Showbiz Sandbox 343: Teamsters Play a Big Role on Broadway

November 7, 2016


The theater world is presently embroiled in major contractual battles over pay, benefits and credits. The last group you’d ever think would be leading the charge is the Teamsters, who represent a large number of theater, television and film workers, including casting directors. Turns out, if you want to produce entertainment in the United States, you probably have to deal with the Teamsters.

Those working off-Broadway however, are represented by the Actors Equity Association and they are negotiating with the League of Off Broadway Theaters and Producers. Actors are pushing for a historic pay increase claiming their weekly minimum has never kept pace with inflation, let alone the cost of living in the major metropolitan cities where live theater is produced.

Meanwhile the Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T-DirecTV and other pay television providers for colluding in their refusal to carry SportsNet LA, a channel owned by Time Warner Cable. This comes in the wake of AT&T’s bid to acquire the media company Time Warner, which some fear might consolidate to much media power in too few hands.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the noteworthy ratings for this year’s World Series, who was named producers of next year’s Oscar ceremony and a “The Simpsons” is set up to make television history.


TV Ratings: World Series Climax Tops 40 Million Viewers, Biggest Game in 25 Years

The Most Watched Baseball Game in 25 Years

‘Back to the Future’ Screenwriter Bob Gale Happy for Cubs, but Bummed a Good Joke Is Now Spoiled

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of November 6, 2016

‘Doctor Strange’ In 3D Posts Powerful 47% of the Estimated $85 Million Domestic Opening Weekend

Box Office for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

‘Doctor Strange’ Enjoys $44 Million Opening in China

Disney Has Biggest Year Ever at Global Box Office With $5.85B

SAG-AFTRA Pickets WB Games as Video Game Strike Continues

NY Teamsters Seek Contract for Broadway Casting Directors

What’s at Stake for Actors and Theatres in the New Off-Broadway Contract

Accord Reached in Battle Over ‘The Great Comet’

Opera Lover Apologizes for Scattering Ashes and Silencing the Met

Slice Harvester Entry on BookFilter

Night School (Jack Reacher) Entry on BookFilter

Orphans Of The Carnival Entry on BookFilter

Critics’ Choice Members Resign in Protest of Entertainment Weekly Partnership

Gawker Media Settles Lawsuits With Hulk Hogan, Others

Universal’s Deal for Prince’s Song Rights May Bring a Wider Audience

Food Fight Heats Up as America’s Test Kitchen Sues a Founder

Ennio Morricone Sues to Reclaim Rights to Film Scores

‘The Simpsons’ Breaks Episodic TV Record With Two-Season Renewal at Fox

Rolling Stone Rocked by Jury’s Verdict That Campus Rape Story Was Defamatory

The Academy Revokes Voting Privileges of a 91-Year-Old Screenwriter Who Just Wants to Know Why

ABC Presses for Over $2.1 Million for Oscars Ads, Despite Recent Ratings Lows (EXCLUSIVE)

Oscars: Michael De Luca, Jennifer Todd Confirmed as Producers, Plan “Unexpected” Show

Wanda Acquires Dick Clark Productions for $1 billion

Wanda Chairman Reveals Ambitious Plan to Invest Billions in “All Six” Hollywood Studios

Cable TV Price Increases Have Beaten Inflation Every Single Year for 20 Years

Justice Department Sues AT&T-DirecTV, alleges collusion in blocking Dodgers channel


  • mgiltz

    Hey, something to distract you until the election results are final…and then you start fretting about the Senate. It’s the latest episode of Showbiz Sandbox where we finally hear some good news about 3-D (thank you, “Doctor Strange”) and dive into all the battles in the theater world where casting directors are looking for a little respect (and benefits) on Broadway and actors are looking for a living wage Off Broadway. Check it out!