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Hollywood Teamsters Reach Contract Deal With Basic Crafts Unions


Hollywood's Teamsters and the basic crafts unions have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. Terms of the deal, which must be ratified by the unions' members, were not disclosed. "We were able to achieve good contracts for all of our covered members while at the same time keeping Hollywood working," said Steve Dayan, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 399 and chairman of the basic crafts. "Under this agreement, we were able to ensure stability… Read


Martha Coolidge: Blaming DGA For Lack Of Female Directors Is “Dangerous Side-Path”

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Veteran director Martha Coolidge, a former president of the Directors Guild of America, wholeheartedly supports the ACLU's call for an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into the woeful underemployment of female directors. But she says the civil rights group was wrong to blame the DGA for the problem. "The DGA has worked harder and thrown more money at trying to solve the problems of discriminatory employment than anyone else in the industry," she told… Read


IATSE’s New Film & TV Contract Includes 3% Annual Raises, Pension Increases


A month after IATSE reached a tentative three-year film and TV agreement with producers, details of the deal finally are emerging. The union has yet to disclose the terms publicly, but Deadline has learned that it calls for 3% pay raises in each year of the contract, which is in line with the deals Hollywood's other major unions got in their recent rounds of collective bargaining. Covering some 38,000 of the union's Hollywood-based members, the new pact with management's… Read


Actors’ Equity Has A New President As Kate Shindle Unseats Nick Wyman

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Kate Shindle has been elected president of Actors’ Equity, defeating incumbent Nick Wyman, who’d held the post since 2010. Shindle, who was Miss America 1998, has starred onstage in productions of Cabaret, Legally Blonde, Wonderland and Jekyll & Hyde. She also bested council member Larry Cahn in the three-way race for president. The union has not released the vote totals. Shindle's election is something of an upset, as union leaders seeking re-election rarely are turned… Read


DGA Denies ACLU Claim of Secret Hiring List


The DGA has hit back at the ACLU over the civil rights group's charge that the guild recommends directors for particular projects. In its recent letter to the EEOC calling for a government investigation of the lack of job opportunities for female directors, the ACLU claimed that "the Directors Guild itself reportedly uses short lists to recommend directors for particular projects, but the lists are not transparent or publicly available." "It's not true," a DGA spokesman… Read


AMPTP Taps Former California GOP Strategist As New Spokesman


Management's Alliance Of Motion Picture and Television Producers has a new spokesman: Jarryd Gonzales, a former political director for the California Republican Party. "Jarryd is a skilled communicator with a proven track record as a spokesperson and trusted communications counselor, having previously worked for both large corporations and high-profile political leaders," said AMPTP president Carol Lombardini. "We are pleased that he has joined the AMPTP; he will be a… Read


IATSE and AMPTP Reach Three-Year Area Standards Deal


A tentative three-year area standards agreement has been reached between The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE), and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), IATSE announced May 5. The agreement will last from August 1, 2015, through July 31, 2018. Full details are not being publicly disclosed at this time. The contract, which “addresses a number of matters and… Read


Sarah Jones Feature-Length Documentary Underway


EXCLUSIVE: Filmmakers Eric Smith (Boston’s Finest) and Christopher Crescitelli (Experience Montreaux 3D) are putting together a feature-length documentary about Sarah Jones’ life, death and subsequent impact of safety in Hollywood. The 27-year-old camera assistant, died on a train trestle on February 20, 2014 when she was working on the film Midnight Rider. Her death spawned a movement across the country about set safety and launched a criminal investigation which… Read


WGA East To Reality Producers: Let’s Talk Collective Bargaining

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The WGA East is urging the Nonfiction Producers Association to come to the bargaining table this month to hammer out an industrywide contract for writers and producers of TV reality shows. In an open letter to the year-old trade association, the guild said collective bargaining is the only way to ensure fair wages and working conditions for industry workers and to prevent individual companies from overworking and underpaying their employees in order to undercut the… Read


Oscar-Winning Producer Rips WGA Over Inclusion On Unfair Business Practices List


Accusations are flying in a nasty showdown between the Writers Guild of America and Oscar-winning producer Nicolas Chartier, who the guild has accused of engaging in "employment practices detrimental to writers." Chartier, who in 2010 won a Best Picture Oscar for The Hurt Locker, fired back. In a blistering letter to the guild (read it here), his attorney, Harvey Saferstein, called the charges "reprehensible" and accused the guild of engaging in a "smear campaign"… Read


Ex-Intern Sues MGM In Latest Class Action Alleging Free Labor

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Here we go again. Another disgruntled former intern for the entertainment industry is suing over the concept of internship vs. free labor. This time the defendant is MGM, which is on the receiving end of a class-action lawsuit filed today. Kimi Gupta interned at the Beverly Hills offices of MGM HD, the studio's cable network, in 2012. The kicker here is Gupta's internship has to be among the shortest of any plaintiff in any of the myriad intern lawsuits — 15 days, of… Read


SAG-AFTRA Puts Two Reality Shows About Comedians On “Do Not Work” List


Non-union comedy shows are no laughing matter for SAG-AFTRA, which has put two upcoming reality shows – Esquire Network's Comedians Of L.A. and Oxygen's Living With Funny – on its "Do Not Work" list and warned its members that they will be disciplined if they perform on the cable shows. Both programs, which focus on the lives of stand-up comedians, are produced by L. Plummer Media, which bills itself as "an African-American-owned full-service production company based in… Read