Hollywood’s Behind-The-Scenes Staff reach Tentative Deal with Studios, adverting strike scheduled for Monday

IATSE President Matthew D. Loeb, Image via AdWeek/IASTE

IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, recently came to a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), adverting a scheduled strike for this upcoming October 18th. IATSE is a union representing about 60,000 crew members including hairstylists, costumers, gaffers, propmakers, cameraworkers and other behind-the-scenes jobs on set. The union had been negotiating pay, work schedules and more with AMPTP, an organization that represents companies such as Netflix, Warner Bros, Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures, since May.

Prior to the tentative agreement, IATSE President Matthew Loeb said in a statement posted on Twitter: “We will continue bargaining with the producers this week in the hopes of reaching an agreement that addresses core issues, such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks and a living wage for those on the bottom of the wage scale” 

If the strike had occurred it would’ve been the first time Hollywood’s Behind-The-Scenes workers had held a strike since World War II and would represent the largest cease Hollywood’s workforce since a 14-week writers’ strike in 2007.

According to IATSE, the 3-Year contractual agreement with AMPTP includes living wages for the lowest paid workers, higher wages, daily 10 hour rest periods and weekend 54 hour long rest periods along with other basic benefits. Prior to this, streaming TV and film productions featured lower pay scales for workers which reflected budgets at the beginning of the medium and platforms. However, streaming is now a very large chunk of the market and worker’s felt their wages should reflect that. The increased production and volume of streaming entertainment had also made for grueling, “around-the-clock” and “around-the-calendar” (Sutton, 2021) working conditions.

Overall, this situation between IATSE and AMPTP reflect the truth behind what is going on behind the scenes of the public’s favorite shows and streaming platforms. It also reflects streaming as medium that is here to stay and in need of regulation for it’s workers.

Del Barco, Mandalit. “Hollywood crew members reach a tentative deal with major studios, averting a strike” NPR, 16, October, 2021. https://www.npr.org/2021/10/16/1045711954/hollywood-crew-members-iatse-reach-deal-no-strike

Sutton, Kelsey. “TV, Film Workers Set Oct. 18 Strike Date as Negotiations With Studios Stall” AdWeek, 14, October, 2021. https://www.adweek.com/convergent-tv/tv-film-workers-set-oct-18-strike-date-as-negotiations-with-studios-stall/


Chair of The Hollywood Commission Wants to “Change the System”

Anita Hill is a lawyer, academic and the current chair of The Hollywood Commission.

Anita Hill spoke at the 2020 Makers Conference yesterday to talk about her position as chair of The Hollywood Commission and their mission to eliminate sexual harassment and inequality in the entertainment industry.

During her stage interview, she urged those who are eligible to take the survey they’re conducting in order to evaluate and get a better idea of bias, abuse, and sexual harassment in the workplace. The survey will close on February 24. The Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality was founded in 2017, right in the middle of the whole Harvey Weinstein scandal that sparked other movements like Time’s Up.

Hill spoke to a mostly young audience and offered words of wisdom and inspiration for those who will be part of the future of show business. She believes that as long as young women stay strong and are clear about who they are and what they want, they can play a key part in the change that she is leading.

It is important for us media students to stay aware of issues like these, as well as participate in advocating against them. After the Weinstein scandal, many people have come forward and this has created a drastic shift we feel even today, three years later. It is important we keep the momentum going if we wish to enter the workforce and feel safe.

Source: https://deadline.com/2020/02/anita-hill-hollywood-commission-sexual-harassment-gender-bias-1202857732/