First MPTF Nursing Home Retiree Tests Positive for Coronavirus

April 1, 2020

A retiree at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s skilled nursing facility has tested positive for the coronavirus, and two others are exhibiting symptoms and have been transferred to an isolation unit. This is the first incident of COVID-19 at the facility, where some 250 entertainment retirees live on the Wasserman Campus […]

New Directors Guild Deal Tradeoffs, Residuals Impact Revealed

March 31, 2020

The Directors Guild of America sent its new three-year agreement out to members earlier this month for ratification, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The move has not previously been reported. Voting closes on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT. The guild’s board of directors voted unanimously to recommend […]

House Approves Landmark Pro-Union Labor Bill

March 28, 2020

In a major victory for IATSE members and working people across the United States, the House of Representatives on May 6 passed H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act on a bipartisan basis. The PRO Act will restore fairness to the economy by strengthening the federal laws that give workers a voice on the job so they can negotiate for higher wages, better benefits, a more secure retirement and […]

IATSE Revises Health Plan to Allow Emergency Withdrawals

March 26, 2020

The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plan has been temporarily revised to aid members as they navigate through the coronavirus crisis. Motion Picture Editors Guild national executive director Cathy Repola outlined these revisions in a message sent to members on Wednesday. She also warned: “For those that need […]

Paradigm Signs 5-Year Agreement with Writers Guild

March 24, 2020

Paradigm has reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The pact, which runs through April 2025, is based on the standard franchise agreement offered by the WGA, with a few key gains for Paradigm: Packaging fees will be allowed until December 31, 2021 (the longest extension an agency has attained yet) and it can own 10 percent (up from […]

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