SAG-AFTRA Engages Jonathan Handel as Outside Special Counsel

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Leaves The Hollywood Reporter; will continue to practice entertainment/tech law; writes at jhandel.news LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2020) – SAG-AFTRA has engaged entertainment/technology attorney and journalist Jonathan Handel as an outside Special Counsel to the union, effective Sept.

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Pilots Overwhelmingly AFTRA Again

Digital Media Law

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. This continues a trend that began last year, when roughly 90% of pilots (and 83% of pilot pickups ) went AFTRA. So, AFTRA’s reach is growing in network primetime scripted programming.

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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 Laborread more. THR, Esq.

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SAG, AFTRA start talks with studios

Digital Media Law

Tags: Labor Unions AFTRA AMPTP SAG

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SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit to be Dropped

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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 Lawsuit Hearing Canceled (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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Dismissal Filed in SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The plaintiffs say they’ve “reflected upon the demonstrated will of the SAG members.” read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG-AFTRA Commercials Update

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Small moves by each side, but movement nonetheless, characterizes the ongoing commercials contract negotiations being held in New York between SAG and AFTRA jointly and the advertising industry, according to a source close to the talks. A welcome bit of news: the source said that SAG and AFTRA are working well together, with no evidence of factionalism. Tags: advertising SAG Labor Unions JPC Commercials AFTRA strike

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SAG Approves Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

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The Screen Actors Guild national board this morning approved an agreement to hold joint negotiations with AFTRA with the studio alliance (AMPTP) later this year, for 45 days starting on October 1. Now it will be SAG and AFTRA jointly meeting with the AMPTP. AFTRA’s national board approved joint bargaining three weeks ago, on February 27, so all that remains is presumably finalizing the text of the joint bargaining agreement and then signing on the dotted line.

SAG-AFTRA Non-Disparagement?

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A month and a half ago, SAG and AFTRA signed an agreement not to disparage each other, with significant fines apparently being the consequence for violation. Although the terms of the agreement are confidential, Variety quoted an AFTRA officer at the time explaining that AFTRA was advised to “scrub” all critical material on the Internet about SAG. Two fact sheets and an ad are available for your perusal, all artifacts from SAG’s ill-fated campaign against the AFTRA deal.

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SAG-AFTRA Netcode Deal Reached

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business Terms of the deal are expected to be released later in the evening. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

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SAG-AFTRA Netcode Negotiations Start

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business Talks on the agreement, which covers daytime and syndicated programs, are likely to be smooth read more. The Business AMPTP THR Online THR, Esq.

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Pilot Season 94% AFTRA

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66 out of 70 TV pilots this year will be shot under AFTRA jurisdiction, reports the Hollywood Reporter today. That’s 94% for AFTRA and only 6% for SAG. Meanwhile, I’ve been told somewhat different numbers that calculate out to about 87% AFTRA. Either way, it’s a 180 from typical figures, as I’m told that AFTRA typically has 10% or fewer pilots. Who’s to credit for this development?

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SAG-AFTRA Joint Bargaining: AFTRA Hesitates, Slightly; and More

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An AFTRA committee, expected to recommend joint bargaining with SAG, instead referred the matter to a subcommittee, the Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap reported. Curious about details, I contacted a source close to AFTRA. SAG and AFTRA declined to comment.) The committee that met yesterday is, in fact, AFTRA’s Strategy Cabinet, a key, 25-member committee that advises the AFTRA National Board on important matters. Tags: Phase I AFTRA Actors' Equity

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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. Meanwhile, 131,000 ballots hit the post office today. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Netcode Deal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business The deal was approved by 93 percent read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

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Judge Denies Injunction Against SAG/AFTRA Vote Count

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel Results will be announced Friday -– but the lawsuit will continue, and anti-merger activists hint at a class action lawsuit a year from now. read more. THR, Esq.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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 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

AFTRA Board Approves Joint Bargaining With SAG

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At a videoconference meeting today in New York and LA, AFTRA’s national board unanimously voted to approve joint bargaining with SAG for the Primetime Television Contract and the SAG TV/theatrical contract. The move comes a month after SAG’s national board voted, by a tally of 82% to 18%, to “seek engagement with AFTRA in a joint bargaining agreement for negotiation of the Television/Theatrical Contract.” Tags: Phase I AFTRA AMPTP SAG

Talent Managers Reject SAG-AFTRA Code (Again)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.

