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Deluxe Culver City Post-Production Staff Vote Overwhelmingly for IATSE Contract
The former employees of Sony Colorworks officially want back the union benefits they used to have. In an election Wednesday conducted by the Labor Relations Board, 23 of the 25 votes cast among postproduction technicians and artists at Deluxe’s Culver City unit on the Sony lot were to join the Motion Picture Editors Guild and IATSE.


SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal with Music Labels Over Online Payment
SAG-AFTRA and a consortium of recording industry players, including Sony, Warner affiliates, Universal, Capitol and Hollywood Records, have announced a tentative deal that, if passed, will include a payment formula for online streaming and non-permanent digital downloads that accounts for revenue generated outside the U.S.


WGA East Calls for Union Exemption to Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’
The WGA East on Thursday called for all union health plans to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “Cadillac Tax,” a 40% nondeductible excise tax that is scheduled to go into effect in 2018 on employers who provide high-end health benefits to their workers.


The Bizarre Case Against a Rana Plaza Documentary
In its ruling the Dhaka High Court provides a strange rationale for banning screenings of the movie for at least six months. A two-judge panel said the movie could not be shown because it would “negatively portray” the country’s powerful garment industry.


Animators Ratify 3-Year Deal with Producers
The members of the Animation Guild have ratified a three-year successor deal to its master contract with producers.


Two Actors Unions Boycott Tyler Perry's Stage Play
Atlanta entertainment mogul Tyler Perry is in hot water with actors labor unions SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity, according to


West Coast IATSE Ratifies Deal with Studios
The thirteen Hollywood IATSE locals have ratified a new three year deal with the AMPTP, representing studios and producers, the union announced Tuesday. Key provisions of the agreement include annual wage and pension increases, and no cuts or increased costs to the participants of the health plan, and what the union called “substantial improvements in working conditions” for new media productions.


Female TV Directors Make Modest Strides, but Minority Representation Drops, DGA Reports
“The uptick in the number of episodes directed by women -- modest but hopeful -- is just a drop in the bucket of what needs to be done by studios, networks and showrunners before we can begin to realize equal opportunities in television for our members,” said DGA president Paris Barclay.


Nora Ephron, Ingrid Bergman Docus Put Hollywood Names in New York Film Festival Lineup
Laura Poitras, whose headline-making documentary "Citizenfour" had its world premiere at last year’s New York Film Festival opener, returns this year with another world premiere. She will present sections of "Asylum," in which she shadows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he publishes classified diplomatic cables and seeks asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy.


SAG-AFTRA Election: Why the Howard-Richardson Contest was So Close
Richardson tapped into growing anxieties among actors over their shrinking incomes during a period of rapid change in the media landscape. While streaming services such as Netflix have created new opportunities for actors, the shift toward lower-cost online production has dramatically changed how actors are compensated, especially when it comes to residuals, the fees they receive when shows are rerun.


SAG-AFTRA: David White’s Power Secure But Guild Bitterly Divided
Although the recent SAG-AFTRA election might suggest that the guild’s two bickering factions will be sharing power over the next two years, the balance of power actually remains unchanged. The real power at the guild is held by David White, the union’s national executive director.


BAFTA-LA to Honor Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes, James Corden
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will salute Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes and James Corden with Britannia Awards at its October 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.


U.K. Production Incentive Increased to 25% for All Movies
Enhancements to the U.K.’s Film Tax Relief, which were announced earlier this year, have been approved by the European Union, which allows them to pass into law. The changes mean that all British movies can receive a rebate of 25%.


SAG-AFTRA Election: Ken Howard Wins Again, But Running Mate Jenny O’Hara Beaten in Upset
As expected, Ken Howard has been re-elected President of SAG-AFTRA, defeating challenger Patricia Richardson. But in a big surprise, his Unite for Strength running mate Jenny O’Hara was beaten in the race for Secretary-Treasurer by Richardson’s Membership First running mate Jane Austin.


Stuntwoman Jane Austin Leaps to Surprise Victory in SAG-AFTRA’s LA Local Vote
Stuntwoman Jane Austin made it 2-f0r-2 in upset victories, winning the presidency of SAG-AFTRA’s LA local. In a squeaker, the Membership First candidate beat Unite for Strength incumbent Clyde Kusatsu by 105 votes.


