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.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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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 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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Rosenberg v. SAG Lawsuit Dismissed

Digital Media Law

The lawsuit filed 1-1/2 years ago by SAG's then-president Alan Rosenberg against his own union has finally been dismissed, according to court records and a source with knowledge of the matter. Tags: SAG The dismissal actually came several weeks ago, but appears not to have previously been reported.

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Anti-Merger Lawsuit Filed Against SAG and Officers

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The Business Movies Television Business AFTRA SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel Suit seeks to halt referendum and lays groundwork to obtain attorneys fees. read more. THR, Esq.

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SAG A-List Blacklist

Digital Media Law

The dark times at SAG just got darker. The email urges SAG members not to vote for those stars in the upcoming SAG awards, for which they’ve been nominated. Meanwhile, in another sign of how SAG politics have divided Hollywood , a rally is set for this Monday, January 12, at the commencement of the SAG national board meeting in LA. at SAG’s 5757 Wilshire Blvd. For its part, SAG itself came out against the email.

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’s Thaw

DealFatigue

Production on film and TV was thrown off-kilter by the writers work stoppage, then by studios’ and nets’ fears that a SAG strike might emerge. SAG and AFTRA have joint jurisdiction over dramatic television and most television actors are members of both unions.

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SAG’s Thaw

DealFatigue

Production on film and TV was thrown off-kilter by the writers work stoppage, then by studios’ and nets’ fears that a SAG strike might emerge. SAG and AFTRA have joint jurisdiction over dramatic television and most television actors are members of both unions.

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SAG’s Thaw

DealFatigue

Production on film and TV was thrown off-kilter by the writers work stoppage, then by studios’ and nets’ fears that a SAG strike might emerge. SAG and AFTRA have joint jurisdiction over dramatic television and most television actors are members of both unions.

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SAG, AFTRA start talks with studios

Digital Media Law

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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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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.

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SAG Presidential Election Close

Digital Media Law

A well-placed source says the SAG presidential election is very close. Tags: Labor Unions Unite for Strength Membership First SAG It's a reliable source, but only a single source. Caveat emptor. Not surprising, given how long it's taking to get results - over 3-1/2 hrs past first predicted time (6:38 pm vs 3:00 pm, LA time).

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SAG-AFTRA Netcode Deal Reached

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Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business Terms of the deal are expected to be released later in the evening. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

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SAGWatch: SAG at a Crossroads

Digital Media Law

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Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

Digital Media Law

Remember the lawsuit that former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First members (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed against their own union? This is the lawsuit that attempted to reinstate former SAG National Executive Director Doug Allen and undo ratification of the SAG-AMPTP collective bargaining agreement. Today’s judge also awarded court costs to SAG. This summer is also SAG election season.

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Is SAG Becoming Irrelevant?

Digital Media Law

Start with the latest: Talks between SAG and the AMPTP (studio alliance) collapsed Thursday night, with the AMPTP presenting SAG with a take it or leave it offer and a 60-day deadline, after which the offer could be modified or withdrawn. AMPTP statement below; SAG has not yet issued a statement.) However, perhaps the most bitter news for SAG is that the studios are insisting on a three year contract, as I predicted might be the case (see sec. Meanwhile, SAG’s (i.e.,

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Lawsuit Blocks SAG Negotiations

Digital Media Law

The development marks a stunning turn in a SAG negotiating cycle that has moved so far beyond bizarre in the last 12 months that words seem inadequate. The uncertainty created by the soon-to-be-filed litigation led SAG and the AMPTP to postpone their talks, with no new date set. Unknown at this time is whether the pendency of the suit will affect the joint SAG-AFTRA plenary (relating to the commercial negotiations) scheduled for this Saturday.

SAG-AFTRA: Anti-Merger Lawsuit Drops a Key Demand

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The Business Business AFTRA SAG SAG-AFTRA LaborJonathan Handel The plaintiffs drop a demand for access to member emails and a claim that union merger entails an improper election, while adding a fiduciary duty claim and demand for attorneys fees.

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SAG-AFTRA Netcode Negotiations Start

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Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business Talks on the agreement, which covers daytime and syndicated programs, are likely to be smooth read more. The Business AMPTP THR Online THR, Esq.

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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.

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SAG Board Meeting Starts

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board meeting began this morning at 9:00 a.m. A notable absence was the organizer of the anti-strike contingent, who stated in an email that he had showed up, then decided to leave when he saw how small the turnout was and because he felt the large picket signs he and a (SAG?) Also strange: I saw SAG President Alan Rosenberg entering the meeting at about 10:15, i.e., about an hour after it had started. Tags: SAG strike

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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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SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Netcode Deal

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Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business The deal was approved by 93 percent read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

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KCRW Interview re SAG

Digital Media Law

I was interviewed on KCRW's "The Business" show today regarding SAG. The SAG segment begins at about 3 and a half minutes in, and is 11 minutes long. Tags: SAG Labor Unions strike The interview covers a range of topics and is available for download or streaming at [link].

