Hollywood Docket Top 5: AFTRA courting SAG; MPAA vs. boxoffice futures; 'Milkaholic' actress vs. Lohan

« FCC general counsel responds to Comcast decision | Main | Sacha Baron Cohen wins appeals court ruling over ex-girlfriend joke »

Hollywood Docket Top 5: AFTRA courting SAG; MPAA vs. boxoffice futures; 'Milkaholic' actress vs. Lohan

Thu Apr 08, 2010 @ 10:11AM PST
  • AFTRA president Roberta Reardon and four other elected officials have penned an open letter to members calling for a "new and stronger national union" for all performers. The letter is the latest move toward a proposed merger with SAG, which is getting mixed reaction amid a call for more details about how the new union would work. [Backstage / Digital Media Law]
  • Are production companies breaking labor law by not paying production assistants? One commentator argues they deserve better treatment. [THR] 
  • A coalition led by the MPAA is expected to file comments with the Commodities Future Trading Commission in an attempt to stop speculators from betting against the future performance of films in an exchange market. [NYT]
  • Altinex, a maker of industrial electronic equipment, is seeking a judgment that would let it sell its products under the mark "Showtime," despite CBS and Showtime Network's trademark objections. [Read the complaint]
  • The New York actress who voiced the "milkaholic" baby "Lindsay" in the E-Trade commercial at the heart of the infamous lawsuit by Lindsay Lohan is quite a comedian. Jenn Harris recently performed as a drunken Lindsay Lohan at a local New York hotspot and is complaining the Lohan is interfering with her plan to use residuals from the ad to pay off her student loans. "I wanna sue her for stalemating my residuals," Harris wrote on her Facebook fan page. [NYP]

TrackBack URL for this entry:
https://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451d69069e201347fbc0fab970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Hollywood Docket Top 5: AFTRA courting SAG; MPAA vs. boxoffice futures; 'Milkaholic' actress vs. Lohan:


The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. It is edited by Matthew Belloni with contributions from veteran legal reporter Eriq Gardner and others. Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was a lawyer at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles. He writes a column for THR devoted to entertainment law. Gardner is a New York-based writer and legal journalist. Send tips or comments to Matthew.Belloni@thr.com

The Hollywood Reporter
Contact: Patrice Atiee at 323.525.2014 or patrice.atiee@thr.com


The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. Martin Grove and the other THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.