Showbiz Sandbox 135: Is The SAG-AFTRA Merger Good For Hollywood?

February 6, 2012

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After years of humoring the idea it looks as if two of Hollywood’s largest labor unions may actually merge. Detailing the history of SAG and AFTRA, Jonathan Handel, a contributing editor at The Hollywood Reporter and an entertainment attorney, explains the reasons behind why the unions might want to merge and what it all means for the entertainment industry.

The telecast of Super Bowl XLVI proved to be another ratings winner and as in previous years, is expected to be the most watched show of the year, if not all-time. Were audiences tuning in for the game or to watch Madonna’s extravagant half-time show?

Despite gaining a million subscribers last year the minuscule royalties paid by Spotify to independent musicians barely budged at all. Some industry veterans have grown weary of subscription music services and are advising they be used for promotional purposes only.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including a new CEO at Sony, why you won’t see Bon Iver perform at the Grammys and how Facebook might turn U2’s Bono into a billionaire.

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Super Bowl XLVI: No TV Ratings Record, According To Early Stats
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tv-column/post/super-bowl-xlvi-no-tv-ratings-record/2012/02/06/gIQAVAD6tQ_blog.html

“Rango” Tops Annie Award Winners
http://www.cartoonbrew.com/top/rango-tops-annie-award-winners.html

Kodak Asks Court to Remove Its Name From Oscars Theater
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-kodak-theater-academy-awards-286451

Survey Says: How Would Releasing Movies Earlier In The Home Impact Movie Spending and Piracy?
http://www.btigresearch.com/2012/02/03/survey-says-how-would-releasing-movies-earlier-in-the-home-impact-movie-spending-and-piracy/

Spotify’s Royalty Rate For Indie Artists Up Just $0.001 In 2011, Despite Big Subscriber Growth
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/02/spotifys-royalty-rate-grew-only-0001-for-indie-artists-in-2011.html

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon On (Not) Playing The Grammys
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/branding/bon-iver-s-justin-vernon-on-not-playing-1006086352.story

‘Watchmen’ Prequels: DC Dares To Expand On Classic
http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2012/02/01/watchmen-prequels-dc-dares-to-expand-on-classic/#/0

Daniel Radcliffe: My Days As ‘Messy Drunk’ Were Less Than Magical
http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2012/02/03/daniel-radcliffe-my-days-as-messy-drunk-were-less-than-magical/

Random House Will Raise Library E-Book Prices, But Commits To E-Book Lending
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/50478-fair-trade-random-house-will-raise-library-e-book-prices-but-commits-to-e-book-lending.html

George Harrison Guitar Collection Explored In New iPad App
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/01/george-harrison-guitar-app-ipad.html

Sony Promotes Kaz Hirai To CEO
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-promotes-kaz-hirai-ceo-286369

Warner’s Bronfman Vows To ‘Fight’ EMI Sale To Universal And Sony
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/01/warner-bronfman-to-fight-emi-sale-to-universal-and-sony-1.html

Ryan Seacrest And Clear Channel Deepen Business Relationship
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/01/ryan-seacrest-and-clear-channel-deepen-business-relationship.html

Facebook Flotation May Make U2’s Bono A Billionaire
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/business-news/facebook-flotation-may-make-u2s-bono-a-billionaire-16112309.html

Hollywood Reporter’s Labor Coverage
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/topic/labor

SAG and AFTRA Unveil Merger Documents
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-merger-documents-286128

Jonathan Handel’s Book – Hollywood On Strike!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/143823385X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=showbsandb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=143823385X

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