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Screen Actors Guild Strike

The Strike That Ruined Unions

New York Times | JOSEPH A. McCARTIN | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business

THIRTY years ago today, when he threatened to fire nearly 13,000 air traffic controllers unless they called off an illegal strike, Ronald Reagan not o...

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.

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: 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.

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

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: 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: 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.

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 ...

The Denigration Express

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The writers strike settled in February, but in the months since, the Screen Actors Guild has been flying apart at the seams like a rag doll spun through the air by a petulant 2-year-old.

What the World Needs Now is Patti Lupone

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alec Baldwin

Before I get into Obama, the SAG strike and renewable energy, I wanted to talk about Patti LuPone. Yeah. That's right. Patti LuPone.