Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the subject of the Netflix docuseries, is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for his part in a murder-for-hire plot.
The star of the popular Netflix docuseriesTiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is currently in isolation behind bars out of an abundance of caution during the coronavirus pandemic.
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka 'Joe Exotic,' the Tiger King, is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for his part in a murder-for-hire plot.
Maldonado-Passage's husband, Dillon Passage, recently spoke with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM's Radio Andy and said that the former zoo owner has been placed in COVID-19 isolation.
Maldonado-Passage is not necessarily thought to be infected, but since he recently transferred from a prison with multiple cases, he was placed in isolation for safety, his husband told Cohen.
The Netflix series has become wildly popular, dominating entertainment news coverage.
Florida authorities on Tuesday confirmed tips have been rolling in daily concerning a cold case featured in the docuseries.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister of Tampa addressed local media regarding the disappearance of Jack Donald 'Don' Lewis, saying the sheriff held a meeting on Monday regarding the case and will be reviewing “a lot of the evidence.'
The sheriff also said his office was getting at least six tips a day, as Chronister on Monday asked for new leads amid all the interest in the show. The 1997 disappearance of Lewis is part of the Netflix series.
Listen to the entire interview below.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
EXCLUSIVE: At a time when every segment of our industry is struggling with layoffs and furloughs because of the coronavirus pandemic, the $9.3 billion owed to many that is just sitting there in a California state Unclaimed Property fund might well come in handy.
The state of California owes the Motion Picture & Television Fund $24,025 — money the MPTF could sorely use right now in its efforts to provide assistance to the industry's suddenly unemployed workforce, while itself dealing with the first COVID-19 outbreak at its skilled nursing facility in Woodland Hills.
The money owed is part of the State Controller's $9.3 billion Unclaimed Property fund, which includes some 48 million separate accounts. The money held in more than 100 MPTF accounts includes forgotten checks, savings accounts, dividends, accounts payable, and commissions that were turned over to the state after sitting idle in banks for more than three years. The eight largest MPTF accounts hold more than $16,000.
“The Controller is safeguarding millions of unclaimed properties for Californians,” Jennifer Hanson, press secretary to State Controller Betty Yee, told Deadline. “From an account that sat dormant for too long, to a final paycheck that never got picked up, people should check to see if any of those properties belong to them. In challenging times, even a small find could make a big difference.”
Because accounts can be spread out over various — and often incorrect — versions of a business' name, they can be difficult to locate on the Controller's searchable database. The MPTF's unclaimed funds are listed under 13 different permutations of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, including those with and without the ampersand, and one under MPRF — the acronym for the Motion Picture Relief Fund, which was the name of the fund when it was founded in 1921.
“We have property-owner advocates to help groups locate multiple properties,” Hanson said. “They're here to help.”
Businesses can get assistance locating and applying for unclaimed funds here.
Many of the industry's other charities and non-profits also have money sitting in the Unclaimed Property fund as well, gathering dust — and no interest. Among them:
• Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation has an uncashed cashier's check for $1,000 • The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation misidentified in the searchable database as the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation is owed $2,702 in dividends • The Sundance Institute has $5,000 in accounts receivable • Women In Film is owed more than $4,000 • The Entertainment Industry Foundation is owed $3,000 • The NAACP Image Awards is owed $2,500 • The Mary Pickford Foundation is owed $1,500 • The American...
It's been a busy week in the Dick Wolf universe. The Law & Order creator scored a straight-to-series order for a new series starring Christopher Meloni reprising his Law & Order: SVU role as Elliot Stabler, as revealed today by Deadline. Tonight, it’s also the unexpected season finale of FBI after production on the CBS drama was shut down as a result of the coronavirus. The episode marks the long-rumored crossover between NBC's Chicago P.D. and FBI — the first multi-network crossover in the Dick Wolf universe.
The episode is directed by Monica Raymund, best known for being in front of the camera in Wolf's World as Gabriela Dawson, the star of Chicago Fire between 2012-2019. It is only Raymund's third television directing gig after an episode of Law & Order: SVU in 2018 and an episode of FBI earlier this season.CBS
Raymund tells Deadline she had no idea that this episode — Episode 19 — would be the season finale when she was directing it. “Me and the rest of the world have been curtailed by this virus. Right as the sh*t hit the fan, I had just got back to L.A. after directing [the episode] in New York. I was in post the first day, right as everything was starting to go down. By the end of the second day of post-production, that was when everything was starting to shut down. I didn't go into post because I had to stay inside; a few of the editors were older and I don't know their pre-existing health conditions, so I needed to stay home and worked remotely with my editor to finish the episode that way,” she says.
Editing the episode remotely was also a challenge for Raymund. “It was strange. A lot of directors work remotely on television shows when they're editing, but I don't like doing it,” she says. “I like to be in person as much as possible, that's my process. I can jibe with the editors and bounce ideas back and forth. Being in person on any kind of collaboration is better, for me, than being on the phone. We'd already developed a shorthand so we were able to communicate over the phone, but then on the last day of editing, we found out that they'd canceled the rest of the season so now my episode is the season finale.”
Written by Rick Eid and Joe Halpin, tonight’s eposide, titled “Emotional Rescue,” is notable for the fact that it brings together Chicago P.D. star Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Detective Hailey Upton, with the FBI cast. It follows the FBI team investigating a drug deal gone bad after the body of a college student is found. Upton is helping out, but her usual investigative methods clash with the bureau's more buttoned-up environment
The crossover was set up on the March 25 episode of Chicago...