AFTRA board member accused of running SAGWatch

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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.

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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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DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets The deal, which provides for 2% annual pay increases and a one-time 1.5% boost in pension and health, will soon go to the membership for ratification, with a ballot return date in 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.

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SAG-AFTRA Joint Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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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AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

Digital Media Law

That's not a lot of money is percentage terms - the Plan apparently has about $2 billion in assets - but the suit alleges a disturbing situation in which one portion of the bank -- and even its highest executives -- were expressing concerns over the transaction at issue, even as another part of the bank kept the client's money in an investment vehicle called Sigma until it was too late. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

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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. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

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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%. 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. On a personal note, I had a surreal experience outside yesterday’s board meeting.

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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.”

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. Members seeking nomination for the Board of Directors must obtain 25 member signatures in support of their petitions.

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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. The moderates seemingly have 27 seats on the Hollywood board out of 55 (because 27 = 6 seats pre-election plus 21 additional seats won in the election).

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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. Johnson and Jolliffe bring a particularly interesting dynamic to the AFTRA boards.

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SAG Continues Down Path to Merger with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The union’s board allocates additional funding for task force working on merger; SAG president Ken Howard praises yesterday’s AFTRA resolution regarding merger. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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.

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DGA and Studios Reach Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

However, union will not release details until Wednesday board meeting. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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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AFTRA Moves Closer to Merger With SAG

Digital Media Law

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.”. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

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Joan Rivers Faces Potential Fine, Expulsion in WGA East Trial (Analysis)

Digital Media Law

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. The WGAE rules say that a member at a trial board “may be represented by a Current member in good standing,” but there’s no provision for counsel. Normal. false. false. false.

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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. What does the Term Sheet provide, and what will this mean for broadcasters, webcasters and others who pay music royalties?

IATSE and Teamsters Reach Mutual Assistance Pact

Digital Media Law

The Executive Boards of both unions unanimously ratified the agreement. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have entered into an agreement to work together toward common goals.

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Rosenberg v. SAG Lawsuit Reply Brief Filed

Digital Media Law

SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed their reply brief earlier this week. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. The appeal grinds on. I'm told there will be oral argument (unscheduled as yet).

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Rosenberg v. SAG: Court of Appeal Implies Appeal May be Moot

Digital Media Law

Alan Rosenberg is no longer president of SAG, nor even a national board member, but his lawsuit against his own union drags on pointlessly. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Believe it or not, he’s still trying to undo Doug Allen’s firing, the appointment of David White, the ratification of the TV/theatrical contract and, no doubt, the discovery of a new ring around Saturn.

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SAG President’s Anti-SAG Suit Continues

Digital Media Law

For those who like keeping up with legal dockets, SAG a few days ago filed its Respondent’s Brief in the appeals court case that stems from the lawsuit filed by SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) against their own union. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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SAG Moves towards Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

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. The resolution also directs the President, Ken Howard, and National Executive Director, David White, to “bring a recommendation to the National Board at the earliest opportunity.”

SAG Files Motion to Dismiss Rosenberg Appeal

Digital Media Law

As you'll recall, several months ago, SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) sued their own union, seeking to enjoin negotiations and reverse personnel and procedural changes that they correctly anticipated would pave the way for a deal on terms the hardliners are pledged to oppose. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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SAG Hardliners: The Trojan Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Digital Media Law

To the same end, various MF-ers, including some who supported the motion, are running in the now-in-progress AFTRA board elections, the better to dismantle AFTRA from within. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. SAG’s Hollywood branch, dominated by the hardline Membership First faction, has passed a motion forming a task force to explore “acquisition of actors of AFTRA,” reports SAGWatch.

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SAG Lawsuit Still Grinds On; Court Denies SAG’s Motion to Dismiss Appeal

Digital Media Law

As I previously reported , SAG’s counsel in late May filed a motion to dismiss the appeal by SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) of a Superior Court order that denied their application for a temporary restraining order. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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Basic Cable Clarification & Details

Digital Media Law

As part of the Basic Cable Live Action agenda item, the SAG National Board voted to explore the possibility of coordinated bargaining with AFTRA in the area of live action basic cable programming. Indeed, it’s perhaps a bit surprising that SAG’s board voted to explore coordinated bargaining without assurance that AFTRA’s board would adopt a similar resolution at its board meeting, which was held on the same day as SAG’s.

Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

Digital Media Law

Remember the lawsuit that former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First members (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed against their own union? In other WGA news, the WGA West announced 18 candidates running for 8 open board seats: Robin Schiff, David Shore, David A. The president is not up, but 1/3 of the board is. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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No More Sounds of Silence on the Music Composition Front?

Digital Media Law

In still other news on the union front - sorry, I've been busy prepping for my UCLA gig , not to mention working for a living - the California Court of Appeals dismissed as moot an appeal by former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and his fellow Membership First plaintiffs newly-reelected 1st VP Anne-Marie-Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord of their suit against their own union. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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Report on SAG NY Town Hall Meeting

Digital Media Law

The Variety report notes that attendees included SAG interim NED David White, President Alan Rosenberg, MF-ers 1 st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and Scott Wilson, while supporters of the deal included Dan Lauria, Dylan Baker, SAG 2nd VP Sam Freed and board members Ralph Byers, Paul Christie, Rebecca Damon, Mike Hodge and Kevin Scullin. It’s also a small benefit, in that the plaintiffs will have no legal fees to extract from SAG if they were to recover control of the national board.

