Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on July 26, 2021.
“IATSE is talking tough in advance of next month’s resumption of negotiations with management’s Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a new film and TV contract, with the union and the leaders of its 13 West Coast studio locals demanding livable wages, shorter workdays and sustainable benefits for their members, as well as an end to discounts that have long been afforded to so-called ‘New Media’ productions,” writes David Robb in Deadline Hollywood.
“The current contract had been set to expire on July 31 but was extended to allow for industrywide negotiations for a new set of return-to-work protocols.
“‘All members deserve wages that recognize the evolution of “(Not so) New Media,” the 13 local leaders said in their latest statement about the contract talks, which are tentatively set to resume August 17. ‘The most profitable companies on the planet do not need cut rates that were negotiated to address a once emerging distribution method. Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Facebook should all pay industry standard wages to the professionals who crew their productions.’ …