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WGA MEMBERS OK PACT WITH PRODUCERS

April 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Two years after their rancorous strike — primarily over Internet residuals — virtually shut down the movie and TV industry for 100 days, the membership of the Writers Guild of America overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new contract in which the issue of Internet residuals was all but ignored. The WGA said that 90.7 […]

NBC WRITERS SIDE WITH WGA ON COMCAST TAKEOVER

December 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The NBC-Comcast merger has been hit with labor unrest even before the merger is approved by regulators. On Monday, a group of NBC writers announced their support of efforts by the Writers Guild of America to unionize writers working on 10 shows produced by Comcast Entertainment Group, saying that they “should have what we have.” […]

NEW ZEALAND TO REMAIN STAND-IN FOR MIDDLE EARTH

October 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In an announcement that no doubt touched off sighs of relief throughout his country, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said today (Thursday in New Zealand) that he had reached an agreement with Warner Bros. executives “that will enable the two Hobbit movies to be directed by Sir Peter Jackson to be made in New […]

NEW ZEALAND P.M. OFFERS TO HELP SETTLE HOBBIT DISPUTE

October 4, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The prime minister of New Zealand has offered to play “a facilitation role” between Peter Jackson and an Australian actors union in order to prevent the production of the planned Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, from leaving the country. In a television interview, the prime minister, John Key, said, “If you can’t make […]

ACTIVIST SAG MEMBER SAYS SHE WON’T SEEK REELECTION

October 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Anne-Marie Johnson, one of the prime movers of the activist Membership First faction of the Screen Actors Guild, has informed SAG members that she will not seek reelection as first vice president. Her announcement came after Membership First lost out to the moderate group United for Strength in contests for all 13 open seats on […]

HOLLYWOOD RETURNS TO BARGAINING TABLE

September 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists on the one hand and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on the other began in Sherman Oaks, CA on Monday, with the two unions presenting their proposals to the producers. The current contract expires on June 30, […]

U.S. ACTORS UNIONS ORDER MEMBERS NOT TO WORK ON THE HOBBIT

September 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Throwing their considerable weight behind the New Zealand branch of Australia’s actors’ union, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) have notified their members not to accept work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. Jackson quickly […]