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PRAISE FROM READERS
Handel’s work is always incredibly authoritative and a pleasure
to read.
— Patrick Goldstein,
“The Big Picture” columnist, the Los Angeles Times*
Hollywood’s most sensible legal eagle. Jonathan Handel was one
of the most reliable, fair-minded and quotable sources during the
Writers 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 – to the complex world of Hollywood labor.
— Rebecca Keegan, film writer, the Los Angeles Times*
Labor relations in the entertainment industry are complex and incredibly nuanced. Handel's appreciation of the dynamics and his
understanding of the issues are commendable.
— Roberta Reardon, President,
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists *
Handel chronicles the WGA strike and SAG negotiations with an
attorney’s eye for detail and a blogger’s distinctive point of view.
— Carol Lombardini,
President, Alliance of Motion Picture
and Television Producers*
Handel covers the entertainment labor world as obsessively as
any human possibly can.
— The Hollywood Reporter†
Handel’s latest article has the kind of detail we love. A major wow
with interesting analysis. His work is invariably thought provoking.
— SAGWatch.net
*

Affiliation for identification only.
This quote predates the author’s appointment as Contributing Editor.

CONTENTS
Acknowledgments ......................................................................ix
About the Author ........................................................................xi
Roadmap...................................................................................xiii
Highlights – Milestones and Analysis .....................................xvii
Introduction.. .............................................................................. 1
Background: Is Content Worthless?............................................3
Prologue.......................................................................................7
Epigraph........ ............................................................................ 11
Chapter 1
Run Up to a Breakdown....................................... 13
Chapter 2
Strike! ................................................................. 49
Chapter 3
Dark Days ............................................................79
Chapter 4
The Writers Fight and the DGA Makes a Deal... 113
Chapter 5
Approaching a Writers Deal .............................. 131
Chapter 6
The WGA Makes a Deal ..................................... 137
Chapter 7
The Actors Take Center Stage............................ 165
Chapter 8
SAG Talks Collapse and AFTRA Makes a Deal.. 179
Chapter 9
The SAG Contract Expires .................................199
Chapter 10 Stalemate .......................................................... 229
Chapter 11 On Hold for the SAG Elections ..........................253
Chapter 12 Run Up to a Second Strike? ............................... 277
Chapter 13 Up Next: Strike Authorization? ........................ 305
Chapter 14 Authorization Interruptus ................................ 339
Chapter 15 The NED Gets Fired...........................................367
Chapter 16 Negotiations Again ............................................ 391
Chapter 17 Let's Take a Commercial Break .........................425
Chapter 18 A SAG Deal at Last.............................................437
Conclusion.... ...........................................................................465
Postscript: Reforming Residuals .............................................473
Dramatis Personae ..................................................................479
Abbreviations/Glossary...........................................................481
Detailed Table of Contents ..................................................... 489
Reference Calendar .................................................................505
Graphic Timeline .................................................................... 509
Index........................................................................................535

GRAPHIC TIMELINE

The following pages contain a graphic timeline of many of the major
events of the 2007-2009 labor disturbances in Hollywood. At the
top of each page of the timeline is a cross reference to the corresponding pages in the book.
Sources include the author’s own research; http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/features/film/e3i1; and William E. Zuckerman and Michael Maizner, “New Media” in the
Entertainment Industry Labor Agreements: A Guide for the Perplexed (New York: Kauff, McGuire & Margolis, September 2009)
(PowerPoint, 38 p.).
For a chronological listing of articles in this book, including page
numbers, see the Detailed Table of Contents (p. 489). In addition, a
number of important years of interest are included in the Index (p.
535).

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