Chicago Transit Employee Accused of Demanding “Shakedown” Bribe for ‘Source Code’ Film Location
Everyone gets excited when a movie is being filmed in their neck of the woods. Crowds gather around in Manhattan when they see the big lights, cables, trailers, food tent, etc.
It’s a big production. And because we know someone who quit her job to make a movie, we know how much it takes to prepare for a movie shoot. You need film permits, location scouting, good contacts, etc.
And, in Chicago, apparently you need a lot of money. According to this report, Jonathan Gottlieb, a Metra special transportation services manager, demanded that the film location manager for the movie ‘Source Code’ pay additional costs that were above and beyond the negotiated $19,000 contract for the movie shoot.
What might these include?
$2,000 to Gottlieb for his hard work (cash, delivered in an envelope Chicago “shakedown” style)
$1,900 to his condo association to allow the crew to park behind his building
An undisclosed amount for Gottlieb’s role as an extra
On the morning of the first shoot, the complainant said, Gottlieb was furious to learn the money would not be delivered and said told her she’d never be able to work with Metra again.
Cue the cops. When questioned about the whether or not he argued for this kickback, he denied it, only to “retire” from this $73,000 job shortly after the allegations. Convenient timing if you ask us.
[Source: CBS Chicago]