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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’ Hit with Crew Strike
The union has just thrown the WWE Hall of Famer’s reality show to the mat. Demanding an IATSE contract, 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.


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.


Emmy Nominations 2015
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.


Box Office in China is Soaring to New Highs
China's movie business, which is growing at breakneck speed, has hit another milestone: The box-office haul has jumped nearly 50% from a year earlier.


Pink Slips at Disney in Orlando. But First, Training Foreign Replacements.
The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss.


SAG-AFTRA Scraps Plan to Release Data on Hiring of Women and Minorities
SAG-AFTRA has scrapped its plans to conduct a comprehensive five-year survey of the employment of women and minority actors in the film and TV industry.


California’s Expanded Tax Credit Set for ‘Veep,’ ‘American Horror Story’
HBO’s “Veep,” Fox’s “American Horror Story,” Touchstone’s “Secrets and Lies” and Viacom’s “Hindsight” have been approved to receive $25 million in tax credits under California’s expanded program for relocating to California.


Howard to Seek Re-Election as President of SAG-AFTRA
Ken Howard will seek re-election to SAG-AFTRA’s top post. Howard was first elected president of SAG in 2009, won re-election in 2011, and after SAG and AFTRA merged, was elected president of the merged union.


Hollywood Studios Sued for Reusing Film Soundtracks
The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada accused the biggest film and television studios on Tuesday of violating the terms of a collective bargaining agreement by going beyond the allowance for the re-use of previously recorded film soundtracks.


Media CEOs Dominate Ranks of Top-Paid Executives
They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.


Coolidge: Blaming DGA for Lack of Female Directors is 'Dangerous Side-Path'
Veteran director Martha Coolidge, a former president of the Directors Guild of America, wholeheartedly supports the ACLU’s call for an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into the woeful underemployment of female directors. “The DGA literally has nothing to do with hiring in this industry,” Coolidge said.


Hollywood Teamsters and Basic Crafts Unions Reach Contract Deal with AMPTP
Hollywood’s Teamsters and the basic crafts unions have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. Terms of the deal, which must be ratified by the unions’ members, were not disclosed.


California’s Expanded Production Tax Credit Draws 37 TV Applicants
California’s sweetened film and TV tax credit program has drawn applications from 31 new TV projects and six current TV series seeking to relocate to the Golden State.


Musicians Union Travels to Sacramento to Play a Song for Tax Credits
The dulcet strains of motion picture and television soundtracks wafted across the grounds of the State Capitol on Monday, as musicians union members from Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere joined Sacramento members in a concert and press conference to support AB 1199, a bill that would link production tax credits to scoring in California.


‘Pitch Perfect 2' Box Office: Movies by Women for Women Work
What makes “Pitch Perfect 2" something of a rarity is that it not only stars women like Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick, but its behind the scenes talent, director Elizabeth Banks and writer Kay Cannon, are also female.


Jane Fonda at Cannes: Gender Pay Gap ‘Unacceptable’
Jane Fonda is starring in a film at Cannes, but she also came to the film festival to pick up an honor. When asked about the pay divide in Hollywood, Fonda was spirited in her response.


Warner Brothers Strikes Multi-Year Pact with Deluxe for Post-Production Services
Deluxe has inked an agreement with Warner Brothers Pictures to be the studio’s primary provider for a wide range of post-production and home entertainment-related services.


A.C.L.U., Citing Bias Against Women, Wants Inquiry Into Hollywood’s Hiring Practices
Grumblings that Hollywood is a man’s world have percolated for decades and are borne out in studies that show how few women are hired to direct top-grossing films: only 4 percent over the last dozen years. Now this apparent truism is being challenged as a violation of civil rights.


WGA East to Reality Producers: Let’s Talk Collective Bargaining
The WGA East is urging the Nonfiction Producers Association to come to the bargaining table this month to hammer out an industrywide contract for writers and producers of TV reality shows.


NYT: What Hollywood Can Teach Us About the Future of Work
"Recently I visited a movie set," writes Adam Davidson in The New York Times. "It was the first day of production, and I arrived just as the sun was coming up, but already, around 150 people were busy setting up that day’s shot in an abandoned office building."


Don Mankiewicz Dies: Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Union Activist was 93
Mankiewicz, who received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay "I Want To Live" and was the creator behind TV’s "Ironside" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.," died of congestive heart failure at his home in Monrovia, CA, Saturday, his son told The Los Angeles Times. He was 93.


Editor Feared Missing in Nepal Says: 'We are Safe'
A Santa Monica couple feared missing after a magnitude 7.8 quake in Nepal killed thousands says they are safe and are now focusing on the victims. A. Michelle Page, is a former film editor whose projects included the Spider-Man trilogy and Robert Altman’s “The Player,” according to her website. She and her husband, Daniel Adams, both of whom arrived last week, were scheduled to stay in the capital of Katmandu near the Boudhanath burial mound that is the Himalayan city’s most famous landmark.


Musicians Union Sues Warners, MGM and Paramount Over ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Robocop’ Scores
The American Federation of Musicians has sued Warner Brothers, MGM and Paramount for alleged violations of the union’s master contract for recording film scores outside the United States and Canada.


Film Editor Visiting Nepal Reported Unhurt After Deadly Quake
A. Michelle Page, is a former film editor whose projects included the Spider-Man trilogy and Robert Altman’s “The Player,” according to her website. She and her husband, Daniel Adams, both of whom arrived last week, were scheduled to stay in the capital of Katmandu near the Boudhanath burial mound that is the Himalayan city’s most famous landmark.


Florida Film Officials Try 3rd Time for New Incentive Program
Proponents of Florida's film industry are back in Tallahassee for the third year in a row, trying to get funding for a new tax incentive program.


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