Core Copyright Industries Added $1.3 Trillion To U.S. Economy In 2017, Employ 5.7M Americans

America’s core copyright industries added a whopping $1.3 trillion to the nation’s economy last year and employed nearly 5.7 million American workers, accounting for 3.85% of the entire U.S. workforce and 4.54% of all private sector jobs, according to …

America's core copyright industries added a whopping $1.3 trillion to the nation's economy last year and employed nearly 5.7 million American workers, accounting for 3.85% of the entire U.S. workforce and 4.54% of all private sector jobs, according to a new study. Prepared by the International Intellectual Property Alliance, the study also found that core copyright industries are growing at a faster rate than the rest of the economy – at an aggregate annual rate of 5.23%…

SAG-AFTRA Calls BBH Chief Strategy Officer Sarah Watson “Hypocrite Of The Week”

SAG-AFTRA has labeled Sarah Watson as “Hypocrite of the Week” in its ongoing strike against the Bartle Bogle Hegarty ad agency. Watson, BBH’s chief strategy officer and New York chairman, also serves on the steering committee of Time’s Up Advertising, …

SAG-AFTRA has labeled Sarah Watson as "Hypocrite of the Week" in its ongoing strike against the Bartle Bogle Hegarty ad agency. Watson, BBH's chief strategy officer and New York chairman, also serves on the steering committee of Time's Up Advertising, a movement to fight sexual harassment in the advertising industry. "Watson helps steer Time's Up Advertising and has publicly spoken out about fairness and social justice, but the agency she leads is illegally attempting to…

“Conflict Of Interest” Charge Leveled In IATSE Local 871 Presidential Election

EXCLUSIVE: The election of officers and board members at IATSE Local 871 is heating up with three weeks to go until ballots are counted. Presidential candidate Crystal Hopkins told Deadline that her opponent, Doug Boney, has a “conflict of interest” th…

EXCLUSIVE: The election of officers and board members at IATSE Local 871 is heating up with three weeks to go until ballots are counted. Presidential candidate Crystal Hopkins told Deadline that her opponent, Doug Boney, has a "conflict of interest" that makes him "unable to be a full-time representative of our local." Boney claims that Hopkins’ "vague and inaccurate statement may be due to her lack of experience in union governance." Boney, besides currently serving as…

Tyler Perry’s New Madea Play Could Land Him In Hot Water With Actors’ Unions – Again

Tyler Perry, who ran afoul of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA three years ago for casting non-union actors in his stage play Madea on the Run, now is casting non-union actors for Madea’s Farewell Play Tour – the eleventh show in the franchise,…

Tyler Perry, who ran afoul of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA three years ago for casting non-union actors in his stage play Madea on the Run, now is casting non-union actors for Madea's Farewell Play Tour – the eleventh show in the franchise, in which Perry once again will reprise his role as the title character. The latest play, which is preparing for a national tour, put out a casting notice recently for a "New nationwide non-union talent search." According to the notice…

John Oliver, David Simon & 70-Plus Other HBO Writers Call On Vice To Sign New Union Contracf

More than 75 current and former writers for HBO have signed a petition calling on Vice Media “to sign a strong union contract” with the WGA. The list includes several high-profile scribes including John Oliver, David Simon, Warren Leight, T…

More than 75 current and former writers for HBO have signed a petition calling on Vice Media “to sign a strong union contract” with the WGA. The list includes several high-profile scribes including John Oliver, David Simon, Warren Leight, Tom Fontana, Eric Overmyer and Jesse Armstrong. Read the petition and its signatories below. Editorial staffers at Vice overwhelmingly ratified their first contract with WGA East in April 2016, a three-year deal that was retroactive to…

SAG-AFTRA Cracking Down On Producers Who Cheat Stunt Perfomers Out Of Residuals

SAG-AFTRA is cracking down on producers who try to cheat stunt performers out of their residuals by signing them to stunt coordinator flat deals that don’t pay residuals. “The union is pursuing claims on this issue and will continue to challenge any mi…

SAG-AFTRA is cracking down on producers who try to cheat stunt performers out of their residuals by signing them to stunt coordinator flat deals that don't pay residuals. "The union is pursuing claims on this issue and will continue to challenge any miscategorization of stunt performers that it discovers," it said. "It has come to the attention of the SAG-AFTRA Stunt & Safety Department that producers have engaged stunt performers to work under inappropriate schedules" of…

SAG-AFTRA Urges Members To Ratify New Sound Recordings Code

SAG-AFTRA is urging its members to ratify the terms of a new Sound Recordings Code reached last month with the major record labels. The new three-year contract, which was approved unanimously by the union’s national board of directors, covers singers, …

SAG-AFTRA is urging its members to ratify the terms of a new Sound Recordings Code reached last month with the major record labels. The new three-year contract, which was approved unanimously by the union's national board of directors, covers singers, announcers, actors, comedians and narrators employed in the recording industry. Only those members who have had earnings under the pact since 2012 are eligible to vote, and ballots must be returned no later than December…

SAG-AFTRA Panel Warns Industry To Stop Ignoring Law Protecting Child Actors From Predators

