TroyGould Attorney Jonathan Handel was a panelist December 6, 2012 at the Loyola Law School Entertainment Law and Litigation Symposium. He was on a panel on labor issues, where he addressed the question, "Is Hollywood a union town?"
His conclusion? Yes and no — yes for traditional motion pictures and scripted television, but less so or no for reality TV, new media, and certain occupations such as visual effects artists, composers, and lyricists. He then recounted the dramatic story of a 2010 attempt to unionize New Zealand actors on the film "The Hobbit", which was also the subject of his recent book, The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis.
Handel’s practice is entertainment, new media and technology transactions, not labor, but he’s also an expert on the latter subject, which he covers as a Contributing Editor for The Hollywood Reporter.