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Musicians Union Pickets Marvel Over Runaway Avengers Score

Jonathan Handel | Posted 08.01.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Blasting Marvel Studios as "unfair" for scoring megahit The Avengers non-union in Europe, members and leaders of the American Federation of Musician...

AFTRA, Networks Reach New Three Year Deal

Jonathan Handel | Posted 02.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

AFTRA and the television networks reached agreement on a new three-year contract today, with the new pact featuring now-standard 2% annual wage in...

Health and Retirement Are the Hangup in AFTRA Netcode Negotiations (Exclusive)

Jonathan Handel | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

AFTRA's negotiations with the networks and television producers resume this week and the big issue, according to a source close to the process, is th...

Kim Kardashian Divorce: The Irrelevant News That Ruined My Halloween

Millie Kerr | Posted 12.31.2011 | Entertainment
Millie Kerr

It should have been a joyous day, one filled with pumpkins, trick-or-treating, candy-induced food comas and epic costumes, but I was busy grumbling ab...

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

Jonathan Handel | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

In exclusive statements to the Hollywood Reporter, the Writers Guild of America, East and the LA County Federation of Labor have endorsed the Occupy p...

PHOTO: Anne Hathaway Kicks Butt In 'Dark Knight Rises' Fight Scene

Posted 11.06.2011 | Entertainment

To all of those critical of Anne Hathaway's "Dark Knight Rises" Catwoman costume -- and there were plenty -- you might want to watch your words. Hatha...

Random Notions and Fipperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 10.25.2011 | Comedy
Tom Alderman

Generational divide: people who hear the William Tell Overture and think The Lone Ranger -- everybody else who does not.

Ryan Gosling Gives Steve Carell His 'Crazy, Stupid' Dating Tips

Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment

If a man's gonna seek out some dating tips, he's going to want to find a charming guy with a good track record. Ryan Gosling's Jacob, to say the le...

PHOTOS: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone Steam Up, Get Romantic

Posted 09.14.2011 | Entertainment

Perhaps it's a sign of the times, but to this point, the year's most buzzed about romantic comedies have been, well, decidedly lacking on the romance....

How to Settle the Viacom iPad Lawsuits Now

Jonathan Handel | Posted 09.07.2011 | Media
Jonathan Handel

Back in April, Viacom and Time Warner Cable sued each other; then last month Viacom sued Cablevision. Interestingly, that came just a day after Viacom...

Venture Capitalists and Rx Activists Speak Out Against the PROTECT IP Act

Jonathan Handel | Posted 08.24.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Handel

Opposition to the PROTECT IP Act -- Hollywood-supported legislation intended to reduce content piracy and block counterfeit goods -- is growing among ...

Broadway Musicians' Union Sounds Off About Recorded Music

Jonathan Handel | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The fur -- and feather boas -- are flying in New York, where the Broadway musicians' union is waging what the New York Times calls "an unusually aggre...

AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

Jonathan Handel | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The retirement plan is said to have lost $2-3 million because of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the bank. That's not a lot of money is percent...

WGA Ballots on the Way

Jonathan Handel | Posted 06.05.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

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. T...

WGA Sends Studio Deal to Members

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The ratification vote will take place in April, before the existing contract's May 1 expiration. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. On a separate note...

WGA, AMPTP Reach New Three-Year Deal

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

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 prime...

AFTRA Moves Closer to Merger with SAG

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

For the first time, the union's national board votes on the current merger attempt, passing a key resolution "overwhelmingly"; the measure includes a ...

WGA East Executive Director Optimistic on Guild Negotiating Goals

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Lowell Peterson also confirms that there is no date set for negotiations. See The Hollywood Reporter exclusive. __________ Watch for my new book "H...

WGA Sends Out 'Pattern of Demands' Seeking Major Contract Improvements

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Goals include increases in minimums, pension and health, home video residuals and new media reuse, and revamps of pitching process. Details: The Holly...

Comcast Writers Overwhelmingly Vote for WGA in Unofficial Secret Ballot

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

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

SAG Manager Investigated for Embezzlement of Unclaimed Residuals

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Two employees were discharged, one for possible embezzlement of $200,000-$250,000 and the other for violation of policies. An outside probe is ongoing...

DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The deal, which provides for 2% annual pay increases and a one-time 1.5% boost in pension and health, will soon go to the membership for ratification,...

NBC Universal Writers Pen Letter of Support for Comcast Writers

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The letter also asserts Comcast CEO promised at Congressional hearing "'to continue the good relations with the guilds and with the unions that NBC Un...

DGA and Studios Reach Tentative Deal

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

However, union will not release details until Wednesday board meeting. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. ------------------------------ Watch for my ...

'Biggest Loser' Crew Reaches New Deal, Ends Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The agreement between IATSE and Reveille will provide the crew with health benefits -- their major goal. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. -----------...