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Germany’s leading broadcasters, film producers and streaming companies unveiled a new environmental initiative on Friday, agreeing to take a more sustainable approach to the production of films and TV series.

The so-called “Green Shooting” initiative will see producers and commissioners commit to certain minimum ecological standards, such as using LED spotlights on set, switching to vegetarian food in canteens and avoiding short-haul flights, or switching to train journeys for the crew, to reduce their environmental impact.

A broad group of film and TV production companies, including giants Constantin Film, Bavaria Film, Studio Hamburg and UFA, have signed on to the initiative, as well as leading commercial networks RTL, ProSiebenSat.1, and Sky and public broadcasters ZDF, WDR, BR, NDR, SWR, RBB, and publicly-controlled commercial production group Degeto. Netflix has committed to the Green Shooting initiative for all its German commissions.

Germany’s state funding bodies in the states of Hessen, Baden-Württemberg, and Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein will make the new environmental standards a requirement for most production funding under their schemes. Regional funding bodies MDM and nordmedia have also committed to the initiative, subject to the approval of their respective supervisory bodies.

The Green Shooting scheme is voluntary but signatories will be bound to comply with certain minimum ecological standards, starting in 2022.

The main industry association for German actors, the Bundesverband Schauspiel, film editors, Bundesverband Filmschnitt Editor, and technical support staff, the Verband Technischer Betriebe für Film & Fernsehen, all support the initiative. The German Film Academy as well as producers association Allianz Deutscher Produzenten are recommending that their members comply with the new ecological standards. They however are calling on commissioners and state funding bodies to increase support to cover the additional costs of productions going green.

To qualify under the Green Shooting initiative, a film or TV series must meet at least 18 of 21 “must-have specifications.” Before beginning a shoot, producers must submit a sustainability report to be checked by the commissioning broadcaster or streamer, or the film-funding body backing the production. Alternatively, this check can be delegated to an external entity set up by the Green Shooting initiative at auditing company PwC. All approved final reports will be stored at the audit entity for statistical purposes. Qualifying productions will be awarded a “green motion” label.

The minimum ecological standards were drawn up by a working group that looked at 100 German film and TV productions that voluntarily converted to a more ecologically sustainable production method in 2020 and 2021.

Carl Bergengruen, MFG managing director and head of the Green Shooting working group said the initiative was “a first, important step” towards creating a common ecological standard in Germany for all film, TV, and streaming productions.

The move towards a more sustainable entertainment industry comes as Germany’s Green party is in negotiations with the left-of-center Social Democrats and business-friendly Free Democrats to form the country’s next government to replace the center-right coalition led by Angela Merkel that has ruled Germany for the past 16 years. Environmental issues and the goal of making Germany a CO2-neutral country are key planks in the Green’s party platform.

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It Sounded Like An Automatic Weapon: Video Captures Rapid Gunfire In River North Shooting That Left Two Injured

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men are injured after a shooting in River North left one with a graze wound to the face and the other shot in the leg and the face.

The shooting happened on Huron Street just outside Green Door Tavern, where a bullet was still lodged in the side Sunday evening.

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The latest data shows that shootings in the 18th Police District are up 63% this year compared to the same time last year.

Videos posted to Twitter give a glimpse of the rapid gunfire heard overnight in River North.

“It sounded like an automatic weapon going off, probably 20 to 30 shots in very quick succession,” said witness Brian Schmitt.

Just before midnight outside a home on Huron Street more gunfire can be heard on a Nest video just before two cars are seen speeding right past Green Door Tavern, the historic tavern bearing a new battle scar with a bullet lodged into its side window frame.

“It woke us up. It was that loud,” said witness Ann Schmitt.

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Not long after the gunshots, just two blocks east on the same street, a red car flipped completely over just outside Avli Restaurant. The two cars next to it on the side of the road also showed signs of heavy damage.

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Debris and more than 30 evidence markers were scattered across the street. In one of the videos posted to teh Citizen App, a user is able to walk up to some of the gun evidence up close. Another video taken from a nearby building shows police canvassing the streets and nearby alleys and removing what appears to be a handgun from the flipped car.

CBS 2 has reported on the rising crime in River North for months where Chicago Police announced added foot patrols and officers in September, but neighbors say the current plan is not enough.

“I’d like to see more security in our area, see decreased crime,” said Ann Schmitt.

There is no word yet on the status of those two men, 22 and 25 years old, who drove themselves to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

It all happened in plain view of surveillance cameras both on homes and in the streets, but so far, no one is in custody.

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