EXCLUSIVE: The former LA Deputy City Attorney who prosecuted dozens of casting directors in a sweep of bogus actors’ workshops said tonight that industry professionals who violate an oft-ignored law to protect child actors from registered sex offenders…

EXCLUSIVE: The former LA Deputy City Attorney who prosecuted dozens of casting directors in a sweep of bogus actors' workshops said tonight that industry professionals who violate an oft-ignored law to protect child actors from registered sex offenders could soon be the subjects of a similar undercover operation and prosecution. The Child Performer Protection Act, which became law nearly six years ago, requires most professionals who work with child actors – including…

IATSE Offers Aid To Members Affected By California Wildfires

IATSE is offering financial relief to its members affected by the California wildfires. “The unprecedented wildfires currently scorching California are now the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history,” the union said today. “Our hearts go…

IATSE is offering financial relief to its members affected by the California wildfires. "The unprecedented wildfires currently scorching California are now the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history," the union said today. "Our hearts go out to the affected California communities, and we thank the firefighters, first responders, and volunteers for their continued efforts." Assistance will be provided to members affected by the fires through the Richard…

IATSE Officials Embezzled Nearly $1 Million From Union In Past Decade

IATSE has an embezzlement problem. In the past two years, former officers of IATSE locals in Alabama, Alaska, Virginia and Michigan have either been indicted, pleaded guilty or been sentenced for stealing funds from their local unions. Over the past de…

IATSE has an embezzlement problem. In the past two years, former officers of IATSE locals in Alabama, Alaska, Virginia and Michigan have either been indicted, pleaded guilty or been sentenced for stealing funds from their local unions. Over the past decade, former treasurers, presidents and bookkeepers of IATSE locals in California, New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Tennessee and South Dakota have faced similar charges and have pleaded guilty or died before…

IATSE President Matt Loeb Hails Midterms As “Victory For Working People”

IATSE president Matt Loeb is hailing Tuesday night’s election returns as “a victory for working people all across the country,” saying that “IATSE-supported candidates won in almost every state where we competed.”
One of those winning candidates was De…

IATSE president Matt Loeb is hailing Tuesday night's election returns as "a victory for working people all across the country," saying that "IATSE-supported candidates won in almost every state where we competed." One of those winning candidates was Democrat Katie Hill, who unseated Republican Steve Knight in a tight congressional race in Southern California. IATSE's political action committee contributed $5,000 to her campaign, but it also gave $1,000 to Knight, who…

SAG-AFTRA Welcomes Al Jazeera English To The Union, Then Gets A Surprise

Just minutes after SAG-AFTRA announced today that the “content creators” at Al Jazeera English had voted overwhelmingly to join the union, the news site tweeted a link to an opinion piece it posted earlier in the day titled: “Why Israel Does Not Mind T…

Just minutes after SAG-AFTRA announced today that the "content creators" at Al Jazeera English had voted overwhelmingly to join the union, the news site tweeted a link to an opinion piece it posted earlier in the day titled: "Why Israel Does Not Mind Trump’s Anti-Semitic Supporters." The op-ed, by Nora Barrows Friedman – a staff editor and reporter with The Electronic Intifada – attempts to make the case that "It is in the interest of Israel for Jewish Americans and…

IATSE President Matt Loeb Rebukes Editors Guild Leaders; Calls Their Retaliation Claims Wrong And “Irresponsible”

IATSE president Matt Loeb has sternly rebuked Editors Guild leaders Cathy Repola and Alan Heim, telling them that their claim that she was removed as a director of the union’s pension and health plans in retaliation for her opposition to IATSE’s new fi…

IATSE president Matt Loeb has sternly rebuked Editors Guild leaders Cathy Repola and Alan Heim, telling them that their claim that she was removed as a director of the union's pension and health plans in retaliation for her opposition to IATSE's new film and TV contract not only is inaccurate but "irresponsible." The real reason she was removed as a trustee of the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans, Loeb told them, was because of her "repeated and public…

Editors Guild’s Cathy Repola Cries Foul After IATSE President Matt Loeb Boots Her From Seat On Pension & Health Plans

EXCLUSIVE: IATSE international president Matt Loeb has unceremoniously booted Cathy Repola off the board of directors of the union’s pension and health plans after she tangled with him over the ratification of the union’s new film and TV contract. Repo…

EXCLUSIVE: IATSE international president Matt Loeb has unceremoniously booted Cathy Repola off the board of directors of the union's pension and health plans after she tangled with him over the ratification of the union's new film and TV contract. Repola, the national executive director of the Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, claims her removal appears to be in retaliation for her leading the opposition to the contract. "You are being removed as a director of the Motion…

SAG-AFTRA “Bake Sale” To Mock Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ad Agency In Ongoing Strike

SAG-AFTRA will hold a mock “bake sale” next week outside the New York offices of Bartle Bogle Hegarty to raise money for the ad agency “because they claim they can’t afford union talent.”
Thursday’s event will be the second mass protest since the…

