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Cine Gear Expo: Cinematographers Guild Reaffirms Commitment to Addressing On-Set Safety

The International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600) dedicated a Saturday panel discussion to on-set safety following a year during which this was a critical topic, driven by the ratification of a new IATSE Basic Agreement — which, following divisive contract negotiations and a threatened strike, was ratified last fall by a narrow margin of votes — […]

Music Supervisors Speak Out On New Unionization Effort: “We’re Just Asking for Fairness”

On Wednesday night, a worker-run Twitter account broke the silence on a roughly two and a half year-long organizing effort to unionize music supervisors nationwide. Declaring that music supervisors — the creatives who select the music and/or facilitate the creation of music that appears in films and TV shows and negotiate for its use — […]

Animation Guild Reaches Tentative Deal With Studios After Months of Negotiations

After protracted negotiations, an intense social-media campaign and its first rally in decades, The Animation Guild has reached a new tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The deal, announced on Friday, provides wage increases and “significant gains for animation writers,” makes changes to the contract’s treatment of “New Media” […]

Dueling Set Safety Bills Stalled in California State Senate

Two dueling California bills that set out to reform film and TV set safety in the wake of the Oct. 2021 Rust shooting that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead have been stalled after they entered the same Senate committee. Sen. Anthony Portantino’s SB 829 and Sen. Dave Cortese’s SB 831 are being “held in committee” […]

International Cinematographers Guild Elects New President

First camera assistant Baird B. Steptoe Sr. was elected national president of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600), making him the first Black Guild member to be elected to the office. He succeeds cinematographer John Lindley, who recently completed his elected term and chose not to run for re-election. The election results are considered […]

Bento Box Entertainment Editorial Workers Unionize With Motion Picture Editors Guild

Editorial employees at the animation studio Bento Box Entertainment have unionized with the Motion Picture Editors Guild after management agreed to voluntarily recognize the group through a card check. A third-party arbitrator confirmed that a majority of the 15-member bargaining unit signed authorization cards, paving the way towards voluntary recognition, the MPEG (IATSE Local 700) […]

IATSE, Reel Works Team to Train Hairstylists from Historically Excluded Backgrounds (Exclusive)

As awareness over the need to diversify Hollywood’s hair and makeup trailers continues to grow, the union that represents those artists has teamed up with entertainment workforce development program Reel Works to help bring more BIPOC stylists into the industry. The inaugural IATSE Entertainment Industry Hair Stylist Training, presented by Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists […]

Animation Guild Organizers Call for “New Era” at Rally Amid Negotiations

Members and supporters of The Animation Guild convened at a sun-soaked parking lot in Burbank on Sunday to voice their support for a “new deal for animation” as the union continues to be locked in prolonged negotiations with studios over a new three-year master agreement. The #NewDeal4Animation solidarity rally, which took place outside IATSE Local 80’s […]

Oscars Telecast Controversy: IATSE Warns Reformatted Show is “Detrimental” to Academy’s “Fundamental Purpose”

With the 94th Academy Awards less than one week away, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees released a statement urging the Academy to reconsider its controversial decision not to present eight Oscar categories live during the March 27 broadcast. “By the nature of our jobs, behind the scenes workers get little recognition as is, […]

IATSE Council Backs CA State Bill Requiring Set Safety Supervisors, Tightening Gun Rules

With the elevated focus on set safety following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, the California IATSE Council has officially backed a bill that would require a safety supervisor on set, while additionally strengthening firearm safety rules. The Council is sponsoring state Sen. Dave Cortese’s SB 831, which was introduced […]

Titmouse L.A. Production Workers File to Unionize With The Animation Guild

Nearly two months after their colleagues in New York successfully unionized, production workers at Titmouse Los Angeles have filed to be represented in collective bargaining by The Animation Guild. The petition for a union election was filed with the National Labor Relations Board on Feb. 28, but TAG (IATSE Local 839) says in a press […]

Crewmembers Strike ‘Nailed It!’ Amid IATSE Contract Dispute

Production has shut down on the Netflix amateur baking show Nailed It! after crew members went on strike in an attempt to gain a first IATSE contract. The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) announced the work stoppage on Tuesday, tweeting, “This production has yet to negotiate with the IATSE, and we are asking Local […]