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Actors’ Equity Says L.A. Theatres Can Afford To Pay Minimum Wage

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Actors’ Equity today fired back at the notion that smaller legit theatres in Los Angeles can't afford to pay their actors minimum wage. "How is it that the rest of the nation can afford to pay its actors who perform in small theatres, yet Los Angeles cannot?" the union asked in a statement. The union is being sued by a group of actors and local theatre owners who claim that many small venues will go out of business if the union scraps its 99-seat waiver plan and forces… Read

Film

Olivia De Havilland Turning 100: An Appreciation Of A Golden Age Icon

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Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving grande dame of Classic Hollywood, turns 100 tomorrow. The last time I saw her she was a spry 86, bounding up the stairs of her house in Paris' 16th arrondissement and with no signs of slowing. Reflecting on that, it seems hardly surprising that this formidable woman is celebrating a century on the planet. Long after she left Hollywood in 1956, the mark De Havilland made on the town remains. A star of Gone With The Wind and a double… Read

Business

Art Directors Guild Election: Chuck Parker Upsets 19-year Incumbent Scott Roth

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In a major upset, Chuck Parker has been elected executive director of the Art Directors Guild, beating longtime incumbent Scott Roth in a special election ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Roth's resounding defeat marks the first time in 18 years that the guild will be under new leadership. The final vote tally was wasn't even close, with Parker winning 547 to 322. Parker, a veteran production designer whose credits include Monk and Under the Dome, campaigned on… Read

Business

TV Helmer Jace Alexander Gets Probation On Child Porn Charges – Update

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UPDATED, 4:45 PM:  TV director Jace Alexander was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years’ probation on child pornography charges in New York. The former Law & Order helmer had pleaded guilty in January to promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene performance by a child. He had faced up to seven years in prison. Alexander also must register as a sex offender in New York. PREVIOUS, January 19, 7:45 PM: TV director Jace Alexander today pleaded guilty to… Read

Box Office

Plan To Make Small L.A. Theatres Pay Actors Minimum Wage Headed To Court

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Attempts to resolve the dispute that could decide the fate of small theatre in Los Angeles have failed, and the battle now appears to be headed to court. Last October, a group of actors and local theatre owners filed suit against Actors' Equity seeking to overturn the union's decision to force small legit theatres in Los Angeles to pay their actors minimum wage. Under the current rules, many small theatre actors work for as little as $7 a day. The plaintiffs, including… Read

TV

Wanted: ‘Late Show’ Staff Writer And Lots Of Free Work To Become One

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UPDATED: Think you're funny? If Stephen Colbert thinks so too, he might just offer you a job on The Late Show, which is looking to hire a new staff writer. But first you'll have to send him a lot of free jokes, and you'll have to knock them out real fast: the deadline for submissions is Tuesday. And you won't get paid unless you're the lucky one hired. "Hello, talented person and/or sentient AI program!" begins the CBS late-night show's amusing help-wanted ad. "We are… Read

Business

Rough Draft Studios Inks Union Contract With Animation Guild

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After years of trying, the Animation Guild has finalized a new contract covering animators employed at Rough Draft Studios, the Glendale-based animation house best known for its work on Futurama and The Simpsons Movie. The union, IATSE Local 839, hasn't had a collective bargaining agreement with the company since its contract for The Simpsons Movie expired nearly 10 years ago. An attempt to organize animators there failed in 2010 when an NLRB-sanctioned representational… Read

Business

Strike Over! IATSE Wins In Showdown Over Bank Commercial – Update

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UPDATED, 12:33 PM: That’s a double this week for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Earlier this week the union took on the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund over safety trainers and won. Now, after a strike action of less than one day, IATSE hase secured a union contract with Powershot Productions over a City National Bank commercial that was being shot in L.A. “Powershot Productions, agreed to terms with the IATSE,” the union told… Read

Business

IATSE Ends Strike Against Contract Services’ Safety Training Program – Update

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UPDATED, 3:35 PM: IATSE said today that safety trainers at the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund have returned to their jobs after a three-day walkout, and classes are resuming. “Thank you to everyone who supported these workers in their fight against employer retaliation for organizing,” the union said in a statement to members. “The parties have already scheduled dates to resume discussions for a first contract covering the instructors. If you are scheduled to… Read

Business

WGA West Pushes For Diversity On Its Own Board Of Directors

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The WGA West's board of directors could soon become a lot more diverse — or not. The guild, which has long decried the lack of diversity in Hollywood's writers rooms, could end up with a dramatically more diverse board itself if all of the nominating committee’s election selections made public today end up winning. Currently there are five women on the guild's 16-member board of directors, one African American, one Hispanic, and one Asian of Indian descent. The nominating… Read

Business

Judge Rejects Musicians Union’s Claim That Paramount “Produced” ‘Same Kind Of Different As Me’

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A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Paramount Pictures was not the "producer" of the upcoming film Same Kind Of Different As Me and did not violate its contract with the American Federation of Musicians when the film was scored overseas with nonunion musicians. The ruling stems from a lawsuit the union filed against Paramount in its ongoing battle to stem the flow of outsourced music in American films, many of which are now being scored, as this one was, by… Read

Film

Former SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon Named New York Labor Commissioner

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Roberta Reardon, the former co-President of SAG-AFTRA and who served as the final president of AFTRA before the two guilds merged, has been confirmed as Labor Commissioner for the state of New York by the New York State Senate. Reardon was selected to replace Mario Musolino in the post by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in September. She’ll over see the more than 3,000 employees of New York’s Department of Labor. Reardon spent five years as AFTRA’s national president and… Read