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SAG-AFTRA Strikes Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ad Agency

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 their mutual contracts," said… 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


Hollywood Pay Equity Summit Will Address Gender Wage Discrimination

As calls for pay equity mount, a panel discussion and town hall meeting is being planned "to confront the longstanding practices of gender pay discrimination in Hollywood." The Pay Equity Summit, to be held September 29 at the Animation Guild in Burbank, follows the formation the #ReelEquity coalition, which is calling on Hollywood "to end outdated and unfair compensation practices and make meaningful changes within the industry." Organized by Women in Media and IATSE… 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


Belva Davis & John Carter Brown To Receive SAG-AFTRA’s Howard Keel Award

Belva Davis and John Carter Brown will be this year's recipients of SAG-AFTRA's Howard Keel Award, which is presented in recognition of their significant contributions to the 160,000-member union. Davis was the first African-American woman hired as a television reporter at San Francisco's KPIX-TV 5 in 1966. She served on the board of AFTRA's San Francisco local, was elected board president in 1978 and served as an AFTRA vice president. She continued to serve as a national… Read


Labor Day: Celebrities, Media Defend Former ‘Cosby Show’ Actor Working At Grocer

Here’s a great Labor Day story: celebrities are riding to the online rescue of former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens, who several media outlets are trying to shame because he works part-time as a Trader Joe’s cashier while pursuing acting. Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, a handsome doctor married to the oldest daughter of Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) on the top-rated The Cosby Show between 1985 and 1992. He now gets occasional acting appearances, most recently on Lucifer… Read


Teamsters Local 399 & Basic Crafts Unions Reach Deal With Producers For New Film & TV Contract

Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 and the Basic Crafts unions have reached a tentative agreement with management's AMPTP on terms for a new three-year film and TV contract. "As usual, these negotiations were difficult and extended into the night," said Steve Dayan, secretary-treasurer of Local 399 and chairman of the Basic Crafts. "However, in the end, we were able to come to an agreement. Teamsters Local 399, all of the Basic Craft locals, and our Driver/Coordinator… Read


Paramount Targeted By Hispanic Protestors Over “Dismal” Hiring Record

More than 60 protesters, chanting "Latinos excluded, time to be included," picketed outside Paramount Pictures' main gate today to call attention to the studio's "dismal hiring record of Latino talent." The protest was called by leaders of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the National Latino Media Council, and the National Latino Media Council, which announced a boycott of the studio last month. NHMC says that its research has found that Paramount "has the worst… Read


Injured ‘MacGyver’ Stunt Coordinator Was Hired As Part Of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Accident Settlement

EXCLUSIVE: CBS TV Studios acknowledged to Deadline today that the hiring of Justin Sundquist as stunt coordinator of MacGyver was part of a deal settling his lawsuit over a 2016 injury he sustained on Hawaii Five-0. On Monday, he was hurt again, this time on a stunt that went wrong on the MacGyver set that left him in a medically induced coma with a traumatic head injury. Jeff Wolfe, who was replaced by Sundquist on MacGyver, warned his stunt crew in July that Sundquist… Read