MEAA refuses to allow Jackson to attend meeting

October 1st, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

NZPA report:

Sir offered to go to an actors’ union meeting last night called over the Hobbit dispute, but was turned down.

Spada had attempted to meet with the to discuss actors’ terms and conditions for over 18 months, without success, he said.

The Hobbit’s producers – including Sir Peter – contacted the MEAA and NZ Actors Equity yesterday morning with an offer to attend the Wellington meeting in the hope of finding a solution to the dispute.

After sending several requests asking for a response, the producers were finally told “no” shortly before the meeting started.

“It is pity we were not given the chance to have a discussion with the actors, who are the party most affected by the MEAA’s actions,” Sir Peter said.

God forbid that the actors attending the meeting hear his point of view.

Oh well, when we no longer have a NZ film industry, I hope all the actors can get jobs working in cafes or something, so they don’t have to go on the dole.

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38 Responses to “MEAA refuses to allow Jackson to attend meeting”

  1. Rich Prick (1,324 comments) says:

    What do these pricks want? First they demand to “negotiate” then they won’t meet. Some one has got their period.

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  2. Owen McShane (1,226 comments) says:

    I heard Sir Peter say on radio this morning that support actors get $5,000 a week which is more than members of the New York screen actors guild get.
    Seems a pretty good pay rate to me.

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  3. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    Considering most actors are Labour voters, I’m sure Labour will just increase NZ On Air funding to some unsupportable degree to buy all the actors some jobs. Outrageous Fortune cost the tax payer something like $50 million dollars over 7 years. I wonder if that’s where they got the title from.

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  4. tankyman (120 comments) says:

    Cutting their nose off despite their face. Can never accuse unions of being rational.

    Jackson has done a ton for NZ – the trickle since the LOTR’s movies has been huge (and I hated the movies) – but everyone overseas says they love them and cannot wait to come to NZ having seen it (and I assume tons actually have come here because of it).

    Now a few left wing f##ktards go and try and ruin everything – that’s why when I become PM of NZ – its going to be legal to shoot unionist.

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  5. wreck1080 (3,533 comments) says:

    He he, small bit actors were going to get 5k per week, sounds good.

    But,they seem to be after the future royality income as well.

    My viewpoint is that NZ is lucky to get any films at all, thanks to Sir Peter. This is certainly not really a country where you could expect to make a living as an actor due to our size/location etc.

    So, when something like this comes along, don’t whine about the royalties, just do the business. If you want royalties etc, move to a country with a larger film industry and compete with the other wannabes.

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  6. david (2,483 comments) says:

    Facts are still scarce as to what the actors want and what they get already but the figures PJ released about the relative pay in NZ and US certainly makes it appear that they are not (and have never been) badly treated here.

    Which leaves them dangling their bits in the fresh air rather and exposes this move for what it is inceasingly looking like …. a naked grab for control over budgets and manning schedules in order to consolidate union influence trans-tasman.

    The aussies know that it is too easy for productions to move across the ditch if they get too stroppy so they are playing the NZ actors for absolute suckers in order to shut off that avenue from the production companies.

    First move in running a protection racket is to remove the opposition.

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  7. RightNow (6,350 comments) says:

    So the movie goes offshore – a bunch of wannabe actors in NZ don’t get jobs any more and Jackson has to put a few thousand more carbon producing miles on the private jet. Life for the rest of us carries on as usual.

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  8. dime (8,790 comments) says:

    anyone see that douche on campbell live the other night??

    “when NATIONAL disbanded the unions in the late 80′s”

    HUH?

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  9. wikiriwhis business (3,309 comments) says:

    This is a crazy and quite scary situation.

    Jackson won’t budge and if the unions don’t the film industry here could be stuffed.

    MEAA seem to be the culprits. Simply put, a beauracracy interferring with the rational.

    The main equation I see between the lines is that Jackson uses foreign talent for th emajor parts

    and Kiwis are put behinds masks.

    What prominent Kiwi actor was in LOTR? I was surprised to se so many of them at a meeting.

    They have never been involved in any filming in the series.

