Vice Video Staffers Unionize With WGA East & Motion Picture Editors Guild
Vice Media employees who create video content across the company's media outlets have unionized. The WGA East said today that it will represent the workers along with the AFL-CIO and the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700.
The deal covers about 430 staff and freelance employees working on video content for Vice.com, the Viceland cable channel, and Vice programming on HBO. WGAE already represents about 100 journalists working on written content for Vice.com.
David A. Goodman Elected President of WGA West
David A. Goodman, running unopposed, has been elected president of the WGA West, and Marjorie David, also running unopposed, has been elected vice president. Goodman got 1,952 votes, but David actually out-polled him, receiving 1,962 votes. Goodman succeeds Howard Rodman as president.
In the only contested officer race, Aaron Mendelsohn was elected secretary-treasurer, with 1,322, handily defeating board member Carleton Eastlake, who got 663 votes.
John August was the… Read
Mike Hodge Dies: President Of SAG-AFTRA’s New York Local Was 70
Mike Hodge, who just last month was reelected president of the SAG-AFTRA New York local, has died. Hodge, who was 70, recently finished shooting Humor Me for director Sam Hoffman. The film is now in post-production.
Gabrielle Carteris, the union's national president, informed the board and officers of his death yesterday. "It is with a heavy heart that I tell you of the sudden and unexpected passing of our dear friend and much-beloved colleague Mike Hodge," she wrote to… Read
Bill In Congress Would Protect Child Actors Nationwide
Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would, for the first time, create nationwide workplace protections for child actors. Currently, kids working in the film and TV industry are exempt from federal laws governing the employment of children, and must instead rely on a crazy-quilt of wildly varying state laws governing their safety and the hours they can be employed.
Introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), HR 3691, or the Child Performer Protection Act (re… Read
Spanish Broadcasting System Blasts SAG-AFTRA For “Malicious Claims”
The Spanish Broadcasting System has fired back at SAG-AFTRA, which has accused the media company of failing to pay minimum wages and overtime to its employees at Los Angeles Spanish-language radio stations La Raza and Mega and refusing to bargain in good faith for a fair contract for them.
"The recent allegations trumpeted by the union against our company are not only totally false and malicious, they are, in fact, an insult to the talented and professional on-air… Read
WGA West Election: “Rooney Rule” Proposed As Diversity Takes Center Stage
Candidates in the ongoing WGA West election are vowing to do more to increase diversity in Hollywood's writers rooms.
In his re-election bid, WGA West secretary-treasurer Aaron Mendelsohn is calling on Hollywood to adopt the NFL’s so-called "Rooney Rule," which requires teams to interview minority candidates for all head coaching and senior football operation jobs.
"It should be mandatory that at least one female writer and one writer of color be interviewed for open… Read
WGA Calls Donald Trump Ending DACA “A Shameful Crime Of Prejudice”
Calling President Donald Trump's decision to rescind DACA "a shameful crime of prejudice and malice," the WGA East and West vowed today to fight for hundreds of thousands of young "Dreamers" who were brought to the U.S. as children.
"From its early days, the entertainment industry has been built by the imagination of immigrants," the unions said in a joint statement. "Our guilds are unions of storytellers who have always welcomed those from other nations, and of varying… Read
Gabrielle Carteris Easily Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA President; Jane Austin Wins L.A. Race
Gabrielle Carteris has been re-elected president of SAG-AFTRA in a contentious race to lead the 140,000-member performers union. Her slate of Unite for Strength running mates also made narrow gains but further solidified their control of the national board and the union's Los Angeles local, of which Jane Austin was elected president today.
Carteris received 14,674 votes to Morales’ 8,145, Pete Antico’s 4,114, Robert B. Martin Jr.’s 1,207 and Marilyn Monrovia’s 715… Read
Mike Hodge Re-Elected President Of NY SAG-AFTRA Local As His Slate Sweeps To Victory
Mike Hodge has been reelected president of the SAG-AFTRA New York local and his running mates on the ruling party's USAN slate swept the vice presidential contests and eight of nine national board seats.
For the full NY local results, click here.
Hodge received 3,924 votes – nearly two-thirds of all the ballots cast – handily defeating runner-up Charles Gemmill (1,225 votes) and Kevin Cannon (786). In the vp races, Rebecca Damon, the union's executive vice president… Read
Peter Antico Files “Election Fixing” Complaint On Eve Of SAG-AFTRA Election
Accusing SAG-AFTRA of "election fixing," Peter Antico has filed a formal complaint with the union on the eve of ballot-counting. Antico, a candidate for union president, also is running for the local and national boards and as a delegate to the union's biennial convention. In his complaint, he charges that the way the union is conducting its national and local board races goes "against all principles of fair and ethical election procedures."
In its election of 136… Read
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
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