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Sesame Workshop Averts Strike: Tentative Deal Struck With Writers

The Sesame Workshop has averted a picket line outside its New York headquarters, as a new contract deal with its unionized writers was reached on Friday night. Sesame Workshop announced the five-year agreement hours before the educational nonprofit’s current labor contract with its writers expired. “We value our writers and their significant contributions to the […]

IATSE Local 705 Reaches Tentative Agreement on Craft-Specific Issues With Studios

The union representing West Coast costumers has reached a tentative agreement on its craft-specific issues with studios and streamers. IATSE Local 705 struck a provisional deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on Wednesday, the crew union IATSE announced Friday. Like with other recent IATSE Local tentative deals, the details of the […]

Tatiana Maslany Says She Was “So Heated Up” When She Called Bob Iger “Out of Touch” on Picket Line

Tatiana Maslany opened up about calling Bob Iger “out of touch” during the actors and writers strikes. In a conversation with The Independent, the She-Hulk star explained how she was feeling when The Hollywood Reporter asked her on the strike picket line what she thought about the Disney CEO saying that unions’ demands during the […]

Disneyland Character Workers File for a Union Election With the NLRB

The workers who play characters like Goofy and Mickey Mouse and cheer and dance at parades at Disneyland have taken a step forward in their push to unionize with Actors’ Equity. The group of organizers, which is seeking to represent 1,700 employees, filed a petition for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board, […]

Sesame Workshop Writers Authorize Potential Strike

Unionized writers at Sesame Workshop have unanimously voted to authorize a potential strike as their negotiations over a new labor contract continue. Thirty-five workers at the nonprofit organization that produces Sesame Street have greenlit a potential work stoppage to begin on April 24 if a new contract deal isn’t reached by its current expiration date, […]

Online Audition Platform Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Pay-to-Play Tactics

Talent listing service Casting Networks is facing a proposed class action lawsuit accusing it of exploiting actors by charging them for opportunities to audition for roles. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, claims the pay-for-play model violates a California law aimed at protecting performers from predatory practices in Hollywood by prohibiting […]

Writers Guild Spoofs Studios’ Top Labor Negotiator at Awards Ceremony: “See You on the Picket Line in 2026”

The Writers Guild of America resurfaced its 2023 strike in a comedy bit that unfurled at the union’s Los Angeles awards ceremony Sunday night. More than half a year after the union ended its 148-day strike, the union spoofed the top negotiator representing studios and streamers during those talks, Carol Lombardini, in a raunchy and […]

Additional IATSE Locals Reach Tentative Deals on Craft-Specific Issues

Two more IATSE Locals — covering set lighting professionals and costume designers — have reached tentative agreements on craft-specific issues with Hollywood’s top studios and streamers. IATSE Local 728, whose members include lighting programmers and chief rigging technicians, reached a provisional deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on Thursday, IATSE announced […]

Condé Nast Purgatory: Dozens of Staffers Marked for Layoffs Bide Time at “Central Editorial Group”

For the roughly 100 workers who have recently joined Condé Nast’s “central editorial group,” work has taken a bizarre turn in the past few months. In November, 94 Condé Union staffers at the glamorous media company behind Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair and Bon Appétit — across editorial, video and audience development — learned that they […]

SAG-AFTRA Says There Is “No Room on Any Set for Disparaging Comments” in Response to ‘Tulsa King’ Allegations

Actors’ union SAG-AFTRA is weighing in on the allegations that Tulsa King star Sylvester Stallone allegedly mocked the appearance of background actors on set in Atlanta. When asked about the snowballing controversy, with one Tulsa King background actor speaking out Wednesday about comments he believes were directed at him, a union spokesperson said in a […]

Global Screenwriters’ Guilds Vow to Push for “Robust Licensing Mechanisms” for AI Training Data

A global coalition of screenwriters’ organizations and unions, including the Writers Guild of America East and West, has collectively resolved to push for “robust licensing mechanisms” that require clear consent if scribes’ material is used to train AI tools. The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe and International Affiliation of Writers Guilds is set to announce […]

How SAG-AFTRA’s AI Road Map Works in Practice

Last year will likely go down as the moment that artificial intelligence came of age. In November 2022, OpenAI released the first iteration of its chatbot, ChatGPT. The world spent 2023 amazed by the potential of ChatGPT and grappling with its consequences. But, in the entertainment industry, the introduction of ChatGPT upended the 2023 collective […]