Gabrielle Union Sues BET Over 'Being Mary Jane'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Television Television THR Online BET Gabrielle UnionThe actress claims the network is combining seasons four and five to lower her pay and extend her contract. read more. THR, Esq.

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New National "Right to Work" Bill Threatens Hollywood Unions

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Legislation is “a backdoor attempt at bankrupting labor unions,” say Congressional Democrats. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Home Business THR Online Labor Politics

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VFX Town Hall Meeting Urges Trade Association and Union

Digital Media Law

VFX vet Scott Ross and others outlined a plan that involves the formation of a VFX union for VFX artists and of a trade association for visual effects facilities, all aimed at addressing the troubled VFX business model. Normal. false. false. false.

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Actors Union SAG-AFTRA and Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

Digital Media Law

SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union’s commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. Big issues are likely to be GRP, pension and health contribution levels, and the increase in non-union work.

'Hobbit' Affair Still Rankles NZ Unions

Digital Media Law

As fans of The Hobbit scanned the red carpet at the film’s premiere in Wellington last night, some New Zealand activists are still bitter about the outcome of a failed unionization attempt in 2010, even as NZ Actors Equity is finally making progress in negotiations with the country’s producers association. Normal. false. false. false.

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Gabrielle Union Reaches Settlement With BET Over 'Being Mary Jane'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Gabrielle Union sued after BET upped the episode count to 20 in season four, claiming she was ensured a 13-episode per season maximum. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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Hollywood Guilds Sue Union Bank Over Weinstein Movie Residuals

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Lantern Capital made a successful $310 million bid for Weinstein Co. assets, but where will the proceeds go? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

EXCLUSIVE: Union Starts Picketing 'Biggest Loser'

Digital Media Law

Fifty crew members walk off Wednesday's shoot; the group is demanding a union contract for the reality show with pension and health benefits. A union drama unfolded Wednesday in the Santa Monica Mountains high above Malibu as a small group of below-the-line workers picketed at the state park where NBC's The Biggest Loser is produced.

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Unions Investigating 'Liz & Dick' after Lindsay Lohan, Crew Allegedly Overworked

Digital Media Law

Two prominent Hollywood unions are investigating the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, The HollywoodReporter (exclusive) has learned, with the moves coming in the wake of reports over the weekend that star Lindsay Lohan suffered from “exhaustion and dehydration” from overwork and that two crew members went to the hospital for the same reason. The producer of the biopic about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton denies any violations or knowledge of union inquiries.

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Musicians Union Pickets Marvel Over Runaway ‘Avengers’ Score

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A “New” Entertainment Union - And a Possible Name

Digital Media Law

The union makes clear that any such effort will encompass all of its members, and emphasizes that the goal is “creating one media and entertainment union for all actors, performers and broadcast journalists.” Joining SAG and AFTRA to create a single union is essential to performers’ maximizing their power. What’s less obvious from the piece is how creation of a new, merged union would increase union leverage.

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Trickle Down Innovation Alert: Mr. Pandora the secret union buster

Music Technology Policy

Hidden in the deceptively named “Internet Radio Freedom Act” is one of the most insidious anti-union provisions we’ve seen in many years. Enter Pandora the Union Buster. In fact, Sirius is actually suing SoundExchange and A2IM on this basis because the unions, SoundExchange and some labels had the temerity to stand up and advise their members about the bad effects of direct licensing. (So “Have you seen the bigger piggies in their starched white shirts.

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Broadway Musicians' Union Sounds Off About Recorded Music

Digital Media Law

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.” The dispute centers on the use of recorded music as a substitute for some of the 18 or 19 live musicians generally required under the union contract for Broadway musicals.

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New Service Launches to Pay Union Bonds (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

For a fee, BondIt will front the security deposit required by SAG-AFTRA and other unions, relieving a cash flow problem that confronts independent productions.

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Actors' Unions Reach Deal With AMPTP

Digital Media Law

SAG/AFTRA tentative agreement includes 2% annual wage bumps and 1.5% P&H increase. Details in my THR piece. -. 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. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

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Karapapa on the Press Publication Right in the European Union @St_Karapapa

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Stavroula Karapapa, University of Reading; Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation, is publishing The Press Publication Right in the European Union: An Overreaching Proposal and the Future of News Online in Non-Conventional Copyright: Do New and Non-Traditional Works Deserve

Supreme Court Delivers a Sharp Blow to Labor Unions - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Corporate, Gangsta Capitalism can vote with there money in an unfettered manner and unions in the non-right to work states are without the power to require workers, who benefit from a union as part of their contract with management, to be required to pay union dues.

'Friday the 13th' Producer Points to Writers' Union Membership in Bid to Retain Franchise Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Victor Miller, the original film's scriptwriter, is looking to reclaim rights, but will he be able to take the hockey-masked "Jason" with him? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

Supreme Court Labor Decision Wasn’t Just a Loss for Unions - The New York Times

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"The Supreme Court decision striking down mandatory union fees for government workers was not only a blow to unions. The union bosses would use that money to advance their big-government agenda,” Mr. Tillman wrote. Last year, the union gave just $25,000. “We’ve

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ATX Music Office and TALA Host “Get Your Money!” From SoundExchange and the Union IP Funds

Music Technology Policy

” This workshop is focusing on SoundExchange and the union IP funds. Search the SoundExchange and IP Fund Sites: SoundExchange and the unions may be holding money for you now! ”) and the unions searchable list is here.

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Google-backed Group Targets “Union Thugs”

Music Technology Policy

This time, though, Markham Erickson’s NetCoalition is distributing hate pieces on ”union thugs” The Google-dominated NetCoalition lobbying group is run by this man: This is Markham Erickson, who, in another life, might have auditioned for Paul Revere & The Raiders.

