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January 16, 2008

WGA and Spyglass Entertainment Announce Independent Agreement

The WGA has reached a comprehensive independent agreement with Spyglass Entertainment. The company finances, produces, and distributes theatrical motion pictures, including some of the most successful films of recent years, including The Sixth Sense, Shanghai Noon, Bruce Almighty, Seabiscuit, Memoirs of a Geisha, and the upcoming 27 Dresses. "Spyglass Entertainment can now work with the […]

January 11, 2008

With savings dwindling, TV and film writers picket in NYC

From the Associated Press: As the walkout stretched into its 10th week, hundreds gathered in front of the offices of Viacom Inc., including some writers who have seen their shows return to the air without them. One protester's sign urged the media conglomerate, which owns Comedy Central, to "Do the Write Thing." Jay Katsir, a […]

January 10, 2008

Directors Guild talks intensifying

The L. A. Times reports: The meeting of the DGA's negotiating committee follows two weeks of informal talks between DGA officials and studio executives to establish a framework and economic parameters for a deal that could determine when Hollywood goes back to work. With the television industry largely shut down as a result of the […]

January 8, 2008

United Hollywod’s First Annual Short Film Contest

Unlike Strike TV, films in this contest will tackle the issues that are roiling the entertainment industry right now. The winner of the contest will receive an authentic WGA strike poster with over 175 signatures by writers, actors, actresses and directors who autographed it while on the picket line and a copy of FINAL DRAFT. […]

January 8, 2008

UA Already Reaping Benefits of Side Deal

Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper is reporting that UA wasted no time and has a tentative deal with Paul Haggis to co-write an adaptation of the Ranger's Apprentice series of young-adult adventure novels.

January 7, 2008

Apple Closes In on Hollywood

From Business Week: It has been Hollywood's worst-kept secret: Steve Jobs is starting to win over the film industry. The Apple (AAPL) CEO who all but invented the digital music marketplace with the iPod and iTunes has found the going far more difficult in the video market. The Apple TV set-top box launched last year […]

January 4, 2008

A Sequel With the Same Ending

Author Thom Taylor's Los Angeles Times op-ed about how the stakes in entertainment are changing in response to the WGA strike. The writers guild keeps saying that its strike against the studios is about the future, but one need only look back to the 1988 strike to see that in key ways it is a […]

December 26, 2007

L. A. Times: Writers have a lot riding on a director

Long before he became a lead negotiator for the Directors Guild of America, Gilbert Cates honed his skills as a fencer. In college he would spend hours some days lunging at "suspended doughnuts" to sharpen his aim before facing a human opponent. Cates is preparing for his next parry and thrust — a labor negotiation […]

December 13, 2007

War of the Words: Local Writers Affected By Nationwide Strike

From the Daily Freeman, written by Paul Kirby: KINGSTON – Right off the bat, movie screenwriter Ron Nyswaner wants to make it clear that he's just a working stiff. Nyswaner says he owns one car, doesn't have a swimming pool and has lived full-time for 19 years in a nice house, but not a mansion, […]

December 5, 2007

Cracks in Producers’ United Front

Merissa Marr reports in today's Wall Street Journal: On a recent picket line of striking writers, a giant inflatable pig smoking a fat cigar bobbed above a crowd of chanting screenwriters. The image was classic Hollywood, portraying the producers as a united force of greed. But behind the scenes, the producers are anything but united […]