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Addressing dismal working conditions in a glamorous industry

Feb 13, 2024
Proposed legislation in New York state would increase labor protections for models, content creators and other behind-the-scenes fashion pros.  
Fashion is glamorous, but it’s also work, and workers often have few protections.
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Last year's successful strikes may prompt more labor actions in 2024

Jan 15, 2024
Workers were watching as strikers won concessions from Hollywood studios and Detroit automakers.
Washington Post employees walk a picket line during their 24-hour strike in December of last year.
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Cataloging the top objects of 2023

"Whe more digital we get, the more we crave these sort of physical manifestations of the digital," says Rob Walker.
"The more digital we get, the more we crave these sort of physical manifestations of the digital and the digital world amplifies physical things," says Rob Walker.
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Does the SAG-AFTRA deal go far enough on AI use?

Dec 7, 2023
The newly ratified SAG contract won some AI protections for actors, but some still have concerns.
Above, actress Frances Fisher joins picketing actors in July. Use of artificial intelligence was a major point of contention in the latest SAG contract.
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How below-the-line workers are surviving the Hollywood strikes

Oct 18, 2023
As actors continue to picket for a better contract, some Hollywood workers are forced to make tough decisions.
Thousands of Hollywood strikers marched from Netflix to the Paramount lot where SAG-AFTRA held a special rally.
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Will the Hollywood strikes affect Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies? 

Sep 21, 2023
Christmas is still on schedule for Hallmark and Lifetime but it might look a little different as more filming moves outside the U.S.
Christmas is still on track for TV networks that have movies dedicated to the holiay.
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Actors strike kiboshes celebs' role in promotions

Jul 21, 2023
Union members won't be hyping their movies while the work stoppage continues. What will that do to the box office take?
Last week, Hollywood actors joined writers on strike, seeking better payment terms and new rules governing the use of artificial intelligence in the industry.
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For public good, not for profit.

To survive the pandemic, live theater turns to streaming. Unions are on board.

Nov 20, 2020
Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA resolve their dispute, with Actors' Equity representing the virtual broadcasts. The agreement includes restrictions.
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The business of assisting actors on and off the stage

Feb 7, 2020
Actor and President of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Courtney B. Vance talks about his nonprofit's important, ongoing efforts to support its union members in several ways.
SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance speaks onstage during SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 7, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California.
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