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WGA Ballots on the Way

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The WGA deal reached last month is on its way to the membership for a ratification vote – ballots are in the mail. 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. _. available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition).

WGA, AMPTP Reach New Three-Year Deal

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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 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.

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WGA Sends Studio Deal to Members

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I'll also be discussing my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” 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 The ratification vote will take place in April, before the existing contract's May 1 expiration. Details: The Hollywood Reporter.

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

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The WGA East slammed a “system that has diverted capital (to) a tiny handful of people,” while the LA County Fed called out "corporate bullies, banks and investment firms.". Details: The Hollywood Reporter -- LA County Fed story ; WGA East story. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,”

WGA East Executive Director Optimistic on Guild Negotiating Goals

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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 Lowell Peterson also confirms that there is no date set for negotiations. See The Hollywood Reporter exclusive. _. Check out my residuals chart there too.

WGA Institutes Qualified Voting

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The WGA membership has approved new rules limiting members’ eligibility to vote on strike authorization and ratification of the feature-primetime contract: members now have to have earnings of $30,000 under a WGA agreement during the six years preceding the vote or 15 or more qualified years as a pension plan participant, Variety reports.

WGA Strike Photos Wanted

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I'm publishing my blog as a book and need photos for the cover. In particular, I'm looking for colorful, emotional crowd shots of WGA rallies and marches, especially the march on Hollywood Blvd. in Nov. I'm also interested in photos of SAG rallies and Back to Work rallies. Do you have photos that fill the bill?

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

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Writers are a more subdued bunch than actors , but the WGA Awards included a red carpet. Tags: WGA Awards

Survey in Progress re WGA Strike

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Nina O'Brien, a doctoral student at USC's Annenberg School who focuses on entertainment labor issues, is doing an anonymous study of the WGA strike and would like your participation if you're in or affiliated with the TV or film industry. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

WGA in Organizing Struggle with Comcast

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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 Style, and G4 writers seek immediate guild representation; Comcast refuses, and is forcing a government-supervised secret ballot election. Details: The Hollywood Reporter.

Hobbitry; and the WGA sends out a negotiations bulletin

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For details of the WGA's priorities in its upcoming (though as yet unscheduled) contract talks, see [link]. -. 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 For the latest on the Hobbit controversy, see [link] and [link].

WGA Candidates for President and Board Announced

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SAG’s upcoming elections have been getting some attention, but the WGA West is having an election this summer as well. Current WGA West president Patric Verrone is running for one of the open board seats, but not for president (I believe there are term limits). Instead, the candidates for president are John Wells and Elias Davis.

Joan Rivers Faces Potential Fine, Expulsion in WGA East Trial (Analysis)

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With the WGA East sending Joan Rivers off to a trial board for alleged violations related to Fashion Police, the star will be facing what’s likely to be a tough tribunal – and a fine that could be as high as all the money she’s made on the hit show in the last year, plus expulsion from the union. Normal. 0. false. false. false.

WGA, IATSE Weigh in on SAG/AFTRA 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 Writers and crew unions join DGA in congratulating the actors on their tentative agreement. Details in my THR piece. -. Check out my residuals chart there too.

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Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

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In order to make the schedule for joint negotiations work, AFTRA leadership has agreed to a one-year extension to its so-called “front of book” – the portion of its agreement with the AMPTP that covers daytime serials (soap operas) and various other work whose jurisdiction is not shared with SAG. book eventually, but no information on when.

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.

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WGA, AMPTP agree on new contract. Jonathan Handel: WGA Ballots on the Way (huffingtonpost.com). WGA, AMPTP agree on new contract [link].

JLH on UCLA Panel re Labor

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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 SAG Next Sat., June 13, I'll be on a labor panel at the UCLA Altered States Media Conference, sponsored by the UCLA Producers Program and the UCLA Festival for New Creative Works. The conference description is below.

SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

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That means all four unions will be able to coordinate negotiations and strategy, even to the point of threatening a joint strike by two (WGA and SAG) or three (WGA, SAG and AFTRA) of the unions. The new deal compromises the force majeure claims SAG has pending from the 2007-2008 WGA strike. bump on June 30 of this year.

NBC Universal Writers Pen Letter of Support for Comcast Writers

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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.

Litigious 'Star Trek' writer: 'It ain't about the principle, friend, it's about the MONEY! Pay me!'

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Ellison is also upset that the WGA has refused to get involved after multiple requests. By Eriq Gardner. Pay Me!

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.

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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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!,” WGA And what of the Writers Guild? That timeframe is a problem, because the WGA usually takes far more than 5 days to reach agreement with the AMPTP. which is due out next month. Or they may be with the AMPTP.

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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. Still, the announcement puts enormous pressure on SAG and AFTRA to conclude an agreement in October or early November of this year. Hopefully, SAG, AFTRA and the DGA will coordinate their proposals.

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

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For the same reason, he declined to comment on last week's election of moderate candidate John Wells at the WGA. Let’s hope that the studios and AMPTP recognize that next year is the time to deal with deferred business and negotiate in a more moderate fashion, or we may see a joint SAG-WGA (and possibly AFTRA) strike. What a fizzle.

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No More Sounds of Silence on the Music Composition Front?

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An earlier bid to join the Writers Guild (WGA) apparently gained little traction. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Everyone knows that composers and lyricists makes scales. now they want to make scale as well. Union scale, that is (or, even better, above scale).

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.

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

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Their contract doesn’t expire until mid-2011 (concurrent with SAG and AFTRA Ex. A, and just two months after the WGA), but they like to negotiate early. 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. What about the WGA?

SAG Letter re Force Majeure Claims

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The Guild’s negotiators took on that challenge and, despite the producers’ demand that the Guild simply withdraw all the claims without payment, our negotiators achieved a settlement of the claims that results in significant payments to series regulars who were affected by the WGA strike. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions: Representation

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There is a sample agreement in my book, Contracts in the Film and Television Industry published by Silman-James Press. have contacted and received some listings from WGA and SAG. Agents on the WGA list are agents who have signed franchise agreements with the WGA. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions: Writing

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If the buyer is a major studio or production company, it should pay you at least WGA scale. Under the First Amendment, you are permitted to mention other people in books and films without their permission. would ask for a minimum of WGA scale against 5% of the budget. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. dollars. 502 U.S.

Frequently Asked Questions: Copyright

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Question: I have an idea for a book that I want to write that I want to submit to a book publisher. However, I don't want the book publisher to steal the idea and have someone else write the book. Other people have also developed their interpretations, which have been published as books or plays. Copyright Office.