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

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 Mazursky Dies at 84; Director Showed ‘Me’ Era’s Strength and Foibles
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/arts/paul-mazursky-director-dies-at-84.html

Paul Apted, Sound Editor and Son of Director Michael Apted, Dies at 47
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paul-apted-dead-sound-editor-716812

Louis Zamperini Dies: A 2014 Interview With the ‘Unbroken’ War Hero
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-louis-zamperini-dies-2014-interview-unbroken-20140703-story.html

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ Crosses $600 Million Worldwide
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-angelina-jolies-716385

German Box Office Drops 8 Percent in First Half
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/german-box-office-drops-8-716314

What’s Behind Summer’s Free Fall at the Multiplex (Analysis)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-whats-behind-summers-716853

Music Sales Continue Slide As Streaming Soars, Nielsen Report Shows
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2014/07/music-sales-continue-slide-as-streaming-soars-nielsen-report-shows.html

SoundCloud WTF? Universal Has Direct Access To Pull Tracks Leading To Account Cancellations
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2014/07/soundcloud-wtf-universal-has-direct-access-to-pull-tracks-leading-to-account-cancellations.html

‘Once Upon a Time’ Finds ‘Frozen’s’ Elsa
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/once-a-time-georgina-haig-716119

Johansson Wins Suit Over a Lookalike Character
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/04/johansson-wins-suit-over-a-lookalike-character/

Lindsay Lohan Sues Over a Character in Grand Theft Auto V
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/lindsay-lohan-sues-over-a-character-in-grand-theft-auto-v/

Ira Glass’s ‘This American Life’ Leaves PRI
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/arts/ira-glasss-this-american-life-leaves-pri.html

Cable TV Boxes Become 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-power-hog-20140617-story.html#page=1

Cartoon Network Fires Creator of ‘Clarence’ Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/cartoon-network-fires-creator-of-cartoon-networks-clarence-amid-assault-allegations-1201257951/

SiriusXM Fires ‘Opie and Anthony’ Host After Racist Tirade
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/siriusxm-fires-opie-anthony-host-716762

For Librarians, It’s Viva Las Vegas
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/trade-shows-events/article/63199-for-librarians-it-s-viva-las-vegas.html

Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hacking-trial-andy-coulson-sentenced-716746

Academy Sues Oscar Winner’s Heirs for Auctioning His Award
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/academy-sues-oscar-winners-heirs-716252

Roman Polanski Prepping Next Feature in Poland, Wants Assurance He Won’t Be Extradited to U.S.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roman-polanski-prepping-next-feature-715697

The Who to Tour for 50th Anniversary
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/the-who-to-tour-for-50th-anniversary/

‎SAG-AFTRA, AMPTP Reach Deal on New Film, TV Contract
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-amptp-reach-deal-716749

New SAG-AFTRA Deal Builds on DGA Template, Looks to Future (Analysis)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-sag-aftra-deal-builds-716803