SAG-AFTRA Election: Ken Howard Expected to Coast Amid Low Turnout
The deadline for balloting in the SAG-AFTRA national election is Thursday, and all indications point to a big win for President Ken Howard and his Unite for Strength running mates.


Richardson: SAG-AFTRA Should Organize Non-Union News Networks
When Anderson Cooper tapes segments for 60 Minutes at the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan, he’s covered by a SAG-AFTRA contract. But when he drives across town to anchor Anderson Cooper 360 at CNN’s offices in Columbus Circle, he’s not. Patricia Richardson, who’s running for president of the actors union, wants to do something about that.


SAG-AFTRA’s Ken Howard-Patricia Richardson Contest Intensifies
With final voting less than a week away, the contest for the SAG-AFTRA presidency between Ken Howard and Patricia Richardson has gone into the trench warfare stage. The deadline for voting by the union’s 165,000 members is August 20.


Low Voter Turnout In 7 Local SAG-AFTRA Elections
The deadline for voting in the national races, in which Ken Howard and his running mate Jenny O’Hara are squaring off against Patricia Richardson and Jane Austin, is August 20.


Report Finds Wide Diversity Gap Among 2014’s Top- Grossing Films
The numbers are stunning: From 2007 through 2014, women made up only 30.2 percent of all speaking or named characters in the 100 top-grossing fictional films released in the United States.


SAG-AFTRA Election Reflects Fears Over Actors' Pay for Online Shows
Actors, extras, stunt people and other performers are once again squaring off over who should lead their union in an unusually close election that has highlighted growing anxieties over how talent is compensated in the Internet age.


IATSE Wins ‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge’ Contract
A week and a half after the picket lines went up at the offices of 51 Minds Entertainment, the union and the production company for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge have reached a deal.


IATSE Sued by Nu Image Over Health & Pension Contributions
It looked like it was over but Avi Lerner obviously decided it wasn’t. Nearly 6-months after coming to a settlement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees over health and pension contributions, Nu Image is taking the union plus the AFL-CIO to court over the same matter.


Ron Howard, Tyler Perry, Thelma Schoonmaker to Receive 2015 DGA Honors
The Directors Guild of America will honor Ron Howard, Tyler Perry, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Teamsters Local 817 President Thomas J. O’Donnell and film editor Thelma Schoonmaker at the 2015 DGA Honors, the guild announced Wednesday.


American Hustle: How Hollywood Rips Off Women
Top-earning female dramatic actors take home around 40% of the salaries of their male co-stars -- about half the average in other professions. In Forbes magazine’s list of the best-paid actors for 2013, Robert Downey Jr at No 1 made $10m more than the combined earnings of the top five female actors.


NBCU Reaches Three-Year Deal with NABET-CWA
NABET-CWA has reached a tentative agreement with NBCUniversal for a new three-year contract. The pact covers about 2,700 staff and daily-hire employees working as broadcast technicians for NBC News, NBC Sports and NBC Entertainment in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.


‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge’ Agrees to Terms with IATSE
The IATSE has reached an agreement with 51 Minds Entertainment, the producers of "Broken Skull Challenge."


IATSE Hits CMT’s ‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge’ with Strike
The union has just thrown the WWE Hall Of Famer’s reality show to the mat. Demanding an IATSE contract, the crew of CMT’s Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge has walked off the job Tuesday morning.


Actor, Longtime Union Activist Theodore Bikel Dies at 91
From the time he joined Equity in 1954, Bikel has been an advocate for the members of our union and his extraordinary achievements paved the way for so many. No one loved theater more, his union better or cherished actors like Theo did.


2015 Emmy Nominations; Presentation on September 20
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on September 20 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Andy Samberg will host the live telecast.


SAG-AFTRA Says It Stopped Use Of Dangerous Props on ‘Allegiant’ Set
SAG-AFTRA said Thursday that it was responsible for the removal of unsafe prop weapons from the set of 'Allegiant' last month in Georgia.


‘Secrets and Lies’ Moves Production from NC to CA for Season 2
“Secrets and Lies” joins FX’s “American Horror Story” and HBO’s “Veep” as projects approved to receive tax credits in the first allocation period of California’s new program. The three series, along with VH1’s “Hindsight,” will share $27.6 million in credits earmarked for relocating projects.


