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6 items from 2015

Meaa objects to Brandis snub

18 June 2015 3:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Meaa has criticised the Arts Minister for refusing to accept a petition urging the government not to axe the process of approving visas for imported actors and crew.

A delegation of Australian actors and crew went to Canberra on Tuesday to present the petition, #saveourstories, which features photos of more 1,000 campaign supporters.

Senator George Brandis declined to meet the delegation despite repeated requests, the Meaa tells members in its latest bulletin.

Instead, actors Geoff Morrell, Nadine Garner and Jay Laga.aia plus key grip Dave Nichols and costume supervisor Robyn Elliott met with Labor shadow ministers and crossbenchers.

Meaa Actors Equity director Zoe Angus said: .The petition shows the faces of our industry. It sends a clear message to the Abbott government: Don.t scrap vital job opportunities for Australia.s creative talent and the chance to tell uniquely Australian stories..

Morrell added: .Changing these laws would put us »

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Meaa urges members to lobby Senators against visa reforms

11 May 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Meaa has asked its members to lobby Senators to oppose legislation deregulating the importation of actors and crew by sending them .selfies..

The union made that call during protest meetings in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth on Monday night as part of its .Save Our Stories. (Sos) campaign.

The Meaa has warned that scrapping visa controls would lead to the large-scale hiring of overseas performers and crew in Australian taxpayer funded screen productions.

Screen Producers Australia, Foxtel, Free TV Australia and the Australian Subscription and Radio Association have urged the government to remove the 30-year-old requirement for the Arts Minister to approve visas for foreign personnel and to consult with the union.

The union is organising a mass .visual petition,. with actors and crew holding up their Sos posters and taking .selfies,. to present to parliament in June before the findings of a government review of the 420 visa scheme are announced. »

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Meaa ramps up campaign against visa reforms

3 May 2015 4:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Meaa is mobilising its members to attend meetings in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth on May 11 to protest proposals to deregulate the process of approving visas for imported actors and crew. .Scrapping the visa controls would mean productions will have unfettered ability to fill all lead and major supporting roles with overseas performers and import entire teams of production crew,. the union says in a bulletin to members.

.Your industry needs your support to fight these changes. Current and future generations of performers and crew are depending on you.. The Meaa has launched a campaign entitled Save Our Stories, which also taps into concerns by the Awg, Adg and others that the rise of Netflix, Stan and Presto could threaten Australian story telling since none of the streaming services is subject to local content rules.

In the visa review Screen Producers Australia, Foxtel, Free TV Australia and the »

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Meaa continues the fight against visa reforms

8 April 2015 9:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Meaa is lobbying MPs to block any government moves to reform the system of approving visas for foreign actors and crew to work in Australian taxpayer-subsidised screen productions.

The union is hoping the Greens, Senator Nick Xenophon and other independents in the Senate will file a disallowance motion if the legislation gets through the lower house.

Xenophon joined actors John Howard, Susie Porter and Geoff Morrell when they went to Canberra in February to voice their opposition to dismantling protections for Australians employed in tax-payer supported films and TV productions.

Morrell, who is Equity.s acting president, told members in the Equity magazine, .We await the government.s next step .but have been encouraged by the response to our visit to Canberra recently to lobby the crossbench Senators to support our position. [We] received unqualified support from the Greens and several important crossbench Senators.

.Should the government proceed with their »

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Creative burst for The Water Diviner co-writer

8 March 2015 2:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, writer-producer Andrew Knight has rarely been so busy.

The co-writer (with Andrew Anastasios) of The Water Diviner concurrently is working on the Jack Irish series, the fourth season of Rake and three movies.

He is collaborating with actor-writer Osamah Sami on the screenplay of Ali.s Wedding, a feature which is due to start shooting in June, directed by Wayne Blair for Matchbox Pictures. He.s developing two other features, The Cartographer (co-written with Anastasios) for South Pacific Pictures, and King of Thieves, a co-production between Essential Media and Entertainment.s Ian Collie and UK producer David Parfitt.s Trademark Films.

.It.s a fantastic time to be writing and producing drama; I am doing exactly what I want to do,. Knight tells If.

In January he won Aacta.s Longford Lyell Award which recognises outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia.s screen environment and culture. »

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Government reviews imported performers regime

11 January 2015 6:16 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The federal government is reviewing the regulations governing the importing of foreign film and TV performers and production personnel.

In a discussion paper released today, the government flags the option of no longer consulting with the Meaa when deciding on which artists can be imported.

.Stakeholder views are varied, however a common concern indicates the requirement to consult with the relevant union is unnecessary and increases uncertainty in complying with the regulations,. it says, describing the rules as cumbersome and at times restrictive.

The announcement has alarmed Meaa officials who fear the review may be a precursor to wider industry deregulation. "We have significant concerns about the terms of the review," says Actors Equity director Zoe Angus. "According to its terms, the purpose of this review is to 'support the whole of government deregulation agenda' within the arts industry. "This review is not about reducing red tape. These are not procedural changes being proposed. »

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