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AFTRA Board Approves Joint Bargaining With SAG

Digital Media Law

At a videoconference meeting today in New York and LA, AFTRA’s national board unanimously voted to approve joint bargaining with SAG for the Primetime Television Contract and the SAG TV/theatrical contract. After weeks of talking turkey at the bargaining table, negotiators will probably be ready for their holiday.

SAG Moves towards Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board yesterday passed a resolution, by a surprising 82% to 18% vote, directing the guild’s president and National Executive Director to “seek engagement with AFTRA in a joint bargaining agreement for negotiation of the Television/Theatrical Contract,” as quoted in a SAG press release.

SAG-AFTRA Joint Bargaining: AFTRA Hesitates, Slightly; and More

Digital Media Law

An AFTRA committee, expected to recommend joint bargaining with SAG, instead referred the matter to a subcommittee, the Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap reported. As the Strategy Cabinet’s action indicates, there wasn’t 100% agreement in the room regarding joint bargaining. Curious about details, I contacted a source close to AFTRA.

Hollywood Labor: SAG Source Says a Strike Unlikely, Joint SAG-AFTRA Bargaining Likely; and the Year Ahead

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The source also said SAG’s upcoming January 31 national board meeting will probably feature a move towards resurrecting joint bargaining with AFTRA, adding that he/she was confident that bargaining later this year would indeed be jointly conducted. Framework for Joint Bargaining Moving on from math, let’s talk about joint bargaining.

AFTRA, Networks Reach New Three Year Deal

Digital Media Law

An AFTRA statement confirmed the issues’ importance, calling the 1% increase the union’s “primary objective” in the bargaining. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Check out my residuals chart there too.

Reflections on L.A.’s nascent producer’s league. Treason… No, but…

Gordon P. Firemark

Theatre producers who’re forming a league to serve as a collective bargaining representative, advocate, and promotional collective. the book and film are worth the time, as well). Frequent readers probably know that I have lately been involved with a group of L.A. It’s important work, and it’s hard. Can you imagine?

An Actor's Cautionary Tale: Cancer Diagnosis and a Drawn-Out Battle Over Residuals

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If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets and SAG-AFTRA that ultimately threatened Doe''s health insurance.

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CREATIVE ACCOUNTING

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No doubt, there are numerous instances where producers or distributors have cooked the books to avoid paying back-end compensation to those entitled to it. The studio uses its leverage and superior bargaining position to pressure talent to agree to a bad deal. The general consensus among filmmakers is that net profits are illusory.

Canard du jour: Do residuals make you lazy? If the age of privacy is over, is the age of royalties over, too?

Music Technology Policy

One of the common misapprehensions one hears from the “music/facts/books/news/movies/games are like water” crowd is that creators don’t deserve the royalties and residuals for which their unions and they fought for so long.  How Did We Ever Get Along Without Him. million to fund Lessig’s pet Creative Commons.

Baby You Can Drive My Car: Hollywood Health Plans May Have to Pay “Cadillac Plan” Tax

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Hollywood unions have long bargained for great health benefits, often foregoing a portion of wage increases in order to fund those benefits (as well as valuable pension benefits). If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Example of “New Boss” Contracts: The YouTube covenant not to sue

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Clauses like this define onerous, over reaching and misuse of bargaining position. In case you needed some proof, here is an excert from a “New Boss” contract, being Google’s indie publisher license for YouTube (Google’s heavily subsidized and dominant entry into the video and video advertising verticle). ”

The Future for Television: More Google Union-Busting

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Google, of course, is a non-union shop and has little empathy for collective bargaining.  In Silicon Valley, “collective bargaining” is such a foreign concept that it is often mistaken for VCs setting a valuation.  Google Backed Netcoalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. Murdoch pressed.

Basic Cable Clarification & Details

Digital Media Law

As part of the Basic Cable Live Action agenda item, the SAG National Board voted to explore the possibility of coordinated bargaining with AFTRA in the area of live action basic cable programming. Regardless of formality, is AFTRA receptive to the idea of coordinated bargaining? Will AFTRA be a part of those negotiations?

