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WGA Writes Up Timeline For 68th Annual Writers Guild Awards

It’s time to mark your calendars for the 2016 Writers Guild Awards. The WGA has released the timeline, deadlines and eligibility periods for its 68th annual. The dual trophy shows will be held February 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century...Show More Summary

Jesse Eisenberg Compares Comic-Con to Genocide

Jesse Eisenberg and Mamie Gummer hit the premiere of The End of the Tour held at the Writers Guild Theater on Monday (July 13) in Beverly Hills, Calif. Joining the pair at the event were actors Mickey Sumner, Jason Segel, and director James Ponsoldt. Jesse recently made some comments about 2015 Comic-Con that many people [...]

AFL-CIO chief asks Salon to voluntarily recognize workers’ union

2 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

America’s top labor leader is asking Salon to voluntarily recognize the Writers Guild of America, East as bargaining agent for its editorial workers. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote Salon Media Group CEO Cindy Jeffers on Thursday,...Show More Summary

Union drive gains momentum in online media

Salon.com staff have voted to join the Writers Guild of America, the second digital media outlet to organize in recent weeks

Salon’s Editorial Staff Plans to Unionize

The move comes a month after workers at Gawker Media voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East.

Writers, editors at Salon move to unionize

3 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Following editorial workers at Gawker Media, editorial staff at Salon is moving to unionize and bargain a first contract with their employer. They’ve signed on with the Writers Guild of America, East, the same union that recently won...Show More Summary

Salon Editorial Employees Announce Plans To Unionize

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Just weeks after writers and editors at Gawker Media unionized, the editorial employees of Salon Media Group announced that they intend to join the same union, the Writers Guild of America, East. The decision by Salon employees, announced...Show More Summary

The Comedic Gold of The Decline of Western Civilization

"The first time we screened the film was at the Writers Guild in L.A. and this woman stood up and said, ‘How dare you glorify these heathens!’" says Penelope Spheeris following the screening of her newly restored punk rock documentary The Decline of Western Civilization at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Show More Summary

'Doctor Who' Star David Tennant Joins Animated 'Chew' Adaptation

The acclaimed Image comic series Chew, from writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory, is getting its own movie adaptation — well, an animated one, anyway. The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun and The Guild’s Felicia Day have already joined the voice cast for the upcoming film, which just added another familiar geek favorite: former Doctor Who star David Tennant. Continue reading…

Howard Rodman To Face Joan Meyerson In WGA West Presidential Race

The WGA West will have a new president come September. Howard Rodman, the guild's current VP, and veteran TV writer Joan Meyerson have been nominated to succeed President Chris Keyser, who is precluded by guild rules from seeking a third term. Show More Summary

Surprise, Surprise: Union Members Earn More Money

Hat tip to Gawker's Hamilton Nolan (also a new member of the Writers Guild of America, East), for lifting up the latest research that shows union members earn more money than their nonunion counterparts.

Dramatists Guild Protests Treatment Of Writers At Tony Awards

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Ironically it’s the theater that most esteems writers; we are generally recognized as the principal artistic force behind new work, and we even retain ownership and control over the material we create. Yet on the very awards show intended to celebrate our craft, we are effectively negated.”

Tony Awards Telecast Draws Fire From Dramatists Guild

The Dramatists Guild of American complains to CBS that awards for writers are not shown in the Tonys' telecast.

‘Mad Men’ Creator Spills About the Acclaimed Drama Series

With help from the creator of another wildly successful TV show, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner unspooled behind-the-scenes anecdotes about his acclaimed AMC drama series. The occasion was the Writers Guild Foundation’s “Inside the Writers Room with Mad Men,” moderated...

The Real Inside Story on ‘Mad Men’

It was a panacea for all those suffering withdrawal symptoms from the end of the adventures of Don Draper & Co., a packed house at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills for the Writers Guild Foundation’s “Inside the Writers Room...

A Q-and-A with Hamilton Nolan on Gawker Media’s union vote

2 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Organized labor scored a notable win last week as editorial staffers at Gawker Media voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East. Could this be a potentially influential inroad by organized labor into the world of digital...Show More Summary

What can we learn from Mad Men?

Last week I went to an evening called ‘Inside The Writers Room With Mad Men’ at the Writers Guild Foundation in LA, writes Ben Kay. It was a sort of end-of-term writers round up of the remarkably good TV show where they talked about their favourite scenes and answered questions from the audience.

Hugh Bonneville & Elizabeth McGovern Preview Downton Abbey's Last Season at Q&A Event

Hugh Bonneville poses with his on-screen wife Elizabeth McGovern and on-screen daughter Laura Carmichael as they attend An Afternoon With Downton Abbey Talent Panel Q&A Session held at Writers Guild Theater on Saturday (June 6) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The trio was joined by creator Julian Fellowes and Executive Producer Gareth Neame. “It will be [...]

Collective Bargaining in the Digital Workplace

The digital workplace can be organized. The editorial staff at Gawker Media has voted overwhelmingly to join with the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, to bargain collectively with their employer. We will begin contract negotiations...Show More Summary

Gawker’s Idealism Is Exactly What the Labor Movement Needs

One hundred employees of Gawker, the online media site, have voted by a 3-1 margin to unionize. The Writers Guild of America will represent them. Nick Denton, Gawker’s owner, is apparently confused or at least bemused about

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