Louisiana Tax Incentive Cuts Create Hard Times For Local Film Crews
Louisiana's scaled-back film tax incentives program put a huge dent in jobs for film crews there. Facing a severe budget crunch, the state last year slashed its annual budget for the incentives to $180 million – down from $222 million spent in 2014. That 19% reduction, however, triggered a 75% loss of jobs for union film crews.
"In April, we were down 75% from the previous April," said Cory Parker, business agent of IATSE Local 478, the New Orleans film workers union. But… Read
ThinkProgress Editorial Staff Ratifies WGA East Contract
Writers and editors at the progressive news blog ThinkProgress have ratified a new contract negotiated on their behalf by the WGA East. It's the latest win for the guild's ongoing drive to organize East Coast news sites. In March, before it went bankrupt after losing a $115 million invasion-of-privacy suit, Gawker's editorial staff ratified the guild's first on-line media contract. The Huffington Post, Salon and Vice Media also have agreed to negotiate with the… Read
Hollywood Has Collected More Than $860M In Foreign Levies
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood's guilds and production companies have shared more than $860 million in foreign levies over the last 24 years – a windfall created by European copyright laws that compensate the "authors" of films and TV shows for the home taping, rental and cable retransmission of their work, though recent annual reports show the numbers have been declining in recent years.
Half the money collected has gone to the MPAA's member companies, and the other half is split… Read
13 Candidates In Race For Eight Seats On WGA West Board
The WGA West said today that 13 candidates will be vying for eight open seats in its upcoming board of directors election.
Incumbents seeking re-election include former guild president Patric Verrone, Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez and Chip Johannessen. The others in the race are Keenen Ivory Wayans, Matthew Weiner, Ligiah Villalobos, David Slack, Ali LeRoi, Courtney Ellinger, Glen Mazzara, Zoanne Clack and Richard Keith.
The guild will host its annual candidates'… Read
SAG-AFTRA Warns Members About Casting Workshop “Scams”
Casting workshops that charge actors a fee to be seen by casting directors are a "scam," SAG-AFTRA says, and might violate California's pay-to-play law that prohibits employers or their representatives from taking money from job seekers. The practice is under investigation by the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.
The union also says that members who pay to be seen by casting directors – even in workshop settings – might be in violation of the guild rules or even state… Read
L.A. City Attorney Probing Casting Workshops
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office has launched an investigation into Hollywood's casting workshops to determine whether they violate the 2009 Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act, which outlaws advance-fee talent representation services.
Casting workshops are allowed under the law, but they can’t offer auditions or employment as part of their services. The rules were outlined in a 2010 letter sent to the industry by then-City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.
The issue will… Read
Anatomy Of A Filming Accident: The Death of Amrik Singh Gill On ‘Falling Skies’ Set
The tragic accident that took the life of a security guard on the Canadian set of TNT's Falling Skies in 2014 could have been prevented, according to the accident report of WorkSafe BC, British Columbia's Workers' Compensation Board, which just concluded its investigation of the incident.
Amrik Singh Gill, a Teamster, had been guarding a five-ton truck as a camera crane was being unloaded at a film location in Vancouver on the night of September 15, 2014. Suddenly, five… Read
Art Directors Guild Under New Management As Chuck Parker Sworn In
The Art Directors Guild is under new management, effective today. Veteran production designer Chuck Parker was sworn in this morning as the guild's new executive director, succeeding Scott Roth, whom he defeated in an election last month mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor. Roth had held the post since 1997 without ever having had to stand for election – until last month.
"I want to connect with our members and I want our members to connect with each other," Parker… Read
Movie About U.S. Constitution Shut Down After Student Crew Joins IATSE, Walks Off Job
Tea Party activist Norm Novitsky's In Search of Liberty, a crowdfunded feature film about the U.S. Constitution, has been shut down in Savannah, GA, after 30 members of his crew walked off the job. The group, made up mostly of students and recent graduates from the Savannah College of Art and Design, had been seeking union representation, living wages and reclassification as employees rather than independent contractors.
The film, which stars Food Network host Bobby Deen… Read
DGA Taps Veteran NBC Director John LiBretto To Chair Negotiating Committee
The DGA continues to gear up for next year's round of contract negotiations, naming award-winning NBC news and sports director John LiBretto as chairman of its network negotiating committee. The group will bargain with the networks for a new contract covering guild members employed primarily in staff and freelance positions in news and sports.
This will be the second time that LiBretto will have served in the position, having led the committee's most recent round of negoti… Read
Stuntman Injured On Set Of USA Network’s ‘Shooter’
A stuntman was seriously injured today at the Aqua Dulce Airport in Santa Clarita, CA when he was run over by an SUV while filming a scene for Shooter, the upcoming USA Network series based on the 2007 Paramount movie. Cal/OSHA is investigating but offered no further details.
The Santa Clarita Signal newspaper reported the accident occurred just after noon PT, quoting LA County Fire Department spokesman Joey Marron. "An adult male was struck by a vehicle and partially… Read
Actors’ Equity Says L.A. Theatres Can Afford To Pay Minimum Wage
Actors’ Equity today fired back at the notion that smaller legit theatres in Los Angeles can't afford to pay their actors minimum wage. "How is it that the rest of the nation can afford to pay its actors who perform in small theatres, yet Los Angeles cannot?" the union asked in a statement.
The union is being sued by a group of actors and local theatre owners who claim that many small venues will go out of business if the union scraps its 99-seat waiver plan and forces… Read