Industry Insiders to Discuss SAG, WGA and AFTRA at Southwestern
This has been a momentous year for labor relations in the entertainment industry. After a prolonged WGA strike, a new WGA Basic Agreement was reached. That was followed by a new AFTRA agreement. And the industry is still working toward reaching a new SAG Basic Agreement. In response to these events, Southwestern's Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute is collaborating with the ABA Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries to present "The New WGA, AFTRA and SAG Collective Bargaining Agreements: What You Need to Know Now" on Tuesday, September 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Southwestern campus.
What do these agreements mean for both sides of the bargaining table? This question will be addressed by two prominent industry experts: Alan Brunswick of Manatt Phelps & Phillips and former Vice President of the Association of Motion Picture & Television Producers and Sallie Weaver of Entertainment Strategies Group, Beverly Hills and former Deputy Executive National Director of the Screen Actors Guild.
"The reason the topic is a hot one is actually answered in the program's title," according to Southwestern Professor Lon Sobel, who also serves as Chair of the American Bar Association's Forum Committee on the Entertainment & Sports Industries. "Our speakers are uniquely qualified to explain the new agreements, because both have been movie and TV labor relations insiders."
Earlier this year, movie and TV producers entered into new collective bargaining agreements with both the WGA and AFTRA, and the industry hopes that by the time the program is held, there will be a new SAG collective bargaining agreement, too. These agreements (along with the DGA agreement) are the legal foundation on which producer-talent relations are based. They establish the basic terms of all writer/actor talent deals. And for that reason, movie and TV lawyers - those who represent talent as well as those who represent producers - need to be familiar with these new agreements.