Jay Sedrish, the executive producer of Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges related to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of the film. Jones, 27, was killed in February (14) as she attempted to escape a train while filming on tracks in Georgia.
Sedrish, director Randall Miller and fellow producer Jody Savin have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
Sedrish, who was also the film's production manager, has also waived his right for an arraignment.
Miller and Savin pleaded not guilty to the charges against them last month (Jul14).
The camera assistant who lost her life when she was hit by a train while shooting Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider in February (14) was among the people remembered during the In Memoriam montage during Saturday's (16Aug14) Creative Arts Emmys. Sarah Jones, 27, was working on a train track in Georgia when she failed to escape the path of the oncoming locomotive.
Her death has sparked a Hollywood movement for safer sets.
Director Randall Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing, while the biopic itself has been on hold ever since the tragedy.
U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live was the big winner at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five honours, while Sherlock: His Last Vow, True Detective, documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Game of Thrones claimed four awards apiece.
The highlight of the night for many was Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba's emotional Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy acceptance speech.
The star, who plays jailbird Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on the hit Netflix show said, "I feel so full, that's why the tears come out. I'm stuffed. My cup runneth over right now. I feel absolutely all of those things: I feel full of joy, like a fountain. Mission accomplished."
Prior to her first Emmy win, Aduba told reporters, "All I can hold onto today is this idea of the day I got this job, I was leaving this business, I had quit and now I'm at the Emmys, and I'm nominated for an Emmy, and my show is nominated, and my castmates are nominated."
She received her honour from Morgan Freeman and told the media backstage, "It's like you're walking and you're aware that you're walking toward Morgan Freeman, but you're fairly certain you should still be sitting on your seat. You're like, 'Maybe I'm embarrassing myself, maybe they called somebody else's name and I don't know what's happening'"
There were also awards for Allison Janney (Guest Actress in a Drama for her role in Masters of Sex), and Scandal star Joe Morton (Guest Actor in a Drama).
The ceremony - the precursor to the primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held later this month (Aug14) - was staged at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
The producers of the stalled Allman Brothers biopic have been cited for a "serious safety violation" relating to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Jones was struck and killed by a train while shooting a dream sequence for the film, titled Midnight Rider, on a trestle in Wayne County, Georgia in February (14).
Prosecutors investigating the tragedy filed charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass against director/producer Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish last month (Jul14), and now officials at the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) are holding Miller and Savin responsible for "one willful and one serious safety violation" stemming from the 27 year old's death.
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, says, "Employers are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect workers' health and safety, and the entertainment industry is no exception. It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad trestle."
Eight other crew members were also injured in the incident, with many joining Jones' parents in taking civil action against filmmakers.
OSHA authorities suggest Film Allman chiefs should be fined $74,900 (£44,059) for the violations, including exposing employees to "struck-by and fall hazards".
Owners of the company, which is registered to the same address as Miller and his film partner and wife Savin's firm Unclaimed Freight Productions, have 15 business days to appeal the findings.
News of the OSHA's findings emerge hours after Midnight Rider executives filed a legal complaint against their insurers at New York Marine, after they announced they will no longer honour their policy to cover incidents onset when filming resumes.
Production on Midnight Rider, based on the memoir of Gregg Allman, has been on hold since Jones' death.
Bosses of the Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider fear the project may have to be abandoned unless insurance company officials agree to honour their policy. Shooting on the film, based on veteran rocker Gregg Allman's autobiography, halted after production assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train while working on location in February (14).
The biopic is still on hold while movie bosses battle legal issues and help with police investigations relating to director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish, who were all indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass last month (Jul14).
Officials at production company Film Allman are hoping to restart the project, but bosses at insurance firm New York Marine, who covered the original shoot, will no longer honour their policy when filming resumes so movie chiefs have filed a legal complaint.
