with employers to think about virtual concerts and private fundraisers at our venues such as the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theatre to keep the employer in business, as well as our members employed,” he told Deadline. “This is a time to work in unity and make it a win-win-win situation.”
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“I always think of us as the Swiss Army knife of entertainment,” he said. In television, his local’s 1,642 active members set, rig and light the stages for game shows like The Price Is Right,