SAG-AFTRA will hold a mock "bake sale" next week outside the New York offices of Bartle Bogle Hegarty to raise money for the ad agency "because they claim they can't afford union talent." Thursday’s event will be the second mass protest since the 160,000-member union went on strike against BBH last month after the ad agency said it was no longer a signatory to the union's contract. On September 27, nearly a thousand boisterous SAG-AFTRA members picketed the ad agency's L.A…

Animation Guild Ratifies New 3-Year Film & TV Contract

Members of the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new film and TV contract. The vote to approve the three-year deal with management’s AMPTP was 868-213 – an approval margin of 80.3% to 19.7%.
Of the guild’s 3,…

Members of the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new film and TV contract. The vote to approve the three-year deal with management's AMPTP was 868-213 – an approval margin of 80.3% to 19.7%. Of the guild's 3,695 eligible members, 1,081 (29.3%) cast ballots. Terms of the contract, which are retroactive to July 29, 2018, are generally in line with those achieved in the new deal covering IATSE's 13 West Coast studio locals, including 3%…

HBO Hires “Intimacy Coordinators” To Monitor On-Set Sex, A New Role

HBO has announced that all of its shows featuring sexually intimate scenes henceforth will have a monitor known as an “intimacy coordinator” on set.
As first reported by Deadline’s sister publication Rolling Stone, the intimacy coordi…

HBO has announced that all of its shows featuring sexually intimate scenes henceforth will have a monitor known as an “intimacy coordinator” on set. As first reported by Deadline’s sister publication Rolling Stone, the intimacy coordinator will serve as a mediator among actors, directors, producers and crew. HBO’s The Deuceset in the sex trade industry in New York’s Times Square during the 1970s, already has the first intimacy coordinator working, and other shows are…

SAG-AFTRA To Create Stunt Coordinator Eligibility Guidelines

In a move to improve safety on the set, SAG-AFTRA says it will create a Stunt Coordinator Minimum General Standards Eligibility Process Guideline. The program, which was overwhelmingly approved today by the union’s national board of directors, is set t…

In a move to improve safety on the set, SAG-AFTRA says it will create a Stunt Coordinator Minimum General Standards Eligibility Process Guideline. The program, which was overwhelmingly approved today by the union's national board of directors, is set to launch in 2020. According to the union, it will permit prospective stunt coordinators to apply for inclusion on SAG-AFTRA's online registry after demonstrating that they've completed 500 working days. The program also…

Facebook Hires Ex-UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as Global Affairs Chief

Facebook has hired Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom, as its VP of global affairs and communications on Friday — coming as the company grapples with increasing criticism at home and outside the U.S.
Clegg replaces Ell…

Facebook has hired Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom, as its VP of global affairs and communications on Friday — coming as the company grapples with increasing criticism at home and outside the U.S.

Clegg replaces Elliot Schrage, the man that spearheaded Facebook’s response to the Cambridge Analytica data leak earlier this year, where up to 87 million users had their profiles unwittingly accessed. Schrage had announced he was leaving the company in June.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg called Clegg — who was Britain’s second-ranked politician from 2010 to 2015 — a “thoughtful and gifted leader” in a post congratulating him on joining the company.

Every day people use our apps to connect with family and friends and make a difference in their communities,” Sandberg added. “If we can honor the trust they put in us and live up to our responsibilities, we can help more people use technology to do good.”

A clear Silicon Valley outsider, Clegg was the leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 until 2015, when he was removed as deputy prime minister following a Conservative victory in the general election.

“Throughout my public life I have relished grappling with difficult and controversial issues and seeking to communicate them to others. I hope to use some of those skills in my new role,” Clegg said in his own Facebook post.

He’ll be tasked with helping shape Facebook’s path forward, following perhaps the most controversial year in its history. Facebook, six months after its Cambridge Analytica breach, announced last week another 30 million users were hit by hackers. The hack has European regulators debating a hefty fine for the company that could balloon to $1.63 billion. Investor trust, as well as public trust, has waned, with Facebook shares down 14 percent on the year.

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SAG-AFTRA Rescinds Do-Not-Work Order For ‘Keys To The City’ TV Movie

SAG-AFTRA has rescinded its do-not-work order for the basic cable TV movie Keys to the City and says its members are now “free to work on this production effective immediately.” The union had originally ordered its members not to work on the movie beca…

SAG-AFTRA has rescinded its do-not-work order for the basic cable TV movie Keys to the City and says its members are now "free to work on this production effective immediately." The union had originally ordered its members not to work on the movie because its production company had not completed the process of signing a SAG-AFTRA contract. All that, however, has now been cleared up. Set against the backdrop of an Atlanta mayoral race, the film’s predominantly African…

Salon Staff Ratifies New WGA East Contract

The WGA East’s first contract with Salon has been ratified unanimously by the digital news site’s editorial staff. The deal was hailed Wednesday by the guild, the staff and by the site’s management.
“Our collective bargaining agreement with Salon…

The WGA East's first contract with Salon has been ratified unanimously by the digital news site's editorial staff. The deal was hailed Wednesday by the guild, the staff and by the site's management. “Our collective bargaining agreement with Salon marks the Guild's seventh contract in digital media," WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson said. "We won important gains including minimum rates of pay that result in a third of the unit receiving an average increase of…