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January 8, 2009 | Susan King
Woody Allen received his 19th screenplay nomination from the Writers Guild of America on Wednesday, when he was named for his romantic comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Allen, 73, has previously won the WGA award for original screenplay for "Annie Hall," "Broadway Danny Rose," "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
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February 15, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The Writers Guild of America and the major studios and networks are taking a break from the bargaining table after two weeks of negotiations. The guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced Saturday night that they had not yet reached a deal on a new contract for film and TV writers, but they said talks would resume March 4. "The parties have agreed to a temporary recess for scheduling reasons," they said in...
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BUSINESS
November 2, 2005 | Richard Verrier
The warring Eastern and Western branches of the Writers Guild of America have made peace, ending a dispute over money and jurisdiction. The Writers Guild of America, East will annually pay the Writers Guild of America, West for services it provides, beginning with nearly $500,000 this year. The unions, which last month suspended lawsuits against each other, also pledged to avoid "drawn out conflicts." Richard Verrier
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Chris Keyser has been reelected for a second term as president of the 8,000-member Writers Guild of America, West. Keyser, co-creator of the Fox television series "Party of Five," was first elected in September 2011 when he defeated the better-known Patric Verrone, who led the union during the 2007-2008 strike. But Keyser ran unopposed in board elections this month. He will help to negotiate a new film and TV contract to replace the current one that expires in May 2014. PHOTOS: 2012 highest-paid media executives Also reelected was Vice President Howard Rodman, who ran unopposed; and Secretary-Treasurer Carl Gottlieb, who narrowly defeated challenger Dan Wilcox.
NEWS
October 9, 1985
The Writers Guild of America and major public broadcasting stations announced agreement on a three-year contract that includes salary increases and more creative control for writers. The 8,200 members of the Writers Guild of America East and Writers Guild of America West have been without a contract since July 1. The pact provides for increases of 6% and 6 1/2% for each script written during each year of the contract, with the increases retroactive to July 2.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Mona Mangan, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East, announced her intention to retire from the job she has held for 29 years. The guild did not say when Mangan would step down but that she would remain until her replacement is found. Mangan is a former trial lawyer for the Department of Labor.
NEWS
October 16, 2007
'Dancing With the Stars': The Channel Island column in Monday's Calendar said that reality shows such as "Dancing With the Stars" would be "strike-proof" if the Writers Guild of America called a strike. In fact, "Dancing With the Stars," unlike many reality series, does operate under a guild contract, although ABC has not indicated whether the show would continue in the event of a strike.
NEWS
July 14, 1985
Attorney Brian Walton, a partner with the law firm that has been the outside counsel for the Writers Guild of America, West, has been elected executive director of the authors' group. Walton, 37, a partner in the Century City law firm of Selvin & Weiner, was selected by unanimous vote of the Writers Guild Board of Directors, the group said. Walton's appointment as executive director will be submitted to the guild's general membership for approval in September.
BUSINESS
February 11, 1999
Negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and Castle Rock Television agreed to a new contract covering writers on "The Downtowners," a prime-time animated series scheduled to debut in the fall. The agreement settles a National Labor Relations Board case alleging that a Warner Bros. executive and Castle Rock Television, now part of Warner parent Time Warner, improperly negotiated a contract with a cartoonists guild instead of with the writers guild.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
 The Writers Guild of America gave its top prizes to Chris Terrio for “Argo” for adapted screenplay and Mark Boal for “Zero Dark Thirty” for original screenplay on Sunday night in a bicoastal awards ceremony held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York City. In the cruel algebra of awards season, where x-award plus y-award increases the perceived likelihood of final Oscar victory, Sunday night's WGA award is the latest sign that Hollywood had gone all in on “Argo,” with the diminishing likelihood of a last stand for “Lincoln.”   Other nominated screenplays in the adaptation category were Tony Kushner's “Lincoln,” David Magee's “Life of Pi,” Stephen Chbosky's “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and David O. Russell's “Silver Linings Playbook.” Of the nominees, only Chbosky was not nominated for the Oscar as well.
