IATSE Accuses AICP Of ‘Union Busting’ In Drive To Organize TV Commercial Production Department Workers

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees is accusing the Association of Independent Commercial Producers of “union busting” and providing companies with a “license to blacklist” production department workers engaged in unionizing efforts. Last month, the union said that thousands of workers employed in TV commercial production departments had formed a new union called Stand with Production under IATSE’s umbrella.

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Studios On Actors’ Exclusivity

SAG-AFTRA announced on Monday evening that it has reached a tentative agreement with the major studios on actor exclusivity periods, an issue that has become a top priority for the union in recent years. The issue affects actors on TV series, who can find themselves barred from working on other projects for many months or even years between TV seasons. The union has said that the issue has grown acute in the streaming era, with seasons getting shorter and with longer delays between seasons.

Arbitrator Rules In Favor Of WGA, Netflix Pays Millions More In Residuals

The Writers Guild of America said Thursday that an arbitrator ruled in its favor, resulting in writers receiving millions of dollars in unpaid residuals from Netflix films.

Writers Guild Adds Reproductive Rights Benefit

Off-Air Content Staff At ‘PBS NewsHour’ Unionizes With SAG-AFTRA

The on-air staffers long have been represented by the union, but they now are joined by 69 reporters, producers, editors, production assistants and others who not only report and produce the show but also create NewsHour’s expanding digital footprint and one-hour primetime documentaries. NewsHour Productions, which produces the show, has officially recognized the bargaining unit, of which more than 70% of the program’s workers signed on to a petition to unionize.

‘PBS NewsHour’ Staffers Announce Intent To Form Union

SAG-AFTRA Ratifies $200M Network Code Agreement For Daytime TV, ‘SNL,’ Awards Shows

SAG-AFTRA members have given a big thumbs up to a new three-year network code agreement covering most daytime TV, award shows and mainstay such as Saturday Night Live, Jeopardy, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and others. The new pact was approved by a 94.7% margin. SAG-AFTRA emphasized the financial gains in the deal as well as contract provisions increasing protections for performers around sexually explicit material.

ABC News, Writers Guild East Reach Contract Agreement

SAG-AFTRA And IATSE Unions Vow To Fight Abortion Ruling

Unions Try To Block Tegna-Standard General Deal

The NewsGuild-CWA and and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)-CWA filed a petition to dismiss or deny the deal with the FCC on Wednesday (June 22), the deadline for such filings. They say the deal, which was approved by Tegna shareholders in May, and interrelated transactions — what they labeled an “unprecedented array of sequenced transactions and swaps” — are actually an attempt to “game the commission’s ownership and retransmission consent rules in ways that contravene the commission’s public interest standard.”

SAG-AFTRA Board Overwhelmingly Approves New $200M Network Television Code

SAG-AFTRA’s national board has voted overwhelmingly (84.54% to 15.46%) to approve a tentative new agreement for its Network Television Code, which was recently negotiated with the major television broadcast networks and other producers. It will now be sent to SAG-AFTRA members for ratification.

UK Entertainment Unions Body ‘Dismayed’ At Channel 4 Privatization Plans; Urges Government Rethink

NewsGuild Calls On Biden To Help Block Tegna Sale

The NewsGuild-CWA is asking President Biden to urge the FCC to block the purchase of Tegna TV stations by investment fund Standard General and Apollo Global Management. The guild, the nation’s largest union representing journalists, told the President in an open letter circulated widely Thursday (June 2) that the deal “would kill journalism jobs, undermine local news and raise prices for American families.”

Vox Media Union Pledges To Strike As Contract Nears Expiration

The Vox Media Union’s contract expires at midnight on June 13. The union is seeking cost-of-living raises and affordable benefits.

WGA Members Ratify New CBS News Contract

Some 260 WGA members employed at CBS News have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract. The new agreement, which was approved by 89% of those who voted, the guild said Monday, covers WGA East and WGA West members who work as news writers, producers, graphic artists, desk associates and others at the network’s news operations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington.

