AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund in the Spotlight at ASCAP Expo

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The little-known AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund pays royalties even to oft-neglected session musicians and backup singers. Music Music Business THR Online ASCAP SAG-AFTRA AFM Labor

SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit to be Dropped

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel Papers ending the litigation are expected to be filed with the court today or tomorrow. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG/AFTRA Lawsuit Hearing Canceled (Exclusive)

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The judge will decide the matter based on the motions filed in the last few weeks. read more. THR, Esq.

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Dismissal Filed in SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit

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Jonathan Handel The plaintiffs say they’ve “reflected upon the demonstrated will of the SAG members.” The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA Laborread more. THR, Esq.

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SAG-AFTRA Asks for Investigation of Videogame Industry Over Vocal Safety Issues

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Tech Tech Business THR Online SAG-AFTRA LaborEmployer pressure to overwork their voices has caused performers to taste blood, faint, lose their voices for months at a time and suffer permanent damage, says the union. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

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SAG/AFTRA Anti-Merger Lawsuit: Court Paves Ways for Plaintiffs to Seek Attorneys Fees

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Jonathan Handel The federal judge also allows merger opponents to seek damages against SAG officers – on behalf of the union itself. The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA Labor

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Terminated Employee Sues SAG Pension & Health Plan for Wrongful Termination

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The Plan (which is separate from SAG) investigated several months ago and denies key allegations. The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel Craig Simmons alleges he was fired for reporting, rather than covering up, alleged misconduct.

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Anti-Merger Lawsuit Lives on Even Though SAG Doesn't

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Jonathan Handel A month after merger, a dissolved defendant – SAG – files an answer in a suit that it argues is both stale and premature. The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA Labor

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SAG Filing Motion to Dismiss Anti-Merger Lawsuit on Friday (Updated)

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel Also, anti-merger forces will seek tomorrow to add a claim for attorneys fees, and on Monday will seek an injunction to invalidate the merger referendum. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG and AFTRA Condemn IMDb Revealing Performers' Ages

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The Business Movies Television Tech Business IMDB SAGAlex Ben Block Talks between the guilds and the online database about the site's refusal to delete or change actor and actress ages have broken down. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG/AFTRA: Former Mercer Official Rejects Anti-Merger Lawsuit's Reliance on 2003 Mercer Report

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The company’s chief actuary at the time the report was written says a study couldn’t spell out plan benefits because benefit choices are a matter for trustees to determine.

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Dismissal Formalized in SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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The Business Business SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The litigation comes to an end as the union moves forward with the task of implementing the merger. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG Slams Anti-Merger Lawsuit

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The Business Movies Television Business AFTRA SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The guild sees the suit as a sequel that will perform no better than a 2009 installment. read more. THR, Esq.

Plaintiffs Fire Back in SAG-AFTRA Foreign Levies Lawsuit

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They file documents alleging that SAG-AFTRA wove an “extreme web” to steal performers’ money and warn darkly that the “court has not hesitated to incarcerate union officials” who don’t perform their duties properly or who commit misconduct. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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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

New California IMDb Age Law Probably Unconstitutional, Experts Say

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The Business Movies Television Business THR Online IMDB SAG-AFTRA LaborScholars and practitioners alike come down hard on the new law, with only one of seven lawyers suggesting the enactment would survive a challenge. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG-AFTRA Wants to Become a Defendant in Lawsuit Over Actors' Ages on IMDb

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The guild asks to intervene and raises concern about California's defense of a new law in the face of the tech industry's might. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online Labor

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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.

Judge Pauses Enforcement of IMDb Age Censorship Law

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Movies Movies THR Online SAG-AFTRA Labor"It's difficult to imagine how AB 1687 could not violate the First Amendment," writes the judge. read more. THR, Esq.

SAG-AFTRA Merger: Lawsuit Is Repeat Performance for Opponents

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The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The current suit is the fourth in six years – and in a bizarre twist, the judge in a 2003 anti-merger action will now hear the current one. read more. THR, Esq.

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Anti-Merger Lawsuit Looming Against SAG (Exclusive)

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Jonathan Handel Suit could be filed within days in federal court. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business Labor

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Agenda for the SAG-AFTRA Merger Effort

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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. Check out my residuals chart there too.

Former SAG Manager Facing Federal Embezzlement Charges

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The Business Business THR Online SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborMichelle L. Dancy was charged in a nine-count indictment. read more. THR, Esq.

Anti-SAG-AFTRA Lawsuit Raises Many Issues, Targets Union Leadership (Analysis)

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The suit filed by former SAG president Ed Asner and others bears down on the union’s top two staffers –- and comes just as the SAG-AFTRA election process is beginning. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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Shannen Doherty: My Ex-Manager Tricked SAG Into Revealing Medical Information (Exclusive Audio)

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When Tanner Mainstain employee Kimberly Gabay was asked her name, she responded, "Shannen Doherty." The firm was also able to provide the actress' social security number. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Culture Business THR Online Labor

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Appeals court shoots down Rosenberg's SAG fight

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By Matthew Belloni California's court of appeal has denied former SAG president Alan Rosenberg's latest effort to overturn moves by the guild to abolish its negotiating committee and fire former executive director Doug Allen. Here's the 21-page opinion of the.

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SAG-AFTRA Moves to Dismiss Ed Asner Suit

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SAG-AFTRA Labor Business The motion, even if granted, may not end the lawsuit. read more. Ed Asner The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

Talent Managers Reject SAG-AFTRA Code (Again)

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Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business Three associations issue a statement three weeks after the Personal Manager Code, to which only two managers have signed on, was introduced. read more. The Business Music Movies THR Online THR, Esq.

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

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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. 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. _.

SAG, AFTRA Investigating Merger

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SAG President Ken Howard says the membership may The Screen Actors Guild has put together a task force to come up with a plan to create a merger between the union and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal

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Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business The deal was approved by 96.5 percent read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

UCLA to Host Entertainment/Sports Labor Conference

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The Business Business THR Online SAG-AFTRA Labor Sports The broad-ranging event aims to build bridges between scholars, professionals and practitioners. read more. THR, Esq.

Managers Survey Gives Thumbs Down to SAG-AFTRA Code, But Union Disagrees

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A couple hundred managers responded to the poll, but SAG-AFTRA challenges the accuracy and methodology. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

AFTRA Moves Closer to Merger With SAG

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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.”.

How Talent Loses if Aereo Wins (Analysis)

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Television Barry Diller Behind the Screen SAG-AFTRA Labor Tech Business THR follows the money and discovers an unstated reason the guilds weighed in with briefs opposing the new service. read more. The Business WGA DGA THR, Esq.

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Live on Larry Mantle re SAG-AFTRA Merger

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PT for a 14 minute segment on SAG-AFTRA merger. I'll be live on Larry Mantle ( [link] ) this morning at about 11:05 a.m. 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. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG's David White to Speak on Digital Issues

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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. 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.

SAG Continues Down Path to Merger with AFTRA

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

Hollywood Docket Top 5: SAG fading; Brangelina suing; Dead celebrities lobbying

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Entertainment law news you need to care about this morning: TV producers are now overwhelmingly choosing AFTRA to govern contracts over SAG jurisdiction. Almost every scripted network primetime pilot currently being shot is under AFTRA, leading to questions about whether.

SAG Says Woman Who Sued IMDb for Revealing Age Has 'Legitimate' Fear of Being Blacklisted

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Eriq Gardner Plus, actress' attorney says IMDb is retaliating against her for bringing the lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business