Inside move: Backlots batten hatches

Studios bolster security

Studio bosses are feeling the pressure from an FBI warning Sept. 21 of possible terrorist attacks against movie studios — so much so that agents were being advised by the studios not to schedule meetings on the lots.

Studios also requested that employees ask agents not to come to the lot to do their general rounds.

Fox urged employees to remain on the lot during the day — whenever possible — due to long delays entering the facility. At Universal, spokesmen would only confirm their heightened security measures and say otherwise they were continuing with business as usual, including its studio tours. (The tours were closed for one day, Sept. 11.)Warner Bros. has suspended its studio tours.

Meanwhile, the town’s major tenpercenteries continued to advise staff to be vigilant about security measures and safety is-sues. CAA went so far as to advise clients not to take meetings on the lots.

A memo circulated to staff Thursday afternoon stated, “Please cancel any plans to have meetings at any of the studios today. … Please advise clients accordingly, should they be heading to any studio meetings this afternoon as well.”

ICM employees are being asked to wear photo ID badges to work so security staff can account for everyone in the building, and they are asking guests to be clearly identified.

In general, the main entrances of buildings on the lots are accessible. Drivers also are being informed that vehicles illegally parked at the lot will be towed, not cited.

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