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IATSE and Teamsters Reach Mutual Assistance Pact

Digital Media Law

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have entered into an agreement to work together toward common goals. IATSE represents most below the line crew. Tags: Teamsters IATSE A joint committee will be established to oversee the efforts of the two unions.

WGA, IATSE Weigh in on SAG/AFTRA Deal

Digital Media Law

Writers and crew unions join DGA in congratulating the actors on their tentative agreement. Details in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.


Hollywood Crew Deal Ratified

Digital Media Law

As expected, the membership of IATSE , the union representing Hollywood crew members, ratified that organization’s proposed contract with the studios yesterday, although not without significant opposition. The new contract takes effect August 1 and runs for three years, as is usual with Hollywood labor agreements.

Hollywood Labor’s Long-Term Future: More Unrest

Digital Media Law

This body should have members from management and from the Writers Guild (WGA), Directors Guild (DGA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), AFTRA, IATSE, and management. The function of the Working Group would be to analyze and report on developments in new media and the possible resulting effect on existing labor agreements and relationships.

SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

The Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP (alliance representing studios and producers) reached tentative agreement on a two-year TV/theatrical contract, potentially ending a ten-month stalemate that halted production of most studio movies and put thousands of people out of work. The gain—synchronicity—came at a price to SAG, however.

Frequently Asked Questions: Directing

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: I'm aware the DGA and SAG have Low Budget Agreement deals that work to the benefit of the independent producer. Answer: IATSE allows independent filmmakers the option of signing under a low-budget agreement. For more information you can call IATSE at (818) 905-8999. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law.


SAG: No Good Reason to Strike

Digital Media Law

Next, the email says that “jobs would continue … on more than 800 independent new media projects under SAG’s new media agreement.” Powerful actors have the leverage to have their agents and lawyers negotiate their deals, which are significantly better than the terms of the Guild's collective bargaining agreement. NO WAY !” Maybe never.

SAG: When Will There be a Deal?

Digital Media Law

After all, the contract (called a franchise agreement) between SAG and the talent agents expired in 2002, and has never been renewed. With all that, it’s easy to overlook the long-term question that should be on everyone’s mind: when will there be a deal? 2 and are due back three weeks later, Jan. The national board then meets the next day.

Actors Commercials Negotiations Deteriorate

Digital Media Law

Side note: P&H rollbacks also feature in the campaign by some members of IATSE, the union that represents most crew members, to derail that union’s proposed contract with the studios. Ballots are due back tomorrow, March 18—or perhaps have to be postmarked by then, I’m unclear—but either way, we’ll soon know the fate of that agreement.

ACTA Misreporting: Anatomy of a Smear

Music Technology Policy

The very well funded Michael Geist recently showed up in a Washington Post tech blog going on about his currently favorite moral panic—so to speak--the Anticounterfeiting Trade Agreements (or “ACTA”). Managing the blogosphere is hard work. and other signers of a letter to President Obama. In other words—shakey. I wonder who that might be.

SAG & The Studios: What Are They Fighting Over?

Digital Media Law

The studios respond by pointing to the same or similar provision in the new media deal accepted by the Directors Guild, Writers Guild, the smaller AFTRA actors union (in two separate deals), and the IATSE union (which covers technical and craft workers, i.e., crew members). As always, I welcome comments, corrections and questions. Today, no.