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Katie Kilkenny

Labor & Media Reporter

Katie Kilkenny is a Labor & Media Reporter at The Hollywood Reporter, where she covers labor and union issues and publishes features and investigative work. Prior to joining THR as an Associate Editor covering breaking news in 2017, she was a Culture Associate Editor at the social and environmental justice nonprofit magazine Pacific Standard and an Entertainment Reporting Fellow for The Atlantic. Her work has been recognized with National Arts & Entertainment Journalism and SoCal Journalism awards, and she is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

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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 […]

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 […]

SAG-AFTRA Negotiations to Continue Friday, Next Week

Negotiations are moving forward for Hollywood’s largest union. SAG-AFTRA announced in a new joint statement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which bargains on behalf of studios and streamers, on Wednesday that talks would proceed Friday as well as resume Monday. The joint statement and the continuation of negotiations will likely be […]

SAG-AFTRA and Studios to Continue Negotiations Wednesday

SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood’s top companies are plowing ahead with negotiations. The performers’ union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers released a joint statement on Monday noting that they had just “met for a full day bargaining session” and would resume talks on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Monday marked the first time that the […]

Studio CEOs Return to Bargaining Table With SAG-AFTRA

They’re back. Some of Hollywood’s top leaders — Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and NBCUniversal Studio Group chairman and chief content officer Donna Langley — are attending Monday’s negotiating session at the SAG-AFTRA national headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The performers union […]

Will the Writers Guild Deal Expedite SAG-AFTRA’s Negotiations?

After the Writers Guild of America struck a tentative deal that brought an end to its historic strike, on Monday SAG-AFTRA will be headed back to the bargaining table in an attempt to do the same — and many in town are hopeful for a quick resolution. The performers union will be hosting the Alliance […]