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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 […]

Employment in Hollywood Rebounds Post-Strikes, But Still Below 2022 Peak

The end of the Hollywood strikes caused employment in the sector to surge in November, but while the business is back, new data shows that there are still more than 25,000 fewer people employed than there were a year ago, suggesting that a return to normal could take longer than people think. The U.S. Bureau […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Actors’ AI Protections Are a Step Forward, But There’s Reason to Worry

Of the 16-page summary detailing the tentative deal between SAG-AFTRA and the studios, more than five are spent on provisions over artificial intelligence. It’s the product of months of hard-nosed bargaining by the union on an issue that the studios seemingly didn’t think would emerge as a sticking point walking into negotiations. The document cites […]