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EXCLUSIVE: In a letter circulating union inboxes today, dozens of IATSE members have come to Matthew Loeb’s defense over claims by the Motion Picture Editors Guild of recent “unprofessional and potentially illegal acts” and disparaging remarks by the International President. However, to paraphrase Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, the signatories to this latest correspondence likely weren’t in the room where it happened.
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Response - Article - Industry - Tabloid - Comments
“In response to an article published in an industry tabloid regarding unfounded comments made by IATSE International President Matt Loeb,” says the short August 9 date letter (read it here), “we the undersigned were physically in the room and categorically state that those remarks were never made.”
And, incorrect designation of Deadline as a “tabloid” aside, they seem to be right – but about the wrong meeting.
IATSE - Law - Firm - Comment - Letter
“The IATSE was notified by our law firm that the comment referred to in our letter of August 8 were made in a close-door executive session,” Editors Guild National Executive Director Cathy Repola told Deadline today, refuting the thrust of this new letter from members of various locals.”The signers of the petition being circulated were not in attendance during that closed-door session.”
IATSE reps had no comment on the petition or the apparent confusion of what happened in what meeting when contacted by Deadline.
Sources - Meeting - August - Presentation - Contract
However, sources do tell us that the larger and open meeting on August 6 saw a somewhat formal presentation about the proposed contract was made and some retrained back and forth ensued. Union officials confirm that there was a closed meeting for the board and staff that day. Apparently, few if any of those who signed this latest letter were at that second meeting on August 6, which one insider referred to as “the inner circle.”
IATSE has been holding its regularly scheduled mid-summer meeting of...
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