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(Variety, April 11)

After two days back at the bargaining table, there is cautious optimism that the WGA and major studios could be inching closer to compromise on at least one key issue on the table: options and exclusivity terms for TV writers.

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(LA Times, April 10)

Most women directors don’t like to talk about gender. They’d rather just get on with their work.

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(Adweek, April 9)

Hollywood is still the center of the film and TV universe—for now—but over the past few years, Atlanta’s thriving entertainment industry has been rapidly giving it a run for its money.

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(Hollywood Reporter, April 5)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched Academy Gold, a new summer internship and mentoring program that will pull from underrepresented communities.

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(New York Daily News, March 25)

These workers have good union jobs. They have employers invested in a local business that fuels the city’s economy by making a unique product sent out to the whole world. It is an old-fashioned idea: Hire people to create something special, and pay them fair wages with good health and retirement benefits.

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(New York Times, March 25)

His testimony suggests that as labor secretary his primary goal would not be to look out for workers by promoting fair pay and workplace safety. Instead, he seems more interested in shielding employers from having to address those concerns.

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(Deadline, March 25)

Since the first writers’ strike of 1960, there have been 12 U.S. presidents – five Democrats and seven Republicans, and yet all six WGA strikes occurred during Republican administrations.

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(Northwest Labor Press, March 24)

A long-festering union dispute at KGW-TV has come to a close. At the Portland NBC affiliate, 26 camera operators and editors represented by IATSE Local 600 ratified a new union contract March 22 — more than two years after their old contract expired. They’re the last of three KGW units to reach agreement.

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(Variety, March 24)

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have asked their 12,000 members for strike authorization, following two weeks of negotiations.

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(Deadline, March 24)

Carl Reiner says he got bumped by it, Drew Carey says it’s the makings of a worst day ever, and Rosie Perez says now, now everyone, don’t gloat: Hollywood watched the implosion of Trumpcare today and weighed in.

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(ESPN, March 22)

Hundreds of women of varied ethnicities gathered Friday, March 17, at the United Nations in New York City for a conversation on closing the gender gap in the entertainment industry.

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(Law 360, March 17)

A group of decoration installers at Disney theme parks in California do not have enough in common with a larger group of technical workers to organize with the technical workers’ bargaining unit but can vote to form a unit of their own, a National Labor Relations Board regional director has said.

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(Shoot, March 15)

The session, which is part of the VRLA’s professional programming, will be moderated by Michael Chambliss, a technology specialist and ICG business representative whose main focus is on production technologies impacting directors of photography and their camera crews for both film and television.

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(The Hill, March 13)

Alexander Acosta was slated to head before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, but his hearing has been rescheduled for the following week.

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(Times Square Chronicles, March 11)

The Actors Fund and Mount Sinai Doctors are about to open a new health center for the performing arts and entertainment community.

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IATSE D2 Convention

The 2021 District 2 Convention will be conducted virtually on July 25, 2021 in conjunction with the Virtual International Convention. Delegates should be receiving the Convention Call and Credentials at the end of April. Please ask your Union leadership to forward these items to you as soon as they receive them via email. Additional details to follow when they become available.

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