Guilds Express Concern Over Residuals Payments Amid The Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy

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The guilds claim TWC has a "long history" of making residuals calculations complicated. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online The Weinstein Company

Residuals Chart Available

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Residuals are complex. I’ve managed to compress most of the guild and union residuals formulas onto a single page color chart. Tags: residuals Flummoxed by formulas? Most people are. Whether it’s 1.2% of gross, 100% of TAM, or the complexities of new media, it’s easy to find your knickers in a twist if you spend more than a few minutes puzzling over this stuff. Puzzle no longer — or, at least, not as much as before.

Fixing the Residuals System

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The residuals system is broken. Yet we need residuals, because talent survives on these payments between gigs. Tags: WGA Labor Unions IATSE residuals DGA SAG It’s expensive to administer and is an invitation to conflict as platforms such as new media evolve. Can the system be fixed? Yes, I believe so. 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.

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

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

An Actor's Cautionary Tale: Cancer Diagnosis and a Drawn-Out Battle Over Residuals

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Actors often complain about late residuals checks, although SAG-AFTRA has cut processing delays lately. But few stories compare to the battle waged by Alex Doe (a pseudonym), a voice actor who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and endured a 3-1/2-year residuals runaround from Warner Bros.

SAG Manager Investigated for Embezzlement of Unclaimed Residuals

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Relativity Bankruptcy: Financier Wants Cap on Residuals, Profit Participation Payments

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Manchester Securities argues debtors haven't demonstrated necessity. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

'Weekend At Bernie's' Talent Sues MGM, Fox For Unpaid Residuals

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Robert Klane and Ted Kotcheff both say that despite contracts which guarantee them residuals, they have never seen an accounting or any payments from the 1989 comedy. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

New TV pilot deal language putting a squeeze on residuals

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TV studios and broadcast networks are insisting on new talent concessions to shave off-the-top costs like residuals. By Matthew Belloni and Nellie Andreeva “Test deals” are making a lot of people, well, testy this pilot season. The test deals, which.

Hollywood Docket: Brian Mulligan, Hulu Privacy, 'Ali' Residuals

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A roundup of entertainment law news including the rejection of a $750 million lawsuit over an alleged Farrelly brothers infringement. read more. The Business Bobby Farrelly THR Online THR, Esq. Hulu Peter Farrelly Business

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Avi Lerner Goes to War With Union Over "No Residuals" Promise

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A new lawsuit comes after Nu Image almost went to trial earlier this year bringing several other big name indie producers in tow. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

Canard du jour: Do residuals make you lazy? If the age of privacy is over, is the age of royalties over, too?

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One of the common misapprehensions one hears from the “music/facts/books/news/movies/games are like water” crowd is that creators don’t deserve the royalties and residuals for which their unions and they fought for so long. Royalties, and especially residuals, are one of the breakthrough egalitarian concepts. But even so–royalties and residuals are not benefits. There is something inherently egalitarian about residuals and royalties.

Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

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The parties still need to find a mutually agreeable distinction between content exploitation in which residuals would be payable and content promotion which would be residual-free.

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Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

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The parties still need to find a mutually agreeable distinction between content exploitation in which residuals would be payable and content promotion which would be residual-free.

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Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

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The parties still need to find a mutually agreeable distinction between content exploitation in which residuals would be payable and content promotion which would be residual-free.

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Closing Windows?

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And for those wondering what effect this might have on the guilds, consider that the DVD residual formula is much less favorable to talent than the pay TV formula. Tags: home video release windows PPV residuals Interesting email from my satellite company today. DirecTV urges me to order Julie & Julia on PPV. Not my cup of tea, thanks, though I suppose Julia Child probably had a clever way to brew a cup of tea while cooking up some unusual dish at the same time.

WGA Deal (Pretty Much) Closes. Now Let The Healing Begin.

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The most notable deal points are the WGA’s exclusive jurisdiction over the Internet and cell phones, a residual kicker in new media reuse fees and separated rights. Everywhere you look, change is in the air.

