SAG-AFTRA Leaders Blasted for Misuse of Union Funds
A group of actors led by former SAG president Ed Asner has accused the leadership of SAG-AFTRA of a laundry list of financial misdeeds – allegations the union vehemently denies. The allegations are contained in a 10-page letter that was sent to SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, to national executive director David White, and to the national board on the eve of this weekend's board meeting – and just weeks before the union begins negotiations for a new film and TV… Read
WGA Has At Least One Vote For Strike Authorization — And One Glitch In Its Online Voting
The WGA won't be announcing the results of its ongoing strike vote until Monday, but we already know for sure that at least one ballot has been cast in favor of granting strike authorization if next week's talks fail to produce an agreement.
"This is my ballot receipt," tweeted WGA West president Howard Rodman. "Please join me in voting YES to give us the power we need to get a fair deal."
WGA East and West members have until noon Monday to vote online, but there's… Read
SAG-AFTRA’s Six-Month Video Game Strike Left Out Of Highlight Reel For Merger Anniversary
SAG-AFTRA has posted a new video on its website celebrating the fifth anniversary of the merger of SAG and AFTRA. "A lot has happened in the last five years," notes the video (watch it above), but it fails to make any mention of a key event in the merged union's history: that it's been on strike against select video game companies for the past six months. It's quite an oversight, because on Saturday, it will become the longest strike in the history of the Screen Actors… Read
Michelle Byrd Named Managing Director Of PGA East
Michelle Byrd, the former longtime executive director at Independent Film Project, has been tapped by the PGA national board of directors to become managing director of PGA East. In the newly created position she will oversee East Coast operations from the producers guild’s New York office. She starts May 8.
The hire comes after a search led by PGA East chairs William Horberg and Kay Rothman. She will report to PGA national executive director/COO Vance Van Petten, and PGA… Read
SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Record Labels On Contract For Music Video Performers
SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with the major record labels — Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Disney Music Group — on a new industry-wide contract covering dancers and other performers on music videos. The two-year deal is a successor the the previous agreement approved in June 2012.
The new deal will be reviewed by the SAG-AFTRA national board at its regularly scheduled meeting set for this weekend.
The first round of… Read
Deadline’s TV Talk Podcast Episode #1: Hammond & Patten On Emmy Kickoff & A Potential Writers Strike
As you've seen by all the FYC billboards and screening invites around Los Angeles and New York, Emmy season is upon us. With that, today Deadline debuts a new podcast, TV Talk.
Sitting down each week for the next several months, Deadline's Awards Editor (that would be Pete) and Senior Editor, Chief TV Critic (that would be Dominic) dig into all things small screen. We start off by setting the stage for this year's Emmy race with a debate about the value of Oscars vs… Read
WGA-AMPTP Talks Off Again Until April 25
UPDATE – 10: 28 PM: Following the news that the WGA-AMPTP talks would resume until next week, the WGA Negotiating Committee Co-Chairs Chip Johannessen, Chris Keyser and Billy Ray released the following statement.
“After concluding today’s bargaining session, the WGA and the AMPTP agreed to resume negotiations on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, and have released a joint statement to the press announcing the schedule.
We ask for your continued support as we conduct the Strike… Read
SAG-AFTRA’s Top HR Exec Departs; Union Says She’s Still On Staff – Update
UPDATE with more info: Martha Holdridge appears to have left as SAG-AFTRA's Chief Human Resources Officer. However, a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson said Deadline’s report that the exec, Martha Holdridge, was terminated was wrong, and she was still on staff.
During a call earlier in the day to the union’s main switchboard, however, the operator said there was “no Martha Holdridge.”
Earlier in the day, when asked whether Holdridge had left, the union spokesperson said "we do not… Read
Gareth R. Hughes Dies: Exec Who Reshaped Labor Relations In Hollywood Was 74
Gareth R. Hughes, who played a major role in reshaping Hollywood's labor relations, has died. He was 74.
Hughes was VP Labor Relations at MCA/Universal in 1975 when the old Association of Motion Picture & Television Producers broke up over the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees' demand for a massive pay raise. Inflation was running rampant – 12% a year – and IATSE members hadn't had a pay raise since President Nixon froze wages across the country in… Read
Cinematographers Guild Sues Ex-Officer In Funds & Fees Fight
The Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, has filed a lawsuit against former national secretary-treasurer Alan Gitlin, claiming he refused to return $3,301 in union funds and equipment he allegedly absconded with after he lost his bid for re-election last year. Kicked off the national executive board after he bounced two checks to cover the debt, the suit also wants the court to order him to pay the $7,500 fine the union levied against him.
The lawsuit (read it here)… Read
WGA Negotiators Make The Case For Strike Authorization
In a preview of what they'll be telling writers at strike-authorization meetings this week, the co-chairs of the WGA negotiating committee say the choice is simple: Voting “no” will be tantamount to surrender.
"If we don't get that authority – if the membership does not give us a 'yes' vote in the strike authorization – then we are essentially telling the companies, 'You can give us whatever you want,'" former WGA West President Chris Keyser said during a podcast taped… Read
NABET Ratifies New Four-Year ABC Contract
NABET-CWA members employed across the country at ABC's news, sports and entertainment divisions have ratified a new four-year contract. The pact covers more than 2,700 broadcast technicians, news writers, producers, publicists and other support personnel working at the network and its owned television stations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. The union did not release the vote totals.
The contract was the result of more than five months… Read