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SAG-aftra Launches Contract Negotiations with Producers

19 May 2017 7:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SAG-aftra has started contract negotiations with Hollywood producers on a successor deal for its master contract,  Variety has learned.

The talks have started with subcommittees holding meetings this week — six weeks before the June 30 expiration of the current three-year deal. Neither the union nor the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has confirmed the talks, but sources have said that the subcommittee meetings will be followed by an exchange of “wish lists” before the end of May. Full-blown negotiations are scheduled to begin in early June.

SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris is heading her union’s negotiating committee and SAG-aftra national executive director David White is the lead negotiator. AMPTP president Carol Lombardini leads negotiations for the companies.

Negotiations are taking place at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, California. Key issues for the union are likely to include employer contributions to shore up the separate SAG and AFTRA pension plans »

- Dave McNary

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As Contract Talks Loom, SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Says Union Has Support Of Its Members

15 May 2017 3:36 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris says the union has the strong support of its members as it prepares to begin negotiations for a new film and TV contract. "We are approaching negotiations on our TV/Theatrical contracts," she said in the latest issue of the union's magazine. "When we sit down to bargain with representatives of the major motion picture and television networks and studios, we will do so with a strategic and informed proposal package. It is important… »

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As Contract Talks Loom, SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Says Union Has Support Of Its Members

15 May 2017 3:36 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris says the union has the strong support of its members as it prepares to begin negotiations for a new film and TV contract. "We are approaching negotiations on our TV/Theatrical contracts," she said in the latest issue of the union's magazine. "When we sit down to bargain with representatives of the major motion picture and television networks and studios, we will do so with a strategic and informed proposal package. It is important… »

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Actors Labor Talks Take Cue From Directors', Writers' Deals

11 May 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

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The Sherman Oaks Galleria was all but deserted late on May 1, except for TV news trucks and the 80-plus negotiators inside the offices of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, improbably housed within that shopping mall. Then, around 10:30 p.m., there was a breakthrough. Two hours later, negotiators for the AMPTP and the Writers Guild of America announced a deal.

Now that one strike has been avoided, Hollywood is focusing on the 165,000-member SAG-aftra and its president Gabrielle Carteris. As talks get underway sometime after May 15 — a month and a half before the current »

- Jonathan Handel

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SAG-AFTRA to Start Negotiations With Producers Next Week

10 May 2017 6:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SAG-AFTRA will start negotiations with Hollywood producers on a successor deal for its master contract next week, with a tentative start date of May 17, Variety has learned.

The talks will be launching six weeks before the June 30 expiration of the current three-year deal. Neither the union nor the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has confirmed a start date, but sources have said that subcommittees will begin meeting next week, followed by an exchange of “wish lists” before the end of May. Full-blown negotiations are scheduled to begin in early June.

Negotiations are expected to take place at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, California. Key issues for the union are likely to include employer contributions to shore up the separate SAG and AFTRA pension plans; dealing with options and exclusivity rules due to shortened seasons in TV, also known as the “span” issue; and changes in how performers are compensated for travel. »

- Dave McNary

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SAG-aftra ‘Rocks’ NYC With 8th Annual Networking Event

10 May 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

On Tuesday, May 2, SAG-aftra held its eighth annual Rock the City event to celebrate labor in New York City and honor those working in the entertainment and media industry. The lively gathering was held in SAG-aftra’s New York City offices, and was attended by everyone from working actors and directors to government officials and labor leaders. Among those who attended the event were SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris, Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon, and New York Local President Mike Hodge. Although the event’s current name, Rock the City, was adopted in the last few years, the gathering first came to fruition almost a decade ago after Hodge and Damon decided they wanted to create an event that united New York’s labor leaders. “The first six years, we just kept the event to the labor community,” said SAG-aftra’s Director of Special Projects and Events Maura Walker, who has »

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RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: Did the Right Drama Queen Get Schooled?

5 May 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

RuPaul’s Drag Race turned back the clock on Friday, serving ’90s high school realness with some help from a pair of small-screen icons.

RelatedLast Week’s Drag Race Recap: Was the Right Queen Snatched From the Competition?

Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling dropped by to direct the remaining nine queens in a special production of 9021-Ho, and while the finished product was actually really enjoyable, the behind-the-scenes process was painful to sit through. (Like, I’m sure Garth would have rather recreated Kelly Taylor’s drive-by shooting than endure another minute of that mess.)

The trouble began, »

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SAG-AFTRRA Board to Ask Outside Counsel to Review Misconduct Allegations

23 April 2017 7:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The national board of SAG-AFTRA will ask outside counsel to review recent allegations of alleged misconduct by the union’s leaders.

The board, in a statement passed unanimously on Sunday, also blasted the United Screen Artists Committee for making the allegations.

Variety reported exclusively on Friday that former SAG president Ed Asner and eight other SAG-AFTRA members made the accusations in a “letter of demand,” and promised to file a suit if the policies are not corrected in 45 days.

The letter of demand said that the amount of member money that’s allegedly being withheld is in the area of $1 billion.

