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WGA East Heavyweights Sign Petition Urging ITV To Bargaining Table

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More than 175 prominent comedy/variety writers, including a number who appear on-air, have signed a petition urging ITV to enter a collective bargaining agreement covering its nonfiction writer-producers. “By refusing to agree to a [Writers Guild of America East] contract protecting its nonfiction writers and producers, ITV is also showing the back of its hand to us, the men and women who would write comedy/variety shows for ITV – in particular, the men and women ITV… Read


Threatened Teamsters Strike Against TV Commercials Industry Averted

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A threatened Teamsters strike against the TV commercials industry has been averted, as members of Teamsters Local 399 ratified a new commercials contract in voting conducted today. Two weeks ago, the local's members overwhelmingly rejected an earlier proposal, which put the union on a strike footing. After returning to the bargaining table with the Alliance of Independent Commercial Producers, union leaders gained concessions on low-budget projects, and unanimously… Read


Music Manager Busted As L.A. Cracks Down On Talent Scams


The LA City Attorney's office is cracking down on talent scams that charge upfront fees to aspiring performers. At a press conference this morning, City Attorney Mike Feuer said that music industry veteran Debra Baum has been charged with four counts of violating the Talent Scam Prevention Act. If convicted, she could face up to two years in jail and $20,000 in fines. Arraignment is scheduled for February 5. "Thousands come to Hollywood every year to pursue their dreams… Read


Teamsters Local 399 Reaches Deal On New Commercials Pact

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Teamsters Local 399 has reached an agreement for a new commercials contract that could avert a threatened strike against the TV commercials industry. The new deal must still be ratified by the local's members on Saturday, and that's no sure thing. On January 11, the local's members voted overwhelmingly to reject a previous contract offer, which put the union on a strike footing. "Teamsters Local 399 has received a revised tentative agreement from the Association of… Read


Feds Called In To Mediate ArcLight Projectionists Dispute

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A federal mediator has been called in to help resolve the ongoing labor dispute between IATSE Local 33 and ArcLight Cinemas over a living wage for the theater chain's projectionists. On Friday, the union's chief negotiator called the company that owns the theater chain "evil." The dispute pits old-time unionism against a conservative, new-age, family-run business in a battle over a handful of jobs that in a few years probably won't even exist. It may be the last dying… Read


‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Gets Spring Return Post-Strike On Bravo

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Nearly six months after the strike that almost deep-sixed the fourth season of Shahs Of Sunset was resolved, the Bravo reality series will be coming back. Buried among the NBCUniversal owned cabler’s announcement at TCA today, Bravo finally revealed that Season 4 will debut on March 2 at 9 PM. LA-based series regulars Reza Farahan, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Mercedes “MJ” Javid, Asa Soltan Rahmati and Mike Shouhed are back with new cast member Asifa Mirza. No word yet if… Read


Teamsters To Meet With Producers In Hope of Averting Commercials Strike

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Teamsters Local 399 has scheduled a second contract-ratification meeting in an attempt to avert a strike against producers of TV commercials. Teamster leaders say that the new meeting, set for January 24, is being called "in anticipation of a revised offer" from producers. The first offer was rejected overwhelmingly by the local's members on January 11, which put the union on a strike footing. Local 399 leaders say they will be meeting with representatives of the Associati… Read


Teamsters Prepare To Strike TV Commercials Industry – Update

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2ND UPDATE, 1: 40 PM: Teamsters Local 399 is signing up members for picket duty in preparation for a possible strike against producers of TV commercials, the latest step in a looming showdown that could drive many commercial productions out of Los Angeles and the state. Local 399 Secretary-Treasurer Steve Dayan — who also is chairman of the California Film Commission, which seeks to keep production jobs in California – has told his members to sign up for picket duty "in… Read


IATSE Sound Local 695 Coming Out Of Trusteeship


IATSE Sound Local 695, whose members include Oscar winners and nominees in the field of sound mixing, is coming out of trusteeship just in time for the Oscars. The local's newly elected officers will be sworn in on Saturday. The local was placed into trusteeship last February after Jim Osburn, the local's longtime business agent, butted heads for the last time with IATSE International President Matt Loeb. Many of the local's leaders before the trusteeship — except for… Read


Musicians Union Reaches Three-Year Extension With Film & TV Producers

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The American Federation of Musicians and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers have struck a deal to extend their labor contract. The pact was reached Friday and announced tonight. The deal calls for across-the-board wage increases of 2% per year for all classifications of employment and also allows up to four minutes of clip use in films produced abroad. Payments were increased by 33% for 30-second clip use increments in excess of two minutes. Also, wage… Read


L.A. Production Rises 10% In 2014 Fueled By TV Biz


Things were looking up in Los Angeles for the movie and TV business in 2014, says FilmLA – especially in TV with Dramas, Pilots and Reality. In its annual report on production in the home of Hollywood, the non-profit permitting group today clocked an overall rise of 9.6% over 2013. “This is big news for our city given the critical role the entertainment industry plays in creating tens of thousands of good middle class jobs and showing the world what it means to be an… Read


Low-Budget Film Actors To Get 25-Percent Pay Hike Under New SAG-AFTRA Contracts

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Actors working on low-budget films will be paid 25 percent more under new deals approved unanimously by the SAG-AFTRA national board of directors after an all-day meeting Saturday. The pay raise covers three of the union's low-budget theatrical film contacts: ultra low-budget; modified low-budget, and low-budget. It's the first time in 10 years that the low-budget rates have been raised. Actors can currently be paid as little as $100 a day under the union's Ultra… Read