L A B O R R E L A T I O N S
My 2011 Q&A with writer-producer/WGA president John Wells (E.R., The Company Men, etc.) is only available online to Hollywood Reporter subscribers, but you can read the entirety of my more in-depth 2010 feature with Wells exploring the fallout of the contentious 2007-2008 WGA strike here and find out what happened to the guy who dreamed up St. Elmo's Fire while you're at it.
Since the Screen Actors Guild officially rejected the AMPTP's "final offer" last July, SAG president Alan Rosenberg has been a man under siege, enduring an endless barrage of attacks on his character and his competence. He's lost weight and many hours of sleep.
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Check out my 2010 Q&A with director/DGA president Taylor Hackford from The Hollywood Reporter, in which he discusses take-control attitude of his guild, which called a strike only once, in 1987, and it lasted slightly more than three hours in the east and a mere five minutes in the west.
Stunt Coordinator Conrad Palmisano.
The Good Fight
Stunt performers are gaining ground and respect at SAG.
If you're an aspiring movie daredevil looking to join the Stunt Persons Union, don't waste your time: It doesn't exist. While there are fraternal organizations, such as Brand X, the Stuntmen's Association, Stunts Unlimited, the Stuntwomen's Association and the United Stuntwomen's Association, that provide members with status and a sense of community, it is the Screen Actors Guild that negotiates their contracts with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Don't feel embarrassed if you weren't aware of this fact. Two decades ago, when stunt coordinator Conrad Palmisano ("Rush Hour 2," "Lethal Weapon 4") showed up at a SAG meeting to discuss stunt-community concerns, he found similar ignorance in the leadership of his own guild.
"They told us to go to our own union," recalls Palmisano, who currently serves as president of the Stuntmen's Association. "From that time to this time, there's been tremendous improvement (in our relationship with SAG), but it's a project that's never really finished. You just have to keep working on it, inching forward."
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