Feds Subpoena Hollywood Heavies As Possible Witnesses In Pellicano Trial

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 6:34pm PST

pellicano-witnesses.JPGEXCLUSIVE: It looks like this month’s upcoming trial of Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano isn’t going to disappoint. I’m told that big names from past and present in the entertainment biz like Paramount chief Brad Grey, Universal President/COO Ron Meyer, … Read More »

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All Networks Except NBC Doing Upfronts

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 5:47pm PST

moonves-cbs.jpgFar be it from Les Moonves to miss a chance to preen onstage. So CBS is ignoring the writers strike-related delay of pilot season and announced today that it’s going ahead with its May 14th upfront presentation of its Fall 2008-2009 … Read More »

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Verrone Thanks SAG Members Tonight

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 5:32pm PST

WGA West President Patric Verrone sent a message of thanks to SAG members appropriately timed to Valentines Day:

To the Members of the Screen Actors Guild,
As you undoubtedly know, our 100 day strike is over and the WGA has a contract that covers new media. On behalf of the 12,000 members

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Endeavor Agency Now Has 23 Partners

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 4:39pm PST

Alternative TV agent Lance Klein was promoted to partner at Endeavor. endeavor2.jpgThe former ICM agent (he left in 2002) counts as his deals the extension on the Ultimate Fighting Championship contract on Spike through 2011, bringing World Extreme Cagefighting to Versus, selling the Bonnie … Read More »

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Carson Daly’s ‘Last Call’ Hosed By NBC

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 4:04pm PST

carsondaly.jpgRemember how Carson Daly took all that abuse for going back to work as the host of Last Call during the writers strike? Well, I’ve confirmed with the network that NBC has thanked him by cutting his show’s budget … Read More »

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Summit Of AFL-CIO, SAG, AFTRA Leaders

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 3:41pm PST

sag-2.jpgEXCLUSIVE: I’m told this Saturday the leadership of the Screen Actors Guild as well as AFTRA will attend a Washington DC summit  meeting hosted by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. Already, I’ve received several tips claiming that SAG toppers Alan Rosenberg and Doug Allen are being “summoned” … Read More »

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UPDATE: SAG & AMPTP Starting To Spar

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 3:14pm PST

UPDATE: SAG national executive director and chief negotiator Doug Allen released this statement tonight in response to reaction inquiries on the AMPTP statement of today regarding early talks:

“We have a democratic process called Wages and Working Conditions (W&W) by which our bargaining proposals are suggested and developed from the grassroots

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Airing Opinion Against SAG Petition Drive

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 11:07am PST

ron-livingston.jpgThis comes to me from actor Ron Livingston speaking out against the SAG petition drive lobbying for an earnings threshold requirement for ”qualified voting” on SAG contract issues. The “pro” opinion was articulated yesterday by Ned Vaughn here:

“I

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Uni Nixes New $$$ Deal For Tom Shadyac

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 10:13am PST

tomjesus.JPGNot even Jesus could save the producer-director’s very rich deal at Universal. But what did Tom Shadyac expect after he made the studio’s life miserable during the making of Evan Almighty, not just the most expensive comedy … Read More »

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Showtime Email Is The Talk Of Hollywood

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 12:31am PST

Everyone is talking about a histrionic email detailing some scandalous behavior inside Showtime that was sent to that company’s personnel by “Anonymous” on Wednesday morning. showtime_logo.gifEven though I’m assured by sources that the content of the email seems true, I haven’t been able … Read More »

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UPDATE: SAG Replies To A-List Pressure

By | Wednesday February 13, 2008 @ 8:28pm PST

Doug Allen, the national executive director and chief negotiator for SAG, issued this statement tonight which seems to respond to my story Monday night, A-List Actors Pressure SAG To Start Talks:

“Our ongoing member outreach has included, and will continue

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UPDATE: NBC Claims It Was Asked By H’wood Foreign Press Assn And Dick Clark Productions To Join Lawsuit Against WGA; DCP Denies NBC Claim Of Involvement

By | Wednesday February 13, 2008 @ 12:29pm PST

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NBC sources are now clarifying for me exactly where the network stands about suing the WGA. Or are they? (This updates my previous reporting on this fast-breaking story, … Read More »

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SAG Petitioners Clarify Their Position…

By | Wednesday February 13, 2008 @ 11:10am PST

ned-vaughn.JPGThis comes to me from actor Ned Vaughn, one of the SAG petition drivers lobbying for an earnings threshold requirement for ”qualified voting” on SAG contract issues:”As one of the leaders behind the drive to implement affected member voting at SAG,

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UPDATE: Whitesell Cancels Oscar Party

By | Wednesday February 13, 2008 @ 9:36am PST

CAA partner Bryan Lourd is still having his Friday night private Oscar party, Jeffrey the-oscars-logo.JPGKatzenberg is still having his Saturday night Oscar fundraiser (for the Motion Picture & Television Fund at the Beverly Hills Hotel), but Endeavor partner Patrick Whitesell has … Read More »

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A-List Actors Pressure SAG To Start Talks

By | Tuesday February 12, 2008 @ 11:18pm PST

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sag-2.jpgEXCLUSIVE: There’s rarely anything spontaneous in Hollywood when it involves powerful actors and powerful moguls. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a carefully orchestrated campaign is about to get underway in the trades and … Read More »

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Sources: NBC & Hollywood Foreign Press May Sue WGA Over No Golden Globes

By | Tuesday February 12, 2008 @ 6:52pm PST

UPDATE: NBC Claims It Was Asked By H’wood Foreign Press Assn And Dick Clark Productions To Join Lawsuit Read More »

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STRIKE OVER: Hollywood Back To Work!

By | Tuesday February 12, 2008 @ 4:24pm PST

UPDATE: Here’s what the moguls have to say:

This is a day of relief and optimism for everyone in the entertainment industry. We can now all get back to work, with the assurance that we have concluded two groundbreaking labor agreements – with our directors and our writers — that establish

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A Personal Message To All DHD Readers…

By | Tuesday February 12, 2008 @ 12:01am PST

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TUESDAY UPDATE: Give me until Wednesday or Thursday to get rid of this horrible flu, coughing, etc.

Thank you for the kind words during these last days and throughout the strike. I tried to do my best, even though it made me a pain in the butt to both … Read More »

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Mark Lisanti Is Exiting; Defamer Is Hiring

By | Monday February 11, 2008 @ 3:49pm PST

Defamer says: “Specifically, we are looking to hire a small handful of talented writers, of either the aspiring or proven variety, who have the ability to cut a unique swath through all of the tired bullshit and who can consistently deliver insightful and entertaining … Read More »

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