Hollywood unions blame studios for gun bill failure

Two of Hollywood’s biggest labor unions are accusing the major studios of failing to enact laws regulating guns on movie sets after the shooting of Rust in October.

The Directors Guild of America and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the latter representing crew members such as gaffers, makeup artists and costume designers, expressed disappointment that they could not reach an agreement with the Motion Picture Assn. over legislation that would impose new training and skill requirements for gunsmiths, as well as penalties for those violating safety protocols.

Unions and the MPA, which represents studios and streaming companies from Walt Disney to Netflix, held talks last week to draft the text of a new law to be passed this year. But discussions, led by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), ended without consensus.

“The DGA and IATSE We are disappointed and discouraged that this important legislation, which would have required important safety precautions for our members and all workers in our industry, was not passed during this legislative session,” the unions said in a joint statement. “We have not been able to get the studios to support meaningful, meaningful and practical security reforms that they are currently implementing in other parts of the world.”

A representative of the MPA was not immediately available for comment.

After the accidental killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on set, lawmakers pushed for gun ban laws and producers and movie stars vowed to stop using edged weapons. But little has changed in the industry so far.

Both sides have said they will continue negotiations in hopes of potentially introducing new legislation next year.

“We remain committed to reforms that protect our members through negotiations with the studios or laws in California and other states,” the unions said in their statement. “These changes require prioritizing security and allocating resources to implement it on the ground.”

Last week, the MPA said it too “remains committed to improved gun safety and training programs.”

Although the MPA agreed with unions on the need for training and qualifications for those on set who handle or work near guns, they disagreed with unions on the role of a safety supervisor, one person said who was close to the talks.

Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) introduced Senate Bill 831 that would have codified guidelines for the use of guns on sets, including setting penalties for producer violations. Hollywood’s major unions, including the IATSE and the DGA, supported the law but not the MPA.

The MPA instead approved a more focused bill, SB 829, introduced by Portantino. This bill focused on the use of firearms on sets and required the presence of a fire safety officer, while SB 831 required the appointment of a broader set safety officer.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2022-08-29/hollywood-unions-blame-studios-for-lack-of-progress-on-gun-bill-after-rust Hollywood unions blame studios for gun bill failure

Sarah Ridley

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