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‘Green Book’ Writer’s $34M New Movie Production Sued By IATSE Over Alleged Unpaid Crew

The producers of That’s Amore ran out of money and skipped town without paying $570,000 in wages to dozens of workers while continuing to incur costly expenses to promote the movie, according to a complaint filed against the production. In a lawsuit, filed in New York federal court on Dec. 8, IATSE says that it […]

IATSE Local 798, Reel Works Partner on Makeup Artist Training Program (Exclusive)

IATSE Local 798, a union representing film, TV, theater, and commercials makeup artists and hair stylists, teamed with the Brooklyn-based media and workforce development organization Reel Works on a new training program. Supported by Netflix, AMC Networks and the Consortium for Worker Education, the IATSE Entertainment Industry Makeup Artist Training program focuses on educating makeup […]

Microsoft Game Developer Union Reaches Deal On How AI Can Be Used In Workplace

As Microsoft’s first U.S. union and the tech giant continue to negotiate over a first labor contract, the parties have reached a tentative agreement on one of the agreement’s most important articles, covering the use of artificial intelligence. The union at video game developer ZeniMax Studios (The Elder Scrolls Online, DOOM: Eternal) has cinched a […]

Beverly Hilton Reaches Deal With Hotel Workers’ Union, Averting Picket During Golden Globes

Just in time for Monday’s Golden Globe nominations, the Beverly Hilton has reached a tentative agreement with the hotel union Unite Here Local 11. The union announced the provisional deal, which makes the historic property the first Beverly Hills location to reach a 2023 agreement with the powerful Southern California and Arizona union, on Friday […]

Directors Guild Reaches Tentative Agreement on New Commercial Contract

The Directors Guild of America has reached a tentative agreement with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers on a new three-year national commercial contract, the union announced on Friday. The 19,500-member union’s national board of directors unanimously approved the deal, which has been sent to members for ratification. Members have until Dec. 26 to vote […]

Employment in Hollywood Rebounds Post-Strikes, But Still Below 2022 Peak

The end of the Hollywood strikes caused employment in the sector to surge in November, but while the business is back, new data shows that there are still more than 25,000 fewer people employed than there were a year ago, suggesting that a return to normal could take longer than people think. The U.S. Bureau […]

Netflix Production Accountants Unionize With IATSE

A group of production accountants employed by Netflix in New York and New Jersey has unionized with IATSE. A third party certified that a majority of the group of assistant production accountants, payroll accountants and clerks supported joining IATSE Local 161 in a card count Wednesday. The move came after the group initially approached the […]

Actors Push Past AI Concerns to Get Back to Work

On Dec. 5, SAG-AFTRA members wrapped Hollywood’s season of labor turmoil by ratifying the contract deal that ended the 118-day actors’ strike. Voting 78.33 percent to 21.67 percent to approve the compromise reached by their negotiators, actors sent a resounding, if not overwhelming, message that the agreement — the merits of which had inspired heated debate online for […]

SAG-AFTRA Members Vote to Ratify Strike-Ending Contract

SAG-AFTRA members have voted to ratify the tentative deal that brought an end to the 118-day actors’ strike. In a contest that ended on Tuesday evening, 78.33 percent voted “yes” on the contract and 21.67 percent voted “no,” with a turnout of 38.15 percent. With members greenlighting the deal, the new agreement will now take […]

Sean Graham Named New Writers Guild West General Counsel After Tony Segall Departs

Longtime Writers Guild of America West general counsel Tony Segall is retiring from the position, the union announced to members on Monday. As Segall steps into an outside counsel role, in-house WGA West lawyer Sean Graham, currently the director of the union’s agency department, will ascend to the general counsel position. In addition, Jonah J. […]

“A Crazy, Heated Time”: SAG-AFTRA Members Debate Deal Merits Ahead of Ratification Vote

On Nov. 8, SAG-AFTRA reached a tentative deal with studios and streamers that officially brought an end to a nightmarish half a year of strikes in Hollywood. But initial jubilation among union actors soon turned to “crazy Internet infighting,” in the words of one member, over the agreement’s gains, principally the soundness of its AI […]

Adjunct Professors Launch Bid to Unionize at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts (Exclusive)

“I love the school. I bleed cardinal and gold,” says Katy Garretson. The Punky Brewster, Frasier and Fuller House director, who holds two degrees from the University of Southern California, has gotten football season tickets since she was 18 years old and even hosted a Trojan marching band at her wedding. Still, after she came […]