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SAG-AFTRA Files Unfair Labor Charges Against Ad Giant Grey Global

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SAG-AFTRA has filed unfair labor charges against Grey Global, accusing the giant ad agency of using a "front company" to skirt the union's contract to produce nonunion TV commercials. The charges, filed today with the National Labor Relations Board, claim that Grey Global used a company called 23 Townhouse to produce the ads with nonunion actors. The union began investigating the alleged ruse to bypass its contract last month. At that time, Grey Global said that there was… Read

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Longtime Editors Guild Head Ron Kutak To Retire

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EXCLUSIVE: Ron Kutak, the longtime national executive director of IATSE Editors Guild Local 700, will retire on November 1. He will be succeeded by Cathy Repola, the guild's Western executive director. Kutak, 66, is the longest-serving chief executive officer of any union in Hollywood. He came to the guild in 1981 as a videotape rep, and was named executive director four years later. "I think I left the union in a better place than I found it," he told Deadline. He… Read

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ACLU Commends Feds For Hollywood Gender Bias Probe

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A year after it called on the U.S. government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate industrywide discrimination against women film and TV directors, the ACLU said today it is "encouraged by the scope of the government's process" and is "hopeful that the government will be moving in a more targeted phase." "In the year since our report was released, there has been much lip-service paid to furthering opportunities for women, but few definitive steps and… Read

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WGA Wants Bigger Slice of Hollywood Majors’ “$49 Billion” Profits

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The Writers Guild wants a bigger share of the $49 billion in operating profits that it says Hollywood's six major media conglomerates made last year. Those profits, which guild leaders say are double what they were only 10 years ago, are "largely attributable to the content" created by guild members. The WGA's current film and TV contract doesn't expire for another year, but guild leaders already are gearing up for negotiations. In a letter sent to members today, they… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Commercials Contract By Huge Margin

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A month after its SAG-AFTRA’s national board of directors approved a new TV commercials contract, the union’s members voted overwhelmingly today to ratify it. The count was 92.3% in favor of the new deal with the ad industry that generates about $1.1 billion annually for actors, extras and voice-over artists. Retroactive to March 31, the new pact runs through March 31, 2019.   The union says that the new deal includes over $200 million in wage increases and other… Read

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Petition Calling For SAG Pension Plan Audit Nets 1,000 Signatures

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EXCLUSIVE: More than 1,000 actors have signed an online petition calling for a forensic audit of the $3 billion SAG Pension & Health Plans. The petition campaign is in response to allegations of a cover-up of malfeasance and the recent conviction of Nader Karimi, the Plans' former chief information technology officer, who was sentenced to five years' probation last month for filing a false tax report by failing to report more than $700,000 in kickbacks he received from… Read

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WGA West Members Reject Longer Terms For Guild Officers

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Members of the WGA West have narrowly rejected a proposed amendment to the guild's constitution that would have allowed their elected leaders to serve longer in office before having to face re-election. The vote was 702 in favor to 368 opposed — falling just 11 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for adoption. The amendment, which had the support of the guild's board and WGA West president Howard Rodman, would have allowed elected officers to serve six… Read

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Labor Department: Art Directors Guild Exec Director Is “Officer” & Must Stand For Election

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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

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Hollywood Unions See Gender Pay Gap In 2015 Exec Salaries – Top 50 Chart

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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

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Major Hollywood Organizations Say Proposed FCC Regulations On Set-Top Boxes Harmful To Content Creators

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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

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Vice Media Writers Ratify First WGA Contract

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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

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WGA East & Vice Media Reach Deal On First Contract

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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