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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.

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.

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-AFTRA Non-Disparagement?

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

A month and a half ago, SAG and AFTRA signed an agreement not to disparage each other, with significant fines apparently being the consequence for vio...

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.

Studios Release Final Offer to SAG

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

To my pleasant surprise, the AMPTP has now released an offer, along with a summary of key points. Here are some of the key points.

SAG and the Studios: Post-Prandial Posturing

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Is it really possible, in this economy, that SAG members will vote to authorize a strike? Yes.

SAG Strike Authorization Vote Shifts Into Gear

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG sent a long email to its members yesterday urging its members to vote yes on strike authorization ballots to be sent out in December.

How Not to Negotiate: 101

David L. Wolper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David L. Wolper

In my 50 years in show business, I have never seen a worse negotiation by a guild than that being conducted by the team of the Screen Actors Guild with the studios for a new contract.

Screen Actors Strike

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeff Danziger

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SAG Stalks Towards Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Mediation between the studio alliance (the AMPTP) and the Screen Actors Guild failed late Friday night, and SAG announced plans to seek a strike authorization vote from its members.

SAG Seeks Strike Authorization

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The Screen Actors Guild said Saturday it will ask its members to authorize a strike after its first contract talks in four months ...

SAG Update: Union Meets with Mediator

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG leaders met Friday with the federal mediator, and in a statement said that they discussed with him the union's request for mediation and "the possibilities regarding the resumption of negotiations."

AMPTP Agrees to Mediate

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The AMPTP has agreed to attend sessions conducted by a federal mediator, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, who unsuccessfully mediated the WGA negotiations just before the contract expired and the union decided to strike.

SAG Steps Toward Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The SAG national board passed a resolution yesterday on what to do regarding contract negotiations with the studios. My take: Membership First outma...

SAG Stalemate Update

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Next news is likely to come next weekend (Oct. 18-19), when the SAG national board meets. Items on the agenda will include whether to send a strike authorization referendum to the members.

Phase One Reanimator

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Aieee, it's alive! Remember Phase One? That's the 27 year old joint bargaining arrangement between SAG and AFTRA that collapsed this spring.

Report: SAG Strike Would Have No Immediate Credit Impact on Entertainment Conglomerates

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Fitch Ratings, a leading global rating agency that rates the credit of large businesses, municipal governments, and entire industry sectors (they must...

SAG: Toss that Hot Potato Back (UPDATED)

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG's negotiating committee has the power to send a strike authorization referendum to the membership at large, but it instead punted to the national board.

SAG Negotiators Ask Board For Strike Vote

AP | RYAN NAKASHIMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The Screen Actors Guild's negotiating committee voted Wednesday to support a strike authorization vote, a tactic meant to break st...

SAG: A Half Step Closer to a Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG moved closer to a strike today, but not quite as far as some predicted. The guild's negotiating committee, which has the power to send a strike...

SAG Apparently Seeking Strike Authorization

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG's appears to be playing a dangerous game: Seek an authorization and fail to obtain it, and the guild's leverage collapses.

SAG Nudges the Studios, but the Studios Say No Thanks

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

A key sentence warns "If your intransigence continues, however, our choices become harder and fewer." Whether SAG actually has any leverage to back up those words is unclear.

SAG: The Calm before the Storm

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The SAG elections are over, and the Unite for Strength challenger slate now has a razor-thin majority on the national SAG Board. Indeed, one of MF's ...