American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

  1. SoundExchange Names Three New Board of Director Members

    July 13, 2012 8:17 AM EDT SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization, has announced the appointment of three new members, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Ray Hair and Paul Robinson to its Board of Directors. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland serves as the chief administr ...

  2. SiriusXM Files Lawsuit Against SoundExchange and A2IM, Alleging Licensing Interference

    March 28, 2012 9:28 AM EDT SiriusXM has filed a lawsuit against SoundExchange and A2IM. The company alleges that the two organizations violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act and acted in concert with other organizations to interfere with the satellite's channel efforts ...

  3. SoundExchange Paid Out a Record $88 Million in Q3, but Big Money Is Still Going Uncollected

    October 25, 2011 6:25 PM EDT SoundExchange announced on Tuesday that it paid out a record $88 million to 18,300 artists and labels in the third quarter of 2011. The payments cover royalties collected from Internet radio, satellite radio and cable TV music-only channels. Strea ...

  4. Business Matters: China, Canada Among 40-Plus Countries Make U.S. Trade Representative's Watch List

    May 02, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Forty-Plus Countries Make U.S. Trade Representative's Watch List -- The U.S. Trade Representative's Ron Kirk released the annual "Special 301" report, a list of countries whose I.P. rights protections do not meet its approval. ...

  5. UPDATED: Industry Execs Call Out PC Mag For Encouraging Piracy

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Post updated Nov. 24 with a response from PC Mag (at bottom) Irked by an article published in PC Mag listing a number of alternative P2P services in the wake of the LimeWire shutdown, a number of music industry executive earlier this month sent th ...

  6. PPL Signs With AFM/AFTRA Fund

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. neighboring rights organization PPL has announced a new agreement with the AFM/AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund in the U.S. It is the first time PPL has worked with the AFM/AFTRA Fund. The Fund comes from SoundExchange-adm ...

  7. NARM, RIAA Giving the Gift of Music Via New Website

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The two-year-old effort to revive the "Give the Gift of Music" campaign paid off. Program originators the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have launched a branded w ...

  8. Publishing Briefs: AFTRA, SoundExchange, Harry Fox, Ultra and More

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In yet another move to expand royalty payments, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) will help SoundExchange to identify and distribute royalties due to its members. Starting today, June 2, AFTRA, will begin ...

  9. RIAA, Other Groups Bend Copyright Czar's Ear

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the request for comments to help the U.S. shape its “Joint Strategic Plan” on intellectual property due today, U.S. copyright organizations are urging the federal government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect ...

  10. AFTRA To Honor Sam Moore, Juanes

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) will honor Sam Moore and Juanes at a dinner gala at New York’s Plaza Hotel Feb. 22. The union of recording artists and broadcast journalists will honor soul legend Moore, of Sam & ...

  11. MusicFirst Coalition Lobbies Congress On Performance Right

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a move to bolster its campaign to get Congress to pass the Performance Right Act, which calls for artists and master rights owners to be compensated when their songs are played on terrestrial radio, the musicFirst coalition visited the halls of ...

  12. WGA Grants Interim Deal to Grammys

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The show must go on — and now it officially will. In a move that was widely expected after saying last week they would not picket the Grammy ceremony, the Writer's Guild of America has agreed to an interim agreement with the producers of the ...

  13. WGA Won't Picket Grammys

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Writer's Guild of America won't picket the Grammy Awards next month, according to a guild spokesman, but the status of the Recording Academy's application to the WGA for an interim agreement for their two members who work on the ...

  14. Grammy Producers Seek Interim Agreement With WGA

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST The producers of the Grammy Awards today (Jan. 15) requested an interim agreement from the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) to proceed with the televised awards presentation on Feb. 10. The move comes after a day of speculation as to whether t ...

  15. Chaitovitz Named FMC Executive Director

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ann Chaitovitz has been named executive director of the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). Chaitovitz, based in Washington, D.C., will report to FMC's board of directors and will assume her new role February 4. Chaitovitz most recently worked a ...

  16. A2IM Discloses Radio Rules Of Engagement

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the trade group that, as previously reported, secured commitments from Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Citadel and Entercom to adhere to a set of radio Rules of Engagement, as well as blocks of progr ...

  17. SAG, AFTRA Agree On Contract Extension

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Directors of Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have approved a two-year extension to the commercials contracts with the advertising industry by an almost 95% Directors of Screen Actors Guild and American F ...

  18. Behind the Deal: Pataki Vetoes Talent Agency Amendment

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT While musicians were touring in the summer heat, New York Gov. George Pataki was in the hot seat trying to decide whether to sign or veto a bill that would change the way performers get work in the st While musicians were touring in the summer hea ...

  19. Behind the Deal: Pataki Vetoes Talent Agency Amendment

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT While musicians were touring in the summer heat, New York Gov. George Pataki was in the hot seat trying to decide whether to sign or veto a bill that would change the way performers get work in the st While musicians were touring in the summer hea ...

  20. Reluctant Actors OK Game Deal

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood's actors tentatively agreed June 8 to accept a new videogame contract after failing to get enough member support for a strike over residuals. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Hollywood's actors tentatively agreed June 8 ...

