Variety is reporting that Hollywood is having a bad case of the winter blues, now that the strike is over. There are significantly fewer TV pilots and budgets for current series are being cut back. Feature films are being put on hold in fear of a Screen Actor’s Guild walkout. And the shifts in Read More
First, the good news: it looks like the strike may be coming to an end. Now, the bad news: even in the most hopeful scenario, new episodes of popular shows, like Grey’s Anatomy, won’t hit the airwaves until April or March, if at all before the fall. Jeff Zucker Read More
As weeks turn into months, the Writers Guild of America’s strike is taking a toll on some editors and reporters at major newspapers and weekly magazines.
At The Los Angeles Times, the strike’s decimating effect on awards season, normally a topic of banner coverage, was described by one editor as “apocalyptic.” Though advertising numbers Read More
This time last year, it would have been difficult to fathom that as 2007 came to a rather inexorable end, there would be no new episodes of The Office or, hell, even Desperate Housewives to get us through what promises to be another long, cold, slushy New York winter; that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Read More
We just spoke with Shanna Moakler, the 32-year-old actress and former Miss U.S.A. Earlier this week, we were pleasantly flabbergasted by her new fabulously bizarre CW reality show, Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants. Ms. Moakler—whose rocky-road relationship with her husband, the Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, was the subject of an MTV show Read More
Over in Hollywood, while striking writers and studios remain at loggerheads, the agents, TV agents in particular, have discovered Facebook, the networking Web site, as a new and exciting way to keep the community spirit alive. “Every major studio, basically every major development executive, and I’m talking to the president level, is on Facebook,” said Read More
Studio negotiators were stunned when the Writers Guild of America discussed unionizing reality shows and animation, yesterday. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers had thought those topics were off the table, according to the Associated Press.
Variety is reporting that the union is now facing the prospect that the studios will Read More
The latest potential victim of the screenwriters strike?
"The TV Critics Association and the Cable Television Association for Marketing said that if the Writers Guild of America strike is not settled by Dec. 14, the winter press tour will be canceled," TV Week reported today.
"Usually held in January, the Read More
As negotiations continue between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the Transom caught up with one W.G.A. strike captain who’s been hitting the pavement every day for the past four weeks, save a few days off for Thanksgiving.
“I was delighted to finally have Jesse Jackson Read More
Today, presidential candidate John Edwards spoke in Washington Square Park at a rally in support of striking television writers. A few weeks earlier, Mr. Edwards had popped in on the strike lines in Los Angeles.
"We’re in this together," Mr. Edwards said, according to Variety.
"Stay strong, stay together," Mr. Edwards added Read More