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Ed Asner's SAG-AFTRA Lawsuit Dismissed

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge says the case isn''t ripe yet because the parties haven''t finished examining records kept by SAG-AFTRA over levies and residuals. Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business read more. Ed Asner The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq.

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TV Series Pickups Favor AFTRA 5 to 1

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Several months ago, we learned that pilot season this year was 94% AFTRA (or 87% by some calculations), a complete 180 from its usual 90% SAG. The AP is reporting that 25 out of 30 shows picked up by broadcast networks this spring were AFTRA and just five were SAG. That’s about 83% AFTRA to 17% SAG—not much better for SAG than the pilot numbers. In contrast, last year’s figures, according to the AP, were 3 AFTRA and 19 SAG, i.e., 14% AFTRA and 86% SAG.

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DGA to Negotiate on SAG & AFTRA's Heels

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The Directors Guild announced on its website today that it will begin negotiations with the AMPTP (studio alliance) in mid-November, which is immediately after the scheduled end of 45 days of negotiation between the AMPTP and SAG (Screen Actors Guild) & AFTRA (a smaller performers union). The DGA contract (like those of SAG, AFTRA and the WGA) expires in mid-2011, but the DGA always negotiates early. Hopefully, SAG, AFTRA and the DGA will coordinate their proposals.

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SAG-AFTRA Sides with Olivia de Havilland in FX Feud

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The union argues First Amendment protection isn't absolute and docudrama filmmakers have an obligation to "exercise caution" when depicting a living individual. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Ryan Murphy Feud

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SAG-AFTRA Ad Deal Done

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SAG and AFTRA jointly reached a deal late last night with the advertising industry, retaining the current lucrative compensation structure for broadcast network commercials, and largely resisting the industry’s attempt to reduce pension and health contributions. The joint SAG-AFTRA press release is below. increase in the employer contribution rate to the AFTRA H&R and SAG P&H plans bringing the total contribution rate to 15.3%. Score one for labor.

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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.”.

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Plaintiffs Fire Back in SAG-AFTRA Foreign Levies Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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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.

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Dismissal Formalized in SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Business SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The litigation comes to an end as the union moves forward with the task of implementing the merger. 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.

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SAG-AFTRA Merger: Lawsuit Is Repeat Performance for Opponents

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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SAG-AFTRA Responds to Foreign Royalties Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

SAG-AFTRA Labor Business A new suit apparently charges the union with failing to properly disburse about $110 million received from foreign collection societies. read more. Ed Asner The Business THR, Esq.

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Actors Union SAG-AFTRA and Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

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SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union’s commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. The existing agreement remains in place through March 31, 2013. The parties need more time, said the union, to address “data challenges” regarding a study that may result in a revamp of the commercials residuals system, referred to as Gross Ratings Points (GRP).

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.

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Exclusive: SAG-AFTRA New Media Battle?

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SAG eventually does a deal with the studios, will SAG and its smaller rival, AFTRA, peacefully share jurisdiction in new media? The AFTRA deal, which was ratified four months ago, has a provision that says “[i]t is understood and agreed that AFTRA shares jurisdiction” over such programs. Tags: SAG AMPTP new media AFTRA strike When (if?) Answer: probably not.

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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.

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Ed Asner Case: SAG-AFTRA Accused of 'Extreme Web' to Steal Performers' Money

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

SAG-AFTRA Labor Business Plaintiffs in the ongoing legal case file new documents in foreign levies dispute. read more. Ed Asner The Business THR, Esq.

Three Membership First Candidates Elected to AFTRA Boards

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The AFTRA Los Angeles results are in. Many candidates were reelected, but new winners include two Membership First leaders—SAG 1 st VP Anne-Marie Johnson (AFTRA national board) and former SAG Hollywood Board member David Jolliffe (AFTRA Los Angeles local board)—as well as Membership First member Alan Ruck (AFTRA national board). I believe they join several MF stalwarts already on one or the other AFTRA boards.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.

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SAG/AFTRA Merger Details Hinted

Digital Media Law

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

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