Screen Actors Guild President Calls Actors “Frightened Little Children”

Digital Media Law

In an extraordinary interview with The Wrap , SAG President Alan Rosenberg said that “actors are frightened little children,” and referred to his opponents—a majority of the SAG board—as “liars and manipulators.” Rosenberg also said of himself that “my life sucks,” and then, accompanying himself on guitar, actually sung a plaintive folk song of his own devising, whose lyrics included such lines as “Al and Doug and Doug Allen?, they stand up way too hard.

Screen Actors Guild Awards: Slumdog, Streep, Penn, Winslet, Ledger

Thompson On Hollywood

Heath Ledger will probably win the supporting actor Oscar. Tags: Awards Season Oscars Stars Heath Ledger Kate Winslet Meryl Streep Oscars Penelope Cruz SAG Awards screen actors guild Sean Penn Slumdog Millionaire Viola Davis

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SAG’s Thaw

DealFatigue

Variety ‘s Dave McNary reported that the Screen Actors Guild’s national board just approved a tentative two year deal on its film-TV contract, triggering a ratification vote by the guild’s members on June 1st.

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SAG’s Thaw

DealFatigue

Variety ‘s Dave McNary reported that the Screen Actors Guild’s national board just approved a tentative two year deal on its film-TV contract, triggering a ratification vote by the guild’s members on June 1st.

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SAG’s Thaw

DealFatigue

Variety ’s Dave McNary reported that the Screen Actors Guild’s national board just approved a tentative two year deal on its film-TV contract, triggering a ratification vote by the guild’s members on June 1st.

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Monday Morning JETLawg…

JetLawBlog

Screen Actors Guild reaches tentative settlement of the class action lawsuit accusing it of withholding millions of dollars of overseas distribution revenues from members. In the news… U.S.

SAG/AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal

Thompson On Hollywood

The Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement. Screen Actors Guild will present the tentative agreement to the Screen Actors Guild board of directors for approval and referral to the membership for ratification. .

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Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The Directors Guild closed their deal over these issues last month but many striking writers (and SAG members) criticized that deal for not going far enough on streaming.

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Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The Directors Guild closed their deal over these issues last month but many striking writers (and SAG members) criticized that deal for not going far enough on streaming.

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SAG Board Approves Contract

Thompson On Hollywood

The Screen Actors Guild national board narrowly approved a tentative new two-year feature-primetime contract with the AMPTP Sunday. The proposed agreement, covering actors in motion pictures and television delivers 3.5%

Feds Must Respond to Lawsuit Claiming IRS "Peeping Toms" Raided Health Records

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The plaintiff in the case alleges that tax agents have intimate information on "leading and politically controversial members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild."

Sundance Watch: Are SAG Waiver Films An Issue?

Thompson On Hollywood

Heading into the worst seller's market in years at the Sundance Film Fest, at least one AMPTP studio specialty arm, Fox Searchlight, may not be allowed by its parent company to acquire films shot under a SAG waiver while the Guild lacked a contract for the past seven months.

Force Majeure: an issue in the SAG/AMPTP negotiations

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the issues in the impasse between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is the Force Majeure Clause. Backstage magazine has A good piece by Armin Shimerman on Force Majeure. The article explains the current Force majeure clause, the issue between the parties and the consquences of its application and enforcement.

Hollywood Guilds Want Supreme Court to Hear Marvel Characters Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America are rallying behind efforts by the heirs of Jack Kirby to terminate rights to Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and the Avengers.

Transportation strike could paralyze Hollywood

Digital Media Law

In 2007-2008, the Writers Guild struck, shuttering television and film production. In 2008-2009, a Screen Actors Guild stalemate lingered for almost a year, shutting down primarily film production. Believe it or not, Hollywood may be headed for another work stoppage in just two weeks. This time, the Hollywood Teamsters may strike - and that could immediately halt television and film production. For details, see my exclusive Hollywood Reporter story.

