Labor Department: Art Directors Guild Exec Director Is “Officer” & Must Stand For Election
In a move that could send shock waves throughout the leadership of every major Hollywood union and guild, the U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Scott Roth, executive director of the Art Directors Guild, to stand for election for the first time since he was brought in to lead the union in 1997.
For nearly two decades, he has been re-upped every three years by the guild's board of directors — and served at its pleasure. But now the DOL has ruled that Roth is an "officer"… Read
Hollywood Unions See Gender Pay Gap In 2015 Exec Salaries – Top 50 Chart
EXCLUSIVE: It's still a man's world at Hollywood's unions, where last year all 10 of the highest-paid executives were men. The revelation comes from the latest financial reports the unions filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, which show that men held 40 of the 50 highest-paid union posts in 2015.
DGA national executive director Jay Roth remains Hollywood's highest paid union leader – the 21st year in a row he's held that distinction. According to the DGA's latest… Read
Major Hollywood Organizations Say Proposed FCC Regulations On Set-Top Boxes Harmful To Content Creators
On the eve of the deadline to file complaints against a proposed FCC regulation of set-top boxes, several major Hollywood labor groups and organizations are pushing back in a major and united show of force, saying it would hurt the industry’s content creators. Together, these groups represent hundreds of thousands in the entertainment industry.
The MPAA, the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, the Recording Industry Association of America, the American Federation of Musicians, the… Read
Vice Media Writers Ratify First WGA Contract
The editorial staff of Vice Media has voted overwhelmingly to ratify its first WGA East contract. The three-year deal, which was approved by a vote of 73-2, calls for pay raises of at least 14% retroactive to January 1, and 5% pay increases in each of the second and third years.
The agreement — which was reached in principle last week — also includes provisions on severance pay, preserving health benefits, editorial independence, compensatory time, use and reuse of… Read
WGA East & Vice Media Reach Deal On First Contract
WGA East and Vice Media said today that they have hammered out a tentative agreement on their first contract. Vice’s roughly 70 covered staffers will vote next week to ratify the deal.
"This is great news,” said Vice COO Alyssa Mastromonaco: “Both sides have come together and struck a deal that continues to propel Vice forward as media's most innovative and entrepreneurial workplace."
The pact includes an economic package worth 29% over three years, protections on… Read
Rebecca Damon Won No. 2 SAG-AFTRA Post In Squeaker
Soap actress Rebecca Damon, who was elected EVP of SAG-AFTRA at the union's national board meeting on Saturday, narrowly defeated challenger David Hartley-Margolin, the union's VP of small locals.
"It was very, very close," said Jane Austin, the union's secretary-treasurer. Sources say that one or two votes would have changed the outcome, noting that votes are "weighted" to ensure that votes of board members in each local are proportional to the percentage of the… Read
SAG-AFTRA Board Approves New Ad Industry Contract
A new TV commercials contract has been approved by the SAG-AFTRA national board of directors and will now go to the union's members for ratification. The contract generates about $1.1 billion annually for actors, extras and voice-over artists.
The unanimously approved contract affects new television, audio and digital commercials contracts, with details forthcoming. Negotiations began on February 16 and concluded April 3 when a tentative deal was reached.
“This contract… Read
Death Takes Toll On Negotiations For New SAG-AFTRA Commercials Pact
Contract negotiations are always tough, but these were downright tragic. And when they were over in the wee hours of Sunday morning, both sides raised a glass to toast their fallen comrades – one from each side who'd died suddenly and unexpectedly during negotiations for a new SAG-AFTRA commercials contract.
The death of SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard on March 23 had cast a pall over the negotiations. Doug Wood, the ad industry's chief negotiator, remembers getting the… Read
SAG-AFTRA & Ad Industry Reach Tentative Contracts Deal
SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have reached an agreement on a new TV commercials contract. Neither side is discussing the terms of the new three-year pact, but both say it's a good deal.
"This negotiation dealt with where we are now and where we will be in the future," said Gabrielle Carteris, SAG-AFTRA acting president and co-chair of the union's negotiating committee. "The tentative agreement delivers essential gains while properly positioning us for future… Read
Peter Bart: A Year Away From Union Bargaining, Can Writers, Directors & Actors Expect Pay Hikes As Profits Rise?
Should creatives demand bigger paydays from stingy studios?
It was about this time 10 years ago that an angry buzz began to build. It was contract renegotiation time for writers and directors, a normally boring ritual, but the mood was suddenly different. While Hollywood's majors were recording record profits, writers in both film and TV felt their piece of the pie was shrinking, not growing. Further, earnings from “new media” – the great white hope of the future — were… Read
Patty Duke’s SAG Legacy: Peacemaker During Turbulent Times
The death of former SAG president Patty Duke comes as the union is already mourning SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, who died just last week.
"It is a difficult time for the union, and Anna's death is another devastating loss to our union family," said SAG-AFTRA acting president Gabrielle Carteris, referring to Duke by her given first name. "She was a committed unionist and a champion for her fellow members. I had the honor of working with Anna and she had an amazing… Read
Victor Salva’s ‘Jeepers Creepers 3’ Casting Notice Nixed In Canada
Director Victor Salva's plans to film Jeepers Creepers 3 in Canada has hit a snag. Salva, who was convicted on child molestation charges nearly three decades ago, had posted a casting notice on Breakdown Services for a film that shoots this spring in British Columbia. But when the Union of British Columbia Performers found out about it, they sent an alert to talent agents warning them about his criminal past. Breakdown Services then removed the casting notice from its… Read