2ND UPDATE: AFTRA Chairman Claims Joint Resolution With SAG “Erroneous” But Admits OKing It; “I Regret I Did Not Object”
PPDATE: Huh? No SAG-AFTRA Lovefest After All?
This is potentially bad news for the AMPTP today. The Hollywood CEOs had been hoping to exploit the longtime bitter rivalry between SAG and AFTRA in order to pit both unions against one another in the run- up to contract negotiations (just as the moguls had done between the DGA and the WGA). But the following joint SAG and AFTRA resolution seems to indicate the start of a new solidarity. “Only when the Chief Negotiators, the Joint Wages and Working Conditions Committee and the Joint National Board of Directors of SAG and AFTRA decide it is strategically the best time to negotiate with our employers will an official statement announcing such decision be made by our unions,” the new resolution says. Here it is in full:
SAG and AFTRA Hollywood Joint Wages and Working Conditions Committee Adopts Resolution
Los Angeles (February 29, 2008) – The Hollywood Joint Wages and Working Conditions Committee of Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists today unanimously adopted the following resolution:
The Hollywood Joint SAG/AFTRA Wages and Working Conditions Committee, which represents the majority of working actors in this country and has worked so well together to create proposals that truly reflect the needs of middle class actors in all categories, reaffirms that:
The Joint SAG/AFTRA Wages and Working Conditions Committee, negotiating team and National Boards will diligently and patiently adhere to the wages and working conditions process;
Only when the Chief Negotiators, the Joint Wages and Working Conditions Committee and the Joint National Board of Directors of SAG and AFTRA decide it is strategically the best time to negotiate with our employers will an official statement announcing such decision be made by our unions.
Unanimously adopted February 29, 2008.
After all this time — the years, the witnesses before the grand jury, the rumors, and the media coverage — I can tell you that the trial memo filed last night by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the case of … Read More »
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles has filed the trial memo outlining the case against Anthony Pellicano and his co-defendants. It’s lengthy. Hollywood figures are mentioned in it prominently. I will summarize as quickly as I can for posting.
If a federal judge severs a pair of counts from the wiretapping and conspiracy case against Anthony Pellicano, then the imprisoned Hollywood P.I. would have two trials — the one starting Wednesday, and a second to be held later alongside bigwig showbiz attorney Terry Christensen. … Read More »
Not only has Blu-ray won the format war, but now HD-DVD is rubbing consumers’ faces in it. Paramount will stop releasing HD-DVDs after next week. Cancelled releases include Bee Movie (DreamWorks Animation, which is distributed by Paramount, had scheduled it for March 11), Sweeney Todd (April 1), and even the just announced There Will Be Blood. Into … Read More »
2ND UPDATE: The New York board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild released a resolution today that urges the guild to begin negotiations on a new contract as soon as possible. It’s well known that the NY and LA branches of SAG are often at odds. The resolution comes only hours after SAG leaders … Read More »
This is, in my estimation, a logical, necessary and ballsy move by Time Warner’s new chief Jeff Bewkes (unless Toby Emmerich is kept on as New Line Cinema’s president of production, which would be moronic). It also shows that Bewkes is moving aggressively to start the transformation process … Read More »
Now that the writers strike is truly behind Hollywood, I’m turning my attention as much as possible to the actors’ upcoming contract negotiations with Hollywood CEOs. Already, Variety is using its Page One bully pulpit to pressure SAG leadership to begin talks … Read More »
Last night on The Late Show, David Letterman noted the writers approval of the new contract by having the WGA’s Dave Young and the AMPTP’s Nick Counter come out onstage at the Ed Sullivan Theater. And shake hands. And hug. And then lip-lock for … Read More »
Already Lorne Michaels has asked Jim Downey to write another Hillary vs Obama skit to open the next Saturday Night Live show. (With Ellen Page hosting, the Juno star might play Chelsea Clinton.) Not bad for a veteran … Read More »
Jeez, we hardly knew him. John Kilcullen, who since October 2006 has served as publisher of beleaguered The Hollywood Reporter, will leave the company at the end of this month. The reason is “to pursue his passion as an entrepreneur,” … Read More »
This new development puts incredible pressure on Anthony Pellicano because it could dramatically strengthen the U.S. Attorney’s case against him. But the Hollywood private investigator has been fighting the feds at every twist and turn of his much-delayed conspiracy and wiretapping trial which is … Read More »
Alan Rosenberg, President, Screen Actors Guild released the following statement:
Screen Actors Guild congratulates the WGA on the overwhelming membership ratification of their new contract. We applaud the WGA’s solidarity and the dedication of their membership in the struggle to achieve an agreement that serves the interests of professional writers.
…Steve Martin, Brad Renfro, Joey Bishop, Alice Ghostley, Robert Goulet, Charles Nelson Reilly, Lois Nettleton, Allan Melvin, Tom Poston, Charles Lane, Merv Griffin, Marcel Marceau, Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman, and many others whom Hollywood can’t believe were also omitted, are waiting for theirs…. Read More »
Counting was still going on. But there should be an announcement any moment now regarding the membership vote on the new WGA contract.