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1980s – present: In contract negotiations, IATSE rank-and-file are like boiled frogs…resulting in contracts that are “family killers.”

With regard to union member passivity, one person I interviewed referred to what he calls the problem of boiling frogs.  [Name withheld pending interviewee approval] always worked before the runaway production took off, “The jobs were there.  We were in demand.  … Continue reading

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2006–There may still be time for the unions…

Not all is lost.  There is still time.  According to [IA member, name withheld pending permission of interviewee] this is how it starts:  “If the unions got together, we could take care of ourselves.  We could take care of our … Continue reading

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2007–“Greed alone cannot innovate” Runaway Production hollows out the labor force, film content, and contributes to hollowing out America’s middle class

Runaway production, by costing the United States billions of dollars in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs does not just hollow out the Hollywood labor force, it also contributes to the ideological hollowing out of film content, and the … Continue reading

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2006 — Are there Positive Aspects of Runaway Production? Nope.

            I wonder if there are optimistic possibilities embedded in the changes this project has documented.  If you’re building a labor force in Canada, in Australia, in Botswana, you’re building sound stages, and a more multicultural workforce.   If you are … Continue reading

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1940s Break up of the Feudal System, I mean Studio System, and the paradoxical end of the Golden Age of Hollywood

Paramount Decisions The Supreme Court’s “Paramount decisions” of the 1940s receive much credit for the breakup of the studio system.  There were other factors.  In 1936, movie star Bette Davis, who had been offered yet another unattractive part by Warner … Continue reading

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1955: Hollywood blacklists and muffles democratic values; movies get worse; public seeks other entertainment …

In the movie industry, by 1955, 106 writers, 36 actors, and 11 directors testified, took the Fifth Amendment and then were blacklisted (Prindle 1988:61).  HUAC and the industry did not stop there.  The persecutions, with the studio executives’ active help, … Continue reading

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1940s-1960s You asked. Hollywood: Both anti-Communists and pro-Communists feared the same totalitarian nightmare.

I believe that those thinking people who feared communism and those thinking people who were sympathetic to communism’s possibilities mostly did (and do) not speak to each others’ concerns.  Those who feared communism considered what in practice Russia and China … Continue reading

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