Gloria Allred To Lead SAG-AFTRA Panel On Sex Harassment And Abuse In The Industry
SAG-AFTRA will host a members-only panel discussion next week about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry. The panel, which will be led by attorney Gloria Allred, will be held November 14 at the union's headquarters in Los Angeles.
"We are holding a dialogue with our membership next week on the issue of sexual harassment," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in an email to the union's board members. "We are holding a panel discussion, led… Read
SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify New Video Game Contract, Ending Longest U.S. Actors’ Strike
SAG-AFTRA members have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new video game contract and end the longest actors’ strike in U.S. history. The 340-day strike, which was launched against 11 major companies on Oct. 21, 2016, was suspended on Sept. 25 when the union reached a deal with the companies. That deal was unanimously approved by the guild's board last month, and now with the ratification, the strike is officially over.
The union said that the members voted by a margin of… Read
Rebecca Damon Named New York SAG-AFTRA Local President
Rebecca Damon has been appointed president of SAG-AFTRA's New York local, succeeding Mike Hodge, who died in September. Damon had been elected first vice president of the local in August, and has been serving as acting president since Hodge's death. Her appointment was made by a unanimous vote of the local's board of directors. Damon also serves as SAG-AFTRA's executive vice president, the union's second-highest elected office.
"I served alongside Mike Hodge from the… Read
DGA Reaches Deal On New Commercials Contract
The Directors Guild has reached a deal on a new three-year commercials contract with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. The pact was approved unanimously by the guild's national board of directors and will be sent to the members this week for final ratification.
The new deal includes a 2.5% pay raise in the first year of the contract and 3% raises in each of the second and third years. The DGA also won a 0.5% increase in employer contributions to its… Read
Harvey Weinstein Kicked Out Of Producers Guild For Life
The Producers Guild of America has kicked Harvey Weinstein out of the guild for life. The disgraced producers quit the PGA late last week following the October 16 decision of the guild's national board to begin procedures to expel him. He'd been given 15 days to appeal the ruling, but following his resignation, the guild decided to ban him for life.
In a statement, the guild said: "As was recently reported, the Producers Guild's national board of directors voted… Read
Cinematographers Guild Finds Former Treasurer Alan Gitlin Guilty Of Absconding With $26,000
EXCLUSIVE: Former Cinematographers Guild secretary-treasurer Alan Gitlin has again been found guilty of misappropriating union funds. On Wednesday, a nine-member union trial board found him guilty of absconding with some $26,000 worth of hotel rewards points that rightfully belonged to the union.
An earlier trial board had found him guilty of taking $3,301 in credit card points and computer equipment. Altogether, the union says, he took nearly $30,000 that didn’t belong… Read
International Actors Org Adopts SAG-AFTRA Declaration On Sexual Harassment
SAG-AFTRA has authored a declaration urging the entertainment industry around the world to work with unions and performers' organizations "to develop a long-term strategy to achieve a discrimination, harassment, and retaliation-free work environment." The declaration was approved unanimously by the executive committee of the International Federation of Actors, of which SAG-AFTRA is one of 87 member organizations.
"We are very proud to author and sponsor this declaration,"… Read
SAG-AFTRA Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against Telemundo Over Telenovela Actors
SAG-AFTRA has settled three unfair labor practice charges with Telemundo filed on behalf of the Spanish-language network's telenovela performers. The settlement, which corrects the misclassification of Telemundo performers as independent contractors and reclassifies them as employees, was reached after a year of litigation and days before a trial at the National Labor Relations Board.
"This is a major victory for Spanish-language performers," SAG-AFTRA president… Read
SAG-AFTRA OKs Waiver For Commercial Digital Low Budget Work
SAG-AFTRA said today that it has decided to offer a waiver to its members for commercial digital low budget productions, an unusual step taken in the middle of a contract that’s designed to keep its actors in the running for jobs in the growing digital space.
The news came via a statement from the union and the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations. They called the move an “experiment with the goal of developing a strong foothold in this area." The… Read
WGA East Blasts ITV America For Refusing To Negotiate “Union Security”
The WGA East is accusing ITV America of employing the tactics of right-wing union-busters in the union’s ongoing attempts to get the company to negotiate a fair contract for writers/producers employed on reality TV shows such as Pawn Stars, Counting Cars and Tiny House Nation. The guild says that the main roadblock to a deal is the company’s refusal to negotiate a contract that includes a “union security” clause that requires every member of the bargaining union to become… Read
IATSE Pickets Legende Films’ ‘Mustang’ Production, Wins Contract
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has won a contract on the Legende Films drama Mustang after crew members in Carson City, NV, walked off the job and took to the picket line. "After negotiations went late into the night, the crew returned to work with the benefits of a union agreement in place," the union said Thursday.
IATSE also said that an "aggressive" member of the production team "who was the source of our labor practice charge has been… Read
Canadian Actors Union On Harvey Weinstein Scandal: End “Culture Of Silence”
Leaders of ACTRA, the Canadian actors union, have vowed to do their part in "ending the culture of silence" about sexual harassment in the film and TV industry.
"The disturbing allegations about producer Harvey Weinstein are an important reminder of the work we all need to do to make work spaces safe for all performers," ACTRA president David Sparrow, vice president Alvin Sanders and treasurer Theresa Tova said in a joint statement. "We know sexual discrimination and… Read