  21. AFTRA Ups Hedgpeth To Top NED Post

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has named a new national executive director, elevating Kim Roberts Hedgpeth to the top slot after eight years as associate national executive di LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Am ...

  22. Actors OK 'Good Deal' From SAG

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hollywood actors overwhelmingly approved their new contract Feb. 28, ending the threat that the industry would be thrown into turmoil by forcing negotiators to return to the bargaining table with a de LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Hollyw ...

  23. SAG Snags AFTRA Chief Hessinger

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST No replacement named. The Screen Actors Guild has elected Greg Hessinger, the head of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as its new national executive director/CEO. No replacement has been named at AFTRA, but veteran official ...

  24. SAG Snags AFTRA Chief Hessinger

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Screen Actors Guild has elected Greg Hessinger, the head of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as its new national executive director/CEO. The Screen Actors Guild has elected Greg Hessinger, the head of the American Feder ...

  25. Case Summary: Labels Don't Owe Fiduciary Duty To Artists In N.Y.

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST A New York state appellate court on Jan. 25 rejected a class action suit brought by recording artists who claimed their record deals didn't permit the major labels to exploit their music in digital fo A New York state appellate court on Jan. ...

  26. Actors, Producers Reach Three-year Contract Deal

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Negotiators for Hollywood's actors tentatively agreed to a new three-year contract Jan. 20 with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, a sweeping $200 million package that was said t (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Negotiators f ...

  27. AFTRA, Producers Reach Tentative Contract

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached a tentative deal on a new three-year Network Code contract late Oct. 29 afte (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The American Feder ...

  28. Taking Stock: A Matter Of Respect

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 8 NARAS presented Grammys on the Hill, its annual Washington, D.C., awards dinner. The event honored Natalie Cole; Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.; and Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif. The following is Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy ...

  29. Artists Sound Alarm Over Digital Radio

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recording artists' groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission for protection as digital audio broadcasting (DAB) emerges in the radio marketplace. SAN FRANCISCO -- Recording artists' groups are calling on the Federal Com ...

  30. Industry Lobbies FCC Over Digital Radio

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recording artist groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for protection as digital audio broadcasting (DAB) emerges in the radio marketplace. SAN FRANCISCO -- Recording artist groups are calling on the Federal Communicati ...

  31. Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The founding members of popular '80s metal band Megadeth are banging their heads in court. Two separate actions hinge on a purported settlement ending the bandmates' corporate partnership, and whether Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits ...

  32. Industry Lobbies FCC Over Digital Radio

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recording artists groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for protection as digital audio broadcasting (DAB) emerges in the radio marketplace. Recording artists groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission ...

  33. Industry Lobbies FCC Over Digital Radio

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recording artists groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for protection as digital audio broadcasting (DAB) emerges in the radio marketplace. Recording artists groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission ...

  34. Royalty Bill Moving Ahead In California

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The quest of California State Sen. Kevin Murray (D.-Los Angeles) to help recording artists collect unpaid royalties took a big step toward becoming reality June 15 in Sacramento. However, some observe SAN FRANCISCO -- The quest of California State ...

  35. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BM ...

  36. Final Vote Set For California Royalty Bill

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The crusade by California State Sen. Kevin Murray to help recording artists collect unpaid royalties is approaching the finish line. His legislation, dubbed the Recording Industry Accounting Practice SACRAMENTO -- The crusade by California State S ...

  37. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. The June 14-15 hearing with the Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC ...

  38. Artists Divided On File-Sharing

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Retailers, consumers and the Recording Industry Assn. of America have been debating file-sharing issues ad nauseum. Now, it's the musician's turn. Artists are sharply divided on whether they think file-sharing is a good or evil force for ...

  39. Producer Says He Was Forced To Inflate Film Budgets

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Film producer Elie Samaha says he was blackmailed into carrying out the budget-padding scheme that ultimately cost Intertainment Licensing more than $100 million. <br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> Harvard, Berkle ...

  40. AFTRA At Odds With Clear Channel's Contract Plans

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Clear Channel's plan to revise all of its radio air personality contracts to include provisions that the DJs share in the financial penalties for any indecency violations isn't sitting well with the A Clear Channel's plan to revise ...

  41. The NEW AFTRA Code Broken Down in Plain English

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The battle between record companies and its artists is a tired cliche. But with the advent of new income streams for copyright holders and artists such as Web casting royalties, mobile music, and musi The battle between record companies and its ar ...

  42. Record Companies Must Embrace Changing Digital Landscape

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Charles Darwin would be proud. Today's harsh music climate is certainly putting his survival-of-the-fittest theory to the test. In this do-or-die atmosphere, artists are increasingly being forced to p Charles Darwin would be proud. Today' ...

  43. Price-Fixing Settlement Rains CDs On Mass. Libraries

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Price-Fixing Settlement Rains CDs On Mass. Libraries Price-Fixing Settlement Rains CDs On Mass. Libraries Calif. Music/Tech Convocation Set For Feb. 25 EU Set To Confirm New Piracy Rules Clear Channel Commun Names Levin Legal Chief King Purtich Na ...