WGA West Board Elections: 15 Candidates Will Vie For Eight Seats
Fifteen candidates have been nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGA West's board of directors, including incumbents Patti Carr, Jonathan Fernandez, Courtney Ellinger and former guild president Patric Verrone.
The other candidates chosen by the guild's nominating committee are Deric Hughes, David Slack, Akilah Green, Ashley Gable, Spiro Skentzos, VJ Boyd, Travis Donnelly, Dante W. Harper, Eric Heisserer, Deborah Amelon, and Betsy Thomas.
Eligible members also can… Read
DGA Says Number Of Minority Film Directors Hit 5-Year Low Last Year, Down 46% Since 2013; Women Making Gains
Saying that discrimination is "still rampant" in the film industry, the DGA today released its second report on Feature Film Diversity, which found that only 9.7% of live-action American films with box office takes of at least $250,000 were directed by minorities last year — a five-year low and a precipitous drop of 46% since 2013.
Female directors fared considerably better than in recent years — up in numbers by 100% compared with 2013. According to the report, 22 women… Read
WGA East Survey Finds “Significant Barriers” To Reporting Sexual Harassment; Many Cite Inadequate Employer Training
A survey about sexual harassment conducted by the WGA East has found that there are "significant barriers to people reporting when they have experienced sexual harassment," according to Lowell Peterson, the guild's executive director. Among those obstacles to reporting, he wrote in a recent letter the guild's members and council, are "fear of career damage, lack of confidence that the employer would take real action, and fear of the perpetrator."
The survey asked a series… Read
Donald Trump’s Attacks On Media Taking A Toll On Broadcasters, WGA East Survey Finds
A survey of WGA East members who work at ABC and CBS news operations has found that nearly half of those responding said that President Donald Trump's constant attacks on the media have taken a toll on them. Trump, the most virulently anti-press president in modern American history, has called the "fake news" the "enemy of the American people" and "our country's biggest enemy."
"The current political climate is taking a toll on our broadcast members," WGA East executive… Read
WGA East Leader Blames Agents’ Conflicts Of Interest For Writers’ Declining “Quotes”
UPDATED with statement from ATA official: As the Writers Guild prepares to sit down to negotiate a new deal with the Association of Talent Agents, WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson is blaming the agencies' "conflicts of interest" in the packaging of scripted TV shows for the decline in writers' quotes" – the wages they earned on their last assignments. In a recent letter to his members and to the WGA East's council, Peterson says that writers' quotes… Read
IATSE Leads Indie Film Crew On Strike In Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s film industry still is recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria, and now it’s been hit by a strike. Crew members working on a low-budget film called Selfie have walked off the job to protest what IATSE says is the company's failure to pay crew members "over $100,000."
"The IATSE is currently on strike against Selfie, Selfie Inc., in Puerto Rico," the union said in a communique to its members. "All IATSE members have left the show to support the… Read
DGA & Argentina In Multimillion-Dollar Foreign Levies Dispute
Argentina and the DGA are locked in a multimillion-dollar dispute over the nonpayment of foreign levies. Argentinean collection societies have paid the WGA more than $20.4 million in foreign levies since 1992 but not a dime to the Directors Guild.
During the past 25 years, Argentina, Japan and 16 European countries have paid nearly $1 billion to the American "authors" of films and TV shows for the copying, rental and retransmission of their work. Half the money goes to… Read
SAG-AFTRA Signs “Historic” Pact With ZEUS Streaming Service
SAG-AFTRA has reached what it’s calling a “historic” agreement with ZEUS, the new subscription streaming service, to provide coverage for its content and a pathway to union membership for ZEUS content creators.
The ad-free streaming service, founded by TV producer Lemuel Plummer and social media stars King Bach, Amanda Cerny and DeStorm Powers, will feature original scripted and unscripted series and videos conceived, produced by and starring a roster of popular social… Read
Gail Berman And Lucy Fisher Elected PGA Presidents In Guild First
Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher have been elected presidents of the 8,500-member Producers Guild of America – the first time two women have held the trade group’s co-equal presidencies. They ran unopposed and succeed Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary, who held the posts since 2014.
Berman, whose executive producer TV credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Deception and Angel, has served on the PGA’s National Board of Directors and its Producers Council Board of Delegates… Read
SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative New Contract With Four Broadcast Networks
SAG-AFTRA has a tentative agreement with the four major television broadcast networks and other producers on a new contract, it was announced today.
ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have agreed on a successor to the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting. If approved, the new contract starts July 1 and runs through June 30, 2021.
The tentative agreement will be submitted for approval to the SAG-AFTRA National Board at its meeting July 21. Subject to the… Read
Apple Signs WGA Contract As It Ramps Up Scripted Shows
Apple's TV development arm, which is gearing up to produce scripted content, has signed the WGA basic agreement. Guild officials are calling it a "significant" development as they prepare for their next round of collective bargaining for a new industry-wide minimum basic agreement (MBA).
"Apple has agreed to better-than-MBA terms if its programming is offered free to consumers online," said WGA West president David A. Goodman and executive director David Young, and WGA… Read
WGA East Mounts New Effort To Boost TV Diversity In New York Through Tax Credits
The WGA East and its supporters in the New York state Legislature are taking another crack at a bill that would allocate $5 million in tax incentives to TV shows shot in the state that hire women and minority writers and directors. Unlike the bill that was vetoed in December by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this incentive would be separate and apart from the state's $420 million a year film incentives program.
Cuomo vetoed that last bill after finding that the current program is… Read