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    NEWS WIRE - SAG/AFTRA Merger Update

    The proposed merger of SAG and AFTRA took a step forward when the Screen Actors Guild's national board of directors agreed to send a referendum on the merger to SAG's membership. The referendum, which SAG's board approved by a vote of 66-19 on Jan. 17, will not ...

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    Rising Stars Named in New Jersey

    The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., hosted the fifth annual Rising Star awards ceremony June 13, recognizing outstanding students in high schools theatre productions statewide, as well as the teachers who supplied the productions' design and

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    Accidental Carolers Give Free Shows

    1997 MAC and Back Stage Bistro Awards winners, "The Accidentals" will give free performances of Christmas carols in the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center Dec. 12, 13, and 19 from 1-2:30

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    Young Playwrights

    Young Playwrights, an organization founded in 1981 by Stephen Sondheim to introduce young people to the professional theatre and to encourage their self-expression through the craft of playwriting, will hold its second Young Playwrights Urban Retreat, July 17-25. The program is open to motivated writers, ages 16-21. Tuition is $1 ...

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    Jazz Center at Lincoln Center

    The world's first performing arts center designed specifically for jazz has been launched. Jazz at Lincoln Center, the largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit jazz organization, globally, is spearheading the $103 million, 100,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in the fall of

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    Arbitrators Favor Equity over League

    Two recent arbitrations over bus-and-truck tours have favored Actors' Equity Association over the League of American Theatres and

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    SAG Cites J. Michael Bloom Agency for Trust Deficit

    The Screen Actors Guild has cited "a substantial deficit" in a fiduciary trust account at the major commercial talent agency J. Michael Bloom & Associates. The deficit apparently occurred a year or more before new owners purchased the agency in 1998. The guild has responded to the deficit discovery by taking ...

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    NY Filming Continues to Heat Up As Summer Ends

    Plenty more is on the burner for the fall, as well. A rundown of current and upcoming projects