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Hollywood on Strike!: An Industry at War in the Internet Age - The Writers Guild (WGA) Strike and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Stalemate (Entertainment Labor Unions) Paperback – February 15, 2011


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  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143823385X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438233857
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,346,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Handel's work is always incredibly authoritative and a pleasure to read. --Patrick Goldstein, "The Big Picture" columnist, the Los Angeles Times (affiliation for identification only)

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 (affiliation for identification only)

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 (affiliation for identification only)

Handel's appreciation of the dynamics of entertainment industry labor relations and understanding of the issues are commendable. --Roberta Reardon, President, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (affiliation for identification only)

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Handel's work is always incredibly authoritative and a pleasure to read. --Patrick Goldstein, "The Big Picture" columnist, the Los Angeles Times (affiliation for identification only)

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 (affiliation for identification only)

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 (affiliation for identification only)

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 (affiliation for identification only)

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 (affiliation for identification only)

Handel covers the entertainment labor world as obsessively as any human possibly can. --The Hollywood Reporter (this quote predates the author's appointment as Contributing Editor)

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

More About the Author

Jonathan Handel (jhandel.com) practices transactional entertainment and technology law at TroyGould in Los Angeles and is a contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter, where he covers entertainment labor and select other matters. He is also a former computer scientist and was involved in local politics for a decade.

Handel is the author of the forthcoming book Entertainment Residuals: A Full Color Guide, which describes the union reuse/royalty payments that are common in the entertainment industry, and the 2011 book Hollywood on Strike!, which chronicles and analyzes the Hollywood writers strike of 2007-2008 and the ensuing Screen Actors Guild stalemate that lasted through mid-2009.

Handel has been an adjunct professor at USC Law School, Southwestern Law School and UCLA Law School. He has previously worked as a talent lawyer; as associate counsel at the Writers Guild; and as a litigator.

Handel is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California in 2008. He has been profiled in the book social.lawyers by Jayne Navarre and by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College in applied math and computer science, Handel worked in the computer industry before, during and after college. He was also involved in local politics as an elected delegate and Democratic party committee member and in gay politics; drafted and lobbied for passage of the Cambridge, Mass. human rights (civil rights) ordinance; and served on the human rights commission that the law established to investigate and adjudicate discrimination claims.

Handel then attended Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1990, and then clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During 1992-1993, while a litigation associate at a Los Angeles firm, he concurrently served as a federal Associate Independent Counsel (special prosecutor) investigating alleged misconduct in the Bush administration.

Handel's writing has been published in/on the Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal, Daily Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes.com and IMDb.com.

Handel has appeared as a commentator on entertainment and technology legal issues and on Hollywood guilds about 750 separate times in international, national and local television, radio, print and online media, including ABC, CBS and NBC nightly news programs, Bloomberg News cable channel, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, NPR, BBC radio, local television and radio, Canadian television, wire services, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly and, notably, The Defamer and the London Star tabloid.

Handel is also the author of a short book for technology executives, entitled How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. His article on trademark registration for movie titles was selected as the cover article of the April 2008 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer, and his law review article Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown: Why Content's Kingdom is Slipping Away, which discusses the struggle between content and technology, appeared April 2009 in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law.

Handel has moderated and appeared on panels and presented seminars on the entertainment industry to professional audiences in Los Angeles, Park City (at the Sundance Film Festival), Nashville (at Vanderbilt Law School), Taiwan, and Havana. For several years, he taught a film appreciation and screening class (approximately 400 students) for UCLA Extension.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Granger on December 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
While Handel does an excellent job relayimg the issues involved im the strike as well as the economic backlash he is redundent in many ways too. For example he continues to repeat definitions for thimgs like patterned bargaining. I am on a quarter through the book and he has defined it at least four times. The same holds true with explanation why it would be better for the WGA to design the deal template rather than the DGA as the DGA members do not typically live off residual income due to their members imitial deals with the studios.

Other tham redundancies the book is a great resource for what the whole strike was about and the issues and proposals imvolved.
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By Some guy on March 27, 2014
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Purchased this e-book for a term paper in my Labor Relations class. This is the only actual book that I could find on the subject, and it was very helpful.
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