Film producer Jay Sedrish has turned himself in to police in Georgia four days after his associates, Jody Savin and Randall Miller, surrendered to authorities for their part in the death of a camera assistant on the set of Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider.
The trio has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in connection to the death of 27-year-old Sarah Jones, who was killed while trying to escape an oncoming train as they shot footage for the film in Wayne County in February (14).
Sedrish, the project's executive producer and production manager, surrendered to police on Thursday (17Jul14). He was released after posting $27,700 (£16,300) bond.
Miller and Savin turned themselves in on Sunday (13Jul14) and were also released. The trio faces up to 10 years behind bars for involuntary manslaughter under Georgia law.
Production on Midnight Rider was halted immediately after the tragedy.
Director Randall Miller and his producer wife Jody Savin have been released on bail after surrendering to police in Georgia. The couple and fellow producer Jay Sedrish were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass related to the death of a camera assistant on the set of their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider.
Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by a train and killed in February (14) as the production crew shot footage on railroad tracks in Wayne County. Six other crew members were also injured.
Miller and Savin turned themselves in to cops on Sunday (13Jul14) and were each freed on $27,000 (£15,882) bail.
Executive producer Sedrish has yet to surrender to authorities.
The trio faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, while the criminal trespass misdemeanour could land Miller and the producers 12 months in prison.
Production on the movie, based on the memoirs of Gregg Allman, was halted following the train tragedy.
Director Randall Miller has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the death of a camera assistant on the Georgia set of the Allman Brothers biopic. Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by a train and killed in February (14) as the production crew shot footage for Midnight Rider on railroad tracks in Wayne County. Six other crew members were also injured.
A criminal investigation was launched and now the Wayne County District Attorney has indicted Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin and the film's executive producer Jay Sedrish on the two counts amid allegations they failed to secure a permit to shoot on the train tracks.
The charge of involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 10 years behind bars, while the criminal trespass misdemeanour could land Miller and the producers 12 months in prison.
Production on the movie, based on the memoirs of Gregg Allman, was halted following the train tragedy and the subsequent exit of lead actor William Hurt, who had been set to portray the rocker. Hurt had previously expressed his concerns about safety on the Wayne County set in an email to a friend, days before Jones' death.
The criminal charges are not the only legal woes for Miller - Jones' parents filed a civil suit against the movie's filmmakers in May (14), and a number of other crew members involved in the accident have lodged official complaints.
News of the indictment emerges days after stars including Heather Locklear, Nina Dobrev and Sam Underwood joined a group of Hollywood crew members to film a public service announcement (PSA) in Jones' memory. The short film calls for increased safety measures on film and TV sets.
Rocker Gregg Allman and the producers of his biopic Midnight Rider have been hit by another lawsuit connected to the fatal train accident that took place on the set in February (14). Make-up artist Antonyia Verna has become the latest crew member to file suit over injuries she sustained as she ran from an oncoming train while shooting on railroad tracks in Wayne County, Georgia.
The parents of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed, were the first to file suit against the filmmakers. They were joined by hairstylist Joyce Gilliard.
Verna, who was injured as she ran from the train, is also suing Allman, Unclaimed Freight Productions, Open Road Films and others.
There have been reports of six other injuries.
According to her lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Midnight Rider producers failed to get permission to film on the trestle bridge and concealed that fact from the rest of the cast and crew. She claims the defendants failed to take "minimum safety precautions" and failed to "comply with applicable industry standards".
Verna alleges she suffered "serious physical injuries, medical and other necessary expenses, post-traumatic stress, mental anguish, lost income, and mental and physical pain and suffering."
She is demanding compensatory and punitive damages. She is joined in the action by her spouse Richard Brewer, who also wants monetary damages for his own suffering.
Filming was shut down following the incident and director Randall Miller has yet to resume the project.
Allman and his fellow defendants have yet to comment on the new lawsuit, but the veteran rocker's attorney recently insisted his client had nothing to do with selecting shooting locations or "the actual physical production of the film".
