February 11, 2013 |
In a nearly 30-year television career, Frank Crim has appeared in more than 150 commercials, pitching Honda SUVs, Jack in the Box hamburgers, Allstate insurance, and Capital One credit cards. The Oklahoma City native has played a plumber, a trash collector, a chef, a cab driver and a demon. But lately Crim is having to book more jobs to make the same money he did a decade ago. "I still don't make enough money to buy a house," said Crim, who makes about $60,000 a year and shares an apartment in the San Fernando Valley.
February 5, 2013 |
A KTLA-TV sports reporter and weekend news anchor has lodged an unfair labor practice complaint against Hollywood's largest entertainment union. In a filing with the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, Rebecca Hall contends that SAG-AFTRA demanded she become a full union member and pay excessive initiation fees and union dues if she wanted to keep working at KTLA, which is owned by Tribune Co., which also owns the Los Angeles Times....
January 18, 2013 |
Employees of Southern California Public Radio are joining Hollywood's largest union. About 65 reporters, producers, show hosts and news anchors of the Pasadena-based KPCC have voted to join SAG-AFTRA, the union representing more than 165,000 actors, recording artists, talk show hosts and journalists. Southern California Public Radio, a nonprofit organization that is part of American Public Media, operates KPCC-FM (89.3) in Los Angeles and Orange counties, KUOR-FM (89.1) in the Inland Empire and KVLA-FM (90.3)
December 7, 2012 |
Michigan, already struggling to bolster a once-thriving film business, is getting the cold shoulder from Hollywood's biggest union. SAG-AFTRA, which represents more than 165,000 actors, recording artists and other performers, blasted bills passed by the Michigan House and Senate on Thursday that would make Michigan a so-called "right-to-work" state. In right-to-work states, those who aren't members of the union can work under union contracts without...
October 28, 2012 |
SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood's largest entertainment union, is thinning down. The national board of the 165,000-member union, formed earlier this year in the merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, voted Sunday to reduce the number of locals to 25, down from 33. The locals represent members across the country and elect directors who serve on the SAG-AFTRA national board. The reduction is part of the process of integrating the two unions and reflects an effort to avoid duplication of regional offices representing the formerly separate unions that merged in March. SAG-AFTRA officials did not say which offices might close as a result of the consolidation.
October 18, 2012 |
SAG-AFTRA is launching Health Mart, a website to make it easier for actors and agents who don't qualify for the union's health insurance to shop for benefits. The website will give actors and franchise agents (those recognized by the union) access to a multitude of healthcare options with major insurers. The service is being offered as part of an agreement between the union and Marsh U.S. Consumer, a broker and administrator of insurance and membership programs. The website will allow actors and agents to tap into competitive rates for health insurance policies, a long-standing concern among union members, the vast majority of whom don't earn enough to qualify for insurance coverage.