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The Rumpus Interview with Richard Russo

Prize-winning writer and Authors Guild Vice President Richard Russo discusses publishing in the age of ebooks, the continued relevance of the Guild, and the Amazon-Hachette conflict.

WGA issues a 'call to arms' over proposed Fox-Time Warner deal

The Writers Guild of America, West is stepping up its fight over Rupert Murdoch's proposed $80-billion offer to acquire Time Warner Inc.

R.I.P., Writer/Producer/Director John Fasano, 52

Writer/producer/director John Fasano, best known for his work in the horror genre, has died at the age of 52, his attorney Craig Baumgarten confirmed. No cause of death was available. Fasano was nominated for a Writers Guild Award in 1996 for writing the teleplay for The Hunchback for TNT. Show More Summary

Writers Guild of America East opposes Internet fast lanes

The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) has made clear its opposition to any form of Internet fast lane.

Organizing Reality TV Writers

Life for a reality TV writer is pretty tough since they have been classified as independent contractors or overtime-exempt and thus can be exploited heavily. The WritersGuild is trying to step into the void and organize them. Tricky bosses, faked timecards, excruciating hours, dangerous scrapes… It sounds like fodder for a reality TV show, […]

Hollywood Guilds Want Supreme Court to Hear Marvel Characters Dispute

The Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America are rallying behind efforts by the heirs of Jack Kirby to terminate rights to Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and the Avengers. read more

5 Tips from a Seasoned Television Writer

“This post is in partnership with Cadillac“ Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenges producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants...Show More Summary

The Guild’s Felicia Day Wrote Herself the Role of a Lifetime

Felicia Day’s dearly departed Web series The Guild started before anybody was really talking about the medium—it was a year before the world knew that lonelygirl15 was a work of fiction. But Day, the series’ sole writer for all six of...Show More Summary

We’d Tell You If Any WGA Incumbent Board Members Are Seeking Re-Election, But It’s A Secret

It’s election season again at the Writers Guild, and continuing in their secretive ways, WGA West officials are refusing to answer any questions beyond what they put in their press releases. Seventeen candidates – including five incumbents...Show More Summary

Why Marianne Matters

When I think of Marianne Williamson's campaign to represent California's 33rd Congressional District, I'm reminded of a story. A few years ago, the Writers Guild of America held a contest: say what is best about being a writer in only three words. Show More Summary

Authors Guild Hates Change, Attacks the Writers It's Says It Wants to Protect

2 months agoNews : Reason

Former Reason editor Virginia Postrel has a great piece at Bloomberg View about how the Authors Guild (est. 1912) is attacking an upstart group, the Authors Alliance, and teh Internet BECAUSE COPYRIGHT! It's only a little more complicated than that. Show More Summary

VIRGINIA POSTREL: The War Between Authors And Writers. “I am, in other words, a bona fide author, …

VIRGINIA POSTREL: The War Between Authors And Writers. “I am, in other words, a bona fide author, even by the exclusionary standards of the Authors Guild. But the guild has for years actively undermined my interests while claiming in federal court to speak in my name. It channels commercial authors’ understandable anxieties about piracy threats [...]

Living Dot Com Premiere Screening

Last night was the premiere screening of Living Dot Com. The movie features me and other entrepreneurs who have achieved the Dot Com Lifestyle. The screening was held in Beverly Hills at the Writers Guild Theater, and all 497 seats ...

WGA West’s One-Year Collections Haul: $30M In Unpaid Residuals, Owed Payments

The WGA West’s legal and claims department during the past year has collected more than $30 million in unpaid residuals and other payments owed to film and TV writers – more than all the dues paid by the guild’s members last year. The...Show More Summary

Hollywood Teamsters Back Patric Verrone For State Senate

Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 stood behind former WGA West President Patric Verrone when he led the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike, and it’s supporting him again in his run for the California Legislature. Verrone’s latest campaign finance...Show More Summary

Chord Overstreet & Evan Peters Support Ryan Murphy at 'Normal Heart' Premiere!

Chord Overstreet gets scruffy on the red carpet premiere of HBO’s The Normal Heart held at The Writers Guild Theatre on Monday (May 19) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 25-year-old actor was joined by his Glee co-star Jenna Ushkowitz and American Horror Story‘s Evan Peters, all of whom showed up to support director Ryan Murphy. [...]

Matt Bomer Stands Out in Maroon Suit at 'Normal Heart' L.A. Premiere!

Matt Bomer rocks a maroon colored suit while attending the premiere of his latest film The Normal Heart held at Writers Guild Theatre on Monday (May 19) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 36-year-old actor was joined on the red carpet by his co-stars Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of [...]

240 Writers Guild of America members sign pro-Net Neutrality letter to the FCC

3 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

Robbo sez, "The WGA (Writers Guild of America West) has stepped into the fray over the FCC's proposed non-Net Neutrality rules with over 240 members (show runners, creators & writers alike) signing a letter urging FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to protect a free and open internet and not let it become like cable television. Show More Summary

Authors Alliance: new pro-fair use writers' group

3 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

The major US writers' group, the Authors Guild, claims to represent all writers when it sues over library book-scanning and other fair uses; a new group, the Authors Alliance, has been launched by leading copyright expert Pam Samuelson to represent the authors who like fair use, users' rights, and who reject censorship and surveillance. Show More Summary

Barry Levinson Quits WGA Over Sloppy Credit Arbitration On Screen Version Of Philip Roth’s ‘The Humbling’

EXCLUSIVE: Barry Levinson, for 40-years a card carrying member of the Writers Guild of America, has resigned over what he termed “reprehensible” treatment he was given in an arbitration of screen credit for the adaptation of the Philip Roth novel The Humbling. Show More Summary

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