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Musicians Slam TV Networks on Both Coasts Today

Protest Fueled By Seven Years Without a Raise and Health Care Increases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2012

Contact: Antoinette Follett
(315) 422-4488 ext. 106
afollett@bentley-hall.com

New York, NY –  INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY                        

WHO:  Members of the American Federation of Musicians, affiliated with AFM Local 47 (Los Angeles) and AFM Local 802 (New York City). The AFM represents 90,000 musicians throughout the US and Canada and negotiates agreements for musicians working in the entertainment media sector, including live television.

WHAT: Musicians will distribute a protest leaflet at both New York City and Los Angeles studios where CBS, NBC, and ABC’s live audience shows are produced.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 2, 2012  (protest times and locations below).

WHERE:

In Manhattan: NBC’s Today Show, 49th St. at 30 Rockefeller Center – 7:00-9:00am EDT
CBS This Morning, 57th  St. at 10th Ave. – 7:00-9:00am EDT
ABC’s Good Morning America, Broadway at 44th – 7:00-9:00am EDT
Late Night with David Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theater, Broadway between 53rd & 54th –   2:30pm EDT

In Los Angeles:  The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 3000 W. Alameda, Burbank – 2:30pm PDT
Jimmy Kimmel Live, 6840 Hollywood Blvd. – 3:30pm PDT
Dancing with the Stars, 7800 Beverly Blvd. – 3:30pm PDT
 
WHY:  Professional musicians from TV’s top shows are upset because it’s been seven years since ABC, CBS, and NBC have agreed to wage and health care increases. Union reps and musicians met with the networks last month to negotiate improvements for hundreds of musicians on weekly variety shows like Dancing with the Stars, as well as house bands and guest artists on popular late night programs like Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
 
Compared to singer Mariah Carey’s $18 million fee to judge American Idol this season, the cost for hiring all musicians for all shows, all season, would costs only about half of that amount. “Instead of appreciation for what we do, we were met with demands for unjustified concessions that have angered the musicians,” said AFM International President Ray Hair. “Actors and stagehands get raises every year, but musicians are left out in the cold,” he said. 

Click HERE for a flyer.
 
For interviews, contact Antoinette Follett at 315-579-2857 or 315-383-1028 (cell).

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