Results of Writers Guild 'Pattern of Demands' Vote Still Unknown

Digital Media Law

24 on the wide-ranging outline of negotiating priorities, but the guild has not yet announced the results of the vote. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

"Hollywood on Strike!" Book Available Soon

Digital Media Law

Great news – my new book, “Hollywood on Strike!: An Industry at War in the Internet Age” will be out in just a few weeks. But why?

WGA East Executive Director Optimistic on Guild Negotiating Goals

Digital Media Law

Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

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New book - Entertainment Labor: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography

Digital Media Law

A must-have for academics, union staff and attorneys working in entertainment labor, ENTERTAINMENT LABOR: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography is a 345 page annotated bibliography of over 1,500 books, articles, dissertations, legal cases and other resources dealing with entertainment unions and guilds and various other aspects of entertainment labor.

Analysis: How the Guilds Lost the 'Hobbit' War

Digital Media Law

Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Probably not any time soon. But why?

Exclusive: WGA East and LA County AFL-CIO Endorse Occupy Wall Steet / Occupy LA

Digital Media Law

In exclusive statements to the Hollywood Reporter, the Writers Guild of America, East and the LA County Federation of Labor have endorsed the Occupy protests in NY, LA and elsewhere. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

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SAG Negotiated with WB to Lift 'Hobbit' Boycott

Digital Media Law

The guild’s role in New Zealand dispute had been previously unknown. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. For details, see my THR piece. -.

New Zealand actors split on 'Hobbit' stance

Digital Media Law

Some fear guilds' unionization stand will drive out production. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. For details: my THR piece. ———————.

Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

Digital Media Law

In a statement, SAG’s Deputy National Executive Director and General Counsel, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, said “Screen Actors Guild is gratified that this litigation has now concluded with a final reaffirmation of the Guild's position by the trial court.” book eventually, but no information on when. Or maybe not. Let’s hope.

How Talent Loses if Aereo Wins

Digital Media Law

But why do the guilds care? One reason the guilds are concerned. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment labor.

Pilots Overwhelmingly AFTRA Again

Digital Media Law

The ill-will generated by SAG hardliners evidently lives on in the producing community, notwithstanding the regime change 12 months ago that brought cooler heads to the elected and top appointed leadership of the guild. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Maybe so. That’s only part of the story though.

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A “New” Entertainment Union - And a Possible Name

Digital Media Law

AFTRA is interested in merger with the Screen Actors Guild, but not if the effort is going to fail again. SAG reacted favorably, with guild president Ken Howard remarking in an email to me, “I’m delighted to see AFTRA’s leadership speak out forcefully about something that I and other SAG leaders so strongly support. Not necessarily.

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SAG TV/Theatrical Contract Ratified Overwhelmingly, 78%-22%

Digital Media Law

In a stunning defeat for the hardline Membership First faction, SAG's TV/theatrical contract passed overwhelmingly, by a 78%-22% margin (almost 4 to 1), those numbers according to the guild. Variety first reported the story, prior to the guild's announcement, with a 1% difference in the numbers. The pact becomes effective at 12:01 a.m.

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DGA to Negotiate on SAG & AFTRA's Heels

Digital Media Law

The Directors Guild announced on its website today that it will begin negotiations with the AMPTP (studio alliance) in mid-November, which is immediately after the scheduled end of 45 days of negotiation between the AMPTP and SAG (Screen Actors Guild) & AFTRA (a smaller performers union). Check out my residuals chart there too.

Quantum Mechanics

DealFatigue

Despite all of the self-help books preaching the contrary, people have a hard time living outside the moment. Eventually. doubt it. Good times.

Quantum Mechanics

DealFatigue

Despite all of the self-help books preaching the contrary, people have a hard time living outside the moment. Eventually. doubt it. Good times.

Quantum Mechanics

DealFatigue

Despite all of the self-help books preaching the contrary, people have a hard time living outside the moment. Eventually. doubt it. Good times.

Quantum Mechanics

DealFatigue

Despite all of the self-help books preaching the contrary, people have a hard time living outside the moment. Eventually. doubt it. Good times.

WGA in Organizing Struggle with Comcast

Digital Media Law

Style, and G4 writers seek immediate guild representation; Comcast refuses, and is forcing a government-supervised secret ballot election. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Details: The Hollywood Reporter.

The Revolution Shall be Monetized: Zoë Keating Confirms YouTube Learned Nothing From Indie Labels

Music Technology Policy

book them a year ahead.  We have to fight them off.”. The “decision” that she must make crystalizes what my friend Rick Carnes (President of the Songwriters Guild) meant in the phrase he coined to describe how Google uses the DMCA: Notice and Shakedown. Maybe after writing this blog Google will make the choice for me.

