Monthly Archives: February 2008

A new era in global stock exchanges

My article on the IPO of the New York Stock Exchange co-authored with economist Jennifer Kuan of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research has now appeared as a chapter in an edited collection called Global Stock Exchanges: The Dawn of a New Era, published the Icfai University Press in Hyderabad, India. We argue in the paper that the IPO may break down the institutional mechanisms at the Exchange that help guarantee accurate information flow from issuing firms to investors.

Dawn of a new era

Critics Raises Questions About GM’s VEBA

I raised concerns about the UAW GM VEBA deal here in an interview with the BNA’s Daily Labor Report.

VEBA risks questioned

So what good is the AMPTP, after all??

One of the stories about the possible settlement between the studios and the WGA suggests that the informal bargaining has been so productive that there may not need to be a resumption of so-called “formal” negotiations with AMPTP. As The New York Times put it:

“The agreement may come without renewed formal negotiations between the television and movie writers and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, though both sides still need to agree on specific language of key provisions. If that process goes smoothly, an agreement may be presented to the governing boards of the striking Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East by the end of next week, the people said.”

That raises an interesting question: why stick the AMPTP in between the real decision makers and the guilds? What value is there in wasting time with an “industrial relations-era” HR type like Counter and his crowd? Content creation is the centerpiece of the new digital era and it seems that it is time for the producers to be willing to take the time themselves to negotiate these contracts in person with talent directly. After all, isn’t this why the Studio execs are the ones making the big bucks? I would think their shareholders – which, after all, include many pension funds and mutual funds managed for the benefit of union members – would agree.

Deal to End Writers’ Strike May Be Near – New York Times

Breakthrough in WGA talks: Variety

The headline is bold but the text says there is only “cautious optimism that a settlement to the more than three month-old strike may soon be at hand.”

Breakthrough in WGA talks y

WGA/Producers Close to Deal: Los Angeles Times

The LA Times is reporting a near end to the WGA strike, too. This is looking more real by the hour.

Writers, studios said to be moving closer to deal

Deal to End Hollywood Writers’ Strike May Be Near – New York Times

The New York Times is reporting that a deal with the WGA is near….

Deal to End Hollywood Writers’ Strike May Be Near – New York Times

Digital Media Law: Conference Call Presentation Friday on Strike

I will listen in on this conference call by entertainment lawyer Jonathan Handel and report back later today.

Digital Media Law: Conference Call Presentation Friday on Strike