Recent reports that the boycott of The Hobbit was lifted by unions a number of days ago and that Warner Bros asked to
delay this announcement are false.
It was not until last night that we received confirmation of the retractions from SAG, NZ Equity and AFTRA through press
reports. We are still awaiting retractions from the other guilds.
While we have been attempting to receive an unconditional retraction of the improper Do Not Work Orders for almost a
month, NZ Equity/MEAA continued to demand, as a condition of the retractions, that we participate in union negotiations
with the independent contractor performers, which negotiations are illegal in the opinion of the New Zealand Attorney
We have refused to do so, and will continue to refuse to do so.
The actions of these unions have caused us substantial damage and disruption and forced us to consider other filming
locations for the first time. Alternative locations are still being considered.