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Hollywood Guilds Fight to Save Residuals in Relativity Bankruptcy (Analysis)

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The Business Home Movies Business THR Online DGA Relativity Media SAG-AFTRA WGA LaborWill residuals be paid? It’s complicated. read more.

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. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition). Check out my residuals chart there too.

WGA, AMPTP Reach New Three-Year Deal

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Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” 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. available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition).

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WGA Sends Studio Deal to Members

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Details: The Hollywood Reporter. The subject is "The Past, Present and Future of Hollywood Unions." I'll also be discussing my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” The ratification vote will take place in April, before the existing contract's May 1 expiration.

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

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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. Details: The Hollywood Reporter -- LA County Fed story ; WGA East story. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,”

"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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WGA Strike Photos Wanted

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In particular, I'm looking for colorful, emotional crowd shots of WGA rallies and marches, especially the march on Hollywood Blvd. I'm publishing my blog as a book and need photos for the cover. 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 and Producers Reach Agreement

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More here. Next up: negotiations between SAG/AFTRA and the AMPTP

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

WGA in Organizing Struggle with Comcast

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

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. For the latest on the Hobbit controversy, see [link] and [link]. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

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. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. 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. Writers and crew unions join DGA in congratulating the actors on their tentative agreement. Details in my THR piece. -. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

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Hollywood Labor Roundup

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Keeping you up to date on miscellaneous goings-on in the world of Hollywood labor, here’s what’s happened in the last week or so: SAG Commercials Negotiations. WGA Executive Director David Young Defends Writers Strike. Leno Haled Into WGA Court. Tags: SAG WGA AMPTP DGA Labor Unions strike No news to report.

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Hollywood Labor’s Long-Term Future: More Unrest

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After a year and a half of Hollywood labor turmoil, we’re finally nearing a SAG deal and the end of this negotiating cycle. Hollywood is now yoked to the computer, Internet and consumer electronics industries, all of which evolve at breakneck speed, dragging slower-moving Hollywood along like a clumsy partner in a three-legged race.

Hollywood Docket: WGA v. Comcast; Jim Morrison Pardoned; Vuvuzelas Fight Piracy

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Eriq Gardner Entertainment law news for December 9 read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Hollywood Docket: Michael Jackson Is Still Rich; WGA demands; TLC settles 'Cake Boss' trademark spat

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THR staff The late King of Pop earned $275 million last year. read more. The Business Business

Hollywood Labor: The Tyranny of Time

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One key to understanding Hollywood labor is a tool that was invented thousands of years ago: the calendar. 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? which is due out next month. Or they may be with the AMPTP.

Leno’s All Charged Up

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Flashback to January 2007—almost 14 months ago—when Hollywood was in the middle of a long writers strike, rather than an even longer screen actors stalemate. That reappearance gave the WGA strike a highly visible supporter, as Jay’s first returning monologue was a recital in favor of the strike.

Hollywood Docket Top 5: Wells rips Comcast-NBCU; Phil Spector appeal; law school & 'The Office'

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WGA West president John Wells was harshly critical of the planned Comcast-NBC Uni merger at Congressional hearings yesterday and proposed that the "new media superpower" be required to allocate 25% of primetime programming on its networks to independent providers. Tags: Hollywood Docket

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 019 – Boop Boop Be Doo.

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WGA, AMPTP agree on new contract. Hollywood Docket: Obama Administration Proposes Tough New IP Laws. In this Episode: Follow Ups. Holder.

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Fixing the Residuals System

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For a proposal, see my piece in today’s Hollywood Reporter. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Tags: WGA Labor Unions IATSE residuals DGA SAG The residuals system is broken. Yet we need residuals, because talent survives on these payments between gigs. Yes, I believe so.

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SAG’s Thaw

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First-quarter off-lot activity in Hollywood was at an all-time low.). The WGA had similar difficulties during their negotiations with the AMPTP.

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SAG’s Thaw

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First-quarter off-lot activity in Hollywood was at an all-time low.). The WGA had similar difficulties during their negotiations with the AMPTP.

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SAG’s Thaw

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First-quarter off-lot activity in Hollywood was at an all-time low.). The WGA had similar difficulties during their negotiations with the AMPTP.

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Are studios colluding to bring down talent costs?

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By Eriq Gardner Is there a massive antitrust class action brewing in Hollywood's backyard? The NY Times' Michael Cieply buried that potentially bombshell charge this weekend in the middle of a column about the formidable power that Hollywood studios still. Tags: Antitrust Dealmaking Talent & Studios WGA Strike

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.

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

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And a heads up: the rest of this article is pretty much insider baseball, so proceed if you want the nitty-gritty details on what the year ahead may hold for Hollywood labor, and SAG in particular. The SAG portion of the committee will have 11 members from Hollywood , 4 from New York and 4 from the Regional Branch Division (i.e.,

How Talent Loses if Aereo Wins

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Follow the money and discover an unstated reason the Hollywood unions weighed in with briefs opposing the new service. As a result, News Corp.

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. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

WRITERS GUILD STRIKE -- IS AN END IN SIGHT?

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The WGA has signed "interim" agreements with independent production companies and smaller studios, which could signal a break in the ranks of the studios which have held firm against the writers' demands. The WGA has pressured networks and studios by refusing the grant waivers for the upcoming awards season.

Tips Welcome

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Now that I'm covering labor for The Hollywood Reporter , I want to say something that might be obvious: I want your tips, thoughts, rumors, etc. 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. Anonymity is always respected.

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When (Not) To Use A Bigger Hammer

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Such much for the insular and provincial world of Hollywood. understand the WGA Strike of ’88 devastated writers. At least not yet.

When (Not) To Use A Bigger Hammer

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Such much for the insular and provincial world of Hollywood. understand the WGA Strike of ’88 devastated writers. At least not yet.

When (Not) To Use A Bigger Hammer

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Such much for the insular and provincial world of Hollywood. understand the WGA Strike of ‘88 devastated writers. At least not yet.

What Does the Internet Mean for the Movie Business?

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The debates have been especially fierce in the context of the SAG stalemate, since compensation and residuals are much lower in new media, and union jurisdiction more limited, under the model proposed by the studios to SAG and adopted by the DGA, WGA, AFTRA and the IA. Entitled “Hollywood 2.0: SVP of U.S. audience Jeff Dossett.

No More Sounds of Silence on the Music Composition Front?

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One of the few non-unionized sectors of Hollywood, composers and lyricists - the people who write music (as opposed to musicians, the people who perform it) - are now in talks with the Teamsters for representation. An earlier bid to join the Writers Guild (WGA) apparently gained little traction. now they want to make scale as well.

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

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Understanding the role of Hollywood guilds and unions is critical to comprehending the state and direction of the entertainment industry as a whole,” says Handel, former associate counsel with the Writers Guild of America. On a personal note, I've been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law. later this year.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: FORCE MAJEURE CLAUSES WREAK HAVOC ON TALENT DEALS

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STUDIOS INVOKE FORCE MAJEURE TO JETTISON TALENT DEALS AS WRITERS STRIKE CONTINUES As the strike by Hollywood's writers enters its third month, studios have started to terminate overall talent deals with producers and writers. WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW Studios suspended their deals with writers when the WGA went on strike.

SAG Rejects Studio Offer; Back to Stalemate

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The studios, however, want a three-year deal, which is the usual term for Hollywood labor agreements, and the offer rejected today so reflects. That would put SAG’s expiration in early 2012, or almost a year later than the WGA’s. Thus, the offer will not be sent out to the membership for a ratification vote. What next?