Learn about the books I've written on entertainment and technology.
Essential reading for Hobbit fans and labor/globalization scholars alike, The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis looks back at a 2010 attempt to unionize actors on The Hobbit that blew up into a national crisis in the South Pacific. It includes a comprehensive bibliography. Click here for a short pdf of some post-publication developments, but (spoiler alert) don't read the pdf until after you've finished the book! Click here for a press release. The book is available in paper, Kindle or audio.
Hollywood on Strike!: An Industry at War in the Internet Age chronicles and analyzes the Hollywood writers strike of 2007-2008 and the ensuing Screen Actors Guild stalemate that lasted through mid-2009. Click here for a press release and here to listen to a podcast about the book. The book is available in paper or Kindle.
A must-have for attorneys and academics working in entertainment labor, Entertainment Labor: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography is a 345 page annotated bibliography of over 1,500 books, articles, dissertations, legal cases and other resources dealing with entertainment unions and guilds and various other aspects of entertainment labor. Click here for a press release or here to see the Kindle edition (best on laptops, desktops and larger tablets).
In a review in the Labor Studies Journal (subscription), Prof. Sheree Gregory said the book is "extremely well researched, providing both depth and breadth in its coverage" and contains "extensive references."
She called it "user-friendly and accessible" and added that it "would be useful to academics, attorneys, or legal scholars who study or work with the entertainment unions and graduate students interested in entertainment labor issues."
Separately, the American Association of Law Librarians said the book "has something for everyone.... For any librarian looking for a comprehensive, very specific work on resources regarding guilds and unions in the entertainment industry, Entertainment Labor: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography could meet your needs...and perhaps even those needs you never knew you had until you've seen the unique scope of this work."
And, Prof. Amanda Coles wrote that the book is "an excellent resource on scholarly literature on unions and guilds in the arts and cultural industries."