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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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SAG-AFTRA leaders tout new global treaty on performers' rights

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Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists President Roberta Reardon hold up a placard announcing the merger of their unions at the SAG headquarters in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press / March 30, 2012)

The union representing Hollywood’s actors hailed a landmark international treaty that officials said would provide important “economical and moral rights” for actors and other performers around the world.

SAG-AFTRA, which has more than 160,000 members, said actors would stand to benefit from a treaty signed by dozens of countries Tuesday at a conference in Beijing held by the World Intellectual Property Organization, a United Nations agency in Geneva.

If ratified, as many as 60 countries would be required to set up systems guaranteeing actors and other performers would be compensated for the reuse of their work. That could, over the next five to 10 years, significantly boost royalty payments for actors from countries in Asia, Africa and South America that don’t currently have such laws.

The treaty also provides actors with legal protections by, among other things, making it easier for actors to seek legal claims against the unauthorized use of their material. Unlike writers and directors, actors have never had such rights secured under an international treaty.

“Actors and other audiovisual performers have long needed the crucial protections of this treaty, and now we can finally have them," SAG-AFTRA co-presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon said in a statement. "With new rights to proper compensation for the use of our works and control over the use of our images and likenesses, actors will have important tools to protect themselves around the world.’’

Passage of such a treaty has been a longstanding priority for the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which merged this year into a single union.

SAG officials began discussions on the treaty in the mid-1900s, but the efforts were stalled by disputes between artists and producers. Among other things, major studios were concerned that such a global agreement would change how they compensate actors in the U.S. To help break the logjam, SAG-AFTRA officials agreed that the treaty would not affect the so-called work-for-hire doctrine in the U.S., in which producers, not actors, own the rights to their material.

The treaty was approved after five days of meetings in Beijing between various performers groups, including SAG-AFTRA, the Motion Picture Association, and a U.S. diplomatic delegation led by Justin Hughes, senior advisor to the undersecretary of commerce. The treaty must be ratified by at least 30 countries in order to take effect, a process that could take a year or more.

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Ancient Roman Text Offers Tips On Winning Elections

Robert Siegel talks with Classics professor Philip Freeman about his translation of the book, "How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians." The book was written by the brother of Marcus Cicero, for when Marcus ran for office in Rome in 64 B.C. But the ancient Roman guide for campaigning still holds lessons for today's elections.
On oir way to St. Louis, we came across this 3 1/2 acre park decorated with a fantasy theme. It's a memorial to a high school grad located about 300 yards from the spot where he died in a car accident in 1993.

The park is crafted to the imagination of Rochman's son, who was into roleplaying, Dungeons and Dragons, and he drew pictures of medieval subjects. Funding came from a legal settlement and community donations. Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park (4 photos)

News Corp. may split into two companies, spin off publishing

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News Corp Chief Rupert Murdoch is driven away from the High Court in central London in this April file photo. (Justin Tallis / AFP / Getty Images / June 26, 2012)
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has long been a company divided.

The media monolith's financial foundation rests on profits from television channels, satellite TV operations, and a movie and television production unit. But Murdoch -- the company's chief executive, who got his start in newspapers in his native Australia -- has long had a soft spot for publishing, a soft spot not generally shared by Wall Street.

On Tuesday, News Corp. confirmed that it was "considering a restructuring to separate its business into two distinct publicly traded companies."

The Wall Street Journal, part of Murdoch's publishing empire, broke the news that the company plans to split its businesses into two parts.

The split would separate News Corp.'s film and television operations, including the 20th Century Fox film studio, the top-ranked Fox broadcast network and the profitable Fox News Channel, into one company.  The corporation's newspapers, Harper Collins book publishing assets and education businesses would form the second company.

News Corp.'s publishing properties include the Journal, the New York Post, the Times of London, the British Sun tabloid and papers in Australia. The publishing company would be the smaller of the two.
The move would likely mollify Wall Street investors, who have long grumbled about Murdoch's purchase of the Wall Street Journal at an inflated price and Murdoch's adamant stance that newspapers were, and should be, a core part of News Corp.

But during the last year, the company has been roiled by an ethics scandal within its British newspaper arm, which has led to Murdoch's youngest son, James, being distanced from decision-making in the corporation, the arrests of numerous former News Corp. employees, the shuttering of the hugely popular News of the World tabloid, and about $200 million in losses.

The Journal reported that the concept being considered would not change the Murdoch family's effective control of any of the businesses, exercised through their roughly 40% voting stake in News Corp. Six years ago, media mogul Sumner Redstone did something similar by dividing his Viacom Inc. into two publicly traded companies: Viacom and CBS Corp. Redstone, 89, controls both.

The move might also give Murdoch the ability to more easily snap up ailing newspaper properties.  Murdoch once considered buying the Los Angeles Times, whose corporate parent Tribune Company, has been mired in bankruptcy proceedings for more than three years. Murdoch gave up on the notion following Wall Street's negative reaction to his purchase of the Wall Street Journal.

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