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Expanded Filming Hours In Downtown L.A. Shelved Amid Opposition

October 24, 2014 (16:32) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles is gearing up for a significant increase in film and TV production once the new California production tax incentives kick in next year, but one group that isn’t so excited about the coming boom is the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, a private organization that represents downtown businesses and residents. In April, the City Council asked city officials to report on the possibility of expanding filming hours in downtown. The DLANC, however, came back with its own community impact statement, saying that it “vehemently opposes” the expansion of film hours downtown.

Faced with stiff opposition from powerful downtown business interests, proposals to expand filming hours have been put on the back burner – at least for now

Most areas downtown allow filming from 6 AM to 11 PM, but in the Broadway corridor, filming is allowed from 6 AM until midnight. In the Old Bank District, however, filming is only permitted from 7 am until 10 pm, and filmmakers would like to see those hours expanded. The Old Bank District is particularly attractive to filmmakers because with its many old buildings it can easily pass for almost any city in the country.

The DLANC, however, maintains that the residents and businesses it represents already are overburdened by filmmaking and that they shouldn’t be asked to become more film friendly until production crews become more downtown-friendly.

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“Filming is very disruptive to community members,” the DLANC said. “For example, production companies often prevent access to parking spaces, use invasive lighting, cause significant noise through the use of helicopters and block access to driveways or other entry points, thereby preventing reasonable access to residents’ homes.” The group also complained that film crews have turned living and working downtown into a “hostile environment,” citing cases of “intimidation by cast or crew, including the use of lewd or offensive language; threats to have parked vehicles towed from parking spaces where no production parking restrictions were placed; and use of invasive lighting without any prior notice.”

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To Give you an idea of how ancient the Ol’ Dog is getting to be–when  I read the headline,  the first name that came to mind was Petula Clark!

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L.A. area sees surge in location shoots for TV shows.

October 22, 2014 (12:04) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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(Memorial Update) Sumi Haru, Former SAG Interim President, Dies at 75!

October 16, 2014 (19:02) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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October 16, 2014 | 06:45PM PT

Sumi Sevilla Haru, who served as the interim Screen Actors Guild president in 1995, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 75.

The New Jersey native joined SAG in 1968 and AFTRA in 1972 and served as a national board member for both organizations for multiple terms since 1974, often addressing the lack of opportunities and roles for Asians.

“It is with great sadness that our SAG-AFTRA family says goodbye to Sumi Haru,” said SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard. “Sumi notably represented SAG-AFTRA and its predecessor unions for decades on our local and national boards, and as Screen Actors Guild recording secretary and interim president. Sumi served our members through her lifelong dedication to actors, the labor movement, and civil rights and equal employment. She did that with conviction, passion and grace. Our deepest condolences go out to her loved ones. We will miss her.”

She served as interim president of SAG in 1995 after Barry Gordon resigned to run for Congress and remains the only woman of color to hold the position. Her acting credits included “Krakatoa,” “East of Java,” “MASH,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Hill Street Blues.”

Haru was a co-founder of SAG’s Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee in 1971 and helped negotiate affirmative action clauses into contracts.

Haru became a national vice president of the AFL-CIO in 1995. Her six-year term as a national vice president marked the first time an Asian American has served on the AFL-CIO’s executive council.

In 2013, she was elected for a two-year term as a member of the first elected national board of the merged SAG-AFTRA.

In 2009, Haru was honored with SAG’s Ralph Morgan Award for distinguished service to SAG’s Hollywood Division. She published “Iron Lotus: Memoirs of Sumi Sevilla Haru” in 2012.

Funeral services are pending.

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It’s a sad day!  Thank you for your service dear Sumi!

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SAG-AFTRA Members: DO NOT WORK NOTICE: THE GETAWAY!

October 13, 2014 (15:04) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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Attention all members: Please read the following important notice regarding the Esquire Network, Zero Point Zero Productions program The Getaway.

SAG-AFTRA has issued a “no-contract, no-work” order for the Esquire Network program The Getaway, produced by Zero Point Zero Productions Inc. This company has not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA. Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear as a guest on this program. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.

Members with questions may contact David Besbris, Director, Television Contracts, at david.besbris@sagaftra.org or (323) 634-8116.

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Way to Go SAG-AFTRA.  Don’t let them Getaway with being Non-Union!!!!

Arl

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SAG-AFTRA Board Extends David White’s Contract for Four Years!

October 12, 2014 (20:11) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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Television IndustryScreen Actors GuildDavid WhiteDoug AllenKen Howard

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved a new four-year deal for David White as national executive director.

The board approved the deal Sunday. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Howard has held the post since 2009, when he replaced Doug Allen, who had been fired from the position. White singled out Ken Howard, who was elected as SAG’s last president later that year and has continued as SAG-AFTRA president since the unions merged in 2012.

