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In today’s film news roundup, casting directors have a new master contract, Roy Wood, Jr., is hosting the WGA Awards in New York, and the Santa Barbara Film Festival unveils its opening and closing films.
Casting directors and casting associates have ratified a three-year successor agreement to its master contract with studios and networks, covering about 400 professionals in Los Angeles and 100 in New York.
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Reps for Teamsters Local 399 in Hollywood and Local 817 in New York reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after four days of talks last month. Ratification meetings were held Thursday.
Local 399 secretary-treasurer Steve Dayan said the negotiations were difficult but led to significant improvements in the deal, which expires on Sept. 30, 2021. Details have not yet been released.
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“We are very proud of each and every one of our Casting Steering Committee Members from both Teamsters Local 399 and Teamsters Local 817,” he said. “Without their support, insight and guidance on the pressing issues our Members’ faced, we would not have been able to secure a fair and improved contract with the AMPTP.”
The casting directors were able to obtain their first union contract in 2005 following an organizing campaign that lasted three years. The next major Hollywood labor contract to expire will be SAG-AFTRA’s deal with the ad industry on March 31 with negotiations set to begin in mid-February.
Roy - Wood - Jr - Correspondent - Daily
Roy Wood, Jr., correspondent for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” will host the 71st annual Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 17.
“Writers are the red blood cells of film and television,” said Wood. “And there’s no greater reward than the respect of your peers. I am honored to host what will surely be the final WGA Awards before the studios attempt to replace all writers...
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