Category: Featured News

Negotiating Your Deal Memo

Alexandra Drosu / June 15, 2020

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When you receive a job offer from a studio that is a Union signatory, you can always negotiate for a better salary beyond the minimum union wage for that position. Consider a base offer as your starting point. An employer will not be surprised if you make a counter-offer. Below are some tips to help…

Steve Kaplan: TAG’s new field representative

Alexandra Drosu / April 9, 2019

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Many of you already know Steve Kaplan. He worked at the Local between 2010 and 2015. He is also on the Animation Guild’s Executive Board, serves as a Trustee and participated in contract negotiations. What you may not know about him? That he is a zythophile (look it up!) and brews his own beer with…

SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Members Vote Yes for Strike Authorization

Rusteen Honardoost / July 19, 2018

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The Screen Actors Guild has announced that it’s members voted 98.27% in favor of a TV Animation strike authorization. The dispute concerns the guild’s new media contract which SAG-AFTRA asserts does not pay scale wages or residuals. The intent of the vote is to give the SAG-AFTRA negotiating party leverage in their negotiations with the…

The Animation Guild Elections

Steve Hulett / November 15, 2016

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The Animation Guild’s officer elections have been taking place by mail since October 11th. On Saturday, November 12th, the ballots for Business Representative, Sergeant-At-Arms, and eleven executive board seats were counted. Here are the results. … NEW ANIMATION GUILD OFFICERS BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE Jason MacLeod SERGEANT AT ARMS Robert St. Pierre EXECUTIVE BOARD Bronwen Barry Jeanette…

TAG Election — 12 Days Left

Steve Hulett / October 31, 2016

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The Animation Guild’s officer elections is ongoing, with competitive races for Business Representative, Sergeant-At Arms, and Executive Board Members. Ballots were mailed to members on October 11th; ballots will be counted on November 12th, 2016 by the American Arbitration Association. All ballots from active members in good standing must be received no later than November…

Who Works Where

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… gender-wise. The Animation Guild now has 3,794 artists, writers and technicians working under its jurisdiction at studios in and around Los Angeles. Of these, slightly more than 23% are women. The female/male breakdowns at the Animation Guild’s larger signator studios are as follows: … EMPLOYMENT BY STUDIO — WOMEN — (TOTAL EMPLOYEES) Cartoon Network…

Notes — Craft Meetings

Steve Hulett / September 15, 2016

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The Guild has been holding craft meetings over the past five weeks. Below find the notes for all meetings that have taken place in the upstairs meeting hall at 1105 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, California: Craft Meeting #1 — Board Artists and Revisionists One year into the 2015-2018 contract, there are 3750 people at signator…

Current Studio Employment

Steve Hulett / August 12, 2016

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As is our occasional habit, we present to you the number of people employed at our larger* signator studios. TOTAL EMPLOYEES BY STUDIO Bento Box — 89 Cartoon Network — 300 Disney Television Animation — 382 DreamWorks Animation — 584 Dr4eamWorks Animation TV — 309 Fox Animation — 243 Marvel Animation — 66 Nickelodeon Cartoon…

Animation Guild Craft Meetings

Steve Hulett / July 14, 2016

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As many know, the Animation Guild covers just about every kind of artistic and technical job related to animation: writers, board artists, animators, designers, background artists, and technical directors. (The Guild doesn’t cover production people). As we come to the end of the first year of the 2015-2018 contract, the board’s officers and board decided…

The Guild Contract … One Year In

Steve Hulett / July 5, 2016

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THE 2015-2018 ANIMATION GUILD CONTRACT We are now twelve months into the latest Animation Guild contract, one of the best the Guild has negotiated in long time. 365 days ago: There are no rollbacks in wage minimums, and TAG negotiated higher contribution hours for storyboard artists working under “unit rates”, as well as improved hours…

New Contract With Rough Draft Studios

Steve Hulett / June 24, 2016

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Rough Draft Studios, Inc. and the Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE have reached agreement for a term contract covering animated features and television series created by the Glendale California studio. Rough Draft Studios (Glendale) is known for its work on “Futurama”, “The Simpsons Movie”, and a wide variety or animated television shows and commercials. Its…

About “New Media”

Steve Hulett / June 1, 2016

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The term “new media” refers to live-action and animated product produced by studios for delivery over the internet. This usually refers to “Subscription Video On Demand” (SVOD). The one-offs and series produced for that new age pipeline by signator studios are covered by the Animation Guild Contract under “Sideletter N” … “Productions Made For New…

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