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Hollywood Guilds Fight to Save Residuals in Relativity Bankruptcy (Analysis)

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The Business Home Movies Business THR Online DGA Relativity Media SAG-AFTRA WGA LaborWill residuals be paid? It’s complicated. read more. THR, Esq.

WGA Ballots on the Way

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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). 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.

WGA, AMPTP Reach New Three-Year Deal

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Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” 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. 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.

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WGA Sends Studio Deal to Members

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Details: The Hollywood Reporter. The subject is "The Past, Present and Future of Hollywood Unions." I'll also be discussing my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” The ratification vote will take place in April, before the existing contract's May 1 expiration. On a separate note, I will be speaking at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the school's "A Conversation With" series.

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

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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. The WGA East slammed a “system that has diverted capital (to) a tiny handful of people,” while the LA County Fed called out "corporate bullies, banks and investment firms.". Details: The Hollywood Reporter -- LA County Fed story ; WGA East story. _.

"Hollywood on Strike!" Book Available Soon

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Great news – my new book, “Hollywood on Strike!: The book chronicles the 2007-2009 Hollywood labor disturbances – the WGA strike and the SAG stalemate – and tries to make sense of them. An Industry at War in the Internet Age” will be out in just a few weeks.

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WGA Strike Photos Wanted

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In particular, I'm looking for colorful, emotional crowd shots of WGA rallies and marches, especially the march on Hollywood Blvd. I'm publishing my blog as a book and need photos for the cover. in Nov. I'm also interested in photos of SAG rallies and Back to Work rallies. Do you have photos that fill the bill? If so, please email me at jhandel@att.net. Thanks, and happy New Year

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WGA Awards Fete Slumdog, Milk, Mad Men, 30 Rock

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Writers are a more subdued bunch than actors , but the WGA Awards included a red carpet. See below for a complete list of winners. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about Hollywood Labor, or digital media law. Tags: WGA Awards

WGA and Producers Reach Agreement

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From the Hollywood Reporter: The Writers Guild and the studios appear to have reached an agreement, apparently without the kind of bitterness that marked negotiations in 2007/2008 and 2011.

WGA in Organizing Struggle with Comcast

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Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” Style, and G4 writers seek immediate guild representation; Comcast refuses, and is forcing a government-supervised secret ballot election. 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.

Hobbitry; and the WGA sends out a negotiations bulletin

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For details of the WGA's priorities in its upcoming (though as yet unscheduled) contract talks, see [link]. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” For the latest on the Hobbit controversy, see [link] and [link]. 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.

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

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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. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Normal. false. false. false. The penalties could be severe – but Rivers may have some unexpected defenses.

WGA, IATSE Weigh in on SAG/AFTRA Deal

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Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” Writers and crew unions join DGA in congratulating the actors on their tentative agreement. Details in my THR piece. -. 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.

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Hollywood Labor Roundup

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Keeping you up to date on miscellaneous goings-on in the world of Hollywood labor, here’s what’s happened in the last week or so: SAG Commercials Negotiations. WGA Executive Director David Young Defends Writers Strike. Young lays out his case in a statement on the WGA website , which includes a handy chart and a bullet point list (see below). Leno Haled Into WGA Court. The WGA won EST at 0.65% and 0.7% Tags: SAG WGA AMPTP DGA Labor Unions strike

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Hollywood Labor’s Long-Term Future: More Unrest

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After a year and a half of Hollywood labor turmoil, we’re finally nearing a SAG deal and the end of this negotiating cycle. Hollywood is now yoked to the computer, Internet and consumer electronics industries, all of which evolve at breakneck speed, dragging slower-moving Hollywood along like a clumsy partner in a three-legged race. I suggest that Hollywood guilds, unions and management form a joint New Media Working Group.

