SAG-AFTRA Board Calls Strike-Authorization Vote

June 30, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - SAG-AFTRA’s national board voted unanimously June 25 to send members strike-authorization ballots if the union can’t reach a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers by June 30, when their current contract expires.

Broadway’s 1984: A Disturbing, Truthless Dystopia

June 27, 2017 
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick LaborPress Entertainment Editor

The play 1984, based on George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, is a frightening look at a totalitarian future.

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.

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