The Screen Actors Guild's National Executive Committee approved a new live-action basic-cable agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers July 8 that includes the first residuals increase in 16 years. Actors will see a 21% increase in the residual formula for basic-cable repeats under the new contract, which will run through June 30, 2008. The deal calls for the residual payments to actors for repeats of basic-cable live-action shows to increase from 12% to 17% of the performer's minimum for the first rerun and smaller bumps on a sliding-scale basis for subsequent repeats. Union members will also receive payments retroactive to Jan. 1, 2006.
The FCC asked a federal New York court July 6 to postpone its scheduled hearing of the networks' appeal to four of the agency's indecency findings handed down in March. The Commission said it is seeking the "voluntary remand" in order to let the ABC, Fox, and CBS affiliates charged to fully argue their case. The FCC said those networks endorsed the request to delay the hearings until September. However, Fox affiliates filed a motion the next day opposing the request, and CBS said Monday it would also oppose the filing. The FCC findings, which did not have fines attached, charged that CBS, ABC, and Fox affiliates had violated regulations against broadcasting expletives. The incidents questioned occurred during a 2004 episode of CBS' The Early Show, Fox's 2002 and 2003 broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards, and a 2003 episode of ABC's NYPD Blue.
The 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival wrapped 12 days of screenings, parties, coffee talks, symposia, and Q&As with its closing ceremonies at the Wadsworth Theatre July 2 before a closing-night screening of Fox Searchlight's Little Miss Sunshine. Audience awards went to the ensemble cast of Chalk for outstanding performance, Ira & Abby actor-writer-producer Jennifer Westfeldt and director Robert Cary for best narrative feature, I Want to Be a Pilot director-producer Diego Quemada-Diez for best short, and Bubot Niyar (Paper Dolls) director-writer-producer Tomer Heymann for best international feature. Director of programming Rachel Raddon estimated the festival attracted 80,000 attendees this year.
On July 6, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation announced it will award hundreds of thousands of dollars in new scholarships to union members and children of members embarking on or wishing to expand their theatrical education. In association with the John L. Dales Scholarship Committee, created in honor of the SAG executive secretary for the union's first 37 years, 100 scholarships worth $4,000 each were created. Applications for the 2007 Dales scholarships will be available Nov. 1. To date, SAG has awarded more than 800 scholarships.
June Allyson, who played the perfect wife several times opposite James Stewart and Van Johnson, died at her home in Ojai, Calif., June 10 after a long illness. She was 88. Petite, blond, and optimistic, she represented the 1940's ideal sweetheart and wife in films such as The Stratton Story (1949), The Glenn Miller Story (1953), and 1949's Little Women opposite Peter Lawford and Elizabeth Taylor. In the '50s, Allyson starred in her own TV show, The Dupont Show With June Allyson, and later appeared on shows such as The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote. For the last 20 years, Allyson championed research in urological and gynecological diseases.