IATSE Ballots Hit Inboxes; Contract Ratification Vote Runs Through Sunday

Heading toward a near midnight Sunday deadline, IATSE members now have their ballots to vote on a new three-year deal with producers. The nearly 60,000 members of the below-the-line union received emails this morning starting around 6 a.m. PT prompting them to login in and digitally cast their vote.

Tentative IATSE Deal Leaves Some Members Dissatisfied

The drama is not over. The contract must still be ratified, and many members quickly denounced it on social media. The rank and file had organized online in support of a historic strike authorization vote, sharing the pain and frustration of toiling behind the scenes in Hollywood, in hopes of getting better working conditions and pay. To them, the deal felt like the status quo. It’s not clear whether that opposition is broad enough to kill it with a no vote on the ratification — but the leadership has more work to do.

How Studios And Crews Union Reached A Deal

IATSE Deal Could Be Rejected by Members: ‘Our Leadership Let Us Down’

Strike Dodged With Deal Between IATSE, Studios

After days of marathon negotiations, representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and from the studios and entertainment companies who employ them reached the three-year contract agreement before a Monday strike deadline, avoiding a serious setback for an industry that had just gotten back to work after long pandemic shutdowns.

IATSE Says Strike To Start Next Week

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International President Matthew Loeb said Wednesday that the strike would begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday unless an agreement is reached on rest and meal periods and pay for its lowest-paid workers.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Media CEOs Must Step Up To Avert IATSE Strike

Claudia Eller: It will be a downright fiasco if the leadership of Hollywood’s studios, networks and streamers doesn’t do everything in its collective bargaining power to prevent the labor union representing camera operators, editors, production designers, grips and other workers from going out on strike.

IATSE & AMPTP To Keep Talking As Hollywood Hopes To Avert Strike

Negotiations between the studios and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees are expected to continue on Wednesday as the sides try to avoid a strike that would shut down production and immediately cripple Hollywood’s content pipeline. In what could be taken as a sign of progress, the two sides are not saying much publicly about the negotiations.

How IATSE’s Strike Threat Sets The Stage For Hollywood Guilds’ Coming Fight Over Streaming

It’s typical for Hollywood’s labor unions to support for each other during labor disputes, but the support for IATSE during its current contract dispute with film and TV producers goes beyond the usual labor solidarity. That’s because the below-the-line workers’ union could be setting a standard for all future Hollywood contracts in the streaming era.

IATSE Members Overwhelmingly Approve Strike Authorization

In an overwhelming show of union solidarity, IATSE members have voted to authorize a nationwide strike against film and TV productions if last-ditch negotiations with the AMPTP fail to produce a fair deal. The vote — 98% in favor — now gives IATSE President Matthew Loeb indisputable authority to call a strike if he and AMPTP President Carol Lombardini can’t reach an agreement in the coming days.

IATSE Seeks Separate Strike Authorization From Locals Across U.S.

IATSE is now gearing up for a second strike against the film and TV industry. With the union and its 13 West Coast studio locals already threatening to strike over terms for a new Hollywood Basic Agreement, IATSE is now seeking a second strike authorization vote for a separate contract covering film and TV work in much of the rest of the country.

IATSE Contract Talks Making Progress On Diversity Issues – Not So Much On Economic Front

WGA Members OK New Deal With Studios

Members of Writers Guild of America have ratified a new, three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers with virtually no opposition. The WGA membership overwhelmingly voted in favor of ratifying the contract by 98% with 4,068 “yes” votes and 87 “no” votes. The term of the agreement is retroactive from May 2, 2020, through May 1, 2023.

SAG-AFTRA Members Vote To OK Deal

Amid a notable rift between competing factions within the union, SAG-AFTRA members ratified its new three-year TV/theatrical deal with producers as voting ended on July 22.

Writers Guild And Studios Set Tentative Deal

The Writers Guild of America and the major studios reached a deal Tuesday night on a new agreement, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The deal is said to include increased residuals — which likely mirror the improvements achieved by the Directors Guild and subsequently SAG-AFTRA — and improvements on span, a concept under which writers are paid additional compensation for working more than a set number of weeks on a television script.

SAG-AFTRA, Studios Reach New TV Deal

Performers’ union SAG-AFTRA and major motion picture and television studios have reached agreement on a new three year TV/theatrical deal, the parties announced Thursday, capping six weeks of bargaining via videoconference.

Writers Guild Postpones Contract Talks, Won’t Strike Before Current Deal Expires

DGA And AMPTP Start Contract Negotiations

The Directors Guild and management’s AMPTP will begin negotiations for a new TV and film contract on Feb. 10, making the DGA the first guild — as it has been in the last two bargaining cycles — to sit down with the companies, and thus setting the pattern of bargaining in which the AMPTP will expect the WGA and SAG-AFTRA to follow.

