Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As EVP Of SAG-AFTRA, National VP/LA Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update
UPDATE, 8:35PM (adds national VPs): Clyde Kusatsu has been elected SAG-AFTRA’s national VP, Los Angeles, the guild announced this evening at its ongoing biennial convention at which delegates nominated and elected eight national vice presidents, including the EVP Gabrielle Carteris, whose victory was announced earlier today. Ilyssa Fradin was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals and Samantha Mathis was chosen national VP, actors/performers.
National VPs who… Read
‘Top Chef’ Extortion Case: Feds Indict Wrong Teamster, Won’t Admit Mistake
The U.S. Attorney's office in Massachusetts this week indicted the wrong man for harassing and threatening the cast and crew of Top Chef last year. Richard Jeffrey, one of the five members of Teamsters Local 25 indicted by the office Wednesday, had his charges quietly dropped. Another member of the Boston local, Michael Ross, was indicted in his stead.
It turns out that the two men look alike, and when prosecutors viewed crew members' cell phone footage of the Top Chef… Read
Some Cast And Crew Of Indie Comedy ‘Frat Pack’ Still Waiting To Be Paid
The indie road-trip comedy Frat Pack recently completed production in Ontario, but some of its actors and crew members haven't been paid. Producer Jo Marr said the problem is with the film's financier, who "over-promised and under-delivered, or didn't deliver at all."
"Everybody's going to get paid," Marr told Deadline. "We fully intend to pay everyone." The manager of one of the film's stars says he's still owed more than $20,000. Some of the actors have been paid… Read
Safety Events To Be Held In Three Cities In Honor Of Sarah Jones
Safety events will be held in three major U.S. cities this Sunday, Oct. 4, in support of “Safety for Sarah” — the goal of which is to foster on-set safety through awareness and accountability via constructive and realistic strategies to prevent future tragedies. Atlanta will hold a Sarah Jones Field Day and New York and Los Angeles will both hold Walkathons in honor of the 27-year-old camera assistant whose life was taken on the set of Midnight Rider last year. The events… Read
SAG-AFTRA Scolds HBO Over Sex Fiasco On ‘Westworld’ Set
SAG-AFTRA is scolding HBO for taking so long to rectify the Westworld sex scandal, in which more than 50 extras were told they'd have to perform simulated sex acts on camera.
A consent form promulgated by Central Casting, which cast extras for the sci-fi series, said the extras would be required to take part in "graphic sexual situations," including "genital-to-genital touching" and simulated "oral sex with hand-to-genital touching."
HBO issued a statement blaming Central… Read
Five Boston Teamsters Indicted For Extortion In ‘Top Chef’ Attack
Five members of Boston Teamsters Local 25 who terrorized the cast and crew of Top Chef last year in a failed effort to get the show to sign a union contract have been arrested and charged by the U.S. Attorney's office with attempted extortion (read it here). The local's harassment of the show was first reported on Deadline.
"The indictment alleges that a group of rogue Teamsters employed old school thug tactics to get no-work jobs from an out of town production company,"… Read
Nonfiction Producers Association Now Reps Half Of Reality
Launched a little more than a year ago, the Nonfiction Producers Association has passed a milestone: It says it now represents the producers of more than half of all reality TV shows airing in the U.S.
The nonprofit trade group, which was formed in July 2014, now represents 37 of the industry's largest reality producers. The latest to join include Half Yard Productions (Say Yes To the Dress), Park Slope Productions (Alaskan Bush People), and Stephen David Entertainment (Th… Read
No Criminal Charges In ‘Falling Skies’ Security Guard Death
No criminal charges will be filed in the death of Amrik Singh Gill, the 59-year-old security guard crushed to death last September on the set of TNT's Falling Skies in British Columbia after an unattended five-ton truck rolled down hill and pinned him against a tree.
"Our investigation ruled out criminality as outlined in the Criminal Code of Canada," said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which only recently completed its investigation of the accident. "No criminal… Read
Following SAG-AFTRA Probe, Biracial Stuntwoman Cast To Double For Zendaya In ‘K.C. Undercover’
EXCLUSIVE: Following complaints by black stuntwomen and an investigation by SAG-AFTRA, Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover has found a new stunt coordinator and a new stunt double for the show's biracial star, Zendaya.
Last season, Zendaya, whose father is black and mother is white, was doubled by a white stuntwoman who was the wife of the show's stunt coordinator. A Disney Channel spokesperson said they "departed the series for personal reasons within the past two… Read
WGA West Elections: Howard Rodman Moves Up To President
Howard Rodman has been elected President of the WGA West, handily defeating former board member Joan Meyerson by a 2-1 margin (1,557 votes to 749 votes). Rodman, who had been the guild's Vice President, succeeds Chris Keyser, who was precluded by guild rules from seeking a third term. Earlier today, it was announced that David Goodman defeated Carl Gottlieb for VP.
Rodman, who was a board member during the WGA's 2007-08 strike, will preside over the guild during the next… Read
WGA Election: David Goodman Defeats Carl Gottlieb For Vice President
EXCLUSIVE: Family Guy scribe David Goodman has defeated Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb to become the WGA West's new Vice President. "David Goodman's a good guy, and he's good for the guild," said Gottlieb, the guild's long-serving Secretary-Treasurer who will be succeeded in that post by Aaron Mendelsohn, who ran unopposed. "I know he'll represent television writers with an intimate knowledge of their problems."
Results of the guild’s presidential election and board… Read
SAG-AFTRA Ratifies New Deal For Streaming Music
Recording artists will be getting a new piece of the revenue from the downloading and streaming of their songs under a new SAG-AFTRA recording contract that's just been ratified by the union's members. The pact includes a new payment formula for the sharing of these monies and for a portion of the record labels' domestic and foreign streaming dollars to be contributed to AFTRA's Health and Retirement Fund.
"As technology changes the industry, it is imperative that our… Read