WGA, AMPTP Reach New Three-Year Deal

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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. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. 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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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Staffing: Lionsgate GC joins Southwestern board; new moves at Reed Smith, Nickelodeon, AMPTP

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Recent entertainment law odds and ends. Lionsgate general counsel Wayne Levin has joined the board of trustees for LA's Southwestern Law School. He's a 1988 graduate of the school. Video game and new media specialist Patrick Sweeney has joined Reed.

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AMPTP Offer

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People have asked where to find the AMPTP's recent Last, Best and Final Offer to SAG. Here's the link, plus a link to the AMPTP's highlights document and the SAG and AMPTP statements regarding the offer: * AMPTP's Last, Best and Final Offer to SAG * Highlights document * SAG statement * AMPTP statements ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. Tags: SAG AMPTP Labor Unions strike

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SAG/AFTRA Deadline Passes Without Deal With AMPTP

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Negotiations continue into the weekend and possibly beyond. 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.

SAG Board Rejects AMPTP’s final offer

Gordon P. Firemark

The Entertainment trades are reporting that the SAG Board today voted to reject the “final&# offer made by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, setting the stage for more turmoil and the possibility of an Actor’s strike. Stormy seas ahead for everybody who works in and around Hollywood. ?Including Including Entertainment Lawyers.

Actors' Unions Reach Deal With AMPTP

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SAG/AFTRA tentative agreement includes 2% annual wage bumps and 1.5% P&H increase. 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.

SAG-AMPTP Meeting Tentatively Planned for Early Next Week

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Sources close to the situation tell me that SAG and the AMPTP (studios) are planning for a meeting early next week, perhaps Tuesday. SAG and the AMPTP told me they had no comment. —————– Also, check out KPCC's Airtalk two days, featuring Jay Fernandez (Hollywood Reporter), Alan Rosenberg and me: Podcast: [link] Streaming: [link] (from [link] ) —————– Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally.

SAG & AMPTP Confirm Meetings for Next Tues-Weds

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SAG and the AMPTP confirmed in a joint press release today that they will meet at AMPTP HQ next Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17-18, as was widely expected. In my view, negotiations will probably continue over a period of a few weeks, as a significant number of issues remain. Meanwhile, MembershipFirst released a statement from key leader and SAG 1 st VP Anne-Marie Johnson that shows they intend to torpedo a deal if possible.

SAG-AMPTP Negotiations Still on Despite Lawyers’ Threat

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An AMPTP (studio alliance) spokesman confirmed to me today that negotiations between the studios and SAG are still on for next Tuesday and Wednesday, as previously announced , despite a threat from SAG President Alan Rosenberg’s lawyers that any deal reached would be null, void and not binding on SAG members. One thing that no doubt will interrupt the SAG-AMPTP negotiations is the SAG-JPC negotiations over the commercials contract.

SAG/AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal

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The Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement. Tags: Hollywood Politics agreement AMPTP SAG SCreen Actors Guild It is subject to review by the SAG national board of directors at an already-scheduled meeting/video conference in LA and NY this Sunday.

Hollywood Docket: No big change at AMPTP

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

She's a 27-year AMPTP veteran, now responsible for negotiating new union agreements with the guilds. Entertainment law news this morning: The Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers has named Carol Lombardini as its new president. Public Knowledge has sent.

SAG, AMPTP Will Meet Next Week

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The two groups will negotiate at the AMPTP From the Hollywood Reporter: the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are meeting early next week to try to bring their long-running dispute to an end.

Force Majeure: an issue in the SAG/AMPTP negotiations

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the issues in the impasse between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is the Force Majeure Clause. Backstage magazine has A good piece by Armin Shimerman on Force Majeure. The article explains the current Force majeure clause, the issue between the parties and the consquences of its application and enforcement.

SAG Gives Final Answer To AMPTP's Last Offer

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The Screen Actors Guild has rejected the AMPTP's "last offer," because it would not date beginning from the expiration of the last contract (June 2008), but prospectively, when economic conditions are much worse. SAG wants a contract that would put

SAG, AFTRA start talks with studios

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SAG-AFTRA Netcode Negotiations Start

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

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. That was the date for SAG and the AMPTP to begin early negotiations. Now it will be SAG and AFTRA jointly meeting with the AMPTP. A call to AFTRA for reaction was not immediately returned; the AMPTP had no comment. Tags: SAG AMPTP AFTRA Membership First

SAG Strike Authorization Ballots

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The AMPTP issued a statement denouncing the move, and urging that actors study the studio offer on the table carefully. Tags: SAG AMPTP Labor Unions strike The Screen Actors Guild just announced that strike authorization ballots will be mailed Friday, January 2 and will be due back and tabulated three weeks later, Friday, January 23. I’ve posted a summary of the offer and an analysis of the disagreement between the two sides.

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). SAG, AFTRA and the AMPTP declined to comment. As is our custom, we will engage with the AMPTP to clarify and narrow the issues before the beginning of formal negotiations.

