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SAG Still Talking? And What Next?

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Note that Nov. 5 will be the one-year anniversary of the start of the writers strike. A great day for a deal, I suppose, or, more darkly, what better time to cripple the industry with another work stoppage?

SAG - Looking Ahead

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

This short press release from the AMPTP (studio alliance) re today's SAG-AMPTP meeting says it all. Not particularly encouraging. And, below, my ana...

Looking at the World Through SAG-Colored Glasses

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Day by day, the Screen Actors Guild's Hollywood leadership stumbles deeper into a morass, dragging behind it a bewildered and divided membership.

Further Thoughts on AFTRA and SAG

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Expanding on my previous post, I do want to acknowledge the obvious: this vote was a strong victory for AFTRA, especially in light of SAG's aggressive...

Narrow Margin: AFTRA Ratifies Primetime Contract by 62.4%

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG will be emboldened by the low yes vote achieved by AFTRA, and is likely to resist compromise with the AMPTP for some time to come.

SAG-AMPTP: No News is No News

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG and the AMPTP met for four hours today. According to the AMPTP, the meeting was at SAG's request, and the AMPTP answered questions on the proposal it put on the table two days ago.

Screen Actors Guild: What's Next?

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Hollywood's quiet today. Still, with the studios' "final offer" on the table, the natural question is, what happens next -- and will there be a strike?

AMPTP Makes Final Offer to SAG

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

I'm advised by a AMPTP spokesman that this offer tracks the AFTRA and DGA/WGA deals in terms of minimums, new media, and other provisions.

Exclusive: The AMPTP YouTube Video the Writers Don't Want You to See

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Handel

The AMPTP has created no YouTube videos of its own, opting instead for the old-media alternative of occasional paid advertising in the papers and trades.

Directors, Hollywood Studios Reach Deal

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood directors reached a tentative contract deal Thursday with studios, a development that could turn up the pressure on stri...

Writers Buy AMPTP.com For Hilarious Spoof Of Producers' Website

The Hollywood Wiretap | Nancy Vialatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The writers made a different kind of strike against AMPTP yesterday when a chink in the armor left the door wide open to anyone who knows anything abo...