January 26, 2011
It takes three days to create a 16-inch-tall work of art at American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank that weighs as much as a bowling ball — albeit one that Hollywood stars would covet onstage. In anticipation of the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild awards on Sunday, 75 actor statuettes covered in black clothes await transportation to Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles for presentation. The unassuming white façade of the foundry hides the workspace where the statues come to life, beginning first as red wax in one of two molds used to make the figurines.
February 27, 2010
The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists must merge, and the sooner the better. A voice like mine, a journeyman actor, does not carry very far into the hallways of Corporate Hollywood, but nonetheless, it is my voice, and I intend to express my concerns over the fate of my chosen profession! The astronomic box-office results of “Avatar” seems to have begun what could be potentially horrendous consequences for actors. A recent Los Angeles Times article implied that the fate of actors may be doomed.
May 27, 2009
Woodbury to host economic summit Economic leaders will hold a business summit beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Woodbury University Auditorium. “Navigating Today, Innovating Tomorrow,” a collaboration of the city, Burbank Chamber of Commerce and Woodbury University, is designed to highlight the opportunities available to local businesses, especially in the harsh economic climate. City Manager Mike Flad will provide a snapshot of local economic conditions, to be followed by panel that includes Warner Bros.
April 25, 2009
Although the deal reached Sunday between the Screen Actors Guild and producers is only tentative, we’re saying it anyway: It’s about time. It’s certainly a bit disconcerting that the offer accepted by the guild is similar to the one producers proposed 10 months ago, but better now for the local economy than in another 10 months. It hasn’t been a good past year for writers, actors guilds or the local economy in general, but hopefully this tentative agreement will become concrete soon.
March 11, 2009
While the potential labor conflagration smolders on between the Screen Actors Guild of America and the large Burbank entertainment companies, now is the perfect time to discuss one of the future contentious issues that should surface immediately following any form of labor peace. All official word dictionaries define the word “merge” as follows: “to become combined into one,” or “any various methods of combining two or more organizations,” and finally, “to cause to combine, unite or coalesce.
February 25, 2009
Closure could hurt businesses too As a 15-year ?resident? of the Magnolia Park Post Office and a 25-year resident of Burbank, I am disappointed to the level of outrage that there is the possibility that the branch will be closed (?Post office is being shipped,? Feb. 14). This feeling rises from two directions, the practical and the sentimental. Practically speaking, there are hundreds of Burbank businesses that use a Magnolia Park Post Office box as their ?home office.
July 12, 2008
BURBANK — Negotiators from the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers failed to reach a deal on Thursday, days after the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists approved their contract agreement with the producers. The deal that had been put to the guild — what the producers are calling their final offer — is consistent with the one the artists federation approved earlier this week, said Jesse Hiestand, a spokesman for the producers alliance.
July 2, 2008
BURBANK ? The Screen Actors Guild agreement expired at midnight Monday without any new deal being reached, meaning that the movie and television industry is now in a de facto strike. ?Film production is virtually shut down, and television production is now seriously threatened,? said Jesse Hiestand, spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. With no renewed contract signed, the old terms affect guild members still working, Hiestand said. In an effort to finish negotiations, the alliance released a final offer to guild members on Monday that provides more than $250 million in additional compensation, he said.