Report Exonerates SAG-AFTRA Execs Accused Of Miseeds
SAG-AFTRA has come out swinging against charges its leaders committed a laundry list of financial misdeeds. On Sunday, the union's national board of directors released the findings of an independent investigation into the allegations, which wholly exonerated the accused executives. The allegations were looked into by the union's outside counsel Bush Gottlieb and by Cohen Weiss & Simon, which retained the Bond Beebe accounting firm to conduct a review.
The accusers, a… Read
SAG-AFTRA Contract Talks Hit Major Roadblock
Decrying management's demand for "outrageous rollbacks," the leaders of SAG-AFTRA say they’ll call for membership to authorize a strike if a "fair and equitable" deal on a new film and TV contact isn't reached by Friday. Contract talks began on May 31, and have definitely hit a major roadblock.
"Your SAG-AFTRA negotiating team has been hard at work bargaining with the major studios and networks represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a… Read
Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President – Complete Election Results
Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America. The Emmy-winning West Wing director had been the guild's 3rd vice president, and co-chaired the DGA's last two film and TV contract negotiating committees.
"It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our guild, and I greatly look forward to taking on the challenges facing our membership and industry," Schlamme said after being elected by the delegates to the DGA's biennial… Read
Actors & Stage Managers Approve Pact With Non-Profit Theater Troupes
Actors' Equity Association members have ratified a five-year contract with the League of Resident Theaters, which represents 72 non-profit theaters across the U.S., including major companies including New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company and Lincoln Center Theater, and California’s Center Theatre Group and the Old Globe.
The contract, negotiated earlier this year and voted on during a 10-day period that ended June 23, covers actors and stage… Read
DGA To Elect New President Saturday At Convention
The DGA elects a new president tomorrow at its biennial convention in Los Angeles, and there's a good chance the winner will come from the ranks of its three West Coast-residing vice presidents, as have the past four DGA presidents.
If that pattern holds, the next DGA president will be either Betty Thomas, currently the guild's 1st VP; Thomas Schlamme, now the 3rd VP; or Jon Favreau, the 5th VP. The guild actually has four other vice presidents – the national VP and the… Read
Jay Roth Fete: The Reason You Can’t Get A Hollywood Mogul On The Phone Tonight
UPDATED with more details: Hollywood is bidding farewell tonight to Jay Roth, who recently retired after 22 years as the DGA's national executive director. The by-invitation-only send-off, which is going on now at the DGA's headquarters in Hollywood, is being attended by a slew of the industry's top movers and shakers.
Industry execs on hand include Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures; Kevin Tsujihar… Read
TV Tax Credit Linking Diversity to Hiring Passes NY Legislature
A first-of-its-kind tax incentive to boost women and minority TV writers and directors has made it through the New York state Legislature. The bill, which received the backing of the DGA and the WGA East, calls for a new tax credit of up to $5 million to be allocated in the state's next budget to be allocated toward TV shows that employ writers and directors who are women and/or people of color.
To become law, it has to be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and then… Read
New Leadership Coming To WGA West: President Howard Rodman Won’t Seek Re-Election
The WGA West will have a new president and vice president come September. Howard Rodman, the guild's president, is not seeking re-election as the guild's election season gets underway, and he's likely to be succeeded by David Goodman, currently the guild's vice president.
Rodman has served one two-year term as president and was eligible under guild rules to serve another, but chose not to. The guild's nominating committee selected to candidates to succeed him, but only… Read
Bruce MacCallum Dies: Veteran Camera Operator And Union Activist Was 70
Bruce MacCallum, a veteran camera operator and longtime union activist, died in Los Angeles on June 12. Most recently he was working in TV on HBO’s The Night Of and NBC’s The Blacklist. He was 70.
Among the feature films MacCallum worked on during his long career were All That Jazz (1979), Witness (1985), The Silence Of The Lambs (1991), I Am Legend (2007) and The Adjustment Bureau (2011).
MacCallum started his entertainment industry career in 1973 as a personal assistant… Read
PGA Teams With Studios On Eco-Friendly Production Guide
The PGA has teamed with the major studios to launch a Green Production Guide designed to create sustainable working environments. Studios taking part in the project include Disney, Amblin Partners, 20th Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros.
The PGA says the guide was developed from research gathered from several sustainable studio projects including The Fate Of The Furious, Fifty Shades Darker, Jason Bourne, War For The Planet Of The… Read
Esai Morales To Run For SAG-AFTRA President
Esai Morales has announced that he's running for president of SAG-AFTRA. He will be joined on the Membership First ticket by Jane Austin, who is running for re-election as national secretary-treasurer. This will be Morales' second run for the presidency; he was defeated by Ken Howard in 2013.
SAG-AFTRA president Gabriella Carteris hasn't announced yet, but is expected to seek re-election. Peter Antico has also announced that's he's running for the presidency.
"One of my… Read
Struck Video Game Companies Invite SAG-AFTRA Back To Bargaining Table
As SAG-AFTRA continues to negotiate a new film and TV contract, nine video game companies the union has been on strike against since last October today invited the union to return to the bargaining table. The walkout is now in its 231st day – by far the longest strike in SAG history.
"While there have been no talks since last fall, the video game companies would welcome the union back to the table for meaningful conversations," the struck companies said in a statement… Read