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Animation Guild Elects DreamWorks Animation Tech Director As New President

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 10:13am PDT

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.

Related: WGAW Incumbent President Chris Keyser Re-Elected

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 … Read More »

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Nickelodeon CG Artists Ratify Contract With Animation Guild

By | Friday July 12, 2013 @ 4:20pm PDT

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 CG Artists of Local 839 IATSE voting Yes for the contract. The Guild has had a contract covering traditional animation artists at the Viacom-owned cable network since 2004. Since 2008, Local 839 has been trying to organize CG artists under its protection. In the case of the 70 Nickelodeon employees, negotiations started in March and were “stringent” at the beginning, I hear. However, sources tell me but with a bit of give on both sides, they reached a deal on July 10. “Nick negotiators Bill Cole and Kevin Ellman were tough but flexible, and had a lot to do with the parties reaching agreement,” said the Guild’s Business Representative Steve Hulett in a statement today about the crew on the other side of the table. The Guild said Friday that the main issue in the talks was to insure uninterrupted health coverage for covered employees with bridging from Nickelodeon’s corporate insurance to the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan.

The Animation Guild is a local union of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada.

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Animation Guild Ratifies Contract With AMPTP

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). The Guild walked out of talks in April, returning in June after a heavily-attended special membership meeting and guild survey of contract priorities. About 24% of those ballots sent out were returned. The vote was 86.7% in favor, with 13.3% against. The contract calls for 2% annual compounded wage increases in line with what other Hollywood guilds received. Health, pension and IAP benefits are to be provided under the terms of the IATSE Basic Agreement reached in April. Other provisions of the new agreement include a new storyboard revisionist classification, changes to the talent development program, and DreamWorks Animation wage minimums. The contract will be in effect from August 1st through July 31, 2015.

“We’re gratified with the level of support this contract received,” Business Representative Steve Hulett said in a statement. “The contract talks were not easy, and the negotiation committee wondered at times if we would ever reach a conclusion.”

The Animation Guild is a local union of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE).

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Animation Guild & AMPTP Reach Deal

By | Wednesday June 13, 2012 @ 10:51am PDT

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 »

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AMPTP & IATSE Animation Guild Resume Talks June 12

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 4:40pm PDT

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. Deadline has learned that AMPTP president Carol Lombardini called the Animation Guild’s Business Representative Steve Hulett this morning to offer specific dates that the two sides could meet. This call came after a series of calls and correspondence last week from both sides regarding scheduling. Both sides agreed that early next week was the soonest they could get everyone who needed to be there ready. All studios that are signatories to the contract — basically anyone who does animation for film and/or TV — will be represented. The meetings will take place at AMPTP’s headquarters in Sherman Oaks. The current three-year deal between the Animation Guild and AMPTP expires July 31. The Animation Guild represents more than 2,000 animators. The guild recently held a series of open information meetings for visual effects artists interested in unionizing.

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Sony Imageworks VFX Artists Talking Union

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 10:45pm PDT

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 »

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