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SAG Stalemate Update

Digital Media Law

The SAG Board is meeting this weekend, and Variety suggests a proposed TV/theatrical deal might be presented to the Board then. What is known is that the SAG and AFTRA boards will spend part of the weekend meeting jointly to review the proposed commercials contract , a deal reached earlier this month between the two unions and the ad industry. Speaking of Johnson and Jolliffe, they are two of the several dozen candidates in the upcoming AFTRA national and LA board elections.

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DGA to Negotiate on SAG & AFTRA's Heels

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— Negotiations Announcement from DGA President Taylor Hackford and Negotiations Chair Gil Cates (April 28, 2010) "We have reached an understanding with the AMPTP to begin formal negotiations for a new agreement in mid-November of this year, after the scheduled AFTRA-SAG negotiations begin on October 1. "As In January, the National Board appointed Gil Cates as Negotiations Chair.

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SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

Digital Media Law

Supporting the deal are SAG staff and the SAG National Board, including SAG's moderate majority leadership, comprised of the LA-based Unite for Strength faction, LA independent board member Morgan Fairchild, and most or all of the NY and regional board members. Screen Actors Guild negotiators, national board members and staff experts will be on hand to provide a thorough overview of the tentative agreement.

SAG Executive Director: TV/Theatrical Deal Will Pass

Digital Media Law

He added that having union contracts in place lowers transaction costs—that is, the existence of the union agreement makes it unnecessary for producers to repeatedly negotiate minimum terms with each individual actor. That’s the Board’s decision, of course, but I asked White if he intended to be a candidate for the permanent (i.e., Instead, he said, board members from various factions have “an appetite to find a way to work together.”

SAG Presidential Candidate: I'll Seek Strike Authorization Next Year if Elected

Digital Media Law

She denied that, but said that union members would feel the impact of new media defects in the existing contract before the negotiations next fall, and added that she thought at least 75% of the board will support a strike authorization. In an email interview with me, Ned Vaughn, spokesman and board candidate on the moderate Unite for Strength slate, responded as follows: How we address a strike authorization depends on what we see headed into the negotiations.

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SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

The deal will probably be approved by the SAG board today or tomorrow and ratified by the membership by mid-May, but the hardline MembershipFirst faction has vowed to fight the deal, so ratification, although likely, is not assured. In separate news today, the SAG and AFTRA boards meeting jointly approved the commercials contract reached April 1 with the advertising industry. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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SAG TV/Theatrical Ballots Later Than Expected; SAG Litigation Continues; and More

Digital Media Law

Moving from lost wages to lost causes, there are developments in the lawsuit filed against SAG by the union’s own president, Alan Rosenberg, and his fellow Membership First plaintiffs 1st VP Anne-Marie-Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord. Indeed, if MF ever wins control of the Board again, you can expect a motion to have SAG reimburse Rosenberg et al. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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

Digital Media Law

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. In any case, these developments make it all the more important for SAG to make decisive moves at its National Board meeting this Sunday towards joint bargaining. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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SAG TV/Theatrical Contract Ratified Overwhelmingly, 78%-22%

Digital Media Law

It's an amazing end to an almost 12 month stalemate, and calls into question the faction's ability to make any headway in the upcoming SAG board elections. According to Variety, incumbent president Alan Rosenberg announced today that he'll seek a third term. Sue-Anne Morrow, actor, National Board Member representing New York "This is a good deal with good gains.

SAG-AFTRA Ratify Advertising Agreement; SAG Townhall Features Fireworks

Digital Media Law

A contrasting post-meeting voice was MF stalwart and SAG board member Clancy Brown, who explained his opposition to the deal in more measured terms than Asner and Cassel had used. The day before, I spoke with 2 nd VP Sam Freed, who is president of the New York board, and separately with board member Mike Pniewski of Atlanta , both supporters of ratification. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

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SAG’s Strange Voyage

Digital Media Law

Last week, SAG’s Hollywood board, controlled by the hardline Membership First faction, passed a resolution establishing a task force “to explore the acquisition of actors of AFTRA.” The studios’ response was unsurprising: they accelerated production, stockpiled films, then presented SAG with a take it or leave it offer whose terms mirrored that of the AFTRA deal and, in a key area, mirrored the terms of the Directors Guild and Writers Guild deals as well.

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

Digital Media Law

The source also said SAG’s upcoming January 31 national board meeting will probably feature a move towards resurrecting joint bargaining with AFTRA, adding that he/she was confident that bargaining later this year would indeed be jointly conducted. If the board does act on January 31, look for AFTRA’s board to respond at its February 27 meeting. Here, the UFS source indicated, a priority may be strengthening terms related to working conditions.

SAG Letter re Force Majeure Claims

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— DUNCAN CRABTREE- IRELAND DEPUTY NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GENERAL COUNSEL May 12, 2009 Dear SAG Member: I am writing to update you on the status of certain “ force majeure ” claims filed on your behalf in relation to compensation owed to you in connection with the 2007-2008 WGA strike. SAG just sent members an email regarding force majeure claims.

The Copyright Principles Project: Selflessness, Valley Style Amongst A Dedicated Group of Likeminded People

Music Technology Policy

Here is a slightly annotated list reflecting those with ties to Google-funded organizations (generally advisory board types) and to organizations funded by Professor Samuelson and her husband, the well-known Silicon Valley tycoon Doctor Glushko. I acknowledge that they are not term sheet popping daddies having breakfast at Buck’s, but still–it kind of smells of the kind of shilling that caused the Google Shill List to seem necessary.