There’s change and there’s more of the same at the Animation Guild after the Executive elections last night. Like the WGA West and WGA East’s recent elections, it was a largely uncontested vote at the Animation Guild Tuesday. DreamWorks Animation Tech Director Nathan Loofbourrow takes over as the Guild Local IATSE 839’s new President. The former Guild VP and first tech director to be President replaces Bob Foster in the position. Also in an uncontested election, DreamWorks Animation writer and Guild Executive Board member Jack Thomas takes over as the new VP. Without opposition, Steve Hulett was re-elected as Business Representative, a position he has held since 1989. Executive Board member and retake animation editor Karen Carnegie Johnson won the Sergeant-At-Arms job unopposed. No one sought the nomination for the Recording Secretary job and the position will be filled by appointment. The new officers will be sworn in on December 3.
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This all went down on Tuesday evening in Burbank at the general membership meeting the Guild had with around 90 of the Local’s approximately 2,8000 members present. With only one person each running for the President, Vice-Present, Biz Rep and Sergeant-At-Arms positions, members voted in a white ballot to confirm the candidates. However, it isn’t all over electionwise at the Animation Guild. Ballots on the 15 candidates running to fill the 11 Executive Board positions will be counted on November 9. Soon to be ex-Guild President Foster is running for the Executive Board as are incumbents Bronwen Barry, John Cataldi, Nicole Dubuc, Janette Hulett, Cathy Jones, Gordon Kent and Eugene Son, plus former Board member Russell Calabrese. First time candidates David Chlystek, Bill Flores, David Gemmill, Larry Smith, Robert St. Pierre and Dave Thomas are also running
The Animation Guild and Nickelodeon Animation Studios had a deal and now they have a contract. Today a vote was held at the studio in Burbank and the final result had 90.1% of the 61 recently unionized … Read More »
The Animation Guild representING 2,600 artists, writers and technicians employed in the animation industry today announced its Local 839 IATSE membership has ratified the collective bargaining agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). … Read More »
The Animation Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers announced that they have reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement. The tentative pact, which came after Local 839 IATSE reps resumed talks with AMPTP yesterday, will run from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015. Talks between the guild and the AMPTP broke off April 17, and last week both sides announced they would sit down June 12 for a two-day session. The new deal, which still must go to the guild’s membership for ratification, calls for a 2% annual compound wage increase. It also includes DreamWorks Animation wage minimums, new storyboard revisionist classifications and changes to the talent-development program. According to a source close to the talks, negotiations went late into the night at the AMPTP’s Sherman Oaks offices before a deal was reached at 1 AM. Here’s the release: Read More »
The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and the Animation Guild will resume contract talks next Tuesday. This two-day session comes almost two months after contract discussions broke down April 17 between AMPTP and IATSE Local 839. … Read More »
The historic Culver City Hotel may see a little Hollywood union history of its own Friday when visual effects artists from nearby Sony Pictures Imageworks meet with representatives of the Animation Guild and IATSE. “Meeting with @IATSE and @AnimGuild tomorrow. Come with questions, leave with rep cards. #vfx” said a tweet this evening from SpiUnion, the self-described “Imageworks Artists in support of a better VFX Industry.” The gathering is expected to last from noon to 3PM, with IATSE’s Vanessa Holtgrewe and Peter Marley joining Animation Guild organizer Steve Kaplan to answer questions and provide rep cards for people to sign. “This has been a priority for us for a while,” Kaplan told Deadline, “but the artists at Imageworks initiated this, they reached out us.” A Sony spokesman said the company had no comment on the matter but “respects employees’ right to consider union representation.” Read More »