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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

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IATSE, WGA, SAG-AFTRA & Others Offer Aid To Members Affected By California Wildfires

UPDATED with AFM relief fund: SAG-AFTRA, the WGA and the American Federation of Musicians have joined IATSE in offering financial relief to its members affected by the California wildfires. The actor and writer unions are directing its members to contact welfare funds established for emergencies like the ones facing many of their members across the state. Details on the SAG-AFTRA, WGA and AFM programs are below. Meanwhile, IATSE said earlier this afternoon that "the… Read

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IATSE Officials Embezzled Nearly $1 Million From Union In Past Decade

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IATSE has an embezzlement problem. In the past two years, former officers of IATSE locals in Alabama, Alaska, Virginia and Michigan have either been indicted, pleaded guilty or been sentenced for stealing funds from their local unions. Over the past decade, former treasurers, presidents and bookkeepers of IATSE locals in California, New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Tennessee and South Dakota have faced similar charges and have pleaded guilty or died before… Read

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IATSE President Matt Loeb Hails Midterms As “Victory For Working People”

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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

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SAG-AFTRA Welcomes Al Jazeera English To The Union, Then Gets A Surprise

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Just minutes after SAG-AFTRA announced today that the "content creators" at Al Jazeera English had voted overwhelmingly to join the union, the news site tweeted a link to an opinion piece it posted earlier in the day titled: "Why Israel Does Not Mind Trump’s Anti-Semitic Supporters." The op-ed, by Nora Barrows Friedman – a staff editor and reporter with The Electronic Intifada – attempts to make the case that "It is in the interest of Israel for Jewish Americans and… Read

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IATSE President Matt Loeb Rebukes Editors Guild Leaders; Calls Their Retaliation Claims Wrong And “Irresponsible”

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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

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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

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SAG-AFTRA “Bake Sale” To Mock Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ad Agency In Ongoing Strike

SAG-AFTRA will hold a mock "bake sale" next week outside the New York offices of Bartle Bogle Hegarty to raise money for the ad agency "because they claim they can't afford union talent." Thursday’s event will be the second mass protest since the 160,000-member union went on strike against BBH last month after the ad agency said it was no longer a signatory to the union's contract. On September 27, nearly a thousand boisterous SAG-AFTRA members picketed the ad agency's L.A… Read

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Animation Guild Ratifies New 3-Year Film & TV Contract

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Members of the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new film and TV contract. The vote to approve the three-year deal with management's AMPTP was 868-213 – an approval margin of 80.3% to 19.7%. Of the guild's 3,695 eligible members, 1,081 (29.3%) cast ballots. Terms of the contract, which are retroactive to July 29, 2018, are generally in line with those achieved in the new deal covering IATSE's 13 West Coast studio locals, including 3%… Read

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HBO Hires “Intimacy Coordinators” To Monitor On-Set Sex, A New Role

HBO has announced that all of its shows featuring sexually intimate scenes henceforth will have a monitor known as an “intimacy coordinator” on set. As first reported by Deadline’s sister publication Rolling Stone, the intimacy coordinator will serve as a mediator among actors, directors, producers and crew. HBO’s The Deuceset in the sex trade industry in New York’s Times Square during the 1970s, already has the first intimacy coordinator working, and other shows are… Read

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Popular Vote Shows New IATSE Contract Is Not So Popular – Update

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EXCLUSIVE updated with Local 728 results: Ratification of IATSE's new film and TV contract was approved last week in a landslide under the union's electoral college-style voting system, but it was a real squeaker in terms of the popular vote – the closest in the union's history. And while the popular vote carries no weight under the union's rules, the closeness of the vote might offer some consolation to opponents of the pact, while serving notice to management's AMPTP… Read

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SAG-AFTRA To Create Stunt Coordinator Eligibility Guidelines

In a move to improve safety on the set, SAG-AFTRA says it will create a Stunt Coordinator Minimum General Standards Eligibility Process Guideline. The program, which was overwhelmingly approved today by the union's national board of directors, is set to launch in 2020. According to the union, it will permit prospective stunt coordinators to apply for inclusion on SAG-AFTRA's online registry after demonstrating that they've completed 500 working days. The program also… Read