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Hollywood Strike

The 2007-08 Writers Strike

David Macaray | Posted 11.04.2013 | Media
David Macaray

Because of our fascination with glamour and money, events that happen in Hollywood seem way more exciting than events that happen elsewhere.

Artist Arnold Mesches: Nine Decades, A Life in Progress

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts
Mary Crescenzo

His paintings leave an indelible mark on anyone who has the opportunity to stand before them, not only because of his mastery of the medium, but for the compelling political, social, and environmental content and context of his work.

Hot in Hollywood: Producer Lynda Obst on Tentpoles, Tadpoles and TV

Scott Porch | Posted 12.02.2013 | Books
Scott Porch

Film producer Lynda Obst's career has had more twists and turns than a big-budget action movie -- which is not the sort of movie she makes.

California Labor Federation Endorses 'Biggest Loser' Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Group represents 2.1 million union members; it's unknown what additional steps the organization may take to support the strikers. Details in my Hollyw...

Breakthrough in Teamsters Talks; Deal Ratified

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

In a surprising development, Hollywood Teamsters leaders at a standing room only membership meeting this morning asked the membership to ratify a two year contract proposed by the studios.

Teamsters Ratify Contract; Hollywood Strike Averted

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Hollywood Teamsters leaders asked the membership to ratify a 2 year contract proposed by the studios. The membership then voted to ratify, ending the possibility of a strike that could have shuttered production.

Teamsters, studios fail to break stalemate

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Talks between the studios and Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 ended late Friday night with no movement and no new negotiating sessions scheduled. The u...

Transportation strike could paralyze Hollywood

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Believe it or not, Hollywood may be headed for another work stoppage in just two weeks. In 2007-2008, the Writers Guild struck, shuttering television ...

Summer 2011: A Perfect Storm for Hollywood's Labor Unions

The Wrap | Daniel Frankel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

It could be a perfect storm. Less than a year after the Screen Actors Guild finalized its contract with the studios -- ending one of the most tumu...

SAG Executive Director: TV/Theatrical Deal Will Pass

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

David White heralded the proposed agreement between SAG and the studios as "a good deal with solid gains," and added that "Within the context of negotiations [lasting] over a year and an economy changed radically since 2008, it's a fantastic deal."

SAG's Strange Voyage

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Where did the Screen Actors Guild go? After months of news, the guild fell off the radar screen. The quiet was deceptive however.

SAG Hardliners' Picnic No Walk in the Park

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG President Alan Rosenberg, who spoke at the picnic cum rally, predicted "a good chance" of defeat for the pending TV/theatrical deal, but that seems unlikely if MF can only attract a handful of members to an event in LA.

SAG Hardliners: The Trojan Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG's Hollywood branch, dominated by the hardline Membership First faction, has passed a motion forming a task force to explore "acquisition of actors...

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today voted to approve and recommend to members, new, two-year successor agreements to the 2005 Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement.

SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Hanging over all of this are the twin factors of the economy and new media. The troubled economy will continue to harm the entertainment industry for some time to come.

SAG and the Studios: The Next Roadblocks

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Last year proved that time is not on SAG's side. Recall that the union's then-leadership wanted better terms in new media than the other Hollywood uni...

SAG-AFTRA Ad Deal Done

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG and AFTRA reached a deal with the advertising industry, retaining the compensation structure for broadcast network commercials, and resisting the industry's attempt to reduce pension and health contributions.

Actors' Commercials Negotiations Deteriorate

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Though it gets less play than the stalled SAG TV/theatrical talks, SAG and AFTRA have been jointly negotiating for several weeks with the advertising industry over the commercials contract.

Leno's All Charged Up

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Leno's case is a political hot potato, because it pits the power of a Hollywood guild against the even greater power of one of its prominent members.

Is SAG Becoming Irrelevant?

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The Screen Actors Guild is besieged by bad news, and thanks to the misguided strategies of the previously-dominant hard-line faction, the union may be slipping towards irrelevance.

SAG President's Appeal Denied

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Friday the 13th proved unlucky for SAG president Alan Rosenberg and his co-plaintiffs in their lawsuit against their own union.

SAG Board Re-Do Successful

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The SAG Board met yesterday and re-affirmed actions already taken in writing two weeks earlier: the ouster of former National Executive Director Doug Allen and the replacement of the negotiating team.

Screen Actors Guild President Calls Actors "Frightened Little Children"

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The chance of a strike is close to zero.

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.