Showbiz Sandbox 243: United They Stand – SAG-AFTRA Forges Ground-Breaking Contract

July 7, 2014


Two years after merging their unions, and with their current contracts set to expire within hours, SAG-AFTRA reached an agreement with studios and producers for a new three-year contract. Jonathan Handel, an entertainment attorney and contributing editor at the Hollywood Reporter, discusses the proposed deal and what improvements actors managed to secure.

Music sales, on the other hand, aren’t improving at all. Nielsen reports that album and digital download sales for the first half of 2014 are down significantly. Could the increase in on demand music streaming be the cause?

Movies aren’t faring much better so far this year, at least not in North America and Germany where box office is down 12% and 8% respectively. Is something amiss with this summer’s blockbuster releases, or is setting new earnings records every year simply unrealistic?

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including how the characters from “Frozen” are crossing over to television, why cable set-top boxes gobble up so much energy and The Who plan on saying a long, slow goodbye during yet another one of their farewell tours.


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Paul Apted, Sound Editor and Son of Director Michael Apted, Dies at 47

Louis Zamperini Dies: A 2014 Interview With the ‘Unbroken’ War Hero

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ Crosses $600 Million Worldwide

German Box Office Drops 8 Percent in First Half

What’s Behind Summer’s Free Fall at the Multiplex (Analysis)

Music Sales Continue Slide As Streaming Soars, Nielsen Report Shows

SoundCloud WTF? Universal Has Direct Access To Pull Tracks Leading To Account Cancellations

‘Once Upon a Time’ Finds ‘Frozen’s’ Elsa

Johansson Wins Suit Over a Lookalike Character

Lindsay Lohan Sues Over a Character in Grand Theft Auto V

Ira Glass’s ‘This American Life’ Leaves PRI

Cable TV Boxes Become 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Cartoon Network Fires Creator of ‘Clarence’ Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

SiriusXM Fires ‘Opie and Anthony’ Host After Racist Tirade

For Librarians, It’s Viva Las Vegas

Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Academy Sues Oscar Winner’s Heirs for Auctioning His Award

Roman Polanski Prepping Next Feature in Poland, Wants Assurance He Won’t Be Extradited to U.S.

The Who to Tour for 50th Anniversary

‎SAG-AFTRA, AMPTP Reach Deal on New Film, TV Contract

New SAG-AFTRA Deal Builds on DGA Template, Looks to Future (Analysis)