“This job presents new challenges every day and I am thrilled to continue in my role at SAG-AFTRA,” White said. “I want to thank President Howard, our elected officers and national board members for their confidence in me. It’s an honor to represent SAG-AFTRA members and I look forward to continuing the great work we have accomplished to date.”

In February, White’s name emerged as a candidate for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. However, the players union opted in July to select Washington, D.C. attorney Michelle Roberts for the post.

White has been opposed by the self-styled progressives of the Membership First faction of elected leaders, but that group has seen its clout diminished since Allen was fired. He campaigned actively for the merger along with Howard, asserting that the combined union — which has about about 165,000 members — would have more clout and operate more effectively.

White was given a three-year contract extension in late 2011 and SAG-AFTRA’s LM-2 filing last year with the U.S. Dept. of Labor showed that White received a salary of $541,040 plus $34,755 in expenses for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013.

“I’m so pleased that we were able to secure a long-term commitment from David,” Howard said. “He is a formidable strategic thinker and an outstanding executive. David is equally committed to wisely shepherding our operations and to ensuring good wages and safe working conditions for our members. We are lucky to have him and know we will continue to benefit from his leadership.”

The national board also unanimously ratified the recently negotiated SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Agreement and SAG-AFTRA Basic Cable Animation Agreement. The three-year agreements mirror the gains in the master contract for feature films and primetime TV and went into effect retroactively to July 1.

The deals include pay raises of 8.7% compounded over the next three years retroactive to Oct. 1.

The board unanimously approved proposals for the upcoming Network Television Code negotiations, which covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials, promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.

The proposal package is confidential and will not be released, the union said.

Howard will chair the contracts negotiations and White will serve as the union’s chief negotiator. Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are scheduled to commence on Nov. 3 at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. The current contract expires Nov. 15.
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Oh, and what do you want to bet something else will be confidential from the membership!  Whites salary!!!

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SAG-AFTRA Board Signs David White to New Four-Year Contract

6:30 PM PST 10/12/2014 by Jonathan Handel

The new deal expires Oct. 12, 2018

The SAG-AFTRA National Board on Sunday signed off on a new four-year contract fornational executive director David White. The new deal expires Oct. 12, 2018, and appears to signal that White intends to stay at the helm of the union for some time to come. Earlier in the year, it became public that he was a candidate for the top job at the NBA Players Association, but the position ultimately went to another candidate.

Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

“This job presents new challenges every day and I am thrilled to continue in my role at SAG-AFTRA,” White said. “I want to thank President [Ken] Howard, our elected officers and national board members for their confidence in me. It’s an honor to represent SAG-AFTRA members and I look forward to continuing the great work we have accomplished to date.”



Added Howard: “I’m so pleased that we were able to secure a long-term commitment from David. He is a formidable strategic thinker and an outstanding executive. David is equally committed to wisely shepherding our operations and to ensuring good wages and safe working conditions for our members. We are lucky to have him and know we will continue to benefit from his leadership.”

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In other action, the national board also unanimously ratified the recently negotiated 2014 consolidated successor to the SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Agreement and SAG-AFTRA Basic Cable Animation Agreement.The new contract, which goes into effect immediately, are retroactive to July 1, 2014 and will run through June 30, 2017. It includes:

* Pay raises of 8.7 percent compounded over the next three years retroactive to Oct. 1 (the raises mirror the raises in the unions master TV Agreement and are 2.5 percent the first year and 3 percent in each of the following years)

* Increased contributions to the union’s pension & health / health & retirement funds

* A reduction in unpaid free streaming windows

* A new residual for free, ad-supported video on-demand (AVOD) viewing via set-top box

Negotiations lasted three days, concluding on Sept. 9 and were directed for the union by lead negotiator and chief contracts officer Ray Rodriguez and assistant national executive director, contracts Joan Halpern Weise.

In addition, the board unanimously approved proposals for the upcoming Network Television Code (Netcode) negotiations. Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are scheduled to commence on Nov. 3, 2014 at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The current contract expires Nov. 15.

The Netcode, also referred to as the “front of book” to distinguish it from a provision, Exhibit A, that formerly covered primetime programming, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs. Howard will chair the Netcode negotiations and White will serve as the union’s chief negotiator. The proposal package was not released.

Exhibit A was subsumed by the consolidated master TV Agreement in the most recent triennial negotiations, but the front of book portions of the Netcode remain distinct.

Also, chief operating officer and general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland informed the board that the union had placed a new “Do Not Work” notice on the Esquire Network program The Getaway.

“Do Not Work notices are for the benefit of our members and are not issued lightly,” said Crabtree-Ireland. “These are final measures against an employer who has failed to sign a SAG-AFTRA agreement, making it clear that our members will not accept work from this employer until an agreement has been signed.”

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