Department Of Labor Finds $750,000 Misappropriated From SAG Pension & Health Plans
The U.S. Department of Labor has found that more than $750,000 was misappropriated from the SAG Pension & Health Plans, according to guild sources familiar with the probe. The money has been repaid by the Plans' insurer, and the DoL's investigation was closed last month.
Guild sources say that the misuse of the Plans' funds stem largely from excessive fees paid on investments; improper spending on holiday, staff retirement and anniversary parties; and excessive spending… Read
DGA Investigating Threats Against Members Working On Trump Inauguration
The Directors Guild is investigating threats against guild members working on the TV coverage of Donald Trump's inauguration ceremonies. The anonymous threat, sent via email to more than 60 guild members, called Trump "the monster we all fear" and said "there is no need of naming names when the inaugural credits will tell us enough about the people who truly care about this country and those who don't share the same ideals.”
The guild said in a statement: "This is a Read
DGA National Executive Director Jay Roth To Step Down After Two Decades
DGA national executive director Jay Roth is retiring after leading the directors’ guild for more than two decades. Roth said he'll be stepping down later this spring. A succession plan will be announced in February following the next DGA national board meeting, and he will transition to a senior adviser role.
"The DGA has been, and continues to be, a tremendous part of my life," he said. "I joined not only because it is a top-notch organization with proud traditions and… Read
Directors Guild Film Nominations: ‘La La Land’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Manchester’, ‘Arrival’ & ‘Lion’
The Directors Guild of America has unveiled nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for its 69th annual DGA Awards, with helmers Damien Chazelle for La La Land, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea, Denis Villeneuve for Arrival and Garth Davis for Lion earning noms. All are first-time nominees in the category, though Davis previously was nominated in the TV Commercial category. The latter was perhaps the most… Read
Jelani Cobb To Receive WGA East’s Inaugural Walter Bernstein Award
Jelani Cobb, whose Frontline documentary Policing the Police explored the Newark Police Department's fractured relationship with the city's African-American community, has been named the first recipient of the WGA West's newly created Walter Bernstein Award.
In the documentary, Cobb embedded with two Newark police detectives in the department's gang unit to witness firsthand how undercover officers operate in what's been called "the most dangerous city in the… Read
Dan Wilcox Set For WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award
Veteran TV writer Dan Wilcox has been named this year's recipient of the WGA West's Morgan Cox Award, which is given in recognition of "exemplary service to the guild." The award will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony on February 19.
"Dan Wilcox has been, in a sustained and deeply moving way, a voice for the voiceless," said WGA West president Howard A. Rodman. "His work, at once passionate and effective, has been on behalf of those who might… Read
PGA Awards Film Noms: ‘La La Land’, ‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Deadpool’ Among 10 Films
The Producers Guild of America unveiled the 10 movies up for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures this morning for the 28th annual PGA Awards. The guild also unveiled noms for best producer in the animated category. Winners will be revealed January 28 at the Beverly Hilton.
The 10 films in the PGA’s equivalent of the Best Picture race is led by Lionsgate’s La La Land, which swept the Golden Globes on Sunday to become the prohibitive Oscar front-runner. It is… Read
VES Awards: ‘Rogue One’ Leads With 7 Film Noms; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Slays TV Rivals
This sounds more like a sequel than a spinoff: Last year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens drew a leading seven nominations from the Visual Effects Society. Today, the first stand-alone film from that galaxy far, far away scored seven VES Awards noms, topping the field. Doctor Strange and The Jungle Book tied for second with a half-dozen apiece.
On the TV side, last year’s most-nominated series destroyed its rivals again, with HBO’s Game of Thrones racking up 11 mentions… Read
‘La La Land’, ‘Rogue One’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees
The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for the 53rd Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2016 in seven categories.
In the Motion Picture Live Action category, the nominees are Doctor Strange, La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Sully. Meanwhile, in the Animated category are Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia.
On the TV side in the hourlong cateogory nominees… Read
Longtime DGA Exec Jay D. Roth Set For Guild’s Presidents Award
The DGA said today that Jay D. Roth, the guild’s National Executive Director for the past 22 years, will receive its Presidents Award next month. Presented for “leadership and extraordinary efforts in enhancing the welfare and image of the Guild and the industry,” the honor is bestowed only by a unanimous vote of the sitting and former DGA presidents. He is just the fourth recipient since the award was launched in 1998.
"The Presidents Award has only been previously given… Read
DGA Board Approves New Contract That Includes Big Gains in SVOD Residuals
The DGA's national board of directors unanimously approved the terms of a new three-year film and TV contract today. It includes wage increases of 2.5% in the first year of the agreement and 3% in the second and third years and a provision that more than triples the residuals for members working top-tier original subscription video–on-demand shows.
Calling it an "excellent deal," DGA President Paris Barclay said: "When it comes to our major gain, SVOD, our approach can… Read
On Strike! More Than 1,000 Make WGA’s Year-End Strike/Unfair List
The WGA is currently on strike against more than 1,000 companies and individuals, according to the guild's year-end Strike/Unfair List. Many of the companies have been out of business for decades; many of the names are familiar, and quite a few are colorful characters.
There's Jack Abramoff, who produced the 1988 film Red Scorpion before becoming a famously crooked Washington lobbyist and spending four years in prison for fraud and tax evasion. He may have paid his debt… Read