"Hollywood on Strike" Book Available on Amazon!

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets My book is finally available on Amazon: Coming soon - "Look Inside the Book" and a Kindle edition. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available at https://www.createspace.com/3344392 (use limited-time code JL886NCV for 20% off) and on Amazon.

'Loser' Labor Standoff

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets A summary of the IATSE "Biggest Loser" strike and a photo from the picket lines. See The Hollywood Reporter. Note - because this is from the weekly edition, a subscription is required to view the page. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

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It’s a Play! It’s Live Internet TV! It’s Both, and it Opens in Los Angeles on Friday

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SAG's David White to Speak on Digital Issues

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets The Feb. 17 talk is hosted by Town Hall Los Angeles. Details: Hollywood Reporter. Note: tix are $49-$65. _. 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.

WGA Ballots on the Way

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets The WGA deal reached last month is on its way to the membership for a ratification vote – ballots are in the mail. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition).

SAG Continues Down Path to Merger with AFTRA

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets The union’s board allocates additional funding for task force working on merger; SAG president Ken Howard praises yesterday’s AFTRA resolution regarding merger. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

WGA East Executive Director Optimistic on Guild Negotiating Goals

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Lowell Peterson also confirms that there is no date set for negotiations. See The Hollywood Reporter exclusive. _. 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.

Read the Feed!

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets I won't be posting much directly to my blog for the time being. However, look on the right-hand column and you'll see a feed from the Labor page which I curate (and mostly write) on The Hollywood Reporter website. You can also follow that feed directly at [link] or via Twitter at [link].

Reminder - "Hollywood on Strike!" Book Party Tomoroow (Sat)

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets A reminder - I'm having a book party/signing on Saturday (tomorrow), from 1:00-3:00, at the Showbiz Store & Cafe, 500 S. Sepulveda Blvd, LA 90049 (one or two miles north of Wilshire, along the 405).

WGA, AMPTP Reach New Three-Year Deal

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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!,”

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SAG/AFTRA Members: Will your dues go up or down? Now you can tell.

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets There's been a lot of discussion about how dues will change if SAG and AFTRA merge, but no one's made it easy for you to know exactly what will happen to your own. For a detailed breakdown -- and a graph that encompasses earnings from $0 to $250K, see The Hollywood Reporter.

Health and Retirement are the Hangup in AFTRA Netcode Negotiations (Exclusive)

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets AFTRA’s negotiations with the networks and television producers resume this week and the big issue, according to a source close to the process, is the same one that’s bedeviled Hollywood labor for the past several years: health and retirement.

Live on Larry Mantle re SAG-AFTRA Merger

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets I'll be live on Larry Mantle ( [link] ) this morning at about 11:05 a.m. PT for a 14 minute segment on SAG-AFTRA merger. 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!,”

Exclusive: WGA East and LA County AFL-CIO Endorse Occupy Wall Steet / Occupy LA

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets In exclusive statements to the Hollywood Reporter, the Writers Guild of America, East and the LA County Federation of Labor have endorsed the Occupy protests in NY, LA and elsewhere.

LA AFL-CIO Pledges to Send Picketers to ‘Biggest Loser’

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. 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.

Unions Investigating 'Liz & Dick' after Lindsay Lohan, Crew Allegedly Overworked

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You can also follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Two prominent Hollywood unions are investigating the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, The HollywoodReporter (exclusive) has learned, with the moves coming in the wake of reports over the weekend that star Lindsay Lohan suffered from “exhaustion and dehydration” from overwork and that two crew members went to the hospital for the same reason.

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AFTRA Moves Closer to Merger With SAG

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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.”. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _.

Snowe Rains on Republicans' Parade

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican who's represented Maine in the Senate since 1994, announced today that she won't seek reelection in November, citing polarization in Washington as the reason.

AFTRA, Networks Reach New Three Year Deal

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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.

Trademark Protection and Facebook User Names

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Now Facebook has entered the equation. Starting this Friday, June 12, users will be able to register a Facebook user name on a first-come, first-served basis at [link]. My old Facebook URL looks like this: [link]. But the new Facebook scheme has something built in that the other sites apparently don’t: a mechanism for trademark protection. Facebook doesn’t describe the procedure it follows for these forms. Tags: Facebook trademark

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How to Settle the Viacom iPad Lawsuits Now

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Back in April, Viacom and Time Warner Cable sued each other; then last month Viacom sued Cablevision. Interestingly, that came just a day after Viacom and TWC filed a standstill agreement so that they could negotiate without the pressure of ongoing court deadlines.

Venture Capitalists and Rx Activists Speak Out Against the PROTECT IP Act

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Broadway Musicians' Union Sounds Off About Recorded Music

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets The fur – and feather boas – are flying in New York, where the Broadway musicians’ union is waging what the New York Times in a story Sunday calls “an unusually aggressive, political-style campaign” against the producers of the musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.”

AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

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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

Now on Sale - "Hollywood on Strike!" (limited-time 20% discount)

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets My new book is finally out and is available now at https://www.createspace.com/3344392 (paperback $27.95)! >>> >>> For a limited time, use code JL886NCV on Createspace for 20% off. And, unlike Amazon, Createspace charges no tax for Calif. orders.

WGA Sends Out 'Pattern of Demands' Seeking Major Contract Improvements

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Goals include increases in minimums, pension and health, home video residuals and new media reuse, and revamps of pitching process. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

Comcast Writers Overwhelmingly Vote for WGA in Unofficial Secret Ballot

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets About 3/4 of eligible writers voted in an unusual procedure supervised by LA City Council president Eric Garcetti, meant to draw attention to labor issue. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

SAG Manager Investigated for Embezzlement of Unclaimed Residuals

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Two employees were discharged, one for possible embezzlement of $200,000-$250,000 and the other for violation of policies. An outside probe is ongoing. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

AFTRA Investigation Finds No Misconduct by Board Member Over SAGWatch Site

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets The union's outside counsel determines that David Browde did not violate non-disparagement or confidentiality rules and is not an owner or editor of the site. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

SAG/AFTRA Negotiations Almost Unraveled at 'Perilous Moments'

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets An exclusive look inside the bargaining room of last Sunday's deal that insiders say went right down to the wire. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

SAG, AFTRA Give Up First-Class Travel

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Actors will be flying business class and sometimes coach as part of the unions' new deal with the studios. 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.

Analysis: How the Guilds Lost the 'Hobbit' War

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Will entertainment workers of the world unite? Probably not any time soon. They just tried, and it blew up in their faces. But why? The analysis is in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

SAG/AFTRA Deadline Passes Without Deal With AMPTP

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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.

SAG Negotiated with WB to Lift 'Hobbit' Boycott

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets The guild’s role in New Zealand dispute had been previously unknown. For details, see 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.

New Zealand to 'Fight Like Hell' for 'The Hobbit'

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets I've got the details no one else does, exclusively on 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.

JLH on NZ radio re Hobbit

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets I'll be on New Zealand Radio Live [link] one hour from now, i.e., 9:10 p.m. LA time. Have a listen! -. 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.

SAG Elects Ned Vaughn 1st National VP

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Election completes moderate, pro-merger sweep. For details, see 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.

Peter Jackson: 'Hobbit' decision in "week or two"

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Situation unchanged after union, management meeting. 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.

New Zealand actors split on 'Hobbit' stance

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Some fear guilds' unionization stand will drive out production. For details: 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.

Australian official calls for end to 'Hobbit' spat

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Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets And Scotland weighs in as well. Details: [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.