AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund in the Spotlight at ASCAP Expo

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The little-known AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund pays royalties even to oft-neglected session musicians and backup singers. Music Music Business THR Online ASCAP SAG-AFTRA AFM Labor

SAG-AFTRA Asks for Investigation of Videogame Industry Over Vocal Safety Issues

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Tech Tech Business THR Online SAG-AFTRA LaborEmployer pressure to overwork their voices has caused performers to taste blood, faint, lose their voices for months at a time and suffer permanent damage, says the union. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

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SAG/AFTRA Lawsuit Hearing Canceled (Exclusive)

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The judge will decide the matter based on the motions filed in the last few weeks. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit to be Dropped

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel Papers ending the litigation are expected to be filed with the court today or tomorrow. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG-AFTRA: Anti-Merger Lawsuit Drops a Key Demand

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The Business Business AFTRA SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The plaintiffs drop a demand for access to member emails and a claim that union merger entails an improper election, while adding a fiduciary duty claim and demand for attorneys fees.

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SAG-AFTRA Sues Lee Daniels for Not Paying Residuals

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The actors' union looks to confirm a $335k arbitration award that includes health and pension contributions. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

SAG/AFTRA Anti-Merger Lawsuit: Court Paves Ways for Plaintiffs to Seek Attorneys Fees

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The federal judge also allows merger opponents to seek damages against SAG officers – on behalf of the union itself. The hearing on the case is set for March 26. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG-AFTRA Wants to Become a Defendant in Lawsuit Over Actors' Ages on IMDb

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The guild asks to intervene and raises concern about California's defense of a new law in the face of the tech industry's might. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online Labor

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Plaintiffs Fire Back in SAG-AFTRA Foreign Levies Lawsuit

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They file documents alleging that SAG-AFTRA wove an “extreme web” to steal performers’ money and warn darkly that the “court has not hesitated to incarcerate union officials” who don’t perform their duties properly or who commit misconduct. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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SAG/AFTRA: Former Mercer Official Rejects Anti-Merger Lawsuit's Reliance on 2003 Mercer Report

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The company’s chief actuary at the time the report was written says a study couldn’t spell out plan benefits because benefit choices are a matter for trustees to determine.

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New California IMDb Age Law Probably Unconstitutional, Experts Say

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The Business Movies Television Business THR Online IMDB SAG-AFTRA LaborScholars and practitioners alike come down hard on the new law, with only one of seven lawyers suggesting the enactment would survive a challenge. read more. THR, Esq.

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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. What are some of the key issues? See my piece in The Hollywood Reporter for details. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available at https://www.createspace.com/3344392 (use limited-time code JL886NCV for 20% off) and due out on Amazon this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

Judge Pauses Enforcement of IMDb Age Censorship Law

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Movies Movies THR Online SAG-AFTRA Labor"It's difficult to imagine how AB 1687 could not violate the First Amendment," writes the judge. read more. THR, Esq.

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. THR, Esq.

AFTRA, Networks Reach New Three Year Deal

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AFTRA and the television networks reached agreement on a new three-year contract today, with the new pact featuring now-standard 2% annual wage increases and an unusually large 1% increase in employer contributions to health and retirement. An AFTRA statement confirmed the issues’ importance, calling the 1% increase the union’s “primary objective” in the bargaining.

SAG-AFTRA Merger: Lawsuit Is Repeat Performance for Opponents

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The current suit is the fourth in six years – and in a bizarre twist, the judge in a 2003 anti-merger action will now hear the current one. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG-AFTRA Moves to Dismiss Ed Asner Suit

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SAG-AFTRA Labor Business The motion, even if granted, may not end the lawsuit. read more. Ed Asner The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

Anti-SAG-AFTRA Lawsuit Raises Many Issues, Targets Union Leadership (Analysis)

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The suit filed by former SAG president Ed Asner and others bears down on the union’s top two staffers –- and comes just as the SAG-AFTRA election process is beginning. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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SAG/AFTRA Members: Will your dues go up or down? Now you can tell.

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There's been a lot of discussion about how dues will change if SAG and AFTRA merge, but no one's made it easy for you to know exactly what will happen to your own. Whether you're SAG-only or a dual cardholder (or if you're AFTRA-only or even a broadcaster), the graph will show you exactly what will happen to your dues if merger passes. _.

