Publicis’ BBH Withdraws From SAG-AFTRA Contract After Actors Union Threatens to Strike

By Patrick Coffee   The U.S. offices of Publicis Groupe-owned BBH have ended their relationship with leading actors union SAG-AFTRA, a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. Effective immediately, the agency is no longer a signatory to the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract, which requires all participating agencies—and, by extension, their clients—to cast only union actors in their campaigns. BBH also […]

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Film Tax Credits Can Prompt Federal Fraud Prosecution

By Emma Beyer A federal appeals court ruled that film and TV tax credits are property and thus subject to federal mail and wire fraud laws, handing states a victory in monitoring fraud in the growing entertainment tax credits realm. In United States vs. Hoffman, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found […]

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Women Behind The Camera Make Less. A New Open Letter Backed By Big Stars Wants To Change That.

JILL O’ROURKE AUG 28, 2018   Just in time for Sunday’s Women’s Equality Day, dozens of Hollywood stars and organizations signed an open letter calling for equal pay among women in film and television production.  The letter, published by the group Reel Equity, cites a recent study by Working IDEAL, commissioned by the union IATSE […]

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Teamsters Local 399 & Basic Crafts Unions Reach Deal With Producers For New Film & TV Contract

by David Robb   August 27, 2018 Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 and the Basic Crafts unions have reached a tentative agreement with management’s AMPTP on terms for a new three-year film and TV contract. “As usual, these negotiations were difficult and extended into the night,” said Steve Dayan, secretary-treasurer of Local 399 and chairman of […]

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Ortt raises concerns over NY Film Tax Credit

A column from New York State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-C-I-Ref-North Tonawanda   Towards the end of last year, I highlighted the highly controversial and questionable film tax credit that our state has been recklessly participating in for the last 15 years. After beginning as a modest incentive of $25 million per year in 2004, by […]

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Editors Guild Says New Media Contract So “Narrow” It Won’t Deliver On Residuals Promise

by David Robb   and Dominic Patten In recommending a “no vote” on the ratification of new IATSE film and TV contract, Editors Guild Local 700 says that the pact’s new media residuals formula has such an “extraordinarily narrow scope” that it “excludes nearly all of new media.” In a posting on its website, the […]

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Lights. Camera. Labour action? Film workers want their cut from boom

A €200m audiovisual action plan could further boost the film sector but staff want a fair slice of a growing pie Rose Ugoalah August 19 2018 The Irish film and television industry has taken centre stage this year. The recently published Oireachtas report on working conditions within the industry, and an impending review of the […]

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Report: Ga. Off Film Production Pedestal, But Still No. 1 In U.S.

Donnell Suggs • Aug 16, 2018 Georgia is no longer top dog for the film industry, but it was beat out by a nation: Canada. At least for the time being, the state of Georgia is no longer king of the film and production industry when it comes to the number of highest performing U.S. […]

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Filmmaking minus subsidy mentality

by daljit dhesi Former Finas DG: Market forces should dictate for industry to thrive IN Malaysia today there are more “grant entrepreneurs” than there are filmmakers. This statement may puzzle some or may leave others with a sigh of disapproval. But coming from an industry veteran, it should carry weight. Shedding light on his statement, […]

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We grew our economy the right way

  By Susana Martinez Aug 18, 2018 When I took office in 2011, we faced a projected $450 million budget deficit. To get state government back on track, we had to set new priorities, cut wasteful spending, reduce the size of the state bureaucracy and reform spending practices. As part of a broad, bipartisan agreement […]

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