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Negotiations Update for 2018 MTV Video Music Awards and Other Viacom Network Awards Programs

JUNE 29, 2019
SAG-AFTRA’s contract with Viacom and other production companies covering awards programs for Viacom networks such as the MTV Video Music Awards and the Kids’ Choice Awardsexpires on August 13. While SAG-AFTRA is attempting to negotiate a new agreement, it’s possible that we will not have an agreement in place before the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 20. Thus, please check with SAG-AFTRA to verify whether there’s a union contract in place before accepting employment — as a host, awards presenter, singer, dancer, background actor, stand-in or any other performer category — for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awardsor any other awards program intended for exhibition on a Viacom network (e.g., MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Nickelodeon, BET, or Paramount TV).
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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. Valerie was a veteran 17-year member, and one of the "chief organizers” of the prestigious and long running, TCA: Television Critics Association’s press tour. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers of the association. TCA press tours are “a must” for hundreds of TV critics twice a year, in Beverly Hills and in Pasadena.