Lawuit Claims Mismanagement Of Musicians Union’s Troubled Pension Plan
The American Federation of Musicians’ deleaguered $2 billion pension plan, which had a $122 million shortfall last year, has been hit with a class-action lawsuit that claims its trustees have made a series of risky investments that have endangered the pensions of thousands of musicians. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, seeks the appointment of an independent fiduciary to administer the plan and the management of its investments.
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Writers’ Health Care Costs Going Up In January
Film and TV writers soon will be seeing $7 million less in union health benefits over each of the next three years. The cost-cutting measure, which was part of the WGA's new contract, is designed to keep its ailing health plan solvent.
As part of the deal, the companies agreed to increase their contributions to the health plan by $30 million annually, and the WGA agreed to institute $7 million in savings each year. Without the changes, the plan was facing a $40 million… Read
Crime Experts On Bellum Entertainment Shows Halt Work Until Back Wages Are Paid
Former FBI special agent Tim Clemente and his associates at XG Productions have worked on more than 100 true-crime shows for Bellum Entertainment, serving as on-air experts on shows like It Takes a Killer, I Married a Murderer and Corrupt Crimes. But Clemente says he and his colleagues – all former law enforcement officials – are through working for Bellum until they get paid the $50,000 they're owed in back wages.
"We're no longer going to provide services to them until… Read
David A. Goodman Will Be Next WGA West President
David A. Goodman will be the next president of the WGA West. The executive producer of Family Guy and American Dad is running unopposed in the guild's upcoming election. He will succeed Howard Rodman, who decided not to seek a second term.
Marjorie David, also running unopposed, will be the guild's next vice president, and incumbent Aaron Mendelsohn will face challenger Carleton Eastlake in the race for secretary-treasurer. Voting ends in mid-September.
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SAG-AFTRA Finalizes Field Of Candidates For President, Secretary-Treasurer
It's official: Five candidates have thrown their hats into the ring in the race to become president of SAG AFTRA. Incumbent Gabrielle Carteris will face off against challengers Esai Morales, Peter Antico, Robert B. Martin Jr. and Marilyn Monrovia. Three other candidates are running for national secretary-treasurer: incumbent Jane Austin and challengers Jason George and Chuck Slavin. Read their candidate statements below.
Carteris, running on the Unite for Strength slate… Read
SAG-AFTRA Flooded Producers With Contract Claims To Use As Bargaining Chip In Talks
EXCLUSIVE: In a clever ruse leading up to its recently concluded contract talks, SAG-AFTRA filed claims against every TV production company in the country, accusing them of violating its contract's travel provisions. Deadline has learned, however, those claims were a bargaining chip and never intended to be pursued.
"I don't want people to believe that that is the ordinary course of what happens with claims," said Ray Rodriguez, the union's chief contracts officer, when… Read
Matt Loeb Re-Elected IATSE President
UPDATED with Loeb quote: Matt Loeb, running unopposed, was re-elected to a four-year term as president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees today at the union's 68th Quadrennial Convention in Hollywood, FL. Loeb, who's been president of IATSE since 2008, hasn't had to stand for election once in the last 10 years. He was elected without opposition in 2009 at the convention in Orlando, and at the 2013 convention in Boston. In 2008, he was the… Read
IATSE Convention Opens With Congressman’s Speech About Piracy Threat
Delegates to the opening day of IATSE's 68th Convention in Hollywood, FL, heard a local U.S. congressman blast President Donald Trump and Congress for failing to address one of the industry's major concerns, and a serious threat to the nation's creative wellspring: the theft of intellectual property.
"Every day Americans spend an average of 10 hours, 39 minutes in front of one screen or another," Rep. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton told the delegates. "You build much of the… Read
More Tempers Flare At SAG-AFTRA Contract Meeting In New York
UPDATED with video of board candidate Pat Walsh telling his side of story, below: There was more heated opposition to SAG-AFTRA's new film and TV contract at an informational meeting yesterday in New York, with opposing board candidates nearly coming to blows, according to multiple sources. The rare intersection of the contract vote and the union’s election season also created a tense situation at Sunday’s informational meeting in Burbank, and also at today’s meeting in… Read
Esai Morales Scuffles With Security Guard At Wild SAG-AFTRA Meeting
UPDATED with video of post-meeting chaos, below: Tempers flared at a raucous SAG-AFTRA informational meeting in Burbank yesterday when a security guard grabbed presidential candidate Esai Morales and tussled with him, yanking the microphone out of his hands as he tried to speak to the members from the floor about his opposition to the union's new film and TV contract.
"He snatched the mic out of my hand, and I don't like it when people to do that," Morales told Deadline… Read
SAG-AFTRA Board Approves New Film & TV Pact
The SAG-AFTRA national board of directors has approved the union's new film and TV contract, which the union says will generate an additional $256 million for performers over the next three years. It will now go to the members for final ratification. "This is a forward-looking package with meaningful gains across our entire membership," said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.
One of the biggest gains – in line with those achieved by the DGA and the WGA in their… Read
Strike Averted: SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With NPR
A threatened SAG-AFTRA strike against National Public Radio has been averted. “We have a tentative agreement,” the union said on its website. The two sides edged to the brink of a strike when the union’s contract expired Friday night. NPR employees covered by the contract had asked for authorization to strike, but the new deal now precludes that.
The deal, which was reached near the end on a 24-hour contract extension on top of a two-week extension, provides for salary… Read