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Female TV Biz Assistant: Why I Resigned After Making A Discrimination Complaint

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With heightened awareness of gender disparities in the entertainment industry, one might think that companies would be extra sensitive to issues of gender discrimination. Based on the specific case of one woman who wanted to tell her story to Deadline, that does not necessarily seem to be the reality. Until she quit last week, Jane (not her real name) was the assistant to the head of scripted development at a company that's well known for the many TV shows it produces. Las… Read


SAG Health Plan Officials Set Meeting To Answer Questions About Dumping Hundreds Of Seniors


After being flooded with complaints, SAG-AFTRA will host an informational meeting next week to discuss cost-cutting plans to dump more than 200 older actors from the SAG Health Plan's early retirement self-pay program on January 1. The meeting is set for 4 PM Monday at the union's offices in Los Angeles. Many older career actors who'd been unable to work or to find enough work to qualify for regular SAG health benefits had opted for early retirement – and reduced pensions… Read


Former SAG P&H Plans Executive Nadir Karimi Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

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Nadir Karimi, the former chief information officer for the SAG Pension & Health Plans who was at the center of an alleged multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme, has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return in which he failed to report income of more than $700,000 he received from contractors hired to upgrade the Plans' computer system. Karimi pleaded guilty to the felony on Thursday before U.S. District Court Judge Fernando Olguin, admitting that he lied about his… Read


Sue Cabral-Ebert Re-Elected Head Of Make-Up & Hair Stylists Union

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Sue Cabral-Ebert has been re-re-re-reelected president of IATSE Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Local 706 for an unprecedented fifth three-year term. The Emmy-nominated make-up artist, whose credits include Dallas, Erin Brockovich, The Perfect Storm, Alien 3 and Dead Poets Society, got 54% of the vote, defeating challengers Jane Galli and Larry Waggoner. About 37% of the local's 1,900 members cast ballots in an unusually high turnout. Cabral-Ebert, who is also the local's… Read


SAG Foundation Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Leonardo DiCaprio, Lee Daniels & More

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Honoree Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Patron of the Artists Award onstage during the Screen Actors Guild Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Screen Actors Guild Foundation)

The SAG Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary tonight at a gala fundraiser at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Leonardo DiCaprio, whose own foundation has awarded more than $30 million in grants to environmental and conservation causes worldwide, was on hand to receive the SAG Foundation's Actors Inspiration Award. Empire's Lee Daniels, American Hustle producer Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures and Into The Woods director Rob… Read


‘Midnight Rider’ OSHA Case: Film Allman Denied Second Discretionary Review


EXCLUSIVE: The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has denied Film Allman's request for yet another discretionary review as the film company behind the ill-fated Midnight Rider tried for a third time to get out of paying a $74,900 fine and also being found guilty of a "willful" safety violation. The case stems from the death of 27-year-old assistant camerawoman Sarah Jones and the injury to several others on the Doctortown train trestle in Georgia on February… Read


ITV Studios Dispute With WGA East Gets Trial Date

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UPDATED with ITV Studios statement: The Writers Guild of America, East has been trying to get a contract with ITV Studios for nearly five years. It still doesn’t have one, but is getting its day in court. A federal trial has been scheduled for January 11 on a complaint issued by the National Labor Relations Board against the U.S.-based non-fiction production arm of the UK giant. The complaint follows the NLRB’s investigation of charges brought by the WGAE, alleging that… Read


Feds Probing Claim That Hollywood Teamsters Rigged Contract Vote; Local’s Chief Says, “It’s Political”

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The National Labor Relations Board is investigating allegations that Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 rigged the ratification vote on its recent film and TV contract, which was overwhelmingly approved by the members in July. The local's leader, Steve Dayan, flatly denies the charges, calling them "frivolous" and without merit. "I am confident that the charges will be dismissed or withdrawn," he told Deadline. The charges were filed by veteran transportation coordinator… Read


‘Midnight Rider’: Film Allman Defiant, Fights OSHA Ruling A Second Time

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EXCLUSIVE: Lawyers for Film Allman, LLC, the production company that was set up by now-jailed filmmaker Randall Miller and his wife Jody Savin for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, are fighting the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission’s review judge’s second ruling that stated the company’s supervising crew “misrepresented” the facts repeatedly. The judge, Sharon D. Calhoun in Georgia, upheld the safety violations against the company as well as a $74,900… Read


‘Midnight Rider’ UPM Jay Sedrish Withdraws From Teaching At Columbia College After Uproar

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EXCLUSIVE: Jay Sedrish, who was hired to teach a course at the Columbia College of Hollywood on unit production management and assistant director duties (which was to include set safety) has “withdrawn” from the college following a barrage of complaints from students, former students and those in the entertainment industry. Sedrish’s exit comes after numerous emails, calls and even an online petition was started asking for his removal and criticizing the school for its… Read


‘Midnight Rider’s Jay Sedrish Teaching College Class About UPM, Safety Duties

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EXCLUSIVE: Jay Sedrish, the executive producer/unit production manager of Midnight Rider who pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and felony involuntary manslaughter in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones and the injury of several others, has resurfaced as a teacher at Columbia College of Hollywood. He’s teaching a course on how to be a unit production manager and assistant director, the latter of which is among those responsible for set… Read


Actors’ Equity Fires Back At Actors Who Sued For Right Not To Be Paid

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Los Angeles-based actors and theater owners who sued Actors’ Equity last week to stop the union from making small legit theater owners pay their actors minimum wage are undermining the union's bargaining power, Equity said today. The suit claims that Equity's decision to scrap its 99-seat waiver policy and force small theaters in Los Angeles to pay their actors at least $9 an hour violates a settlement agreement that resolved a similar dispute back in 1989. The plaintiffs… Read