“What appeared to be the improper handling of One Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars of monies held in trust is now approaching at least a Billion Dollars, spread out among internal accounts, as well as such entities as Sound Exchange, Afm & SAG-aftra Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, and a »

- Dave McNary

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SAG-aftra Leaders Threatened With Suit Over Alleged Misconduct (Exclusive)

21 April 2017 3:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former SAG president Ed Asner and eight other SAG-aftra members have accused the union’s leadership of extensive misconduct and threatened to file a federal lawsuit if the policies are not corrected.

Variety has learned that the United Screen Artists Committee delivered a letter of demand Friday morning to SAG-aftra headquarters in Los Angeles to National Executive Director David White and President Gabrielle Carteris. The United Screen Artists Committee is the same entity that sued the union in federal court in 2013 over the issue of the union’s alleged mis-handling of $130 million foreign royalties and residuals. That suit was dismissed in 2014.

Carteris issued a blistering response Friday: “It’s time to stop the politics. This group of people should be deeply ashamed.  After years of failed attempts to derail the success of this union through deceitful litigation, they are putting our members at risk on the eve of our most important contract negotiations. »

- Dave McNary

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Watch SAG-aftra Prez Gabrielle Carteris Talk Public Arts Funding on Facebook Live (Video)

19 April 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast series features a panel, “Public Funding for the Arts: The New Priorities,” featuring  SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris, Robin Bronk, CEO of the Creative Coalition, and Romina Boccia, the Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow for budgetary affairs at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning. The breakfast will be hosted by TheWrap’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman and live streamed on TheWrap’s Facebook channel. Waxman will also moderate the discussion on public funding for the arts. This is the second year the series has come to the nation’s capital to »

- Brian Flood

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‘CinemAbility’ Documentary Shines Light on Disability in Film

13 April 2017 8:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wednesday’s SAG-aftra-sponsored screening of Jenni Gold’s documentary “CinemAbility” drew several hundred viewers to the Arclight Hollywood — with the director expressing plenty of affection for film industry.

“I love Hollywood,” Gold told the audience. “I love this art form and it’s powerful. The true American art form has stories that have not been told.”

CinemAbility” explores the portrayals of disability story lines in film and TV dating back to the silent film era and covering such landmark films as “The Best Years of Our Lives,” “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” “Children of a Lesser God,” “Ray,” and “Door to Door.” Jane Seymour provides the narration.

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The event drew an impressive lineup of speakers: DGA President Paris Barclay, SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris, “Speechless” star Cedric Yarbrough, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” director James Keach and disabled actor Kurt Yaeger, »

- Dave McNary

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Stuntman-Actor Peter Antico Running for SAG-aftra President

14 March 2017 7:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Antico, a veteran stunt coordinator and actor, has announced his candidacy for the presidency of SAG-aftra.

Antico, who made the announcement on his Facebook page, has been a longtime critic of SAG-aftra’s elected leadership and its executive staff. He has credits on dozens of films, including “Pearl Harbor,” “Danny Collins,” “Daredevil,” “Training Day,” “Monster Trucks,” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

SAG-aftra is run by actors who are not educated in corporate finance, nor governance,” he said. “We must restore ethics and sound business practices to SAG-aftra, through education, transparency, love and forgiveness. We are all responsible, good or bad, for what has taken place in SAG-aftra to date. Join me in affecting a change that benefits the ideology of the highest good for all.”

The election will take place in August with all dues-current members eligible to vote. The performers union has about 160,000 members. Antico is the »

- Dave McNary

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SAG-aftra, Actra Partner on Unionization Initiative

9 March 2017 9:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Performers’ unions SAG-aftra and Actra are developing a joint plan to address non-union production in North America.

“Professional performers bring immense value to a production and it is crucial that they have strong union contracts protecting them,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Globalization and technology change are issues affecting performers across North America. As the entertainment and media industry grows beyond traditional structures it is imperative that we respond.”

The #WorkingTogether initiative — announced on Thursday — calls for the performers’ unions to pool together resources to promote the value of union work to employers while increasing work opportunities for members.

“As our industry changes and grows we see new opportunities for unions to organize and grow,” said Actra National President Ferne Downey. “More than 90% of film and television produced in North America is under a union agreement, but a growing number of commercials are shooting non-union. That lowers working standards for performers across North America. »

- Dave McNary

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Telemundo Telenovela Performers Vote to Join SAG-aftra

8 March 2017 12:14 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Telemundo telenovela performers have voted to join SAG-aftra in a 91-21 vote conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

The union called the election “a momentous step toward ending the double standard that has existed for decades between Spanish-speaking performers at Telemundo and their English-speaking colleagues at NBC.”

Unity of mind and spirit makes us all stronger,” said union member Edward James Olmos. “Move with clarity of purpose and stay strong. Sí se puede.”

Actor Luis Guzman said, “Very proud of all those who took a step forward towards equality and the fundamental right of being represented by SAG-aftra. In unity y siempre p’alante mi gente!”

Telemundo is the largest employer of Spanish-language talent in the United States. The new bargaining unit will cover actors, stunt performers, singers, and dancers working on telenovelas produced in the United States.

