Weinstein Co. Board Members Targeted in Racketeering Class Action

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The new case follows a similar action, which has stalled thanks to the bankruptcy of TWC. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online The Weinstein Company

AFTRA board member accused of running SAGWatch

Digital Media Law

For details, see my THR piece: [link]. ——————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this 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 or friend me on Facebook. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

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Sumner Redstone's Granddaughter Sides With Viacom Board Members Against Shari

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Keryn Redstone adds more family drama to Viacom board circus. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Disney Board Members Facing Shareholder Lawsuit Over Anti-Poaching Pacts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are among the defendants. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Spotify Board Member Google Gets Nailed by Stockholders for Another $250,000,000

Music Technology Policy

Google has entered into a proposed settlement agreement with a group of Google shareholders that sued Google’s top executives and board members for breach of fiduciary duty, abuse of control, corporate waste and unjust enrichment.

SAG National Board Candidates Announced

Digital Media Law

SAG yesterday released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national board elections. Notably, all of the open seats in LA (the Hollywood Division) are held by MembershipFirst members, which means that, as was the case last year, MF can at best maintain its level of representation on the national board. More likely, it will lose some of its board seats. On the Hollywood divisional board, MF could gain or lose, as all division seats are up every year.

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Disney Board Members Seek End to Shareholder Lawsuit Over Anti-Poaching Pacts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Robert Iger and others defend their roles overseeing a company that allegedly conspired to deny workers in the visual effects community better work opportunities. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

SAG Board Meeting Starts

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board meeting began this morning at 9:00 a.m. Spotted among the hardline group were Ed Asner and National Board member Frances Fisher. member had brought were too large to be appropriate. accompanied by light informational leafleting from pro and con sources. The meeting is expected to be contentious. The leafleting was not. About 20 pro-hardline leafletters showed up, and about 5 anti-strike folks.

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SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Voting on party lines, a sharply divided SAG board approved the tentative deal with the studios yesterday by a vote of about 53% to 47%. Ballots will go out to the members in early May and will be due back three weeks later. The balloting material will be accompanied by both pro and con statements, and the fight over the deal will be a prelude to SAG’s presidential and board elections, which will commence in July and run through September.

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SAG Board Re-Do Successful

Digital Media Law

The SAG Board met yesterday and re-affirmed actions already taken in writing two weeks earlier: the ouster of former National Executive Director Doug Allen and the replacement of the negotiating team. The Board’s vote would appear to render moot a lawsuit filed last week by SAG president Alan Rosenberg. The change results from two Membership First board members, Angela Watson and Keith Carradine, breaking ranks and voting with the SAG moderates.

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SAG-AFTRA Joint Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

A ballot referendum recommending ratification will soon go out to members, for return by mid-January. 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.

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Texas State Board of Education Members Get Their Bill Martins Mixed Up

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, news that a member of the Texas State Board of Education asked that a book by "Bill Martin" be banned from the third grade social studies curriculum because it promulgated "very strong critiques of

AFTRA Board Approves Joint Bargaining With SAG

Digital Media Law

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.”

Rachel Maddow: Ohio suspends elections board members for adding voting time

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy Rachel Maddow: Ohio suspends elections board members for adding voting time : "" (Via

FCC to Eliminate Need for Social Security Numbers from Board Members of Noncommercial Licensees for Biennial Ownership Report

Broadcast Law Blog

The third item, also related to noncommercial licensees, is the resolution of the long-simmering dispute about whether or not to require that those individuals with attributable interests in noncommercial broadcast stations – officers and board members – to provide their Social Security Numbers or other personal information to the FCC to obtain an FCC Registration Number – an FRN. So if an individual sits on the board of multiple broadcast licensees (e.g.

SAG National Board Unanimously Moves Towards Merger with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

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. The goal is ambitious: to have a plan for approval by the two unions’ national boards in January 2012.

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SAG: Four Hardline Horsemen in the National Board Room

Digital Media Law

Yet, strangely enough, the leaders of the losing hardline faction will all find seats on the national board, and will continue to be a shadow government within the union’s Hollywood board—a board on which, in contrast, none of the key moderate leaders will be voting members. Tough independent and former presidential candidate Morgan Fairchild remains, but she’s not a member of the UFS slate and thus doesn’t occupy a leadership position in that group.

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WGA Candidates for President and Board Announced

Digital Media Law

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). There are 16 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of Directors, as follows: Luvh Rakhe, Linda Burstyn, Mick Betancourt, Jan Oxenberg, Howard A. In addition to the candidates selected by the WGAW Nominating Committee, eligible members may also be nominated by petition.