SAG Executive Director: TV/Theatrical Deal Will Pass

Digital Media Law

The referendum on the proposed contract between SAG and the studios began yesterday, as ballot packets were mailed to about 110,000 paid up members of the Screen Actors Guild. In my view, its unwieldy size—71 members—contributes to the guild’s difficulties, since trust and consensus are difficult to achieve in such a setting.

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Basic Cable Clarification & Details

Digital Media Law

SAG, in contrast, believes that promulgating a single contract is the best way to ensure that guild members receive the full benefit of SAG’s power to negotiate on their behalf, and that a union’s job is to set minimums. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Will AFTRA be a part of those negotiations?

SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

The Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP (alliance representing studios and producers) reached tentative agreement on a two-year TV/theatrical contract, potentially ending a ten-month stalemate that halted production of most studio movies and put thousands of people out of work. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

NBC Universal Writers Pen Letter of Support for Comcast Writers

Digital Media Law

The letter also asserts Comcast CEO promised at Congressional hearing “‘to continue the good relations with the guilds and with the unions that NBC Universal has.’” The WGA’s effort to represent Comcast writers is heating up. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Details: The Hollywood Reporter.

SAG’s Strange Voyage

Digital Media Law

Where did the Screen Actors Guild go? After months of news—a near daily barrage covered diligently by various journalists and citizen-journalists, including this author—the guild fell off the radar screen. Even assuming the TV/theatrical agreement is ratified, the guild has a long way to go before it’s back in our solar system.

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SAG TV/Theatrical Ballots Later Than Expected; SAG Litigation Continues; and More

Digital Media Law

The ballots for SAG’s recently approved TV/theatrical contract won’t be going out until mid to late May, a source tells me, several weeks later than the early May target that the Guild stated as recently as a week or so ago. That’s a total reduction in force of 62 positions, and the annual savings to the Guild is $2.5 What next?

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!,” This extraordinary arrangement reflects both the power of the DGA and the key importance to the guild of maintaining the creative control enjoyed by directors. WGA And what of the Writers Guild?

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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.

Blawg Review #256

Cyberlaw Central

In 1965, the best selling science fiction book of all time, Frank Herbert ’s Dune , was first published. The Spacing Guild. Arrakis.

SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

Digital Media Law

The details of the meetings are in an email to members (see below). ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Guild not responsible for illegally parked vehicles. PDT) June 9, 2009. Highland Ave. In unity, David P.

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Although the deal is expected to be ratified, it won’t achieve the over 90% thumbs-up that the Writers Guild deal did last year. In other words—product placement at SAG’s own board meeting! A bit of a surprise. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. percent to 46.62

Residuals Chart Available

Digital Media Law

Puzzle no longer — or, at least, not as much as before. I’ve managed to compress most of the guild and union residuals formulas onto a single page color chart. second page gives cross references to the actual sections and paragraphs of the guild and union agreements themselves. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

WGA Awards Fete Slumdog, Milk, Mad Men, 30 Rock

Digital Media Law

See below for a complete list of winners. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about Hollywood Labor, or digital media law.

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

Digital Media Law

Regarding information sharing, by the way, SAG may have an opportunity to review information from other guilds in addition to what the producers supply, as the source told me that SAG president Ken Howard has had conversations with the presidents of other guilds/unions and hopes that all will share information. (2) Basic Cable.

SAG Letter re Force Majeure Claims

Digital Media Law

It's reprinted below. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. urge you to read it carefully and contact the Guild or your professional advisors with any questions. million. We believe this for several reasons.

SAG Feels its Own Labor Pains

Digital Media Law

Negotiations between the actors guild and Teamsters Local 986, which represents more than 40 of SAG's Los Angeles-based business representatives, have gotten bumpy. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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Closing Windows?

Digital Media Law

And for those wondering what effect this might have on the guilds, consider that the DVD residual formula is much less favorable to talent than the pay TV formula. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. That's intriguing.

JLH on UCLA Panel re Labor

Digital Media Law

Here's the panel: 10:15 AM - 11:30: Studio and Labor Relations in 2015 Moderator: Arnold Peter (Partner, Raskin Peter LLP) * Mike Farrell (Actor, M*A*S*H, Providence) * Jonathan Handel (Attorney, TroyGould Attorneys) * Patric Verrone (President, Writers Guild of America, West) * Sallie Weaver (Founder, Entertainment Labor Consulting, Inc.)

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

Digital Media Law

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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

WGA Candidates for President and Board Announced

Digital Media Law

For more details, see the press release below. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. SAG’s upcoming elections have been getting some attention, but the WGA West is having an election this summer as well. Weiss. Patric M.

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