Alan Rosenberg

An American film and theatre actor, known for his roles in such TV series as The Guardian, Civil Wars and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2005-2009 he was the president of Screen Actors Guild, an American labor union representing actors. A political activist, he is also a member of the Obama for America organization. Alan Rosenberg – working in the art sector and Screen Actors Guild (SAG). A lecture on relations in the American actors’ community from the perspective of both an actor and an activist. Exploitation in Hollywood. Hollywood – a dream factory. Cliché as it may sound, this metaphor contains a grain of truth, especially when it comes to the term ‘factory’. A film is a joint enterprise, particularly in the Hollywood system, with hundreds of people involved, not only actors, screenwriters, designers, scenographers, but also numerous anonymous technical workers, whose names are listed as last on the payroll. What does the economy of film production look like from the bottom perspective? What kind of workplace is it for dolly grips and other technicians? We are going to take a closer look at various levels of the Hollywood economy, says Jakub Majmurek, and reflect on the conflict of interest between particular production sections: producers, shareholders, studios, authors (a recent strike of screenwriters is a perfect example). We are going to investigate why Hollywood is a producer-centered system and how the institutional or legal (American copyright system) solutions privilege the producers. We are also going to look into the conflicts between film staff levels (directors and actors vs. technicians) and acknowledge the role of labor unions in Hollywood. 

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