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Katie Kilkenny

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Katie Kilkenny is a Staff Reporter at The Hollywood Reporter, where she covers labor and union issues and publishes features and investigative work. Prior to joining THR as an Associate Editor covering breaking news in 2017, she was a Culture Associate Editor at the social and environmental justice nonprofit magazine Pacific Standard and an Entertainment Reporting Fellow for The Atlantic. Her work has been recognized with National Arts & Entertainment Journalism and SoCal Journalism awards, and she is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Nickelodeon Voluntarily Recognizes Production Workers Union

The Animation Guild has succeeded in procuring voluntary recognition for a group of unionizing production workers at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. About a month after the IATSE local filed for a National Labor Relations Board election, Nickelodeon has chosen to bypass that process by agreeing to recognize a bargaining unit of 177 workers — including production […]

Laura Poitras Talks Profit Participation In Documentary Filmmaking, Taking on Big Pharma

Laura Poitras is perhaps best known for investigative films that have laid bare U.S. government surveillance and military tactics in the aftermath of 9/11. But with her latest project, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, the filmmaker tries her hand at an artist documentary, albeit one that perhaps only Poitras could have directed. With the […]

‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland Facing Domestic Violence Charges

Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites, is facing domestic violence charges in Orange County, California, based on an alleged 2020 incident. According to the May 2020 felony complaint, which The Hollywood Reporter has obtained, Roiland has been charged with one count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one count […]

Spike Lee to Receive WGA East Award for Career Achievement

The Writers Guild of America East has named the latest recipient of its career achievement award: Spike Lee. The Do the Right Thing and Da 5 Bloods filmmaker will receive the East Coast guild’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award at the 75th Annual Writers Guild Awards when their New York ceremony takes place at the Edison […]

Attack of the Chatbots: Screenwriters’ Friend or Foe?

Is ChatGPT a sign that automation is coming to film and TV writing? As far-fetched as it sounds, the arrival in November 2022 of a free prototype of the AI-powered chatbot — which has jolted observers with the sophisticated, fluid writing it can produce when prompted, even in the form of poems, essays and, yes, […]

Gavin Newsom Seeks to Make California Film/TV Tax Credits Refundable

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is seeking to make California film and television tax credits refundable in a bid to compete with other states’ programs. Newsom unveiled this approach in his 2023-2024 proposed budget, released on Tuesday, which looks to extend the current tax credit program five more years. Under the budget proposal, $330 million would […]

Directors Guild: No Talks Are Set With Studios Yet Ahead of Contract Expiration

The Directors Guild is waiting for the moment “when we believe we have the most leverage to win” to begin official 2023 contract negotiations with studios and streamers, according to two union leaders. The Guild, which bargains on behalf of directors, assistant directors, unit production managers and others, updated its members on Monday that bargaining […]

Video Game Workers Win Microsoft’s First U.S. Union

In a major breakthrough for labor organizing in tech, video game workers at The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle developer ZeniMax Studios have successfully organized Microsoft’s first U.S. union. A majority of quality assurance (QA) professionals at the developer opted to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union in a card count whose results were […]

Workers Launch Third Union Drive at Activision Blizzard

After two organizing successes in Wisconsin and New York, the Communication Workers of America is working with a third group of workers at video games giant Activision Blizzard to form a union. A broad swathe of workers at the Activision Blizzard-owned Proletariat studio in Boston is seeking to join the CWA, which previously organized video […]

Whispers of a Writers Strike Grow Louder

On Nov. 7, the Writers Guild of America unveiled its negotiating committee for its upcoming 2023 contract talks, a list that combines longtime union leaders with prominent members and writers working across genres. But so far, without a general membership meeting or “pattern of demands” released, guild members have been left guessing about whether the […]

Quixote, Star Waggons, Zio Services Workers Launch Union Drive

Following Hudson Pacific Properties’ multi-million dollar acquisitions of Quixote Studios, Star Waggons and Zio Studio Services over the past two years, workers at all three companies are seeking to unionize with Teamsters Local 399. Nearly 120 workers — including cleaners and trailer manufacturing workers at Quixote’s Penrose location, vehicle inspectors and washbay technicians at Zio […]

IMDb Updates Policy to Allow Users to Withhold Age

Seemingly putting an end to a long battle over information listed on IMDb profiles, the online entertainment database is rolling out changes that will authorize industry professionals to control the age and name information included on their pages. New policy and product changes are enabling users with free or standard IMDbPro memberships plans to decide […]