Swifty Lazar & Me
Media advisory re The Hobbit
Helen Kelly, CTU President has met with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and we are hopeful that a meaningful dialogue between Equity, SPADA, and Three Foot Seven can be established.
Australian Actors Feature Film Agreement
To view a copy of the standard Actors Feature Film Agreement which covers our colleagues in Australia, click here:
AFTRA Letter of Support
September 28, 2010
Jennifer Ward Lealand
New Zealand Actors Equity
195 Ponsonby Road
Dear President Lealand:
On behalf of the 70,000 members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO), I am very pleased to pledge our support for New Zealand Actors Equity in your efforts to secure union protections for performers engaged to work on “The Hobbit.”
We commend your courage in the face of tremendous resistance from the studios and employers who refuse to extend the basic benefits of a union contract to performers working in New Zealand. It is unjust and unfair, and we will stand beside you in your struggle against this injustice.
We promise that no matter where employers may threaten to move production of “The Hobbit” to avoid signing a union contract for performers, we will follow them. Union standards and protections should not, and must not, be limited by borders or geography. The leadership of AFTRA believes that union standards are basic human rights, so we are very proud to join with you, and our brothers and sisters in the international House of Labor, in this important endeavor.
National President, AFTRA
Vice President, AFL-CIO
UK Equity Letter of Support
Employment issues in Sir Peter's hands to address
Claims by Sir Peter Jackson that NZ Actors’ Equity is threatening the viability of The Hobbit in New Zealand are entirely within his hands to address, says President Jennifer Ward-Lealand.
“The Union is simply seeking an opportunity to sit down calmly with the producers to find a suitable solution,” she says.
“Advice we have received today from Miriam Dean QC, a senior barrister specialising in competition law, confirms our views that:
“Our members are simply seeking fair and equitable engagement terms for NZ actors, more in line with those that protect actors from Australia, the US or the UK who will be working on the production,” she says.
“I can assure the producers that our requirements are entirely reasonable. Many relate to basic conditions of engagement with no cost implications at all, and the overall impact of our demands is likely to be miniscule for a production of this scale.
“As we’ve been unable to secure a meeting with the production, Sir Peter does not yet have any idea of what we’re seeking.
“We urge him to meet with us as soon as possible to resolve this.
“With goodwill on both sides, we are confident the issue can be resolved quickly in the best interests of New Zealand and local performers.”