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Union Roundup: Will Hollywood Flee Production-Friendly States That Pass Anti-Abortion Laws?

May 24, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Will Hollywood Flee Production-Friendly States That Pass Anti-Abortion Laws?

An email from a pal and colleague brings us back to previous (and still unfolding) topics, including this week’s raft of primaries — especially Georgia’s. This epistolary-minded friend straddles the above-and-below lines of production and writes from the purple-trending-blue state of New Mexico, saying he’d read a recent column and “was interested, in particular, about the... »

Union Roundup: New ICG President Baird Steptoe Sr. Will Have to Fight for Working Families Amid Larger Cultural Battles

May 17, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: New ICG President Baird Steptoe Sr. Will Have to Fight for Working Families Amid Larger Cultural Battles

IA Local 600 — the International Cinematographers Guild — just had an election for new officers, as many readers here know. Camera assistant Baird B. Steptoe Sr. was elected to a three-year term to replace outgoing President John Lindley, ASC, with results expected to be certified at the local’s next board meeting in June.... »

Union Roundup: If the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, It Will Have Major Consequences for Hollywood

May 10, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: If the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, It Will Have Major Consequences for Hollywood

The Ankler, as many readers know, is one of the most recent entries into the roiling, chumming waters of “Hollywood trade publications” with a growing online presence, multiple newsletters, and most recently, a podcast. They remain gleefully puckish in their outlook (not to be confused with “optimistic”) about showbiz, along with their mission of... »

Union Roundup: After One Amazon Warehouse Unionizes on Staten Island, a Second Votes Against It

May 3, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: After One Amazon Warehouse Unionizes on Staten Island, a Second Votes Against It

A fun Union Roundup fact as the Merry Month of May gets underway: Did you know that our September “Labor Day” was likely started as a “safer” alternative to “International Workers’ Day,” which falls on that “May Day” — the 1st of the month — that just passed? As National Geographic tells it, May Day,... »

Union Roundup: Disney vs. DeSantis Intensifies as Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter

April 26, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Disney vs. DeSantis Intensifies as Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter

The Walt Disney Company has a creeping neo-fascism problem, one that won’t always be restricted to Disney, either. As readers already know, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis found himself cornered by his own rhetoric, signing the “Don’t Say ‘Gay’” bill into law after taking larger umbrage at Disney’s umbrage on behalf of its LGBTQ+ employees... »

Union Roundup: Karen Westerfield Wins Top Post at Local 706 Following MUAHs Guild’s Second Election

April 19, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Karen Westerfield Wins Top Post at Local 706 Following MUAHs Guild’s Second Election

Suddenly, union elections are all over the news. Mostly, these news stories center around the question of whether to organize a workplace to begin with, and they’re currently popping up everywhere, particularly if your corporate name is “Starbucks” or “Amazon.” The ownership of said companies, in time-honored fashion, is not pleased. Sometimes, though, these... »

Union Roundup: As Workers at One Amazon Warehouse Unionize, Corporate Contradictions Still Abound

April 5, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: As Workers at One Amazon Warehouse Unionize, Corporate Contradictions Still Abound

“The garden of controversy must be continually cultivated. Otherwise, nobody knows you are alive.” That quote comes from a Republican governor in Florida known for hiring his own security force, attacking teachers, teacher unions, and Federal judges, and calling protestors “communists” — but not the current Republican governor. No, it was actually said by Claude... »

Union Roundup at the Oscars: Overshadowed by The Slap, Dune Editor Was Forced to Interview Himself Backstage

March 29, 2022 | By
Union Roundup at the Oscars: Overshadowed by The Slap, <i>Dune</i> Editor Was Forced to Interview Himself Backstage

And in the end, even with mixing in an open-handed slap to a presenter, the Oscars still just barely moved the needle on viewership, according to preliminary overnight ratings. Did more people watch than last year? Well, yes. Are fewer people still watching the Oscars than ever before? Well, yes. The “theme” of the show... »

Union Roundup: ASC Honoree Ellen Kuras’ #1 Rule for Being a Good DP — “Don’t Be an A-Hole”

March 22, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: ASC Honoree Ellen Kuras’ #1 Rule for Being a Good DP — “Don’t Be an A-Hole”

IATSE issued a statement earlier this week, officially decrying the Academy’s controversial decision to move forward with “non-live” award presentations in eight different categories — Film Editing, Make-up Hairstyling, Production Design, Animated Short, and Sound — with President Matt Loeb saying that “behind the scenes workers get little recognition as is, despite being the... »

Union Roundup: Disney’s Response to Florida Prompts Backlash as Covid Affects Busy Awards Weekend

March 15, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Disney’s Response to Florida Prompts Backlash as Covid Affects Busy Awards Weekend

Here we’d intended to round out some of the mid-month kudos circuit coverage, particularly the VES Awards, which was notable not because Dune and Encanto picked up more craft and animation momentum heading toward Oscar night, or even because it was the first live VES show since the Before Times, but because it was... »