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SAG-AFTRA Applauds WIPO Beijing Treaty On Performers’ Rights

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SAG-AFTRA has issued a strong statement of support for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances that President Obama sent to the Senate today for approval. The treaty is the result of a long-running multinational effort to grant full, worldwide recognition of audiovisual performers’ rights. "SAG-AFTRA's elected leadership and staff, as well as representatives from our industry partners and delegates from around the… Read

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SAG-AFTRA On Diversity: “This Moment Isn’t Only About Race”

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SAG-AFTRA has weighed in on the lack of diversity in Hollywood, releasing a statement today saying: "We proudly wish to publicly speak to our partners throughout the entertainment and news media with an invitation to continue the dialogue and, perhaps most importantly, suggest solutions to the situation in which we still find ourselves in 2016." (Read the full statement below.) But while SAG-AFTRA’s statement offers to "suggest solutions," it not did offer any. "A lack of… Read

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MPAA’s Chris Dodd Cheers Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

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Years in the making, the Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed in New Zealand today by a dozen Pacific Rim countries. The ratification process is next. President Obama calls it “a new type of trade deal that puts American workers first.” The MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd weighed in on the news today: "Today's signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is an important step toward enacting a trade agreement of enormous international and economic significance. The core… Read

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NYC Mayor De Blasio Names Julie Menin As Film Czar

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today appointed Julie Menin as Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. Menin, a highly regarded lawyer, activist and consumer advocate, campaigned for Manhattan Borough President in the last election and has served since then as Commissioner of Consumer Affairs. She takes over as the agency “expands its work to encompass the full scope of the industry, including advertising, digital distribution channels, and… Read

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NLRB Dismisses Charges That Hollywood Teamsters Rigged Contract Vote

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The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed allegations that Hollywod’s Teamsters local rigged last year’s contract ratification vote. Local 399 Secretary-Treasurer Steve Dayan had contented that the charges were "frivolous" and politically motivated. "I'm very pleased that the board recognized that Local 399's handling of the ratification vote was proper and in no way diminished our member's ability to cast their ballots for ratification." Dayan told Deadline. "The… Read

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Carol Burnett Finally Gets Those Unclaimed SAG Residuals

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Carol Burnett has been paid the unclaimed SAG residuals she's been owed for years, just in time for her to hit the stage to receive her SAG Lifetime Achievement Award this weekend. As reported by Deadline, Burnett was among the many actors who will be on hand Saturday for the 22nd annual SAG Awards who were owed unclaimed residuals. Burnett subsequently has been paid, as have fellow nominees Johnny Depp, Ty Burrell, Suraj Sharma and Vincent Kartheiser. Among this… Read

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Jace Alexander Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charges; TV Helmer Faces 7 Years In Prison – Update

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UPDATED, 7:45 PM: TV director Jace Alexander today pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in Manhattan. Westchester County DA Janet DiFiore said the former Law & Order helmer entered the plea to charges of promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene performance by a child. Sentencing is set for May 3. Alexander faces a seven-year prison term. PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, August 3: Five days after the former Law & Order director was arrested on child… Read

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L.A. On-Location Production Grew In 2015 As Tax Credits Kicked In

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On-location filming in Los Angeles grew 1.3% in 2015 compared with the year before thanks to a surge in TV production. The gains, reported today by FilmLA, the city’s film office, comes in a year that saw the implementation of a new $330 million tax-incentives program aimed at luring production back to the state. Despite the overall gains, on-location feature film production was actually down 4.2%, and on-location filming of TV pilots was down 13.9%. On-location… Read

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Huffington Post Agrees To Unionization With WGA East

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In another organizing win for the WGA East, The Huffington Post has agreed to recognize the union as the collective bargaining representative of its editorial staff. Over the last year the guild has also organized the digital writing staffs at Vice Media, Gawker Media, Salon and The Guardian US. "I am delighted to let you know that we have reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East to proceed to voluntary recognition by counting signed union cards," said… Read

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‘Midnight Rider’s’ Randall Miller Picks Up Camera, Edits Film In Jail

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EXCLUSIVE: Midnight Rider filmmaker Randall Miller has picked up the camera again, this time from inside jail. Details are emerging on what duties Miller actually performed on the film, a project for the Drug Court in Glynn County, GA, which was deemed part of his community service. Miller, who is serving time in the Wayne County, GA jail for criminal trespass and felony involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of young camera assistant Sarah Jones has been asking for… Read

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Hillary Clinton Gets IATSE Endorsement, Surprise, Surprise

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Hollywood has long been an ATM for Democratic candidates and Hollywood unions are a pretty sure bet for endorsements — and that’s exactly what Hillary Clinton got today from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. "Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that reached out to discuss issues affecting members of the IATSE," said IATSE International President Matthew Loeb of the former Secretary of State just weeks before the Iowa caucus. Clinton is running… Read

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Disney Animation Contract Talks Begin This Week

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Negotiations for a new three-year contract covering hundreds of feature film animators at the Walt Disney Animation Studios will get underway Wednesday. In years past, the contract with IATSE has covered the animators, storyboard artists and writers behind such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph. Disney's upcoming Zootopia also was shot under the contract. The current contract, which had been set to expire last October 31, was extended at Disney's… Read