SAG-AFTRA Says Video Game Strike “Not About Terminology”; Picket Lines Set For Monday
Members of the SAG-AFTRA video games negotiating committee made it clear today that the union bent over backwards to make a deal before launching a strike against targeted companies.
"Every time they raised an issue, we tried to find a compromise," said Keythe Farley, chair of the union interactive committee, during a press conference. "We made every effort we could to make a deal."
SAG-AFTRA said it will put up its first picket line Monday outside the offices of… Read
‘Midnight Rider’: More Info Revealed In “Willful Safety Violation” Court Filing
EXCLUSIVE: New, un-redacted information revealing what specific supervising crew members did (or did not do) on the set of Midnight Rider has been put into a Department of Labor court filing to refute producer Film Allman’s claim that it was not guilty of a “willful safety violation.” The brief asks the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold “in its entirety” the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission decision that slapped Film Allman with the violation and a… Read
Vid Game Industry to SAG-AFTRA: Let Your Members Vote
On the first day of the actors' strike against the video game industry, the companies' chief negotiator is calling on the leadership of SAG-AFTRA to put their final contract proposal to a vote of the union's members "rather than continue to strike over terminology."
Dissatisfaction among actors working in the gaming industry is so high, however, that they would almost certainly reject the companies' offer – if on principle alone. A year ago, actors working under the… Read
How The Power-Broker Koch Brothers Are Killing The Florida Film Business
Florida's film and TV industry is in a free-fall after the state scrapped its film incentives program earlier this year. Productions are leaving, vendors are fleeing, and workers are moving to Georgia in the wake of a concerted and well-financed campaign by the billionaire Koch brothers and their conservative allies in the state legislature to kill the Sunshine State's incentives. It's an exodus of epic proportions, but if a movie were ever to be made about it, it would… Read
SAG-AFTRA Strikes The Video Game Industry
SAG-AFTRA has gone on strike against the video game industry. Just after midnight PT, the union ordered its members to stop working on games until the strike is over. Shortly before the clock struck midnight, a spokesman for the companies said no date has been set for the resumption of talks.
It's the first-ever strike against the gaming industry; the first actors' strike since 2000, when SAG and AFTRA struck the commercials industry for six months; and the first-ever… Read
Looming SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike Hinges On Single Word
EXCLUSIVE, UPDATE with SAG-AFTRA statement: An actors strike against the video game industry could come down to a dispute over single word — “buyout."
Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the video game companies broke off late Wednesday night after the union rejected the companies' final offer for a new contract. A federal mediator who'd been brought into the talks yesterday failed to bring the two sides close enough to make a deal. The main sticking point is… Read
Federal Mediator Joins SAG-AFTRA Video Game Contract Talks
EXCLUSIVE: After three days of intense bargaining, negotiations for a new SAG-AFTRA video game contract have deadlocked and a federal mediator will be called in this afternoon in an attempt to head off a threatened strike.
The main issue is the union’s demand that performers receive an additional full-scale payment for each 500,000 units sold, up to a maximum of four secondary payments if the game sells 2 million units. "The No. 1 thing is residuals," said an actor who… Read
DGA Contract Talks To Begin In December
The DGA will begin negotiations for a new film and TV contract with management's AMPTP in early December, the two sides said today. Three years ago, in the last contract cycle, the sides started talks in October and reached a deal in November — a full seven months before the expiration of the film and TV pact. Based on that timeline, negotiations this time around are running a bit behind schedule.
"The parties have agreed that they will continue discussions in the interim… Read
SAG-AFTRA Video Game Contract Talks Resume As Strike Looms
With a Friday strike deadline looming, contract negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the video game industry resumed today and are scheduled to continue through Wednesday. The chief one issue in the talks is the union's demand for residuals payments for actors who voice the most successful games – something the $20 billion video game industry has steadfastly refused to provide.
"The No. 1 thing is residuals," said an actor who has worked on dozens of games. "This is the… Read
SAG-AFTRA Set Strike Date Against Video Game Giants
UPDATE, 11:47 PM with statement from video game industry: Hours after the date was set for a strike, the video game responded in a statement released to the media. “We have negotiated in good faith for the past 18 months with SAG-AFTRA union leaders, and are making progress toward a new contract,” said Scott J. Witlin of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, representing the industry. “We are deeply disappointed to learn today of the Union’s threatened strike and its… Read
David P. White Extended As SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator
The SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors has extended its contract with David White who will remain the organization’s National Executive Director through October 11, 2020. The Board vote was unanimous, and effective immediately; the specific contract details are confidential.
“I want to thank President Carteris, our elected officers and national board of directors for their support. We are engaged in exciting, groundbreaking efforts to protect professionals worldwide… Read
Teamsters Local 399 Meeting Going Forward Despite “Threat Of Violence”
Following an election marred by violence, Teamsters Local 399 is taking special precautions for its next membership meeting "due to a threat of violence." The local's quarterly meeting will be held October 23 at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, CA.
"Unfortunately, due to a threat of violence, we will be limiting this meeting to active members only in good standing," the union said on its website. "All members will need to be checked in before being admitted into the… Read