SAG-AFTRA Foundation has Distributed Over $3.5 Million in COVID-19 Emergency Aid

May 5, 2020

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has distributed more than $3.5 million in emergency aid to SAG-AFTRA members from its COVID-19 Relief Fund – up by $2.5 million since April 7. Foundation president Courtney Vance, in his sixth “fireside chat” video update on the Relief Fund’s efforts, noted that there’s a “substantial queue of applications […]

As Hollywood Maps Out Its Return, New On-Set Protocols Take Center Stage

April 27, 2020

Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, when predicting the future may seem futile, there’s at least one thing Hollywood is in agreement on: When the industry is eventually able to start up production again, film and TV sets are going to look very different. Gone are the days of grazing on the communal snacks at the craft services table, inviting friends and […]

SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP Agree to Start Film and TV Contract Talks Next Week

April 25, 2020

SAG-AFTRA and management’s AMPTP said Friday that they will start negotiations for a new film and TV contract on Monday. In a joint statement, they said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state government stay-at-home orders, the talks will be conducted via video teleconference. Their current contract expires June 30. SAG-AFTRA president […]

Writers Guild Exec Says No Deal on Studio Talks, has Harsh Words for AMPTP

April 24, 2020

The apparent hang-up? The guild had suggested that the WGA Health Fund extend eligibility to participants who would otherwise lose coverage through the end of the year because they fail to meet the required earnings threshold. The AMPTP had responded that it would discuss that proposal internally. Eligibility is a matter that would generally be handled by […]

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