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

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

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SAG-AFTRA Sues Lee Daniels for Not Paying Residuals

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The actors' union looks to confirm a $335k arbitration award that includes health and pension contributions. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

Relativity Bankruptcy Judge Approves Motions to Pay Critical Vendors, Residuals

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The ruling is significant given that a freeze on residual payments would have affected thousands of actors and actresses. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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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

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

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.

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.

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Fight Over Sherman Hemsley's Residuals Still Raging After Eight Years

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In 2005, two men bought the right to collect the bankrupt actor''s residual income, but have been quarreling with each other ever since. read more. Sherman Hemsley THR, Esq. Television Labor Business

'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

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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

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.

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 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.

'Loser' Labor Standoff

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. 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, 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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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.

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.

Broadway Musicians' Union Sounds Off About Recorded Music

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And what's more, the fight echoes 1940’s disputes that helped result in modern-day residuals. Check out my residuals chart there too. 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.”

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

Agenda for the SAG-AFTRA Merger Effort

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Check out my residuals chart there too. There's a strong case for merging SAG and AFTRA but there are numerous hurdles to overcome as well. What are some of the key issues? See my piece in The Hollywood Reporter for details. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available at https://www.createspace.com/3344392 (use limited-time code JL886NCV for 20% off) and due out on Amazon this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Read the Feed!

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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]. Thanks! _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition).

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

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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). Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and one lucky attendee will win a copy of Final Draft AV, courtesy of Final Draft, Inc. Free RSVP requested at [link]. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,”

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

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. Whether you're SAG-only or a dual cardholder (or if you're AFTRA-only or even a broadcaster), the graph will show you exactly what will happen to your dues if merger passes. _.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. Negotiations began November 7 under a press blackout, but haven’t produced a deal yet.

Live on Larry Mantle re SAG-AFTRA Merger

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition). Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

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

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. _.

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 Moves Closer to Merger With SAG

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Check out my residuals chart there too. 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. _. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.