Writers Guild of America

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Hollywood Writers Can Go Back to Work at 12:01AM

Union says strike is over after nearly 5 months

(Newser) - Leaders of the screenwriters union declared their nearly five-month-old strike over Tuesday after board members approved a contract agreement with studios, bringing Hollywood at least partly back from a historic halt in production. The governing boards of the eastern and western branches of the Writers Guild of America and their...

On Day 146, a Break in the Hollywood Strike

Tentative deal has been reached

(Newser) - Union leaders and Hollywood studios reached a tentative agreement Sunday to end a historic screenwriters strike after nearly five months, though no deal is yet in the works for striking actors, the AP reports. The Writers Guild of America announced the deal in a joint statement with the Alliance of...

Drew Barrymore Dropped by Hosting Gig Amid Brouhaha

National Book Awards drops her as host

(Newser) - Drew Barrymore was already getting a lot of online flak for resuming her talk show amid the Hollywood strikes , followed by show staffers kicking out two audience members who were wearing WGA pins at the first taping, but now there's some tangible fallout: The National Book Awards has rescinded...

Wearing WGA Pins, 2 Get Kicked Out of Barrymore Taping

Rep says Barrymore herself didn't know anything about it

(Newser) - Two would-be audience members at Monday's controversial taping of The Drew Barrymore Show were kicked out because they were wearing WGA pins. Dominic Turiczek and Cassidy Carter, students in New York City, didn't realize the Hollywood strike was going on when they scored free tickets to the show,...

Drew Barrymore Makes a Dicey Decision Amid Hollywood Strikes

Her talk show will return, sans writers

(Newser) - Drew Barrymore was one of the first actors to make headlines when the Writers Guild of America went on strike, dropping out as host of the MTV Movie & TV Awards in solidarity with the striking screenwriters. But now she's explaining a controversial decision: Despite the fact that not...

Big Meeting Has Been Set in Hollywood Writers' Strike

Writers Guild finally set to meet with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers

(Newser) - For the first time since announcing a strike three months ago, the Writers Guild of America is set to enter talks with studios and streamers. The guild will meet Friday with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which requested the meeting "to discuss negotiations," according to...

Hollywood Writer: Here's Why This Strike Matters

It's tech companies versus organized labor in the 'fight of our generation'

(Newser) - Hollywood writers are on strike because of the difference between broadcast TV and streaming—and because of the wider clash between workers and tech companies, striking writer Rafael Agustin explains at Mother Jones . Agustin writes that while people might feel a dispute between supposedly "rich" Hollywood writers on one...

Directors Ratify Contract That Writers, Actors Won't Follow

Other unions say the deal won't serve as a blueprint for them

(Newser) - The Directors Guild of America announced that 87% of its members voting approved the three-year contract negotiated with the major Hollywood studios. Such deals have served as blueprints for other unions' contracts in the past, but leaders of the Writers Guild and the actors guild have said they won't...

Hollywood Writers Vow to Win as Strike Reaches 50 Days

'We are going to win because they need us'

(Newser) - Fifty days into a strike with no end in sight, about 1,000 Hollywood writers and their supporters marched and rallied in Los Angeles for a new contract with studios that includes payment guarantees and job security. Speakers at the Writers Guild of America's WGA Strong March and Rally...

Max Irks Writers and Directors 24 Hours In

Streaming service promises to change its 'creators' credits

(Newser) - Warner Bros. Discovery's streaming service Max may only be hours into its rollout, but it quickly came under fire from top Hollywood guilds for the way it credits writers and directors—including Martin Scorsese. Early Wednesday, some started noticing a change to the credits on films. Instead of individually...

Amid Strike, It Was a Strange MTV Awards

Pre-taped event looked a little different with no host, a lot of recycled live clips

(Newser) - A host-less, pre-taped and muted MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday became the first big awards show to air during the screenwriters' strike, offering a commercial-heavy broadcast featuring lots of past recycled live clips, the AP reports. Scream VI won the trophy for best movie, holding back competition from...

The First Hollywood Writers' Strike in 15 Years Is Here

Late-night shows expected to immediately go dark

(Newser) - Television and movie writers declared late Monday that they will launch an industrywide strike for the first time in 15 years , as Hollywood girded for a walkout with potentially widespread ramifications in a fight over fair pay in the streaming era. The Writers Guild of America said that its 11,...

In One Week, Late Night Could Take a Hard Hit

Looming Hollywood writers strike will affect talk shows, 'SNL' first if deal isn't reached by May 1

(Newser) - May 1 is the deadline for Hollywood writers, represented by the Writers Guild of America, to reach a contract agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and if no such deal is struck, the late-night TV arena will be the first to say goodbye to new episodes,...

Unions to Hollywood Writers: Fire Your Agents

It's a new strike, this time against talent agencies

(Newser) - Welcome to Hollywood chaos. The Writers Guild of America notified its 15,000 members Friday to fire their agents after talks crumbled between the two sides, Variety reports. "We know that, together, we are about to enter uncharted waters," say WGA leaders. "...But it has become clear...

Last-Minute Deal Averts Hollywood Writers' Strike

WGA still needs to ratify deal with producers

(Newser) - A tentative deal was reached between screenwriters and producers Tuesday, averting a strike that could have crippled TV and film production and inflicted harm on the wider California economy. The three-year agreement, which requires ratification by members of the Writers Guild of America, was confirmed by the guild and producers'...

Hollywood Writers Could Be On Strike By Tuesday

Deadline for deal is Monday midnight

(Newser) - Almost a decade after Hollywood writers went on strike for 100 days, another walkout could be on the cards if negotiations this weekend fail. The Writers Guild of America's contract with producers expires at midnight Monday, meaning TV and movie writers could be on strike by Tuesday. A strike...

Writers Pick Funniest Screenplay Ever

'Annie Hall' gets the honors

(Newser) - The Writers Guild of America thinks Woody Allen penned the funniest movie of all time. In a newly released list of the 101 funniest screenplays, Allen's Annie Hall tops the list, reports the Hollywood Reporter . Allen himself starred in the 1977 film with Diane Keaton. Most of the top...

101 Best-Written TV Series Ever
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101 Best-Written TV Series Ever

Writers Guild of America releases list

(Newser) - Still reeling from last night's episode of Game of Thrones ? Need to take a break and watch a different, but also well-written, TV show? Then the Writers Guild of America's list of the 101 best-written television series arrives just in the nick of time. Here's the...

Social Network, Inception Win at WGAs

Nolan, Sorkin take home top screenwriting honors

(Newser) - The sci-fi smash Inception and Facebook drama The Social Network took top screenplay honors last night at the Writers Guild Awards. Inception writer Christopher Nolan won for best original screenplay and The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin won for best adapted screenplay. The Social Network, was the heavy favorite Sorkin...

Freelance Jokesters Pen Late-Night Laughs

WGA miffed by non-union writers

(Newser) - Late-night hosts don’t get all their gags in-house—scores of wannabe comedy writers bombard the likes of Jay and Dave with their one-liners, the Los Angeles Times reports, then anxiously wait for the show to air "to find out if you got a joke on or not,”...

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