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"Hollywood on Strike!" timeline of writers strike & SAG stalemate

"Hollywood on Strike!" timeline of writers strike & SAG stalemate

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Published by Jonathan Handel
The Writers Guild went on strike in 2007. The big issue: fees for programs released on new media such as the Internet. The strike was settled one hundred turbulent days later ­ but then the Screen Actors Guild spiraled out of control, unwilling to accept the same terms but unable to muster a second strike. As the national economy collapsed, idled writers and actors sacrificed millions of dollars in film and TV wages in order to pursue pennies in new media. All told, the turmoil lasted about two years.

But why? Analyzing events as they unfolded, Los Angeles entertainment attorney and journalist Jonathan Handel lays bare the contracts, economics and politics swirling behind the paradox of Hollywood labor relations.

The 580-page book "Hollywood on Strike!" (available at http://www.tinyurl.com/HOSAMZ) includes 80 pages of reference materials: abbreviations/glossary, graphic timeline, index, and more.

This paper is the graphic timeline from the book. It's an essential reference for anyone studying or researching the 2007-2009 labor turmoil in Hollywood.
The Writers Guild went on strike in 2007. The big issue: fees for programs released on new media such as the Internet. The strike was settled one hundred turbulent days later ­ but then the Screen Actors Guild spiraled out of control, unwilling to accept the same terms but unable to muster a second strike. As the national economy collapsed, idled writers and actors sacrificed millions of dollars in film and TV wages in order to pursue pennies in new media. All told, the turmoil lasted about two years.

But why? Analyzing events as they unfolded, Los Angeles entertainment attorney and journalist Jonathan Handel lays bare the contracts, economics and politics swirling behind the paradox of Hollywood labor relations.

The 580-page book "Hollywood on Strike!" (available at http://www.tinyurl.com/HOSAMZ) includes 80 pages of reference materials: abbreviations/glossary, graphic timeline, index, and more.

This paper is the graphic timeline from the book. It's an essential reference for anyone studying or researching the 2007-2009 labor turmoil in Hollywood.

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Published by: Jonathan Handel on Apr 10, 2011
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PRAISE FROM READERS
Handel’sworkisalwaysincrediblyauthoritativeandapleasureto read.
— Patrick Goldstein,“The Big Picture” columnist, the
Los Angeles Times
Hollywood’smostsensiblelegaleagle.JonathanHandelwasoneofthemostreliable,fair-mindedandquotablesourcesduringtheWriters Guild of America strike.
Kansas City Star I’m going to read this book cover to cover.
— Ken Howard, President, Screen Actors Guild
Jonathan brings the insights of an insider – and the instincts of a reporter – tothe complex world of Hollywood labor.
— Rebecca Keegan, film writer, the
Los Angeles Times
Laborrelationsintheentertainmentindustryarecomplexandin-credibly nuanced. Handel's appreciation of the dynamics and hisunderstanding of the issues are commendable.— Roberta Reardon, President,American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
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HandelchroniclestheWGAstrikeandSAGnegotiationswithanattorney’seyefordetailandablogger’sdistinctivepointofview.
— Carol Lombardini,President, Alliance of Motion Pictureand Television Producers
Handel covers the entertainment labor world as obsessively asany human possiblycan.
The Hollywood Reporter 
† 
Handel’slatest articlehasthekind ofdetailwelove.A major wowwithinterestinganalysis.Hisworkisinvariablythoughtprovoking.
— SAGWatch.net
*
Affiliation for identification only.
This quote predates the author’s appointment as Contributing Editor.
 
CONTENTS
Acknowledgments ......................................................................ixAbout the Author........................................................................xiRoadmap...................................................................................xiiiHighlights – Milestones and Analysis.....................................xviiIntroduction.. ..............................................................................1Background: IsContentWorthless?............................................3Prologue.......................................................................................7Epigraph.................................................................................... 11Chapter 1 Run Up to a Breakdown.......................................13Chapter 2 Strike!................................................................. 49Chapter 3 Dark Days............................................................79Chapter 4 The WritersFight and the DGAMakes a Deal... 113Chapter 5 Approaching a WritersDeal.............................. 131Chapter 6 The WGA Makes a Deal.....................................137Chapter 7 The Actors Take Center Stage............................165Chapter 8 SAG Talks Collapse and AFTRAMakes a Deal..179Chapter 9 The SAG Contract Expires.................................199Chapter 10 Stalemate.......................................................... 229Chapter 11 On Hold for the SAG Elections..........................253Chapter 12 Run Up to a Second Strike?...............................277Chapter 13 Up Next: Strike Authorization?........................ 305Chapter 14 Authorization Interruptus................................ 339Chapter 15 The NED Gets Fired...........................................367Chapter 16 Negotiations Again............................................391Chapter 17 Let's Take a CommercialBreak .........................425Chapter 18 A SAG Deal at Last.............................................437Conclusion...............................................................................465Postscript: Reforming Residuals.............................................473Dramatis Personae ..................................................................479Abbreviations/Glossary...........................................................481Detailed Table of Contents.....................................................489Reference Calendar .................................................................505Graphic Timeline.................................................................... 509Index........................................................................................535

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