SAG September Election: Prez Candidate Ken Howard’s Campaign Video

By | Monday August 31, 2009 @ 9:54pm PDT

Ken Howard, Unite For Strength’s SAG candidate for president, made this video.
UPDATES SAG Prez Candidate Anne-Marie Johnson’s Campaign Video
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WGA Election: WGAw Candidate Schwartz Weighs in On Wells vs Verrone/Bowman

By | Monday August 31, 2009 @ 8:27pm PDT

(Steven Schwartz is running for the WGAw’s Board of Directors and has been endorsed by WGA presidential candidate John Wells. Tonight, he posted this on the Writer Action board, and it is currently making the email rounds):

I’m now willing to

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WGA Election: WGAw Prez Candidate John Wells Writes Rebuttal To Verrone/Bowman

By | Monday August 31, 2009 @ 5:55pm PDT

UPDATES WGA: Verrone/Bowman Dispute John Wells’ Campaign Claims

(DHD has been asked to post WGA West presidential candidate John Wells’ rebuttal to the recent election message sent out by WGAw president Patric Verrone and 2007/2008 negotiating committee chair John Read More »

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WGA Election: Message From Verrone & Bowman Disputing Wells’ Campaign Claims

By | Monday August 31, 2009 @ 5:43pm PDT

UPDATED: John Wells Writes Rebuttal To Verrone/Bowman

(DHD has been asked to post this election message from Patrick Verrone, the WGA West president, and John Bowman, chair of the 2007/2008 negotiating committee, disputing WGAw presidential candidate Read More »

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AWARDSGATE! What Hath Sherak Wrought? New System For Best Picture Voting Won’t Express Will Of Oscar Voters

By | Monday August 31, 2009 @ 5:21pm PDT

Osc2Several media outlets are reporting that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is changing its Best Picture voting rules now that 10 films will be nominated for the top award. This fall, an announcement will go out to the membership about … Read More »

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SHOCKER! Disney Buying Marvel For $4B!

By | Monday August 31, 2009 @ 7:43am PDT

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15TH UPDATE: Behind-The-Scenes Of Disney-Marvel Deal 

14TH UPDATE: Universal vs Disney Over Marvel Characters

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Is Sixth Season Of ‘Entourage’ Its Best?

By | Sunday August 30, 2009 @ 11:47pm PDT


UPDATE: Hey, few have hated Entourage more than I have in recent seasons. Judging from your comments, you still think the show stinks up HBO.

Maybe I’m just more easily amused these days after what feels like a summer devoid of entertainment (especially … Read More »

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Daytime & Creative Arts Emmy Winners

By | Sunday August 30, 2009 @ 10:58pm PDT

Here’s the list of tonight’s Daytime Emmy Winners from the telecast on CW (But I don’t wanna live in a world where that embarrassing crapfest The View wins “Outstanding” anything:

Drama Series: The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Drama Series Writing Team: General Hospital (ABC)
Talk Show Host: The View (ABC)
Drama Series Directing Team: One Life to Live (ABC)
Game/Audience Participation Show: Cash Cab (Discovery Channel)
Morning Program: Good Morning America (ABC)
Talk Show/Entertainment: Rachael Ray (Syndicated)
Talk Show/Informative: The Tyra Banks Show (Syndicated)
Lead Actress/Drama Series: Susan Haskell, One Life to Live (ABC)
Lead Actor/Drama Series: Christian LeBlanc, Y&R (CBS)
Supporting Actor/Drama Series: Vincent Irizarry, AMC (ABC)/Jeff Branson, GL (CBS)
Supporting Actress/Drama Series: Tamara Braun, Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Younger Actress/Drama Series: Julie Berman, General Hospital (ABC)
Younger Actor/Drama Series: Darin Brooks, Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Game Show Host: Meredith Vieira, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Syndicated)
Performer in a Children’s Series: Kevin Clash, Sesame Street (PBS)

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SAG Election: Live Teleconference Sept. 2

