DGA Message To Members: Top Contract Issue Health & Pension Plans, Not Money

By | Saturday August 21, 2010 @ 2:09pm PDT

It looks increasingly like the Hollywood guilds are giving up before they even go into this 2010/2011 round of negotiations with the movie studios and TV networks. This message by 4-time Basic Agreement/FLTTA Negotiations Chair Gil Cates to 14,000 Directors Guild members talks about focusing on health and pension plans and doesn’t even mention demanding more New Media money from the AMPTP. This, despite the fact that Big Media is alive and well and even flourishing not just this quarter but in many cases for next quarter or even the entire year. (Every Studio & Network Boosted Earnings) For instance, Warner Bros’ home video revenue was down 8%, but revenue from digital distribution grew by a sizable 50% and now represents nearly 20% of the studio’s total home video pie. Yet the trickle down effect has been slow or nonexistent for Hollywood when it comes to this and every Big Media revenue stream.

What’s also interesting about Cates’ statement is that this notorious hater of the Writers Guild cozies up to the new SAG-AFTRA cooperation. So it’s clear what’s going to happen during this next round of negotiations: SAG-AFTRA make a quick and easy contract full of compromises and few gains. The DGA soon follows. Which leaves the WGA on its own – facing bogus Hollywood trade reports about impending strike action to create pressure from all the other guilds to hurry up and make a deal “so we all can go back to work”. In other words, capitulation.

Dear Members:

I’m honored to be serving as your Basic Agreement/FLTTA Negotiations Chair for the fourth time, and to be giving you the first update on the 2010/2011 negotiations cycle.

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Membership First Fields SAG Election Slate

By | Wednesday August 11, 2010 @ 2:45am PDT

Membership First has issued its 2010 SAG election slate of 29 candidates for the September vote. The group is “dedicated to protecting the members of the Screen Actors Guild by preserving the existing contracts as well as … Read More »

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Unite For Strength Fields 35 Candidates For SAG Board: “One Union For Performers”

Los Angeles, (August 4, 2010) – Seeking to extend its majority coalition on SAG’s National Board of Directors, Unite for Strength today announced its slate of 35 candidates running for election to the SAG National and Hollywood Division Boards. In addition to 15 incumbent Hollywood Board members, the UFS slate features numerous first-time candidates, including veteran actor Ron Perlman and noted comedian/actor Jeff Garlin.

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2010-2011 Writers Guild Awards Timeline

By | Monday July 26, 2010 @ 10:40am PDT

Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced that the 2011 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York to honor outstanding writing in film, television, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation awards categories. Here’s the 2010-2011 timeline:

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WGAW’s Final Slate Of Board Candidates

By | Friday July 23, 2010 @ 12:54pm PDT

LOS ANGELES – The Writers Guild of America, West has announced the final slate of candidates for the 2010 WGAW Board of Directors election.

There are 18 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of

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AFTRA Wants “Presidents’ Forum” To Discuss Merger With SAG

AFTRA_LOGO_SLOGOLOS ANGELES (July 21, 2010) – The Administrative Committee of the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) – a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, recording artists and broadcast

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WGA East Unveils Candidates For 2010 Council Election

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 7:48pm PDT
Mike Fleming


NEW YORK CITY – The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) announced the nominees for its Council (order determined by lot*) today. The term is for two years: 2010 – 2012. There are 10 open Council seats (six Freelance

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Mark Gordon And Hawk Koch Elected PGA Co-Presidents

By | Friday June 4, 2010 @ 6:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the national board and delegate 2010 election results, which were approved during the annual General Membership Meeting on the Culver Studios lot. The Guild elected Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch as Co-Presidents. Other newly PGA national board officers include: Vice

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Q-&-A With PGA Prez Marshall Herskovitz

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 9:52pm PDT

pga logoThe Producers Guild of America holds its second annual “Produced By” Conference this coming weekend at 20th Century Fox Studios. At the same time, PGA president Marshall Herskovitz’s tenure is coming to a close this month. (Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch are … Read More »

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SAG And AFTRA Prep For Contract Talks

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 3:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Joint American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild Wages & Working Conditions meetings have been scheduled in preparation for negotiation of the AFTRA Exhibit A and SAG TV/Theatrical contract that expires on June 30, 2011. All members who work this contract are invited to attend

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CANNES: Shame On You, James Robinson

By | Monday May 17, 2010 @ 1:16pm PDT

All the Cannes lameass publicity news aside, and frankly it makes me want to puke even though Deadline has to post most of it for our readers, here’s something else to induce nausea: I don’t know how James Robinson can show his face there. He’s attending the festival to announce … Read More »

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Producers Guild Adds Ted Turner To ‘Produced By’ Conference Roster

By | Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 1:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Producers Guild has added Ted Turner to the speaker roster of its 2nd annual “Produced By” Conference June 4-6 at 20th Century Fox Studios. The former media mogul and CNN founder, will speak on June 5th.

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Writers Guild Endorses Partnership With New Association Of Media Composers & Lyricists Union; Progress Report Tonight On AMCL Joining Teamsters Local 399

By | Monday April 19, 2010 @ 5:44pm PDT

musicHere’s some advance news of tonight’s 2nd informational meeting of the Association of Media Composers and Lyricists, hosted by Teamsters Local 399 and located in the Writers Guild Theater. This composers’ movement towards unionization with the Teamsters for better benefits is gathering momentum … Read More »

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Producers Guild To Hold 2010 Elections

By | Monday April 19, 2010 @ 1:17pm PDT

Producer Guild of America members were notified today of upcoming election nominations for open national officer and delegate seats.

pga logoMembers of the Producers Guild are divided into three councils: The Producers Council, the Associate Producers (AP) Council and the

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SAG Board Names Ken Howard Chair Of Joint TV/Theatrical Negotiations

By | Sunday April 18, 2010 @ 5:15pm PDT

SAG splitsvillesmallLos Angeles, (April 18, 2010) – Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors, meeting in a two-day plenary in Los Angeles, appointed President Ken Howard as Chair of the Guild’s TV/Theatrical Joint Wages and Working (W&W) Conditions Plenary

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EXCLUSIVE: Producers Guild Accuses Millennium Films Of Giving Producer Credit To Dimbort’s Teenaged Granddaughter

By | Tuesday April 13, 2010 @ 2:14pm PDT

pga logoI’ve exclusively obtained the letter (below) that went out today from the Producers Guild to Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner and  Danny Dimbort about Dimbort’s teenaged granddaughter possibly receiving a producers credit on the upcoming film Solitary Man — and why that’s … Read More »

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Writers Guild East And ABC Reach Accord On New 3-Year Contract For Newswriters

By | Friday April 9, 2010 @ 6:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

I was out for a couple hours, but wanted to post news that the WGA East announced this today:

NEW YORK CITY – The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) and ABC, Inc. have reached tentative agreement on a new

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MPAA, Guilds Line Up Against Box Office Wagering

By | Thursday April 8, 2010 @ 2:49pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The MPAA, its signatory studios, DGA, IATSE, NATO and Independent Film & Television Alliance have petitioned the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to deny approval of an application by Veriana Networks and Cantor Fitzgerald to bet on box office receipts of the opening weekend for major releases. … Read More »

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TOLDJA! PGA Okays “Transmedia Producer”

By | Tuesday April 6, 2010 @ 12:59pm PDT

UPDATES PGA Agrees On New Credit: “Transmedia Producer”

Here’s the official announcement:

pga logoLOS ANGELES (April 6, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America Board of Directors announced today that

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