January 26, 2010
Donations being made for relief in Haiti Responding to the need for clothing and linens due to the earthquake in Haiti, Milt & Edie’s Drycleaners & Tailoring Center in Burbank is diverting all new and existing donations to their general “Clothes for Those in Need” drive for Haitian relief. Milt & Edie’s Drycleaners & Tailoring Center is at 4021 W. Alameda Ave. in Burbank. For more information about donating garments, blankets, linens and more to the Haitian relief effort, call Milt Chortkoff at (818)
January 21, 2009
A serious dark cloud is looming over Burbank. Working without a valid contract since June, Burbank Screen Actors Guild members have it within their grasp to help avoid a labor strike that could explode over Burbank and the entertainment community like an atomic weapon (“SAG members could strike,” Dec. 13). Hollywood and the actors of Hollywood would do well to take an entire new road in their negotiations. This is no time for all-out war. As a long-standing member of this unique labor union, I would be willing to place my trust in management by recommending that they show us outright how and what they intend to do with the new technologies, whose distribution questions have all but already crippled productions.
March 1, 2008
BURBANK — An overwhelming majority of Writers Guild of America members voted Wednesday to formally adopt the terms of an agreement that ended the union’s 100-day strike. More than 93% of the guild’s estimated 4,000 members in both Los Angeles and New York voted to accept the terms of the three-year deal they agreed in principle to with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that put an end to the strike on Feb. 13, according to guild spokesman Gregg Mitchell.
April 22, 2009
BURBANK — The fate of a proposed new contract with the major studios rests in the hands of actors, after the Screen Actors Guild’s national board voted to accept a new two-year contract that improves wages and establishes a pay structure for Internet projects. The proposed deal, approved by 53% of the board with 47% in opposition, is similar to what studios offered 10 months ago. It includes a 3.5% annual increase in minimum payments made to film and television actors and follows new-media requirements agreed to previously by writers and directors.
June 28, 2008
BURBANK — With the countdown to the possible Screen Actors Guild strike approaching on Monday, city officials fear that losing the actors would hit an already ailing local economy. The main points of contention for guild members are future salaries and residuals in new media, according to the guild’s website. All Burbank businesses will have to cope with another revenue hit if the actors strike, at a time when gas and food prices are soaring, City Manager Mary Alvord said.
July 3, 2012
Screenwriting jobs and wages in Hollywood declined for a second straight year, reflecting the broader pullback in production by the major film studios, according to the Writers Guild of America West . The WGA , which represents about 12,000 writers, reported that employment fell 8% for screenwriters in 2011, compared with a year earlier. Total earnings were down 12.6% from the prior year. Over the last two years, 15% fewer writers worked in film, earning about 20% less in the aggregate.
February 20, 2008
BURBANK — Members of the Directors Guild of America overwhelmingly voted to ratify the terms of a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, both unions announced Wednesday. The directors guild would not give an exact count of how supportive its 13,500 members were for the deal that was first agreed upon on Jan. 17 with the producers, against whom the Writers Guild of America spent 100 days striking. On Jan. 27, the directors guild’s National Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the terms of the deal, which includes increasing wages and residual base pay for each year of the contract, establishing director’s guild jurisdiction for programs distributed on the Internet and setting up a new residuals formula for paid Internet downloads that essentially doubles the rate currently paid by employers, according to the terms of the agreement.