Mediating the #WGA #SAGAFTRA Strikes



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About the Program

On behalf of the BHBA’s Entertainment Law Section, Jonathan Handel, a Harvard-educated entertainment/technology attorney, journalist, media commentator and writer in Los Angeles, is moderating a specially set panel with esteemed entertainment law mediators Greg Derin, Angela Reddock-Wright, and Joel M. Grossman and noted Professors Clark Freshman and Pamela Conley Ulich to discuss how different techniques can help mediate labor negotiations in situations like current impasses affecting the entertainment guilds. The issues in play include reduced wages due to streaming services, job precarity, and AI regulation.

Meet the Speakers
Greg D. Derin
Greg D. Derin


Signature Resolution

Greg David Derin, Esq. brings more than 40 years in the legal industry to his practice at Signature Resolution as a mediator and arbitrator. For more than 20 years, Mr. Derin has successfully assisted parties in resolving more than a thousand complex matters. He is often called upon to resolve disputes after previous attempts have failed. In his role at Signature, he continues to concentrate on matters involving complex business matters, including, contract, fraud, entertainment, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent, idea submission), trade secret, right of publicity, unfair business practices, employment, class actions, partnership, real estate, and legal malpractice disputes.

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Joel M. Grossman
Joel M. Grossman



Joel M. Grossman, Esq. has been exclusively devoted to mediation and arbitration since 2004,
following his 25-year legal career as a litigator, labor negotiator, and in-house counsel overseeing
complex entertainment disputes. Mr. Grossman has presided over more than 1500 mediations and arbitrations and developed a stellar reputation for fairness. Sought after by both plaintiffs’ and defense counsel, he has resolved extremely complex disputes with a combination of excellent problem-solving skills and a wonderful sense of humor. He has been named to the Daily Journal’s list of the top neutrals in California for three consecutive years.

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Angela J. Reddock-Wright


Signature Resolution

Angela J. Reddock-Wright is highly regarded across the state of California as a leading neutral in all
employment and labor-related matters and Title IX sexual assault, hazing, and bullying cases.

A licensed attorney for nearly 30 years, Reddock-Wright’s over-15-year tenure as an employment and
labor law litigator and workplace and Title IX investigator set the stage for the opening of her own
mediation and dispute-resolution practice, the Reddock Law Group, in 2011. Since then, she has mediated
some of the most sensitive and high-profile cases involving private, public, and nonprofit sector
employers and employees regarding issues of race, sex, gender, and disability, among others. Her
empathetic demeanor and her drive to create healthier, thriving workplaces are apparent in every case she takes on.

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Professor Pamela Conley Ulich
Professor Pamela Conley Ulich


Lecturer in Law USC Gould School of Law

Pamela Conley Ulich is an expert on legal and business issues in the sports and entertainment industry. She has over a decade of experience teaching entertainment Law classes. She is a lecturer in law at USC Gould School of Law where she teaches Dealmaking in the Entertainment Industry and is writing Getting Gritty and Finding Flow: Your Go to Guide for Deal making in the Entertainment Industry and Life.

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Professor Clark Freshman
Professor Clark Freshman


Professor of Law UC Law San Francisco

Professor Clark Freshman, a tenured professor of law at the University of
California in San Francisco, is the world’s most sought-after speaker on lie
detection, emotion, and nonverbal communication for negotiators. He is
also an expert on interviewing and detecting lies in negotiations and
investigations. His academic research has appeared in journals at Harvard,
Stanford, Columbia, and elsewhere. He has been an invited speaker at
Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Harvard Law School,
Stanford Law School, and elsewhere. International media from Danish
Broadcasting to PBS to the Wall Street Journal to Hong Kong magazines
have covered his work.

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Jonathan Handel


Entertainment/Technology Attorney and Journalist TroyGould and Puck

Jonathan Handel () practices transactional entertainment and technology law at Troy Gould in Los Angeles and independently. He also is a co-founder and was CSO/CLO of WIO, a talent-empowering entertainment tech startup. He is a Contributing Writer for Puck news and was a contributing editor at The Hollywood Reporter from 2010 to 2020. A preeminent expert on Hollywood unions and guilds, Handel is the author of several books, including THE NEW ZEALAND HOBBIT CRISIS, which tells the dramatic story of an attempt to unionize actors on The Hobbit; HOLLYWOOD ON STRIKE!, which chronicles and analyzes the Hollywood writers strike of 2007-2008 and the ensuing Screen Actors Guild stalemate that lasted through mid-2009; ENTERTAINMENT RESIDUALS: A FULL COLOR GUIDE, an encyclopedic guide to residuals; and ENTERTAINMENT UNIONS AND GUILDS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY BIBLIOGRAPHY, a 345 page annotated bibliography enumerating a century of books, articles and dissertations.

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