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SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Commercials Contracts Deal

After a voting period of several weeks, SAG-AFTRA members have opted to ratify three-year successor agreements to the union’s commercials contracts. The vote saw 92.25 percent of members choosing “yes” on the tentative deal, reached April 5 with advertising industry bargaining representative the Joint Policy Committee, the union announced Thursday. (The union did not immediately […]

SAG-AFTRA, Advertisers Reach Tentative Deal on Commercials Contracts

SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee, which bargains on behalf of advertisers and advertising agencies, have reached a tentative agreement on successors to their commercials contracts. Both the performers’ union and the Joint Policy Committee announced the deal, covering television and audio commercials contracts, on Tuesday night. The two parties have been operating on a […]

Ten Years After the SAG-AFTRA Merger: Lessons for the Union’s Future

By 1938, entertainment workers unionized across the coasts with multiple organizations representing workers in film, radio and live performance. With the field expanding and television on the horizon, the Actors Equity Association President Frank Gilmore asked a simple question in a letter: why not form a single union that represents “all performers in the entertainment […]

SAG-AFTRA Grants Accreditation to Seven Intimacy Coordinator Training Programs

SAG-AFTRA has officially granted accreditation to seven intimacy coordinator training programs as it continues to attempt to standardize the role and set training requirements. The performer’s union announced on Friday that Centaury Co., Intimacy Coordinators Education Collective, Intimacy Directors & Coordinators, Intimacy Professionals Association and Intimacy Coordinators Canada were all accredited within North America, while […]

SAG-AFTRA, New York Public Radio Settle Labor Dispute Over Layoffs, Alleged Surveillance

SAG-AFTRA and New York Public Radio have settled a labor brawl over mass layoffs and alleged surveillance in which the union claimed that NYPR launched an aggressive and coordinated campaign to undermine union activity. The deal, announced on Friday, includes a one-time three percent wage increase in July for all union employees making under $100,000 […]

John Krasinski, Selma Blair and Marlee Matlin Set for Honors at Media Access Awards

The Media Access Awards has announced the honoree roster for the Nov. 17 virtual event. Hosted by Millicent Simonds and presented in partnership with Easterseals, the ceremony fetes “those individuals, series, and films that have redefined on-screen representation for the disability community, while advancing the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities in Hollywood.” Honorees […]

‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ Mickey Guyton, ’20/20′ Tapped for SAG-AFTRA American Scene Awards

The feature film Judas and the Black Messiah, country singer Mickey Guyton and ABC News’ 20/20 special on Breonna Taylor have been chosen as the recipients of the fifth biennial SAG-AFTRA American Scene Awards, which honor “producers who realistically portray the American Scene by employing union talent from misrepresented or underrepresented groups.” SAG-AFTRA said that […]

SAG-AFTRA, Telemundo Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

SAG-AFTRA and Telemundo have reached a tentative deal for a new three-year contract, the union announced on Tuesday. The deal will now go to the performers union’s Executive Committee for ratification. The tentative agreement includes an increase in overnight rest periods from 10 to 11 hours except for on-location work, additional language tackling sexual harassment […]

Commercial Producers Can Mandate Vaccines On-Set, SAG-AFTRA Says

SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee, LLC, a negotiating body representing advertisers and advertising agencies, have agreed to allow commercial producers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines on-set. The Joint Policy Committee, LLC announced on Friday that the change was made in an addendum to the groups’ existing COVID-19 Safety Protocols. The addendum notes that a “mandatory […]

SAG-AFTRA Elects Fran Drescher as President

After a hard-fought battle during yet another contentious national election, Fran Drescher has been elected SAG-AFTRA’s next president, prevailing over rival Matthew Modine. Joely Fisher was also elected to succeed Camryn Manheim as the union’s secretary-treasurer, besting Anthony Rapp. Drescher received 16,958 votes and Modine, 15,371 votes. For the post of secretary-treasurer, Fisher received 18,547 […]

SAG-AFTRA President: Disney Using “Gender-Shaming and Bullying” Tactics Over Scarlett Johansson Lawsuit

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris has some words for Disney about its handling of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit. “Disney should be ashamed of themselves for resorting to tired tactics of gender-shaming and bullying,” the leader of the performers’ union said in a statement released on Friday. “Actors must be compensated for their work according to […]

Fran Drescher to Run for SAG-AFTRA Presidency

Fran Drescher is launching a run for SAG-AFTRA president as current leader Gabrielle Carteris has decided not to seek re-election, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Unite for Strength, the inter-union party that both Carteris and Drescher belong to, announced The Nanny star’s candidacy on Friday and added that Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp will […]