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August 2009 Archive

WGA Election: WGAw Candidate Schwartz Weighs in On Wells vs Verrone/Bowman

(Steven Schwartz is running for the WGAw’s Board of Directors and has been endorsed by WGA presidential candidate John Wells. Tonight, he posted this on the Writer Action board, and it is currently making the email rounds): I’m now willing to give details I wouldn’t when I first posted about these issues, in the Wells vs Gelbart thread and in of that same thread. My reasons for not giving details earlier had to do with maintaining Guild unity and respecting personal… Read

WGA Election: Message From Verrone & Bowman Disputing Wells' Campaign Claims

UPDATED: John Wells Writes Rebuttal To Verrone/Bowman (DHD has been asked to post this election message from Patrick Verrone, the WGA West president, and John Bowman, chair of the 2007/2008 negotiating committee, disputing WGAw presidential candidate John Wells’ campaign claims and supporting the opposing candidacy of Elias Davis: To our fellow Guild members: By now you should have your WGAW ballots. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to vote in this election… Read

AWARDSGATE! What Hath Sherak Wrought? New System For Best Picture Voting Won't Express Will Of Oscar Voters

Several media outlets are reporting that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is changing its Best Picture voting rules now that 10 films will be nominated for the top award. This fall, an announcement will go out to the membership about how, on the final ballot, Oscar voters will be asked to rank all 10 nominees in order of preference, then the same complicated preferential system used to tally Best Picture nominees will be used to determine one winner. As a… Read

SHOCKER! Disney Buying Marvel For $4B!

15TH UPDATE: Behind-The-Scenes Of Disney-Marvel Deal  14TH UPDATE: Universal vs Disney Over Marvel Characters 13TH UPDATE: Why Disney Must Wait For Marvel Synergy 12TH UPDATE: VIDEO: Stan Lee On Disney-Marvel Deal 11TH UPDATE: Here’s the list of characters included on Universal Islands Of Adventures’ Marvel Island — Spider-Man (also attraction), Dr. Doom (also attraction), Hulk (also attraction), Storm (also attraction), Captain America, Cyclops, Green Goblin, Rogue… Read

Is Sixth Season Of 'Entourage' Its Best?

UPDATE: Hey, few have hated Entourage more than I have in recent seasons. Judging from your comments, you still think the show stinks up HBO. Maybe I’m just more easily amused these days after what feels like a summer devoid of entertainment (especially at the box office), but HBO’s Entourage seems less predictable and more realistic about Hollywood this season. Tonight’s episode with Jeremy Piven, Aaron Sorkin, and Gary Cole was unexpected and (dare I say it) hilarious… Read

Daytime & Creative Arts Emmy Winners

Here’s the list of tonight’s Daytime Emmy Winners from the telecast on CW (But I don’t wanna live in a world where that embarrassing crapfest The View wins “Outstanding” anything: Drama Series: The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) Drama Series Writing Team: General Hospital (ABC) Talk Show Host: The View (ABC) Drama Series Directing Team: One Life to Live (ABC) Game/Audience Participation Show: Cash Cab (Discovery Channel) Morning Program: Good Morning America (ABC) Talk… Read

SAG Election: Live Teleconference Sept. 2

As SAG membership is sadly aware, there has yet to be a debate between the two main candidates running for president. (I’ll explain why in another post later tonight.) Because of that, every opportunity for the Guild’s members to question their candidates is important. There will be a live teleconference with Membership First’s Anne-Marie Johnson especially aimed at New York SAG members on September 2nd between 8:45PM-9:45PM Eastern time. The teleconference calls are free… Read

More Agency Firings & Hirings & Leavings

The next few weeks will see still more layoffs at WME Entertainment. (I’ve been told between 15 and 18.) But UTA already has snapped up longtime Endeavor talent agent Kevin Volchok who was let go from WME late Friday afternoon. Volchok met with UTA bigwigs on Saturday morning and by the end of the day had a deal to join the agency. The tenpercenter had worked for Adam Venit at CAA and then moved to Endeavor with Venit in 1996. He was promoted to agent in 1998 and built a… Read

Jeff Robinov Re-Upped At Warner Bros

EXCLUSIVE: Actually, there’s still a little contract language to be worked out so the deal is not formally closed yet. But I can report that, after three months of negotiations, and a meeting two weeks ago with Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes, Jeff Robinov has what he wants — for now. He’s been re-upped as president of the Warner Bros Pictures Group, a position he took over back in January 2008. Robinov’s contract was coming due this December. My info is that he and Time… Read