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July 23, 2008

Writers Guild Members Rule Emmy® Nominations For Primetime, News and Documentaries

Writers Guild Members Rule Primetime Emmy Nominations Congratulations to the 76 members of the Writers Guild of America, East who have been nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for writing. That’s right, seventy-six. In fact, all of the shows nominated in the Variety, Music, or Comedy category are WGAE shows – Conan, Letterman, SNL, Colbert, and […]

July 11, 2008

Who Will Teach your Child to Read?

                         WHO WILL TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ?                                                       by Maryann Scheufele The possibility that confusion is introduced to some children through learning to read sounds exists within schools.  How to overcome this problem is not solved easily.  There is no proper or right or wrong way to speak a language within the borders of a […]

July 1, 2008

Writers Guild, East Mentors Young Women On Television Writing

The Writers Guild of America, East teamed with Abbott House, a New York human service agency providing care for abused, neglected and abandoned children and their families, in a special program introducing young women from Bellevue Girls Group Home to the world of television writing. The month-long program culminated on June 30. As part of […]

May 9, 2008

PBS Contract Ratified

Members of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) have overwhelmingly ratified the PBS Freelance Agreement. The vote was 99% yes, with 1,975 members voting yes for the contract and 21 voting no. The contract runs through 2008. It covers writers working on national programming produced by […]

January 28, 2008

WGA strike a hot topic at SAG Awards

Dave McNary, Variety Staff, writes: Though Sunday evening's SAG Awards were picket-free, actors at the glitzy event did take a cue from their WGA siblings, remarking on the 3-month-old writers strike in comments both onstage and off. On the red carpet at the Shrine, during acceptance speeches and in the press room, high-profile SAG members […]

January 28, 2008

For Strikers, the Agony of Spare Time

“OF course I have time to talk to you,” Kevin Bleyer, a writer for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” said at the beginning of a recent interview. “Let me just put down this copy of ‘War and Peace’ that I now have time to read.” Like his fellow members of the Writers Guild of […]

January 24, 2008

WGA -CBS News Employees Ratify Contract

CBS News employees, who are members of the WGAE and WGAW, have overwhelmingly ratified their new contract agreement. The vote was 98% yes. The contract is effective immediately and covers approximately 500 newswriters, editors, news desk associates, production assistants, graphic artists, promotion writers, and researchers working in television and radio on the national and local […]

January 24, 2008

When Writers Can’t Write, They Pretend

Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post Staff Writer, reports:   Usually, the Rayburn Building is the kind of place reserved for all sorts of serious goings-on conducted by sober-looking folks in suits. The people who think they're running the country. Which is to say, it's not too often that you see the likes of Rep. Jan Schakowsky […]

January 17, 2008

Director Doug Liman Forms New Production Company “Jackson Bites”

Director and producer Doug Liman announced today the formation of a new media company, "Jackson Bites," which will create television-style programming for alternative distribution. He will serve as co-owner of the venture with the support of a wide range of new media and business investors. Liman also announced that the new company has entered into […]

January 16, 2008

Yeah, But Will It Be Guild Covered?

The New York Times is reporting: Oprah Winfrey, the daytime talk show host whose media empire also includes a television production company, radio show, magazine, popular Web site and other ventures, will soon be getting her own television network. Ms. Winfrey and Discovery Communications said on Tuesday that they would jointly create OWN, the Oprah […]