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SAG, AFTRA Investigating Merger

Media Law Prof Blog

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 President Ken Howard says the membership may

Episode 89 – you’re a mean one, Dr. Seuss

Gordon P. Firemark

1 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD URGES JUDGE TO SAVE AGE-CENSORSHIP LAW TO COMBAT RAMPANT BIAS. 1 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD URGES JUDGE TO SAVE AGE-CENSORSHIP LAW TO COMBAT RAMPANT BIAS. Show notes are located at [link]. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Here's what we talked about.

SAG settles foreign levies class action

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni The Screen Actors Guild has reached a tentative settlement of the class action lawsuit accusing it of withholding millions of dollars of overseas distribution revenues from members, the last of the major guilds to make a deal.

Staffing: SAG exec director honored by black lawyers

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A few entertainment law odds and ends: Screen Actors Guild national executive director David White has been named Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year by the National Bar Association, the country's oldest and largest association of.

Rosenberg denied! Judge set to dismiss lawsuit by SAG hardliners

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles Superior Court is about to close the door on an insurgency from a group of hard-liners at the Screen Actors Guild. The court has issued a tentative ruling dismissing a complaint by former.

SAG Gives Final Answer To AMPTP's Last Offer

Media Law Prof Blog

The Screen Actors Guild has rejected the AMPTP's "last offer," because it would not date beginning from the expiration of the last contract (June 2008), but prospectively, when economic conditions are much worse. SAG wants a contract that would put

SAG May Need To Call a Friend

Media Law Prof Blog

The AMPTP has made what it says is its last, best, and "final" offer to the Screen Actors Guild, and it claims this one represents a substantial jump over what members of the union received in the contract that expired

SAG Strike Authorization Ballots

Digital Media Law

The Screen Actors Guild just announced that strike authorization ballots will be mailed Friday, January 2 and will be due back and tabulated three weeks later, Friday, January 23. The AMPTP issued a statement denouncing the move, and urging that actors study the studio offer on the table carefully.

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SAG - Hardliners Successful

Digital Media Law

After analyzing the document, Screen Actors Guild’s in-house and outside counsel have concluded that the document does not constitute a valid written assent, for several reasons, including a lack of sufficient signatures and the absence of any language on the document demonstrating the intent of the signers to grant their assent to the proposal.

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Music Supported Here

Music Technology Policy

The American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, the Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees and the Screen Actors Guild all filed a joint comment, the Songwriters. One of the unexpected highlights of the FCC's request for public comments on its proposed "net neutrality" regulations was the coming together of many trade unions in the US.

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Although the deal is expected to be ratified, it won’t achieve the over 90% thumbs-up that the Writers Guild deal did last year. Details and analysis of the deal are available here , and below are press releases from SAG, AFTRA (a rival actors union) and the AMPTP (the alliance representing the studios). The proposed agreement, covering actors in motion pictures and television delivers 3.5% Additional 5 covered background actors in feature films.

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SAG No News Press Release

Digital Media Law

Here's the release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD STATEMENT REGARDING NATIONAL BOARD ACTIONS OF JANUARY 26, 2009 Los Angeles (January 26, 2009) -- The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors by written assent today terminated the employment of Doug Allen and appointed former Guild general counsel David White to replace him as interim national executive director. The board further appointed longtime Guild senior advisor John T.

SAG TV/Theatrical Contract Ratified Overwhelmingly, 78%-22%

Digital Media Law

In a stunning defeat for the hardline Membership First faction, SAG's TV/theatrical contract passed overwhelmingly, by a 78%-22% margin (almost 4 to 1), those numbers according to the guild. Variety first reported the story, prior to the guild's announcement, with a 1% difference in the numbers. percent returned them – a return that is above average compared with typical referenda on Screen Actors Guild contracts.

SAG Moderates Win Presidency, Secr. + Additional 4 Natl Seats

Digital Media Law

The challenge for the moderates is to build a record of accomplishment, hire David White on a permanent basis, build relations with AFTRA and other guilds/unions, pick up more seats in next years' July-Sept elections, then go into negotiations with the studios Oct. Ken Howard will serve as Screen Actors Guild president and Amy Aquino will serve as secretary-treasurer. Screen Actors Guild also announced election results for the National Board of Directors.

