Writers And Producers Tried To Hire J-Lo
Here's an interesting writers strike PR nugget I just found out: Turns out both sides, first the Hollywood moguls and then the WGA, wanted to hire former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart as their official mouthpiece. Lockhart, now founding partner and president of the consulting firm Glover Park Group specializing in advocacy advertising, gained fame for flacking the Clinton impeachment trials. The mutual feeling was, if he can handle that, then a… Read
CBS And WGA In Messy Pissing Match Over Katie's Cancelled Democratic Debate
So this bitchslapping contest has been developing all day. Best if I just give you the dueling statements. CBS issued theirs tonight and it's a doozie:
“Two weeks ago, CBS officials, in an effort of cooperation, contacted the WGA leadership and asked them to suspend the picketing for just a couple of hours on December 10 so the Democratic presidential debate could go on and the democratic process could be served. Our request was met with silence. Their statement today… Read
Shake-Up Inside AMPTP Public Relations
UPDATE: Writers And Producers Tried To Hire J-Lo (as in former White House flack Joe Lockhart)
This is one of those stories that's a lot more interesting to journalists than it is to striking writers or even Hollywood. But I'd been hearing for several days that Barbara Brogliatti, who two years ago retired from a bigwig PR job at Warner Bros only to be brought back recently as the primary spokesperson for the AMPTP, was exiting that role. Now I can confirm that “Brog” is… Read
BROADWAY STAGEHAND STRIKE OVER!
Stagehands and producers have reached tentative agreement to end the walkout tonight. The strike initiated by Local One on November 10th lasted 19 days before the union came to a resolution with the League of American Theatres and Producers.
Broadway Stagehand Strike Deal Near?
There's Another Strike: On… Read
Another Negotiating Session Thursday
Yes, the AMPTP and WGA are still talking — or what passes for talking between this bunch. What was only supposed to be three days of talks is now four days of talks. Next round skedded for 10 AM Thursday.
UPDATE: I'll have a full report about the Talks Day #3.
Every Strike Needs A Hip Hop Anthem
“Shout out to all the pickets at Television City. Let them know writers won't be treated shitty.” Rumor has it the lyrics on this video are to be committed to memory by Friday (or you striking writers will be forced to picket at Paramount…).
Democrats Cancel Debate At Picketed CBS
UPDATE: CBS & WGA In Messy Pissing Match Over Cancelled Democratic Debate
So much for anchor Katie Couric's moment in the presidential political spotlight. That televised debate set for next month among the Democratic presidential candidates has been canceled to avoid a potential conflict with striking WGA writers. The decision was made by the Democratic National Committee concerning the embattled December 10th debate at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, where pickets… Read
SHOCKER: Charlie Koones Exits Variety
I just got off the phone with Charlie who laughed when I asked if this was another one of those “I'm leaving to spend more time with my family” job exits. “While I adore my family, this isn't about that. And though I just turned 45, it's not a premature mid-life crisis either,” said the president and publisher of Variety and Reed Business Entertainment Group since 2000. “I've stayed here for 17 years because I've been able to do new things. But now I've done what I can do… Read
“Speechless” #15: 'Just What's On The Page' (Josh Brolin, James Franco)
CAST: (in order of appearance): Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Dulcy Rogers, Marguerite Moreau, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Deitrich Bader, Olivia Wilde, Marcia Cross, Chris Redman, Josh Brolin, Jenna Elfman, Elizabeth Pena, Polly Shannon, Kamala Lopez, James Franco
Director: Paul Haggis
Producer: Kamala Lopez
D of P: Dana Gonzales
Sound: Justin Shumaker
Editor: Kamala Lopez
Technical Team: Joel Marshall, Anthony Marinelli, Clint Bennett
This is the 15th of the Writers Guild Of… Read
CBS Writers Considering Dec 10th Strike To Disrupt Network's Presidential Debate
The WGA is saying that CBS news writers are ''strongly considering” a December 10th strike date. The timing appears to be an attempt by union leadership to disrupt CBS plans for a presidential debate the same day. That's because several Democratic White House candidates like Barack Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton have all said they won't cross a picket line to participate in a debate. So far no exact date is set for a strike, which was authorized by the rank and… Read
EXCLUSIVE: Talks Day #2 Still Friendly But Unproductive; “Game Of Chicken”
Tuesday was the day that the writers and the producers were supposed to start considering “new business” during their resumed contract negotiations. But, instead, they just kept focused on old business. Day #2 was supposed to be “when they really start advancing the ball forward” and “where the rubber can really meet the road,” according to its advance billing. Instead, it was the same old same old.
Again, negotiators for the AMPTP presented that “very comprehensive… Read
More From Letterman's Late Show Writers
I find lateshowwritersonstrike.com consistently the funniest strike blog out there. Some recent gems you may have missed:
BILL SCHEFT'S STRIKE RELATED DAVE-TYPE MONOLOGUE JOKE OF THE DAY: The hookers in Times Square, God Bless 'em, are now offering their “Writers Strike Special.” It's $29.95, but if you let them make a DVD, they'll give you back four cents.
THE AMPTP'S CONTRACT PROPOSAL …BY JOE GROSSMAN… Today, the WGA and AMPTP resumed negotiations, and inside sources… Read