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 Channel show. The IATSE contract means the Naked And Afraid employees will receive retroactive health and pension contributions, increased assistant editor pay, and overtime will now be paid at appropriate rates. After going on strike on November 18, the Naked And Afraid post production team will return to work on Monday.
1st UPDATE: Nov. 23, PM: After almost a week, the Editors Guild and IATSE picket line is down at the Sherman Oaks offices of production company Renegade 83. “#NakedAndAfraid picketing is suspended until further notice. Please do not report for picket duty this afternoon,” tweeted out the Guild today. While details are sketchy, the two sides have reached a tentative agreement over an IATSE contract, I’ve learned. That also means that the two-hour Naked And Afraid special scheduled to air on December 8 and lead the weeklong “Discovery Unwrapped” block on Discovery Channel‘ will more than likely make its air date after all. The crew of the reality TV show and the union went out on November 18 in search of an agreement.
PREVIOUSLY, NOV, 18 AM: Editors on Discovery Channel‘s Naked & Afraid walked off the show this morning seeking an IATSE contract. The Renegade 83 production is currently in postproduction on a two-hour special scheduled to air in three weeks on December 8, leading Discovery’s weeklong “Discovery Unwrapped” holiday programming of premieres and specials. Striking crew are expected to picket outside Renegade 83′s Sherman Oaks CA office this afternoon with support from the Motion Picture Editors Guild (IATSE 700).
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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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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 »
Unionization 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.
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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 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 »
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 »
The union and the sports network agreed today to meet and discuss all issues between IATSE and PAC-12, Deadline has learned. This means “an immediate cessation of all strike activities, picket lines, etc,” said IATSE … Read More »
The dispute between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the Pac-12 Network shows no sign of slowing down. IATSE says it plans to set up picket lines again during basketball games Tuesday at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion … Read More »
As it did last weekend, IATSE will picket against the Pac-12 Network beginning tomorrow. The union plans strike lines during basketball games at USC’s Galen Center and UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Picketing is also scheduled at the … Read More »