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Last Day On The Job For Animation Guild’s Steve Hulett, Hollywood’s Longest-Serving Union Leader


EXCLUSIVE: Steve Hulett is saying goodbye to Hollywood. The longest-serving union leader in the film and TV industry, he's retiring today after 27 years as the business rep of the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839. "I plan to travel and do a lot of recreational sleeping," he laughed in an exit interview with Deadline. Jason MacLeod, a shop steward at the Walt Disney Animation Studios for the past eight years, was elected last month to succeed Hulett. Hulett leaves his post… Read


Actor Who Voices ‘Uncharted’s Nathan Drake Speaks Out About Vidgame Strike In Awards Speech


Nolan North won the Best Performance Award last night at The Game Awards, which celebrates the best in video games, and he got a huge round of applause – and raised some eyebrows – during an acceptance speech many observers viewed as a dis of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike against the video game industry. In previous interviews, however, he made it clear he stands with his union in the six-week-old labor dispute. North, one of the best known voices in gaming, won the award… Read


IATSE Cancels Cirque Du Soleil Protest After Death Of Troupe Founder’s Son


IATSE has canceled today’s planned protest against the non-union performance of Cirque du Soleil's OVO show in Montreal, following Tuesday’s freak accident that took the life of Olivier Rochette, the son of Cirque founder Gilles Ste-Croix. Rochette, a 42-year-old technician with the acrobat troupe's Luzia show in San Francisco, was killed during rehearsals after being hit in the head with a piece of equipment. The union, which has been trying to get a contract with OVO in… Read


Video Game Strike: Companies’ Final Contract Offer Expires As SAG-AFTRA Walkout Continues


Today's deadline to make a deal to end the six-week-old actors strike against the video game industry has come and gone, with no end in sight for the walkout. The companies had offered a 9% immediate pay hike and additional compensation – up to $950, based on the number of sessions a performer works on each game – if their last, best and final offer for a new contract was ratified by December 1. SAG-AFTRA, however, never put the offer to a vote of its members, so the… Read


WGA Names Film & TV Contract Negotiating Team


The WGA East and West have named the members of the team that will negotiate the unions' next film and TV contract, and it's top-heavy with leaders from the much-larger WGA West. WGAW executive director David Young will serve as chief negotiator, and former WGAW president Chris Keyser and current board members Chip Johannessen and Billy Ray will serve as co-chairs. The announcement comes as the DGA is preparing to sit to begin its negotiations for a new film and TV… Read


Art Directors Guild Exec Responds To Lifetime Achievement Honoree Boycotting Awards Show – Update


UPDATED, 4:53 PM: Chuck Parker, executive director of the Art Directors Guild, just released a statement blasting Joe Musso for saying he'll boycott the union's upcoming awards show, where Musso was to have received a Lifetime Achievement Award. "We regret that Mr. Musso has exploited the occasion of the ADG Awards recognition of his artistic achievements to malign the leadership and orderly governance of this organization," Parker said, noting that Musso's protest "in no… Read


Spike Lee Sued For Allegedly Failing To Make Union Pension & Health Fund Payments

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Spike Lee Film director Spike Lee speaks during a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in orange on the first day of Gun Violence Awareness Month, in New York. The Empire State Building will light in orange Wednesday in recognition of the Wear Orange Campaign which supports gun violence prevention
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Spike Lee and two of his production companies have been sued by the trustees of the pension and health plans of three below-the line Hollywood industry unions, which claim he failed to make $45,000 in pension and health contributions on behalf of workers on his 2008 film Miracle At St. Anna. The suit, filed today in federal court in New York, claims the director and his companies – Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Black Butterfly Productions – failed to make the… Read


New York Times-Heavy Slate Wins NewsGuild Election Amid Fear Of Job Cuts

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Grant Glickson, leading a slate heavy with New York Times representatives, was elected president of the NewsGuild of New York, Glickson said in an email to Times guild members on Tuesday. The victory for Glickson's Members First slate puts the New York guild squarely in the camp of its Times chapter, which makes up about 40 percent of the union's New York membership, according to an earlier email from Dan Gold, who was elected to the executive committee as part of the… Read


WGA Protests Prime Minister’s Threat To Dismantle Israel’s New Public Broadcasting Corp

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP)

The WGA West is reaching halfway across the world to lend its support to the Scriptwriters Guild of Israel in its ongoing battle against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the fate of Israel's new Public Broadcasting Corporation. "The new Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation is the result of a law passed by your government only last year, which you are now attempting to dismantle," WGA West president Howard Rodman wrote in a letter to the conservative prime… Read


Video Game Strike: Actors Take To Virtual SAG-AFTRA Picket Line


SAG-AFTRA members reached out to video gamers today in what's being billed as the first-of-its-kind virtual picket line, seeking support for the union's month-old strike against selected game companies. Hundreds of actors tweeted out calls for a fair contract — and asked gamers to back their cause. "Video game fans, you want the best from the developers?" tweeted actor Eric Ladin with the hashtag #PerformanceMatters, part of SAG-AFTRA’s call to arms. "They don't believe… Read


NY’s IATSE Local One Gifts $875,000 To The Actors Fund


In one of the largest union gifts of its kind, IATSE Stagehands Local One in New York has pledged to donate $875,000 to the Actors Fund over the next five years. The donation will support the fund's programs and services for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment industry – not just actors. "Our members rely on the care and compassion of the Fund's services," said Local One president James Claffey Jr. "As a Trustee of the Actors Fund, I'm proud that Local One… Read


ATA Teams With Actors Fund To Locate Child Stars Owed $1 Million


The Association of Talent Agents is reaching out to its member agencies to help locate more than 500 child actors and former child stars who are collectively owed more than $1 million in unclaimed earnings that are being held for them by Actors Fund. Some 19,000 current and former child actors have money coming to them, including more than 500 who are each owed over $1,000, and another 42 who are each owed more than $5,000. Some are owed much more. The most the fund has… Read