Allman tried to sue Miller and his production company in early May (14) in an effort to win back the film rights to his life story after insisting the movie project should no longer go ahead. The rocker subsequently dropped the lawsuit after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.
A movie hairstylist who fractured her arm during the tragic train crash which killed a camera assistant on the set of The Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider has filed suit against rocker Gregg Allman and the film's producers. Joyce Gilliard was one of six crewmembers injured on 20 February (14), when Sarah Jones was fatally struck by an oncoming train as they shot landscape footage on a trestle in rural Wayne County, Georgia.
Production on the film, based on Allman's memoirs, immediately ground to a halt and lead actor William Hurt, who had raised questions about staff safety in an email to a friend days before the incident, subsequently quit the project.
Last week (21May14), Jones' parents launched legal action against 10 individuals involved in the film, including executive producer Allman and director Randall Miller, and now Gilliard has followed their lead.
She filed papers in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday (28May14), claiming injuries she sustained as she tried to race to safety from the oncoming train have left her with post-traumatic stress.
Gilliard did not detail the extent of her ailments, which she alleges have become permanent, but she previously revealed, "The pressure from the train was so strong it pulled me off what I was holding onto and it snapped my arm."
Allman and his fellow defendants have yet to comment on the new lawsuit, but the veteran rocker's attorney recently criticised the Jones family's decision to include him in their wrongful death case, insisting his client had nothing to do with selecting shooting locations or "the actual physical production of the film".
An investigation into the accident is ongoing, but officials have stated that Miller and his crew had permission to be on the property, but not on the train tracks themselves. Local authorities have yet to decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.
Allman had also tried to sue Miller and his production company in early May (14) in an effort to win back the film rights to his life story after insisting the movie project should no longer go ahead. The rocker subsequently dropped the lawsuit after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.
A lawyer representing Gregg Allman has criticised the decision to include the veteran musician in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the producers of The Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider. The parents of tragic camera assistant Sarah Jones have sued the moviemakers over her death in February (14). The 27 year old died after she was struck by a train on location in Georgia, and her relatives have now targeted the film's producers, as well as Allman himself, whose memoirs form the basis for the movie.
Richard and Elizabeth Jones claim the filmmakers selected "an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location" and failed to get the proper permission to shoot there.
Allman's attorney David W. Long-Daniels has now moved to distance the star from the legal wrangling, insisting the singer should not have been named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Mr. Allman and his representative did not have any knowledge that 'live people (would be) on a live train track.' My clients were not at the location when this tragedy occurred nor have they ever been to that location. In fact, they had no role in securing any location for the making of the movie or the actual physical production of the film. They provided creative input on the script and the rights about Mr. Allman's life, and consulted about casting and music. We are confident that the legal process will result in the ultimate dismissal of claims against Mr. Allman and his representative. It is unfortunate that plaintiffs' counsel has taken a shotgun approach to this very tragic event."
Allman recently sued the film's director Randall Miller and his production company in an effort to win back the movie rights to his life story after insisting the project should no longer go ahead. The rocker dropped the lawsuit earlier this month (May14) after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.
The parents of a 27-year-old camera assistant who was killed while shooting landscape footage on the Georgia set of The Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider have launched a civil lawsuit against the film's producers. Sarah Jones lost her life in February (14) after she was hit by an oncoming train while attempting to run to safety on a rural Wayne County trestle.
Production on the film, based on Greg Allman's memoirs, was immediately halted and star William Hurt, who had questioned the safety of crew members in an email sent to a friend days before the accident, has since quit the project. Now, Jones' parents have named the movie's producers and the owners of the land, on which the film was being shot at the time of the tragedy, as part of a massive suit, which was filed on Wednesday (21May14).
In total, 10 individuals associated with the film, including executive producer Allman and director Randall Miller, and eight corporations have been named as defendants. In the suit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Richard and Elizabeth Jones' lawyer claims the filmmakers selected "an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location; failed to secure approval for filming... and otherwise failed to take measures to protect the safety of the Midnight Rider cast and crew."
