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) by Jonathan Handel (Paperback / softback, 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 ecomy 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, ecomics 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.
Jonathan Handel is an attorney practicing entertainment, new media and technology law at TroyGould in Los Angeles and is also a contributing editor at The Hollywood Reporter, where he covers entertainment labor and various other business matters. Handel holds an A.B. magna cum laude in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard College, and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. In spring 2010, he served as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law, where he taught a course on entertainment unions and guilds. In addition to The Hollywood Reporter, Handel's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety, the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Daily Journal, and on the Huffington Post, Forbes.com and AlwaysOn. Handel has worked as a law clerk to a federal court of appeals judge, was appointed as an associate federal independent counsel (special prosecutor), served as associate counsel at the Writers Guild and, prior to law school, worked in the computer industry and was active in politics. A frequent commentator, Handel has been interviewed on television, radio and in newspapers and online over 600 times. The Daily Journal legal newspaper named him one of the top 100 attorneys in California in 2008, citing his extensive media appearances regarding the labor disturbances in Hollywood and his role in helping shape coverage of those stories. Handel has also been profiled by the Los Angeles Business Journal and in the book social.lawyers by Jayne Navarre.