Industry Updates

Oscar nominations!

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118014578.html?categoryId=3284&cs=1&nid=2854 My personal picks (in the main categories)… BEST PICTURE:  “Up” (although they’ll never give it to an animated film, so if I have to pick a live-action film: “Inglorious Basterds” ACTOR:  Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) ACTRESS:  Gabourney Sidibe (“Precious”) SUPPORTING ACTOR:  Christopher Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”) SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Monique (“Precious”) DIRECTOR:  I’m torn...

Writers Win Age Discimination Suit

As you know, we’ve spent a fair amount of time here talking about age discrimination against screenwriters in Hollywood.  Well, last week, screenwriters won a 10-year-old, $70-million suit against 17 networks and studios and 7 literary agencies… go, writers! Here’s a link to the L.A. Times‘ coverage, as well as links to some of...

Matt's Question: What's Your Take on Leno/Conan?

Hey, guys—   Thanks for all the comments and emails, which I’ve been wading through and will get to shortly!  Jon H. and Jennifer… your questions are on deck, but I wanted to be get to Matt’s post about the Leno/Conan situation while it’s still in the zeitgeist…   I won’t re-post Matt’s entire...

Sundance lineup announced

Hey, folks– Sundance announced the lineup for next year’s festival… click HERE, or on the link below, to see the press release with all the film info…http://festival.sundance.org/2010/press_industry/releases/2010_sundance_film_festival_announces_films_in_premieres/ You might also like:No Related Posts

Diversity in Writers Rooms? Think Again…

Interesting, but sad, article in this morning’s Variety… detailing the WGA’s 2009 Hollywood Writers Report about diversity amongst writers.  And it turns out… there isn’t much. “White males continue to dominate in both the film and television sectors,” says Darnell Hunt, the UCLA professor who wrote the study. “Although women and minorities closed the...

The State of Hollywood… from a Mogul

Hey, folks– check out Nikki Finke‘s post of former Fox Films CEO Bill Mechanic‘s (Coraline, The New World) keynote speech at yesterday’s Independent Film & Television Production Conference.  Great insight into the state of movies today… Click HERE to read the speech… You might also like:No Related Posts

Why Leno Will Fail… Maybe?

Jay Leno‘s new not-the-Tonight-Show-version-of-the-Tonight-Show hits the airwaves Monday, and Hollywood is anxious to see how this will play out for NBC.  It’s been a huge controversy in the world of television… with some people applauding NBC for finding inexpensive, ratings-proof (possibly) programming, other vilifying them for axing 5 hours of scripted programming, and others...

WGA/Bullying Update – I get put in my place (thankfully)

Thanks to “WGA Writer,” who posted the following response in the comment section of yesterday’s post… “So it was okay for him to cross a picket line and take a WGA writer’s job (Daytime is a WGA covered area) while they were on strike? That’s called being a scab and it will bar you...

Is the WGA Bullying Non-Members?

Hey, folks– At long last, I am finally back to civilization, after 8 days of no Internet access or cell service, which was– strangely– AWESOME! So first of all– thank you to everyone who has emailed over the last week… I promise I’ll get to your messages, questions, and posts asap.  In the mean...

SAD NEWS: Blake Snyder Passes On

Hey, everyone– If you haven’t heard, I wanted to let you all know some very sad news… one of film’s most amazing teachers and writers, Blake Snyder, passed away yesterday.  He died in his home of cardiac arrest.  Blake is best known as the author of the incredible Save the Cat books, which helped...

The Future of Television?

Hey, folks– Wanted to point out this awesome article from Chuck Ross in today’s TVWeek.  Reporting from the TCA Press Tour here in L.A., Chuck was at a seminar with Dave Poltrack, Chief Research Officer at CBS, who has broken down a myriad of numbers and statistics on TV-facts, trends, etc… and has an...

Writers Protest the Emmys

Interesting little news story… as many of you know, Don Mischer, the producer of this year’s Emmy telecast, has revamped the show to make it shorter and more entertaining… and to do that, he’s slashed some of the awards in the directing, writing, and acting categories.  (They’re not actually eliminating the awards, just not...

More Good News for Writers…

Hey, all– Got an email from the WGA this morning– and Variety and Nikki Finke have now picked up the story– but CBS‘s Internet writers have voted unanimously to join the Writers Guild, meaning people writing CBS’s online sports, news, and promotional content will now be covered by the union!  This is a huge...

The Future of TV: CBS vs. NBC

Hey, all– Just wanted to point out a great article from Brian Steinberg in this morning’s Ad Age… he does a nice job of pointing out how NBC (which is seemingly in a deadly tailspin) and CBS are both programming their air in vastly different ways– and how their two strategies reflect the seismic...

Are Emmy's Writing Awards Inaccurate?

Hey, guys– just wanted to let you all know about a piece I have in today’s issue of Variety about the Emmy‘s “Outstanding Writing” category… and whether or not it’s fair and accurate.  Take a look… and lemme know if you think the Emmys’ process is fair, accurate, or dead-on! Click HERE to read…...

Back to the Futurama

Hey, guys– If you’re a fan of Matt Groening and David Cohen‘s Futurama, which was canceled by FOX six years ago, check out this Hollywood Reporter article, hot off the press… Comedy Central has picked up the series, and new episodes will begin debuting next year! You might also like:No Related Posts

Hung Up on the Hangover!

Hey, guys– Thanks to Brian, who pointed out this great article on Nikki Finke‘s Deadline Hollywood Daily about how The Hangover came to be written… it’s a pretty fun story– check it out! You might also like:No Related Posts

A Letter from WGA President Patric Verone…

Hey, folks– Hot off the press, here’s a letter from WGA president Patric Verone… thought you might find it interesting… May 29, 2009              To My Fellow Members, It’s been a while since I’ve reported to you about the progress of Writers Guild organizing efforts and the many successes we’ve had...

CW 2009-2010 Schedule

Hey, guys– Here’s the new schedule from the CW, and the final broadcast upfront of the year… CW 2009-2010 schedule You might also like:No Related Posts

ABC & NBC New 2009-2010 Schedules… with clips!

Hey, folks– Here’s the latest from the upfronts, ABC and NBC‘s schedules… ABC 2009-2010 Schedule NBC 2009-2010 Schedule Also, for your viewing pleasure, some clips from the upcoming shows… FOX’s Human Target, Past Life, Brothers, Cleveland, and Sons of Tucson ABC’s Cougar Town, starring Courtney Cox ABC’s remake of V You might also like:No...

FOX's New Primetime Schedule

Hey, all– It’s upfront week in New York, where all the broadcast networks are revealing their 2009-2010 schedules.  FOX went first, announcing this morning… Click HERE for the full Variety article with all the scoop on new shows and scheduling! You might also like:No Related Posts

Great NBC/Ben Silverman piece- NY Magazine

Hey, all– Just had to post this morning’s awesomely hilarious piece from NY Magazine.  If you love following the slapstick programming antics of NBC‘s Ben Silverman as much as I do, you’ll love this.  It uses some great graphs and pie charts to show you just how well– er, NOT well– NBC is performing...

Wanna Write a Comic Book Movie?

Huge thanks to Brenda for pointing out this piece from today’s Variety, which reports that Marvel— the comic book/production company behind Spiderman, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, etc.– is putting together a group of writers, a la the Disney Fellowship Program, dedicated solely to adapting Marvel comic books into movies! Very cool! Click...