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Cut! Can Directors Save Hollywood?

jhandeldlkf.jpgJonathan Handel, a digital media attorney and former associate counsel at the Writers Guild of America opines that the fate of Hollywood might (and should) fall on the shoulders of the Directors Guild of America, which began labor negotiations on Saturday.

“The directors have to insist on a deal that the writers and actors can live with, even to the point of threatening a strike of their own. That’s a tough script to follow: It’s hard to negotiate on someone else’s behalf, and strikes are alien to the directors (they’ve only walked out once in seven decades, and that was for just five minutes).

But if the DGA negotiators pull it off, pieces start to fall into place. A good directors deal gives the writers and studios incentive to restart their own talks, which ended five weeks ago when the studios walked out. They could then close a deal on new media on the same terms as the directors, ending the strike. SAG would presumably do a similar deal, without ever striking.”

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