Category: Union News

Who Works Where

Steve Hulett / October 31, 2016

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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…

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…

TAG at CTN 2015!

Steve Kaplan / November 20, 2015

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The Animation Guild is happy to be attending the CTN Animation Expo this weekend at the Burbank Marriott Hotel. For the sixth year in a row, we look forward to speaking with animation professionals and enthusiasts, sharing how we strive to keep the benefits and workplace conditions in the animation industry the best they possibly…

Film Roman Purchase

Steve Hulett / November 13, 2015

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This has been in the offing for some time: Waterman Entertainment has bought Film Roman — best known as the source animator for “The Simpsons” — for an undisclosed price from Starz Media. Waterman is headed by Steve Waterman, who has exec producer credits on “Stuart Little” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Film Roman’s Dana…

TSL Negotiations Moved to 2016

Steve Kaplan / November 4, 2015

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The Guild has just received word that the up-coming negotiations between the IATSE and Walt Disney Feature Animation has been rescheduled for 2016. In the October Pegboard, the lead article spoke of the impending negotiations being scheduled for the month of November. Unfortunately, it seems schedules have conflicted and the negotiations are going to be…

Jobs Email Archive Available!

Steve Kaplan / November 2, 2015

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Accidentally delete that email with the latest job posting? Did you hear about a posting and not get a copy in your Inbox? Now there’s a way you can review the latest job posts that have been sent out: Jobs Email Archive Thanks to the latest features in MailChimp, the bulk email program we use,…

Productions Around Town

Steve Hulett / September 8, 2015

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Los Angeles doesn’t have a monopoly on animation work, not by a long shot. But L.A. does have a goodly amount of television and theatrical cartoon production going on at the present time. We list a large part of it below. (Please understand that shows and features are constantly in development and/or production, so the…

Guild Members Ratify New Agreement

Steve Kaplan / August 27, 2015

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The members of The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE, have ratified the new 2015-2018 contract, which the Guild negotiated with animation studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) from June 29 to July 1st of this year. The Guild, though one of the West Coast production locals in the IATSE,…

BASIC AGREEMENT RATIFIED

Steve Hulett / August 26, 2015

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The IA locals that comprise the bargaining unit for the Basic Agreement, have spoken. Members of 13 Hollywood locals of the IATSE have ratified a new film and TV contract. The deal with management’s AMPTP, which was reached in April, provides for 3% pay raises in each year of the three-year contract, as well as…

Retirement Investing — Seven Difficulties

Steve Hulett / July 31, 2015

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Since I’m diving into new 401(k) enrollment meetings, here are seven human frailties that impede our ability to make good decisions generally … and especially about money. 1. Connecting Correlation with Causation. 2. Confusing Luck and Skill. 3. We *love* shiny objects. We *love* shiny objects … often to our detriment. 4. We’re lousy at…

The New Guild Contract — Frequently Asked Questions

Steve Hulett / July 27, 2015

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The Animation Guild completed negotiations for the new 2015-2018 contract on July 1st. Below are highlights of the new agreement (which boils down the more lengthy Memorandum of Agreement). … Q: There’s a lot of legal mumbo-jumbo in the included “Memorandum of Agreement.” Can you give me the highlights? A: Here you go. WAGES: Minimum…

The 2015 Wage Survey Is Open!

Steve Kaplan / July 16, 2015

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The annual Wage Survey has been opened and we are requesting all members participate. This is one of the most important things your Union does. The Wage Survey gives the Union a snapshot of the state of the industry. But more importantly it helps you, the member, when you are seeking employment. The more you…