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    Off the table: actors, use fees, and the withering away of residual payments


    Murphy, Denis (2014) Off the table: actors, use fees, and the withering away of residual payments. In: ECREA Conference, 12-15 November, 2014, Lisbon.

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    Abstract

    This paper is concerned with collective bargaining as practiced in the Irish film industry . I begin with a brief discussion of the relative invisibility in the communications literature of film and television labour issues, and some of the implications of that omission. I n the second section, I describe the process by which film labour agreements are negotiated in Ireland, noting some surface similarities with the si tuation in the USA and the UK , in which territories the bulk of incoming film production work originates. In the third section, by way of a case study, I examine a lengthy negotiation process between Screen Producers Ireland and Irish Equity , as both parties tried to update the ir standard agreement covering the employment of actors on Irish film and television drama productions. Finally, in the fourth section, I attempt to draw some con clusions from the issues emerging during these negotiations. Although they failed to result in a final, ratified agreement , the negotiations nevertheless highlight a spects of t he changing landscape of film and TV drama production in Ireland , the increasing centrality of intellectual property rights, and the implications for film workers . The case also affords some insights into the role of trade unions in the so - called independent sector of the f ilm and TV industry in Ireland.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
    Keywords: actors; use fees; withering away; residual payments;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 8929
    Depositing User: Denis Murphy
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 13:32
    Refereed: No
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