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‘Priscilla’ L.A. Premiere Moves Amid Venue’s Union Dispute (Exclusive)

Priscilla’s L.A. premiere on Monday has been derailed by an ongoing IATSE contract dispute with the American Legion Theater in Hollywood. Distributor A24 confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that it decided on Friday to move to another, yet-to-be-announced location after becoming aware of the labor fight Thursday night. THR published an in-depth examination of the […]

Hollywood Unions Call on AMPTP to Resume SAG-AFTRA Talks “Immediately”

Major Hollywood unions are calling on the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to resume negotiations with SAG-AFTRA “immediately,” citing the suffering of industry professionals who are out of work. “Each day a fair contract addressing actors’ unique priorities is delayed is another day working professionals across our industry suffer unnecessarily,” said the Writers […]

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland on Why SAG-AFTRA Talks Broke Down: “It Is Mystifying to Me”

One day after Hollywood’s top companies announced that talks with performers union SAG-AFTRA would be suspended for the foreseeable future, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland was back on the picket lines at Netflix, rallying members. The national executive director and chief negotiator for the union gave a speech at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue, […]

SAG-AFTRA Accuses Studios of “Bully Tactics” as Talks Suspended

On Wednesday night, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers declared that negotiations with SAG-AFTRA are suspended, given that the gap between the parties is “too great.” “Negotiations between the AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA have been suspended after SAG-AFTRA presented its most recent proposal on October 11,” the trade association representing studios and streamers in […]

Donna Langley on SAG-AFTRA Talks: Execs Will Spend “As Much Time As It Takes” Until There Is a Resolution

Top Hollywood executive Donna Langley addressed the ongoing SAG-AFTRA negotiations Wednesday night, saying that the studio side will spend “as much time as it takes” in the bargaining room until the parties can reach a resolution. Declining to speak in specifics at a scheduled appearance at Bloomberg’s Screentime event, the NBCUniversal Studio Group chairman and […]

Directors Guild to Members: Our Contract Deal Was Good, Too

The Directors Guild of America is defending its latest three-year contract agreement with studios and streamers amid criticism on social media and, it claims, in the press. In an email message to members on Wednesday with the subject line “Setting the Record Straight,” the union decried “a number of recent news articles and social media […]

Exasperated Producers Say It Louder: We’re Not the AMPTP

On Tuesday morning, a letter signed by over 2,300 film and TV producers was sent to the president of the organization that bargains on behalf of studios and streamers with Hollywood unions, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Its message to AMPTP leader Carol Lombardini: Please remove the word “producers” from your organization’s […]

Lowell Peterson Steps Down as Writers Guild East Executive Director

One day after the Writers Guild of America ratified its 2023 strike-ending contract, Lowell Peterson has announced that he is stepping down from the post of WGA East executive director. “I am proud of my work to transform the WGAE into a more powerful force for writers,” Peterson said in a statement on Tuesday. “I am […]

SAG-AFTRA, Studios to Resume Negotiations on Wednesday

It’s not over yet. Leadership for performers union SAG-AFTRA and the studios, repped by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, issued a joint statement on Monday saying that talks have ended for the day and outlining next steps as the strike nears its three-month mark. “SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP held negotiations and have […]

Writers Guild Ratifies Strike-Ending Contract With Studios

It’s officially over: The Writers Guild of America has ratified the three-year contract deal that ended the second-longest strike in the union’s history. Ninety-nine percent of union members voted to support the contract in a vote that ended on Monday; the WGA says of the 8,525 valid votes cast there were 8,435 “yes” votes and […]

Film and TV Business Has Lost 45K Jobs Since Labor Strikes Began, U.S. Labor Report Says

The Writers Guild of America strike is over, and there appears to be progress in negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP, but the impact of the strikes on the entertainment business writ large is still being felt. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September jobs report on Friday and, while it was a […]

SAG-AFTRA Leader: Actors Should Get Same AI Protections As Studios

Consent, credit and compensation. Those were the terms that SAG-AFTRA national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland and Writers Guild of America West negotiating committee member John August called for in order for guild members’ work, likenesses and brands to be used to train artificial intelligence systems. At a hearing before the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, […]