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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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Beverly Hilton Reaches Deal With Hotel Workers’ Union, Averting Picket During Golden Globes

Just in time for Monday’s Golden Globe nominations, the Beverly Hilton has reached a tentative agreement with the hotel union Unite Here Local 11. The union announced the provisional deal, which makes the historic property the first Beverly Hills location to reach a 2023 agreement with the powerful Southern California and Arizona union, on Friday […]

Directors Guild Reaches Tentative Agreement on New Commercial Contract

The Directors Guild of America has reached a tentative agreement with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers on a new three-year national commercial contract, the union announced on Friday. The 19,500-member union’s national board of directors unanimously approved the deal, which has been sent to members for ratification. Members have until Dec. 26 to vote […]

Netflix Production Accountants Unionize With IATSE

A group of production accountants employed by Netflix in New York and New Jersey has unionized with IATSE. A third party certified that a majority of the group of assistant production accountants, payroll accountants and clerks supported joining IATSE Local 161 in a card count Wednesday. The move came after the group initially approached the […]

Fran Drescher Weighs In on Bob Iger’s Charm, ‘The Nanny’s Future and Her Own “Take No Sh**” Ethos

“I’m an unlikely labor leader,” Fran Drescher acknowledges on a late November evening.  Before this summer, Drescher long had been synonymous in the public imagination with her most iconic role, Fran Fine, in the popular ’90s CBS sitcom The Nanny, which she tailored to her comedic strengths, including her thick Queens accent. The sassy childcare […]

Actors Push Past AI Concerns to Get Back to Work

On Dec. 5, SAG-AFTRA members wrapped Hollywood’s season of labor turmoil by ratifying the contract deal that ended the 118-day actors’ strike. Voting 78.33 percent to 21.67 percent to approve the compromise reached by their negotiators, actors sent a resounding, if not overwhelming, message that the agreement — the merits of which had inspired heated debate online for […]

SAG-AFTRA Members Vote to Ratify Strike-Ending Contract

SAG-AFTRA members have voted to ratify the tentative deal that brought an end to the 118-day actors’ strike. In a contest that ended on Tuesday evening, 78.33 percent voted “yes” on the contract and 21.67 percent voted “no,” with a turnout of 38.15 percent. With members greenlighting the deal, the new agreement will now take […]

Sean Graham Named New Writers Guild West General Counsel After Tony Segall Departs

Longtime Writers Guild of America West general counsel Tony Segall is retiring from the position, the union announced to members on Monday. As Segall steps into an outside counsel role, in-house WGA West lawyer Sean Graham, currently the director of the union’s agency department, will ascend to the general counsel position. In addition, Jonah J. […]

“A Crazy, Heated Time”: SAG-AFTRA Members Debate Deal Merits Ahead of Ratification Vote

On Nov. 8, SAG-AFTRA reached a tentative deal with studios and streamers that officially brought an end to a nightmarish half a year of strikes in Hollywood. But initial jubilation among union actors soon turned to “crazy Internet infighting,” in the words of one member, over the agreement’s gains, principally the soundness of its AI […]

Adjunct Professors Launch Bid to Unionize at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts (Exclusive)

“I love the school. I bleed cardinal and gold,” says Katy Garretson. The Punky Brewster, Frasier and Fuller House director, who holds two degrees from the University of Southern California, has gotten football season tickets since she was 18 years old and even hosted a Trojan marching band at her wedding. Still, after she came […]

Who Won the Strikes? Who Lost? A Merciless Assessment

As the town flocked to picket lines during a historic 148-day writers strike and 118-day actors strike, moguls took a hit (looking at you, Bob Iger), stars made blunders (why, Drew Barrymore?) and others saw their stock rise (Lindsay Dougherty holds court next with the studios) … Winners Fran Drescher & Duncan Crabtree-IrelandTo be sure, […]

Pushkin Industries’ Podcast Workers Form Union

Workers at the powerhouse audio production company behind podcasts The Happiness Lab and The Dream, Pushkin Industries, have unionized after management voluntarily recognized their bargaining unit. A group of producers, editors and engineers are joining the Writers Guild of America East after a card check conducted by a third party found that the majority of […]

Hotel Union Gears Up to Picket Major Hollywood Awards Ceremonies

Unite Here Local 11, the major hospitality union that is currently in a labor dispute with dozens of hotels in the Los Angeles area, is gearing up to picket major entertainment awards shows set to take place at these venues if their settings do not change. Among the events that could see picket lines at […]