Female Animators Pen Open Letter Demanding End To Sexual Harassment
Women and non-conforming people in the animation industry are speaking out amid the growing Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal.
An open letter with 217 signatures was sent Thursday to studios demanding an end to sexism and sexual harassment in the animation industry, first reported by Buzzfeed. Executives at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Bento Box, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse, and… Read
DGA Board Meeting Will Address “Very Serious Issue” Of Sexual Harassment
The DGA said today that it will address "the very serious issue of sexual harassment in the industry" at its national board meeting Saturday in New York. The announcement by a guild spokesman comes in the wake of the avalanche of accusations against Harvey Weinstein, who has been kicked out of the Film Academy and is being expelled from the Producers Guild. He's still a member of the Directors Guild, however.
Weinstein, who has more than 300 producing credits but only two… Read
SAG-AFTRA OKs Waiver For Commercial Digital Low Budget Work
SAG-AFTRA said today that it has decided to offer a waiver to its members for commercial digital low budget productions, an unusual step taken in the middle of a contract that’s designed to keep its actors in the running for jobs in the growing digital space.
The news came via a statement from the union and the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations. They called the move an “experiment with the goal of developing a strong foothold in this area." The… Read
WGA East Blasts ITV America For Refusing To Negotiate “Union Security”
The WGA East is accusing ITV America of employing the tactics of right-wing union-busters in the union’s ongoing attempts to get the company to negotiate a fair contract for writers/producers employed on reality TV shows such as Pawn Stars, Counting Cars and Tiny House Nation. The guild says that the main roadblock to a deal is the company’s refusal to negotiate a contract that includes a “union security” clause that requires every member of the bargaining union to become… Read
Producers Guild Board Votes Unanimously To Expel Harvey Weinstein
The national board of directors of the Producers Guild of America voted unanimously today to expel Harvey Weinstein. The vote comes two days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also voted to expel the disgraced movie mogul. The TV Academy is considering a similar move. Read the PGA’s full statement below.
Under PGA rules, Weinstein now has 15 days to present any reasons why he shouldn't be kicked out of the guild in the wake of numerous well-known… Read
Writers Guild Stands “In Solidarity” With Weinstein Accusers
The Writers Guild of America West says it “stands in solidarity” with the women who have spoken out about sexual harassment.
In a letter sent to members today, the WGAW writes:
“The recent accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein have opened up important discussions in our community and among our Guild members about sexual harassment. The WGAW stands in solidarity with the women who have spoken out about the abuses they've suffered. We are well aware of the… Read
Producers Guild Delays Vote to Expel Harvey Weinstein
The Producers Guild has delayed until Monday a special meeting to consider expelling Harvey Weinstein from the ranks of its members. The PGA national board of directors was to have voted today to kick him out on the charge that his alleged sexual harassment of numerous actresses is "prejudicial to the welfare of the guild." But the guild says it pushed the meeting off until Monday “to ensure confidentiality of its proceedings.”
Sources say they expect a near-unanimous… Read
IATSE Pickets Legende Films’ ‘Mustang’ Production, Wins Contract
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has won a contract on the Legende Films drama Mustang after crew members in Carson City, NV, walked off the job and took to the picket line. "After negotiations went late into the night, the crew returned to work with the benefits of a union agreement in place," the union said Thursday.
IATSE also said that an "aggressive" member of the production team "who was the source of our labor practice charge has been… Read
Producers Guild Moves Toward Expulsion Of Harvey Weinstein
EXCLUSIVE: The national board of directors of the Producers Guild of America will hold an emergency meeting Saturday to expel Harvey Weinstein from the guild. A knowledgeable source says it's virtually certain Weinstein will be kicked out of the guild for his predatory sexual practices that recently came to light.
"He will be kicked out," a source told Deadline. "I'm proud that we're doing this."
This epitomizes the dramatic fall of Weinstein. Just four years ago, the PGA… Read
Writers Guild East Condemns Harvey Weinstein’s “Deplorable Misconduct”
The Writers Guild of America, East President has condemned Harvey Weinstein’s “deplorable misconduct”, praising “brave women and intrepid reporters” who have brought the allegations to light.
In a statement, WGA East President Beau Willimon and Executive Director Lowell Peterson say Guild members “should be fully supported by the union to make sure that proper action is taken.”
Here is the full statement:
Harvey Weinstein's deplorable misconduct has become public… Read
Supervisor Hilda Solis Urges Spanish Broadcast System To Bargain With SAG-AFTRA
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis has joined SAG-AFTRA's efforts to persuade the Spanish Broadcasting System to negotiate a fair contract for the company's on-air staff at radio stations La Raza and Mega in L.A. The union, which has been trying to get a contract with the company for the past year, says SBS refuses to bargain in good faith and has fired eight broadcasters because of their organizing activities.
"We respectfully urge Spanish Broadcasting System to… Read
NLRB Seeks Order To Force Spanish Broadcasting System To Bargain In “Good Faith” With SAG-AFTRA; SBS Responds – Update
UPDATED with SBS statement: The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board is seeking an order requiring the Spanish Broadcast System to bargain in good faith with SAG-AFTRA and to "make whole" eight employees who allegedly were fired because they "joined and/or assisted the union" in its efforts to organize the on-air broadcasters and DJs at La Raza and Mega, its Spanish-language radio stations in Los Angeles.
The latest development in the union's yearlong… Read