July 11, 2008 |
The major Hollywood studios called on the Screen Actors Guild on Thursday to put their final contract offer to a membership vote, a proposal the union rejected, continuing the stalemate in negotiations. As expected, the largest actors union did not accept what the studios called their final offer, which they said contained more than $250 million in improvements over the previous three-year contract, which expired June 30.
February 13, 2008 |
The strike is over. Hollywood's costly 100-day walkout came to a widely welcomed end Tuesday after members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly to go back to work. More than 90% of the 3,775 writers who cast ballots in Los Angeles and New York voted to immediately end the work stoppage, capping the entertainment industry's most contentious labor dispute in recent history.
January 23, 2008 |
Hollywood's striking writers, signaling a possible thaw in the 3-month-old labor dispute, have agreed to drop two demands that studios have long viewed as non-starters. Leaders of the Writers Guild of America told top studio chiefs during a meeting Tuesday that they would ditch previous proposals to unionize writers who work on animated movies and reality TV shows.
December 24, 2007 |
CARSON DALY knows exactly where he'll be one week from tonight, zipped into a parka and patrolling the happy chaos of Times Square. It will be the fourth outing for his New Year's Eve special on NBC at 11:35 p.m., and to help celebrate, the host has tapped pop singers Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz. That's what the nationwide TV audience will see, anyway, but this time around the behind-the-scenes story involving Daly is a lot more complicated -- and dramatic -- than usual.
December 24, 2007 |
NEW YORK -- Attention, presidential candidates: Not to disrupt your holiday plans, but if you have any cringe-inducing mistakes, insensitive jokes or outright hypocrisy yet to engage in, there's no time like the present. Come early January, late-night comics return to the air again.
December 19, 2007 |
The personal is political, as they say, and at times of labor unrest, the professional becomes even more so. In this roiling tempest of competing interests that is the 6-week-old writers strike, the combatants have increasingly taken on the surgical rhetoric and hardball strategies of rival political campaigns. "For them, this is not a writers strike. It's about changing society," one unnamed executive griped about the striking Hollywood film and TV writers in Variety last Sunday.