SAG-AFTRA Wins Battle With Video Game Companies Over Domain Name
EXCLUSIVE: SAG-AFTRA has won its first tangible victory in its seven-week-old strike against the video game industry: it's gotten the companies to take down a strike news website the union says infringed its trademark.
The companies' old website included "sagaftra" in its domain name – sagaftravideogames.com. Hours after it went up on October 28, the union fired off an angry response demanding the companies "immediately cease infringing" on the union's trademark and… Read
Actor Who Voices ‘Uncharted’s Nathan Drake Speaks Out About Vidgame Strike In Awards Speech
Nolan North won the Best Performance Award last night at The Game Awards, which celebrates the best in video games, and he got a huge round of applause – and raised some eyebrows – during an acceptance speech many observers viewed as a dis of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike against the video game industry. In previous interviews, however, he made it clear he stands with his union in the six-week-old labor dispute.
North, one of the best known voices in gaming, won the award… Read
Video Game Strike: Companies’ Final Contract Offer Expires As SAG-AFTRA Walkout Continues
Today's deadline to make a deal to end the six-week-old actors strike against the video game industry has come and gone, with no end in sight for the walkout.
The companies had offered a 9% immediate pay hike and additional compensation – up to $950, based on the number of sessions a performer works on each game – if their last, best and final offer for a new contract was ratified by December 1. SAG-AFTRA, however, never put the offer to a vote of its members, so the… Read
Video Game Strike: Actors Take To Virtual SAG-AFTRA Picket Line
SAG-AFTRA members reached out to video gamers today in what's being billed as the first-of-its-kind virtual picket line, seeking support for the union's month-old strike against selected game companies. Hundreds of actors tweeted out calls for a fair contract — and asked gamers to back their cause.
"Video game fans, you want the best from the developers?" tweeted actor Eric Ladin with the hashtag #PerformanceMatters, part of SAG-AFTRA’s call to arms. "They don't believe… Read
SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike: Union Launching Virtual Picket Line On Social Media
SAG-AFTRA will launch a virtual picket line on social media tomorrow to "show that our greatest strength is our unity." Instead of real pickers walking a real picket line, the union is urging its members to join the #PerformanceMatters picket in social media beginning at noon on Tuesday.
"Beginning at noon," the union is telling its members, "show your support on social media by sharing the tweets below and these images; retweet and share SAG-AFTRA's Facebook and Twitter… Read
Actors’ Equity Pledges Support for SAG-AFTRA’s Video Game Strike
Updated with game companies’ response Actors’ Equity Association has become the latest actors union to tighten the screws on video game companies being struck by SAG-AFTRA, reminding its members that they are not allowed to accept struck voice-over work. Actor unions in England, Australia and New Zealand also have warned their members not to accept struck work.
"Actors’ Equity stands in solidarity with and support of its sister union SAG-AFTRA as it fights for a fair… Read
SAG-AFTRA Picket At Insomniac Games Draws 400-Plus Protesters – And Bagpipes; Companies’ Rep Responds: Update
UPDATED, 5:24 PM: The chief negotiator for video game companies being struck by SAG-AFTRA ripped the union today for not allowing its members to vote on the firms’ offer. “It is inexplicable that SAG-AFTRA will not permit a democratic vote on a contract that currently offers its members an immediate 9% wage increase and Additional Compensation of up to $950 per game,” Scott Witlin said in a statement. “How will the members feel when they lose that offer because SAG-AFTRA… Read
Bonus Level For ‘Uncharted’ Movie: Vidgame Gets High Score With Game Awards Noms
A live-action movie version of the hit video game Uncharted has been in the works for ages, thought of as a potential global franchise given its cred with gamers. The past several iterations failed to go forward though until last week, when Deadline broke the news that Sony Pictures tapped Shawn Levy to direct the tale of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. (Note: this wait has included mounds of Deadline reader comments imploring filmmakers to cast Nathan Fillion as… Read
Steve Carell Digs ‘Minecraft’; In Talks To Join Warners’ Vidgame Pic
Steve Carell is creeping toward Minecraft. The voice behind Gru in the Despicable Me films and Foxcatcher Oscar nominee is in talks to join the cast of Warner Bros’ adaptation of the uber-popular video game. Not familiar with it? Ask any 10-year-old.
Rob McElhenney, who co-created, writes for and stars in the veteran FX/FXX comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will direct the film, which is set for release May 24, 2019. He also wrote the latest draft with Wonder Woman… Read
Next SAG-AFTRA Vidgame Strike Target: Insomniac Games
SAG-AFTRA will picket Insomniac Games in Burbank on Thursday, which will mark the end of the fourth week of the union's strike against selected video game companies. Four of the company's titles — Edge Of Nowhere, Feral Rites, Song Of The Deep and The Unspoken — are being struck.
The job action will be the third since the strike began October 21 following pickets at Electronic Arts, WB Games and VoiceWorks Productions.
"More than 700 members, including our brothers and… Read
IGN Entertainment Taps Wade Beckett To Expand Video Efforts
Ziff Davis’ IGN Entertainment plans to beef up its video production targeted at gamers and the so-called “geek culture,” and has turned to former Fusion Chief Programming Officer Wade Beckett to lead the way.
The media industry veteran will be Chief Programming Officer and SVP of Video, handling what the company calls “cross-platform video initiatives” from its Los Angeles studio.
IGN produces original content there and in San Francisco. Its Social Video Team develops… Read
Two Video Game Companies SAG-AFTRA Is Striking Aren’t In Business Anymore
SAG-AFTRA and representatives of the struck video game companies don't agree on much; they don't even agree on which companies are being struck. The union says it's striking 11 companies, but the companies' chief negotiator says that two of the companies on the union's strike list aren't even in business anymore.
One of those companies, Interactive Associates, doesn't have a website and hasn't released a game in more than a decade. Business records on file with the… Read