What an incredible list of petty, mean-spirited and just spiteful behavior the Hollywood CEOs are compiling for themselves. Really, they’re never going to be able to explain away this stuff when the strike eventually ends and they’re held accountable by everyone else. I’ve been confirming episode after episode of the AMPTP’s giant multimedia members retaliating in every way possible against anyone in Hollywood helping the WGA’s side in this strike dragging on and on. I’ll keep updating as more instances come in to me (so keep refreshing for the latest):
–>The latest is that Disney/ABC has rescinded offers to pay for tickets for TV show executive producers going to the SAG awards — just two days after sending them emails saying ABC would provide four tickets per show. The exec producers are often hyphenates who also belong to the WGA.
–>Disney/ABC has decided not to pay for hair and make-up and even cars for its stars going to the SAG awards, something the studios and networks always do, since the actors have aligned themselves with the WGA and the SAG show received a Writers Guild waiver while it’s increasingly unlikely that the Oscars televised by ABC will. “Their reasoning is that they don’t want to pay for SAG actors to get all dressed up only to bad-mouth the studio on the Red Carpet,” a source told me. Oh, like that couldn’t happen at the Academy Awards, too, although ABC wouldn’t air it.
–>Harvey Weinstein received a number of phone calls from the moguls warning him “You shouldn’t do it,” and “We can get this done with the DGA,” when word leaked out that he was making a side deal with the WGA to be able to hire striking writers.
–>NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker has tried to bump both NBC 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan and NBC Celebrity Apprentice star Donald Trump from the recent guest rosters of The Late Show with David Letterman whose parent company Worldwide Pants did a side deal with the WGA to hire striking writers. Zucker’s network minions tried to convince both men not to appear on the show. But Zucker allowed late night rival Jimmy Kimmel to guest on Leno and Leno to guest on Kimmel.
–>Zucker earlier bullied striking NBC comedy writers from Saturday Night Live not to appear on Letterman’s first Late Show back from strike hiatus and announce the Top 10. The scribes were ordered by NBC to leave the Ed Sullivan Theater right before the taping. By doing so, they couldn’t collect their personal appearance pay. But NBC found out too late that writers for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Law & Order did the bit and Zucker wanted the names of everyone who participated and worked at NBC.
–>Zucker refused to allow the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to hold an untelevised Golden Globes awards ceremony even though it would have been unpicketed by the WGA and the actors, directors, writers as well as Hollywood studios and networks who won could have been celebrated.
–>NBC Entertainment co-czar Ben Silverman on Monday told his new best friend Ryan Seacrest, before the Golden Globes awards show was officially scrapped that, “Sadly, it feels like the nerdiest, ugliest, meanest kids in the high school are trying to cancel the prom. But NBC wants to try to keep that prom alive.” (Now there’s a T-shirt for sale benefitting the WGA strike fund that reads, “Nerdy. Ugly. Mean. Proud of it. WGA.”)
–>AMPTP staffers, consultants and members (especially corporate publicity departments) are busily posting comments on WGA-friendly websites and blogs that Hollywood visits regularly and filling them with hate-filled rants against the WGA leadership, the A-list actors, and the companies who’ve made WGA side deals. The goal is to turn off readers and drive traffic away and in the process spread pro-AMPTP propaganda and make it look as if the strike is breaking apart.
–>News Corp. No. 2 Peter Chernin realized the AMPTP was losing the PR war and was most responsible for bringing in Fabiani and Lehane as the AMPTP’s public affairs consultants since his company has a close relationship with them. Fabiani and Lehane were paid by News Corp. to orchestrate a 2004 campaign organizing advocacy groups by race and ethnicity to hammer Nielsen Media Research over its plans to modernize how it measures viewing habits.
–> Warner Bros Chairman Barry Meyer has handpicked the AMPTP paid mouthpieces who have spread the AMPTP’s insults and disinformation about the WGA leadership.
–>The other day, an AMPTP consultant tried to start a rumor that a WGA exec was connected to child pornography.
–>The AMPTP repeatedly lies that the WGA has “a $30 million PR fund” to spread public information about the strike when the reality is that the WGA’s entire communications budget is several hundred thousand dollars.