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Zezulka on The Digital Footprint and Principles of Personality Protection in the European Union

Media Law Prof Blog

Ondřej Zezulka, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Law, has published The Digital Footprint and Principles of Personality Protection in the European Union as Charles University in Prague Faculty of Law Research Paper No.

MGM, Paramount Say 'Ben Hur' Musicians Not Covered by Union Agreement

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The studios make their move to dismiss a lawsuit from a guild that claims that musicians haven't been properly compensated. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online Labor

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Will the Supreme Court Deal Public-Sector Unionism a Death Blow? | The Nation

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AFSCME, and perhaps decide how public-worker unions operate for generations to come. The central question in Janus—concerning fees paid by workers represented by a public-sector union—isn’t new. Unions see Janus (along with a similar case, Friedrichs v.

The Future for Television: More Google Union-Busting

Music Technology Policy

Google Backed Netcoalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. As you will see it clearly refers to a “host of union thugs” who had the temerity to oppose Net Coalition backer Google and other giant consumer electronics companies. Who is in the “host of union thugs”? So speaking of thugs, why would Google have its henchmen start a union busting campaign in the entertainment industry, particularly the television business?

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'Hobbit' Union Boycott Lifted; Jackson Claims Production Leaving New Zealand

Digital Media Law

Details have been posting throughout the day on my THR piece. -. 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. 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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Cablevision Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Labor Union

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

What''s worse than being compared to Vladimir Putin? read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Business

Why TV Broadcasters Should Get Behind NCAA Athlete Unionization (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Here are three reasons — though not very obvious ones — why CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN should play the long game by switching sides and supporting a plan for athlete compensation. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Labor THR Weekly Magazine Business

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Donald Trump's Hotel Sues Unions for "Deceptive" Flyers About Campaign Rally

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The corporate owner of the Trump Hotel Las Vegas wants it clear where Trump stayed when campaigning in the city. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Culture Business THR Online Donald Trump Labor

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#irespectmusic Update: The Hope Train Arrives in Washington Union Station With Your Petition

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers will remember the #irespectmusic campaign has brought together over 10,000 music makers and music lovers who let the U.S. Congress know that they’d like Congress to get artists paid for radio play.

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Louisiana is No Longer the World’s Prison Capital. Here’s What’s Next. | American Civil Liberties Union

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

American Civil Liberties Union"After spending years as the prison capital of the world, a new report indicates that Louisiana has finally shed this shameful title thanks to the historic package of criminal justice reforms passed last year.

Handel appointed Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law to teach entertainment unions & guilds course

Digital Media Law

I'll be teaching a course on entertainment unions and guilds starting in January. He begins teaching a semester-long class on entertainment unions and guilds in January 2010 and will continue to represent clients at TroyGould. Handel’s course focuses on legal analysis along with discussions of union history, policy and politics in order to illuminate the abstract language of guild contracts.

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Unions Threaten BBC With Strikes As Diamond Jubilee Coverage Approaches

Media Law Prof Blog

The BBC may be facing a strike called by three unions right at the time it plans to broadcast a number of events celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. The unions want to call attention to what they consider offers

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Actors Union Introduces Voluntary Regulation of Talent Managers

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The new SAG-AFTRA Code of Ethics and Conduct is voluntary and marks a step into new territory for the union; it’s opposed by two associations of personal managers, including one that helped draft it. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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

Music Technology Policy

Chris Castle : How little has changed… Originally posted on MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY : Google Backed Net Coalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. Google’s Attack on Unions Means the United Message is Working. Who is in the “host of union thugs”? Union bashing….

John Kelly: The Facts | American Civil Liberties Union

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Source) John Kelly: The Facts | American Civil Liberties UnionFacts 1) As the General in charge of the Guantanamo Bay Detention facility, Kelly publicly criticized efforts to close Guantanamo (Source) and was accused by Obama Administration officials of working to undermine the President’s efforts to close the facility. Source) 2) and publicly criticized the integration of women into military ground combat units, arguing it would lead to lower standards.

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Police Union Official Wearing 'I Am Darren Wilson' Wristband Starts Brawl At St. Louis Meeting

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Police Union Official Wearing ''I Am Darren Wilson'' Wristband Starts Brawl At St. Louis Meeting

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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

20 Questions for New Artists: ISRCs/Unions/Side Projects

Music Technology Policy

Unions The two principal music industry unions are the American Federation of Musicians (“AFM”) for musicians and the American Federation of Television and Recording Artists (“AFTRA”) for vocalists. Any artist who has recorded a major label album has likely already joined one or both unions. Knowing whether a musician is a union member is important because union membership carries with it various restrictions such as a minimum fee to perform at recording sessions (i.e.,

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

When Police Unions Impede Justice - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Across the country, municipal governments have signed contracts with police unions including provisions that shield officers from punishment for brutal behavior as well as from legitimate complaints by the citizens they are supposed to serve.

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Why is Houston Congressman @repgenegreen Co-Sponsoring Union Busting IRFA?

Music Technology Policy

Gene Green (D-TX) has signed on to co-sponsor the union-busting so-called “Internet Radio Fairness Act.” ” As MTP readers will remember, the union-busting bill is opposed by the AFL-CIO, and for good reason–it undermines the protections of assembly and expression guaranteed to unions under the Wagner Act (aka the National Labor Relations Act). In a startling discovery, Rep.

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'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Producer Settles With Julie Taymor's Union

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Producers continue to fight with Taymor over authorship, but make a deal with stage directors union over royalties. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business Julie Taymor Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

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