L.A. Sees Decline in Share of TV Pilots
Los Angeles remains the center of TV pilot production, but its share of the pie continues to shrink as New York, Vancouver, Atlanta and other rivals continue to grab larger slices of the television business.


Louisiana Scales Back Film Tax Credits, Roiling the Industry
Louisiana has long been one of Hollywood's star filming locations, attracting dozens of TV shows and movies such as "American Horror Story," "Jurassic World" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."


Employers Have Greater Leeway on Unpaid Internships, Court Rules
Employers have considerable leeway to use unpaid interns legally when the work serves an educational purpose, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, setting aside a lower court decision that the movie studio Fox Searchlight Pictures had improperly classified former workers as unpaid interns rather than employees.


Animation Guild Reaches Deal with Producers
The Animation Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year successor deal to the master contract for Hollywood animation writers, artists and technicians.


Visual Effects Companies Cinesite, Image Engine Merge
Leading visual effects companies Cinesite and Image Engine have merged, giving the two entities a combined staff of over 525 VFX and animation staff at their studios in London, Vancouver and Montreal.


Hollywood Intern Case Dealt Setback by Federal Appeals Court
On Thursday, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York vacated a federal judge's 2013 ruling in favor of unpaid interns on a Fox Searchlight Pictures film. The decision could have a chilling effect on unpaid internship lawsuits, legal experts say.


‘Black Swan’ Interns Lawsuit Overturned by Appeals Court
In a decision that Hollywood has been waiting for months to hear, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday threw the "Black Swan" intern case on its head by vacating an earlier judgment in favor of two interns who worked on the Darren Aronofsky-directed film.


‘Marriage Boot Camp’ Strike Over; IATSE and Producers Reach Deal
After less than 12 hours, they have a deal, and everyone’s going back to work. IATSE reps and "Marriage Boot Camp" producers at Thinkfactory have agreed that their postproduction and production staff now will be unionized.


Cinematographers Guild Fetes Eight with Emerging Awards
The International Cinematographers Guild has selected eight special award winners for its 19th Emerging Cinematographer Awards.


SAG, AFTRA Health Plans Move Towards Merger
The SAG and AFTRA health plans -- still separate even though the respective unions joined in 2012 -- have moved closer to merger, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.


Oscar Puts Diversity Push into High Gear for Board, New Members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, under renewed criticism for lack of diversity, is tackling the issue on two fronts: New membership and board elections.


‘Marriage Boot Camp’ Editors Go on Strike
Members of the post-production crew on WE TV’s “Marriage Boot Camp” have gone on strike to unionize under a contract with the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.


Preston: Disney Has No Comment on the Recent Reversal of Layoffs
"I have been covering the immigration beat for The New York Times for nine years, so I sensed that my recent story about layoffs of technology employees at Walt Disney World would draw our readers’ interest," writes Julia Preston.


IATSE Launches Safety Hotline
When a member calls the IATSE Safety Hotline (Toll free: [844] IA AWARE, [844] 422-9273), the caller can either leave a message for or talk to a safety representative. Depending on the circumstances, the safety representative will contact a local union representative, or call the employer directly, IATSE said.


Actresses Support ACLU Call to Investigate Hollywood Hiring
The government has yet to respond to the American Civil Liberties Union’s allegations of discrimination against female filmmakers, but Hollywood is certainly talking about it.


In Turnabout, Disney Cancels Tech Worker Layoffs
In late May, about 35 technology employees at Disney/ABC Television in New York and Burbank, California, received jarring news. Managers told them that they would all be laid off, and that during their final weeks they would have to train immigrants brought in by an outsourcing company to do their jobs. The training began, but after a few days it was suspended with no explanation.


Schneller: Women Steal Centre Stage in Hollywood’s Summer Blockbusters
“There are at least seven more women-centric flicks to come, and for summer, that’s a lot -- Hollywood historically reserves this season for boys ages 14 to 44,” writes Johanna Schneller in The Toronto Globe and Mail.


L.A. Location Managers Ink New Contract
Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 has reached a tentative agreement with management’s AMPTP for a new three-year contract covering location managers. Terms of the deal, which runs from August 1, 2015, to July 31, 2018, were not disclosed.


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