3:15pm PT by Jonathan Handel
UCLA to Host Entertainment/Sports Labor Conference
The UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, whose focus is usually on traditional unions and workplaces, is going Hollywood this weekend, hosting a conference that looks at the unusual nature of work in the entertainment industry and its equally bespoke sibling, the sports industry.
The meeting, titled “Labor, Entertainment, & Sports: An Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Inquiry,” is a two-day, all-day affair, Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills Hotel.
“Oftentimes the allure of celebrity culture in entertainment and sports allows us to forget about the labor being performed in these industries,” said Pamela A. Izvănariu, the Institute’s director of research and development, who’s organizing the forum along with UCLA Prof. Chris Tilly, IRLE’s director. “This conference is all about peeling back that celebrity layer, and examining what the work looks like, exploring the experiences of workers, identifying the obstacles they confront individually and collectively, and understanding their successes in context.”
Panelists from the entertainment industry include SAG-AFTRA’s Gabrielle Carteris (actor and executive vice president), Duncan Crabtree-Ireland (COO and general counsel), Jason George (actor and board member), Ilyanne Morden Kichaven (Los Angeles executive director) and Adam Moore (national director, EEO and diversity).
(Full disclosure: this reporter is also a panelist.)
Cosponsored by SAG-AFTRA and a number of UCLA and UC Riverside departments and programs, the conference intends to connect scholars and industry professionals and practitioners. Panels will address gender, racial, and sexual orientation representation and equity; the labor of student athletes; global and transnational issues; unions, collective bargaining and labor disputes; health and safety issues; economic security and working conditions; innovative entrepreneurship; artist/athlete rights and representation; and current labor and employment issues in the industries.
“The conference aims to highlight the importance of racial/ethnic, gender/sexual orientation, and class/labor analyses of labor and employment issues in these industries,” Izvănariu told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s imperative that we address these issues honestly and critically, to understand how systems of oppressions intersect to disadvantage different people in the industries and impact the work and workplace, so that we can identify appropriate solutions.”
She added that IRLE is “definitely planning on doing more work in the entertainment and sports fields, and [is] looking for some direction from this conference to guide us in our efforts.”
Izvănariu emphasized the diversity of panelists assembled for the conference. “From SAG-AFTRA executives; to players association attorneys; to premier scholars in law, social science, and medicine; to leading entertainment and sports attorneys; to actors, to radio personalities; to ex collegiate athlete/scholars … we’ve managed to bring together a fantastic, interdisciplinary, and diverse group of people who have never before been in a room together.”
Panels and panelists include:
Fans are Not Enough: Why Unions Matter in Entertainment and Sports
Gabrielle Carteris, Actors/Executive Vice President, SAG-AFTRA
Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, Executive Director, Los Angeles, SAG-AFTRA
Joe Briggs, Public Policy Counsel, NFLPA
Robert Guerra, Assistant General Counsel, MLBPA.
Get in Where You Fit In: A Dialogue on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Entertainment
Tammi Mac, Writer, Director, Actor & Radio Personality at 102.3 KJLHFM
Brely Evans Actress, Singer, Comedian
Andy LYRIK Cruz, Choreographer, Dancer, & Entertainer.
The Actors Roundtable, “Intersectional Identities, Labor, and the Entertainment Industry”
Jason George, Actor
Joanelle Romero, Actor, Filmmaker, Red Nation Media
Sonja Sohn, Actor, Writer.
Student or Employee Athletes?: Confronting Exploitation and Examining the Collegiate Athlete Labor Conundrum
Amy McCormick, Emeritus Professor, College of Law, Michigan State University
Robert McCormick, Emeritus Professor, College of Law, Michigan State University
Michael LeRoy, Professor, School of Labor and Employment Relations, and College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Walter Thompson-Hernandez, Researcher, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California
Labor Conditions, Constraints, and Commoditization in Sports and Entertainment
Robert Flanagan, Konosuke Matsushita Professor, Economics, Stanford University
Alejandro Angee, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Miami Dade College
Erin Buzuvis, Professor of Law, School of Law, Western New England University
Making Moves: Labor Migration & Globalization in Sports
Carlos Martinez, Empire Athletes, Baseball Advisor/Player Representative, Attorney
Kyoung-Yim Kim, Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology, Boston College and Rob Ruck, Professor, Sports History, University of Pittsburgh.
Protecting the Rights of Artists and Athletes in Practice
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Operating and General Counsel, Screen Actors Guild-America Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Joshua Schwartz, President, Relativity Sports
Jonathan Handel, Attorney, Entertainment & Technology, TroyGould
Garrett Broshuis, Attorney, Complex Litigation/Sports Litigation, Korein Tillery, St. Louis, Missouri
An Inquiry into Inequity: Gender, Sexual Orientation, & Labor in Entertainment
Zachary Price, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Assistant Researcher, Department of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Erin Hill, Visiting Professor, Film and TV Production, University of California, Los Angeles & New York Film Academy
M.V. Lee Badgett, Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Williams Distinguished Scholar, UCLA Williams Institute
L Scott Caldwell, Actor, Los Angeles Healthcare Safetynet Committee Chair, SAG-AFTRA
The Price of Play: Protecting the Health & Safety of Athletes
Deborah Brake, Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh
Daniel Daneshvar, Postdoctoral Researcher, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, Boston University
Steve Silverman, Managing Partner, Silverman Thompson Slutkin White, LLC, Baltimore-Washington
Maria Dennis, Associate Counsel, National Hockey League Players’ Association
Racial Realities in Hollywood: Bringing Diversity and Representation into Focus
Darnell Hunt, Professor of Sociology, Director of Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Adam Moore, National Director, EEO & Diversity, Screen Actors Guild-America Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Mari Castaneda, Professor, Director of Diversity Advancement, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kristen Warner, Assistant Professor, Telecommunication and Film, University of Alabama
Welcome to My Workplace: How to Explain the Concept of Workplace in Nontraditional Spaces like Sports
Joe Briggs, Public Policy Counsel, National Football Players Association.
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