12:01 AM: Writers Contract Has Expired

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 11:12pm PDT

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“Box Up Personal Items When You Leave Work Thursday”: WGA’s Strike Checklist

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 9:29pm PDT

THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Hollywood Writers Strike Called; Timing Announcement To Come Friday; Actors Agree To Walk WGA Picket Lines

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New WGA Proposal Included Movement On DVDs, New Media, Jurisdiction Issues

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 9:26pm PDT

I’ve obtained an internal (not for public consumption) WGA account of today’s negotiations and the guild’s new “Comprehensive Package Proposal” put on the table:

“Today, just hours before the expiration of our contract, the AMPTP brought negotiations to a halt. The companies refused to continue to bargain unless we agree that the

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IATSE Sends Warning Memo To Members

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 7:17pm PDT

iatselogo.jpgIATSE President Thomas C. Short today sent an open letter to all IA members and locals working in film and television who might be affected should a strike be called by the Writers Guild of America. … Read More »

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URGENT: Talks Come To An Abrupt Halt; None Scheduled For Thursday Or Friday; Tomorrow’s WGA Meeting A Strike Call?

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 6:11pm PDT

The AMPTP issued a statement tonight and the WGA’s is below that. The negotiations broke down today not because of the traditional DVD residual issue, but about residuals for the Internet such as electronic sell-through — i.e. Internet downloads. The AMPTP keeps saying electronic sell-through is synonymous with DVDs. The WGA says they’re different and wants to negotiate a new … Read More »

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DHD UPDATE: Strike Comments Starting!

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 5:23pm PDT

comments-strike.JPGBeginning with this advisory, DHD will allow comments that relate to the pre-strike stories I’ve been posting here. Since the current Writers … Read More »

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WGA Fingers Agents “Lying” To Writers

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 1:39pm PDT

entourage100.jpgURGENT! I just received this email from a top WGA source: “There’s a campaign of fear and lies being waged by several top agencies today, telling TV writing clients that if they’re co-producer or above, they are … Read More »

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Is ‘American Gangster’ Original? Yes & No

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 1:05pm PDT


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: most NYC media know squat about how Hollywood really works. A perfect example is this screaming headline from New York mag’s Vulture blog today: ”Universal Claims American Gangster Is Not an Adapted Screenplay?” (What about Imagine?) The magazine … Read More »

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Update: New WGA Proposal On The Table

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 11:24am PDT

Everyone’s waiting on pins and needles for details of the WGA’s big new “Comprehensive Package Proposal” put on the negotiating table this morning. update1.jpgNot much else to report right now. I’m told that yesterday’s so-called bargaining “modifications” revolved … Read More »

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Ted And Rupert Break Bread Together…

By | Wednesday October 31, 2007 @ 10:26am PDT


When two Big Media moguls meet, a chain restaurant is not the usual venue. But I’m told that last Friday Rupert Murdoch had lunch with Ted Turner at the Atlantan’s bison-serving eco-friendly Ted’s Montana Grill in NYC’s Time-Life Building (one of 51 locations). Sources said to me that the lunch … Read More »

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WGA To Offer New Proposal Tomorrow: Expect A Few Days’ Strike Delay?

By | Tuesday October 30, 2007 @ 7:09pm PDT

I’m hearing writers may work without a contract for at least a few days while negotiations continue. strikelogo.JPGThis is not because showbiz writers are typically pushing back a deadline, as Variety‘s lede unfairly asserts, but because “the WGA … Read More »

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Crime To See ‘American Beauty’ Or ‘Lolita’

By | Tuesday October 30, 2007 @ 3:40pm PDT

americanbeauty1.jpgSeveral U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed doubt today that a law barring child pornography could be applied to popular award-winning movies. News reports say the justices appeared to support the pandering provision of a 2003 federal law … Read More »

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Low Numbers of HD TV Sets In US Homes

By | Tuesday October 30, 2007 @ 3:34pm PDT

News sources say Nielsen finally released its estimates of high-definition-set penetration for both the total United States and Local People Meter markets, and the overall numbers will disappoint advertisers.

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Rename It The ‘Fear Validation Program’

By | Tuesday October 30, 2007 @ 11:03am PDT

hollyween1.gifIndividual writers this week are starting to receive scary threatening letters from the studios and networks warning about the WGA’s “script validation program” just as the Writer’s Guild Of America responds to the AMPTP on the matter. … Read More »

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Another WGA/AMPTP Pre-Strike Update…

By | Tuesday October 30, 2007 @ 10:07am PDT
  • pointingsmurf.jpgI’ve learned how things will work with the federal mediator today. Basically, he meets with one side, then the other side, and that should take all morning. No one expects him to referee any real negotiating until

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A New Boss For HollywoodReporter.com

By | Tuesday October 30, 2007 @ 9:25am PDT

Nielsen Business Media today announced former TelevisionWeek and TVWeek.com Managing Editor logo_hollywood-reporter.gifMelissa Grego has been named Editor of HollywoodReporter.com. She’ll oversee all of the paper’s online content and initiatives and report to Scott McKenzie, who was recently appointed vp, Editorial … Read More »

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AMPTP Suddenly Feeling Teamsters’ Heat

By | Monday October 29, 2007 @ 7:07pm PDT

Tonight, the AMPTP president Nick Counter sent this letter to the major basic craft unions “in the face of some misinformation and rumors regarding [their] contractual No Strike obligations”. teamsters10.JPGFunny enough, it posted on the producers’ website soon … Read More »

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Latest Strike News: WGA Lobbies Crews & Teamsters; The 411 On Federal Mediator; Strike & Picketing Timetable For Writers

By | Monday October 29, 2007 @ 6:15pm PDT
  • pointingsmurf.jpgI’ve learned that the WGA is currently working on newsletters to distribute to crews and other industry workers to explain its position in the face of what it is calling the AMPTP’s “misinformation” campaign. This follows anecdotal

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‘Most’ Hollywood Teamsters To Honor WGA Picket Lines, Says Union Insider

By | Monday October 29, 2007 @ 3:17pm PDT

UPDATE: AMPTP Suddenly Feeling Teamsters’ Heat

teamsters.JPGURGENT: The “Hollywood Teamsters” — aka the Motion Picture and Theatrical Trade Teamsters (Teamsters Local 399) which reps over 4,800 studio drivers, … Read More »

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