Guest Post: The Fallacy of Music Like Water by Gavin Castleton

Music Technology Policy

” In early 2005, Berklee VP David Kusek and “futurist” Gerd Leonhard based their book The Future of Music on the concept of “ Music Like Water ,” i.e. the transformation of the music industry into one in which music is ubiquitous and subscription-based, paid for and delivered like any other utility service.

“YouTube for YouTube” @midem: @davidclowery and @theblakemorgan Review “YouTube For Artists”

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We don’t really have collective bargaining as artists [with YouTube]. The closest thing to collective bargaining is to have our catalogues represented by large independents and major labels. Just look at Google books case.   But seriously you can’t book a national tour without even a small time agent. David : Exactly.

Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

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This is the lawsuit that attempted to reinstate former SAG National Executive Director Doug Allen and undo ratification of the SAG-AMPTP collective bargaining agreement. Speaking of front of book, a new version is now available from AFTRA, incorporating the changes agreed to in 2008. book eventually, but no information on when.

Should there be a “Director’s Copyright” in stage directions? (Reader survey)

Gordon P. Firemark

Should play publishers begin licensing the direction along with the book, music and lyrics? Here’s what I mean. Copyright Act.

Hollywood Labor: The Tyranny of Time

Digital Media Law

covered those events as they occurred, and they’re also the topic of my forthcoming book, “Hollywood on Strike!,” So with the SAG-AFTRA negotiations upon us, let’s look at what the 2010-2011 bargaining cycle has in store. Last negotiating cycle, for example, the DGA and AMPTP held just five days of formal bargaining.

If Google Can Successfully Lobby the FTC on Antitrust, Just Think What They Think They Can Do To Us

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“You asked me if I am in the Meth Business or the Money Business. You asked me if I am in the Meth Business or the Money Business. ”): “The U.S.

Pilots Overwhelmingly AFTRA Again

Digital Media Law

It’s a murky and confused picture that once again underscores the importance of joint bargaining by the two unions and, ultimately, the likelihood that merger is only solution to the present crazy-quilt jurisdictional overlaps between the two unions. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Maybe so.

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Amazon compromises on Kindle 2's 'read-to-me' feature; who can blame them?

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If, however, you're a licensee of books from authors and publishers, you have other concerns. Remember: Amazon can only offer books via Kindle because it has contracts with authors and/or publishers that permit it to reproduce, display, and distribute their books in digital form. Amazon'.com's 

Intermission in the First Act of The Fetishism and Cognitive Dissonance of the Singularity

Music Technology Policy

These artists stand up for themselves through collective bargaining and lobbying of their own.  While it wasn’t the final collision or the ultimate rejection (by definition), yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee “mark up” hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act had attributes of both. And it all stinks to high heaven

SAG Executive Director: TV/Theatrical Deal Will Pass

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His answer turned on the intermittent nature of entertainment employment: “Employers have a natural incentive to want weaker bargaining partners, but employers also understand that if unions didn’t exist they’d have to invent them. And what about those “weaker bargaining partners”? The votes are due back June 9. non-interim) NED job.

SAG Letter re Force Majeure Claims

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The term “ force majeure ,” as used in our collective bargaining agreements, refers to certain events that are considered outside the direct control of the parties, such as natural disasters and strikes. SAG just sent members an email regarding force majeure claims. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. million. Highland Ave.

Guest Post: The Fallacy of Music Like Water by Gavin Castleton

Music Technology Policy

” In early 2005, Berklee VP David Kusek and “futurist” Gerd Leonhard based their book The Future of Music on the concept of “ Music Like Water ,” i.e. the transformation of the music industry into one in which music is ubiquitous and subscription-based, paid for and delivered like any other utility service.

Excellent Review of "most prolific scholar of copyright in history"

Music Technology Policy

" Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars: A Worthless Book " is an excellent book review by Tom Sydnor of the book by the strikingly modest Google VIP William Patry. tried to explain to him that collective bargaining wasn't a bunch of VCs setting a valuation--to no avail. Call for Mr. Geithner.Call for Mr. Geithner.)

