This Is No Time To Be Jaywalking, Leno

By | Friday November 30, 2007 @ 8:16pm PST

leno1000.jpgNot since the Helen Kushnick debacle 15 years ago when his manager crashed and burned as The Tonight Show‘s exec producer has Jay Leno taken such a terrible PR wallop as he did today. Today’s Drudge headline, misleadingly, says “Leno fires staff” … Read More »

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“Speechless” #16: Amy Ryan/Patricia Clarkson

By | Friday November 30, 2007 @ 8:06pm PST

CAST: Amy Ryan, Patricia Clarkson
CREATIVE TEAM: George Hickenlooper, Alan Sereboff, Kamala Lopez, Jill Kushner
MUSIC: Anthony Marinelli
TECHNICAL TEAM: Joel Marshall, Justin Shumaker, Clint Bennett

This is the 16th of the Writers Guild Of America member-conceived Internet videos for Project “Speechless” featuring A-list Screen Actors Guild talent. For the first time in the … Read More »

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That Ben Silverman Is One Lucky Guy

By | Friday November 30, 2007 @ 6:54pm PST


This is guaranteed to make Hollywood hate Ben even more without Silverman even shooting off his mouth in the press yet again. How nice for him that Shine, the UK indie owned and run by Elisabeth Murdoch, will snag his production company for … Read More »

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DHD Update: Illness Delayed Posting

By | Friday November 30, 2007 @ 6:18pm PST

Thank you for understanding.

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URGENT! Talks Day #4: Producers Present New Media Proposals To Writers; WGA Responds It’s A Rollback & Rejects; But Is This The Whole Offer Or Just 1/2 Of It?

By | Thursday November 29, 2007 @ 3:47pm PST

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(Keep refreshing for the latest…)

THURSDAY PM UPDATE: I’m told WGA negotiators are still waiting for the other “half” of the AMPTP’s Day #4 new proposals (the half that presumably contains the missing terms on ESTs, electronic sell-throughs?) which agent Bryan Lourd said should be Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Moguls Supposed To Present A Better Offer To Writers At Talks Today

By | Thursday November 29, 2007 @ 12:23pm PST

(Keep refreshing for the latest…) I was told last night by a top Hollywood CEO that the moguls had decided to allow AMPTP to put on the negotiating table a sweetened deal at Talks Day #4 today. “The producers are trying to put something on the table tomorrow [Thursday] … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Conan O’Brien To Pay Staff

By | Thursday November 29, 2007 @ 10:54am PST

jayconan4.jpgI just learned that Conan O’Brien has made arrangements to pay his staff who will be laid off by NBC as of Friday. About 80 production people — like talent bookers, producers, production … Read More »

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ADVISORY: Breaking Talks News

By | Thursday November 29, 2007 @ 10:05am PST

Coming soon in another post…

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EXCLUSIVE: Talks Day #3 ‘Stalemated’

By | Thursday November 29, 2007 @ 9:00am PST

There’s little more to say about Wednesday’s talks other than that, unfortunately. “This is not heading in the right direction,” a mogul quoted his labor exec as saying to him yesterday. Another source told me, “It’s stalemated. Nothing’s getting achieved.”

I’m not … Read More »

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Gay Picketing Today

By | Thursday November 29, 2007 @ 8:06am PST

There’s another ”Gay Gate” picketing event organized by members of the WGA West’s Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee for gay and lesbian writers, talent, and other supporters today at NBC Studios in Burbank (at the Alameda Gate) from 10 AM to 1 PM.

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‘The Strike, Your Marriage, And You’

By | Thursday November 29, 2007 @ 1:24am PST

With the assistance of Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? writer Bob Kushell made this video to help the scribes survive their wedded bliss during the WGA strike.

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AMPTP Finally To Fight Video With Video

By | Thursday November 29, 2007 @ 1:00am PST

I’m told the AMPTP’s so-called PR council formed by corporate youtubelogo.jpgcommunications execs at the studios and networks really want to make their own clever YouTube videos to compete with the ones up and running by striking WGA members. No greenlights yet. Until then, here’s a wry WGA-member written video entitled “Harsh … Read More »

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Writers And Producers Tried To Hire J-Lo

By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 11:43pm PST

joelockhart.jpgHere’s an interesting writers strike PR nugget I just found out: Turns out both sides, first the Hollywood moguls and then the WGA, wanted to hire former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart as their official mouthpiece. Lockhart, now founding partner and president of … Read More »

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CBS And WGA In Messy Pissing Match Over Katie’s Cancelled Democratic Debate

By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 9:40pm PST

So this bitchslapping contest has been developing all day. Best if I just give you the dueling statements. CBS issued theirs tonight and it’s a doozie:

“Two weeks ago, CBS officials, in an effort of cooperation, contacted the WGA leadership and asked them to suspend the picketing for just a couple

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Shake-Up Inside AMPTP Public Relations

By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 8:28pm PST

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This is one of those stories that’s a lot more interesting to … Read More »

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By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 6:48pm PST

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Stagehands and producers have reached tentative agreement to end the walkout tonight. The strike initiated by Local One on November 10th lasted 19 days before the union came to a resolution with the League of American Theatres and Producers.

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    Another Negotiating Session Thursday

    By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 4:51pm PST

    Yes, the AMPTP and WGA are still talking — or what passes for talking between this bunch. What was only supposed to be three days of talks is now four days of talks. Next round skedded for 10 AM Thursday.

    UPDATE: I’ll have a full report about the Talks Day #3.

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    Every Strike Needs A Hip Hop Anthem

    By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 4:18pm PST

    “Shout out to all the pickets at Television City. Let them know writers won’t be treated shitty.” Rumor has it the lyrics on this video are to be committed to memory by Friday (or you striking writers will be forced to picket at Paramount…).

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    Democrats Cancel Debate At Picketed CBS

    By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 2:03pm PST


    UPDATE: CBS & WGA In Messy Pissing Match Over Cancelled Democratic Debate

    So much for anchor Katie Couric’s moment in the presidential political spotlight. That televised … Read More »

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