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Department Of Labor Finds $750,000 Misappropriated From SAG Pension & Health Plans

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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

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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

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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


Women Working In Film Aren’t Much Better Off Than In 1998, Study Finds


The latest data is in for women employed on the 250 top-grossing films of 2016, and the numbers are abysmal – lower, in many cases, than in 1998 – according to San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Film. In her 19th annual “Celluloid Ceiling” report, Dr. Martha Lauzen found that women comprised only 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films last year. "This… Read


Teamsters Ratify Commercials Contract


Members of Teamsters Local 399 have voted to ratify the terms of a new five-year commercials contract covering drivers and location managers. The new deal with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, which goes into effect on February 5, provides for 3% raises in each year of the pact and the maintenance of the current level of pension and health benefits for the life of the contract. Under new provisions that give some idea of the long hours that crews are… Read


SAG-AFTRA Doubles Down Law Barring IMDb From Posting Actors’ Ages


SAG-AFTRA is doubling down on its defense of a new California law that makes it illegal for the entertainment news site IMDbPro to publish actors’ ages. The union was the driving force behind the law, which attempts to address ageism in the film and TV industry. Last week, IMDb filed a federal lawsuit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of AB 1687, which went into effect January 1. Today, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle… Read


‘In Search Of Liberty’ Wraps Production Despite Labor Walkout

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EXCLUSIVE: Tea Party activist Norm Novitsky's In Search Of Liberty, a crowdfunded feature film about the U.S. Constitution that ran into labor problems earlier this year in Georgia, has completed production in South Carolina and will be heading straight to DVD early next year, according to a recent posting on the film's website. "Principal photography is complete," the site says, "and it is going to be an outstanding movie! The next stage is post-production. We are… 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


DGA Reaches Deal for New Film and TV Pact


Just in time for the holidays, the DGA and management's AMPTP have reached an agreement on terms for a new three-year film and TV contract. Details of the deal aren't being released until after it's been seen by the guild's national board. The two sides began talks on Dec. 5 and wrapped on the eve of Christmas Eve. The DGA's current three-year contract runs through June 30, 2017, but the guild is famous for starting — and finishing — negotiations well in advance of the… Read


The Perils Of Filming In Mexico: Cartel Rumors & Missed Paydays Fuel Latest Production Shutdown

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There were three days left of filming Dead Trigger down in Mexico in May when panic swept through the set of the indie zombie movie. A heated argument had broken out among the local drivers – some of whom hadn't been paid – and rumors began swirling that a cartel had been called in to settle the dispute. Several members of the American crew say they heard one of the drivers say, “You’ll see how it is in Mexico if you don’t think it’s dangerous here” – or words to that… Read


Rockettes Can Step Out Of Line For Trump Inauguration, Union Says – Update

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UPDATED with AGVA statement: Members of the Radio City Rockettes who are kicking up a fuss about the company’s decision to have them perform at President-elect Trump’s inauguration next month won’t have to participate, their union says today. Madison Square Garden Co., has “agreed that ALL participation in this particular event will be voluntary,” the American Guild of Variety Artists says in a statement. That appears to end concerns that began yesterday when MSG… Read