Hollywood writers' strike

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Actors 'Lock Elbows' in Big Move Against Studios

SAG-AFTRA union members overwhelmingly vote for strike if deal isn't reached by June 30

(Newser) - As writers in Hollywood remain on strike , it now looks like another group may soon join them. Members of the SAG-AFTRA union, which represents 160,000-plus movie and TV actors and other performers, voted Monday evening to authorize a strike if an acceptable new contract isn't reached with studios...

Directors Cut a Deal That Addresses AI, Guns on Sets

Writers Guild, which remains on strike, lacks enthusiasm for the tentative agreement

(Newser) - The Directors Guild has reached a tentative agreement with film and TV studios, a deal that bans live ammunition on sets and limits the use of artificial intelligence in productions—but doesn't thrill everyone in the striking Writers Guild. The three-year tentative agreement with studios and streaming services, announced...

CEO Gets Heckled Through Commencement Speech

David Zaslav of Warner Bros. Discovery is booed over Hollywood writers' strike

(Newser) - When Hollywood exec David Zaslav agreed to give the commencement speech at his alma mater, he surely never thought it would go like this. The CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery was heckled throughout his speech at Boston University Sunday because of the ongoing Hollywood writers' strike , reports Mediaite . At one...

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...

Drew Barrymore Bails on MTV Awards Show, Honoring Strike

She promises network she will return next year

(Newser) - It's one of the first tangible effects of note from the new Hollywood writers' strike : Drew Barrymore said Thursday she will no longer host this weekend's MTV Movie & TV Awards as planned, reports Variety . Sunday night's show will instead go hostless, and it won't feature...

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 Hours, Your TV Watching May Take a Serious Hit
In Hours, Your TV Watching
May Take a Serious Hit
the rundown

In Hours, Your TV Watching May Take a Serious Hit

Hollywood braces for strike by writers at midnight, unless a deal is reached

(Newser) - Hollywood is now hours away from a strike that would affect scores of TV shows and films—as well the people who watch them. And the main sentiment in coverage is that a deal looks unlikely before the midnight deadline. Details:
  • Two sides: On one side is the Writers Guild

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...

Dumbest TV Biz Mistakes
 TV Biz 
decade in review

Dumbest TV Biz Mistakes

From election-night snafus to the WGA strike

(Newser) - It’s been an embarrassing decade for TV networks, as the Hollywood Reporter proves with its list of the aughties’ biggest industry mistakes:
  1. Hollywood writers’ strike: It was unnecessary and “mutually destructive”—and for viewers, “has there ever been a longer 14 weeks?”
  2. ABC’s rejection of

Leno Scabbed on Own Show During Writers Strike: Union

Guild could expel late-night host

(Newser) - The Writers Guild of America claims Jay Leno broke union rules when he hit the air with his own material during the 2007-08 strike, the Los Angeles Times reports. Leno denies wrongdoing. The accusation against the host, who was publicly supportive of striking writers, was kept mum until he appeared...

The Year in (Wiki) Questions
 The Year in (Wiki) Questions

The Year in (Wiki) Questions

Month-by-month, WikiAnswers lists the top questions of 2008

(Newser) - Need a primer on 2008? TechCrunch runs down common questions from each month on WikiAnswers:
  • January: When was the last time snow fell in Baghdad?
  • February: Why did the Hollywood writers go on strike?
  • March: Why did Bear Stearns fail?
  • April: Which races has Danica Patrick won?
  • May: How successful

Why Actors Strike Wouldn't Hurt TV

Most episodes are already filmed

(Newser) - No offense, actors, but TV viewers probably wouldn't notice a Screen Actors Guild strike if it happens. Production schedules will suffer, but not nearly like the disruption last year's writers strike caused, reports the Los Angeles Times. Many scripted series are almost done filming for the season, and more of...

Economic Woes Mean Reprieve for Weak Series

Alternatives to underperforming TV shows may be worse

(Newser) - The financial crisis and the lingering effects of last year’s writers’ strike are breathing life into TV shows that would already have worn out their welcome in years past, reports the Hollywood Reporter. In previous seasons, ratings dogs like NBC's Knight Rider and ABC's Private Practice likely would have...

Hey, Tara, the Strike Is Over
 Hey, Tara,
 the Strike
 Is Over

Hey, Tara, the Strike Is Over

Actress still waiting for writers' strike to end

(Newser) - The Hollywood writers' strike ended in February, but it lives on for Tara Reid, Fox News reports. The American Pie actress last week said she'll "go back into acting once the strike stops." While she waits it out, Reid is focusing on a clothing line inspired by self-help...

Actors' Threats Don't Scare Studios

Hollywood doesn't think union will really head for picket lines

(Newser) - The Screen Actors Guild’s contract has expired, but Hollywood remains strangely sublime, Variety reports. This isn’t like the writers strike, conventional wisdom has it, because actors don’t support a strike the way the writers did. “People who are working don't want to go out,” said...

Studios Brace for Actors' Strike

Production beefed up before contract's expiration

(Newser) - TV and movie studios are scrambling to be as prepared as possible in the event of an actors' strike when the union contract expires Monday, reports the New York Times. Movie studios had long planned to finish projects by the deadline—and TV studios have been rushing productions to finish...

Writers Strike Fallout Lingers Behind the Scenes

Cautious restart means crew members struggle to find work

(Newser) - Even though the writers’ strike ended 2 month ago, TV production crew members are still working less than usual and feeling the financial burn, the LA Times reports. The networks took a cautious approach after the strike, putting many shows on hold until next season and ordering fewer episodes of...

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