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SAG Board Meeting Grinds On Into the Night

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board meeting, which began about 9:00 a.m. As I left, food arrived, suggesting more long hours for the sleep-deprived board, including the jet-lagged New Yorkers and regional (RBD) members. Meanwhile, inside the James Cagney Room, the oversize SAG board – 71 people if all members attended or were represented by alternates – were holding an undoubtedly contentious meeting, accompanied by an unknown number of staff members.

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Three Membership First Candidates Elected to AFTRA Boards

Digital Media Law

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. Newly-elected to the AFTRA National Board are actors Anne-Marie Johnson, D.

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SAG: What Might Happen at Next Week's Board Meeting

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board is meeting next Monday and Tuesday, Jan. Rather than risk defeat, the hardliners who control the Guild may instead push for the deal to be sent out to the members for ratification. Those alone will be enough for some members to vote No on the deal. But many moderate members will not be persuaded that those items are reason enough to vote No. The moderates and independents in the board room may have a hard time opposing this gambit.

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Black Box Invasion! Duties of Collective’s Board Under Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

One of the most unusual aspects of the non-profit collective to be established under the Music Modernization Act is the method of codifying the number of seats on the board of directors (and a couple other boards) and designating the characteristics of the kind of person who gets to hold those seats. (Of The composition of an organization’s board is something that is always handled in the organization’s by-laws. Board members–serve at your peril.

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SAG Board Approves Contract

Thompson On Hollywood

The Screen Actors Guild national board narrowly approved a tentative new two-year feature-primetime contract with the AMPTP Sunday. The board passed the below motion shortly after 4:00 p.m. On behalf of the National Board, I thank them for their time, commitment and expertise.”

Want to Serve on the ABA Law Practice Magazine Editorial Board?

Media Law

The Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association is currently accepting applications from those interested in serving on the division’s various boards and committees. The members of these boards help produce ABA Techshow, Law Practice magazine, the Law Practice Today webzine, books, education programs, and other initiatives. The post Want to Serve on the ABA Law Practice Magazine Editorial Board?

Constitutionality of Copyright Royalty Board Argued Before the US Court of Appeals - How Will It Affect Future Music Royalty Rate-Setting?

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board makes many important decisions, yet for the last several years, there has been a cloud over its operations, as there have been questions as to whether its members were constitutionally appointed (see our articles here , here and here ). The Board also oversees the distribution of funds that are collected for the retransmission of distant television signals by cable systems.

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Court denies preliminary injunction in constitutional challenge to Copyright Royalty Board

Copyrights & Campaigns

A federal judge in Washington has denied a motion by Internet radio aggregator Live365.com to preliminarily enjoin the operation of the Copyright Royalty Board on the grounds that its judges are appointed in violation of the US Constitution. A similar challenge to the appointment of members of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is pending before the Supreme Court, and a decision in that case, Free Enterprise Fund v.

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Police Board Not Bound by Meeting Law

Media Law

The Massachusetts open meeting law does not apply to a board created to review citizen complaints against police, the Hampden County district attorney's office has decided, according to a report yesterday in The Republican newspaper. McMahon concludes that the Community Complaint Review Board is not a governmental body covered by the law and therefore does not have to post notices of its meetings.

Changes in the Board of Nonprofit Corporation Doom FCC Application for New FM Station – Addressing Control Issues in Noncommercial Broadcasting

Broadcast Law Blog

In a decision released earlier this week , the FCC dismissed an application for a new noncommercial FM station based on a change in the majority of the applicant’s board of directors within a one-year period after the application was filed. But, in the Inquiry, the Commission suggested that sudden changes in the Board needed to be approved on a long-form transfer of control application, with public notice and the potential for petitions to deny the application.

Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate

Music Technology Policy

These interlocking boards or corporate relationships may work well when there is something in it for the allied less dominant competitors that helps each of them in ways that do not harm each of them. The Return of the Interlocking Board.

Copyright Royalty Board Oral Argument on Sirius XM SoundExchange Royalties - A View of the Application of the 801(b) Standard Proposed for Internet Radio

Broadcast Law Blog

The royalties that Sirius XM will pay to SoundExchange for the next 5 years will be decided by the Copyright Royalty Board ("CRB") in December. The oral argument made clear that the adoption of the 801(b) standard is not in and of itself a panacea for the concerns about the royalties that have been set by the Copyright Royalty Board.

Congress Can’t Let Mr. Trump Kill Obamacare on His Own - The Editorial Board of The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The executive order is made up of two main changes: to expand the use of short-term insurance policies and to make it easier for professional and trade associations to sell health coverage to members across the country. A national plumbers association, say, might offer a plan to all of its members and their employees.

Does a School Board 'Retreat' Violate the Open Meeting Law?

Media Law

The law defines "deliberation" as "a verbal exchange between a quorum of members of a governmental body attempting to arrive at a decision on any public business within its jurisdiction." That is the question raised in this article in The Republican today. The Springfield School Committee is spending the weekend at a resort in the Berkshires for a training program led by a group called the Center for Reform of School Systems. The district attorney gave the gathering a green light.

