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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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 vote in favor yesterday was 59%, which was up from 53% when the written assent document was used two weeks earlier.

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

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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. But what if, rather than send out the authorization ballot, SAG leaders decide instead to send out the deal itself for a vote? Here’s why it might happen: support for the strike authorization vote is eroding. If so, the deal might be accompanied by a recommendation that the membership vote No, or there might not be any recommendation included at all. The strike authorization vote gets sent out.

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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

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.

Court of Appeals Upholds Copyright Royalty Board Decision on Sirius XM and Music Choice Royalties

Broadcast Law Blog

A decision by the US Court of Appeals on the appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board decision as to the Sirius XM and Music Choice royalties for the public performance of sound recordings is one of the many year-end decisions important to broadcasters and digital media companies that seems to be flooding out from Courts and agencies in DC and elsewhere.

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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.”

The New York Times Editorial Board - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

That’s a problem, because even though Bernie Sanders voted for the crime bill (it contained certain provisions he supported), some of his supporters view the bill as the type of compromise that they reject. The New York Times Editorial Board - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com

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#howgoogleworks: Google Shareholders Decimated by Rigged Insider Voting at Google Shareholder Meeting

Music Technology Policy

Shareholder voting power is usually demonstrated by voting for a slate of candidates for board of directors and voting for shareholder resolutions–both on the assumption that the shareholders have a hope of succeeding. The Incomparable Paul Robeson as Emperor Jones.

North Carolina woman voted illegally for Trump but won't be charged for 'compassionate' reasons. Even though Donald Trump claims that voter fraud helped Hillary Clinton, it turns out that it actually helped him.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The fact that he lost the popular vote continues to drive him absolutely nuts and, though he’s already been in the White House for almost 100 days, he continues to talk about how millions of people cast illegal votes.

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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? 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. Under that policy, the FCC assumes that nonprofit boards will have periodic changes in composition.

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Pure Evil - Jeff Sessions as Attorney General: An Insult to Justice - By The Editorial Board, New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

By The Editorial Board, www.nytimes.com November 19th, 2016 "In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated Jeff Sessions, then a United States attorney from Alabama, to be a federal judge. Based on his record, we can form a fairly clear picture of what his Justice Department would look like: For starters, forget about aggressive protection of civil rights, and of voting rights in particular. Mr. Sessions has called the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a “piece of intrusive legislation.”

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Oscar Rule Change Follow-ups

Thompson On Hollywood

At an Academy screening of Cheri last weekend (more on that anon), some members wanted to be consulted, while others feel that the Board of Governors did its job. One member who sees everything and votes with the foreign branch doesn't care at all.

Inside the SAG Boardroom

Digital Media Law

Sources from inside SAG’s marathon board meeting blasted Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg as a “corrupt and dirty chair,” asserting that he and his Membership First allies repeatedly abused parliamentary rules throughout the “surreal” 28-hour national board meeting earlier this week in order to suppress the SAG board’s moderate majority. As a result of the alleged abuse, the board meeting ended Tuesday afternoon with no substantive action taken on any agenda item.

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What’s the Rush? The Music Modernization Act is Not Ready for Prime Time

Music Technology Policy

Let’s take the collective’s board of directors for an example. My read on the board of directors section of MMA is that the government can decide on how a winner must be structured in order for the government to pick the winner (which frankly is rather pre-determined in the MMA), but even so, the organization will have to comply with state business organization laws which is how it will be formed.

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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.”.

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SAG Moderates File Document to Fire National Executive Director

Digital Media Law

As expected, the moderates on the SAG National Board today delivered a document to SAG headquarters that ousts Doug Allen as National Executive Director and dissolves the negotiating committee. The document, called a written assent, is signed by a majority of SAG’s national board (including Unite for Strength board members and most or all others who are not part of Membership First), as provided for in SAG’s constitution.

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SAG Moderates Win Presidency, Secr. + Additional 4 Natl Seats

Digital Media Law

On the national board, the moderates showed strength as well: They picked up 4 of 11 seats in Hollywood and held all of the NY and regional (RBD) seats. I estimate that this brings the moderate's board majority to around 60%, vs. 40% for MF, but that's a very rough calculation and I'm not sure at this point. On the Hollywood board, the results were more dramatic: 21 of 33 Hollywood board seats went to the moderates.

