Leslie Simmons


AFTRA Ratifies Union Contract

After a bitter feud with sister union SAG over its prime-time/TV contract, AFTRA’s membership on Tuesday approved the union’s new deal with the studios. Slightly more than 62 percent of […]

AFTRA Ratifies Contract

LOS ANGELES After a bitter feud with sister union the Screen Actors Guild over its prime-time TV contract, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists’ membership on Tuesday approved […]

AMPTP Makes Final Offer to SAG

Although its contract will expire at 12:01 a.m. July 1, no strike authorization has been given by membership, nor has one been sought by SAG leadership. It is expected that […]

Producers Make Final Offer to SAG

LOS ANGELES Hollywood studios and networks broke off talks with the Screen Actors Guild on Monday, issuing a “last, best and final offer.” The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television […]

WGA Blasts Hidden Integration

LOS ANGELES The Writers Guild of America West has called for the Federal Communications Commission to establish guidelines that require on-screen “real-time” disclosure when placement or integration of a product […]

Questions Loom in SAG-AMPTP Talks

LOS ANGELES As the Screen Actors Guild inches closer to the June 30 expiration date of its TV and theatrical contract, two questions come to the fore. Will SAG extend […]

SAG’s Rosenberg Proposes Debate

LOS ANGELES The presidential candidates aren’t the only ones looking for a debate. On Monday, Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg, citing the spread of misinformation, proposed that SAG and […]

SAG Tries to Mend Fences

LOS ANGELES With 15 days left before the Screen Actors Guild contract with producers expires, the union’s national negotiating committee pushed a message of unity in an effort to temper […]

Don’t Count on SAG Deal in June

LOS ANGELES Chances for an actors deal by a June 30 deadline grew considerably slimmer Thursday. In a three-page update on film and TV contract talks with the Screen Actors […]

AFTRA Sends Deal to Members

LOS ANGELES The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists’ national committee on Friday “overwhelmingly” voted in favor of the tentative prime-time/TV agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture […]