HOLLYWOOD ON STRIKE!, Los Angeles: Hollywood Analytics, 2011
28 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 10, 2011
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 economy 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, economics and politics swirling behind the paradox of Hollywood labor relations.
The 580-page book "Hollywood on Strike!" includes 80 pages of reference materials: abbreviations/glossary, graphic timeline, index, and more.
This SSRN paper is the graphic timeline from the book. It's an essential reference for anyone studying or researching the 2007-2009 labor turmoil in Hollywood.
Keywords: WGA, Writers Guild, labor relations, unions, guilds, SAG, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, writers strike, Hollywood, entertainment industry, AFTRA, IATSE, AMPTP
JEL Classification: J50, J51, J52, J53, K31, K39, L82, L86, M52, M54, M55, O30, O31, O32, O33, O34, O39, Z10
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Handel, Jonathan, Hollywood on Strike! (Excerpts) (April 10, 2011). HOLLYWOOD ON STRIKE!, Los Angeles: Hollywood Analytics, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1806568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1806568