After Sarah Jones Death, IATSE Locals Set Safety Rights Seminar For May 4

By and | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 8:50pm PDT

IATSE safetySafety issues are starting to take center stage across the entertainment industry in the wake of Sarah Jones‘ death on the set of Midnight Rider. Tonight in Burbank at a meeting of the Local 399, fliers were handed out for an IATSE-backed May 4 seminar entitled “Safety Rights of Workers & Your Rights Under OSHA Class,” which a description says will educate union attendees on set safety protocol, their rights as workers, and “what to do when you feel you are being placed in a hazardous situation.” The seminar will be open to all members of the entertainment industry, not just IATSE members, and will be jointly hosted by the Local 80, which reps first aid employees, motion picture grips, craft services, warehouse workers, and the Local 728, which represents represents studio electrical lighting technicians.

Related: The Death Of Sarah Jones: Safety Concerns Raised Over ‘Midnight Rider’ Crew’s Previous Film In Georgia

Safety OSHA IATSE The estimated 50 attendees at tonight’s Local 399 meeting began the session with a moment of silence for fallen camera assistant Jones, who died in a train collision on February 20 in Georgia, and also for LAPD officer Chris Cortijo, a 26-year veteran of the force well known in the L.A. production community, who was killed by an alleged DUI driver April 5 in Sun Valley.

Handouts for the May 4 safety meeting were made available to attending members of Local 399, which represents camera car drivers, casting directors, crane operators, location managers, coordinators and scouts, production drivers, script coordinators, stunt and/or blind drivers, transportation coordinators, and others. It will be held from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 4 at the IATSE Local 80 in Burbank: Read More »

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UPDATE: Post Crew On NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ Win IATSE Contract

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 8:14pm PDT

last-comic-standing__140321195619-275x340__140421164340UPDATE, 8:14 PM: No joke — the strike is over. After a day-and-a-half labor action on the part of the Motion Picture Editors GuildIATSE Local 700, the postproduction crew of Last Comic Standing now have a union contract, I’ve learned. With that over, everybody is heading back to work tomorrow on the soon-to-debut NBC reboot. The roughly 15 editors, assistant editors and other briefly striking post employees have won the health and retirement benefits IA700Bug__130219205555-150x150__131123212333__140421164529plus vacation and holiday pay they sought when they walked out on Monday. A day of picketing today outside the Glendale postproduction facility of the NBC Studios show also saw significant wage increases for the assistant editors. Last Comic Standing is set to premiere on May 22.

1625566_747449085300490_4296235683794707443_nPREVIOUS, APRIL 21, AM: Just more than a month before its reboot is set to debut, NBC‘s Last Comic Standing today has been knocked down by a labor action. About 15 editors and assistant editors walked off the job today in a no-joke strike organized by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, I’ve learned. Hired by NBC Studios on a non-union basis, the editors are seeking a union contract that includes industry-standard health insurance and pension benefits. Read More »

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‘Midnight Rider’ Train Death Investigation Ongoing; IATSE Local 600 Issues Statement

By and | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 4:57pm PST

IATSE Local 600Thursday’s shocking train collision that left camera assistant Sarah Jones dead and several others injured on the set of Open Road’s Midnight Rider is still under investigation in Jesup, Georgia outside of Savannah. According to the … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Naked & Afraid’ Employees Ratify IATSE Contract

By | Sunday November 24, 2013 @ 5:28pm PST

2nd UPDATE, 5:28 PM: Naked And Afraid’s post production team voted today to ratify the deal the Editors Guild and producers Renegade 83 came to on Saturday for the Discovery Read More »

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Motion Picture Editors Guild To Banner Awards Show Over ‘Black Tulip’ Dispute

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 4:54pm PDT

The Motion Picture Editors Guild (IATSE 700) will be making its ongoing dispute with filmmaker-philanthropist Sonia Nassery Cole public tonight at the 2013 PEN USA Literary Awards in Beverly Hills, where Cole is a scheduled honoree. … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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UPDATED: YouTube Responds To Viacom Getting SAG-AFTRA, IATSE & DGA Backing In $1B Copyright Battle