Hollywood Docket: WGA v. Comcast; Jim Morrison Pardoned; Vuvuzelas Fight Piracy

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Eriq Gardner Entertainment law news for December 9 read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Hollywood Docket: Michael Jackson Is Still Rich; WGA demands; TLC settles 'Cake Boss' trademark spat

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THR staff The late King of Pop earned $275 million last year. read more. The Business Business

Hollywood Labor: The Tyranny of Time

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One key to understanding Hollywood labor is a tool that was invented thousands of years ago: the calendar. I covered those events as they occurred, and they’re also the topic of my forthcoming book, “Hollywood on Strike!,” This may be the only place in Hollywood labor where negotiation is explicitly reserved to the CEOs, rather than the AMPTP—whose entire purpose is, after all, to negotiate labor agreements. WGA And what of the Writers Guild?

Leno’s All Charged Up

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Flashback to January 2007—almost 14 months ago—when Hollywood was in the middle of a long writers strike, rather than an even longer screen actors stalemate. That reappearance gave the WGA strike a highly visible supporter, as Jay’s first returning monologue was a recital in favor of the strike. But it also created a problem, because Leno, himself a WGA member, was penning his own material. The WGA said at the time that that was a violation of guild strike rules.

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Hollywood Docket Top 5: Wells rips Comcast-NBCU; Phil Spector appeal; law school & 'The Office'

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WGA West president John Wells was harshly critical of the planned Comcast-NBC Uni merger at Congressional hearings yesterday and proposed that the "new media superpower" be required to allocate 25% of primetime programming on its networks to independent providers. Tags: Hollywood Docket

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 019 – Boop Boop Be Doo.

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WGA, AMPTP agree on new contract. Hollywood Docket: Obama Administration Proposes Tough New IP Laws. Jonathan Handel: WGA Ballots on the Way (huffingtonpost.com). WGA, AMPTP agree on new contract [link]. Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231.

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Fixing the Residuals System

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For a proposal, see my piece in today’s Hollywood Reporter. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Tags: WGA Labor Unions IATSE residuals DGA SAG The residuals system is broken. It’s expensive to administer and is an invitation to conflict as platforms such as new media evolve. Yet we need residuals, because talent survives on these payments between gigs. Can the system be fixed? Yes, I believe so.

SAG’s Thaw

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First-quarter off-lot activity in Hollywood was at an all-time low.). The terms of the new deal are generally the same as those the networks and studios agreed to with the WGA, DGA and AFTRA. The WGA had similar difficulties during their negotiations with the AMPTP.

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SAG’s Thaw

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First-quarter off-lot activity in Hollywood was at an all-time low.). The terms of the new deal are generally the same as those the networks and studios agreed to with the WGA, DGA and AFTRA. The WGA had similar difficulties during their negotiations with the AMPTP.

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SAG’s Thaw

DealFatigue

First-quarter off-lot activity in Hollywood was at an all-time low.). The terms of the new deal are generally the same as those the networks and studios agreed to with the WGA, DGA and AFTRA. The WGA had similar difficulties during their negotiations with the AMPTP.

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Are studios colluding to bring down talent costs?

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By Eriq Gardner Is there a massive antitrust class action brewing in Hollywood's backyard? The NY Times' Michael Cieply buried that potentially bombshell charge this weekend in the middle of a column about the formidable power that Hollywood studios still. Tags: Antitrust Dealmaking Talent & Studios WGA Strike

SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

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That means all four unions will be able to coordinate negotiations and strategy, even to the point of threatening a joint strike by two (WGA and SAG) or three (WGA, SAG and AFTRA) of the unions. The new deal compromises the force majeure claims SAG has pending from the 2007-2008 WGA strike. That offer, in turn, is essentially the same as the new media provisions that the DGA, WGA, and AFTRA (in two separate deals) agreed to.

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

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And a heads up: the rest of this article is pretty much insider baseball, so proceed if you want the nitty-gritty details on what the year ahead may hold for Hollywood labor, and SAG in particular. The SAG portion of the committee will have 11 members from Hollywood , 4 from New York and 4 from the Regional Branch Division (i.e., A, and just two months after the WGA), but they like to negotiate early. What about the WGA?

How Talent Loses if Aereo Wins

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Follow the money and discover an unstated reason the Hollywood unions weighed in with briefs opposing the new service. Interestingly the Hollywood unions – DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA and WGA – signed on to an amicus brief supporting that petition, as they had.