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SAG - Hardliners Successful

Digital Media Law

As of earlier this afternoon, a source inside the room tells me Membership First beat back the majority (composed of moderates) on the SAG Board and prevented passage of a resolution that would have removed Doug Allen as Chief Negotiator and dissolved the Negotiating Committee and rescinded the Strike Authorization Vote. No substantive actions were taken by the Guild’s national board, which met at SAG’s national headquarters January 12 and 13 for almost 30 hours straight.

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Proposed Broadcast Performance Royalty Back in the News - Where is It Going?

Broadcast Law Blog

What was perhaps most interesting about that article was the fact that it appeared only one page away from an article about Internet Radio service Pandora , and a discussion of how that hugely popular service was almost driven out of business by music royalties set by the Copyright Royalty Board in their 2007 royalty decision.

SAG Approves Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

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. The vote was expected, and was by a strong margin: 78% to 22%, according to a SAG spokeswoman.

The Information’s Expose on Google’s Hostile Work Environment is a Cry for Corporate Reform

Music Technology Policy

While you may ask, where was the board, the Google board of directors was actually exactly where Uncle Sugar wanted them to be: In the words of the Rolling Stones’ classic, under his thumb. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

SAG and the Studios: Post-Prandial Posturing

Digital Media Law

If the union achieves a yes vote of 75% (or more) of those voting, it will have the strike authorization it seeks, and the national board is likely to then vote to go on strike. They (like the hardline Membership First) voted for the October board resolution that brought us to this juncture. And even the NY and regional board members voted for the October resolution: all but 2 of the 71-member national board did so.

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SAG National Executive Director Firing – How it Went Down

Digital Media Law

The SAG board’s moderate majority fired National Executive Director Doug Allen today by using a document signed by board members and called a “written assent.” Monday morning, a group of board members went to SAG’s LA headquarters. The group included Unite for Strength leader Ned Vaughn, NY board member Sam Freed, board members Ken Howard, Pamela Reed, Stacey Travis, Gabrielle Carteris and two others whose names I don’t know.

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SAG Moderates Win NY & Everywhere Else

Digital Media Law

According to unofficial sources, and as SAGWatch is reporting, SAG moderates have won every open NY Board seat that was up (giving them a pickup of one vote, apparently), and all the regional seats that were up as well. hrs also, but the NY and RBD (regional) results don't bode well for MF, especially since two hardline presidential candidates (Anne-Marie Johnson and Seymour Cassel) are splitting the hardline vote.

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

Digital Media Law

Significantly, even in the faction's stronghold, the Hollywood division, the vote was an enormous 71% to 29% in favor, or almost 3 to 1. There was a large turnout—35% of eligible members voted, far above the typical 20%-25%. 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. The vote count in the Hollywood Division was 70.70

SAG Strike Authorization Ballots Delayed

Digital Media Law

This development was revealed less than two hours ago in an email from SAG National Executive Director Doug Allen to all SAG members, which also stated that an in-person SAG National Board meeting is now set for January 12-13 (all day the 12 th and part of the day the 13 th ). Re the ballots, the letter said that they would go out “immediately following this special board meeting,” which would appear to mean January 14th at the earliest.

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SAG Interim Nat'l Exec Director Hired as Permanent

Digital Media Law

The vote on today SAG's national board, which began meeting yesterday and is still meeting today for a little while longer, was 70.91% in favor, I'm told, which suggests that a few of the Membership First directors joined the moderate coalition in appointing White to the job. SAG's Interim National Executive Director David White just got the permanent gig and can drop "Interim" from his title.

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Help @RepJerryNadler Beat the Cartels because #irespectmusic

Music Technology Policy

The one bill that actually got a vote and was passed by the Judiciary Committee and by the House–fails in the Senate? . Emmanuel Legrand posted a very informative piece in his newsletter about a speech by Rep.

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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