Photo: SAG AFTRA Last month, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — the labor union better known by its acronym SAG-AFTRA, though it’s my understanding most people just call it SAG — approved an “ influencer agreement ,” setting up a pathway for the now-ubiquitous creative class to gain membership and access protections typically afforded to more traditional forms of creative work. I learned this, of course, the same way I learn about most other economic developments in the influencer space, which is by reading Taylor Lorenz, who wrote an informative piece on the matter for The New York Times. What happens in influencer-land is increasingly pertinent to what happens here in podcast-land, in part because influencers as a talent ecosystem have flowed quite a bit into the podcast business in recent years, as they have just almost everywhere else as part of their search for greater revenue diversification. It’s also just interesting to see SAG-AFTRA, a staple component of the broader mainstream entertainment ecosystem which formed out of a 2012 merger between two unions that originated in the thirties, open its doors to this thoroughly modern creative class. It’s a move that theoretically creates value going both ways: As much as this story amounts to some mainstream recognition of this new influencer economy, it’s also about SAG-AFTRA working to keep up with the times. “Making it easier to cover this type of work has been a top priority for our organization,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris in the press release about the approval . “As new ways of storytelling emerge, it’s imperative that we embrace and lift up these artists.” That’s all well and good, of course. The question, however, is the extent to which the union will adequately do that embracing and lifting for all other kinds of emergent artists and industries as well. Around the time the influencer agreement was approved, I spotted a … [Read more...] about Can the Screen Actors Guild and Podcasters Get Along?
Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Photos by Getty Images 1912: The U.S. government breaks up the New York–based conglomerate Motion Picture Patents Company, a.k.a. the Movie Trust. This paves the way for a newly formed Universal to open studios in L.A. and attract more of the budding film industry. 1928: Each of the big eight film studios now opens in L.A., ushering in the “Golden Age” of film in Hollywood. At the same time, Schenectady stations W2XB and WGY transmit the first-ever televised drama, The Queen’s Messenger , to Los Angeles. Direct lines between the entertainment industries on the two coasts begin to be drawn. 1938: After more than a decade of operating solely out of New York, radio-broadcast rivals NBC and CBS confirm the pull of L.A. by opening studios there. 1939: The earliest commercial-TV experiments begin with NBC station W2XBS, establishing New York as the new medium’s hub of innovation. 1946: Contrary to conventional East Coast wisdom, director Jerry Fairbanks eschews live broadcast and pioneers multi-cam TV production in L.A. Sitcoms are not far behind. 1948: Vaudeville superstar comic Milton Berle hosts first televised variety show, The Texaco Star Theatre , for NBC in NYC. Growing television audiences go nuts. 1951: Despite a network pull to film in New York, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz insist on shooting I Love Lucy in L.A. The sitcom soon bumps Texaco as the nation’s No. 1 TV hit. 1954: Tonight Starring Steve Allen — late-night variety talk-show precursor to the juggernaut that is The Tonight Show — begins broadcasting from New York’s Hudson Theater. 1956: The Milton Berle Show , descendant of Texaco Star Theatre , ends its broadcast not in New York but in Los Angeles. Despite Berle’s leap west, The Ed Sullivan Show continues to broadcast out of NYC and showcases early nightclub comics such as Phyllis Diller and Jackie Mason. 1963: Budd Friedman opens his first Improvisation club … [Read more...] about The History of Comedians Moving Between NYC and L.A.
Photo: Patrick McMullan/Getty Images Today, 62-year-old American actor Alec Baldwin and his wife, human embodiment of an Old El Paso taco kit Hilaria Baldwin , publicly welcomed their sixth child together via an Instagram post . The co-host of the Mom Brain podcast posted a photo taken by Alec of her and her six children, ranging in age from newborn to 7. She captioned the post “7,” presumably referring to her six children as well as Alec’s daughter from a previous marriage, 25-year-old Ireland Baldwin. Their second-youngest child, Eduardo, was born in September 2020 . Since then, Hilaria came under media scrutiny for adopting a Spanish-native persona, complete with a fake accent, for years. Hilaria did not share their newborn baby’s name. She has also yet to update her Instagram bio, which still says she is “Mama to five Baldwinitos.” … [Read more...] about Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Welcome Their Sixth Baldwinito
March 02, 2021 - 13:26 GMT Fiona Ward Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer looks incredible in a new photo she shared wearing a crop top and leggings - see her activewear snap Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer is keeping up her promise of sharing regular workouts on Instagram with her fans, and on Monday she shared another gorgeous shot in her activewear. The star looked beautiful in the black and white professional shot taken by photographer Chris Mann - simply captioning it: "Grounded". MORE: All about the Strictly cast's fabulous fitness secrets Wearing black leggings, a crop top and trainers, Karen got plenty of sweet comments and support from fans after she posted the photo. Loading the player... WATCH: Karen Hauer's home office workout "Strong independent woman. Love it," one wrote, with another adding: "Love these Karen, beautiful light & strength." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karen Hauer (@karenhauer) Karen looked incredible in the black and white photo Her Strictly co-star and fellow fitness fan Gorka Marquez also joked: "Do you workout??" alongside a crying-with-laughter and a muscly arm emoji. MORE: Strictly star Karen Hauer's stunning London home is interiors goals Karen is regularly seen in her activewear, since she hosts lots of live workouts on Instagram - and even has her own merchandise line of hoodies and sweatshirts. Karen always seems to look fabulous while working out! Rocking everything from crop tops to leggings and yoga shorts, Karen always look effortless as she shares her interval classes with fans - encouraging her followers to get involved, while being mindful and listen to their bodies. MORE: The best Strictly hair transformations On Tuesday morning, she hosted another workout wearing pair of gym shorts and her favourite … [Read more...] about Strictly’s Karen Hauer looks unreal in ab-bearing crop top