Comments on: Now this is Hollywood entertainment http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2008/12/16/now-this-is-hollywood-entertainment/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: jasmine http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2008/12/16/now-this-is-hollywood-entertainment/#comment-360720 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 11:08:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=13542#comment-360720 I think that it could be a terrible time for a strike in hollywood and we should note that a strike authorization vote is different than an actual strike.

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By: Bruce Mitchell http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2008/12/16/now-this-is-hollywood-entertainment/#comment-354653 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 04:32:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=13542#comment-354653 I say vote for the strike authorization. To cave in now would set back the cause of fair treatment a decade. Remember, the biggest gains made by unions occurred during the Great Depression.

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By: Anti-Strike http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2008/12/16/now-this-is-hollywood-entertainment/#comment-354639 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:03:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=13542#comment-354639 A protest is scheduled to be held at SAG headquarters in Hollywood (5757 Wilshire Blvd) this Friday (Dec 19th) at 8 AM in opposition to SAG leaders seeking a strike authorization vote. SPREAD THE WORD!

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By: WhyWeWatch http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2008/12/16/now-this-is-hollywood-entertainment/#comment-354638 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:24:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=13542#comment-354638 As a fan & viewer I get where those in the business who have already made it might want to pull in their horns and just wait and see how this plays out in three years

There are 2 problems with this approach

1) Three years online is a *really* long time. YouTube is 3 years old and has gone from zero users to a worldwide phenomenon making money, and Hulu is pulling in money in less than a year of being open to the users of the USA (and just wait till they go worldwide). If ever there were a window of opportunity for SAG actors to get in on the ground floor and share in the fruits of their efforts for a long time to come this is it. Give that up now and it will be like pre 1960 movies on TV (or home video), or all home video from 1982 forward…no or ridiculously low residuals from this moment forward. And no renegotiations if history and precedent are any guide.

2) I suppose the 130 ‘stars’ think they’ll never have to work as actors under a *minimum* agreement again in their lifetimes or why else would they agree to so low a floor for *all* actors? Do they not get that they’re making their own representation’s job that much harder by setting a lower floor from which they have to negotiate up and that their attorneys and representation may not always be able to get them such outstanding deals as they currently enjoy?

They would be wise not to count on their good fortune being sustainable for the duration of their lifetimes; plenty of stars suffer reversals of fortune and it’s the height of temerity to think yourself exempt from the fickle finger of popularity.

Rarely can the same be said of the executives though even when they fail they seem to get big paydays. I guess that’s Hollywood irony for you.

3) Not sure if you are aware of this but there is a growing list of actors that believes now is the time to secure new media residuals and is thinking about every actor’s future. It’s posted at http://www.sag.org/solidarity-list and the names upon it are not all those of not-famous who have to depend on a minimum agreement. Their sense of solidarity in these difficult times makes me believe that they are the heirs to the actors from the Greatest Generation who established SAG, made sacrifices for the good of all actors. They give us hope and comfort and a dash of inspiration in what is a difficult time all over the world.

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