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January 7, 2004 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Victoria Riskin resigned as president of the Writers Guild of America's Western division Tuesday, saying she wanted to end a controversy over her membership qualifications before it affected upcoming contract negotiations with studios. Her resignation, a first for the guild, was an ill-timed embarrassment: Contract talks are expected to start soon over such high-stakes issues as sharing in studio DVD revenue and strengthening the union's health plan.
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January 7, 2004 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Victoria Riskin resigned as president of the Writers Guild of America's Western division Tuesday, saying she wanted to end a controversy over her membership qualifications before it affected upcoming contract negotiations with studios. Her resignation, a first for the guild, was an ill-timed embarrassment: Contract talks are expected to start soon over such high-stakes issues as sharing in studio DVD revenue and strengthening the union's health plan.
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June 26, 2001 | Jim Bates
John Wells, the television producer who led the Writers Guild of America's West Coast faction during its recent contract negotiations with studios, won't be running for president again. The decision by Wells, after a standard two-year term, comes as no surprise, given a hectic production schedule that includes overseeing such top shows as "E.R.," "The West Wing" and "Third Watch."
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December 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
The number of minority writers working on television series rose in 2002, part of an overall hiring increase, the Writers Guild of America-West reports. The total number of writers working in prime-time TV increased from 1,334 in 2001 to 1,576, while the number of minority writers rose from 135 to 205 in the same period, the guild said. Minority writers have started to break into non-ethnic sitcoms and dramas but remain concentrated in comedies, especially ethnic ones, the guild said.
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October 14, 2003 | Robert W. Welkos
Hollywood screenwriters on Monday joined the chorus of complaints leveled at the Motion Picture Assn. of America for its recent ban on awards season DVDs and videocassettes or "screeners," as they are called in the industry. "Screeners have become an important part of the way small, well-written films find their audience," said Victoria Riskin, president of the 7,500-member Writers Guild of America, West.
BUSINESS
September 22, 2001
* Television writer Victoria Riskin was elected president of the Writers Guild of America, West, the office that represents Los Angeles film and TV writers. Riskin, who defeated Michael Mahern for the two-year term, takes over the presidency from writer and producer John Wells. Charles D. Holland was elected vice president, with Patric M. Verrone elected secretary-treasurer. * FelCor Lodging Trust Inc. called off its planned $1.1-billion acquisition of MeriStar Hospitality Corp.
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November 3, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Jane Murray (Bernadette Pe ters) is a single career woman who loses her married lover and her future--when she learns she has liver cancer--almost simultaneously. Wendy Allen (Mary Tyler Moore) is a psychologist who accepts Jane as a patient only reluctantly, fearing the experience will disrupt her orderly life and tap the pain she felt as a child when her father died of cancer.
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September 20, 2003 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood writers reelected their incumbent officers Friday, giving them the authority to wade into contract talks next year with studios that are likely to raise sticky issues from soaring health-care costs to sharing in lucrative DVD proceeds. The mail-in balloting gave Victoria Riskin another two-year term to head the Writers Guild of America, West, which represents TV and film writers in Los Angeles. Riskin defeated screenwriter Eric Hughes. The guild didn't release the vote count.
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February 9, 2004 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Actors and studios are considering extending their labor agreement for one year to avoid a potential work slowdown, the two sides said Sunday. Discussions between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and Hollywood's two actor unions, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, started Tuesday and recessed Friday. They are expected to resume in the next few days.
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September 21, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Animation writer Patric M. Verrone was overwhelmingly elected Tuesday to head the union representing Hollywood screen and TV writers, vowing to take a tougher stance with studios and pledging to step up organizing efforts. Verrone, whose TV credits include "Futurama," "Muppets Tonight" and "Rugrats," won 69% of the 2,012 ballots cast by the Writers Guild of America, West.
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September 28, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
The union representing Hollywood TV and film writers said Tuesday that it ousted its top administrator, signaling a push by newly elected leaders to step up organizing efforts and push harder during negotiations with Hollywood studios. Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West, wasted little time in replacing John McLean as executive director less than a week after the guild's election. McLean's performance had come under scrutiny from newly elected guild President Patric M.
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