AFTRA Sends “Affected Member” Voting Issue To Committee For Consideration (…Just Like SAG Did)

By | Thursday April 24, 2008 @ 2:36pm PDT

You may remember that 10 days ago SAG’s National Board deliberated about the petition drive lobbying for splitsville1.jpg“affected member voting” and then voted 60/40 in favor of a motion to refer it to the … Read More »

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Primetime Pilot Panic: Updated Hot List

By | Thursday April 24, 2008 @ 11:36am PDT

Here’s some very early info to update you on 2008-2009 primetime pilots and presentations. I hear the following pilots have heat heading into the weeks before the network upfronts. In most cases, this good buzz is based on scripts considered above average and even exceptional, and/or the … Read More »

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GTA IV Countdown: Are Video Games Or Movies More Violent? One Expert Analyzes

gtaiv.jpgI’m going to keep a spotlight on video games over the next days because of all the hype surrounding the April 29th release of Grand Theft Auto IV which is going to set a new sales record for entertainment product (perhaps $400 mil, way … Read More »

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Verrone & Bateman Testify In Support Of Net Neutrality At U.S. Senate Hearing

WGA West prez Patric Verrone and SAG board member Justine Bateman traveled to Washington DC and testified at a hearing by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Tuesday, describing the Internet as the only remaining open market for truly independent creators and … Read More »

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Paul Thomas Anderson Exits Endeavor; Agency Also Loses John C Reilly To CAA

By | Wednesday April 23, 2008 @ 4:02pm PDT


UPDATED: I’m told the director of this year’s Oscar-nominated There Will Be Blood “just wanted to move on. It wasn’t any one thing. He wants a change of scenery. It’s all very amicable.” I’ve heard he’s already taking meetings with other agencies. Also, actor John C Reilly just fired Endeavor … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Tracey Jacobs Staying At UTA…

By | Wednesday April 23, 2008 @ 3:01pm PDT

It’s official. United Talent Agency just confirmed to me that Tracey Jacobs is staying. Even if Jim Berkus et al had to write her a fat check, it was a smart move. With Johnny Depp and other great clients, plus a … Read More »

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SAG And AMPTP Extend Talks To May 2nd

By | Wednesday April 23, 2008 @ 2:10pm PDT

Los Angeles, Apr. 23, 2008 — Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to extend our bargaining session by one week. The parties will continue negotiations through May 2, 2008. We have no further comment.

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AFTRA Agrees To AMPTP Request To Delay Start Of Official Negotiations

By | Wednesday April 23, 2008 @ 12:48pm PDT


Excuse me for having an institutional memory, but today’s announcement raises more questions than it answers. Wasn’t AFTRA bitching and moaning about how SAG wanted to wait too late to start negotiating with the Big Media moguls’ AMPTP? And wasn’t the AMPTP bitching and moaning … Read More »

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ADVISORY: Please Email Me, Don’t Call

By | Wednesday April 23, 2008 @ 7:42am PDT

I’ve had complications from dental work, and now I’m in pain when I try to talk. So I’m going silent until this clears up. I’d appreciate it very much if, for the next few days, you could please email tips and info instead of phone. Thanks!

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SAG Issues 2008 Negotiations Report #1: Middle-Income Actors Feeling Squeezed?

SAG leadership sent this to members Tuesday night:

Number 1
April 22, 2008
SAG and the AMPTP have been meeting since negotiations began on April 15. Our proposals address many issues facing today’s middle-income actors. Below is information on this

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Tribeca Film Festival’s Industry Events

By | Tuesday April 22, 2008 @ 8:39pm PDT

Filmmaker & Industry Events and Panels

New York Filmmaker Party hosted by ESD (invitation only)
Tuesday 4/22, 9PM–1AM, Tribeca Cinémas

Vanity Fair Party (invitation only)
Tuesday 4/22, 7:30PM

Juror Lunch (Invitation only)
Wednesday 4/23, Noon

Opening Night: Baby Mama (invitation only)
Wednesday 4/23, 7:30PM, Ziegfeld, party to follow at

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AMPTP Charges “Unfair Labor Practice” To NLRB Over WGA’s Fi-Core Names Reveal

By | Tuesday April 22, 2008 @ 7:24pm PDT

This is clearly a case of fighting fire with fire. There’s yet more fallout from that WGA East and West leadership’s decision to make public to its members the names of those writers who went fi-core during the strike. Now the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (i.e. the … Read More »

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Mystery Behind ICM’s New Talent Hire

By | Tuesday April 22, 2008 @ 7:03pm PDT

There seems to be some confusion in the agent world exactly why ICM just hired back alumnus Scott Wexler as its newest talent tenpercenter. Wexler has been a manager at three different management companies — AMG, 3Arts, and Anonymous Content — but I’m told … Read More »

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SAG Does “Nearly 100″ Indie Strike Deals

By | Tuesday April 22, 2008 @ 4:31pm PDT

The Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP talks continue. But SAG is wisely following the WGA playbook and pushing ahead with its month-old program helping indie moviemakers to weather a strike, if there is one, as long as they don’t have … Read More »

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UPDATE: Many UTA Partners Are in Play; Tracey Jacobs Not Leaving UTA For Now

By | Tuesday April 22, 2008 @ 2:06pm PDT

UPDATED THROUGHOUT WITH NEW INFO: keep refreshing for the latest…

Maybe, instead of worrying about Earth Day and boasting to everyone how he took the Santa Monica bus to work today, Jim Berkus should be focusing all his attention on making sure his United Talent … Read More »

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Variety Loses Television Editor Adalian

By | Tuesday April 22, 2008 @ 11:10am PDT

I’m told Joe Adalian is leaving Variety to become a columnist and deputy editor at TV Week. His focus will be analytical stories and bigger picture breaking news. He’ll also launch a blog for during the summer. Adalian has covered … Read More »

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DreamWorks Not Part Of New TV Channel

By | Monday April 21, 2008 @ 10:39am PDT

dpar.jpgI just want to point out that the new premium cable business started by Viacom etc does not and will not include any DreamWorks movies. Those go to HBO in a very long-term arrangement which also follows DreamWorks wherever it ends up. … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Iron Man’ Estimates Upped


Distributor Paramount has now revised upwards its opening estimates for Marvel’s Iron Man when it opens May 2nd: from $45M-$55M tops, to now $60M-$70M which sounds about right. (See my previous, TRACKING: That’s ‘Iron Man’ Crazy Talk). … Read More »

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Sandy Grushow Rises From Dead Again

By | Monday April 21, 2008 @ 9:04am PDT

filmaka.JPGI gotta hand it to Sandy: he’s reinvented himself more times than Madonna. (Remember when he took that job with Ovitz’s ill-fated TeleTV?) So now the former Fox TV Entertainment Group chairman is running a global digital entertainment studio for aspiring filmmakers … Read More »

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