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SAG Strikes Out

The Hollywood-centric “Membership First” faction that has controlled the Screen Actors Guild’s national board for most of the last five years chooses tactics—misinformation, tough talk and over-promising—that undermine the union’s credibility.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Hollywood Writers Back in Action

After weeks of striking, the Writers Guild of America has struck a deal with Hollywood honchos, ending the protracted impasse between scribes and studios and allowing the stalled wheels of the entertainment industry to creak back into motion on Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


Michael Eisner
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Eisner: Strike Is Over

He’s not the head honcho at the Mouse House (aka Walt Disney Co.) anymore, but Michael Eisner claims firsthand and reliable knowledge that the writers’ strike is over. He says a deal was struck between the WGA and studio execs late last week and will take effect within days.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert’s Gospel (Music) for Striking Writers

What will it take to end the bitter standoff between WGA screenwriters and studio big cheeses?  Stephen Colbert tries an innovative—and inspiring—approach by breaking into “Go Down Moses” with some help from the Harlem Gospel Choir and “Blink” author Malcolm Gladwell.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


John Oliver

The ‘Daily Show’ Must Go On

After a (seemingly endless) hiatus, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are back on Comedy Central, even as striking writers continue to picket outside the network’s mothership.  Here, “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver endures a heated confrontation with ... himself, actually, as he covers the strikers outside the show’s studio.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Colbert and Stewart on the Comeback Track

If Comedy Central headliners Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert indeed return to television Jan. 7—the eve of the New Hampshire primary, as fate (or whatever capricious force controls networks’ holiday scheduling practices) would have it—they’ll probably have to stage their comebacks without their trusty and witty writing teams.

Posted on Dec 21, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Damian Dovarganes

WGA Strikers to Return to the Table Nov. 26

An end may be in sight for striking television and film writers and their studio bosses if negotiations, now set to resume Nov. 26, are effective.  However, WGA West President Patric Verrone cautioned union members to stand their ground in an e-mail titled “Don’t Break Out the Champagne Just Yet.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Colbert’ Writers Score Big With Strike Parody

There’s one big built-in advantage that many striking WGA members have over the studio honchos they’re feuding with:  real creative talent.  This clip, made by “Colbert Report” writers, showcases their flair for parody, reminding producers why they’re indispensable while mercilessly lampooning the executives.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


Daily Show writers

The Winter of Writers’ Dissed Content

It can be confusing to follow the ongoing WGA strike, what with all the picketing, accusations from both sides, and rampant speculation about whether Ellen DeGeneres is a traitor or just trapped in a rock-versus-hard-place career conundrum.  Here, striking staffers from “The Daily Show” helpfully explain their side of the issue.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Hollywood Copes Without Writers

Though Ellen DeGeneres has taken her show across the picket line and some reality TV has improvised along, Hollywood is increasingly worried about its wordless future. Late night talk shows went to reruns immediately and the scripted shows are nearly tapped out of fresh episodes. The writers, meanwhile, show no sign of ending their strike any time soon.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Clinton to Help Mediate WGA Strike?

While Hillary’s out on the campaign trail, Bill Clinton may be offering his diplomatic expertise to help bring a resolution to the Writers Guild of America strike, which has halted several productions in Hollywood and New York.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


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