The papers, lodged at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (12Aug14), state, "This action arises from New York Marine's bad faith refusal to honour its obligations to pay for losses incurred by Film Allman, its insured... Even worse, New York Marine unjustifiably has taken the position that the policy no longer will insure Midnight Rider on a forward-going basis and has threatened to cancel the policy altogether, thereby leaving Film Allman without any insurance coverage for the restarted production. As a result, Film Allman is now saddled with over $1.6 million in losses and the prospect of having to abandon Midnight Rider entirely in light of New York Marine's stated intention of cancelling the film's insurance policy."
Bosses at Film Allman want at least $1.6 million (£941,200) in damages and ongoing insurance coverage.
Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin have broken their silence following the death of a camera assistant on their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, insisting they have committed no crime. Director Miller and his writer/producer wife were shooting a dream sequence on a train trestle in Wayne County, Georgia in February (14) when an oncoming train disrupted filming. Sarah Jones lost her life when the train hit her.
The filmmakers, who surrendered to local authorities on Sunday (13Jul14), have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges filed against them, and now they've released a statement through their attorney.
Miller and Savin write, "In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime: we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody’s safety at risk. This was a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident.
"We have remained silent out of respect for the family of Sarah Jones, their loved ones and all of the crew who were injured on that very sad day.
"Our hearts are broken, our spirits are broken. We have young children and can only imagine with immense sadness the heartbreak of losing a child. We are praying for Sarah’s family."
A third producer, Jay Sedrish, turned himself in to police in Georgia on Thursday (17Jul14).
The trio has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
Several civil suits have also been filed against MIller, Savin, Sedrish and other individuals and entities associated with the film.
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.
Oscar winner William Hurt has been aded to the cast of the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic as the older Gregg Allman. All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter was cast as the younger Allman at the end of last year (13), while Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son Wyatt will portray Duane Allman in the film.
And on Monday (06Jan14), Hollywood veteran Hurt signed on to play the current day Gregg in director Randall Miller's movie, titled Midnight Rider.
Miller tells WENN, "I am a tremendous fan of William’s work. I can’t wait to work with him."
The director's wife and screenwriter Jody Savin adds, "William Hurt actually helped start Randy’s career years ago. He made an anonymous monetary donation to Randy’s AFI thesis film. And when his identity was revealed, he even agreed to do the voice-over on the film.”
The film is based on Gregg Allman’s New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, and the blues-rocker insists the husband-and-wife filmmakers have their work cut out on the project.
He tells Rolling Stone, "The script will damn sure change, because I have veto rights over everything. Think about it, man. If you had them doing your life story on the big screen, wouldn't you want to be able to erase anything out of there that you didn’t want? I can pull the plug on it any time."
All American Rejects star Tyson Ritter and Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's actor son Wyatt are teaming up as Gregg and Duane Allman for a big screen biopic. CBGB director Randall Miller and his screenwriting partner Jody Savin announced the casting news for their new film Midnight Rider on Friday (13Dec13).
Miller tells WENN, "The world knows Tyson as a extraordinary musician and performer; now the world will know what an amazing actor he is as well.
"After meeting many of the hottest young actors in town we understood that to tell the Allman Brothers story with the utmost authenticity we needed actor/musicians."
Savin adds, "And Wyatt has been a Duane Allman fan his whole life. He blew us away with his total embodiment of the rock icon and his uncanny slide guitar chops."
The film will be based on Gregg Allmann’s New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, which he co-wrote with Alan Light.
Savin tells WENN, "The film focuses on two major parts of Gregg’s life in music: Gregg’s early struggles through the formation of The Allman Brothers Band & the group’s ultimate explosion on the music scene and Gregg’s struggles to clean himself up from drug and alcohol abuse.
"Considering what he has endured, the dark tunnels from which he has emerged, his health and his continued sublime musicianship is nothing short of miraculous.”
Gregg Allman and his manager, Michael Lehman, will serve as executive producers on the project.
Allman says, "I’m excited to be working with Tyson and Wyatt on the music and the story of my life."