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Insider is assembling salary diaries that reveal the challenges Hollywood workers face in making ends meet.
Income inequality and workplace fairness are concerns in entertainment, and we want to hear from you.
Respondents will be kept anonymous, due to the sensitive nature of the topic.
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The entertainment industry has a reputation for glitz and glamour, but the star-studded movies that make it to the big screen are built on the backs of thousands of crew members, support staffers, pre- and post-production workers who toil away — often for a fraction of the paycheck of the A-listers headlining a project.
And for every TV showrunner or movie star, there are legions of actors and writers and directors who grind for years in the hopes of getting their big break.
Movements like #PayUpHollywood and #IALivingWage have shone a light on the community of assistants and IATSE members, respectively, who often live paycheck to paycheck in expensive cities like Los Angeles and New York. And as Insider has reported, the COVID-19 pandemic left many workers wondering if they are a “lost generation” of future showrunners and execs whose careers may remain stalled indefinitely.
The pandemic has additionally compounded the usual work stresses for young Gen Z and millennial staffers in Hollywood, prompting some to reevaluate the way they view work in relation to their mental health.
Meanwhile, life as a studio exec is increasingly volatile, amid M&A that has brought together massive companies such as WarnerMedia and Discovery (now named Warner Bros. Discovery), Viacom and CBS (now Paramount Global), and Disney and Fox, leading to waves of corporate layoffs. Netflix, which can pay VP-level execs as much as $2.5 million and director-level execs as much as $1.5 million a year, has been one …read more
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