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A Friday AI-related federal ruling might potentially impact the ongoing writers' and actors' strikes going on in Hollywood.
We’ve all been there—all dressed up with no place to go, thanks to a babysitter canceling at the last minute. But now, some Broadway theatergoers don’t have to stress about babysitting, as multiple initiatives have teamed up to provide complimentary childcare to matinee attendees on specific dates for the Broadway show “Here Lies Love.”
[A] new study from the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative suggests that, despite the talk of progress, not much has actually changed onscreen. Stacy L. Smith, a professor of communications and head of the initiative, led a review of 1,600 top-grossing films from 2007 to 2022. The largest study of its kind, it examines a whopping 69,858 speaking roles across those movies to see whether Hollywood has generated a significant shift in representation in terms of gender, race and ethnicity, LGBTQ+ identity, or disabilities.
Today, August 15, marks a major win for over 500 unionized employees who voted to ratify the first union contract with the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). After 14 months of negotiations, Art Institute of Chicago Workers United (AICWU) secured increased wages across the board as well as additional healthcare benefits and professional development resources — a source of encouragement for hundreds of other unionized Chicago art workers who were mobilized by the AIC and SAIC employees.
The Hollywood writers' strike marked 100 days on Wednesday with contract talks stalled and people on the picket lines protesting what they describe as a disregard for their demands. The strike began on May 2 after negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the major studios reached an impasse over compensation, minimum staffing of writers' rooms and residual payments in the streaming era, among other issues.
The Writers Guild of America sent a message to its members Thursday saying they expect the studios will respond to their proposals. The two sides met last week to discuss possibly restarting negotiations, but no negotiation dates were immediately set.