Rosenberg v. SAG Lawsuit Dismissed

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The lawsuit filed 1-1/2 years ago by SAG's then-president Alan Rosenberg against his own union has finally been dismissed, according to court records and a source with knowledge of the matter. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Tags: SAG Check out my residuals chart there too.

Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

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Remember the lawsuit that former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First members (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed against their own union? Today’s judge also awarded court costs to SAG. will probably ask the court to order that SAG pay Rosenberg et al.'s

AFTRA Moves Closer to Merger With SAG

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For the first time, the union’s national board votes on the current merger attempt, passing a key resolution “overwhelmingly”; the measure includes a statement that AFTRA leadership is “encouraged by the renewed interest expressed by SAG’s current leadership.”. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

Agenda for the SAG-AFTRA Merger Effort

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There's a strong case for merging SAG and AFTRA but there are numerous hurdles to overcome as well. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets What are some of the key issues? See my piece in The Hollywood Reporter for details. _.

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

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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. SAG wants its contract to expire in mid-2011, to synch up with the WGA, AFTRA, and DGA. What next?

Live on Larry Mantle re SAG-AFTRA Merger

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PT for a 14 minute segment on SAG-AFTRA merger. 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 I'll be live on Larry Mantle ( [link] ) this morning at about 11:05 a.m. Tune in (is that still the verb?) if you have a chance.

SAG’s Strange Voyage

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It was as though 5757 Wilshire, SAG’s national headquarters, somehow disappeared into the black hole that features so prominently in (spoiler alert) the latest “Star Trek” movie. Unfortunately, SAG’s governance structure ensures that there will always be too many starship captains on the bridge at once. The quiet was deceptive however.

SAG Continues Down Path to Merger with AFTRA

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The union’s board allocates additional funding for task force working on merger; SAG president Ken Howard praises yesterday’s AFTRA resolution regarding merger. 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

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

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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. Another question is the SAG presidency, which is up this year as well. Approximately 110,000 SAG members received ballots of which 35.26

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

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A SAG strike in the upcoming negotiating cycle is “difficult to envision,” a source from SAG’s moderate faction, Unite for Strength, told me, though he/she cautioned that avoiding one will require that management negotiate reasonably and he/she wouldn’t take the strike option off the table (as, indeed, no union could). The solution?

SAG Files Motion to Dismiss Rosenberg Appeal

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Several days ago, SAG filed a motion to dismiss the appeal, on the grounds that the appeal is moot. So, SAG's legal fees will continue to mount, courtesy of the union's own president and 1st VP. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Tags: Labor Unions SAG B214056).

SAG Lawsuit Still Grinds On; Court Denies SAG’s Motion to Dismiss Appeal

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As I previously reported , SAG’s counsel in late May filed a motion to dismiss the appeal by SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) of a Superior Court order that denied their application for a temporary restraining order.

Actors Union SAG-AFTRA and Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

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If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets The existing agreement remains in place through March 31, 2013.

SAG National Board Unanimously Moves Towards Merger with AFTRA

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After at least two failed attempts, decades of discussion, recent year marked by acrimony and then reconciliation, the game is once again afoot, as Holmes would say: SAG and AFTRA are moving decisively closer to merger. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _.

SAG Executive Director: TV/Theatrical Deal Will Pass

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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. Will White be running SAG when that next round comes around? When I asked whether fixing SAG was hopeless, White replied that it was anything but.

New York SAG Election Becoming a Tinderbox

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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 Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin endorse USAN, while OSU issues a bill of particulars and personal attacks fly in all directions. With both factions pro-merger, members wonder why they’re fighting.

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

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In an open conference call today, SAG VP and presidential candidate Anne-Marie Johnson said she will seek a strike authorization next year, before the mandated early negotiations next fall, if she’s elected. don't have my SAG agreement close at hand). If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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SAG Stalemate Update

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Causing the stalemate is the issue of contract expiration date rather than new media; there’s talk of a trade-off between this issue and the (unrelated) SAG demand for force majeure payments per the previous SAG agreement. Tags: strike Labor Unions AFTRA AMPTP Membership First SAG The Screen Actors Guild stalemate grinds on.

SAG Hardliners: The Trojan Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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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. Quite a platform for the upcoming SAG elections. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally.

