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WGA Reaches Tentative 3-Year Deal with Producers

The Writers Guild of America has struck a new tentative deal with the Association of Motion Picture & Television Producers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The three-year agreement, which would go into effect May 2, is to include a 3 … Continue reading

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NYC Earned Sick Time Act

The New York City Earned Sick Time Act went into effect April 1, 2014. To help our clients and other production companies, we want to convey our understanding of the Act here. This is not a full accounting of the … Continue reading

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Garcetti Appoints New L.A. Film Czar, Requests Tax Credit Extension

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has requested an expansion of entertainment tax credits from the state and appointed a new chief advisor on film and TV production. Entertainment lawyer Ken Ziffren, who takes up the advisor position following the death … Continue reading

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Julia Nicholson in as CEO of Industry Pension & Health Plan

The Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans appointed a new CEO, Julia Nicholson, to helm the plan that provides benefits to over 120,000 members of the entertainment industry and their families. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nicholson was previously … Continue reading

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Actors, Writers See Possible New Media Future in DGA Deal

One of the more closely watched deal points of the DGA negotiations concluded last month with the studios was wage pay and residuals for new media content. Having gone first of the major guilds in the last few cycles of … Continue reading

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5 Things You Need To Know about Residuals

One of the biggest question marks when trying to ensure profitability on a film or TV project is the residuals payment obligation. The talent guild agreements are filled with nuanced rules that can end up costing an unsuspecting producer or … Continue reading

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DGA Talks with Film/TV Producers Set for November 4

The DGA and AMPTP will enter into formal talks for a new collective bargaining agreement on November 4, 2013. According to a joint statement, the negotiations will be held at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, CA under a press blackout. … Continue reading

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SAG-AFTRA Extends Corporate / Non-Broadcast Agreement into 2015

SAG-AFTRA has signed off on a one-year extension of two of its pre-merger contracts for corporate, non-broadcast and educational work, the union announced earlier this week. The National Board of Directors ratified the agreement between the union and the Producers … Continue reading

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IATSE Local 767 Merged into Local 80

IATSE Local 767 First Aid, which covers nurses on set, has been merged into Local 80. The order from Matt Loeb, international president of IATSE, was made effective as of August 26, 2013. All local conditions of the current collective … Continue reading

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PGA Putting Its “Mark” on New Releases

With Walt Disney Studios close to signing a deal to adopt the Producers Guild of America’s “Producers Mark” for inclusion in all its film credits, the PGA is closing in on organizing all the major studio distributors after just two … Continue reading

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