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A side of the film industry most people never see.

Well, this is depressing, but it isn’t a surprise.

Today’s LA Times hit me like a hammer*, and it wasn’t so much of a surprise as it was a confirmation in my not having much faith in humanity these days:

Go Here and Here

Of course the suits looted the company. Of course.

You know, if I lose my health insurance** and pension qualifying hours and have to double pay taxes because one of these motherfuckers wanted a tacky $100,000 car and a mostly plastic bimbo, I’m going to scour the earth to find the guy.

When I do find him, I’m going to do things to him that will violate every single clause of the Geneva convention.

That’s all I have.

I’m just too angry right now to be clever. Maybe later.

*I stood in the coffee shop (I’ve cancelled my newspaper subscription to save money) shaking my scavenged paper and screaming “You motherfucker!” at the top of my lungs. I think I was asked not to return. Ever.

** Crew people’s health insurance is dependent upon our working a certain number of hours (currently 300 per semester). If we don’t work enough, and don’t have enough extra hours saved in our ‘bank’ to cover the shortfall, we lose our insurance. If Axium didn’t pay into the proper fund, some of use could lose our insurance.

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11 Responses

  1. Dave2 says:

    I don’t understand. If the principles are guilty of this, won’t all their assets be sold to pay back the monies that should have been paid out? I’d sell EVERYTHING they own… strip their fucking asses down to bare skin and then sell the fillings in their teeth until every cent was paid back.

  2. jemy says:

    Sure, sell it all. Start with the company. But it’s going to take a long time to sort it out. Maybe 5% of the money lost gets refunded within the next two months when they sell off all the company assets. The rest is going to take years to sort out.

    And guess what? The companies that insure films are getting hammered left and right, and I doubt they have the assets to cover this many losses all at once. We’re going to see bond companies going down too. Already Ive heard word several dozen film corps are filing for bankruptcy.

    It ain’t pretty.

    I suggest we post a picture of these two sleazeballs in as many places as we possibly can, and take out some ads in the city they’re trying to hide in.

  3. Jedediah says:

    Find out if Anthony Hopkins is owed residuals via Axium. If so, you might be able to get his creative help with the whole breaking some geneva conventions bit. If not, it might be worth diverting a couple grand from the payback fund and installing a pair of implants on both of them for the enjoyment of their fellow inmates. Just a thought.

    Local 80’s site had this to say on the matter yesterday:

    From the blog you posted a link to about axium closing:

    “…Supposedly, checks sent on the 2nd had the taxes paid the 3rd. As far as union benefits, I don’t know how they dealt with that…”

    You may not need to worry about double paying taxes. I’m assuming you, like most of us, haven’t been to work since the new year because of the strike.

  4. Norman says:

    Here’s what generally happens in cases like this (trust me, I’ve been involved in a case where an employer took off, owing me tons of money — mysteriously, his place was burglarized just as he was about to declare so he had very few assets left to pay people back with).

    There are going to be hundreds of people who will be ahead of us little people in the line to get their money back — people who lent the company money and are secured creditors, banks who have also gotten shafted here, big money creditors. There’s not going to be enough money to pay everyone back for their full amounts.

    So, the first position people will get a percentage of their money first. Then, eventually, some of the below the line people will get a small portion of their money. Maybe. In a buncha years.

    It couldn’t get any worse — coming during the strike.

  5. JCW says:

    If the government can step in and work on bail out plans for people who unwisely got into sub prime mortgages (Of their own free will, I might add…), You’d think that there must be something they can do to help the thousands of people who’ve been hit by the strike/Axium double whammy.
    Tax forgivness for those who paid but got screwed by Axium? Priority unemployment status? Make sure the insurance companies have to continue coverage?

  6. GroovyBrent says:

    JCW – It might not be a bad idea to write your representatives (and start a campaign for your fellow screwed-ees to do the same). It certainly couldn’t hurt!

  7. patrick romero says:

    god…sometimes this business is like a bad relationship without the saving grace of great sex..

  8. Mary Sue says:

    If’n I was on the jury, I’d vote not guilty by reason of they deserved it.

  9. danielle says:

    sadly, this was the rumor when axium shuttered it’s doors. not because of the writers’ strike. it’s shocking and disgusting. they WILL be found and tried. if everyone doesn’t kill them first.

    BUT. . .now for some good news!

    the DGA struck a deal!

    http://news. s/ap/20080117/ ap_en_mo/ hollywood_ labor

  10. The Jonster says:

    I do not believe the IRS has a beef with the employees of a company that is bankrupt. It is the responsibility of the company principles (executive, directors, etc) to properly withhold the payroll tax. It would be beyond absurd to ask that former employees pay tax twice because their bosses are idiots or criminals.

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