Los Angeles Business Journal
"SAG-AFTRA Wants to End Hotel Room Meetings in Bid to Combat Sexual Harassment"
“Meetings in private hotel rooms between producers and actors looking to land a part in a movie or TV show are an age-old Hollywood custom. But now the industry’s largest labor union wants to end the practice in a bid to combat sexual harassment. “For us, this is almost a common sense rule,” SAG-AFTRA national Executive Director David White (AMEC's 2009 Labor & Employment Counsel Honoree) said in an interview. “We understand that there are unique circumstances where a professional has to use his room. But in no circumstances should a performer have to be alone in a personal, private setting for a professional meeting. We think we have issued something responsible but also accommodating." READ ARTICLE (Photo: ZIMBIO)
Press Release Point
"NFL Reps Tour Northeast Ohio as Part of Region’s Bid to Host 2019, 2020 NFL Drafts"
“We guard the history of the game right here... When we have this draft it will be the beginning in 2019 of the 100th season for the NFL. There’s only one place where the game began and there’s only one place where that hundredth season can be celebrated: right here in Canton along with our partners, the Cleveland Browns.", said David Baker (AMEC's 2005 Deal Maker of the Year Honoree) on the subject of bringing the NFL drafts to Northeastern Ohio. READ ARTICLE (Photo: Sports Business Daily)
Congratulations to June M. Baldwin, AMEC’s 2018 Public Service Counsel and KCETLink Media Group Senior Vice President, General Counsel, on getting a Leader in Law by Los Angeles Business Journal. READ ARTICLE (Photo: Tyler Martizia)
Robert Manfred: AMEC's 2008 Labor and Employment Counsel, & @MLB's League Commissioner mentions Tampa's business communities need to be a bit more efficient before being funded for the Ray's new baseball stadium. READ ARTICLE (Photo: Washington Times)
"Against Advice of Sports Leagues, W.Va. House Passes Sports Betting Bill"
“Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. said this afternoon in a conference call with West Virginia reporters that the MLB has lobbyists in Charleston who will seek to convince Justice to not sign the bill.” READ ARTICLE (Photo: GW Today)
"Amma Asante To Direct Drama Thriller ‘The Billion Dollar Spy’ For Walden Media"
Amma Asante is directing an upcoming movie called The Billion Dollar Spy and AMEC's 2008 PWC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker: Frank Smith had this comment; “We are so proud to have Amma at the helm of this prestigious project. She is an incredibly talented director who will bring her unique vision and experience to this film. READ ARTICLE
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New York Times
"Could U.S. Law Help Punish Russians for Doping Scheme?"
The United States took a strong initiative on hunting down athletes involved in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids scandal and FIFA'S scandal. Now, it is time the (USADA) United States Anti-Doping Agency cracks down on doping and enforcing hard consequences. AMEC's 2005 Rising Star: Travis Tygart and CEO of the (USADA) stated that, "American athletes have been demanding that the anti-doping agency find ways to better protect clean athletes in the future so the Russian doping debacle is never repeated." READ ARTICLE (Photo: New York Times)
Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) has been recognized as a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute. “From our Board of Directors to associates at every level of our company, strong ethics are the foundation of our corporate culture.” said Scott McLester, AMEC’s 2008 Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment Counsel and executive vice president and general counsel of Wyndham Worldwide. READ ARTICLE (Photo: Wyndham Worldwide)
Tampa Bay Times
"MLB’s Manfred Likes Ybor Site, Says Business Community Must Step Up To Get Rays Stadium Built"
"Major League Baseball Urges Veto of Sports Betting Bill"
Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred said the league “is realistic” and doesn’t oppose sports betting in West Virginia, but doesn’t approve of the specific legislation, calling it “fundamentally flawed”. He points out several flaws in the legislation and says MLB has lobbyists in Charlestown who will try to convince Gov. Jim Justice of said flaws in hopes that they convince him to veto the measure. READ ARTICLE (Photo: Los Angeles Times)
Duncan Crabtree-Irelandsays “SAG-AFTRA is extremely disappointed with today’s ruling in IMDb v. Becerra and SAG-AFTRA.” Then goes on to say that the court fails to understand or recognize how severe age and gender based bias is in this industry. He goes on to say that “The court incorrectly concluded there were no material disputed factual issues while precluding the parties from acquiring additional evidence or permitting the case to go to trial.” and says that he and SAG-AFTRA will continue to defend this “much needed” law by appealing this ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals." READ ARTICLE (Photo: SAG-AFTRA)
"‘Total Bellas’ Sets Season 3 Premiere Date"
Congratulations to AMEC honoree Gil Goldschein on a new season of "Total Bellas" show on E!. Mr. Goldschein produces the show with Russell Jay and Farnaz Farjam Chazan under the Bunim/Murray Productions banner. READ ARTICLE
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"Music Modernization Act Introduced in Congress With Bipartisan Support"
“In a statement, AMEC's 2008 Technology & New Media Entertainment Counsel Honoree and ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews added, “Today’s reintroduction of the Music Modernization Act signals we are one step closer to reforming our outdated music licensing system and providing songwriters a better future. We thank Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Nadler and Reps. Collins and Jeffries for their leadership and keeping America’s songwriters a priority." READ ARTICLE (Photo: ASCAP)
The Hollywood Reporter
"A Candid Legal Debate on Hollywood and #MeToo: "Did the Law Fail Us?"
