1)Check out the following message from actors Scott Wilson (IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934113/
This is an open invitation to all members of SAG and other unions to join us and fight for our right as professionals to earn a living from our work.
In the Fox 11 News report on last week's rally: http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/news/local/A
the AMPTP calls us "this small fringe group of SAG members". They forget that there are just 5 or 6 people who control the entire industry - production, distribution and exhibition - that's a monopoly and restraint of trade.
FACT: Universal owns NBC and Hulu.com http://hulu.com/
FACT: Disney owns ABC, in talks to buy into Hulu.com , and has agreed to air clips from Disney & ABC on YouTube.com http://youtube.com/
FACT: Viacom owns Paramount, CBS, C|Net http://cnet.com/ & TV.com http://tv.com/
FACT: News Corp owns Fox studios, Fox network, and stakes in YouTubecom and Hulu.com
FACT: Warner Bros has a huge cable empire and AOL.com http://aol.com/
FACT: Sony owns Columbia and MGM, Crackle.com http://crackle.com/ and has TV networks reaching 400 million viewers worldwide
This is only a partial listing of these self-dealing monopolies that are engaged in production, distribution and exhibition of entertainment.
AMPTP says "These [anti-trust] issues have nothing to do with our labor negotiations". Contrary to what they say, it has a profound impact on these negotiations, which amounts to price fixing.
FACT: we will lose $600 million in network move over to streaming
FACT: the fractional pension improvement, one-half of one percent, will be more than wiped out by losses in the move over of 14.8%.
FACT: They get 17 to 24 days of free streaming then pay $22.77 for 6 months of constant streaming.
FACT: pre 1971 movies: no residuals in New Media
FACT: pre 1974 tv series: no residuals in New Media
FACT: Non-union production in New Media
FACT: Product Integration: 2 jobs - 1 paycheck
FACT: Clips: As a condition of employment we lose control of name, voice and likeness
All of these issues are rollbacks.
FIGHT FOR YOUR RESIDUALS, HEALTH COVERAGE AND PENSION
As always ANYONE is welcome at these actor rallys so if you're in the Los Angeles area and are willing and available to attend, go right ahead.
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