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  10. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    Notice how the waited until hobbiton was half built before they suddenly felt the need to pull this stunt.

    I say screw em and take it to Eastern Europe. A fair few of them wouldn’t have the international recognition they do now if not for Jackson.

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  11. ben (2,386 comments) says:

    As if the government won’t bail out the industry. Just watch another $500 million be thrown their way.

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  12. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    Why does a successful industry need our money?

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  13. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    I’ve said it in a previous thread but what I understand the real objection to us over the use of unpaid volunteers. The unions feel that all volunteer jobs should go to ‘actors’ and they should all get the base salary. So that’d be $5000 a week to those 2000 people milling around in the background ‘acting’.

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  14. Pete George (21,831 comments) says:

    Considering most actors are Labour voters

    I missed seeing that statistic – where did you get it from?

    I’d have thought NZ actors would be grateful for any work they can get, Shortland Street can only take so many bonkers. This sort of ham-fisted actor protest must be very risky for an occupation of hopefuls that have to keep lining up for jobs repeatedly. Adds more weight to the “being played for mugs by overseas movie/actor interests” theory.

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  15. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    Hmmm… From the source of truth that is Stuff..

    “NZ Actors Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand said last night that while a “significant number” voted in favour of the resolutions, “a number of performers represented alternative views and we have a duty to take their opinion into consideration”. ”

    Ah, no Jennifer. If you claim any measure of democratic process within your organisation then it is your duty to act upon the will of majority as expressed in that vote and the other performers can accept the decision of the democratic majority.

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  16. lyndon (330 comments) says:

    Not that I think anyone involved in this knows how to do labout negotiations but

    - since the meeting was under the banner of NZ Equity you may as well call it that (I gather it’s not as if one has any more legal status than the other)

    - seriously? Employers who won’t negotiate with you should be allowed into union meetings? I’m not an expert, but I think that would be something on the order of unheard-of.

    [DPF: They are not a union - they have no registration. It was merely a gathering of actors]

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  17. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    I would like to see the filming done anywhere but here or Australia. I would also like to see all of TVNZ and associated organs sold off PDQ.

    This is madness, and the better they are punished for their crass stupidity the better.

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  18. MT_Tinman (2,797 comments) says:

    Those people “milling around in the background “acting”” also normally get “per diems” (a tax free gift starting at about $50. per day for the lowest paid ) and free food and beverage while at work.

    Were it not for the union fees these “poor” bastards would be seen by the unions as the enemy – rich pricks.

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  19. RightNow (6,350 comments) says:

    Peter Jackson gives some sense of proportion about the numbers:

    - It starts with “NZ Actors Equity”. This is a tiny organisation that represents a small minority of New Zealand Actors. They are not a Union, and have none of the legal status of a Union. They are a … well, a smallish group who have some New Zealand actors as members. How many actors are members of NZ Equity? They guard that information very closely, but various reports I’ve seen put their membership at 200, although somebody in the know swears it’s nearer 100.

    – How many professional actors are there in New Zealand? Somewhere between 2000 and 4000, depending on just how you describe a “professional actor”. Obviously most Kiwi actors have other employment too, but there’s certainly over 2000 actors available to cast in a film production.

    – So taking the most generous numbers, NZ Actors Equity represents 200 out of 2000 Kiwi actors, or 10%. Perhaps I’m wrong, and if so, NZ Equity will no doubt reveal their real membership numbers.

    - Now there’s nothing wrong with NZ Actors Equity representing 10% of the actors in this country. It’s great that they offer that service, and if an actor chooses, there’s a supportive group they can join. Obviously the more actors that join NZ Equity, the better, since these organisations usually survive by taking a small percentage of their members acting fees. I’m guessing that Equity do something like that. Recently they have been part-funded by MEAA.

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  20. Fletch (5,727 comments) says:

    Oh, well.. They can always get jobs doing voice-overs for National Bank ads.

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  21. Peter (1,471 comments) says:

    “although somebody in the know swears it’s nearer 100.”

    I heard, from a very, very good source – the number is around 80.

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  22. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    david (1,550) Says:
    October 1st, 2010 at 10:13 am
    First move in running a protection racket is to remove the opposition.