Hollywood Labor: The Tyranny of Time

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SAG and AFTRA The SAG and AFTRA negotiations with the AMPTP (studio alliance) begin on Monday the 27 th , less than a week away. These negotiations may technically be with the studios as a loose group rather than with the AMPTP per se. Or they may be with the AMPTP. The November 7 date seems to assume that SAG, AFTRA and the AMPTP will reach agreement prior to then. Last negotiating cycle, for example, the DGA and AMPTP held just five days of formal bargaining.

Patching Up Negotiations Redux

DealFatigue

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Patching Up Negotiations Redux

DealFatigue

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Patching Up Negotiations Redux

DealFatigue

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SAG Rejects Studio Offer; Back to Stalemate

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By a vote of 73% to 27%, the Screen Actors Guild board of directors voted Saturday to reject the studios’ most recent offer, which the studio alliance, the AMPTP, had delivered two days earlier. Meanwhile, SAG’s main objection to the AMPTP offer is not new media per se, but the rather more prosaic issue of contract expiration date. Below are statements released by SAG and the AMPTP. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally.

Exclusive: SAG-AFTRA New Media Battle?

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However, when reviewing the AMPTP offer to SAG, I noticed that the comparable language—“ [i]t is understood and agreed that SAG shares jurisdiction ”—is struck out. In other words, SAG refuses to agree to shared jurisdiction, and the AMPTP is not pressing the point. Tags: SAG AMPTP new media AFTRA strike When (if?) SAG eventually does a deal with the studios, will SAG and its smaller rival, AFTRA, peacefully share jurisdiction in new media? Answer: probably not.

Patching Up Negotiations

DealFatigue

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Patching Up Negotiations

DealFatigue

SAG and the AMPTP). Deal Points Guilds Negotiations aftra amptp bansky christmas trees ego nickel leverage marketshare monopoly pumpkin patch pumpkins sag supply and demand

Patching Up Negotiations

DealFatigue

SAG and the AMPTP). Tags: Deal Points Guilds Negotiations aftra amptp bansky christmas trees leverage marketshare monopoly pumpkin patch pumpkins sag supply and demand

Is SAG Becoming Irrelevant?

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Start with the latest: Talks between SAG and the AMPTP (studio alliance) collapsed Thursday night, with the AMPTP presenting SAG with a take it or leave it offer and a 60-day deadline, after which the offer could be modified or withdrawn. AMPTP statement below; SAG has not yet issued a statement.) MF’s) anti-AFTRA antics helped persuade that union to set out on its own and negotiate a deal with the AMPTP. Tags: SAG AMPTP Membership First AFTRA strike

SAG: Opposition Grows to Strike Authorization

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Today, the AMPTP sent out a letter to politicians in key film-producing states— Cal. , Tags: SAG AMPTP Labor Unions strike Developments over the last few days: SAG leaders met with business managers and publicists, and, separately, with agents, to brief them on SAG’s positions and plans. SAG apparently did not win any converts at the meetings. A Hollywood-based SAG member, Keri Tombazian, launched a website called [link] , as a hub for materials opposing a strike authorization.

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

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Details and analysis of the deal are available here , and below are press releases from SAG, AFTRA (a rival actors union) and the AMPTP (the alliance representing the studios). The term of the agreement puts SAG in sync with the other unions, and does not include the extended term recently proposed by the AMPTP.” AFTRA congratulates our sister union, Screen Actors Guild, on its new tentative agreement with the AMPTP.

Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets reported over the weekend that the broad strokes of a deal between the AMPTP and the WGA could be in the offing as early as next Friday.

Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets reported over the weekend that the broad strokes of a deal between the AMPTP and the WGA could be in the offing as early as next Friday.

Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets reported over the weekend that the broad strokes of a deal between the AMPTP and the WGA could be in the offing as early as next Friday.

SAG’s Thaw

DealFatigue

The WGA had similar difficulties during their negotiations with the AMPTP. The AMPTP likely concluded that the best tactic for them was to stay largely mum lest they provide guild factions with any common ground on which to unify.

SAG’s Thaw

DealFatigue

The WGA had similar difficulties during their negotiations with the AMPTP. The AMPTP likely concluded that the best tactic for them was to stay largely mum lest they provide guild factions with any common ground on which to unify.

SAG’s Thaw

DealFatigue

The WGA had similar difficulties during their negotiations with the AMPTP. The AMPTP likely concluded that the best tactic for them was to stay largely mum lest they provide guild factions with any common ground on which to unify.

Basic Cable Clarification & Details

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The AMPTP will be present, and the sessions will be at AMPTP headquarters, but the discussions are technically with “authorizers,” which appears to mean some of the AMPTP members plus other companies. SAG, AFTRA and the AMPTP had no comment. Tags: basic cable Labor Unions AFTRA AMPTP SAG 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.

Cracks In The Veneer

DealFatigue

Whatever the motivation, the AMPTP’s perception (and that of the WGA membership) stand to profoundly affect the psychology of pending negotiations and ultimately, the outcome of any deal.

Cracks In The Veneer

DealFatigue

Whatever the motivation, the AMPTP ’s perception (and that of the WGA membership) stand to profoundly affect the psychology of pending negotiations and ultimately, the outcome of any deal.