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Ken Howard Wins Sag-aftra Election

16th August 2013

Veteran actor Ken Howard had overwhelmingly defeated a challenge by former NYPD Blue star Esai Morales to win another term as president of SAG-AFTRA. Morales is part of a group of members called Membership First...

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Musicians Step Up Marvel Protests

24th April 2013

The American Federation of Musicians staged protests at two locations in Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the use of overseas musicians for the scores of Marvel motion pictures. Local 47 picketed the El Capitan...

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Anti-piracy Group Knocking On Doors Of Alleged Offenders

3rd April 2013

Stepping up its anti-piracy efforts, the British group Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) sent its investigators to the home of the owner of TorrentZone and ordered him to shut down and turn over his domains,...

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Game Of Thrones Piracy? Hbo Exec Says, Who Cares?

2nd April 2013

One day after Britain's Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) spoke out against the extensive pirating of HBO's Game of Thrones -- it reportedly was the most illegally downloaded TV series of 2012 -- the head...

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Game Of Thrones A Game For Pirates

1st April 2013

The HBO series Game of Thrones has become one of the most pirated TV shows ever, with one episode downloaded more than four million times, Britain's Independent on Sunday reported, noting that by the time...

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U.k. Man Sentenced To 4 Years For "Facilitating" Piracy

16th August 2012

The owner of a British website that allegedly "facilitated" copyright infringement has been sentenced to four years in prison after a private anti-piracy group collected an enormous dossier of evidence about his activities and his...

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What Will The Sag Awards Be Called Now?

13th July 2012

The merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in to a single union called SAG-AFTRA left one major question unresolved What will the SAG Awards show now...

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Chris Brown And Drake Offered $10m For Ring Fight

30th June 2012

Chris Brown and Drake have been offered $10 million to fight each other in a boxing ring. Promoters have offered $9 million to the winner of the match and $1 million to the loser, making...

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Sag Dissidents Throw In The Towel

17th May 2012

A last-ditch attempt at blocking the merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has been -- well, ditched. A group of dissident SAG members had continued to...

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Judge Rejects Sag Dissidents' Arguments; Merger Vote To Go Ahead

29th March 2012

Rejecting arguments from a dissident group of Screen Actors Guild members led by Martin Sheen and Ed Harris, a federal judge on Wednesday permitted a vote on the merger of SAG and the American Federation...

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Opponents Of Sag-aftra Merger Emerge

10th February 2012

Three weeks before members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild are to begin voting on the proposal to merge the two unions, a group headed by longtime...

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Aftra Health And Retirement Fund Not So Fast With Merger

3rd February 2012

In what seems on the surface to be a clash between the board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the trustees of the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds, the trustees on...

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Sag, Aftra Boards Approve Merger

30th January 2012

The national boards of each of the primary TV and movie performers' unions, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), have overwhelming approved a merger plan. While...

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Sag/aftra Group Hammers Out Final Merger Plan

16th January 2012

After nine days of intense negotiations, leading members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists who formed The Group for One Union announced early today (Monday) that they...

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Musicians In Dissonant Lionsgate Protest

5th January 2012

Members of the American Federation of Musicians are expected to set up pickets at the location shooting of Lionsgate's Mad Men to protest against the studio's decision to score its upcoming movie The Hunger Games...

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Sag President Says Merger With Aftra Could Happen Next Month

14th December 2011

The president of the Screen Actors Guild expressed confidence on Tuesday that all issues standing in the way of a merger between SAG and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will be resolved...

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Sag Earnings From Tv Continue To Fall

16th August 2011

The fallout from the Screen Actors Guild 2008-09 strike continues to be felt as studios and independent producers reject SAG and opt for contracts with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in developing...

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Prince William Beats Kate In Dragon Race

5th July 2011

Britain's Prince William defeated Duchess Catherine in a dragon boat race yesterday (04.07.11)The Duke of Cambridge beat his wife - who used to belong to the Sisterhood boat crew - by 10 lengths as they...

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Aftra, Sag To Begin Merger Talks

3rd June 2011

Merger committees of the two principal actors unions, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, plan to meet together for the first time in Washington over the weekend of...

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Zoe Saldana Hints At Romulans In Star Trek 2?

23rd May 2011

Zoe Saldana has hinted the Romulans may play a part in 'Star Trek 2'. The 32-year-old actress - who played linguistics officer Uhura in the J.J. Abrams-directed take on the 'Star Trek' franchise in 2009...

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Wwe Pays Tribute To Randy 'Macho Man' Savage

21st May 2011

WWE has paid tribute to Randy 'Macho Man' Savage, saying the wrestling legend will be "greatly missed".After the 58-year-old champion was killed yesterday (20.05.11) when he suffered a heart attack at the wheel of his...

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Guilds In A Lather Over Soap Cancellations

15th April 2011

The Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Writers Guild of America (WGA), and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) reacted with shock and dismay Thursday to ABC's announcement that it will be...

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Aftra-sag Merger Moves Closer

24th January 2011

One day after the board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) authorized the union's leaders to continue working with their counterparts at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to create a merged...

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Unions, Producers Sign Three-year Peace Treaty

8th November 2010

Largely sidestepping the new media issues that stalemated contract negotiations nearly two years ago, representatives of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) announced today (Sunday) that...

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Hobbit Still Homeless

26th October 2010

After meeting with ten Warner Bros. executives who had flown to New Zealand to participate in crisis talks over the filming of The Hobbit in that country, Prime Minister John Key told reporters that, while...

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The Hobbit Boycott Ends

21st October 2010

A planned acting union boycott of 'The Hobbit' has been called off. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) previously sent out warnings for their members not...

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Angelina Jolie: Don't Judge My Film

15th October 2010

Angelina Jolie has asked people to "hold judgment" until they see her film directorial debut. The Oscar-winning actress is currently working on the story of a couple who meet each other just as the Bosnian...

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Angelina Jolie Banned From Bosnia

14th October 2010

Angelina Jolie has been banned from shooting her new film in Bosnia. The Oscar-winning actress - who is making her directorial debut with the untitled project, which tells the tale of a couple who meet...

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Elizabeth Hurley Turns New York Pink

29th September 2010

Elizabeth Hurley is going to turn the Empire State Building pink.The model-and-actress - who is a spokesperson for Estee Lauder - is backing the beauty company's Guinness World Record attempt to illuminate 40 global landmarks,...

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Hollywood Returns To Bargaining Table

28th September 2010

Negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists on the one hand and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on the other began in Sherman Oaks,...

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