Six of Sarah Jones' colleagues were injured in the rush to get to safety as the train appeared. Investigators have revealed Miller and his crew had permission to be on the property, but not on the train tracks themselves. Local authorities have yet to decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.
Allman recently sued director Miller and his production company in an effort to win back the film rights to his life story after insisting the movie project should no longer go ahead. The rocker dropped the lawsuit last week (ends16May14) after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.
Gregg Allman has dropped his lawsuit against producers of the Allman Brothers biopic after reaching an out-of-court agreement. The veteran rocker filed legal documents in April (14) to stop production on Midnight Rider, a film based on his autobiography My Cross To Bear, after production assistant Sarah Jones was hit by a train and killed in February (14).
In the lawsuit, Allman claimed the company's rights to his memoir had expired because bosses had failed to meet production deadlines.
The singer's lawyer, David Long-Daniels, told a judge at a court in Savannah, Georgia on Tuesday (13May14) that a settlement has since been reached with Unclaimed Freight Productions.
He adds, "We have come together and reasoned with one another."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawyers refused to discuss details of the deal, including whether the film's director Randall Miller can continue making the movie.
Veteran rocker Gregg Allman is taking legal action in a bid to block production of the Allman Brothers biopic. Last month (Apr14), Allman wrote to director Randall Miller urging him to not resume work on Midnight Rider, based on Allman's autobiography My Cross To Bear, after production assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train while working on the film in February (14).
Miller is yet to respond to the plea, but Allman has now filled legal documents to stop the project moving forward, claiming the option on his life story has expired.
In the lawsuit, filed against production companies Unclaimed Freight Prods. and Allman LLC, the rocker alleges principle photography needed to have begun by 28 February (14). Reports suggest Randall plans to resume filming in June (14) in California.
The legal documents also accuse production company bosses of failing to pay Allman the money owed to him for the film option, and concludes, "Therefore, Allman requests that the Court enter an Order declaring that the Defendants' Option has expired and directing the Defendants to cease all efforts to make a motion picture based upon the life of Gregg Allman and/or his autobiography."
The legal action is the latest setback for the project after actor William Hurt, who was set to star as the older incarnation of Allman, backed out in April (14).
On Saturday Night Live, the cast member who anchors Weekend Update has always had a special role to fill on the show. Guaranteed a showcase, they are the one constant in an otherwise ever changing group of sketches.
The originator of the role, Chevy Chase, left after one season to find stardom in movies, setting an example that would be followed going forward: Weekend Update anchors moving on to bigger and better things. You may have heard of Chase's immediate successors — Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray — all of whom (along with Chase) continue working regularly in film and television 30-plus years later. But how about everyone else who's held the desk?
THE LOST YEARS
When first Jean Doumanian and then Dick Ebersol took over as executive producer after Lorne Michaels exited the show following the 1979 - '80 season, the segment went through a number of changes, including sometimes being called Newsbreak and Saturday Night News. The most prominent host during the early '80s was Brad Hall — known to most, now, as Julia Louis-Dreyfus' husband — who anchored from 1982 - '84. Many of the other anchors during that time — Charles Rocket, Christine Ebersole, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Mary Gross — did the segment for just a year (or less). Most members of this group have faded into the background, although Rocket, who famously dropped an F-bomb during a SNL sketch, made regular appearances on television and movies (Moonlighting, Dances with Wolves) until his death in 2005. Doyle-Murray (Bill's older brother) and Guest were established character actors before joining the show and didn't miss a beat after leaving. Doyle-Murray has been in everything from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation to ABC's The Middle, usually playing some variation of a blowhard. Guest most famously played the six-fingered Count Rugen in The Princess Bride and earned additional praise for directing ensemble comedies like Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show.
