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DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

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Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets The deal, which provides for 2% annual pay increases and a one-time 1.5% boost in pension and health, will soon go to the membership for ratification, with a ballot return date in January.

"Hollywood on Strike!" Book Available Soon

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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?

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DGA to Negotiate on SAG & AFTRA's Heels

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The DGA contract (like those of SAG, AFTRA and the WGA) expires in mid-2011, but the DGA always negotiates early. If they don’t, the DGA will step in and do a deal first, setting a template that SAG and AFTRA may not like. Hopefully, SAG, AFTRA and the DGA will coordinate their proposals.

DGA Talks Continue

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Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Details in The Hollywood Reporter. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

DGA-AMPTP Talks Start

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Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets A press blackout is in effect as up to two to three weeks of talks start. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. -. Check out my residuals chart there too.

WGA, AMPTP Reach New Three-Year Deal

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The tentative pact, which is in line with deals reached by SAG, AFTRA and the DGA, provides for 2% annual wage increases but also keeps network primetime residuals at current rates. 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

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Fixing the Residuals System

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If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Tags: WGA Labor Unions IATSE residuals DGA SAG The residuals system is broken. It’s expensive to administer and is an invitation to conflict as platforms such as new media evolve. Yet we need residuals, because talent survives on these payments between gigs.

SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

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The DGA has essentially never gone on strike, and AFTRA seldom does.) That offer, in turn, is essentially the same as the new media provisions that the DGA, WGA, and AFTRA (in two separate deals) agreed to. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. increase in minimum pay rates plus a 0.5%

WGA, IATSE Weigh in on SAG/AFTRA Deal

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Writers and crew unions join DGA in congratulating the actors on their tentative agreement. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Details in my THR piece. -. Check out my residuals chart there too.

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How Talent Loses if Aereo Wins

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Interestingly the Hollywood unions – DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA and WGA – signed on to an amicus brief supporting that petition, as they had. false.

Hollywood Labor: The Tyranny of Time

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covered those events as they occurred, and they’re also the topic of my forthcoming book, “Hollywood on Strike!,” DGA Moving on: In mid-November, the DGA will begin formal negotiation of their film and television agreements, which also expire June 30. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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Tips Welcome

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Whether it relates to AFTRA, DGA, SAG, WGA or another entertainment union, and whether you're on the management side or labor, I rely on your help. You can reach me at jhandel at att dot net, 323 650 0060, or via the Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn addresses below. ——————— Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

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

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Those health benefits, which are available to middle-class members as well as wealthy stars, would be the envy of most of the country if people elsewhere knew of them: the DGA’s top-tier plan reportedly features 10% in-network co-pays and a deductible of $325 per person in a world where 30% copays and $1,000 deductibles are more common.

The Future for Television: More Google Union-Busting

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But all indications are that in order for Google to accomplish its plans for Google TV, they are inexorably lead to the need to destroy the production unions:  AFTRA/SAG, AFM, DGA, IA and Teamsters. Google Backed Netcoalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. Who is in the “host of union thugs”?  Murdoch pressed.

SAG Hardliners: The Trojan Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. SAG’s Hollywood branch, dominated by the hardline Membership First faction, has passed a motion forming a task force to explore “acquisition of actors of AFTRA,” reports SAGWatch. singers and others, but not actors.

Handel appointed Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law to teach entertainment unions & guilds course

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Handel will specifically spotlight the 2007-2009 Hollywood labor turmoil that consumed the Writers Guild of America (WGA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and IATSE and the Teamsters, the unions that represents most ”below-the-line” workers.

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

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Slumdog has already won DGA, SAG, PGA and Golden Globe awards, and is a multi-award favorite for the Oscars.

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

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However, another factor is the DGA. At that point, the DGA may step in and do its deal – just as it did in January 2008, after the WGA failed to do a deal (and remained on strike) in fall 2007. The “front of the book” portions of the Net Code (i.e., If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION PART I

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Some book films into theaters and then assign television and home video rights to third parties for licensing in those media. They may pay a third party to book the title into theaters. Book Recommendation: The Reel Truth: Everything you didn't know you need to know about making an independent film. Eustatius Island, St.

SAG-AFTRA Ratify Advertising Agreement; SAG Townhall Features Fireworks

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The key difference is the contract expiration date, which in the current deal is synchronized with the WGA, AFTRA and DGA (mid-2011). If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. The result was expected, as there was no organized opposition. About 28% returned their ballots, about typical.

SAG Executive Director: TV/Theatrical Deal Will Pass

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Another tough area for SAG is its relationship with talent agents: SAG’s been without a “franchise agreement” with the agents association since 2002, while AFTRA, DGA and WGA all have such agreements in place. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. The votes are due back June 9. So what next?

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

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SAG wants its contract to expire in mid-2011, to synch up with the WGA, AFTRA, and DGA. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. That means that ratification, if achieved as expected, will not come until early to mid June, since balloting is expected to be a three week process. What next?

SAG’s Strange Voyage

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If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. 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. The quiet was deceptive however. The stakes are high.

The Importance of an Assignment Clause

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This case illustrates how important it is for production companies to obtain written consent to assign their rights when they license underlying works, such as books, scripts and music. Craig’s The Poor & Hungry will be playing at the DGA theater on Thursday, May 9, 2002 at 7pm. Nike objected. Gardner v. Nike, Inc.,

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The Importance of an Assignment Clause

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This case illustrates how important it is for production companies to obtain written consent to assign their rights when they license underlying works, such as books, scripts and music. Craig’s The Poor & Hungry will be playing at the DGA theater on Thursday, May 9, 2002 at 7pm. Nike objected. Gardner v. Nike, Inc.,

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

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But all indications are that in order for Google to accomplish its plans for Google TV, they are inexorably led to the need to destroy the production unions:  AFTRA/SAG, AFM, DGA, IA and Teamsters. Google Backed Net Coalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. Google’s Attack on Unions Means the United Message is Working.

Oscar Rule Change: Ten Best Lists

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Yes, I know that both Peckinpah and Hopper were DGA nominees, but that's not the same kind of competition.] 1968 original nominees Oliver!