UPDATED: Dave Dumps Trump For Robin; Jay Says “Huck You!” By Booking Mike

By | Monday December 31, 2007 @ 12:44pm PST

UPDATED: David Letterman’s Late Show writers go back to work tomorrow. An insider tells me, “Believe me, we understand this is the beginning of a real wga-side-deals.JPGopportunity to call attention to what has had almost no television coverage in the last … Read More »

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NBC Insists Golden Globes Are Still A Go

By | Monday December 31, 2007 @ 11:39am PST

globe1.jpgWell, NBC keeps insisting that it won’t cancel the telecast of Hollywood’s most bogus awards show in spite of the certainty there’ll be WGA picketing and some nominated stars staying home in solidarity with the striking writers. The Peacock confirmed today it will air … Read More »

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Fans To “Skywrite” Scribe Strike During Rose Parade: But Will Big Media Show It?

By | Sunday December 30, 2007 @ 2:52pm PST


Fans4writers.com, a website where fans show support for striking Hollywood writers, has made plans to use the occasion of the Tournament Of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day to have five planes “skytype” in support of the writers. In addition, a street team of fans will hand out flyers … Read More »

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“Why We Don’t Write”: The AMPTP

By | Sunday December 30, 2007 @ 1:35pm PST

Needless to say, the following is a parody of the “Why We Write” campaign. This spoof was created by WGA members Lissa Kapstrom & Will Schifrin:
“Why We Don’t Write”: The AMPTP
(because,“Hey, we got stuff to say too”)Read More »

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“Why We Write” #5: Greg Berlanti

By | Saturday December 29, 2007 @ 7:27pm PST

Installment #5

Today’s piece is written by Greg Berlanti, Executive Producer of Dirty Sexy Money and Brothers and Sisters.

I’ve never considered myself much of a writer. I’m not particularly great at it. On my best day I don’t have half the Read More »

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Behind The Scenes: WGA Agrees To Allow Dave’s Late Night Shows To Return With Writers Jan. 2; Will This Divide The Guild?

By | Friday December 28, 2007 @ 4:27pm PST


UPDATED: All along the issue, the really big issue, was whether the striking writers would still feel united if some of them went back to work and others stayed on the picket lines. I’ve learned that was just one of the many worries voiced by the WGA to … Read More »

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“Why We Write” #4: Carol Mendelsohn

By | Thursday December 27, 2007 @ 10:21am PST

Installment #4

Today’s piece is written by Carol Mendelsohn, member of the WGA Negotiating Committee as well as showrunner and executive producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and co-creator and executive producer of CSI: Miami and CSI: New York.

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Strike-Wise, What Should Happen Next?

By | Thursday December 27, 2007 @ 9:51am PST


I’d like to hear your theories/predictions/suggestions in the Comments section of this post about what positive (repeat, positive) steps can be taken starting January 1st to end this strike in a way that’s perceived as fair to both sides since it’s abundantly clear that neither the … Read More »

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DHD Update: Posting Resumes On Wkd

By | Thursday December 27, 2007 @ 9:37am PST

Trying to take a breather. You should, too. Let’s meet up tomorrow this weekend. And, again, please keep those emails, tips and photos coming. I read them and follow up.

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“Why We Write” #3: Howard Gordon

By | Wednesday December 26, 2007 @ 2:14pm PST

Installment #3

Today’s piece is written by Howard Gordon, Executive Producer of 24.

gordon2.jpgI remember being in a writers’ room a few years ago, and someone – Read More »

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Winners: Santa Photo Caption Contest

By | Tuesday December 25, 2007 @ 3:35pm PST


2nd.gif“Speechless #360 – Santa Claus”

3rd.jpg“Well, the list was done … Read More »

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127 Striking Writers With Pilots Pending Write Xmas Letter To Hollywood Bigshots

By | Monday December 24, 2007 @ 4:34pm PST

santa2.jpgTonight on Christmas eve, the following letter signed by 127 striking writers with pilots pending was emailed to the Hollywood CEOs and almost 200 studio and network TV development execs. ”These execs are our partners in these projects,” say the two people … Read More »

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“Why We Write” #2: Steven Levitan

By | Monday December 24, 2007 @ 2:48pm PST

Installment #2

Today’s piece is written by Steven Levitan, creator of Just Shoot Me and co-creator of Back To You.

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EXCLUSIVE: Attempt Fails To Restart WGA-AMPTP Talks; Outlook Very Grim

By | Monday December 24, 2007 @ 8:56am PST

wga-wb2.JPGHere is what is clear to me based on new reporting about the entrenched positions of both sides: hopes for any kind of settlement have dimmed. I have learned that last week Jeffrey Katzenberg tried and failed to backchannel a compromise that would … Read More »

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Here’s Striking WGAE Xmas Statement (I’m Sure AMPTP’s Isn’t Far Behind…)

By | Sunday December 23, 2007 @ 6:43pm PST

Dear Fellow Members of the Writers Guild, East:I write this to you two nights before Christmas. It’s tough as hell to be on strike during the holiday season. Not only are we staging outdoor pickets and other events in the throes of winter’s cold, we’re without work and paychecks at

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Weinraub Play To Be Performed In LA

By | Sunday December 23, 2007 @ 6:31pm PST

The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles will present the West Coast premiere of The Accomplices, the first play written by former New York Times Hollywood correspondent (and my close pal) Bernie Weinraub. Previews begin March 27th, then the play runs April 4th through May 18th. It will also be performed this spring … Read More »

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RIP: Irv Letofsky

By | Sunday December 23, 2007 @ 6:22pm PST

Irv Letofsky, former Calendar editor of the Los Angeles Times, died this morning shortly before 11 AM at his home surrounded by family and listening to ragtime. A memorial service will be held this Friday December 28th at 2 PM at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles (6001 W. Centinela Avenue). A reception will follow.

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MOVIES CROWD THE CHRISTMAS MALLS: Nic’s ‘National Treasure 2′ Tops $45.5M; ‘Charlie Wilson’ #4, ‘Sweeney Todd’ #5

By | Friday December 21, 2007 @ 11:46pm PST

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SUNDAY AM: Not only were the shopping malls crowded this pre-Christmas weekend, but even more so the domestic box office which scored the biggest December weekend in Hollywood history. Disney / … Read More »

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“We Want The Awards” Really? Truly? No!

By | Friday December 21, 2007 @ 5:40pm PST


The AMPTP set up a new website tonight labeled WeWantTheAwards.com. Its mission? “Please urge the Writers Guild to allow the awards shows to go on as planned.” This is what happens when the WGA hits a nerve among the entertainment establishment and when … Read More »

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