WGA Reaches Deal For New Contract With Public TV
The WGA East and West have reached an agreement with public television stations WGBH Boston and WNET New York on terms for a new three-year contract covering writers employed on such shows such as Frontline, Nova, American Experience and American Masters.
The new contract provides for a 3% increase in all minimums, retroactive to July 1, with 0.5% of that amount diverted to the Writers Guild Industry Health Fund. Two other increases, effective July 1, 2017, and July 1… Read
AFI Faculty Calls For Dean’s Firing
Claiming that "the AFI Conservatory is on the brink of unraveling," a majority of the famed film school's faculty has called for the firing of its dean. The move comes a day after Deadline reported that a wave of faculty firings and resignations had rocked the school as it began a new term Tuesday.
The union representing the instructors said "a vast majority of faculty" at the school has voted "no confidence" in the leadership of Dean Jan Schuette and requested that he… Read
AFI Faculty In Revolt After Recent Firings
A wave of faculty firings and resignations has thrown the AFI Conservatory into turmoil as the famed Los Angeles-based film school begins a new term today. A longtime senior lecturer who resigned last week compared the administration of Jan Schuette, the film school's dean since June 2014, to a "dictatorial South American regime." In the last two months, five veteran instructors have been fired and four more have resigned in protest.
Faculty unrest has been brewing at the… Read
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris On Ken Howard’s Death, Healthcare, Diversity & Another Term
EXCLUSIVE: "I also was just in awe of the man that he was and what he gave us, so that was actually something that helped me a lot through those first two weeks," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris says of her predecessor Ken Howard and the aftermath of his death in late March that saw Carteris, the former union Executive Vice President, take the reins.
Elected on April 9 to fill out the rest of Howard’s second presidential term, the former 90210 actress and longtime… Read
DGA: Gains For First-Time Female & Minority TV Directors Slow But Steady
The number of female first-time episodic TV directors has nearly tripled since 2009, and the number of minority first-time helmers has nearly doubled, according to the latest report from the DGA. Even so, the vast majority of first-timers are white males: Of the 619 first-timers who got the opportunity to direct an episode of a TV series from 2009-2015, only 19% (144) were female and just 14% (107) were minorities. And the DGA says that many of those first-time directing… Read
SAG-AFTRA Financial Report Shows Record Income & Dues
SAG-AFTRA's latest financial report shows that the union is on sound financial footing. Income topped $200 million for the first time, and dues from members passed $100 million for the first time.
The union's net worth – its net assets – nearly have quadrupled during the past four years, according to a detailed report the union filed recently with the U.S. Department of Labor. In the first year after the merger, the union had only $11.8 million in net assets, which are… Read
Casting Notice: SAG-AFTRA Actors Wanted – At Minimum Wage
UPDATED, 5:26 PM: SAG-AFTRA said today that Blind Sided “is not a SAG-AFTRA covered project.”
PREVIOUSLY, August 12: The casting call went out to union actors for a project shooting next month in Los Angeles. Billed as a "feature film," Blind Sided will be shot under a SAG-AFTRA contract, but there's a catch: The pay is only $10 an hour, the state's minimum wage.
The notice from Casting Frontier, an online casting service, said the producers are looking for an actor to… Read
FilmL.A. Raises Permit Fees For First Time in 8 Years
It just got a little more expensive to film on the streets of Los Angeles – even for some student filmmakers. Effective August 1, FilmLA, the city's film permit office, raised its fees for a wide range of services including a $35 increase in film permit application fees, which now costs $660 – a 5.6% increase from the $625 it cost a week ago.
The fees, which haven't been raised since 2008, were adopted in June by the FilmLA board of directors as part of the organization's… Read
SAG-AFTRA Blasts NBCUniversal’s “Double Standard” Treatment Of Talent At NBC & Telemundo
UPDATED with Telemundo statement: SAG-AFTRA is calling on NBCUniversal to end the disparities in labor conditions between its English-language talent at NBC and its Spanish-language talent at Telemundo, the latter of which is not signed to the union's contract.
"Despite Telemundo's bravado as a champion of diversity, inclusion and empowerment for the Hispanic American community, the company's actions behind the scenes tell a much different story," said SAG-AFTRA president… Read
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Joins AFL-CIO Exec Council
SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has been named to the executive council of the AFL-CIO, the giant labor organization to which the performers union is aligned. Former SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, who died in March, had been an AFL-CIO vice president.
"Gabrielle is a longtime union activist who is not afraid to stand up and fight for what's best for her fellow actors," said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. "I am proud to welcome her to the executive council, and… Read
L.A. Pilot Production Drop Is A Laughing Matter
Despite California's expanded film incentives program, TV and digital pilots shot in Los Angeles actually declined 13% in the 2015-2016 development cycle compared to a year ago, according to a new report from FilmL.A., the city's film office. The culprit: Comedy pilots, which declined from 70 shot in L.A. last year to 54 this year, a 23% decline.
In the most recent cycle, 79 pilots overall were filmed in the Los Angeles region, compared to 91 the year before. Drama pilots… Read
‘Heaven Sent’ Skydiver Lands Safely but His Team Is Not Happy
The death-defying skydiving stunt that aired live tonight on Fox went off without a hitch – but not without a hiccup. Renowned skydiver Luke Aikins became the first man to jump from an airplane at 25,000 feet without a parachute and land safely in a giant net.
The stunt, performed on a branded program called Stride Gum Presents: Heaven Sent, went perfectly, but it almost didn't go off as planned. In the days leading up to the jump, SAG-AFTRA informed the production… Read