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SAG Moderates File Document to Fire National Executive Director

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The moderates on the SAG National Board today delivered a document to SAG headquarters that ousts Doug Allen as National Executive Director and dissolves the negotiating committee.

SAG Awardsgate: Frances Fisher Makes Amends

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Last week's flap over politicization of the SAG Awards seems so, well, last week, that it was almost a blast from the past to finally receive a reply from SAG board member Frances Fisher.

SAG Board Meeting Grinds On Into the Night

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

As I left the site of the meeting at SAG's LA headquarters at about 2:00 a.m., food arrived, suggesting more long hours for the sleep-deprived board.

SAG Board Meeting Starts

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The SAG National Board meeting began this morning at 9:00 a.m. accompanied by light informational leafleting from pro and con sources. The meeting is expected to be contentious.

Golden Globes and Demi Gods

Doon Baqi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Doon Baqi

Last night, broke routine and watched the Golden Globes pre-show, and I swear by the time the actual show started, i was so annoyed that I nearly threw a shoe at my TV.

SAG A-List Blacklist

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

For someone (anonymous, no less) to urge a blacklist of fellow actors for taking a legitimate position on a union issue seems inimical to the spirit of the SAG Awards.

SAG Contract Graveyard

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Where do SAG contracts go when they expire? Who knows, but wherever it is, it's getting more crowded by the day. The Guild's got a lot of unfinishe...

SAG: What Might Happen at Next Week's Board Meeting

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Support for the strike authorization vote is eroding. Rather than risk defeat, the hardliners who control the Guild may instead push for the deal to be sent out to the members for ratification.

SAG: No Good Reason to Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The strike authorization vote may get canceled altogether--or it might not. In light of this uncertainty, it's still critical to ask whether a strike authorization and possible strike make sense.

Three Things for the New Year

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alec Baldwin

One is that Danny Boyle wins for Best Director and that Slumdog Millionaire is Best Picture at the Oscars. I hope its star, Dev Patel, is, at the very least, nominated for this incredible film.

SAG Strike Authorization Ballots Delayed

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The Screen Actors Guild has delayed sending out the strike authorization ballots until January 14 at the earliest, representing an approximately two-week delay from the originally scheduled mailing date of January 2.

The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight Strikes Again

Mike Farrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Farrell

SAG wants a strike that will put the few casts and crews now working on SAG projects out on the street with millions of other Americans.

SAG: When Will There Be a Deal?

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

If there's a strike, we may be looking at next fall before there's a deal. In a nightmare scenario, all bets are off.

Arianna Talks New Media and Politics with Ashton Kutcher

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Arianna Huffington and Ashton Kutcher discuss how the Internet is changing politics, Kutcher's new-media efforts and the Huffington Post's plans for the future.

Will SAG Strike?

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

There've been a lot of developments at SAG in the last few days. What do they all mean? I'll examine that question in a free conference call, open to the public, this Thursday

SAG: Over 130 Stars Against Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Citing the economy, over 130 A-listers "strongly" urged SAG members not to authorize a strike, and instead "take the high road ... three years down the line ... make a great deal."

SAG NY Furious

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The reception in New York couldn't have been more different than in Los Angeles last week -- it's clear that this is now a union in open civil war.

A-List Group Sign Petition Against January Strike Vote

E! | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

While support for an actors' strike was already running thin thanks to the industry-wide burnout still being felt from the 100-day writers' strike in ...

SAG: Opposition Grows to Strike Authorization

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Members of the NY SAG Board have begun what Back Stage's blog describes as a "regional uprising," releasing a letter opposing a strike authorization.

Exclusive: SAG-AFTRA New Media Battle?

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Although no one else has publicly raised this issue to my knowledge, buried in the SAG deal on the table are the seeds of a scathing fight for control of the future of new media.

SAG Strike Authorization Ballots

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The Screen Actors Guild just announced that strike authorization ballots will be mailed Friday, January 2 and will be due back and tabulated three wee...

Leno Strips Down

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Broadcast audiences are aging and advertisers are falling away due to the recession and, to some extent, the Internet. Leno's stripping, but the networks themselves may be losing their shirts.

Cavemen in Cashmere

Beth Broderick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Beth Broderick

The health of a society can be measured by the vitality of its middle class. This is true of Industry as well. Hollywood has pushed the middle class of artists to the bottom and now they are on the verge of extinction.

Report from SAG Town Hall Meeting

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Doug Allen told me that increasing the DVD residual is a fifth priority, after the top three (new media jurisdiction, new media residuals, and force majeure) and product integration.

SAG & The Studios: What Are They Fighting Over?

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

I think you'll find this useful if you want to understand the issues, rather than just listen to slogans and each side's self-interested positioning.