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Union Roundup: Inflation Reduction Act Aims to Address Climate Change, Which Affects On-Set Safety

August 10, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Inflation Reduction Act Aims to Address Climate Change, Which Affects On-Set Safety

This column goes live in the week where the recently resurrected and pared down Inflation Reduction Act (formerly “Build Back Better”) is ostensibly mid-journey between its hairsbreadth Senate passage last weekend, and presumed House approval in the days ahead en route to eventually landing on the Resolute Desk — or wherever Joe Biden can... »

Union Roundup: ADG’s Ongoing Controversy Begs the Question, ‘Who Watches the Watchmen?’

August 3, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: ADG’s Ongoing Controversy Begs the Question, ‘Who Watches the Watchmen?’

So if you’ve been kind enough to be a regular reader of this space, you not only have an interest in the labor side of the film and TV biz but are doubtless already apprised of the latest union imbroglio — namely the somewhat ironic situation where workers in the Art Directors Guild office... »

Union Roundup: Activision Blizzard Staffers in Austin Walk Out in Support of LGBTQ Rights as Michael Shannon Moves His Next Movie to North Carolina

July 29, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Activision Blizzard Staffers in Austin Walk Out in Support of LGBTQ Rights as Michael Shannon Moves His Next Movie to North Carolina

It’s Emmy season, as readers of this publication not only know well but also probably can’t escape from, given the various lines of work that bring us all here. So it is that, wearing another of my showbiz journalism hats, I’ve been watching a lot of nominated episodes of shows I hadn’t caught up... »

Union Roundup: Film Commissioners Discuss More Than Tax Breaks at AFCI’s First Live Event Since 2019

July 19, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Film Commissioners Discuss More Than Tax Breaks at AFCI’s First Live Event Since 2019

As regularly recurring events attempt to, well, recur, in these still wildly uncertain times, so it was that the AFCI — the Association of Film Commissioners International — held their first live event since 2019, a 36ish-month stretch that feels like it might as well have been a decade or two ago. But as... »

Union Roundup: IATSE’s Jonas Loeb and Music Supe Lilah Obregon-Wilson on Mutual Aid Programs for Women & Organizing Efforts

July 13, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: IATSE’s Jonas Loeb and Music Supe Lilah Obregon-Wilson on Mutual Aid Programs for Women & Organizing Efforts

Labor Day may be a couple of months away, but since little thought is actually given to the labor movement on that holiday anymore, I decided to use the “independence” granted to me with this column to check in with IATSE’s director of communications, Jonas Loeb, in advance of the major American holiday that... »

Teamsters and IATSE Reaffirm Their “Mutual Aid and Assistance Pact”

July 12, 2022 | By
Teamsters and IATSE Reaffirm Their “Mutual Aid and Assistance Pact”

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) have reaffirmed the “Mutual Aid and Assistance Pact,” an agreement established for both unions to work together to achieve shared goals and initiatives. The pact outlines how the unions will address organizing efforts, deal with jurisdictional issues and fight in... »

Union Roundup: The Calls to Boycott Production in States That Ban Abortion Are Growing Louder, and Harder for Hollywood to Ignore

June 28, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: The Calls to Boycott Production in States That Ban Abortion Are Growing Louder, and Harder for Hollywood to Ignore

Originally, this was going to be a “lite” summer column, before a wee break for Independence Day, which now commemorates – what, exactly? A time when the female half of the population had independent autonomy over their bodies? We even had a book review planned – well, we still do, you’ll just have to... »

Union Roundup: Hollywood Can’t Rely on Federal Legislature to Ensure Safety on Sets, Plus a Chat With the Editor of Human Resources

June 21, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Hollywood Can’t Rely on Federal Legislature to Ensure Safety on Sets, Plus a Chat With the Editor of <i>Human Resources</i>

Human Resources, the newish animated series on Netflix, has pulled off the improbable trick of being one of the streamer’s current cartoon series that has managed to actually get… renewed. A spinoff of its hit Nick Kroll series Big Mouth, which concerns perpetually horny teens growing up in and around Westchester County, Human Resources... »

Union Roundup: Cine Gear Emphasizes Gun Safety, Proper Rest Periods, Demo Booths & a New Moderator

June 15, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Cine Gear Emphasizes Gun Safety, Proper Rest Periods, Demo Booths & a New Moderator

“A culture is an environment, a support mechanism.” One doesn’t necessarily come to Cine Gear looking for broad philosophical constructs, particularly in an era where cultures are at war with themselves, but then again, part of the fun of the show is you never know what kind of surprises you might find at a booth.... »

Union Roundup: Cine Gear Hopes for NAB-Like Luck Regarding Covid, Which Weakened the Force at Star Wars Celebration

June 7, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Cine Gear Hopes for NAB-Like Luck Regarding Covid, Which Weakened the Force at Star Wars Celebration

Sometimes, you need more than the Force. Sometimes, you simply need enforcement. At least of common-sense protocols, such as wearing masks during a still unyielding plague. This became an issue during the recent Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, the largest Star Wars fan gathering extant. However, the arc for many attending seems to have... »