The Reality Behind AMPTP.com Rumors

By | Friday December 21, 2007 @ 5:39pm PST

dershowitz1.jpgWGA member and comedy writer John Aboud tells me tonight that AMPTP.com, the spoof site of AMPTP.org, has come to an end. “We were renting the url from the owner, and he graciously left it up even longer … Read More »

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“Why We Write” #1: By Greg Garcia

By | Friday December 21, 2007 @ 1:31pm PST

Installment #1

By Greg Garcia, Creator and Executive Producer of My Name Is Earl.

I hate writing. I hate it. Sitting down to write a script is torture. In fact, the only good thing that’s come out of this strike is that Read More »

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WGA Met With Reps For Worldwide Pants

By | Friday December 21, 2007 @ 12:40pm PST

lettermanstudio2.jpg“Representatives from Worldwide Pants and the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East met today in Los Angeles. A lively exchange of information took place.  The WGAW and WGAE will not comment further,” according to a … Read More »

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“Speechless” #27: Montage

By | Friday December 21, 2007 @ 12:40pm PST

Cast: Woody Allen, William H. Macy, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Rosanne Arquette, Richard Benjamin, Peter Weller, Paula Prentiss, Patricia Clarkson, Patricia Arquette, Nicolette Sheridan, Matthew Modine, Martin Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Laura Linney, Kenny Johnson, Cathy Cahlin Ryan, Catherine Dent, Paula Garces, Michael Jace, Jay Karnes, Benito Martinez, CCH … Read More »

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Official: Stewart/Colbert Return Jan. 7th

By | Thursday December 20, 2007 @ 5:44pm PST

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Now that almost all the other late night hosts are returning right after the new year, the latest news is that Jon Stewart (a WGA member) and Stephen Colbert (also a WGA member) are headed back into the studios on January 7th. The good news is … Read More »

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WGA Allowing Writers On Indie Awards

By | Thursday December 20, 2007 @ 5:20pm PST

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The WGA statement just now said, “Film Independent came to us before the strike, and the WGAW Board decided to grant an interim agreement allowing for writing services for the Spirit Awards. The best way to get the awards season back on track is for … Read More »

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WGA Decries Stewart/Colbert Return

By | Thursday December 20, 2007 @ 5:19pm PST

stewart_colbert_070814_ms.jpgThe Writers Guild Of America said today: “Comedy Central forcing Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert back on the air will not give the viewers the quality shows they’ve come to expect. The only way to get the writing staffs back … Read More »

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The Start Of “Why We Write” Essays

By | Thursday December 20, 2007 @ 3:56pm PST

Today, Writers Guild of America members Charlie Craig and Thania St. John, executive producers of the Sci-Fi Network’s EUREKA, began this individual campaign. (I have asked the AMPTP to give me original content expressing its side of the current strike, but the group has declined to date.):

“Believe it or not, we’ve both been WGA … Read More »

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AMPTP Shuns LA City Council Hearing…

By | Wednesday December 19, 2007 @ 3:53pm PST

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The Los Angeles City Council’s Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee held a hearing on the economic impact of the Writers Guild of America strike on the local and regional economy, but the AMPTP declined to attend. ”We asked them to testify, and they said they … Read More »

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People’s Choice Awards Alters Its Format

By | Wednesday December 19, 2007 @ 1:28pm PST

peoples-choice-awards-2.jpgOf course, no one will admit whether this is being done because of the WGA strike. But CBS has confirmed that the annual People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast January 8th. “The show will go on. The People’s Choice tradition on … Read More »

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Dave’s Company Meets Friday With WGA

By | Wednesday December 19, 2007 @ 1:23pm PST

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Statement from Rob Burnett, president/CEO of Worldwide Pants and executive producer of The Late Show With David Letterman: ”We are meeting with the Writer’s Guild on Friday to discuss an interim agreement for Worldwide Pants. With the WGA now embracing a strategy of offering interim agreements to … Read More »

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Variety’s AMPTP Ad Has “Technical Glitch”

By | Wednesday December 19, 2007 @ 12:36pm PST

varietyno.JPGWriters and others have been complaining to Variety today about an AMPTP ad which doesn’t identify itself as such located right above the trade’s strike coverage. “Holy crap, how much are the AMPTP paying them? Oh right, tons,” one WGA member … Read More »

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Disney/ABC Twisting Truth About WGA

By | Wednesday December 19, 2007 @ 9:49am PST

disney-abc.JPGThat the studios and networks have been twisting the truth about the WGA strike to suit their own purposes looks to be standard operating procedure during this strike. That happens on the other side of this labor dispute, too. But … Read More »

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Dave’s ‘Only Focus’ On Air With Writers

By | Tuesday December 18, 2007 @ 4:05pm PST

dave1.jpgThere are a lot of rumors that David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants may not get its interim agreement because of a change of heart by the WGA leadership. But here’s a new statement from Rob Burnett, president/CEO of Worldwide Pants and long-time … Read More »

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URGENT! Peter Jackson And Bob Shaye Settle; Jackson Will Exec Produce ‘Hobbit’

By | Tuesday December 18, 2007 @ 6:34am PST

peterjackson.jpgAfter nearly three years of legal battling and public bad-mouthing and six months of settlement talks, it’s all over. Even better, it’s back to Middle Earth for all parties. Today’s big … Read More »

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No WGA Waivers For Globes Or Oscars (And Other News From Tonight’s Meeting); AMPTP Nominates WGA For “Worst Union”

By | Monday December 17, 2007 @ 6:18pm PST

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(Keep refreshing for the latest news and updates…)

URGENT! The denials were announced tonight at the big WGA West membership meeting taking place right now at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. goldenglobes.JPGThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association had requested … Read More »

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DGA & WGA Meet To Discuss New Media

By | Monday December 17, 2007 @ 1:56pm PST

dga1.jpgThe Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America announced today they “will meet shortly to discuss new media, including what the DGA has developed from its research and studies. Neither the WGA nor the DGA will have … Read More »

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AMPTP Statement Recycles Same Old Shit

By | Monday December 17, 2007 @ 1:02pm PST

amptp-moneybags.gifThe following “Open Letter To The Entertainment Industry” was posted this morning by the AMPTP on its website AMPTP.org. I can’t objectively post this same old shit again and again without comment. It sounds like yet another missive dictated by IATSE … Read More »

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WGA Reminds Returning Jay And Conan: No Monologues

By | Monday December 17, 2007 @ 12:00pm PST

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Now that Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien — both WGA members — have announced they will be “reluctantly” returning to the airwaves without their writers on January 2nd, the WGA East and West is reminding everyone of its pre-approved “Strike Rules pertaining to Comedy/Variety”, which were sent to all comedy/variety … Read More »

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