NBC Universal Writers Pen Letter of Support for Comcast Writers

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The WGA’s effort to represent Comcast writers is heating up. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” The letter also asserts Comcast CEO promised at Congressional hearing “‘to continue the good relations with the guilds and with the unions that NBC Universal has.’” 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.

WRITERS GUILD STRIKE -- IS AN END IN SIGHT?

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The WGA has signed "interim" agreements with independent production companies and smaller studios, which could signal a break in the ranks of the studios which have held firm against the writers' demands. The Weinstein Company, the newly revamped United Artists and David Letterman's Worldwide Pants Production Company are among the companies who have reportedly signed such interim agreements with the WGA. The Writers Guild of America strike is now entering its third month.

Tips Welcome

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Now that I'm covering labor for The Hollywood Reporter , I want to say something that might be obvious: I want your tips, thoughts, rumors, etc. Whether it relates to AFTRA, DGA, SAG, WGA or another entertainment union, and whether you're on the management side or labor, I rely on your help. You can reach me at jhandel at att dot net, 323 650 0060, or via the Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn addresses below. ——————— Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,”

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When (Not) To Use A Bigger Hammer

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Such much for the insular and provincial world of Hollywood. While far from an accurate metric, the pace of writing deals picked up markedly in recent weeks judging from the deal flow on my desk; and not just with WGA writers. I understand the WGA Strike of ’88 devastated writers.

When (Not) To Use A Bigger Hammer

DealFatigue

Such much for the insular and provincial world of Hollywood. While far from an accurate metric, the pace of writing deals picked up markedly in recent weeks judging from the deal flow on my desk; and not just with WGA writers. I understand the WGA Strike of ’88 devastated writers.

When (Not) To Use A Bigger Hammer

DealFatigue

Such much for the insular and provincial world of Hollywood. While far from an accurate metric, the pace of writing deals picked up markedly in recent weeks judging from the deal flow on my desk; and not just with WGA writers. I understand the WGA Strike of ‘88 devastated writers.

What Does the Internet Mean for the Movie Business?

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The debates have been especially fierce in the context of the SAG stalemate, since compensation and residuals are much lower in new media, and union jurisdiction more limited, under the model proposed by the studios to SAG and adopted by the DGA, WGA, AFTRA and the IA. Entitled “Hollywood 2.0: He noted that Hollywood doesn’t have nearly enough two-way communication with the audience.

No More Sounds of Silence on the Music Composition Front?

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One of the few non-unionized sectors of Hollywood, composers and lyricists - the people who write music (as opposed to musicians, the people who perform it) - are now in talks with the Teamsters for representation. It's not as strange as it seems: the macho union of dock workers and Hollywood truck drivers ( Teamsters Local 399 on the West coast and Local 817 in New York) also represents casting directors, location managers, and various other tenderfoots.

Handel appointed Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law to teach entertainment unions & guilds course

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Understanding the role of Hollywood guilds and unions is critical to comprehending the state and direction of the entertainment industry as a whole,” says Handel, former associate counsel with the Writers Guild of America. This is particularly true as a result of new media platforms such as the Internet and mobile devices, which promise to complicate Hollywood labor relations for years to come.” On a personal note, I've been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: FORCE MAJEURE CLAUSES WREAK HAVOC ON TALENT DEALS

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STUDIOS INVOKE FORCE MAJEURE TO JETTISON TALENT DEALS AS WRITERS STRIKE CONTINUES As the strike by Hollywood's writers enters its third month, studios have started to terminate overall talent deals with producers and writers. And by now, the industry custom embraces the concept that guild actions such as the ongoing WGA strike falls within the standard "force majeure" definition in industry agreements.

SAG Rejects Studio Offer; Back to Stalemate

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The studios, however, want a three-year deal, which is the usual term for Hollywood labor agreements, and the offer rejected today so reflects. That would put SAG’s expiration in early 2012, or almost a year later than the WGA’s. The stage would be set for a repetition of this year’s labor scenario, in which the SAG deal expired 8 months after the WGA’s did (in fall 2007).