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January 14, 2013 | By Susan King
Oscar-winning screenwriter and Tony Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard will receive the Writers Guild of America West's 2013 Laurel Award for Screen. The award, which was announced Monday morning, honors a lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for motion pictures. Stoppard, 75, will receive the award at the WGAW's 2013 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony Feb. 17 at the JW Marriott's Los Angeles L.A. Live. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Golden Globes 2013 :  List  |  Red Carpet  |  Winners  |  Ballot  |  Moments  |  Quotes | Best & Worst Stoppard has written such films as "Shakespeare in Love," for which he earned his Academy Award, "Brazil," "Empire of the Sun" and "Billy Bathgate," and such classic plays as "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" and "The Real Thing.
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January 5, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The scripts of "Zero Dark Thirty," "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" are among the nominees for Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen in 2012. Nominees announced Friday in the original screenplay category are John Gatins for "Flight," Rian Johnson for "Looper," Paul Thomas Anderson for "The Master," Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for "Moonrise Kingdom" and Mark Boal for "Zero Dark Thirty. " "It's a huge honor to be put in such heady company of fellow writers," Johnson said in a statement.
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December 6, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The Writers Guild of America has released its nominations for its 2013 awards. On the TV front, HBO's freshman series "Girls" made its debut with two nominations -- one for best new series and one for best comedy. Cable series shut out broadcast shows in the drama categories, while broadcast laffers dominate the comedy categories. The winners will be announced Feb. 17 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Here's a full list of nominees: TELEVISION NOMINEES DRAMA SERIES "Boardwalk Empire," written by Dave Flebotte, Diane Frolov, Chris Haddock, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Andrew Schneider, David Stenn, Terence Winter; HBO "Breaking Bad," written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC "Game of Thrones," written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R. R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, D.B. Weiss; HBO "Homeland," written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime "Mad Men," written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jason Grote, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Victor Levin, Erin Levy, Frank Pierson, Michael Saltzman, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner; AMC COMEDY SERIES "30 Rock," written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Luke Del Tredici, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Matt...
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
The Black List, which produces an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, has formed a partnership with the Writers Guild of America, East. The partnership will allow guild members to receive a 20% discount to host their work on the new Black List subscription site.  Additionally, WGAE and the Black List will launch an online initiative to publicize Guild agreements and services and Guild representatives will contribute to the site's blog: http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/ . “The Black List makes it possible for screenwriters to get their work read and considered by people in the industry,” Lowell Peterson, WGAE executive director, said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Chip Johannessen, writer and co-executive producer of the TV series "Homeland" and "24", is among eight new members elected to the Writers Guild of America, West board of directors. Johannessen had the highest number of votes, 11%, among 15 candidates vying for eight board seats, the guild said in a statement Friday. Other new board members elected are Michael Oates Palmer, writer and co-producer for the TV series "Shark"; John Aboud, writer for "Leverage"; film writer Scott Alexander, whose credits include "1408" and "The People vs. Larry Flint"; and Marjorie David, who has worked on such TV shows as "90210" and "Brothers and Sisters.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2006 | Richard Verrier
Bolstering its continuing drive to organize writers in basic cable television, the Writers Guild of America, East, said it had reached an agreement with the producer of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" to represent the show's 14 writers. The agreement between the guild and Hello Doggie Inc. will provide the writers with union benefits and pay, including residual payments for additional runs beyond the show's first telecast, the union said. * Richard Verrier
BUSINESS
September 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Members of the Writers Guild of America, East, have elected Michael Winship as union president. Winship, a television writer and producer, easily defeated challenger Tom Phillips, receiving 68% of the vote. Bob Schneider, a television and screen writer, was elected as vice president. Gail Lee, a writer-producer at CBS News, was reelected to her sixth term as secretary-treasurer.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2011 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
"Bring It On: The Musical," which begins performances at the Ahmanson Theatre on Oct. 30, promises flashy dance numbers and high-flying acrobatics as rival high school cheerleading squads battle for first place at the national championships. Off stage, a different sort of battle is shaping up between the producers of the musical and the screenwriter of the 2000 motion picture "Bring It On," who is arguing that the show is based on the original movie. Jessica Bendinger, the sole credited screenwriter for the film, claims the musical's producers never acquired or received permission to use her exclusive rights, according to a request for arbitration filed by the Writers Guild of America.
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