From the Green Room - June 2016

Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions." - Bertolt Brecht

Equity Annual Representative Conference 2016


It’s spring, which means it’s time for Equity’s Annual Representative Conference, the yearly gathering where issues from across our industry are discussed and debated. Now, as we all know, Brits love their parliamentary procedure – it’s almost as popular a national pastime as gardening or queuing, and I’m sure some of you are thinking it’s just about as interesting. What on earth could be compelling about proposing and seconding, all-those-in-favors, all-those-againsts?

From the Greenroom...

"I'm a humble student of acting myself and part of that studentship is teaching." - Jeff Goldblum

Equity/PACT Cinema Films Agreement: More Money, More Benefits, and Recognition of Capture Performers

My last blog post was about taxes; this one also has to do with money, but in a happier way. Equity, our union – which of course, we all belong to! – has been extremely busy on our behalf, making sure we all get the money we’ve earned for our hard work. Recently, payments have started coming in for audiobook artists eligible for PLR, and Equity has clawed back money owing to artists who had worked on titles for the now-bankrupt Hallmark TV. However, the headline news is the newly renegotiated Equity/PACT Cinema Films Agreement, covering all UK feature films.

From the Greenroom...


[on one good reason for winning an Oscar] "It might mean I'd get more scripts without other actors' coffee stains on them." - Michael Caine

[on taxes] "I have always paid income tax. I object only when it reaches a stage when I am threatened with having nothing left for my old age - which is due to start next Tuesday or Wednesday." - Noel Coward

If you've just celebrated the BAFTA awards, are preparing to celebrate the Oscars or are (more importantly) celebrating having gotten your UK taxes in on time and without a hitch...happy February!