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It's Over

Media Law Prof Blog

Screen Actors Guild members have agreed to the new contract between SAG and AMPTP, ending a months-long battle over terms. Said the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, "The ratification vote by SAG members is good news for the

SAG, AMPTP Will Meet Next Week

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Hollywood Reporter: the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are meeting early next week to try to bring their long-running dispute to an end. The two groups will negotiate at the AMPTP

Wait.Alan Rosenberg Hired Who?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

We found it interesting that the complaint filed in LA Superior Court today by Screen Actors Guild national president Alan Rosenberg in the SAG Civil War was co-authored. By Eriq Gardner Who says that Hollywood is a one political party town?We

SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— Email to SAG members: Dear Screen Actors Guild member, As you know, the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors voted April 19, 2009, to approve and recommend to members, new, two-year successor agreements to the 2005 Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement and 2005 Screen Actors Guild Television Agreement.

SAG National Executive Director Firing – How it Went Down

Digital Media Law

Crabtree-Ireland and Bush withdrew for 15-20 minutes with the document while the actors waited in the Foundation Room. Doug Allen then came to the meeting room and asked the actors if there was anything that any of them wanted to say to him directly. There was an awkward silence, then one of the actors answered “Thank you for your service.” I wish Screen Actors Guild and its members success and I have been honored to serve them.

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Rosenberg v. SAG documents posted

Digital Media Law

If you want to review the legal documents in the lawsuit filed by Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg, Guild 1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson, and board members Kent McCord and Diane Ladd against SAG, they are posted here. I'll update the document folder as more documents become available. Some abbreviations used in document titles: Cplt = complaint. This is the document that initiates a lawsuit.

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Digital Media Law

The book tells the story of the 2007-2009 Hollywood labor unrest - the Writers Guild strike and Screen Actors Guild stalemate. My new book is finally out and is available now at https://www.createspace.com/3344392 (paperback $27.95)! >>> >>> For a limited time, use code JL886NCV on Createspace for 20% off. And, unlike Amazon, Createspace charges no tax for Calif. orders.

The Future for Television or Google Wants to Burn Your Remote: More Google Union-Busting

Music Technology Policy

The American Federation of Musicians, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees and the Screen Actors Guild. (Net

Hollywood Breathes a sigh of relief (sort-of)

Gordon P. Firemark

The Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers seem to have worked out their differences over the weekend, bringing 10 months of negotiations and venomous rhetoric to an end. The SAG membership will have to vote on the deal, which reportedly includes a 3.5% or so increase in wages, but does not, apparently treat new media differently than the deals struck with other Hollywood unions last year.

SAG Approves Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The Screen Actors Guild national board this morning approved an agreement to hold joint negotiations with AFTRA with the studio alliance (AMPTP) later this year, for 45 days starting on October 1. 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.

WGA STRIKE OFFICIALLY OVER

Entertainment Litigation Blog

With the writers' new deal, the focus now shifts to the Screen Actors Guild, whose contract with the studios is set to expire on June 30. Talks between the actors and the studios are set to begin shortly. Writers on both coasts officially ratified the WGA's new pact with the major studios. The agreement, accepted by the WGA's ruling board over two weeks ago on February 10, provides writers with concessions on issues that fueled their strike.

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#irespectmusic: House Judiciary Voting Today on HR 1695 the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

Music Technology Policy

Authors Guild. Directors Guild of America (DGA). Graphic Artists Guild. Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). The House Committee on the Judiciary says the House will vote on HR 1695 today–the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. If you haven’t already, call your House member today and ask them to vote YES on HR 1695!

SAG Rejects Studio Offer; Back to Stalemate

Digital Media Law

By a vote of 73% to 27%, the Screen Actors Guild board of directors voted Saturday to reject the studios’ most recent offer, which the studio alliance, the AMPTP, had delivered two days earlier. Or, they could lock actors out. SAG wants the contract to expire June 30, 2011, which would put in synch with AFTRA and just a couple months later than the Writers Guild.

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SAG Commercials Negotiations Process Advances

Digital Media Law

Here's a joint statement released today by both unions: On Saturday, February 7, the Joint National Board of Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists met in videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York and approved by an overwhelming majority a package of proposals for the changes to the AFTRA Television and Radio Commercials Contracts and SAG Television Commercials Contract.