WGA & AMPTP Set Date For Start Of Contract Talks
The WGA West and East and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said today that they will begin formal contract negotiations March 13 at the AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. The current Minimum Basic Agreement expires on May 1.
As reported here yesterday, the guilds' chief goals in the talks will be to increase compensation for series TV writer-producers; stop the decade-long decline in screenwriters' earnings; and stabilize its ailing health… Read
WGA Membership Meeting Shows Guild On Strike Footing As Contract Talks Loom
Bargaining on a new contract isn’t expected to begin until next month, but if tonight's informational meeting is any indication, the Writers Guild of America is definitely on a strike footing. "It seems that if they took a strike authorization vote tonight, it would be favorable," said a seemingly dismayed writer upon leaving the meeting. "They were cheering speakers who were in favor of a hard line, and booing those who expressed trepidation."
Non-members weren't allowed… Read
WGA Members Outline Top Issues In Looming Contract Negotiations – WGA Awards
A week after WGA leaders encouraged their members “to fight if necessary” in their upcoming TV/film contract talks, the union’s call to arms tonight onstage at the WGA Awards ceremony was radio silence.
Some rallying might have gone a long way with members in the room. While some writers Deadline spoke with tonight certainly were in the know about their wants for TV, streaming and new media residuals during the next round of talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Te… Read
Is TV Writers Income In Decline? Fact-Checking WGA Leaders’ Claims In Pre-Negotiations Manifesto
As negotiations between the WGA and the studios draw near, the drumbeat for a writers strike intensifies. As part of the union's preparations for tough bargaining with the producers and a potential walkout, leaders of the WGA East and WGA West last week sent a letter to members, outlining top battleground issues including improving the union's ailing health fund, getting paid family leave, raising compensation in new media, closing the pay gap between basic cable and… Read
EEOC: Major Studios Failed To Hire Female Directors; Lawsuit Looms
EXCLUSIVE: The EEOC is in settlement talks with the major studios to resolve charges that they systemically discriminated against female directors. "Every one of the major studios has received a charge contending that they failed to hire women directors," a knowledgeable source told Deadline.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began investigating allegations of Hollywood's discriminatory hiring practices against female directors in October 2015, but the… Read
MTV Recognizes WGA East As Bargaining Rep For Digital News Staff
MTV News has become the latest digital news outlet to recognize the WGA East as the collective bargaining representative of its editorial staff. The guild has been on an organizing roll during the last 18 months, winning the right to represent the editorial staffs at the Huffington Post, Salon, Vice, Gizmodo Media Group, Fusion, the Root, and ThinkProgress.
"Unionizing with the WGA East gives the editorial employees at MTV News a strong voice on the job," said Lowell… Read
Studios & Networks Rebuff DGA Diversity Push For “Rooney Rule”
While signatory film and TV companies talk a good game about increasing the opportunities for minorities and women, they have "categorically rejected" continuing proposals by the DGA to embrace a program similar to one adopted by the National Football League that’s meant to encourage teams to consider candidates of color more seriously in the coaching ranks.
Implemented in 2003, the NFL's so-called "Rooney Rule" requires teams to interview minority candidates for head… Read
WGA Will “Fight If Necessary” For Fair Contract, Leaders Vow
Leaders of the Writers Guild are talking tough in advance of their upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract. "Getting our fair share will require resolve and solidarity and the willingness to fight if necessary," they said in a letter to the guild's members this week. The word "strike" wasn't mentioned, but it was implied.
To put its case for a fair contract in context, WGA's leaders noted that "the $49 billion annual operating profit accumulated by the six… Read
SAG-AFTRA Launches Program To Deliver Residuals Checks Electronically
Actors' residuals checks soon might be a thing of the past. Starting later this year, SAG-AFTRA will begin offering its members electronic delivery of residuals directly to their personal bank accounts. The union's residuals department currently processes more than 1.5 million paper checks each year.
In an agreement announced today by the union, processing of funds will be handled by Exactuals, an L.A.-based payments software company, through City National Bank, which… Read
DGA Names Russ Hollander To Succeed Jay Roth As New Chief Executive
EXCLUSIVE, updated with AMPTP statement at bottom: Russ Hollander will be the DGA's next chief executive succeeding Jay Roth, who is retiring in May after leading the guild for more than two decades. The appointment was made Sunday at a meeting of the guild's national board of directors.
A Harvard Law grad, Hollander has been a member of the guild's executive hierarchy for more than 15 years. He joined the DGA staff in 2001 as assistant eastern executive director, and the… Read
WGA East Blasts Proposed National Right-To-Work Law: “They Aim To Wipe Out” Unions
A bill introduced in Congress this week that would establish right-to-work laws throughout the country was blasted today by the leaders of the WGA East, which said its intent is to "wipe out" unions.
Right-to-work laws, which exist in about half the states, allow workers the right not to belong to unions – or to pay union dues – at companies covered by union contracts. A federal law offered by Rep. Steve King (R-NY) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) would extend those laws in all 50… Read
IATSE Strike Ends At Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema, For Now
UPDATE, 4:35 PM: A strike today by dozens of workers at Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema is over – for now. After the walkout at around 11:30 AM and picket lines this afternoon, IATSE and a postproduction local, the Motion Picture Editors Guild, shut down their own labor action. The union sent people back into the company's Burbank offices at about 4 PM and declared the strike done.
"Today was a warning shot," a well-placed source told Deadline of the short action. With… Read