Amy Pascal Wins Auction For Laura Dave Novel ‘Hello, Sunshine’; Author Scripting With ‘Spotlight’s Josh Singer
EXCLUSIVE: Amy Pascal just took the hot book du jour off the market. She is finalizing a deal for Hello, Sunshine, a novel by Laura Dave. The author will adapt it with her husband, Oscar-winning Spotlight scribe Josh Singer. Pascal will produce with Rachel O’Connor. The logline: Sunshine Mackenzie is a lifestyle guru for the modern age, beloved by millions who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and scour her website for recipes and wisdom in how to live a perfect life… Read
John Wells Endows USC School Of Cinematic Arts’ Writing Division
John Wells, the writer, director & producer behind such TV classics as ER, The West Wing and Shameless, has endowed a “significant gift” to the USC School of Cinematic Arts Division of Writing for Screen & Television.
Reflecting the gift, the division will now be called the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television. Wells is a USC School of Cinematic Arts alumnus.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my career, a career that would not have been possible without the… Read
11 Honorees Selected For WGA TV Writer Access Program
Eleven female and minority writers have been named this year's honorees of the WGA West's TV Writer Access Program. Now in its eighth year, the goal of the program is to "promote diversity and foster inclusiveness in the entertainment industry."
Honorees in the one-hour drama category are:
Rachel Feldman – Kinks
Adrian A. Cruz – Irwindale
Sharon Hoffman – The Doubling
Peter Hume – Righteous Texas
Donald Joh – Mulberry
Tonya Kong – Skin Deep
Zak Shaikh – Runaways
WGA Awards: ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Arrival’ Win Top Film Prizes; FX’s ‘Atlanta’ & ‘The Americans’ Lead TV – Complete Winners List
Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins and Arrival’s Eric Heisserer were the big film winners tonight at the 69th annual WGA Awards tonight, which were handed out at dual ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.
On the TV side, FX swept the top categories with Atlanta — from writers Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson and Paul Simms — winning for Comedy Series and New Series, The Americans for Drama Series and The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for Long Form… Read
Oliver Stone’s Critique Of America: It’s Not Just Donald Trump, “But A System” – WGA Awards
In presenting Oliver Stone with the WGA West’s Laurel Award tonight, Salvador actor James Woods said, “Oliver had the temerity to ask me once, ‘Do you think I should just retire?’ I said, ‘Are you f*cking kidding me? Trump just got elected. You can go forever now.’"
Rather than verbally punch the current Commander in Chief, which was the vogue of tonight’s WGA Awards ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles, Stone’s message in his acceptance speech was not unlike the one he… Read
WGA Awards Ceremony Rips Donald Trump So Much, He (Sort Of) Makes An Appearance
Trump dumping was in full force tonight at the dual WGA Awards ceremonies. At previous awards shows this season – from the Golden Globes to the DGAs – winners, honorees and presenters made impassioned speeches against the current administration’s offensive policies and, at times in their protests, even refused to mention President Donald Trump by name. But tonight was a full-fledged roast of the Commander in Chief.
L.A. host Patton Oswalt obviously set the table this… Read
Is TV Writers Income In Decline? Fact-Checking WGA Leaders’ Claims In Pre-Negotiations Manifesto
As negotiations between the WGA and the studios draw near, the drumbeat for a writers strike intensifies. As part of the union's preparations for tough bargaining with the producers and a potential walkout, leaders of the WGA East and WGA West last week sent a letter to members, outlining top battleground issues including improving the union's ailing health fund, getting paid family leave, raising compensation in new media, closing the pay gap between basic cable and… Read
Tom Brady Book & Movie Coming From ‘The Finest Hours’ Writing Team
EXCLUSIVE: A new book and feature film project about Tom Brady, who has won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in NFL history, is on its way. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the writers behind Disney’s The Finest Hours who were nominated for an Oscar for The Fighter, and New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman are reteaming.
Joining up with them is Boston journalist Dave Wedge, who was Sherman’s co-author on Boston Strong. Tamasy and Johnson used the book as part… Read
Awash With 6 Oscar Noms, How ‘Manchester By The Sea’ Navigated Storms But Didn’t Capsize
The road to Best Picture for independent films is usually filled with uncertainty and adversity. Only in hindsight does it seem like some beneficent movie god plotted the course, and that calamities along the way would in retrospect seem like big breaks. Manchester by the Sea might be defined by its rapturous 2016 Sundance premiere, followed hours later by a $10 million Amazon Studios deal that christened its long voyage to the Oscars. But it was an exhausting journey to… Read
‘Moonlight’ Wins USC Scripter Award For Adapted Screenplay; ‘People Vs OJ’ & ‘The Night Manager’ Tie For TV
Moonlight screenwriter Barry Jenkins and author Tarell Alvin McCraney took home the big prize tonight at the 29th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. And in a tie, FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and author Jeffrey Toobin shared the TV adaptation win with AMC's The Night Manager screenwriter David Farr and author John le Carré. The winners were announced at a black-tie gala at the Edward L… Read
‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Embraces The Personal Journey Of His Ode To Love
Barry Jenkins does not want me to call him a romantic. "I am a craftsman," he insists. His declaration comes a little while after I wonder whether he considers Chiron—the young hero of Jenkins' Moonlight, who suffers through many injustices of life on the streets of urban Miami as he grapples with his sexuality—to be, at heart, a romantic. After all, people keep talking about the hope of possibility offered by Moonlight‘s touching final scenes. "Man, nah," Jenkins… Read
UCLA Reveals Winners Of Its 2016 Television Pilot Competition
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Programs today announced the winners of its Television Pilot Competition. The awards were determined by industry professionals and UCLA alumni, and winners received a monetary prize.
Here are the winners and honorable mentions and their projects:
Stephanie Berger won the Comedy Pilot Competition Award for Badger News. In News, after a mental breakdown (and a court order), an overachieving high school girl must… Read