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WGA Deal (Pretty Much) Closes. Now Let The Healing Begin.

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The most notable deal points are the WGA’s exclusive jurisdiction over the Internet and cell phones, a residual kicker in new media reuse fees and separated rights. Everywhere you look, change is in the air.

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WGA Deal (Pretty Much) Closes. Now Let The Healing Begin.

DealFatigue

The most notable deal points are the WGA’s exclusive jurisdiction over the Internet and cell phones, a residual kicker in new media reuse fees and separated rights. Everywhere you look, change is in the air.

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CINEMA LAW: BIG STAR, NO MONEY

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We are speaking to a pretty well-known star but don’t have the budget to necessarily pay the actor up front, so he’s requested we pay him on the back end with participation fees, residuals, etc. Tags: Back End Contingent Compensation Profit Participation Residuals [This blog entry originally appeared at MovieMaker.com.] Q: I’m an independent moviemaker currently in development on a new project.

Lisa Kudrow Owes Ex-Manager $1.6 Million, Jury Rules

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Scott Howard claimed commissions from "Friends" residuals and other work negotiated before he was fired in 2007. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Lisa Kudrow Business

How a New Studio-Backed Union Contract Hurts Independent Producers (Analysis)

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Without apparent input from indies, the major studios and IATSE agreed to a provision that appears to hike residuals for small-budget producers while leaving majors untouched. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online IATSE Labor

'X-Men: Wolverine' Writer Sued for Unpaid Commissions

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CORRECTED: Rob Thomas -- no relation to "Veronica Mars" creator -- says Skip Woods owes him $661,700 in missed residuals for work he contributed to films like "The A-Team" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine.".

DGA Deal Details Revealed

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The Memorandum of Agreement posted by the guild describes new residuals formulas and more. read more. The Business DGA THR Online THR, Esq. Labor Business

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Class Action Suit Brought Against Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios

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Two comedians who filed the suit say they worked on the show "Comics.TV," which has become a success, but were not paid expenses or residuals they were owed.

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

Digital Media Law

Goals include increases in minimums, pension and health, home video residuals and new media reuse, and revamps of pitching process. Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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Ed Asner's SAG-AFTRA Lawsuit Dismissed

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A judge says the case isn''t ripe yet because the parties haven''t finished examining records kept by SAG-AFTRA over levies and residuals. read more. Ed Asner The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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Report from SAG Town Hall Meeting

Digital Media Law

Doug Allen told me that increasing the DVD residual is a fifth priority, after the top three (new media jurisdiction, new media residuals, and force majeure) and product integration. I visited the SAG Town Hall meeting in LA tonight. Here are some key takeaways: About 450-500 people attended, a capacity crowd at the venue (Harmony Gold theater). After the meeting started, people continued to trickle in slowly; no one, so far as I could tell, was turned away.

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WGA, AMPTP Reach New Three-Year Deal

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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. Check out my residuals chart there too. 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.

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DGA Talks Continue

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Check out my residuals chart there too. Details in 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. 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. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

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

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. 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. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

AFTRA board member accused of running SAGWatch

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. 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

WGA Ballots on the Way

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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"Hollywood on Strike" Book Available on Amazon!

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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SAG's David White to Speak on Digital Issues

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. 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.

Results of Writers Guild 'Pattern of Demands' Vote Still Unknown

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Check out my residuals chart there too. Balloting closed Jan. 24 on the wide-ranging outline of negotiating priorities, but the guild has not yet announced the results of the vote. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. 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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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SAG Continues Down Path to Merger with AFTRA

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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WGA East Executive Director Optimistic on Guild Negotiating Goals

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. 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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Comcast Writers Overwhelmingly Vote for WGA in Unofficial Secret Ballot

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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DGA and Studios Reach Tentative Deal

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Check out my residuals chart there too. However, union will not release details until Wednesday board meeting. 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. 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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