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Amid Writers Strike, Hollywood’s Next Big Question May Be: Is SAG-AFTRA Next?

Three weeks and two days. Starting Wednesday, that’s how long SAG-AFTRA will have to negotiate a set of agreements that affect a vast swath of union performers working in film and television — about 160,000 members, from actors to dancers to stunt performers — before those current contracts expire June 30. Within this compressed period, […]

DGA National Board Approves Tentative Deal With Studios, Streamers

The Directors Guild of America’s national board has approved the tentative deal top negotiators reached with studios and streamers on June 3. The group, whose members include Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg, met on Tuesday prior to the broader membership getting full details of the pact on Wednesday. “We set out to negotiate a contract […]

Titmouse New York Workers Unanimously Ratify First Union Agreement

Animation workers at Harriet the Spy studio Titmouse New York have ratified their first union contract. One hundred percent of the bargaining unit voted to greenlight the agreement, which was reached by union negotiators and management on April 26. The groundbreaking union — The Animation Guild’s first outside of Los Angeles County since the signing […]

SAG-AFTRA Members Authorize Strike: Nearly 98 Percent Vote for Work Stoppage

The members of Hollywood’s largest union have given the green light to their negotiators to call a strike if deemed necessary in upcoming labor negotiations. Nearly 98 percent of members of performers’ union SAG-AFTRA voted to authorize a strike in a referendum that lasted a little over two weeks and concluded Monday evening. (SAG-AFTRA did […]

Directors Guild Reaches Tentative Deal With Studios and Streamers

After less than a month of negotiations, the Directors Guild and Hollywood’s top studios and streamers have struck a tentative deal on a new three-year labor contract. The agreement between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) includes gains in wages and benefits, streaming residuals, AI protections and more. (Full […]

New York State Senate, Assembly Members Call on AMPTP to “Negotiate in Good Faith” With WGA Amid Stalled Contract Talks

Over 50 members from the New York State Senate and Assembly have signed two separate letters calling on the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to return to the bargaining table with the Writers Guild. One letter from the senate and one from the assembly were delivered to AMPTP Friday morning, which marks one […]

Boston University President Accuses 2023 Graduates of “Cancel Culture” After They Boo David Zaslav During Commencement

Boston University’s outgoing president has said students who booed Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav during the school’s 2023 commencement were engaging in “cancel culture.” In a lengthy post published to the university’s website and the first full public response from the university following criticisms over the school’s decision to choose Zaslav to speak to […]

Writers Guild Targets Executive Pay in Letters to Netflix, Comcast Shareholders

The Writers Guild of America is taking its attack on over-the-top corporate executive pay from the picket lines to the board rooms. On Tuesday, WGA West president Meredith Stiehm sent letters to major shareholders of Netflix and NBCUniversal owner Comcast, urging them to vote against each company’s “Say on Pay” proposal, which asks shareholders to […]

Actors Settle Case On Inclusive Hair and Makeup Styling On Film and TV Sets In Canada

Canadian actors have settled an arbitration case to get makeup artists and hairstylists on predominantly white film sets trained in how to style hair or do makeup for performers of color, including those who are Black and Indigenous. ACTRA, the country’s actors union, last year filed a grievance against the Canadian Media Producers Association, representing […]

SAG-AFTRA Inks Deal With Cameo to Bring Union Coverage to Performers on Business Platform

SAG-AFTRA and Cameo have inked a deal to offer union coverage to performers making agreements with brands through the celebrity video marketplace’s marketing arm. The new “C4B x SAG-AFTRA Agreement” allows union members to count their compensation from Cameo for Business brand deals toward their pension and health benefits, as performers must meet certain earnings […]

Writers Guild Committee Member John August Discloses A.I. Investment, Faces Scrutiny

Writers Guild of America negotiating committee member John August has publicly disclosed his company’s investment in an artificial intelligence-powered writing tool and is facing some member blowback as the WGA is seeking to regulate the use of the technology in its current negotiations. The Big Fish and Aladdin screenwriter (and co-host of the popular Scriptnotes […]

At “Trans Takeover” Picket at Netflix, Writers Push for Representation: “Let Us Make You Money”

Picketing at Netflix on Thursday afternoon took a celebratory turn as trans and gender non-conforming writers hosted a block party-esque picket at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Van Ness Ave. aimed at improving their visibility both within the industry at large and in their own guild. The event from the Writers Guild of America’s […]