The Split: New SAG & AFTRA Explanations

Today’s statements from SAG and AFTRA about this weekend’s split. (Splitsville Over TV Soap: Why AFTRA Now Refuses To Jointly Negotiate With SAG):

From: SAG President Alan Rosenberg
Date: March 30, 2008 8:08:40 PM PDT
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Splitsville Over TV Soap: Why AFTRA Now Refuses To Jointly Negotiate With SAG

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UPDATE: Tonight I received the news that AFTRA national president Roberta Reardon and officers robertareardon.jpgincluding Susan Boyd Joyce, Denny Delk, Bob Edwards, Matt Kimbrough, Shelby Scott held their national meeting … Read More »

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’21′ Holds Winning Hand At Box Office; ‘Superhero’ Is Superflop; ‘Stop-Loss’ DOA

21_galleryposter.jpgSUNDAY AM: This weekend’s movie gross showed that Hollywood couldn’t revive the slumping box office during spring break even though 30% of students are out of school. No. 1 is Sony Pictures’s PG-rated based-on-a-true-story 21, which opened to a … Read More »

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Ruling Against Warner’s On Superman: How Legally Greedy Can Big Media Get?

superman-comic-30.jpgI don’t understand why the Warner Bros lot wasn’t draped in black starting the middle of this week. Because the studio should be mourning the imminent loss of a shitload of Superman dollars. I’ve finally got my hands on the … Read More »

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…Tom Cruise-Paramount Deal Pending!

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So I was told this today by an insider about that recent Sumner Redstone-Tom Cruise rapprochement meal at the very public Polo Lounge: “Jews like to break … Read More »

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CAA Clarifies What Kevin Huvane Said…

By | Friday March 28, 2008 @ 4:46pm PDT

CAA has shown me the Pellicano trial transcript from Wednesday’s testimony by partner caa.bmpKevin Huvane which serves to clarify why he used the old CAA building as the residential address for his driver’s license. (See my previous, … Read More »

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Warner Bros Shakes Up Movie Marketing

By | Friday March 28, 2008 @ 2:59pm PDT

UPDATE: A big meeting went down today inside Warner Bros theatrical marketing where staff learned their fates with “the blending” of domestic and international marketing. (Needless to say, people were throwing stares at the Glass Building where marketing and distribution are housed.) Sources tell … Read More »

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It Was A Thriller In Delaware For Diller

By | Friday March 28, 2008 @ 2:42pm PDT

diller-malone-sumo.jpgNews reports say the Delaware court has ruled against Liberty Media’s John Malone in his effort to block Barry Diller from splitting InterActiveCorp into multiple companies. Well, at least Malone managed to land some down ‘n’ dirty … Read More »

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Jack Klugman Sues Over ‘Quincy M.E’ Accounting; NBC Uni Claims $66M Losses

The complaint was filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court. This really sounds like one of the worst cases of phony-baloney studio accounting, not to mention sheer arrogance, in Hollywood history. Geez, when is Big Media going to stop this larceny? For … Read More »

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William Morris Suffers Some Client Losses

By | Friday March 28, 2008 @ 1:21pm PDT

wma.jpgDavid E. Kelley left WMA this week for Endeavor. Topher Grace exited Morris also for Endeavor recently. Comedy feature writer Ed Solomon recently departed Morris to go to CAA (as did WMA’s director Jim Mangold three months ago…).

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Wkd Prediction: ’21′ Holds Winning Hand

By | Friday March 28, 2008 @ 12:48pm PDT

Sony’s 21 should do in the neighborhood of $21+ million for the weekend.

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Judge Dismisses Burkle Suit Against Ovitz

By | Friday March 28, 2008 @ 9:56am PDT

While Michael Ovitz’s name keeps coming up repeatedly in the ongoing Pellicano trial (though he’s charged with no wrongdoing), he’s also been the subject of an ongoing multimillion dollar lawsuit brought by his one-time Internet partner, billionaire investor Ron Burkle. But yesterday Ovitz scored a big victory when that lawsuit by … Read More »

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UTA Loses Kate Bosworth (& Its Temper)

By | Thursday March 27, 2008 @ 4:43pm PDT

kate-bosworth.JPGIt happened yesterday after Kate Bosworth, a longtime UTA client, let the agency know she was leaving. So far she hasn’t landed at another tenpercentery. But her latest film 21 looks like it will have a good opening weekend. Meanwhile, the … Read More »

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SAG & AFTRA Actually Agree On Proposals

By | Thursday March 27, 2008 @ 4:19pm PDT

SAG and AFTRA Representatives To Present Contract Proposal Package To Unions’ Joint Board On Saturday, March 29

Los Angeles (March 27, 2008) — The Joint Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) National Wages and Working Conditions Committee met in a face-to-face plenary March

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Has NBC Uni’s Jeff Zucker Lost His Mind?

You be the judge: I’m told this promo is supposed to air April 3rd before the return of NBC’s My Name is Earl. In it, Jeff Zucker offers not just a recap of the show’s fall season but also some zingers about issues left over from the writers’ strike. Worse, it shows him leering at Alyssa Milano’s boobage and … Read More »

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Spielberg vs Paramount: The Real Story

dpar.jpgApparently it’s news to The New York Times — though to no one else in Hollywood – that there may be friction when Paramount and DreamWorks try to unentangle themselves. What’s a better story the newspaper could have written for Thursday’s … Read More »

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Another Production Exec Hired By MGM

By | Wednesday March 26, 2008 @ 2:09pm PDT

mgmlogosmall.jpgWhere in heck is all the money supposedly coming from to fund this beleaguered studio’s “renewed” movie slate? No one seems to know. Nevertheless, MGM announced today that it has named Cale Boyter as executive VP of production. He’s billed as … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial: CAA Partners Say Nothing

By | Wednesday March 26, 2008 @ 12:39pm PDT

lourd-huvane1.jpgPoor Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane had to cool their heels all morning inside the Roybal federal building. A place near the coffee shop substituted as a Green Room for the Pellicano Trial. Even the government realized this was costing CAA a fortune. Around … Read More »

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Another Reason To Hate Network Suits…

By | Wednesday March 26, 2008 @ 12:35pm PDT

cbs_logo.jpgReminder: CBS corporate executives move to the third floor of the Studio City Broadcast Center from Television City this weekend. Meanwhile, LAObserved.com has obtained this really asswipe of an internal memo from Director Of Security Mike Skinner warning all Studio City Broadcast Center … Read More »

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