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On Strike: SAG-AFTRA To Rally At LA Offices Of Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ad Agency

SAG-AFTRA will stage a rally Thursday outside the Los Angeles offices of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the ad agency the union struck last week. "We need you at the BBH L.A. office Thursday," the union is telling its members. "AFTRA's greatest power is the solidarity of our members. It's time to show our strength. Join your fellow performers as we show the industry that we're strong and united in our commitment to fair wages, safe working conditions and the ability to build a… Read


SAG-AFTRA Foundation To Honor Spike Lee & Jeffrey Katzenberg With Patron Of The Artists Awards

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The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will bestow this year’s Patron of the Artists Awards on Spike Lee and Jeffrey Katzenberg at 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 also honor Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga with Artists Inspiration Awards for their philanthropic work. The Patron of the Artists Award honors “industry leaders who are champions of the arts and whose… Read


Widow Of Drowsy-Driving Victim Brent Hershman Urges “No” Vote On IATSE Contract

Deborah Eden, whose husband Brent Hershman was killed while driving home after working a 19-hour day on Pleasantville in 1997, has joined the “Vote No to Save Lives” movement, urging IATSE members to reject the union’s new film and TV contract. Please vote no!" she posted on Facebook. Ratification ballots were sent recently to 43,000 members of the union's 13 West Coast studio locals and will be counted on October 10. Hershman's death sparked a movement – and a… Read


WGA East Elections: Ex-President Michael Winship & Nine Others Voted To Guild’s Council

Former WGA East president Michael Winship, who guided the guild through the tumultuous 2007-08 writers strike, has been elected to its Council, along with nine others. Winship served as president for five consecutive two-year terms – starting just before the strike and ending in September 2017. Winship, a veteran news and documentary writer, was one of 11 candidates vying for seven freelance seats on the Council. The other freelancers elected are Monica Lee Bellais and… Read


SAG-AFTRA Strikes Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ad Agency

UPDATED with BBH statement: SAG-AFTRA has called a strike against Bartle Bogle Hegarty, claiming that the ad agency is "illegally attempting to abandon its union contract." Guild members are prohibited from accepting new work with BBH, but those currently working on projects with the agency can continue to do so. A strike authorization was approved unanimously by the guild's national board of directors. "The integrity of good business is based upon parties adhering to… Read


Potential TV Animation Strike Averted As SAG-AFTRA And AMPTP Reach Deal

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SAG-AFTRA and management's AMPTP have reached an agreement on a new TV animation contract, averting a threatened strike. In a joint statement, the parties said they're excited to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached covering animated programs produced for television including network television, basic cable and streaming platforms such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime. The new deal is subject to ratification by SAG-AFTRA and will run through June 30… Read


WGA West Announces 2018 Board Of Directors Election Results

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The Writers Guild of America West have announced the results of the 2018 Board of Directors Election. Eight members were elected to the WGAW's Board of Directors for two-year terms. They include Patti Carr (incumbent), Ashley Gable, Betsy Thomas, Deric A. Hughes, David Slack, Jonathan Fernandez (incumbent), Patric M. Verrone (incumbent), Travis Donnelly. Their terms are effective immediately. "This vote represents the largest turnout in Guild Board election history, due… Read


Mary Hatch Named DGA Assistant Executive Director In New York

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Mary Hatch has been hired as the DGA's assistant executive director in the guild's New York office, where she will be involved in the administration of film and television agreements and represent assistant directors and unit production managers in the eastern region. She came to the DGA from SAG-AFTRA, where she most recently served as manager of television and new media entertainment contracts out of its New York office. "We are very pleased to have Mary join our senior… Read


Animation Guild Reaches Deal For New Contract, But Actors’ Strike Still Possible

The Animation Guild and management's AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year film and TV contract, although an actors' strike against the TV animation industry is still a possibility. Members of SAG-AFTRA voted overwhelmingly in July to authorize a strike if their negotiators failed to reach a satisfactory agreement, although contract talks resumed last week. The key sticking point in those talks has been SAG-AFTRA's demand for scale wages and… Read


As Contract Vote Nears, IATSE Pension Plan Takes A Hit On Investments In First Half Of 2018


EXCLUSIVE: Rosy projections that the underfunded Motion Picture Industry Pension Plan will be 100% funded by 2032 already have hit an early speed bump. That projection, made earlier this year by the Plan's actuary, was based in part on the $3.8 billion retirement fund achieving a 7.5% return on investments – net of investment expenses – in each of the next 15 years. But despite a rising stock market, the Plan's return on investments for the first six months of 2018 were… Read


WGA West PAC Endorses 26 Democrats & A Socialist In Midterm Elections

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EXCLUSIVE: The WGA West's political action committee has endorsed 12 Senate and 15 House candidates in the upcoming midterms "who support the guild's public policy priorities." Dianne Feinstein, Elizabeth Warren and Adam Schiff are among the recipients of PAC money, and they're all Democrats except for Vermont's Bernie Sanders, a Socialist who caucuses with the Dems. All the senatorial candidates are incumbents, but four of the House candidates are challengers who the PAC… Read


SAG-AFTRA Accuses Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ad Agency Of Lying To Actors About Commercials Pact


SAG-AFTRA has accused Bartle Bogle Hegarty of lying to actors about the union’s commercials contract, to which the ad agency has withdrawn as a signatory. "BBH claims their reason for trying to illegally abandon their obligations to you, the commercial performer, is because our union contract is outdated and we haven't evolved with the ad industry," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White told members today. "That is simply not… Read