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Union-Busting 101 for First-Time Filmmakers

by News on October 3, 2011

in Union Contracting Privileges

By Jeff Steele/Reuters

A learned colleague once said that the three biggest obstacles to getting a movie made are unions, agents and producers.

Generally speaking, that’s true, but it ultimately depends on which side of the table you’re on at any given moment.

From the financing side, unions and guilds are dicey because they tend to come to the table with an antagonistically defensive posture — not wanting to play ball.

They’re viewed as being uncompromising, with an all or nothing, zero-sum strategy. Interestingly enough so do producers and agents, especially when squaring off against each other.

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