THE GOLDEN AGE
Since Michaels took back the reins of SNL in 1985, the format of Weekend Update has remained largely unchanged and the comics that have sat behind the desk have become some of the biggest names in entertainment. But, who's having the best post-SNL career? Starting with the mid '80s, we rank them from worst to best below:
Kevin Nealon (1991 - '94) and Colin Quinn (1998 - 2000)
Most non-hardcore SNL fans would have difficulty remembering anything about either Nealon's or Quinn's stint on Update, so maybe it's not surprising that they've had the least success since leaving the show (although they've still done significantly better than most of the Ebersol folk). Quinn was a stand-up comic before the show and just returned to doing more of the same when he left. He did host a show on Comedy Central for a while, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Nealon's biggest success came playing hapless accountant Doug Wilson on Showtime's Weeds. Each is friends with fellow SNL alum Adam Sandler, so Nealon and Quinn also show up occasionally doing cameos in Sandler's films. Lately, we've seen Quinn show up on episodes of Girls as a boss and friend of Alex Karpovsky's character Ray.
Norm Macdonald (1994 - '97)
Like Quinn, Macdonald came to SNL with an established background in stand-up. He had the good fortune to be behind the desk during the O.J. Simpson arrest and trial, which provided endless fodder for the comedian… and possibly led to his dismissal after running afoul of NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer, a friend of Simpson. Macdonald had his own sitcom on ABC for three years (Norm), and keeps a steady schedule of stand-up dates. Besides doing voice-over and commercial work, he's also a frequent guest of Conan O'Brien and, like Quinn and Nealon, has a habit of showing up in movies that Sandler produces.
Seth Meyers (2006 - '14)
Meyers sat behind the Weekend Update desk longer than anyone, and is the only anchor that worked both solo and with a partner. He has only been gone a few months, so it's hard to grade him, but he's off to a rousing start as the host of NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers, maintaining his 30 Rock residence and boss Michaels. We're rooting for you, Seth.
Dennis Miller (1985 - '91)
Miller was the one responsible for returning Update back to something closer to Chase's original version. Unlike most of the others, Miller's sole role on the show was hosting the fake news segment, very rarely taking part in any of the show's sketches. Miller also might be the most controversial of the former anchors. After leaving SNL, he hosted Dennis Miller Live on HBO from 1994 - 2002, winning five Emmys. He also did a disastrous two-season stint as a commentator on ABC's Monday Night Football. After 2001, Miller's political views became increasingly conservative, leading to him to a gig at Fox News with a regular spot on Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor. Since 2007, Miller has also hosted a syndicated radio show. Oddly, when Miller is on vacation his frequent fill-in both on radio and with O'Reilly is Macdonald.
Amy Poehler (2004 - '08)
One of the founders of the influential improv group Upright Citizens Brigade, Poehler joined with Tina Fey to form the first all-female team on Weekend Update, and the two have been joined together ever since. Poehler was such a powerful presence on the show that she managed to make an appearance on the segment by frequent target Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin come off as charming instead of forced. Since SNL, Poehler has starred in the movie Baby Mama and has done the voices for more animated characters than we can count. She also just completed her sixth season starring in NBC's Parks and Recreation. Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011 and, oh yeah, and she has a little awards show hosting gig that she does with Fey.
Jimmy Fallon (2000 - '04)
Fallon teamed with Fey to turn Update back into a buzz-worthy segment, with the two of them trading quips at which Fallon would frequently crack up. He tried his hand at movies after leaving the show, starring in Fever Pitch with Drew Barrymore and Taxi with Queen Latifah. It was when he returned to television, however, that he really hit his stride. Starting with taking over for O'Brien on Late Night, Fallon has steadily grown into one of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry as a late night talk show host. In February, he took over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, moving it back to New York from Los Angeles and earning accolades for his mix of goofy humor, music, and social media interaction.
Tina Fey (2000 - '06)
During her time on SNL, in addition to co-anchoring Update with first Fallon and then Poehler, Fey was the show's first female head writer. While still on the show, Fey wrote the hit teen comedy Mean Girls, and since leaving has starred in a group of comedies, including Baby Mama with Poehler and most recently Muppets Most Wanted. She wrote, produced, and starred in NBC's 30 Rock for seven seasons, and her book Bossypants was number one on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks. She's won eight Emmys, most recently for her work hosting the Golden Globes with Poehler, and she was the youngest ever recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Dazzlingly smart and funny, it's hard to find many people that can match resumes with Fey.