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Assessing Control of the Noncommercial Broadcaster - FCC Looks to Board of Directors

Broadcast Law Blog

How do you determine who is control of a noncommercial broadcaster governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors? No other officers or directors or members of the applicant nonprofit corporation were listed in the application. A competing applicant searched state records, and determined that its articles of incorporation reflected that the applicant was to be governed by a Board of Directors, and required at least three directors.

FCC Application Processing Decisions – No Reasonable Transmitter Site Assurance Necessary for Auction Applications, Change in Control of Nonprofit Governing Board Fatal to Pending Applications

Broadcast Law Blog

The noncommercial cases deals with the dismissal of an application because of a change in the control of its board of directors while the application was pending. The recent noncommercial cases make clear that a noncommercial applicant needs to have a majority of its Board stay in place while an application is pending or risk having that application dismissed. There were several recent FCC decisions on application processing matters worthy of note.

Netflix Accused of Violating U.S. Tax Law in Bonuses to Top Executives

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A shareholder has sued Netflix board members over allegations that they "rigged the compensation process, guaranteeing Netflix officers huge cash payments while misleading investors into believing that these payments were justified by attainment of real performance goals."

Netflix Directors Ask Judge to Reject Shareholder Lawsuit Over Executive Bonuses

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The plaintiff accuses Netflix's board members of not disclosing Netflix's liability on the tax front after allegedly rigging its compensation system with sham bonuses.

NAB Radio Board Adopts Proposal for Settlement of Performance Tax Issue - Where Do We Go From Here?

Broadcast Law Blog

The NAB Radio Board today voted to adopt a Terms Sheet to offer to the musicFirst Coalition which, if agreed to by musicFirst and adopted by Congress, will settle the contentious issue of whether to impose a sound recording performance royalty (the "performance tax") on over-the-air broadcasters.

NAB Board Comes to DC to Discuss Radio Performance Royalties - Is There a Deal in the Works?

Broadcast Law Blog

The debate over the proposed performance royalty (or " performance tax ") on over-the-air radio is once again front page news in all of the broadcast trade press, as radio executives who make up the NAB Radio Board reportedly are making their way to Washington, DC to decide on whether to pursue a settlement with those seeking to impose the royalty. There are many questions that will no doubt be debated tomorrow at the NAB Board meeting.

Copyright Royalty Board Announces Settlement between Sirius and SoundExchange for New Subscription Services Packaged with Cable and Satellite Video – How Different Royalty Standards Result in Different Royalty Rates

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the Copyright Royalty Board asked for comments on a proposed settlement agreement between Sirius XM and SoundExchange , and some articles about that announcement have not been entirely clear about what the deal covers. It has nothing to do with webcasting royalties for 2016-2020, which are still being litigated (see our article here about the proposals of the parties in that case).

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Understanding Music Royalties – Congressional Research Service Releases Summary of the Law, While DOJ Asks for More Comments on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decree Reform

Broadcast Law Blog

The importance of understanding these issues is illustrated by this week’s request from the Department of Justice for more information about the rights of songwriters to authorize ASCAP and BMI (often referred to as Performing Rights Organizations or PROs) to license their works to services like radio stations and webcasters when there are multiple songwriters who may not all be members of the same rights organization.

NAB Board Comes to DC to Discuss Radio Performance Royalties - Is There a Deal in the Works?

Broadcast Law Blog

The debate over the proposed performance royalty (or " performance tax ") on over-the-air radio is once again front page news in all of the broadcast trade press, as radio executives who make up the NAB Radio Board reportedly are making their way to Washington, DC to decide on whether to pursue a settlement with those seeking to impose the royalty. There are many questions that will no doubt be debated tomorrow at the NAB Board meeting.

Copyright Office Calls for Greater Independence – What Would that Mean?

Broadcast Law Blog

In connection with that review, the Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante (the head of the Copyright Office) sent a letter to John Conyers, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, explaining her views on this topic. The letter was sent at the request of the ranking member, made at a recent hearing reviewing the functioning of the Office. Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights constitutionality of copyright royalty board Copyright office Register Pallante

Copyright Office Announces One Week Extension for Comments on Music Licensing Inquiry and 3 Roundtable Discussions of the Issues – Just One of Many Proceedings Affecting Music Rights and Royalties

Broadcast Law Blog

At these roundtables, stakeholders in the music industry and interested members of the public can address the issues raised in the Inquiry. We also recently wrote about a Copyright Royalty Board proceeding on recordkeeping for music royalties paid under the webcasting statutory license. On Friday, the Copyright Office extended by one week the deadline for comments on its wide-ranging proceeding on the current music licensing regime and whether reforms are necessary or appropriate.