The Eight-Day Week
On Friday morning, a group of picketers gathered outside the reality TV production company Atlas Media—among them, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and Writers Guild of America East executive director Lowell Peterson. The protest was in support of negotiations ongoing with Atlas Media to provide its writers with health care. “When Workers Get Sick, Atlas Shrugs,” Read More
Sure, going out on a winter Sunday is a drag—but who wants to watch 60 Minutes when Rachel Dratch is saluting the writer of Hugo? Tonight’s Writers Guild of America Awards are simultaneously going on at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles (fancy!) and the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City (sure!). Ms. Read More
Stormclouds are parting in Hollywood, as Spencer Morgan wrote in this week’s Observer, but the 100-day WGA strike’s cost is finally being revealed: $2.5 billion. Not so bad, when compared to previous estimates. The Associated Press reports that the figure includes wages lost by writers and other entertainment industry workers when the Read More
What are those Gossip Girl writers doing now that they can finally return to work? Gossiping, of course! Now that the Writers Guild strike is finally over (rejoice!), and scribes are returning to their crummy offices and barely-there story lines, they’re feeling "an emotion akin to what they remembered experiencing on their first day of Read More
Hooray! Writers return to the grindstone today. Official letter from the WGA presidents after the jump.
To Our Fellow Members:
On Tuesday, members of the Writers Guilds East and West voted by a 92.5% margin to lift the restraining order that was invoked on November 5th. The strike is over.
Writing can resume Read More
Some fashion week models are wearing T-shirts backstage that tout Angelina Jolie’s Global Action for Children to attract attention to the cause as they get their pre-show hair and makeup done. [WWD]
Amy Winehouse was denied a US visa to attend the Grammy Awards, but she may appear via satellite. [Us] Read More
Sweet relief! The Writers Guild of America strike may be ending by sun-up Monday morning. Today, studio moguls and guild leaders are expected to finalize a three-year contract and send it for their writers’ review on Saturday before more meetings. The guild board could approve the contract Sunday and encourage writers to return to work Read More
Several reports claim that an end to the four-month long Writers Guild of America strike is imminent. The New York Times reports that "a tentative agreement" may come "as early as [this] week." But W.G.A. members and leaders are telling striking writers that they might not want to lay Read More
Oh, things are shaking up in the writers’ talks! Studios and the Writers Guild of America seemed to be finally making progress in their closed-door negotiation sessions, but Phil Alden Robinson, writer and director of Field of Dreams and a member of the governing board of the Writers Guild of America West, has Read More
The Writers Guild of America showed mercy on Grammy Awards producers by approving an interim agreement that would allow striking scribes to write a script for the ceremony, which takes place on Feb. 10. Last week, the WGA announced that they would not picket the awards show, which would allow the stars to strut the Read More