It has been a long goodbye for packaging since the WGA and the major agencies’ new franchise agreements, signed in 2020-21 after an epic fight, included a “phase-in of packaging fee prohibition” period that ends tonight. But while for the WGA “it’s the end of new packages on guild-covered projects going forward,” per WGA West assistant executive director Ellen Stutzman, I hear that WME , CAA and UTA may not feel that way. Different interpretations of the language in the agreement could trigger dozens of arbitration proceedings, with studios stuck in the middle of potential disputes. After a 22-month standoff, the WGA’s campaign targeting what the guild referred to as “conflicted agency practices” of packaging and affiliated production come to a successful end in February 2021 when the last holdout, WME, signed a franchise agreement stipulating that an “agent’s right to negotiate packaging fees shall terminate on June 30, 2022,” while limiting agencies’ ownership in … [Read more...] about As Packaging Comes To An End, Squabbles Over Grandfathered Projects Likely To Continue
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Vintage songs are regularly remade, sampled and, most recently, interpolated into new ones . But even in that context, the saga of Leonard Cohen ’s “ Hallelujah ” remains singular. A song that was initially rejected and ignored by the music business in the Eighties has, over the last two or three decades, become a go-to pop hymn for TV talent shows, soundtracks, even a Saturday Night Live sketch. For a long time, “Suzanne” was in the running as Cohen’s leading contribution to the post-rock pop repertoire. “Hallelujah” has now overtaken it: Pick nearly any genre, and you’ll find someone in singing it, whether or not they’re attuned to its knotty, elliptical lyrics. That story is ably unfurled in Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song , co-directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s new documentary on the tune that refuses to go quietly into the night. Inspired by writer Alan Light’s 2012 book The Holy or the Broken , it tracks the protracted origins of the song (Cohen … [Read more...] about How Did ‘Hallelujah’ Become a Classic? A New Leonard Cohen Doc Explains Why.
Baz Luhrmann ’s box-office-topping new movie Elvis does manage to show the powerhouse singer Big Mama Thornton (played by Shonka Dukureh) performing “Hound Dog,” a song she recorded in 1952, four years before Elvis Presley . But it leaves out two very significant players: songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller , who wrote “Hound Dog” as teenagers for Thornton, and went on to write “Jailhouse Rock,” “You’re So Square (I Don’t Care),” “Trouble,” and other hits for Presley himself (as well as “Stand By Me” for Ben E. King and countless other classic songs). Leiber died in 2011, but Stoller is thriving at age 89 — and he tells our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast that after many decades behind the scenes, he didn’t mind the omission. “Well, I didn’t expect anything,” he says with a laugh, “so therefore, I was not disappointed in that regard.” ( T o hear the whole episode, listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or press play above.) On the episode, Stoller … [Read more...] about Did Elvis Presley Steal From Big Mama Thornton? The Real Story of ‘Hound Dog’