Update: Joshua Johnson’s KQED Forum on Rogue Sites

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Update:  Ellen Seidler still has not recieved the promised call from Google lawyer and evidence expert Fred von Lohman. from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, evidence expert, and now a Google employee) and Rick Cotton of NBC-Universal, with Ellen Seidler and Rep. One example:  Ryan Haight. Senator Califano, Jr. ’” 3.  Half a billion. 

Independent New Media Productions

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Second, under sec. 3 of the SAG New Media Agreement, wages are freely bargained by the employer and the performer. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. First, this is not the new media sideletter recently negotiated with the AMPTP (major studios) as part of the theatrical contract.

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SAG Presidential Candidate: I'll Seek Strike Authorization Next Year if Elected

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She argued that that’s what’s needed to gain bargaining leverage and added that she’s “confident” the SAG membership would vote Yes, especially after the guild conducts an educational outreach campaign during its wages and working conditions (W&W) meetings with members. don't have my SAG agreement close at hand). What a fizzle.

SAG’s Strange Voyage

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They started by trying to unilaterally reduce AFTRA’s power on the committee that for decades has jointly bargained the TV/theatrical contract. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Where did the Screen Actors Guild go? The quiet was deceptive however. The stakes are high. So where are we now?

SAG: Four Hardline Horsemen in the National Board Room

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Among other things, the question becomes, will SAG and AFTRA be able to reestablish joint bargaining under the Phase 1 agreement? If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Thursday’s SAG election was a victory for the moderate coalition. But with SAG, the story is never simple. Here’s the scenario: 1.

The Future for Television or Google Wants to Burn Your Remote: More Google Union-Busting

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Google, of course, is a non-union shop and has little empathy for collective bargaining.  In Silicon Valley, “collective bargaining” is such a foreign concept that it is often mistaken for VCs setting a valuation.  Google Backed Net Coalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. This is what monopoly looks like.

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— SCREEN ACTORS GUILD NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES TENTATIVE TELEVISION AND MOTION PICTURE CONTRACTS AND RECOMMENDS RATIFICATION Los Angeles (April 19, 2009) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today voted 53.38 percent to 46.62

The Man Who Spilled the Secrets | Politics | Vanity Fair

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Aitken wrote a book about the episode, called Pride and Perjury. With Assange detained in the U.K., But the relationship was never an easy one.

SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

Also, interestingly, the new TV/theatrical deal was negotiated primarily on an informal basis by key SAG leaders and studio heads, not by formal bargaining between the union and the AMPTP. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. The DGA has essentially never gone on strike, and AFTRA seldom does.)

One Bad Apple: The Complete Checklist on Google’s “Non Anti-Piracy” Anti-Piracy Policies

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Ask yourself how many books Google has scanned without a license during the time that it has taken you to read this post.  This post is a compilation of our four separtate posts on Google’s recent non-concession concessions on its profit from piracy.  Not to mention RICO , who is waiting in the wings–just ask Michael Milken.

Domestic Distribution Part III, Home Video Formulas

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

However, prices are negotiable and Wal-Mart is known to drive a hard bargain and pay substantially less for DVD’s. There are many formulas for home video deals, but most fall within three patterns. third type of deal is known as a “royalty deal,” where the filmmaker gets a percentage of the wholesale price of every DVD sold.

The MTP Interview: Randy Himes of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists

Music Technology Policy

AFTRA and the AFM bargain with record companies to negotiate session rates, residuals and benefits for their members, set standard booking agency and one-nighter agreements for live performances and a host of other contracts designed to protect artists and maximize their economic rights. [This post first appeared on MTP in 2009. 

GoldieBlox Dismisses Case Against Universal, Warms to Task of Destroying Artists

Music Technology Policy

So the fact that Universal is being voluntarily dismissed from any copyright case by this cluster of folks is kind of hard to understand–until you realize that the Durie Tangri gets 100% of the credit for defending their client Google in Google Books that resulted in what passes for “success 2.0″–the What changed?

CREATIVE ACCOUNTING

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

No doubt, there are numerous instances where producers or distributors have cooked the books to avoid paying back-end compensation to those entitled to it. The studio uses its leverage and superior bargaining position to pressure talent to agree to a bad deal. The general consensus among filmmakers is that net profits are illusory.