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Submissions Are Now Open For The 2017 Writers Guild Awards

An awards show with a category dedicated entirely to new media recently set the date for its next ceremony. Submissions are now open for the 2017 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards, which will be presented on February 19, 2017. The WGA Awards honor exemplary scripts across film, TV, new media, video games, and several other media. Show More Summary

'Nantucket Grand,' A Conversation with Steven Axelrod

Photo: Steven Axelrod Steven Axelrod lives on the island of Nantucket where he writes mystery novels and paints houses. He holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a member of the Writer's Guild of America. Nantucket Grand is the third mystery featuring Nantucket's poetry-writing Police Chief, Henry Kennis. Show More Summary

Techdirt on the MPAA v. the Writers Guild of America West on set-top boxes

2 months agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Mike Masnick has the story, and I'm just going to quote him (and WGAW): Meanwhile, in what might seem like a surprising source, another group calling bullshit on the MPAA is the local Hollywood writer's guild, the Writers Guild of America, West. Show More Summary

Hollywood Writers: Set-top Box Piracy Fears Are Overblown

Copyright holders and cable companies are fiercely against FCC's plan to open up the set-top box market. They fear that this will facilitate piracy and degrade security. As a notable exception, the Writers Guild of America West contradicts...Show More Summary

WGAW Releases 2016 Update on Inclusion Among TV Writers

The Writers Guild of America, West released its 2016 Hollywood Writers Report, revealing the state of gender, race, and age inclusion in writers’ rooms across the industry. Based on the WGAW’s 8,704 member reports, the HWR showed a 2...Show More Summary

WritersGuild Study Confirms Little to No Progress For Female and Minority Writers - And imagine what it's like for female minority writers!

4 months agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

For all the talk about diversity in Hollywood, it's clear we have a long way to go. The Writers Guild of America recently released a study they did examining data from 2009-2014. This data basically highlights the fact that not only have things not improved over time, but in some instances, the situation has gotten worse.

WGA West report finds that progress for female and minority writers remains slow 'at best'

Amid an ongoing debate about diversity in Hollywood, a new report from the Writers Guild of America, West has found that female and minority writers are still underrepresented in Hollywood.  The report, titled "Renaissance in Reverse" and authored by Dr. Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche...

Surprise, Surprise: Progress Is Slow for Women and Minority Writers in TV and Film

On Thursday the Writers Guild of America, West released Renaissance in Reverse?, their 2016 Hollywood Writers Report, which analyzes diversity in writing for TV and film, looking at the progress women, minority, and older writers have made compared to younger white males. (Don't be deceived by Judd Apatow's fake writers... More »

Parallels Between "Network" and Trump's Run for the White House

If you haven't seen the movie "Network," you should immediately buy it or rent it--not just because it won four Academy Awards nor because the Writers Guild of America voted it one of the 10 best screenplays of all time. You need to see it because it will help you to understand what is going on in America 40 years after Paddy Chayefsky saw it coming. Show More Summary

Joey Bada$$ Cast in New Season of ‘Mr. Robot’

Having already earned two best drama series wins from the Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards, as well as a best new series honor from the Writers Guild of America, USA’s Mr. Robot is definitely a show that you should be checking for despite not existing on a network that evokes more trust amongst viewers like […]

First Union Contract At Digital Media Company Gawker May Set Standard For Online Venues

Last fall, employees of the Gawker digital media outlet voted to join with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) for collective bargaining of new economic standards and working conditions. Several months later, in a move that may set new standards across digital media companies, Gawker's 99-member bargaining unit unanimously agreed to new terms with steady economic gains.

Gawker Media Ratifies Union Contract

5 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

The editorial staff of Gawker Media, which voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America East last summer, has approved its first union contract. The vote was 88-2. Read more...

WGA Awards Boost Oscar Contenders, Spoof SAG Awards

The Writers Guild of America handed out its 2016 awards over the weekend, firming up some of the front-runners for the Academy Awards while keeping things light and mocking other awards that may take themselves too seriously. TVWeek Open Mic...

Highlights from the 2016 Writers Guild Awards

5 months agoHumor : The Comic's Comic

The Writers Guild of America held simultaneous award ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles on Saturday night, with Patton Oswalt hosting the Hollywood crowd, and Michael Ian Black presiding over the Gotham nods. If you want to know how L.A. and NYC are different in show business, just check out how they open […]

Newswire: The Writers Guild thought Spotlight and Mad Men had the best writing of the year

The Writers Guild of America’s annual awards ceremony is an interesting beast. Unlike the other guilds and their awards, it’s difficult to impress the WGA with a dramatic performance or a clever camera angle because the organization is only concerned with quality writing. Show More Summary

Courteney Cox & Matt LeBlanc Have Mini Friends Reunion at WGA Awards 2016

Could this be any cuter? Friends stars Courtney Cox, 51, and Matt LeBlanc, 48, reunited at the 2016 WGA Awards Saturday. They presented the Writers Guild of America's...

The Writers Guild of America Loves Mad Men and Mr. Robot, But Isn't About to Give You Clarity on the Oscars Race

The WGA Awards are the last major guild award before the Oscars (those are coming soon!), but don't look to them for much clarity on the film side this year. Twin frontrunners Spotlight and The Big Short split the Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplay categories at the ceremony last night, meaning very... More »

'Spotlight' & Adam McKay's 'The Big Short' Win 2016 Writers Guild Awards

With just a few weeks left until the 88th Academy Awards, the Writers Guild of America has announced the winners of the 2016 WGA Awards. Last year, the big WGA winners were The Imitation Game, written by Graham Moore, and Grand Budapest...Show More Summary

'Spotlight' and 'The Big Short' take top honors at the 2016 Writers Guild Awards

5 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

One of the final bellwethers before the Academy Awards, the Writers Guild of America Awards honored Tom McCarthy's newsroom drama "Spotlight," which chronicles the Boston Globe's investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests, and Adam McKay's financial-crisis dramedy "The...

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