October 30, 2000 |
As the commercial actors strike draws to a close, thousands of actors are preparing not to go back to work, as most workers would after a strike, but to go back to seeking work: auditioning, scanning ads, waiting by the phone.
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June 16, 1987
For the first time in its history, the Screen Actors Guild on Monday went on strike against the principal producers of animated television programs. Walt Disney Productions, Hanna-Barbera Productions Inc., Filmation, DIC and Marvel are the targets of the strike, according to Mark Locher, SAG's public relations director. Locher emphasized that animated motion pictures will not be affected by the strike.
April 19, 1988 |
Stage actors opposed to their union's controversial Actors' 99-Seat Theater Plan may be gaining some ground in their campaign to roll back the newly voted rule governing productions in Los Angeles' smaller theaters. The complicated plan was approved 1,684 to 1,023 in an April 3 referendum of local Actors Equity Assn. members. But more than 250 actors attending a general Equity membership meeting in Hollywood on Friday passed an advisory motion to declare the referendum null and void.
March 24, 1988 |
Old arguments never die. They only get louder. Actors' Equity Assn., the union of stage actors, has just fired another volley in its ongoing effort to restructure its 16-year-old Equity Waiver Plan (whereby Equity "waives" certain rules, though not its jurisdiction, in theaters of 99 seats or less), and the Waiver theater operators, who are the target, are not amused.
May 26, 2001 |
Some tensions have surfaced in the first two weeks of contract talks between studios and actors, but sources close to both sides still believe a strike this summer is highly unlikely. These sources characterized the negotiations as typical by historical standards, with the parties starting far apart and circling each other cautiously before making any dramatic progress.
April 6, 1988 |
The new Actors' 99-Seat Theatre Plan, designed to restructure the 16-year-old Equity Waiver Plan (whereby Actors Equity Assn., the actors' union, "waives" certain rules in theaters with fewer than 100 seats), was approved Monday by a vote of 1,684 in favor and 1,023 opposed. Of about 8,000 ballots mailed to Los Angeles area union members on March 21, a total of 2,896 were returned by Sunday's deadline, with 172 found invalid.
April 6, 1998 |
A strike threat by actors that could have paralyzed Hollywood ended Sunday when representatives of actors and producers agreed to a tentative three-year contract that leaves unresolved the thorniest issue of how much performers deserve when their work airs on cable TV or in the booming foreign markets.
April 3, 2000 |
Two unions representing film and television actors have agreed to temporarily extend their contract for commercial work with advertisers' associations so negotiations for a new contract can continue. The old contract expired Friday, but Screen Actors Guild officials advised their 65,000 members Saturday to continue auditioning and accepting work until further notice. The terms and conditions of the old contract will remain in effect during the extension.
October 13, 2000 |
Imploring Congress to help on one front and resisting its intervention on another, Hollywood spent Thursday asking lawmakers to weigh in on a record-long actors strike and butt out on the subject of entertainment violence. Celebrities led by actress Susan Sarandon asked members of Congress to press the advertising industry to end a crippling five-month strike, which is dragging on primarily over payment for commercials on cable television and the Internet.
May 5, 2001 |
Now that writers have reached a tentative agreement, it is the actors' turn to take center stage in this year's Hollywood labor drama. The 135,000 actors represented by the Screen Actors Guild and the much smaller American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will soon begin negotiations with the major studios on a new three-year contract. The existing contract expires July 1.