Shawn Ryan Top Vote-Getter in WGA West Board Election; Incumbents Keep Seats
TV writer and producer Shawn Ryan was the top vote-getter in the WGA West's board election, which saw a dismal turnout of less than 10% of the guild's members casting ballots. Ryan, creator and showrunner of The Shield and The Chicago Code, got more votes than all of the incumbents in the race, with his name appearing on nearly 67% of the 1,835 ballots cast. The guild has more than 21,000 members, according to its latest filing with the Department of Labor.
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11 Years Later, Feds Order CNN To Rehire Fired Union Workers
The National Labor Relations Board has reaffirmed its 2008 decision that CNN violated the rights of hundreds of unionized contract staffers in 2003 when it axed them in favor of non-unionized workers. The case stems from the cable net's use of Team Video Services, a contractor that provided camera and tech services to CNN's Washington and New York bureaus. The NLRB has ordered the network to offer jobs or ” substantially equivalent positions” to 100-plus of those affected… Read
Los Angeles Mayor Courts Chinese Film And TV Production To Come To City
Ahead of the signing this week of a much-enlarged California production tax-incentive package, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told a conference of U.S. and Chinese film and TV executives that “Hollywood is open for business and we will roll out the red carpet” for projects that bolster the city's entertainment industry. It was mostly a feel-good speech before about 400 attendees at the U.S. China Film & Television Industry Expo, but a Garcetti spokesperson said afterward… Read
Gov. Brown Likely To Sign Film & TV Tax Credit Expansion This Week
EXCLUSIVE: A little more than two weeks after the state Senate overwhelmingly voted to increase California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to $330 million a year, Gov. Jerry Brown is aiming to make the legislation law in a few days. If everything comes together as planned, he will sign the Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act on Thursday, I've learned. With a mountain of bills to put pen to paper on, the governor actually has until the end of… Read
Homeland In-Security Often Pits Film Biz Vs. L.A. Water & Power Department
When location manager Kris Bunting requested permission to film on a water tower in Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said no. "They are concerned about our poisoning the water table," Bunting said in an email to his producer.
The scene called for two actors to unlock a gate and climb up a set of stairs on the outside of the tank. "They gave me every excuse," Bunting told Deadline about the request last December. "Homeland security was brought… Read
Bravo Delays ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Season Launch As Strike Grows
As striking postproduction crew members took to the streets of L.A. today, it seems that one immediate result is that Shahs Of Sunset won't be coming back as planned. "Bravo has decided to push the premiere date for Shahs of Sunset to a later date," a spokesperson for the cable network said this evening. "The new airdate has yet to be determined." The Ryan Seacrest Productions show was set to see its fourth season debut October 13 on Bravo.
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Pickets Up! ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Strike Takes To The Streets
One day after the postproduction crew of Bravo's Shahs Of Sunset walked off the job in search of a union contract, the strikers have taken to the streets. Led by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, a 20-person strong picket line went up today in front of the Museum Square offices of Ryan Seacrest Productions. The decision to picket was made last night after theIATSE Local 700 did not formally hear back from RSP on their request for immediate negotiations, sources say… Read
UPDATE: Ryan Seacrest Prods Open To “Discussion” On ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Union Contract After Walkout
UPDATE, 12:17 PM: The post-production crew of Shahs Of Sunset may have walked off the job today in search of a union contract but Ryan Seacrest Productions isn't disengaging from the labor action on the Bravo show. A spokeswoman for the company confirmed to me that a letter from IATSE requesting immediate talks was received last night, and that they have "every intention of engaging in a discussion as soon as possible." When the two sides will actually start talks is… Read
Study Suggests Hollywood Is Not So Gay-Friendly
A survey of 5,700 SAG-AFTRA members has found that more than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual performers "have heard directors and producers make anti-gay comments about actors" and that "53% of LGBT respondents believed that directors and producers are biased against LGBT performers." The study (read it here), conducted by UCLA's LGBT think tank Williams Institute and funded by the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund, will be presented formally… Read
SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal On Animation Contracts
SAG-AFTRA concluded four days of talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and have reached tentative agreement on two new contracts covering animated production: the 2014 SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Agreement and SAG-AFTRA Basic Cable Animation Agreement. Terms of the deals — said to be similar to those contained in the new SAG-AFTRA TV/theatrical contract ratified by union's members last month — will be presented to the guild's National Board of… Read
Twice The Writer For Half The Pay: WGA Probing Producers’ Use Of “Paper Teams”
Always looking for the crooked angle, some unscrupulous film and TV companies have found a way to hire two writers for the price of one. Taking advantage of young, mostly inexperienced writers, these companies pair them up to form what's called "paper teams" - two writers who are forced to work together for half the pay. Even some older experienced writers have caved to the companies' demands that they work as a team. It's a violation of the WGA's contract, but so far… Read
Beverly Shillbillies: Hollywood Hypocrites Shun Hotels While Hawking Wares To Rights Abusers
It's 8:15 on a beautiful Friday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the once-bustling Polo Lounge is all but deserted. One guy, eating alone, reads the paper and sips coffee, his bacon and eggs getting cold. Outside on the patio, there are more service staff than customers. By 9 o'clock, a few more people have arrived, but two-thirds of the tables remain unoccupied. Downstairs at the coffee shop, one guy sits alone at the counter having breakfast.
"How's business?" I… Read