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TradeVine – Entertainment Industry News – week ending February 25th, 2011 with Danika Quinn

Your Host Danika Quinn
Published: Friday, February 25th, 2011

 

THE PURPOSE OF THE TRADEVINE IS TO ENCOURAGE THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TO READ THEIR TRADES: VARIETY, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, & BACK STAGE. EACH TRADE PROVIDES YOU FREE ONLINE INFO! OR, SUBSCRIBE LIKE WE DO. EITHER WAY, ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT YOUR INDUSTRY.

EACH FRIDAY, THE TRADEVINE SEEKS OUT A FEW OF THE INFORMATIVE TRADE ARTICLES THAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED. GO TO THE TRADE, ITSELF, FOR THE ENTIRE ARTICLE. FIND THE LINKS TO YOUR TRADES BELOW OR IN OUR ACTORS RESOURCE SECTION.


 

Hello everybody, I’m Danika Quinn of the Actors Reporter and welcome to the TradeVine. We gathered some of the more interesting articles you shouldn’t miss. We did all the work so you don’t have to. Our goal here at the TradeVine is to help you stay informed and to keep up with the trades, such as The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, and Backstage.

 

Hollywood Reporter, February 25th, 2011, “Why the SAG-AFTRA merger mignt not happen,” by Actors Reporter contributor, attorney Jonathan Handel. Combining the two actor’s guilds sounds like a win until you hit the hurdles. Right now, all signs point to a merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The boards of both guilds have held preliminary votes and it is assumed that the members will approve the merger. However, there are problems. First, the guilds have different structures. SAG is centralized and AFTRA is decentralized. Second, the culture of the two unions is different. SAG membership consists of aspirational actors who flock to L.A. in search of a SAG card, but few make the journey seeking AFTRA membership. SAG’s jurisdiction includes motion picture work, while AFTRA’s does not. Also, and this would be number three, there are legal hurdles, including equalizing wage rates and combining contracts. And then, the benefit plans are different. And lastly, what would it be called? SAG-AFTRA, AFTRA-SAG? In any event, it will be interesting to see if we end up with one guild or two for TV, radio, and motion picture artists. Of course, theatre actors have their own guild, and that’s called Actors Equity.

 

Back Stage, February 17th-23rd. There was an interesting article entitled, “Type me. Determining who you are and how you are perceived,” by Stacey Jackson. Actors are trained to be versatile artists, gifted with the chameleonlike ability to transform role to role. The fear of being typecast is prevalent often before it’s a legitimate concern. It’s no wonder that actors hesitate to focus on one primary type. However, determining your type and how you are perceived is the best way to grab work. Not all of us can be beautiful, fit and fabulous. And not everybody can play the leading man or woman role. However, for an actor, it is not a good idea to brush under a rug all of the things you don’t like about yourself. Find out what you don’t like, use that and become that type. We all have some interior identity that is rich, and it’s where the good work comes from. It’s a journey so take it and ask yourself, for reals, what’s my type?

 

Daily Variety, Tuesday, February 22. “Site offers flight entertainment,” by Marc Graser. Southwest Airlines may not have video screens built into the backs of its airplane seats, but that doesn’t mean the carrier can’t offer its passengers inflight entertainment, and turn it into a new revenue stream. The airline has launched InAir-tainment as a website that sells music, TV shows and movies through Apple’s iTunes Store. Southwest says it receives a small percentage of the sales generated by each download. Other companies like Delta, American and Virgin America use rival service Gogo, who also plans on expanding its content to offer a library of music and games.

 

Well, that’s it for the TradeVine this week. I’m Danika Quinn. Thank you very much for watching. And remember, You heard it through the Tradevine!

 

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