Five experts on workplace harassment explore the tension between activism and a "rush to judgement" and voice concerns about due process amid the new court of the media. Among them David White, AMEC's 2009 Labor & Employment Counsel Honoree and national executive director of SAG-AFTRA: " A lot of people for years - for decades - refused even to be second... truly powerful people went down, and they went down hard. When you're talking about Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, you're talking about individuals who were confronted by their employer [who] then said, "We believe the women." READ ARTICLE (Photo: Sag-Aftra)
"Who's Who Among the Music Industry's Advocates on Capitol Hill"
Senate leaders on Aug. 10 introduced broad new legislation that will affect creators and how they get paid. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and six other members of the House of Representatives introduced the Music Modernization Act, the most important music copyright bill in a generation. The bill incorporates provisions of earlier legislative proposals (including an earlier version of the Music Modernization Act) that have drawn comment and involvement from throughout the music industry. AMEC’s honorees David P. White and Elizabeth Matthews were on a selective list of the business executives who have made their voice heard in Congress. READ ARTICLE
There will be a new rule for Major League Baseball (MLB) which will be publicized before Spring Training exhibition games. "The No. 1 issue that our fans identify (with) respect to our great game is length of the game and the pace of the game." said Robert Manfred, AMEC'S 2008 Labor and Employment Counsel, & MLB's League Commissioner. READ ARTICLE (Photo: The Associated Press)
Starbucks has been recognized as a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute. "This award is a reflection of our partners' commitment to ethics in all areas of our business and in doing the right thing for our communities and each other. " said Matthew Swaya, AMEC'S 2011 Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment counsel and senior vice president of Starbucks. READ ARTICLE (Photo: Starbucks Newsroom)
"Judge Calls California’s Actors’ Age Law Unconstitutional"
"AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund Names Industry Veteran Stefanie Taub CEO"
Stephanie Taub was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, with help from the world’s leading executive search firm and AMEC sponsor Korn Ferry. AMEC's 2012 Labor & Employment Honoree and SAG-AFTRA Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland commented on the appointment: "Stefanie's vision for the future of the fund is inspiring, and she brings the management experience and industry expertise to not only hit the ground running but also to take on the immense challenges brought on by the volatility in the music world". READ ARTICLE (Photo: Sag-Aftra)
"MLB Announces New Camps Aimed at Boosting Girls’ Youth Baseball"
USA Baseball and Major League Baseball come together to give girls and young women more opportunities to play baseball, rather than just softball. “Women playing baseball is an important part of our sport’s history. That legacy is also significant to the game’s present and future. We are proud to work alongside USA Baseball in creating events that raise the profile of girls and women baseball. We are committed to ensuring that any young woman who chooses to play baseball, particularly through our RBI programs and MLB Youth Academies, will have the opportunity to do so.” Says Robert Manfred. (AMEC's 2008 Labor & Employment Counsel Honoree) READ ARTICLE (Photo: The New York Times)
"MLB's Owners Move To Three Meetings Annually; Drop Gathering Quarterly?"
Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred, who is also AMEC's 2008 Labor & Employment Counsel Honoree, will now meet three times a year with the league's 30 owners as opposed to four. Decision was made based on feedback from the league's 30 owners. Meetings will be generally held in February, June and November. Not all critical business matters will require face-to-face meetings of the owners and leadership at the Commissioner's Office including Rob Manfred. In some cases, conference calls will be conducted. READ ARTICLE (Photo: Fox Sports)
The Alliance Review
"NFL Centennial Celebration Could Bring Millions of Dollars to Stark"
“In this article on how the NFL Centennial Celebration will bring money in to its host, Canton, David Baker (AMEC's 2005 Deal Maker of the Year Honoree) says “The Centennial Celebration can have a huge economic impact on the community. We believe it could be much larger than an NFL Draft, and if we keep thinking big, it could rival a Super Bowl.” READ ARTICLE (Photo: Pepperdine Newsroom)