Hollywood attendees, who have led a campaign to improve their wages and working conditions, get more money from one of the largest talent agencies in the industry.
The Creative Artists Agency increased the initial salary of the attendees this month by up to $ 3 per hour.
The starting salary for attendees is now $ 18 per hour, according to a person close to CAA who refused to be identified. In the past, some attendees earned only $ 15 per hour, the person said.
Attendees can now also qualify for increases throughout the year based on certain job changes. In the past, salary increases would occur at the end of the year.
The CAA will also launch a student loan welfare program to support employees with outstanding student loans by helping them find better interest rates, the person said. The changes are part of an ongoing effort to provide an innovative and attractive work environment, the person added.
A spokeswoman for the CAA declined to comment.
The movements follow a boost from Hollywood attendees to highlight their low income and gloomy work environments. Attendees amplified their concerns through a hashtag on Twitter, #PayUpHollywood.
Companies in Hollywood are beginning to realize. The talent agency Verve recently increased the hourly pay for all attendees in the mail room by an unspecified amount and increased the salary by 25% to 40% for other attendees.
#PayUpHollywood television writer and co-founder, Liz Alper, called CAA’s decision “a great start.”
“Now we are seeing that when people talk and allies help raise their voices, a highly anticipated change can occur,” Alper said on Twitter.
Alper and his co-founder of #PayUpHollywood, Deirdre Mangan, said there should be an ongoing conversation about fair treatment of workers throughout the industry.
“With CAA and Verve salary increases, it is increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that other agencies and studies remain silent,” they said in a statement.
Times staff writers Anousha Sakoui and Stacy Perman contributed to this report.