CWA Launches Ad Campaign Backing Gigi Sohn

It appears that two can play at the game of six-figure ad campaigns targeted at FCC nominees — in this case, the nomination of Gigi Sohn to fill the vacant Democratic (majority) seat. A week after a group called The One Country Project (OCP) said it had launched a six-figure ad campaign meant to keep Sohn off the commission, the Communications Workers of America Monday (April 25) said it had launched a six-figure campaign to make sure she did get the seat.

Striking Broadcast Technicians Reach Tentative Settlement With WTTW Chicago

SAG-AFTRA And Ad Industry Reach Tentative Agreement On New $1 Billion Contract

SAG-AFTRA said Tuesday night that it has reached a tentative agreement for a new set of commercials contracts with the Joint Policy Committee of the advertising industry. The deal, whose terms were not disclosed, now goes to the union’s national board for review and approval.

SAG-AFTRA Extends $1 Billion Commercials Contracts To Allow More Time For Bargaining With Ad Industry

With their commercials contracts set to expire Thursday night, SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry’s Joint Policy Committee agreed to extend them on a day-to-day basis to allow negotiations to continue. “During this time,” the union said, “all terms and conditions of the 2019 Commercials Contracts — including all waivers and provisions that might otherwise sunset — are extended. The parties will continue to negotiate, remaining under a media blackout.” The negotiations, which got underway Feb. 16  in New York, cover numerous contracts that generate about $1 billion a year in earnings for the union’s members.

WNYW And WTTG Employees Represented By IATSE Say They ‘Are Struggling Big Time’

Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees who work for Fox-owned WNYW New York and WTTG Washington say they are feeling the pinch of the drawn out negotiations for a new bargaining agreement.

WGA Seeks Sit-Down With CBS Over Probe Into Alleged Racist, Sexist Behavior By Local TV Execs

Are Streamed Plays Theater Or TV? Unions Settle A Dispute

Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA’s agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.

SAG-AFTRA Heralds Guidelines For Preventing Sexual Harassment

Hollywood Unions, Studios Agree On Rules To Restart Production

The deal includes mandatory and comprehensive use of personal protective gear and testing of cast and crew members, and a dedicated coronavirus supervisor to oversee it all. It requires the use of a “zone system” that strictly limits interactions between people on sets based on their job’s requirements.

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Three-Year Deal On TV Animation

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.

SAG-AFTRA Board Approves TV-Theatrical Agreement

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.

Former L.A. County Director Of Public Health To Advise SAG-AFTRA On COVID-19 Safety Issues

SAG-AFTRA announced Thursday that Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, MPA has joined SAG-AFTRA’s team of specialists advising the union in developing and implementing new safety protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 when production resumes. A nationally-recognized expert in public health preparedness and communication, Fielding brings decades of public health expertise to the mission of […]

SAG-AFTRA, Studios Agree To Contract Talks

Performers union SAG-AFTRA and major motion picture and television studios will commence bargaining on Monday ahead of a June 30 contract extension, the union and studio alliance said Friday in unexpected news.

Jobless Techs Get Creative In Fight With Sinclair

The union representing sports broadcast technicians is launching ads on cable TV as it ratchets up a fight with regional sports network owner Sinclair.

Writers Guild East Accuses NBCUniversal Of Union Busting

IATSE Launches Mutual Aid Program As Over 90% of Members Have Lost Jobs To Pandemic

SAG-AFTRA Closes Los Angeles Headquarters

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.

Streaming Residuals Could Set Stage For Strike

The Writers Guild of America’s demand for more streaming residuals from the studios could set the stage for the first industrywide strike in more than a decade. And it’s not just that writers are in a fighting mood after feuding with the agencies for more than nine months: there’s big money at stake – and not just from the ever-growing streaming market, but also from what the guild says are “hundreds of millions of dollars” that will be going into the pockets of the studios if it prevails in its lawsuit and packaging fees are eliminated.

SAG-AFTRA Offices In L.A., New York Evacuated Due To Phone Threat

WGA West President David Goodman Easily Reelected

SAG-AFTRA Developing Protocols For On-Set Intimacy Coordinators

Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election As SAG-AFTRA President