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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’s Strange Voyage

Digital Media Law

It was as though 5757 Wilshire, SAG’s national headquarters, somehow disappeared into the black hole that features so prominently in (spoiler alert) the latest “Star Trek” movie. Last week, SAG’s Hollywood board, controlled by the hardline Membership First faction, passed a resolution establishing a task force “to explore the acquisition of actors of AFTRA.” Unfortunately, SAG’s governance structure ensures that there will always be too many starship captains on the bridge at once.

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SAG - Hardliners Successful

Digital Media Law

As of earlier this afternoon, a source inside the room tells me Membership First beat back the majority (composed of moderates) on the SAG Board and prevented passage of a resolution that would have removed Doug Allen as Chief Negotiator and dissolved the Negotiating Committee and rescinded the Strike Authorization Vote. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. Tags: SAG Membership First Unite for Strength

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SAG National Board Candidates Announced

Digital Media Law

SAG yesterday released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national board elections. Directors holding nine other national board seats will be elected from SAG Branches outside Hollywood and New York. 2010 SAG Regional Branch Division Board Election Candidates. Tags: SAG AMPTP Unite for Strength Membership First

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SAG Feels its Own Labor Pains

Digital Media Law

Labor unrest is hitting SAG close to home. Negotiations between the actors guild and Teamsters Local 986, which represents more than 40 of SAG's Los Angeles-based business representatives, have gotten bumpy. In this negotiation, SAG functions as management, not labor. Tags: Teamsters SAG The contract between the parties expired June 1, and one issue still to be resolved is what wage increases the new deal will grant. Yes, even unions have unions.

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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 @matthewsag on Copyright's Digital/Analog Divide

Media Law Prof Blog

Matthew Sag, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, has published Copyright's Digital/Analog Divide. Here is the abstract. This Article shows how the substantive balance of copyright law has been overshadowed online by the system of intermediary safe harbors enacted as

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SAG Contract Graveyard

Digital Media Law

Where do SAG contracts go when they expire? This is the agreement between the talent agents and SAG. As SAG itself explains , the Franchise Agreement’s expiration means that SAG members have less protection from agents who, for instance, seek commissions greater than 10%, or a longer contract term length (for the representation) than the previously-effective franchise agreement allowed. SAG members continue to work under the terms of the expired agreement.

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SAG-AFTRA Commercials Update

Digital Media Law

Small moves by each side, but movement nonetheless, characterizes the ongoing commercials contract negotiations being held in New York between SAG and AFTRA jointly and the advertising industry, according to a source close to the talks. A welcome bit of news: the source said that SAG and AFTRA are working well together, with no evidence of factionalism. Tags: advertising SAG Labor Unions JPC Commercials AFTRA strike

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Inside the SAG Boardroom

Digital Media Law

Sources from inside SAG’s marathon board meeting blasted Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg as a “corrupt and dirty chair,” asserting that he and his Membership First allies repeatedly abused parliamentary rules throughout the “surreal” 28-hour national board meeting earlier this week in order to suppress the SAG board’s moderate majority. Indeed, on one occasion, Rosenberg told the attorneys—SAG’s own lawyers—that they were “liars,” said one source.

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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. Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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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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SAG Approves Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

That was the date for SAG and the AMPTP to begin early negotiations. Now it will be SAG and AFTRA jointly meeting with the AMPTP. The vote was expected, and was by a strong margin: 78% to 22%, according to a SAG spokeswoman. A Membership First crowd of demonstrators outside the SAG meeting was minimal – about 20 to 25 people by reports from non-MF sources. Tags: SAG AMPTP AFTRA Membership First

SAG President’s Anti-SAG Suit Continues

Digital Media Law

For those who like keeping up with legal dockets, SAG a few days ago filed its Respondent’s Brief in the appeals court case that stems from the lawsuit filed by SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) against their own union. Tags: Labor Unions Membership First SAG

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SAG NY Furious

Digital Media Law

SAG leaders came under heavy fire at a New York membership meeting today attended by a standing-room only crowd of about 400 members. Several past presidents of the NY division spoke, all urging that SAG accept the deal on the table or, at least, something similar. Remember too that the SAG control group has lashed itself to a platform that essentially guarantees a strike, and has seemed committed to following that path no matter the cost to the membership.

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