“I congratulate Telemundo performers and welcome them to our family of actors and professionals,” SAG-aftra »

- Dave McNary

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SAG-aftra Accuses ‘The Get Down’ Producers of Excessive Extensions of Actor Deals

1 March 2017 1:44 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

SAG-aftra has accused producers of “The Get Down” of contract violations by excessive extensions of the option holding deals for actors on the Netflix series.

The performers union is demanding arbitration against the show’s producer, Sony Pictures Television, alleging that actors were held under the option provisions of the contract for too long. Sony Pictures Television had no comment.

“Excessive hold periods violate our contract and are an abuse of the actors whose talents are part of what makes these shows successful,” said SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris. “When producers attempt to evade or game the terms of the contract, we will be there to hold them accountable. Our commitment to protecting performers is a role we take very seriously.”

The union filed a claim in December covering all actors on “The Get Down” for a violation of the options and exclusivity provisions of the union’s television agreement.

The Get Down,” set »

- Dave McNary

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‘Deadpool,’ ‘This Is Us’ Win Publicist Campaign Awards

24 February 2017 2:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Deadpool” and “This Is Us” have won the top awards from the Publicists Guild for last year’s best publicity campaigns.

Fox’s “Deadpool” topped “Sausage Party,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “The Jungle Book” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for the Maxwell Weinberg publicist showmanship motion picture award. “Deadpool” was a massive surprise hit with more than $700 million in worldwide grosses and a campaign that stressed Ryan Reynolds’ foul-mouthed comic performance — along with lying on a bearskin rug.

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NBC’s “This Is Us” won over “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and “Speechless” for the TV award.

The International Cinematographers Guild presented the winners Friday at the 54th Annual Icg publicists awards luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Honorees previously announced include Denzel Washington, Ryan Murphy, »

- Dave McNary

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Judge Pauses Enforcement of IMDb Actor Age Censorship Law

22 February 2017 4:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A federal court judge on Wednesday granted IMDb a preliminary injunction against California’s legislation requiring subscription entertainment database sites to remove an actor’s age, if requested by the actor.

U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria issued the ruling three months after IMDb filed a lawsuit attempting to invalidate the Ab 1687 legislation. “It’s difficult to imagine how Ab 1687 could not violate the First Amendment,” he said.

The injunction stays the enforcement of the new law. IMDb — a subsidiary of Amazon — had contended in its suit that the law, which applies only to subscription sites such as IMDb Pro, was unconstitutional.

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“The statute prevents IMDb from publishing factual information (information about the ages of people in the entertainment industry) on its website for public consumption,” Chhabria wrote in the ruling. “This is a restriction of non-commercial speech on the basis of content. »

- Dave McNary

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SAG-aftra Launches Mobile App With Residuals Tracker for Members

14 February 2017 11:51 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SAG-aftra has released a specialized member mobile application that will track residuals and provide answers to contract questions.

The performers union made the announcement on Tuesday, a week after launching its program for direct deposit of members’ residuals checks. The SAG-aftra app also allows users to keep tabs on global productions, read the latest news, get member deals, add events directly to their calendars and call SAG-aftra if there is an on-set safety issue.

“The SAG-aftra app is hands-on information which is imperative in this digital age,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “In addition to tracking residuals, the app provides members a powerful toolkit that will assist them in and out of the workplace. I’m proud to work side by side with our National Executive Director David White to bring this app to our members. He has championed the union’s technology advancements from the very start and this »

- Dave McNary

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SAG-AFTRA Offers Members Residuals Through Direct Deposit

8 February 2017 7:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SAG-AFTRA is offering members delivery of residual payments through direct deposit for the first time, replacing paper residuals checks.

The performers union, which has about 160,000 members, announced Wednesday it has entered into a multiyear agreement with Exactuals, a Los Angeles-based payments software company, to deliver residuals payments through direct deposit. SAG-aftra said Exactuals will serve as a third-party broker to facilitate transmission of data and funds between the studios and payroll houses to SAG-aftra and its members.

Processing of funds will be handled by Exactuals through City National Bank which will electronically transfer funds to member accounts at any checking account at a domestic bank. The service will be free of charge.

“Our members asked for the direct deposit of residuals and we have heard them loud and clear,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “We have long been in discussions with employers to make this happen and are delighted to announce this partnership. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Raising Cain’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

30 January 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven BauerFrances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, Teri Austin, Gabrielle Carteris | Written and Directed by Brian De Palma

One of the reasons I enjoy Arrow Video releases are the love they give to underrated movies. While this is my first time watching Raising Cain, it is fair to say that after watching it I’m surprised it doesn’t get more praise. Maybe the new Director’s Cut that is included will change that… for this release at least.

When Carter (John Lithgow) reports his wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) missing to the police, it is soon revealed that her lover Jack (Steven Bauer) may have killed her. When Carter is recognised by an old retired cop though for his likeness to Dr. Nix a discredited doctor believed to be dead, his story comes under scrutiny as does the possible connection to recent »

- Paul Metcalf

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