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SAG-AFTRA Developing Sexual Harassment Code Of Conduct

January 19, 2018 (14:42) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller



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by David Robb
January 19, 2018 12:33pm

SAG-AFTRA is developing a Code of Conduct to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace – and at auditions, wrap parties, film festivals and anywhere else performers gather to find jobs or promote and celebrate their work. An email sent today to the union’s board members said the code “will provide clear safety guidance to performers in the work environment and in social environments attached to work where harassment frequently occurs.”

With the annual SAG Awards set for Sunday, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White told the board that “As we approach the awards show weekend, we are receiving more questions about SAG-AFTRA’s efforts to address the issue of harassment and inequity in our industry. We welcome the attention and are thrilled with the forceful initiatives now underway to eradicate this terrible disease that is pervasive in our society and industry.”

“It is important that you know,” they told board members, “that SAG-AFTRA is directly engaged in these efforts, and that we are continuing to expand our own efforts to address the issue through our own channels.”

They noted that White is a commissioner on the Anita Hill-led Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, and that Carteris serves as a delegate on the subcommittee “that will soon meet to advance the Commission’s work. We have also met with and are in ongoing communication with several leaders in the Times UP! initiative.”

The two union leaders also sent the board a summary of the “broad range of activities that the union is involved in to help purge sexual harassment and inequity from the entertainment industry.”

Besides the Code of Conduct, the union is also exploring tech innovations to help track reports of harassment and abuse while maintaining anonymity and confidentiality for reporters and survivors; working to strengthen existing laws and set new standards to better protect everyone from sexual harassment, abuse, misconduct and discrimination; and working to produce public service announcements for performers and others to provide information on the Code of Conduct and their rights in the workplace.

The communique also noted that the union “will continue to directly address issues that arise on sets, including shutting down a production when abuse is reported until the problem is addressed, being physically present with members to address a specific complaint, work directly with the producer when complaints arise, or to take other actions as needed.”

They said that the union is also partnering with the industry Commission, the AFL-CIO, the International Federation of Actors, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, and others “to support victims and work to eradicate workplace harassment and assault across industries and borders.”

They also said that the union is “enhancing our training programs for set reps to ensure the utmost preparation in assisting when sexual harassment or abuse is reported,” and noted that the union maintains an around the clock hotline where “any member who feels threatened or is experiencing a problem related to safety is connected to a union staff member who is trained to intervene, as forcefully as needed, to address the problem on set – including issues of sexual harassment.”

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In regard to unionism, I see where LA Times Journalists have voted to unionize!   Hmmm…I wonder if that means on the weekends the paper will be known as the Times and a Half?


The Ol’ SAG Watchdog

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Votng for the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards® Nominees Closes Friday, January 18

January 18, 2018 (17:26) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

Ceremony Will Be Simulcast Live on Sunday, January 21, 2018, on
TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT)

LOS ANGELES (January 18, 2018) – Balloting for this year’s Actor® recipients will close Friday, January 19 at noon (PT). The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, hosted by Kristen Bell, will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET5 p.m. PT.
Nominees for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2017, as well as the honorees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced by Olivia Munn (X-Men: ApocalypseThe Predator) and Niecy Nash (Claws, The Soul Man) on December 13.

Two nominating panels — one for television and one for film — each composed of 2,500 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s nominees. Final voting information was sent to the 121,544 SAG-AFTRA members in good standing across the country. All votes must be received at Integrity Voting Systems by noon on Friday, Jan. 19. Results will be tallied and sealed until the envelopes are opened by the presenters live onstage at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 21, 2018.

Prior to the televised ceremony, the honorees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles will be announced during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show webcast.

One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards annually celebrates the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles.

Good luck to those nominated…especially those who sent me DVDs…huh, poor form…ahhh, right…good luck tp ALL nominees!


The Ol’ SAG Watchdog



MPAA: Film, TV Industry Paid Out $49 Billion in 2016

January 16, 2018 (17:27) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

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January 16, 2018 3:16PM PT

The American film and television industry paid out $49 billion to local businesses across the country in 2016, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

The MPAA, which represents the six major studios, announced on Tuesday that the film and television industry supported 2.1 million jobs in 2016 — up 100,000 from the previous year. Total wages paid out rose by $4 billion to reach $139 billion, with an average salary 42% higher than the national average.

The MPAA also said jobs directly related to the production and distribution of films and TV shows increased by 24,000 over the prior year to nearly 700,000 jobs.

“While the awards season often focuses on glitz and glamour, it’s important to recognize that the impact of America’s film and television industry extends far beyond the red carpet,” said Charles Rivkin, chairman and chief executive officer of the MPAA. “This industry is one of the nation’s most powerful cultural and economic resources, supporting 2.1 million hard-working Americans in all 50 states and hundreds of thousands of local — mostly small — businesses.”

The MPAA explained that its annual update covers 2016 rather than 2017 due to its main employment data source, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, releasing the necessary data near the end of each year for the prior year. It also said the rapid growth of creative content development and the industry’s digital transformation has bolstered the economic contributions with an estimated 454 original series airing in 2016.

It also said the number of businesses that make up the film and television industry rose by 5,000 to hit 93,000 in 2016 and said 87% of those are small businesses that employ fewer than 10 people.

“In all, film and television supports 400,000 local businesses, with the industry making $49 billion in payments to these enterprises,” the MPAA said. “The U.S. film and television industry is also a key player in markets around the world, with demand for creative content continuing to grow. The industry registers a positive balance of trade in nearly every country with $16.5 billion in exports worldwide.”

There were nearly 342,000 jobs in the core business of producing, marketing, manufacturing, and distributing motion pictures and TV shows with an average salary of $90,000 — 68% higher than the average pay nationwide.

To all you rich rascals out there, I hope you didn’t blow it all in one place!


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A Special Day of Rememberence

January 14, 2018 (23:21) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

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Industry’s Sexual Harassment Commission Turns Focus To Scope, Mission and Priorities

January 12, 2018 (23:42) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

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