WGA Institutes Qualified Voting

Digital Media Law

The WGA membership has approved new rules limiting members’ eligibility to vote on strike authorization and ratification of the feature-primetime contract: members now have to have earnings of $30,000 under a WGA agreement during the six years preceding the vote or 15 or more qualified years as a pension plan participant, Variety reports. Tags: WGA

G-Men Mediating WGA Negotiations

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On Friday night, Dave McNary reported in Variety that after three months of unproductive negotiations and just days before the current contract expires, the US government is set to mediate negotiations between the WGA, the networks and the studios.

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G-Men Mediating WGA Negotiations

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On Friday night, Dave McNary reported in Variety that after three months of unproductive negotiations and just days before the current contract expires, the US government is set to mediate negotiations between the WGA, the networks and the studios.

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G-Men Mediating WGA Negotiations

DealFatigue

On Friday night, Dave McNary reported in Variety that after three months of unproductive negotiations and just days before the current contract expires, the US government is set to mediate negotiations between the WGA, the networks and the studios.

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WGA Restores Dalton Trumbo's Screenwriting Credit on 'Roman Holiday'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Movies Movies Audrey Hepburn Gregory Peck WGAEriq Gardner The Guild says it wants to "make amends" for injustices of 1950s McCarthyism by telling the truth about who really wrote the 1953 classic film.

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WGA Ballots on the Way

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

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WGA Strike Photos Wanted

Digital Media Law

In particular, I'm looking for colorful, emotional crowd shots of WGA rallies and marches, especially the march on Hollywood Blvd. I'm publishing my blog as a book and need photos for the cover. in Nov. I'm also interested in photos of SAG rallies and Back to Work rallies. Do you have photos that fill the bill? If so, please email me at jhandel@att.net. Thanks, and happy New Year

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WGA Deal (Pretty Much) Closes. Now Let The Healing Begin.

DealFatigue

The WGA’s rank and file must approve the new contract (though it appears that the strike will be called off while the details are worked out). It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the WGA’s exclusive Internet jurisdiction will have on those writing new media content.

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WGA Deal (Pretty Much) Closes. Now Let The Healing Begin.

DealFatigue

The WGA’s rank and file must approve the new contract (though it appears that the strike will be called off while the details are worked out). It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the WGA’s exclusive Internet jurisdiction will have on those writing new media content.

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WGA Deal (Pretty Much) Closes. Now Let The Healing Begin.

DealFatigue

The WGA’s rank and file must approve the new contract (though it appears that the strike will be called off while the details are worked out). It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the WGA’s exclusive Internet jurisdiction will have on those writing new media content.

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WGA STRIKE OFFICIALLY OVER

Entertainment Litigation Blog

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. These concessions include provisions governing writing for "new media" and a compensation structure for content re-used in new media. The three year deal runs through 2011.

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WGA and Producers Reach Agreement

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Hollywood Reporter: The Writers Guild and the studios appear to have reached an agreement, apparently without the kind of bitterness that marked negotiations in 2007/2008 and 2011. More here. Next up: negotiations between SAG/AFTRA and the AMPTP

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WGA Fights Over Movie Rights to 'Hogan's Heroes'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner A federal judge denies Bing Crosby Productions' attempts to halt an arbitration initiated by the WGA to allow the show's original writers to exploit theatrical motion picture rights to the popular 1960s show.

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WGA Members Okay Three Year Contract With AMPTP

Media Law Prof Blog

The Writers Guild (WGA) membership has voted to ratify a three year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the new deal: 98.5 percent yes to 1.5 Provisions

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WGA Awards Fete Slumdog, Milk, Mad Men, 30 Rock

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Writers are a more subdued bunch than actors , but the WGA Awards included a red carpet. Tags: WGA Awards Slumdog Millionaire continued its winning streak this awards season, with Simon Beaufoy winning the 2009 Writers Guild of America award this evening for adapted screenplay.

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Survey in Progress re WGA Strike

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Nina O'Brien, a doctoral student at USC's Annenberg School who focuses on entertainment labor issues, is doing an anonymous study of the WGA strike and would like your participation if you're in or affiliated with the TV or film industry. Please help her out by taking her survey at [link]. Thanks! ——————— 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.

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

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WGA in Organizing Struggle with Comcast

Digital Media Law

Style, and G4 writers seek immediate guild representation; Comcast refuses, and is forcing a government-supervised secret ballot election. 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.

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

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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. _. 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.

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WGA Sends Studio Deal to Members

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The ratification vote will take place in April, before the existing contract's May 1 expiration. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. On a separate note, I will be speaking at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the school's "A Conversation With" series. The subject is "The Past, Present and Future of Hollywood Unions." I'll also be discussing my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition).

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Hobbitry; and the WGA sends out a negotiations bulletin

Digital Media Law

For details of the WGA's priorities in its upcoming (though as yet unscheduled) contract talks, see [link]. -. For the latest on the Hobbit controversy, see [link] and [link]. 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.

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Joan Rivers Faces Potential Fine, Expulsion in WGA East Trial (Analysis)

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With the WGA East sending Joan Rivers off to a trial board for alleged violations related to Fashion Police, the star will be facing what’s likely to be a tough tribunal – and a fine that could be as high as all the money she’s made on the hit show in the last year, plus expulsion from the union. Normal. false. false. false. The penalties could be severe – but Rivers may have some unexpected defenses.