SAG, AFTRA Give Up First-Class Travel

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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 Actors will be flying business class and sometimes coach as part of the unions' new deal with the studios. Details in my THR piece. -. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG Elects Ned Vaughn 1st National VP

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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 Election completes moderate, pro-merger sweep. For details, see my THR piece. -. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

SAG-AFTRA Ratify Advertising Agreement; SAG Townhall Features Fireworks

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SAG and AFTRA announced yesterday that their combined paid-up membership, about 132,000 members, overwhelmingly ratified the contracts between the unions and the advertising industry. The ballots went out a few days ago—they’re due back June 9—and SAG’s conducting a series of town hall meetings across the country. Well, why not?

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

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Voting on party lines, a sharply divided SAG board approved the tentative deal with the studios yesterday by a vote of about 53% to 47%. Current SAG president Alan Rosenberg has come out in opposition to the deal, while Ned Vaughn, leader of the moderate Unite for Strength group, told Variety that he favored a yes vote. percent to 46.62

Rosenberg v. SAG Lawsuit Reply Brief Filed

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SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed their reply brief earlier this week. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Tags: Labor Unions Membership First SAG The appeal grinds on.

SAG Moves towards Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

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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. Tags: Phase I AFTRA SAG

Report on SAG NY Town Hall Meeting

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SAG held a town hall meeting in NY last night to provide information re the TV/theatrical contract. It also means that we have probably seen the end of the multitude of pro and con videos deployed on the SAG website, Membership First website, and YouTube. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

Basic Cable Clarification & Details

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In yesterday’s post regarding the schedule for this cycle’s negotiations, I said that SAG and AFTRA would be jointly negotiating basic cable starting on November 7. Sources close to AFTRA and SAG have corrected me on this—and provided more details. My take on this was based on a misreading of a SAG press release from 11 days ago.

SAG Manager Investigated for Embezzlement of Unclaimed Residuals

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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 Two employees were discharged, one for possible embezzlement of $200,000-$250,000 and the other for violation of policies. An outside probe is ongoing. Details: The Hollywood Reporter.

Pilots Overwhelmingly AFTRA Again

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About 60 pilots for scripted network primetime programs will be shot under AFTRA contracts this year, while few – or perhaps none – will be produced under SAG jurisdiction, according to sources close to the two unions, who spoke on condition of anonymity. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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SAG/AFTRA Negotiations Almost Unraveled at 'Perilous Moments'

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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 An exclusive look inside the bargaining room of last Sunday's deal that insiders say went right down to the wire. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG/AFTRA Deadline Passes Without Deal With AMPTP

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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 Negotiations continue into the weekend and possibly beyond. Details in my THR piece. -. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

SAG Negotiated with WB to Lift 'Hobbit' Boycott

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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 guild’s role in New Zealand dispute had been previously unknown. For details, see my THR piece. -. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

SAG President’s Anti-SAG Suit Continues

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For those who like keeping up with legal dockets, SAG a few days ago filed its Respondent’s Brief in the appeals court case that stems from the lawsuit filed by SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) against their own union.

A “New” Entertainment Union - And a Possible Name

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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. Joining SAG and AFTRA to create a single union is essential to performers’ maximizing their power. Not necessarily.

SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

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SAG has set members-only informational meetings on the proposed contract. Supporting the deal are SAG staff and the SAG National Board, including SAG's moderate majority leadership, comprised of the LA-based Unite for Strength faction, LA independent board member Morgan Fairchild, and most or all of the NY and regional board members.

SAG Feels its Own Labor Pains

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Labor unrest is hitting SAG close to home. 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. In this negotiation, SAG functions as management, not labor. Tags: Teamsters SAG Yes, even unions have unions.

SAG/AFTRA Merger Details Hinted

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SAG may seek to merge the unions prior to the pension and health plans; completion in 2011 may be the SAG goal. 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 Hollywood Reporter piece. -.

SAG National Board Candidates Announced

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SAG yesterday released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national board elections. Directors holding nine other national board seats will be elected from SAG Branches outside Hollywood and New York. 2010 SAG Regional Branch Division Board Election Candidates. More likely, it will lose some of its board seats.

It’s a Play! It’s Live Internet TV! It’s Both, and it Opens in Los Angeles on Friday

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If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Courtesy Heretick Theatre Lab.