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(Below the Line, Dec. 1)

The IATSE today announced that it would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Olivier Rochette, son of Cirque du Soleil co-founder Gilles Ste-Croix. Out of respect, the IATSE will be cancelling its plans to leaflet the Cirque du Soleil’s OVO show at the Bell Centre on December 1st.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 23)

Spike Lee was hit with lawsuit on Wednesday. In New York federal court, the directors of three union-industry plans claim he hasn't made sufficient health and pension contributions.

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(AFL-CIO Now, Nov. 23)

This Thanksgiving, America’s working people and our unions are committed to standing with each other—in solidarity. We are reminded this holiday season of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and most of all, freedom from fear.

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(Variety, Nov. 22)

The performers union noted that its three pickets at Electronic Arts, Warner Bros., and Insomniac Games have been joined by members of the American Federation of Musicians, the Writers Guild of America West, the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and Animation Guild Local 839.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 22)

While Barrack actively supported and advised Trump during his campaign, he says now just isn't the right time for him to make the move from Hollywood to Washington full time. Barrack is in the unique position of being both privy to Trump's positions on key issues and deeply connected to the entertainment industry. So The Hollywood Reporter asked him how he thinks show business will fare under the real estate mogul's administration.

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(Deadline, Nov. 22)

In one of the largest union gifts of its kind, IATSE Stagehands Local One in New York has pledged to donate $875,000 to the Actors Fund over the next five years. The donation will support the fund’s programs and services for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment industry – not just actors.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 18)

It's early to gauge what, if any, impact Donald Trump's win in the U.S. presidential election may have on the Russian entertainment industry, but any improvement in relations between Russia and the U.S. could benefit Hollywood majors operating in the country, according to observers.

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(Variety, Nov. 18)

The Actors’ Equity Association has backed SAG-AFTRA’s month-0ld strike against video game companies and told members not to accept voice-over or performance capture work from the 11 struck companies.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 9)

A strange silence descended on Hollywood Wednesday morning as stunned studio executives, agents and producers went through the motions as they tried to process Hillary Clinton's surprise loss to Donald Trump.

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(LA Times, Nov. 9)

Now in its third week with no resolution in sight, the work stoppage is threatening to drag out into a protracted fight that could have larger repercussions for Hollywood, which was last rocked by labor turmoil in 2007.

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(The Wrap, Nov. 9)

Many of the guilds and unions in Hollywood are staying mum today on President-elect Donald Trump’s win, but, the hotelier-turned-world leader will undoubtedly have an impact on the entertainment industry’s working class.

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(Variety, Nov. 8)

Raoul Coutard, the renowned cinematographer who collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Jacques Demy on classics of the French new wave, died Tuesday near Bayonne, France. He was 92 His death was reported by Le Figaro and AFP.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 8)

The law has stiff penalties for box-office fraud and piracy, which Hollywood will cheer, but also vaguely worded rules designed to stifle negative statements about China.

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(Yahoo TV, Nov. 7)

Employees of Nickelodeon Animation Studios "strongly ratified" a new two-year contract between Nickelodeon and the Animation Guild, the guild announced Tuesday. The agreement was reached between representatives of the guild and the Viacom unit a week ago and was voted up at in-person meetings Monday.

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(SF Gate, Nov. 4)

SAG-AFTRA is heading to arbitration on behalf of Gabrielle Union and the rest of the “Being Mary Jane” cast.

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Save the Date for the 74th Annual IA District 2 Convention

Date: June 8-10, 2018
Where: At the beautiful Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas

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