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 11:14pm PDT

UPDATED, 11:14 PM: YouTube today dismissed the support that IATSE, the DGA, AFM and SAG-AFTRA has shown for Viacom’s efforts to get another day in court with its $1 billion copyright infringement suit. Not only does the Google-owned company say in a statement that the unions’ brief “recycles” a previous filing from 2010 in the suit but that they “don’t seem to have followed developments in the case.” Read the statement YouTube issued via a spokesperson late Monday below:

The brief filed by entertainment industry unions recycles their brief from the first appeal in 2010.  They don’t seem to have followed developments in the case or recognized the changes to YouTube’s place in the entertainment ecosystem. The Court has twice rejected Viacom’s unfounded copyright infringement claims. And even Viacom has conceded it doesn’t object to how YouTube has operated for the last five years. YouTube has signed licensing agreements with every major movie studio and record label, has developed an industry-leading Content Identification system used by 4,000 media partners, and does more to prevent piracy than any other major video hosting provider.

PREVIOUSLY, 6:33 PM: Despite another recent court loss, Viacom’s latest attempt to revive its billion-dollar copyright suit against YouTube has just gotten some very vocal support again from some old friends. “YouTube’s role in the rampant, systematic distribution of content in violation of the exclusive rights of copyright holders caused and continues to cause harm to the entertainment industries and the members of the Guilds and Unions working in those industries,” said a joint brief filed late last week by lawyers for the Directors Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and the American Federation of Musicians. “We urge the Court to consider the full ramifications of YouTube’s actions, and request that the Court reverse the lower court’s decision.” The unions offered similar such support as they did last week back in 2010. Filed on August 2 this year, the quartet’s new 28-page brief (read it here) comes after Viacom filed materials on July 30 with the 2nd Court of Appeals asking for a new judge in the long-running case. That expected legal move against Judge Louis Stanton followed the NY-based U.S. District Court judge granting YouTube yet another favorable summary judgment in the matter on April 18. That was the second such decision for the Google-owned entity in the case. Viacom first launched the $1B action in 2007.  Read More »

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Matthew Loeb Re-Elected IATSE International President

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT

Boston, July 25 – International President Matthew D. Loeb was re-elected by acclamation this morning to serve another four-year term in the position he has held since 2008. The vote came during the last session of the IATSE’s 67th Quadrennial Convention being held here for the past week at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. Over 800 delegates from nearly 400 locals in the U.S. and Canada contributed to the unanimous and vocal support for President Loeb and the General Executive Board, which was also re-elected. Loeb and his slate, known popularly as “Matt’s Team,” ran unopposed. In addition to General Secretary-Treasurer James Wood, the slate includes 13 International Vice Presidents, three trustees, and the delegate to the Canadian Labor Congress.

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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 … Read More »

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UPDATE: IATSE Settles ‘Last Chance Holiday’ Strike, Crew Approve Contract

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 2:02pm PDT

UPDATE, 2:02 PM: The strike at Last Chance Holiday is over. IATSE and producers Indy Entertainment reached a deal late this morning. The protesting crew of the low-budget feature approved the union contact this afternoon. The … Read More »

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VFX Town Hall Turns Focus On IATSE As Unionizing Efforts Creep On

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 7:41pm PDT

When a VFX town hall was held back in March, the visual effects community was in a state of panic, unsure of how best to unite to battle subsidies, runaway productions, untenable working conditions and other issues endemic to the industry. A follow-up event held last night in LA (and online from San Rafael and Vancouver — watch it here) focused movement toward forming a VFX union, but it marked only slight progress for organizing efforts. With many LA VFX artists preoccupied by the work that’s draining away from the region to other subsidized cities, community meetings like this remain hung up on the kinds of nightmare stories of extreme work days and paycheck delays that keep circulating around the biz. “I bought my co-worker toothpaste because she didn’t have money to afford it,” said VFX artist Diana Marie Wells, late of infamous NewBreed VFX, who streamed in from Montreal where she’s been battling alongside other artists for payment owed.

