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Book Description

February 15, 2011
It was a Hollywood meltdown ...

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.

Handel is a uniquely qualified guide: a former associate counsel at the Writers Guild, his law practice at TroyGould focuses on new media and entertainment. He was described as "one of the most-quoted sources on the strike," and recently taught a course on entertainment unions and guilds as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law. Handel covers entertainment labor as a Contributing Editor for The Hollywood Reporter and his writing also appears on Forbes.com and the Huffington Post. As a commentator, Handel has appeared in the media hundreds of times.

The 2007-2009 contracts, so hard fought, brought scant months of labor peace: renegotiations began in 2010, and recur every three years. That makes this book essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Hollywood in the digital age.

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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

Product Details

  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143823385X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438233857
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 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: #1,550,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lukewarm December 17, 2011
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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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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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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 several published books on entertainment labor.

Handel is or 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 over 850 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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