July 25, 2014 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—With one week to go before labor contracts with the Metropolitan Opera expire, cleaners, ushers and ticket takers protested outside the Met on Thursday evening management’s threat of a lockout should negotiations falter.
July 7, 2014 By Neal Tepel Los Angeles, California – SAG-AFTRA settled a contract with Hollywood producers on Friday July 4th citing significant gains. The contract is the first with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers since the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists merged in 2012.
June 27, 2014 By Stephanie West A Supreme Court decision affecting SAG-AFTRA and their members noted that a streaming service called Aereo, violated broadcasters’ copyrights since it allowing subscribers to watch and record over-the-air channels. The June 25th landmark decision will benefit actors and performers receiving royalties.
May 23, 2014 By Neal Tepel Los Angeles, California – Media and entertainment union SAG-AFTRA has been reaching out to members that are owed the $2.3 million in unclaimed royalties for the use of their recordings from over 2,500 digital radio services.
May 16, 2014 By Stephanie West New York, NY – AFM Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, and the MET Opera Orchestra Committee which constitutes the Local 802 negotiating committee have authorized the MET Opera Orchestra to initiate a strike. This action followed devastating contract proposals from Metropolitan Opera management on Monday May 12th.
April 15, 2014 By Neal Tepel Los Angeles, California – SAG-AFTRA leadership is planning to meet with representatives of the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers May 5th. This session will be the start of comprehensive negotiations with the union and the studios. SAG-AFTRA National Board approved proposals for the upcoming talks and they are usually…
February 14, 2014 By Neal Tepel Shirley Temple Black, the 42nd Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement honoree, died Monday at the age of 85. Black captivated the world as no other child star has done before or since, and then went on to serve her country as an eminent diplomat over more than three decades.
November 19, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—Reality TV has been popular among audiences and profitable for the cable networks for a long time, but according to the writers and producers of popular Reality TV shows such as Pawn Stars, The First 48 and Fatal Encounters they are having to work sometimes 60 to…
August 8, 2013 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Roberta Reardon Urges SAG-AFTRA to Organize More “Organizing is job one,” says SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon. “The growth of nonunion work in New York is shocking, especially in commercials.” She’s now running against incumbent Mike Hodge for the presidency of the new union’s New York local….
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