SAG Members OK Basic Cable Live Action Pact

By | Thursday August 27, 2009 @ 10:00am PDT

UPDATES Behind-The-Scenes Of Basic Cable Pact: Members Almost Lost Right To Vote

Los Angeles (August 26, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild announced today that members have approved a two-year successor contract to its Basic Cable

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R.I.P. Dominick Dunne

By | Thursday August 27, 2009 @ 9:51am PDT


Dominick Dunne’s friends and fans emailed me Tuesday night that he’d been given last rites. Then he died Wednesday at his Manhattan apartment after a long bout with cancer that included several surgeries. On a professional level, with some … Read More »

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PAYBACK! WME Tries To Bully Fired Agents: Agents Bully WME Right Back For Salaries

By | Tuesday August 25, 2009 @ 3:56pm PDT

UPDATES WME Cuts Off Fired Agents Who Found Jobs

EXCLUSIVE: This is a case of “Don’t get mad, get even” Hollywood-style. Last month I had the exclusive news that WME sent bad news letters to certain laid-off William Morris agents who found work at CAA, … Read More »

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Breaking News! MPTF Declares Impasse: Notifies Families Of Intent To Close Acute Care Facilities By End Of 2009; Families Decry MPTF “Strong-Arm Tactics”

By | Tuesday August 25, 2009 @ 2:11pm PDT

2ND UPDATE: Here is the response from “Saving The Lives Of Our Own”:

Los Angeles—In reaction to a “pre-eviction” notice released by the Motion Picture Television Fund today, residents of the MPTF long-term care facility and their families rejected the letter as an example of continued strong-arm tactics by

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DHD Advisory: Election Below, News Above

By | Monday August 24, 2009 @ 9:45am PDT

DHD’s September Elections coverage will continue today below this post, spotlighting the WGA candidates statements and endorsements. News will break above this post.

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WGA: Support Of Elias Davis By Haggis

By | Sunday August 23, 2009 @ 9:43pm PDT

Paul Haggis is a WGA activist who also opines/writes frequently about Guild issues.

A Message from Paul Haggis

Fellow Writers,

WGAW-LogoI hate long statements of support, so this ain’t gonna be one of those. I just truly believe that Elias and his team

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WGA: Support For John Wells By Melvoin

By | Sunday August 23, 2009 @ 9:32pm PDT

Jeff Melvoin is co-founder and chair of the WGA’s Showrunning Training Program.

JEFF MELVOIN Endorsement

WGAW-LogoThe mounting complexities of our business demand a leader of discernment who can employ the tools of both confrontation and conciliation as needed to steer a steady

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WGA: Support For Elias Davis By Bowman

By | Sunday August 23, 2009 @ 9:14pm PDT

John F. Bowman chaired the WGA 2007/2008 Negotiating Committee.

My Fellow WGAW Members,

WGAW-LogoAs Chair of the 2007/08 Negotiating Committee, I’d like to point out some of the things which I believe gave us leverage and power in our last negotiation:

Unity with

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WGA: Support For John Wells From Frank; Rebuttal From Elias Davis, Schulman, Weiss

By | Sunday August 23, 2009 @ 9:04pm PDT

UPDATE: This just in… Here’s the rebuttal from opposing WGAW slate Elias Davis, Tom Schulman, and David N. Weiss, to Scott Frank’s support statement of John Wells, Howard Michael Gould, and Chris Keyser:

WGAW-LogoIf Scott Frank had attended more than six

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WGA: Support For Elias Davis By Robinson

By | Sunday August 23, 2009 @ 8:53pm PDT

Phil Alden Robinson is on the WGAW Board Of Directors & co-founded Writers United.

Dear Friends,

WGAW-LogoI’d like to take a minute of your time to write about six excellent people I had the honor to serve with during the last four

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WGA: Support For John Wells By King

By | Sunday August 23, 2009 @ 8:34pm PDT

Robert King is on the WGAW’s Board of Directors and co-founded Writers United.

Dear Fellow WGA Member,

WGAW-LogoI’m one of the proud founding members of Writers United; I am a strong supporter of our Executive Director, David Young; I was a fervent

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WGAW Candidate & Support Statements…

By | Sunday August 23, 2009 @ 7:14pm PDT

…are coming within the hour on Deadline Hollywood Daily.
In the meantime, check out the opposing websites:


davis schulman weiss

Elias Davis, Tom Schulman, David N. Weiss

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TARANTINO’S TURNAROUND: $37.6M For ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Quentin’s Biggest Weekend Opening; #1 Here And Abroad

By | Friday August 21, 2009 @ 9:50pm PDT

IB posterSUNDAY AM: Now that official numbers are in, controversial Inglourious Basterds opened with $14.3M Friday, but then dropped -10% Saturday to $12.9M from 3,165 theaters. So, with a Sunday estimate of $10.3M, that’s a bigger than expected $37.6M first weekend for director … Read More »

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SHOCKER! Paramount Moves Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ To February 19, 2010

By | Friday August 21, 2009 @ 4:40pm PDT

shutter_island_posterUPDATE 4:30PM: Paramount Chief Brad Grey has now released a statement: “Our 2009 slate was greenlit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment. This … Read More »

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TV COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE: 2009-2010 New Show Awareness By Each Network

By | Friday August 21, 2009 @ 4:08pm PDT

tv2_networksAwareness studies from Nielsen go to all the networks to help them determine how many potential viewers are aware of their new shows… And if the broadcasters need to adjust their marketing messages… Some of this is a slippery slope because, say, a … Read More »

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‘Inglourious Basterds’ = $8M Abroad

By | Friday August 21, 2009 @ 2:08pm PDT

UPDATE: Universal is reporting that Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds opened #1 in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, Slovenia, and Switzerland, while the opening day grosses in Germany, Greece, Hungary and Russia are the best ever for a QT film. Second-day grosses in France and Belgium (and French-Switzerland)Read More »

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Tom Hanks 1st Choice For AMPAS Prez; New Producer/Director Needed For Oscars; Testimonial Honorees Named Sept. 10th

By | Friday August 21, 2009 @ 8:50am PDT


hanksoscarEXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned the Board Of Governors for the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences wanted Tom Hanks to serve as president for the new … Read More »

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More Michael Moore’s Anti-Wall Street Docu

By | Friday August 21, 2009 @ 6:55am PDT
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2ND UPDATE: Big Morris Earners Jim Griffin And Paul Bricault Pushed Out By WME; Layoffs Coming In China, Miami, Sports

By | Thursday August 20, 2009 @ 6:52pm PDT

UPDATES WME May Lay Off 2 Big WMA Grossing Agents

FRIDAY AM: There may be 15 to 18 agents laid off in coming weeks at WME. The Morris China office is closing. Miami will be kept … Read More »

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