Talent Managers Reject SAG-AFTRA Code (Again)

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Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business Three associations issue a statement three weeks after the Personal Manager Code, to which only two managers have signed on, was introduced. read more. The Business Music Movies THR Online THR, Esq.

SAG and AFTRA Condemn IMDb Revealing Performers' Ages

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Alex Ben Block Talks between the guilds and the online database about the site's refusal to delete or change actor and actress ages have broken down. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business IMDB SAG

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SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal

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Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business The deal was approved by 96.5 percent read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

Health and Retirement are the Hangup in AFTRA Netcode Negotiations (Exclusive)

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AFTRA’s negotiations with the networks and television producers resume this week and the big issue, according to a source close to the process, is the same one that’s bedeviled Hollywood labor for the past several years: health and retirement. The contract under negotiation – AFTRA’s Network Code, colloquially referred to as the “front of book” – is the union’s largest, and generates more than $250 million a year in member earnings.

AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

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The retirement plan is said to have lost $2-3 million because of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the bank.

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.”.

Anti-Merger Lawsuit Filed Against SAG and Officers

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The Business Movies Television Business AFTRA SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel Suit seeks to halt referendum and lays groundwork to obtain attorneys fees. read more. THR, Esq.

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Managers Survey Gives Thumbs Down to SAG-AFTRA Code, But Union Disagrees

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A couple hundred managers responded to the poll, but SAG-AFTRA challenges the accuracy and methodology. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

UCLA to Host Entertainment/Sports Labor Conference

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The Business Business THR Online SAG-AFTRA Labor Sports The broad-ranging event aims to build bridges between scholars, professionals and practitioners. read more. THR, Esq.

Live on Larry Mantle re SAG-AFTRA Merger

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PT for a 14 minute segment on SAG-AFTRA merger. 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. It'll probably be available archived as well. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition). Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

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. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. 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. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

SAG, AFTRA Investigating Merger

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The Screen Actors Guild has put together a task force to come up with a plan to create a merger between the union and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. SAG President Ken Howard says the membership may

How Talent Loses if Aereo Wins (Analysis)

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Television Barry Diller Behind the Screen SAG-AFTRA Labor Tech Business THR follows the money and discovers an unstated reason the guilds weighed in with briefs opposing the new service. read more. The Business WGA DGA THR, Esq.

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Actors Guild Urges Judge to Save Age Censorship Law to Combat Rampant Bias

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SAG-AFTRA argues in court that ages on IMDb are an "open invitation for casting directors to engage in illegally discriminatory conduct." read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Culture Tech Business THR Online

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SAG-AFTRA Presses on With Talent Managers Code

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SAG-AFTRA Labor Business The voluntary regulations have garnered only two signatories, but the union sees the process as long-term and will continue to educate members on the effort. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

SAG-AFTRA, Managers Trade Barbs on Regulatory Code (Analysis)

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SAG-AFTRA Labor Business A manager turns down a client and blames the union, while the union fires back at “misrepresentations. from special interests.” read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

New Service Launches to Pay Union Bonds (Exclusive)

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For a fee, BondIt will front the security deposit required by SAG-AFTRA and other unions, relieving a cash flow problem that confronts independent productions. Actors Equity SAG-AFTRA Labor Business IATSE

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. The move today was SAG’s, whose national board has now unanimously established a merger taskforce to work with AFTRA to develop “a formal plan to unite SAG and AFTRA members in one union,” in the words of a SAG statement.

SAG Filing Motion to Dismiss Anti-Merger Lawsuit on Friday (Updated)

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel Also, anti-merger forces will seek tomorrow to add a claim for attorneys fees, and on Monday will seek an injunction to invalidate the merger referendum. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG, AFTRA Give Up First-Class Travel

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Actors will be flying business class and sometimes coach as part of the unions' new deal with the studios. Details in my THR piece. -. 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. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

Anti-Merger Lawsuit Lives on Even Though SAG Doesn't

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel A month after merger, a dissolved defendant – SAG – files an answer in a suit that it argues is both stale and premature. read more. THR, Esq.

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