SAG-AFTRA Panel Warns Industry To Stop Ignoring Law Protecting Child Actors From Predators
EXCLUSIVE: The former LA Deputy City Attorney who prosecuted dozens of casting directors in a sweep of bogus actors' workshops said tonight that industry professionals who violate an oft-ignored law to protect child actors from registered sex offenders could soon be the subjects of a similar undercover operation and prosecution.
The Child Performer Protection Act, which became law nearly six years ago, requires most professionals who work with child actors – including… Read
Antoine Fuqua Set For Motion Picture Sounds Editors Career Honor
The Motion Picture Sound Editors said today that Antoine Fuqua will receive its career honor, the Filmmaker Award, for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. The veteran director will pick up his hardware during the 66th MPSE Golden Reel Awards on February 17 in Los Angeles.
The director blends action with character-driven storytelling in such films as The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven, Olympus Has Fallen, Shooter and Training Day. "Antoine Fuqua has… Read
WGA West’s 2018 Feature Writer Access Project Honorees Set
Two minorities, one woman and three writers age 60 and older are this year's honorees for the WGA West's Feature Writer Access Project, the guild's screenwriting program for women, minority, disabled, older and LGBTQ+ writers.
Now in its sixth year, the program seeks to identify outstanding historically underrepresented writers and make their scripts available to entertainment industry decision-makers — including producers, studio executives, agents and managers — to help… Read
Austin’s ATX Television Festival Announces First Panels For 2019 Event
Austin’s ATX Television Festival, set for June 6-9, 2019, has announced its first round of panels, including a Blumhouse Television event, a “Cancelled-Too-Soon” retrospective of Men in Trees and a conversation with the presidents of various industry guilds.
Panels announced today for the eighth annual festival include:
A "Presidents of the Guilds" panel, featuring a discussion with Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA; David A. Goodman, president, WGAW; and Thomas… Read
SAG-AFTRA Decries Donald Trump’s Latest “Enemy Of The People” Tirade Against CNN’s Jim Acosta
SAG-AFTRA, which represents thousands of TV journalists, is taking issue with President Donald Trump's latest tirade against the free press. "SAG-AFTRA, journalists and non-journalists alike, supports a free and unencumbered press and stands with any journalist who might find his or her ability to report on our government challenged or compromised."
The union's statement, which doesn't mention POTUS by name, comes after he tangled with reporters Wednesday during his… Read
IATSE President Matt Loeb Hails Midterms As “Victory For Working People”
IATSE president Matt Loeb is hailing Tuesday night's election returns as "a victory for working people all across the country," saying that "IATSE-supported candidates won in almost every state where we competed."
One of those winning candidates was Democrat Katie Hill, who unseated Republican Steve Knight in a tight congressional race in Southern California. IATSE's political action committee contributed $5,000 to her campaign, but it also gave $1,000 to Knight, who… Read
WGA West PAC Had Strong Election Night, Helped Flip The House
The WGA West's political action committee had a strong midterm election night, helping to flip the House of Representatives. Twenty-seven of the 31 candidates it endorsed – all Democrats – were elected, including 18 of the 19 House candidates it backed, and nine of its 14 senatorial picks.
Most of the candidates it supported were incumbents, but the union also backed two candidates who defeated incumbent Republicans: Jackie Rosen, who unseated Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, and… Read
WGA West Blasts Trump Administration’s Latest Attack On Transgender Rights
The WGA West has blasted the Donald Trump administration’s latest assault on transgender rights, calling its proposal to remove their federally protected status an “attack on the civil rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming people."
The Supreme Court recently was asked to hear a case challenging whether civil rights laws that prohibit sex discrimination in employment also extend to transgender workers.
"The Trump administration has taken another step in its… Read
IATSE President Matt Loeb Rebukes Editors Guild Leaders; Calls Their Retaliation Claims Wrong And “Irresponsible”
UPDATED with statement from Editor Guild executive: IATSE president Matt Loeb has sternly rebuked Editors Guild leaders Cathy Repola and Alan Heim, telling them that their claim that she was removed as a director of the union's pension and health plans in retaliation for her opposition to IATSE's new film and TV contract not only is inaccurate but "irresponsible."
The real reason she was removed as a trustee of the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans, Loeb told… Read
Editors Guild’s Cathy Repola Cries Foul After IATSE President Matt Loeb Boots Her From Seat On Pension & Health Plans
EXCLUSIVE: IATSE international president Matt Loeb has unceremoniously booted Cathy Repola off the board of directors of the union's pension and health plans after she tangled with him over the ratification of the union's new film and TV contract. Repola, the national executive director of the Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, claims her removal appears to be in retaliation for her leading the opposition to the contract.
"You are being removed as a director of the Motion… Read
Rachel Bloom To Host SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron Of The Artists Awards
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation said Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom will host the group’s third annual Patron of the Artists Awards on November 8 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the
Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
The event will honor Harrison Ford, Lady Gaga, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Spike Lee, with the night benefiting the foundation's vital assistance and performers programs and its children's literacy program.
The foundation also said Monday that Kristin Chenoweth… Read
SAG-AFTRA Sex Assault Complaint By Sarah Scott Headed To Mediation
After months of inaction from SAG-AFTRA, actress Sarah Scott has agreed to enter mediation on her claim that Kip Pardue, her costar on indie TV project Mogulettes, masturbated in front of her shortly after filming a sex scene. She also claimed that he became aroused and placed her hand on his crotch as they lay under the covers waiting to film the scene.
Scott's claim, which was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, had been set to be heard by the guild's disciplinary… Read