    That suggests we already have a protection racket?
    I thought that it was because the NZ Unions weren’t up to scratch so the producers (jackson) were controlling the indutry and not dealing with the little people fairly?

    or is that one crook wanting to take over another crooks patch?

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  23. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    I heard, from a very, very good source – the number is around 80

    And are any of these 80 actually known actors? Or have they filled roles such as ‘Guy filling water from cooler’ or ‘Decapitated Elf’, with such stunning and memorable lines in the movie such as “Uhh” and “Ahhhh”.

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  24. david (2,483 comments) says:

    Mike I’m suggesting that the Australian Mafia who try extorting revenues from Australian productions have realised that their weakness is where NZ offers the production company an escape route so they are trying to close it off by taking control of conditions here as well.

    Why else would the Australian union fund activities in NZ. Australians might sometimes do stupid things but they generally have an eye on winning as their target rather than being altruistic. Most don’t know what the NZ in ANZAC actually stands for.

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  25. david (2,483 comments) says:

    Bevan, saying “Uhh” or “Ahhhh” is known as having a vocal part and qualifies for star status. It takes years of training at RADA to get the right inflection of “Ahhhh” depending on whether it is post-ciotal or having a spear stuck in your butt. Just ask Dime.

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  26. burt (7,096 comments) says:

    It was all so much more simple when the polls were close between Labour & National. Labour threw tax payers money at it and that gave them photo op’s. If only National needed the photo op’s right now we would just throw tax payers money at it and this whole argument would go away…. Till next time.

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  27. virtualmark (1,423 comments) says:

    Maybe someone needs to remind Jennifer Ward-Lealand just which industry it was that coined the phrase “You’ll never work in this town again”.

    Methinks the members of SPADA won’t be too keen on having her on their productions from here on.

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  28. burt (7,096 comments) says:

    Oh well, when we no longer have a NZ film industry

    If the only film industry we have is one propped up by tax payers money and run by unions that we don’t have a film industry, we have a popularity money pit for self sering govt.

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  29. RightNow (6,350 comments) says:

    Given Jennifer Ward-Lealand is now in her late 40′s, I think she’s already accepted that she’s not going to be ‘leading lady’ material.

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  30. Paulus (2,304 comments) says:

    Who is Jennifer Ward-Leyland?

    Why is it I have never heard of her?

    Is she an Actor/ess or a union offiicial?

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  31. Magnanomis (138 comments) says:

    Jennifer Ward-Leyland was in Mama MEAA!

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  32. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Shes an actress whos married to Michael Hurst.She was hot back in the day but now is nearing chewed dog toy status.

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  33. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,685 comments) says:

    I see the unions have entered negotiations with Mr Jackson.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4188825/Large-fire-in-Wellington

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  34. Jimbob (639 comments) says:

    Owen is right about being Labour voters, most of the actors in the US are Democrats. I have read what some of them say about issues and it puts me off watching any films they are in. Like Sean Penn, Tony Robbins and that dip sh*t Clooney.

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  35. Mark (1,303 comments) says:

    Begone you communist bastards. Be grateful that you get paid at all.

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  36. reid (15,624 comments) says:

    “Jennifer Ward-Leyland was in Mama MEAA!”

    Yes well if it turns out that she is head of the 80 actors that are responsible for pushing big-budget international film production permanently offshore, which looks likely, I doubt she’ll get too many more roles like that.

    What the hell are those 80 actors thinking? Are they mental? We should all be concerned, given what’s at stake. LOTR was the genesis of a beneficial behemoth for NZ not just in domestic employment but in offshore advertising for NZ.

    All of that gone. Vanished. It may already be too late.

    Idiots.

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  37. Magnanomis (138 comments) says:

    From home, I could see the smoke from the Miramar funeral pyre for the NZ film industry (well, the Wellywood bit). Off to Masterton: will Jackson be burning his WWI planes at Hood aerodrome – and what about the remake of Dambusters?

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  38. Christopher Thomson (374 comments) says:

    Tankyman for President!!!!!!!!!!!

    I like the way he thinks.

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