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November 21, 2007

Edwards to Honor Writers Guild Picket Lines

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Today, Senator John Edwards released the following statement: "Elizabeth and I will honor the members of the Writers Guild of America who are on strike at ‘The View' by canceling our appearance on the show next week. I call on all of my fellow candidates and their campaigns to do […]

November 20, 2007

Late Night Writers Stand Strong

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November 19, 2007

WGA Contract Talks to Resume

James Hibbard reports: The Writers Guild of America will resume contract negotiations with network and studio representatives on Nov. 26. After 12 days away from the table, both sides have agreed to restart talks under a media blackout. "Leaders from the [Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers] and the WGA have mutually agreed to […]

November 14, 2007

Ellen DeGeneres Cancels Trip to New York

"We're delighted that Ellen DeGeneres has decided not to come to New York to tape her program. She knows that the Writers Guild East would have been there to protest her lack of solidarity, not only with her Guild writing staff but all the striking members of the Writers Guild, of which she is a […]

November 13, 2007

Mourning TV

Lindelof wrote the following op-ed for the Sunday New York Times: TELEVISION is dying. I should have realized this four years ago when I first got my TiVo box, but denial is always the first stage of grief. I simply couldn't acknowledge that this wonderful invention heralded the beginning of the end. TiVo stores your […]

November 13, 2007

Who Owns Big Media

Super-Concentrated The media landscape is dominated by massive corporations that, through a history of mergers and acquisitions, have concentrated too much control in too few hands. This leads to a lack of diversity of voices, programming that is out of touch with local concerns and increasingly commercial and homogenized news and entertainment. Further consolidation will […]

November 12, 2007

Writers Guild East: “Ellen DeGeneres Not Welcome in NY!”

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) issued this statement on Friday, November 9: Ellen DeGeneres went back on the air this week after honoring only one day of the writers strike. In anticipation of her plans to tape shows in New York City on November 19th and 20th, the Writers Guild of America, East […]

November 9, 2007

2 Studios Escalate Actions Against Striking Writers

Edward Wyatt reports for Friday's NYT: LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 – At least two major television studios, 20th Century Fox and CBS Paramount, have sent breach-of-contract letters to the show runners on their current series who have stopped performing their production duties once they went on strike with other television writers. The move is an […]

November 5, 2007

Screenwriters Picket as Strike Begins

David Carr and Michael Cieply report: Hollywood writers moved to the picket lines this morning, as last-minute negotiations between the writers' unions and producers failed to avert a strike over payments from producers for so-called new media, among other issues. About 75 members of Writers Guild East set up a picket at Rockefeller Center, just […]

November 3, 2007

Union leaders expect CBS News writers to back strike

From the LA Times, by Matea Gold: NEW YORK — As Hollywood braces for its television and film writers to go on strike as soon as Monday, more than 500 CBS News employees represented by the Writers Guild of America under a separate agreement with that network are contemplating their own work action. The CBS […]