SAG-AFTRA Reach TV Animation Deal

SAG-AFTRA has reached a three-year tentative deal with companies on TV animation work, two months after members overwhelmingly approved a strike authorization. The union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the negotiating arm for the entertainment companies, made a joint announcement about the deal on Thursday afternoon.

SAG-AFTRA Members Approve New Contract

SAG-AFTRA National Board OKs TV-Film Deal

The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved the successor deal for a new three-year master contract for primetime TV and feature films, triggering a ratification vote by members. The contract was approved by 77.4% of the board, which met Saturday in a videoconference at union headquarters in Los Angeles and in New York.

SAG-AFTRA, Studios Reach New Deal

Hollywood can breathe a sigh of relief: There won’t be an actors strike. A new deal was reached at sunrise Tuesday. The agreement came after a month of bargaining, a strike threat, three 24-hour extensions and six more hours of talks. It’s valued at a record $256 million.

SAG-AFTRA Talks Extended For Third Time

Contract negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers were extended for a third time Sunday night, two days after the parties announced a day-to-day extension about an hour before contract expiration Friday at midnight.

SAG-AFTRA Contract Talks Hit Roadblock

Decrying management’s demand for “outrageous rollbacks,” the leaders of SAG-AFTRA say they’ll call for membership to authorize a strike if a “fair and equitable” deal on a new film and TV contact isn’t reached by Friday. Contract talks began on May 31.

WGA Overwhelmingly OKs New Contract

The Writers Guild of America announced Wednesday that a new agreement with producers passed by a 99% margin, with only 30 members voting no out of nearly 3,650 ballots cast. The agreement will remain in place until May 2020.

WGA Leaders Approve New Contract

The WGA’s new film and TV contract was approved Thursday night in Los Angeles by the board of the WGA West and in New York by the council of the WGA East. It now goes to the guilds’ members for final ratification, which is all but guaranteed.

WGA, AMPTP Reach Deal, Strike Averted

The three-year agreement, which requires ratification by members of the Writers Guild of America, was confirmed by the guild and producers’ spokesman Jarryd Gonzales shortly after the current contract expired early Tuesday. The two sides held to a media blackout during negotiations that began March 13 and centered on compensation and health care.

WGA, AMPTP Appear To Make Progress

The Writers Guild of America and the major studios appeared Sunday to be moving closer toward a deal that would avert a strike, with the studios increasing their offers on several contentious issues, including the writers’ health fund. But no deal has been announced so far and a strike could still happen if a deal isn’t struck today.

Writers Guild Talks Going Down To The Wire

Indications are strong that industry negotiators will need be working down to the wire during the next five days to avoid a writers strike. Sources say there have been mixed results from the past two days of contract negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday. There were no public comments from either side at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers as both camps are observing a media blackout.

Writers Guild OKs Strike Authorization

In a letter to its members Monday, the Writers Guild of America said 96.3% voted to authorize a strike as the May 1 contract expiration deadline looms. Negotiations between the Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume Tuesday.

Hollywood Scrambles As Strike Threat Looms

Hollywood is holding its breath. Members of the Writers Guild of America on Monday are expected to give their leaders authority to call a strike against the major film and TV companies after their contract expires May 1.

What To Know As Writers’ Strike Looms

On Wednesday, TV and movie writers will begin voting on whether to authorize a walkout, which could occur on May 2. Health care is a major issue.

WGA, AMPTP Suspend Talks For 1 Week

The WGA and Hollywood’s major studios have ended contract negotiations for a week while the guild conducts its strike authorization vote. The sides have agreed to resume talks on April 25, the day after the guild concludes the voting to authorize a work stoppage, and just four business days before the current contract expires on May 1.

WGA Contract Talks To Resume Monday

Negotiations for a new WGA film and TV contract recessed today in observance of the Good Friday holiday. The talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume on Monday and are expected to continue throughout the week as the WGA East and West begin polling their members for the authorization to call a strike if negotiations fail to produce a new contract by May 1.

If Writers Strike, Ads May Flow To OTT

The WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed contract discussions this week following a two-week hiatus that was initiated after WGA rejected an AMPTP offer. One main point of contention is over funding of health care plans. Barclays analysts wrote in a research note on Wednesday that if the strike moves forward, advertisers, viewers and ancillary revenues will likely reallocate toward digital platforms.

WGA, AMPTP Contract Talks Inch Forward

After two days back at the bargaining table, there is cautious optimism that the Writers Guild of America and major studios could be inching closer to compromise on at least one key issue on the table: options and exclusivity terms for TV writers.

WGA, AMPTP Extend Contract Talks

On Monday, the Writers Guild of America will resume negotiations over a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents broadcast and cable networks and movie studios. With the WGA moving to authorize a strike, Hollywood is hoping to avoid a crippling work stoppage like the 100-day strike of 2007 that put primetime TV into reruns and blockbuster movies on hold.

WGA Sends Strike Warning Letter To Ad Buyers

WGA Sets Dates For Strike Authorization Vote

WGA Releases Trove of Data To Support Position