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Joan Rivers Faces Potential Fine, Expulsion in WGA East Trial (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Is Rivers writing or showrunning "Fashion Police" during a WGA-sanctioned walkout? The penalties could be severe, but she may have some unexpected defenses. read more. Bastard Machine E! THR, Esq. Television Fashion Police Labor Business Joan Rivers

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WGA Candidates for President and Board Announced

Digital Media Law

SAG’s upcoming elections have been getting some attention, but the WGA West is having an election this summer as well. Current WGA West president Patric Verrone is running for one of the open board seats, but not for president (I believe there are term limits). The ballots go out sometime in late July or August, and are apparently due back September 17.

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After 'Hogan's Heroes' Creators Get Movie Rights, WGA's Victory Appealed

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Rysher Entertainment believes an arbitrator stepped over the line. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Television Labor Business

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WGA Schedules Hearing For Joan Rivers On Allegations She Violated Guild Rules

Media Law Prof Blog

If found in violation of WGA The Writers Guild of America East has scheduled a hearing to consider charges that Joan Rivers worked on the "Fashion Police" as a writer and showrunner while the show''s writers have been on strike.

WGA East Executive Director Optimistic on Guild Negotiating Goals

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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. 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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WGA, IATSE Weigh in on SAG/AFTRA Deal

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Writers and crew unions join DGA in congratulating the actors on their tentative agreement. 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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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. 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.

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Hollywood Guilds Fight to Save Residuals in Relativity Bankruptcy (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Home Movies Business THR Online DGA Relativity Media SAG-AFTRA WGA LaborWill residuals be paid? It’s complicated. read more. THR, Esq.

Comcast Writers Overwhelmingly Vote for WGA in Unofficial Secret Ballot

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About 3/4 of eligible writers voted in an unusual procedure supervised by LA City Council president Eric Garcetti, meant to draw attention to labor issue. 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.

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Showrunner sues Fox over WGA strike suspension

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million for improperly withholding payments and suspending his overall deal during the 2007-08 WGA strike. By Matthew Belloni Veteran TV showrunner Kevin Abbott has sued Twentieth Century Fox Television claiming that the studio owes him $1.38 According the breach of.

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WGA West Alerts Members to Non-Compliant Producer (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jonathan Handel The producer and some of his companies are on the guild’s strike list. In an apparent first, the union has emailed an advisory regarding some of his other, non-struck companies. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business Labor THR exclusive

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WGA Awards Go to Slumdog, Milk

Thompson On Hollywood

Here are all the WGA winners , including non-attendee Simon Beaufoy, who won for Slumdog Millionaire's adapted screenplay, and Ari Folman, for the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir, which is on track to win the best foreign film Oscar.

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Suit Brought against WGA

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Writer-director William Richert has sued the Writers Guild of America West in Los Angeles Superior Court over its practice of collecting foreign levies for writers who aren't WGA members. Richert claims that the WGA has been accepting foreign collections in 1991 on monies due copyright holders such as taxes on video rentals and purchases of blank videocassettes. WGA West president Daniel Petrie Jr.

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Suit Brought against WGA

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Writer-director William Richert has sued the Writers Guild of America West in Los Angeles Superior Court over its practice of collecting foreign levies for writers who aren't WGA members. Richert claims that the WGA has been accepting foreign collections in 1991 on monies due copyright holders such as taxes on video rentals and purchases of blank videocassettes. WGA West president Daniel Petrie Jr.

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Ari’s Take On The Strike

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Agents Guilds Writers ari emmanuel entertainment law strike wga wga strike wme agency writers guild Found this interesting reading re Ari Emanuel @ Endeavor’s take on the Writers’ Strike. Nikki Finke doesn’t agree.

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Ari’s Take On The Strike

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Agents Guilds Writers ari emmanuel entertainment law strike wga wga strike wme agency writers guildFound this interesting reading re Ari Emanuel @ Endeavor’s take on the Writers’ Strike. Nikki Finke doesn’t agree.

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Ari’s Take On The Strike

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Tags: ari emmanuel Writers Guilds Agents endeavor agency WGA Strike entertainment law writers guild wga strike

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It’s Criminal, I Tell Ya!

Gordon P. Firemark

Louis brewery fires back after French firm’s trademark threat ‘Friday the 13th’ Writer Ridicules Notion That Winning Back Rights Means WGA’s Demise MERCEDES ROLLS PAST MOTION TO DISMISS CALIFORNIA SAYS STUDENT ATHLETES CAN PROFIT FROM THEIR NAMES AND LIKENESS CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE PASSES AB5 GIG-WORK BILL. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post It’s Criminal, I Tell Ya!

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Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendables' Launches Nasty Writers Battle

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

WGA Movies David Callaham Warner Bros. A legal dispute over the hit action franchise -- in which Stallone has been taking punches from writers who claim their work was stolen -- exposes the whole messy system of who gets credit for what. read more. THR, Esq.

Hollywood Docket: Michael Jackson Is Still Rich; WGA demands; TLC settles 'Cake Boss' trademark spat

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THR staff The late King of Pop earned $275 million last year. read more. The Business Business

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Stix Nix (Rix?) Pix!!

DealFatigue

That’s Variety headline-speak (yes, I know, it needs work) for the WGA’s apparent decision on Tuesday to pull back on its demand that reality TV programs come under the Guild’s jurisdiction. ” You can get the WGA Strike Rules here.

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