Showbiz Sandbox 99: How To Fix Hollywood’s Obsolete Residual Payments System

April 11, 2011

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Labor and contract negotiations are a constant concern in Hollywood. Entertainment attorney Jonathan Handel is a contributor to The Hollywood Reporter and has written a book about the industry’s labor disputes,  “Hollywood on Strike!: An Industry at War in the Internet Age“. The book grew out of his coverage of the labor unrest that began with the 100 day Writers Guild strike leading to turmoil in all union negotiations over the next two years. Handel proposes a new formula for residuals that could help avoid future strikes.

Blockbuster, the beleaguered video chain which filed for bankruptcy protection last year, was auctioned off to Dish Networks.  How the acquisition will benefit the satellite television provider remains to be seen.

The Grammy Awards are getting trimmed down as they cut more than 30 categories and combine a number of others.  Music industry professionals are split over whether the changes will help the awards show.

We provide coverage and analysis of the week’s top entertainment news, including the death of filmmaker Sidney Lumet, how the end of Oprah’s talk show has led to a shuffling of big name news anchors and why pop stars insist on getting writing credit on songs they didn’t write.

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‘Hop’ Beats ‘Arthur’ At Weekend Box Office
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-report-hop-beats-176791

Sidney Lumet, Director of American Classics, Dies At 86
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/movies/sidney-lumet-director-of….

New CEO For Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
http://theenvelope.latimes.com/la-et-academy-awards-2-20110409,0,43….

Dish Network To Acquire Blockbuster
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/04/dish….

Grammys Cutting More Than 30 Categories
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/grammys-to-cut-more-than….

Glenn Beck To ‘Transition Off” Fox News Show
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/national-broadcast….

Katie Couric, Then Meredith Viera Now Matt Lauer To Leave Today Show After 13 Years
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1374231/Katie-Couric-Meredith….

Couric’s Rocky Path To A Likely Parting With CBS
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/business/media/11couric.html

‘Glee’ Going Gaga In Special 90 Minute Episode
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/glee-going-gaga-in-special-90-minute-episode

YouTube Gets Into The Live Streaming Game
http://gigaom.com/video/youtube-live/

George Takei Wants To Be Spider-Man
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/popcandy/post/2011/04/george….

Programmers Silent As Cablevision Launches iPad App
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads….

Britney Spears Songwriter: Pop Stars Get Co-Writing Credits For Doing Nothing
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/04/britney_spears_songwriter….

John Lennon’s Letters To Be Published By Little Brown
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2011/04/john-lennons-letters….

Two ‘Jersey Shore’ Spin-Offs Set For 2012
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/two-jersey-shore-spin-offs….

Snooki vs. Toni Morrison
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/04/snooki.html

Death Cab For Cutie – You Are A Tourist Video Shot and Broadcast Live
http://youtu.be/qkk5wViJo-I

Will Smith & Son Jaden Smith Join M. Night Shyamalan For Futuristic Sci-Fi
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2011/04/04/will_smith….

‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Sells More Than 1 Million Digital Copies
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo….

AMC Theatres Will Demand New Terms on Premium VOD Titles
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amc-theatres-will-demand-new-176561

As Ad Spending Rises, Print Still Suffers
http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/media/e3i8f6eb05174….

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