Related: Produced By Conference: Pros Forecast The Future Of VFX, Post-Rhythm & Hues

If momentum picks up in favor of unionizing, it might stem from IATSE addressing what affects artists first: fighting for fair working conditions and payment protocol that’s lacking in the most egregious of VFX shop violators. But the process will be a long march. Read More »

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Prospect Park Resolves Dispute With IATSE Over ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 3:24pm PDT
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All My Children and One Life To Live producer Prospect Park and IATSE Locals 52, 161, 600, 700, 764, 798 and USA829 have resolved the labor issues that led to the two soaps … Read More »

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IATSE Seals 3-Year Pact With Commercials Producers

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 6:37pm PDT

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) concluded negotiations in New

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UPDATE: Editors Guild Reaches Deal With CW’s ‘The Hunt’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 9:33pm PDT

UPDATE, 9:34 PM: The Motion Pictures Editors Guild said tonight that it has reached an agreement with the producers of The Hunt. “The crew will report to work as scheduled tomorrow, and they’ll be working under a union contract,” the guild said on its Facebook page. “Many thanks to all those … Read More »

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IATSE And Broadway League Agree On New Three-Year Deal

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 4:33pm PDT

IATSE just sent out a release confirming a tentative agreement with Broadway producers.

After a lengthy process spread over five months, culminating in a fifteen-hour marathon session that ended in the early morning on May 2, 2013, the IATSE International and The Broadway League/Disney Theatrical Productions have reached a tentative agreement for a new three (3) year contract.

In addition to wage increases, a primary goal for President Matthew Loeb and the Union negotiators was to address challenging travel conditions faced by workers on these tours. Thus, the agreement includes premium pay for load-outs on multiple show days and for travel after a short-rest period, first time additional pay for make-up artists and hairstylists traveling on a seventh day, as well as first-time overage participation (i.e. bonus) for workers on successful tiered tours. The Agreement includes significant employer contributions to the health and pension plans for workers on tiered tours and wage increases for workers in all categories. It also includes employer contributions to the IATSE Training Trust.

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IATSE Charters New Film Locals In Canada

By | Friday April 5, 2013 @ 8:00pm PDT

For many years Locals 849 and 667 served as the bargaining agent for motion picture technicians and camerapersons in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As of April 2nd, members of Locals 849 and 667 who … Read More »

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VFX Community Calls For Trade Org, Contract Standards And/Or Union At Lively Town Hall

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT

VFX 2013Unionization and the creation of a trade association topped the priorities at a visual effects biz town hall meeting Thursday in Los Angeles where hundreds of VFX professionals gathered to discuss the state of their troubled industry. Despite calls for solidarity within the global community and a general sense of accord, a tense volley of boos erupted halfway through the panel when Visual Effects Society rep Mike Chambers took the mic and mentioned the organization’s call for larger California subsidies made in an open letter last month. In the letter the VES had announced plans to hold a VFX Congress, which has yet to materialize. “What are you going to do?” shouted one audience member to Chambers, who had no answer for his group.

Related: VFX Oscar Protesters Grow To 400 As Pros Plead Their Case

The exchange highlighted the most crippling challenge currently facing VFX workers: With no organized body other than the strictly honorary VES, artists have no leverage as the current system continues to squeeze their employers for slim profit margins. Among the industry wide issues identified by keynote speaker Scott Squires: A flawed studio-VFX house business model, too much competition, and job-migrating subsidies. Panelists and audience members also decried the strains on health and home life endured by individual VFX artists at the bottom of the VFX food chain. Unpaid overtime, long work weeks and a lack of healthcare benefits are common for visual artists, who comprise one of the last remaining sectors in Hollywood that is not yet unionized.
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Striking Editors, ‘Swamp People’ Producers Settle Dispute

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 8:58pm PST

Striking editors on the History Channel‘s Swamp People have reached an agreement, according to Motion Picture Editors Guild statements posted on Facebook and Twitter. “We have successfully resolved the Swamp People strike. After a work stoppage of Read More »

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Editors Call Strike On History Channel’s ‘Swamp People’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 12:54pm PST

Post-production editors on History’s Swamp People walked off the job today in protest over producers trying to stymie union organizing. #STRIKE! Until further notice, Editors Guild and potential members are instructed not to service the Read More »

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