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Actors’ Equity Wins Contract With Nonprofit Theater Group

June 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Actors and stage managers at 72 U.S. theaters will get raises ranging from 16% to 81% over the next five years, under a tentative contract announced June 13 between Actors’ Equity Association and the League of Resident Theaters.

Writers’ Union Tries to Get Ebony Freelancers Paid

June 15, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - As Ebony magazine was developing plans to lay off almost one-third of its 35 editorial staffers in May, 14 freelance writers were asking the National Writers Union to help them recover $30,000 it owes them for articles.

Broadway Casting Directors: No Benefits for Our ‘Sweat’ Is ‘Indecent’

June 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - On June 8, three days before the annual Tony Awards at Radio City, about 100 people marched around Radio City to demand that Broadway theatre owners and producers give casting directors a union contract.

Record Number Of Television Shows Shooting In New York City

June 8, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - A record-breaking 56 episodic television series were filmed in New York City during the 2016-17 season. The new high, up from 52 last year, reaffirms the City’s status as the premier location for the episodic television production industry.

This Ain't Trump's B'way! Actors to Rally With Casting Directors

June 8, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

"Indecent Cast"

New York, NY - The hardest working actors on Broadway are going to bat for IBT Local 817 casting directors and their fight to secure a fair contract with the Broadway League. 

Canadian Media Guild Organizing Reality TV

June 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Toronto, Canada - Reality-TV employment is called the “Wild West” by many in the entertainment industry because workers have so few rights.

Video-Game Strikers See Progress on Voice Royalties

May 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - Seven months into a strike by voice actors against 11 video-game companies, SAG-AFTRA says it is getting some companies to pay the actors residuals based on a game's sales.

Why Won't Broadway Recognize This Union?

May 26, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

B'way casting directors need a contract.

New York, NY - Broadway casting directors fighting for a fair contract since 2016 as members of Teamsters Local 817, say that the refusal of producers to sit down with them at the bargaining table is both unfair and threatens to undermine the very diversity that has helped the theater industry rake in a whopping $1.5 billion in gross revenues this past season alone. 

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