SAG-AFTRA Board Candidate Shaan Sharma Calls On Union To End Partisan Bickering
EXCLUSIVE: Partisan bickering and factionalism have led to "crippled leadership" at SAG-AFTRA and an "unfair election process" created by the union's two rival parties, according to Shaan Sharma, a candidate for the local and national board of directors. He’s calling on the rival factions to "put aside their differences" for the good of the members and the union.
It's a sentiment Deadline has heard repeatedly from members and candidates alike in the run-up to Thursday's… Read
Guilds & Lawmakers Urge Gov. Cuomo To Sign NY Tax Credit Bill To Boost Women & Minorities
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon and actress-writer Robin Thede have joined the WGA East and the DGA in urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation to create the Television Writers' and Directors' Fees and Salaries Credit. If enacted, the recently passed legislation would encourage the hiring of female and minority writers and directors in New York through up to $5 million in tax credits beginning January 1.
New York Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and state Sens… Read
Marilyn Monrovia Betting She Can Win SAG-AFTRA Presidency
Marilyn Monrovia knows that she's a long shot to win the presidency of SAG-AFTRA, but as a longtime betting teller at the Santa Anita race track, she's seen more than a few hundred-to-one shots cross the finish line first. It doesn't happen often, and it didn't happen for her in 2013 when she finished a distant fourth in a field of four with only 960 votes, losing to Ken Howard by more than 15,000 votes. This year, with ballots to be counted Thursday, she's in a… Read
Robert B. Martin Jr. Vows To Shake Up SAG-AFTRA If Elected President
He may not win, but Robert B. Martin Jr., candidate for president of SAG-AFTRA, decided that he had to take a stand for working class actors. "These are strange times," he said of the internal machinations at the 160,000-member performers' union, "and if I win, things are going to change." Ballots will be counted Thursday.
"The most important thing to remember is that when we negotiate contracts, we're negotiating the base scale," he said in a telephone interview. "The… Read
SAG-AFTRA Presidential Candidate Peter Antico Has Plan To Reshape Union
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Antico is fighting an uphill battle to become the next president of SAG-AFTRA, but he believes he has enough support from members to push him over the top when votes are counted Thursday. His supporters include Sylvester Stallone, Cuba Gooding Jr, Mickey Rourke, Andrew Dice Clay and Morgan Brittany.
Long an outspoken critic of the union's current regime, he split from the main opposition group, Membership First, because he said they weren't doing enough… Read
Gabrielle Carteris Supporters Continue Win Streak In Local SAG-AFTRA Elections
EXCLUSIVE: Supporters of SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris continue to rack up wins in local elections across the country – a juggernaut that shows all signs of propelling her to re-election when the ballots for national office are counted Thursday.
Supporters of her Unite For Strength slate swept the New England local elections on Friday. Bill Mootos was re-elected to the union's national board of directors, handily defeating four other challengers; Michelle Proude… Read
Foul Play Alleged In New York SAG-AFTRA Board Race
EXCLUSIVE: Allegations that the leaders of SAG-AFTRA's ruling party in New York used "inside information" to win an extra seat on the union's national board of directors are being leveled by members of the local's opposition party. The claims could set the stage for an election challenge after ballots are counted next week.
Only eight national board seats representing actors from New York were up for grabs on June 23, the deadline for candidates to submit election… Read
Gabrielle Carteris Says Her Work As SAG-AFTRA President Isn’t Finished
SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris is seeking two more years in office to finish the work she started with the merger of SAG and AFTRA in 2012. "Finish," however, is a word she rarely uses, as she sees the continuing development of the union as a work in progress. Ballots in the union's ongoing election, which is in the homestretch, will be counted August 24.
"We're now in the fifth year of the merger," she told Deadline, "and my focus is to keep us on a steady pace… Read
Esai Morales Threatens Election Fraud Complaint If “Petty Politics” Continue At SAG-AFTRA
Esai Morales is on a mission. He's running for president of SAG-AFTRA, but more importantly, he says, he's on a crusade to change the union's culture. The union's current leaders, he says, have put their own "petty partisan politics over the needs of the members, and that needs to change."
And now he's threatening to file an election complaint against his main opponent – SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris – if those "petty politics" continue.
Carteris' Unite For… Read
Ric Reitz Re-Elected President Of SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local, Continues Run Of Wins For Gabrielle Carteris Supporters
Ric Reitz has been re-elected president of SAG-AFTRA’s Atlanta local, handily defeating challenger Scott Hunter by 326 votes to 181. Reitz, who is something of a colorful character, is not only a busy actor but a broker of Georgia film tax credits. As Deadline reported two weeks ago, he's also advised producers on a "magic formula" to employ movie stars on the cheap.
"Here's the magic formula," he said on a 2014 podcast. "For them to qualify annually for insurance… Read
WGA West: Donald Trump “Disgraces Our Nation”; Howard Rodman Says POTUS “Should Resign” – Update
UPDATED with letter from Howard Rodman below, 1:25 PM: Saying that President Donald Trump's latest comments on the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA, have disgraced the United States, the WGA West has issued a statement today:
"The Writers Guild of America West believes in free speech – even from Nazis and white supremacists. But we completely disavow their views, which reflect the worst stains of American history, a history that still lives through racism, prejudice… Read
SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Film/TV Contract By Huge Margin
Members of SAG-AFTRA have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new film and TV contract. The union says the deal with management’s AMPTP will generate an additional $256 million more for performers over the next three years — a 30% increase from three years ago. The contract was approved by a vote of 75.79% to 24.21% of those who cast ballots. Approximately 140,000 members were mailed ballots; 15.33% voted.
The union also noted that it secured significant improvements in the… Read