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

yesterdayIndustries / 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

WGA Wants Bigger Slice of Hollywood Majors’ “$49 Billion” Profits

The Writers Guild wants a bigger share of the $49 billion in operating profits that it says Hollywood's six major media conglomerates made last year. Those profits, which guild leaders say are double what they were only 10 years ago,...Show More Summary

TV Producers Address “Bury Your Gays” Trope, The Lexa Pledge at Writers Guild Panel

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

There's been an uncomfortable trend of TV deaths lately, most of them dominated by female characters. Out of those women on-screen, there have been an unfortunate number of lesbian and bisexual characters who have met their end. While...Show More Summary

WGA Panel Sees More Viewer And Network Acceptance of LGBT Themes

There's never been more LGBT characters on network television, and according to a panel discussion tonight at the Writers Guild, there's never been a better time to write about LGBT characters. The old stereotypes are out, and the new openness is in. Show More Summary

Scriptnotes, Ep 247: The One with Lawrence Kasdan — Transcript

4 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. So, today’s episode was recorded live on April 16, 2016. This was an all-day event for the Writers Guild Foundation, and The Academy, Craft Day 2016. Craig and I got to sit down with screenwriting legend Lawrence Kasdan and […]

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google's online library

Refusal to hear appeal is a "colossal loss" for writers, Authors Guild says of the more than decade of legal sparring

Ewan McGregor Confirms 'Trainspotting' Sequel Filming Begins In May!

Ewan McGregor hits the red carpet with his co-stars Don Cheadle and Emayatzy Corinealdi while attending the premiere of their film Miles Ahead held at the Writers Guild Theater on Tuesday (March 29) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The three stars were joined at the event by Regina King, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Ealy, Aloe Blacc, Dr. [...]

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!

2 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

3 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...

Former ‘General Hospital’ Writer, Ron Carlivati, Calls Anthony Geary A Liar In WGA Acceptance Speech — ‘The Writer’ Is A Badge Of Honor

Former General Hospital head scribe, Ron Carlivati, crossed the line when he attacked fan favorite Anthony Geary at the Writers Guild Award ceremony on Saturday. Soap Opera Network reported that General Hospital won, beating out the favored to win, Bold and the Beautiful. Show More Summary

Politics and Drama Collide at the Writers Guild Awards

3 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

As if to underscore how deeply politics has saturated the world of drama, this weekend’s 2016 Writers Guild Awards was well-populated by writers and actors from the fictional political worlds of shows like House of Cards, Scandal, Veep and The Good Wife, as well as the fictionalized worlds of real politics in efforts like HBO’s Show Me a Hero, which...

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...

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