By | Sunday August 30, 2009 @ 8:17pm PDT

SAG 2As SAG membership is sadly aware, there has yet to be a debate between the two main candidates running for president. (I’ll explain why in another post later tonight.) Because of that, every opportunity for the Guild’s members to question their … Read More »

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More Agency Firings & Hirings & Leavings

By | Sunday August 30, 2009 @ 6:55pm PDT

United TalentThe next few weeks will see still more layoffs at WME Entertainment. (I’ve been told between 15 and 18.) But UTA already has snapped up longtime Endeavor talent agent Kevin Volchok who was let go from WME late Friday … Read More »

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Jeff Robinov Re-Upped At Warner Bros

By | Sunday August 30, 2009 @ 2:25pm PDT

warnerbroslogo-200EXCLUSIVE: Actually, there’s still a little contract language to be worked out so the deal is not formally closed yet. But I can report that, after three months of negotiations, and a meeting two weeks ago with Time Warner chief Jeff … Read More »

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SAG September Election: Prez Candidate Anne-Marie Johnson’s Campaign Video

By | Sunday August 30, 2009 @ 12:19pm PDT

Anne-Marie Johnson, Membership First’s SAG candidate for president, made this video. (DHD has asked Unite For Strength for its statement on behalf of candidate Ken Howard.) For more info, visit and

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SAG: Candidate Mobin Khan’s Open Letter

By | Sunday August 30, 2009 @ 10:43am PDT

Mobin Khan is is running for the Hollywood Board of SAG as an independent:

I am a non-partisan candidate. SAGThe last 12 months has seen turmoil within SAG’s National Board. Hollywood and other branches are going through a tug-of-war which has created conflicts

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SAG: Candidate Pete Antico’s Open Letter

By | Sunday August 30, 2009 @ 10:22am PDT

Pete Antico is running for the National Board of SAG as an independent:

I am running for the board to attempt to change the internal structure of SAGthe Screen Actors Guild to run it like a productive business to create more effective policy’s

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BLOODY BOX OFFICE! ‘Final Destination 3D’ & ‘Basterds’ Easily Massacre ‘Halloween II’

By | Friday August 28, 2009 @ 11:18pm PDT


SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM: Here are the weekend numbers (Sunday estimates):

1. The Final Destination 3-D (NL/WB) NEW, Fri $10.9M, Sat $10.2M, Wkd $28.3M
2. Basterds (Weinstein/Uni) WK 2, Fri $5.8M, Sat $8.1M, Wkd $19.5M, Cume $73.2M
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North Carolina Ups Film Incentive To 25%

By | Friday August 28, 2009 @ 10:44am PDT

UPDATES: Now North Carolina Expanding Its Studios

In these tough economic times when many states can’t figure out how to sustain their film incentives, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue yesterday signed a 25% … Read More »

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DHD ADVISORY: New Look, New Alerts

By | Friday August 28, 2009 @ 10:43am PDT

Next week, DHD will have a new look. Now don’t bitchslap me before the fact. I promise it’ll be familiar but freshened, the same but slicker, because that’s what you wanted. Meanwhile, DHD email alerts are up and running as of today… finally. If you didn’t just receive one, then you’re … Read More »

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IT’S OFFICIAL! A&E Will Acquire Lifetime

By | Thursday August 27, 2009 @ 10:46am PDT

UPDATES: New Disney-Hearst-NBCU Partnership for AETN Including Lifetime? 

NEW YORK & BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal today announced an agreement for A&E Television Networks to acquire

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Two Movie Directors Make Agency Moves

By | Thursday August 27, 2009 @ 10:21am PDT

There’s a feeding frenzy among Hollywood agencies for director David Fincher, who left CAA some weeks back. As everyone knows, Fincher is extremely hard to please. Good luck with that.

And agent-turned-manager David Lonner steered Brad Silberling to UTA from WME. The writer/director coming off the disastrous Land Of The Lost Read More »

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