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(Shoot Online, Jan. 4)

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of DreamWorks New Media, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) Publicists Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 24, 2017.

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(Deadline, Jan. 4)

The WGA has unveiled its film nominations for the 2017 WGA Awards, set for February 19 in simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. The lists in three categories — Original, Adapted and Documentary screenplays — includes what has become the usual suspects this awards season like Lionsgate’s La La Land, Amazon/Roadside’s Manchester By The Sea and A24’s Moonlight.

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(Time, Jan. 3)

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i spent two years pitching the higher-ups at CBS Entertainment a diversity and inclusion department and convincing them that she was the one to oversee it. Now she focuses on making sure that the network’s shows reflect the real world.

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(Gamasutra, Jan. 3)

“The video game corporations [used hered to identify the specific companies SAG-AFTRA is striking against] have done a good job of making some of the developers feel like video game performers should not get anything because the developers don't,” said Ray Rodriguez, who serves as a chief negotiator for SAG-AFTRA. “The real question should be, why don't the video game corporations want the developers to have better working conditions?...

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(The Wrap, Jan. 1)

On the brink of an unexpected and entirely unpredictable presidency, Hollywood is looking over its shoulder.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 29)

The agreement includes enhanced residual formulas for programs made for subscription video on demand.

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(Bloomberg, Dec. 27)

In a clear sign that labor unions are bracing for lean times under Donald Trump, the massive Service Employees International Union is planning for a 30 percent budget cut over the next year, according to an internal memo reviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek.

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(Voice Over Herald, Dec. 21)

The year almost coming to an end and the December 1st offer expiration set by the video game companies have come and gone, there is no light at the end of this dark tunnel.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 21)

Can Viacom be turned around? Will 'American Crime Story' live up to its hype? Those and many more questions to consider as the New Year nears.

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(Deadline, Dec. 19)

Martha Bernay, the matriarch of a prominent IATSE family, has died at 95. A longtime member of IATSE Illustrators and Matte Artists Local 790 before its merger with the Art Directors Guild, she served as the office manager of the IATSE’s West Coast office for many years until she retired in 1985. She had been granted emeritus status.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 16)

“Everybody is taking a hard look,” says one network chief as an ABC creator courts right-wing writers, a studio head rethinks his slate and blue-collar viewers suddenly become a hot demo.

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(Deadline, Dec. 15)

As new Actors’ Equity rules go into effect today that require small theaters in Los Angeles to begin paying their union actors at least minimum wage, some small non-union venues, it turns out, aren’t paying their actors anything at all.

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(People’s World, Dec. 14)

Thousands of actors in L.A. may have come here to pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood, or on TV, but until that big break comes there’s a thriving small theatre scene that employs Actors’ Equity Association — that is, unionized — actors, as well as many others who are still honing their craft and seeking to earn their union card.

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(New York Times, Dec. 9)

He has also argued that the act has given businesses an incentive to cut back on full-time workers to avoid the costs of providing them with insurance, as the act frequently requires. The problem is that the available data largely disagree.

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(Deadline, Dec. 9)

SAG-AFTRA has won its first tangible victory in its seven-week-old strike against the video game industry: it’s gotten the companies to take down a strike news website the union says infringed its trademark.

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