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California Enacts Law Preventing IMDb Pro From Listing Actors’ Ages


In a move hailed by SAG-AFTRA as a major advance for working actors, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill today that will require IMDb Pro to remove the ages of actors and others listed on the site if asked by them to do so. The bill was pushed by SAG-AFTRA as a way to combat age discrimination, but is almost certain to face a First Amendment challenge. The bill was narrowly crafted to apply only to "commercial online entertainment employment providers" that… Read


Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema Employees Vote To Join IATSE

Deluxe Film Editors

EXCLUSIVE: By a vote of 43-20, employees of Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema tonight voted to join IATSE and its postproduction local the Motion Picture Editors Guild. This comes a year after postproduction technicians and artists at Deluxe's Culver City unit on the Sony lot overwhelmingly jumped into the union game. The election was overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. This particular further unionization of Deluxe employees comes after what sources tell me… Read


Union Accuses Wanda Of Using Foreign Cash To Influence Beverly Hills Ballot Initiative

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A union representing hotel workers at the Beverly Hilton has accused the Wanda Group, the Chinese multinational conglomerate that owns AMC, the world's largest cinema chain, of using foreign money to influence the outcome of a local ballot initiative in Beverly Hills. Read the press release here. The allegation is the latest development in a long-running dispute between Wanda and the Hilton over who should develop a piece of property next to the hotel. Hilton bypassed the… Read


Peacock Productions Votes To Unionize, Count (Finally) Shows


Peacock Productions has voted in favor of unionizing with the WGA East, a result that comes more than three years after writers and producers at the NBCUniversal reality/nonfiction production subsidiary first cast their ballots. NBC and Peacock had filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board after the original June 2013 union vote, arguing that the writer-producers are supervisors and therefore not allowed to unionize. The NLRB had impounded the ballots until… Read


Teamsters Women’s Conference Celebrates “Sisterhood,” But Few Movie Drivers Are Female


The International Brotherhood of Teamsters will hold its annual Women's Conference in Hollywood this week, titled "Lights, Camera, Teamster Women in Action." The three-day conference, which will be attended by IBT general president James P. Hoffa – the son of the late-Jimmy Hoffa – is billed as "a time to celebrate sisterhood," but in the movie business, driving big rigs is still largely the brotherhood that the union's name implies. "We're trying to get more women and… Read


WGA West Elections: Matthew Weiner & Glen Mazzara Among New Board Members


The WGA West said tonight that four newcomers have been elected to the guild’s 2016 board of directors along with four incumbents. The newly seated quartet includes former Walking Dead showrunner and Damien creator Glen Mazzara (1,732 votes of 2,440 ballots cast), Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner (1,597), longtime Grey’s Anatomy writer-producer Zoanne Clack (1,393) and 10-year guild veteran Courtney Ellinger (1,281). Returning for additional two-year terms are incumbents 902… Read


Hollywood Teamster Files Assault Complaint Amid Heated Local Election


The ongoing election at Teamsters Local 399 has taken a violent turn, according to a report filed with the Burbank Police Department, which is investigating an alleged election-related assault September 12 outside Warner Bros Studios. Retired Teamster Ray Holmgren told detectives he was handing out fliers outside the studio in support of Mitch Masoner, who's running for secretary-treasurer against incumbent Steve Dayan, when he was assaulted by Flint Hardman, who… Read


Threats Of Violence Mar Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 Election


EXCLUSIVE: Violence and the threat of violence have shaken Teamsters Local 399, which is in the midst of a bitterly contested election. A source tells Deadline that the home of the local's leader, secretary-treasurer Steve Dayan, was recently vandalized. Last night, his opponents called off a rally "due to threats of violence." Dayan, who is seeking re-election, could not be reached Sunday night, and the alleged vandalism of his home could not be confirmed. However, the… Read


SAG-AFTRA Signs Telemundo’s Latin American Music Awards To Union Contract


SAG-AFTRA, which has accused Telemundo of treating its Spanish-language talent like "second-class citizens," has signed the network's Latin American Music Awards to a union contract. It's the first nationally broadcast awards show produced by Telemundo that will be covered by a SAG-AFTRA agreement and a major breakthrough in the union's ongoing campaign to organize the network's on-air talent. "This is an important step," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said today… Read


WGA West Breaks Ranks With Unions To Support FCC Set-Top Box Rule

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The WGA West has broken ranks with Hollywood’s other major unions over FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed compromise on new set-top box rules. The DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and the Musicians Union are all opposed to the proposed rule, which would require cable companies to make apps available to customers so that they can watch shows without having to rent cable set-top boxes. In a letter sent today to the chairmen of the House and Senate Select Committees on Commerce… Read


Sarah Jones Safety Events To Take Place In Los Angeles And Atlanta Again This Year

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The Sarah Jones Film Foundation is still forging ahead three years after the young camera assistant’s death on the set of Midnight Rider in Georgia. It is hosting two events this fall to promote set safety, the first being the third annual Walk for Safety held on September 25 in Los Angeles, beginning at the Santa Monica Pier at noon. In Georgia on October 9, an Atlanta Field Day Event will take place  to honor Jones’ life and bring together the TV and film community to… Read


MPAA: U.S. Film & TV Industry Generates $121 Billion in Wages


The film and TV industry supports 1.9 million jobs in the U.S. and generates $121 billion in wages–  including $50 billion in wages for jobs directly related to the industry — according to the MPAA's latest data. Those figures include nearly 305,000 jobs in the core business of producing, marketing, manufacturing and distributing motion pictures and television shows. "These are high-quality jobs," the MPAA said, "with a heavily unionized workforce and an average salary of… Read