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WGA Study: Most Jobs Go To White Guys in Their 40s

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The number of jobs for women, minority and older TV writers took a nose dive last year, according to a new study by the Writers Guild of America, West. "Women and minorities have actually lost ground as compared to their white male counterparts," the study found, "both in terms of overall staff positions and in higher-level executive producer ranks." Minority writers saw a nearly 7% decline in employment last season, falling from 15.6% of the workforce in 2011-12 to 13.7%… Read


Driver On ‘Ridiculous Six’ Crew Recovering After Near-Fatal New Mexico Crash – Update

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UPDATED with more details: A craft services truck driver on Adam Sandler's Netflix comedy The Ridiculous Six is recovering after nearly being killed in a traffic accident two weeks ago in Santa Fe, NM. "I'm taking it day by day," Monique Silva told Deadline today from her bed at the University of New Mexico Hospital. "I'm just happy to be here and to get a second chance at life and to fulfill God's reason for bringing me back." The single-vehicle accident happened shortly… Read


‘Midnight Rider’s Hillary Schwartz Separated From Colleagues’ Trial; Could Be Called As Witness


Midnight Rider‘s first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, who was seeking to have the criminal trespass and manslaughter charges against her dismissed in the on-set death of Sarah Jones, will have to wait until a later date to find out if that will be possible; her pre-trial hearing on that motion was continued. However, her lawyer succeeded in having her case severed from that of her former colleagues who have also been charged, which means that she could be called as… Read


Jordan-Based RGH Entertainment Vows To Stay Open Amid L.A. Layoffs

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EXCLUSIVE: Rubicon Group Holding, the crown jewel of Jordan's nascent entertainment industry, is having short-term cash-flow problems. The Jordan-based children's animation and themed entertainment company, with three offices in the San Fernando Valley, has been having trouble paying its bills and meeting its American payroll. Paychecks have been late – sometimes for weeks on end — and about 40 of its 100 Los Angeles-based employees were laid off last month, with at least… Read


Sony Pictures Cyber Attack Might Delay Actors’ Residuals Checks

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The recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures still is taking a toll: The studio has told SAG-AFTRA that its members' residuals checks might be delayed for three months because of the devastating hack on the company's computer systems. "Sony Pictures Entertainment has informed SAG-AFTRA that, as a consequence of their recent cyber attack, Sony's payment of certain categories of residuals may be delayed by one quarter," the union said in an email alert to its members. "Due to… Read


Reality Producers To Freelancers Seeking Union: “You Aren’t Part Of A Machine”

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Who needs a union? The owners of Jane Street Entertainment certainly don't think their freelance writer-producers do. The New York-based company, which produces reality shows for Food Network, HBO, NBC, TLC, USA, Lifetime and HGTV, is urging its freelancers to vote no on union representation, arguing that the company can do a better job of safeguarding their interests than the WGA East can. "If the WGA comes in, you will have to bend to the collective decision," Jane… Read


IATSE Says It Will Implement Safety Hotline In Wake Of Sarah Jones’ Death


The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees seems to be following the lead of their Local 600 (the International Cinematographers Guild) in attempting to make a change for the better in regards to industry safety. In a letter dated February 19 written by International president Matthew Loeb, he says: “It has come to my attention that there is interest in the creation of an industry-wide safety hotline for IATSE members … it is a worthy idea and we plan to… Read


WGA Asks Members For Moment Of Silence For Sarah Jones’ One-Year Memorial

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UPDATED, 1:35 PM: There also was a moment of silence to remember Sarah Jones at the Publicists Awards, which are being presented now at the Beverly Hilton. #SafetyForSarah moment of silence at Publicists Awards just now — Dominic Patten (@DeadlineDominic) February 20, 2015 PREVIOUSLY: The WGA is asking its writers to observe a moment of silence in just a few minutes, at 1:29 PM, to honor the memory of Sarah Jones. It is joining other unions… Read


WGA West’s Deadbeat Producers Hunt Yields $85 Million Since 2013

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EXCLUSIVE: Going after deadbeat producers continues to be a major source of income for WGA West. In the last two years, the guild's legal and claims department has collected more than $85 million in unpaid residuals and other compensation on behalf of film and TV writers, Deadline has learned. That's nearly twice as much as they paid in membership dues during that same time span. It's also considerably more than the $71 million in total assets the guild reported last… Read


Timothy Blake Set For SAG-AFTRA’s Ralph Morgan Award

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Actress Timothy Blake has been named the recipient of the 2015 Ralph Morgan Award, the highest honor awarded to a member by the Los Angeles local of SAG-AFTRA. It will be presented February 8 at the local's annual membership meeting at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City. Named after the first president of the Screen Actors Guild, the award honors a member or staff for their "devotion to the cause of members, courage to fight for their rights, and sacrifice of self for… Read


SAG, DGA & WGA Members Could Be Victims Of Anthem Hack


SAG, the WGA and the DGA are all warning their members that their personal information may have been compromised by a recent cyber attack on Anthem, a health care provider to all three of the guilds' health plan. "It is possible that the personal information of guild members was accessed by the hackers," the WGA said in email message to its members." According to Anthem, this information could include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone… Read


Teamsters Offer Jimmy Hoffa Scholarship From Beyond An Unmarked Grave

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It's been nearly 40 years since Jimmy Hoffa disappeared mysteriously, after leading the Teamsters in a run distinguished by being widely reviled as a mobbed-up crook. Even though his legacy is a name that remains synonymous with union corruption, Hoffa is still beloved by current Teamsters' leadership. To this day, they honor his memory with college scholarships given in his name to the children of hardworking Teamsters — a scholarship that was established in 1999, the… Read