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Guild: Time Inc. content chief’s spin on rating system for SI.com writers not surprising

Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine said on Wednesday that Sports Illustrated rating its online journalists on how beneficial they are to advertisers “is not a big deal” – a controversy, he said, that was hyped by the Newspaper Guild. The Guild’s response: It’s not surprising that Time Inc. would try to spin its … Read More

Time Inc. Evaluates Writers on How "Beneficial" They Are to the "Advertiser Relationship"

Hamilton Nolan at Gawker writes: Here you see an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that was used to rank and evaluate "writer-editors" at SI.com. (Time Inc. provided this document to the Newspaper Guild, which represents some of their employees,...Show More Summary

Gawker Shares Egregious Time Inc. Spreadsheet

Wow. Via the Newspaper Guild, Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan has obtained an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that was used to help decide which Sports Illustrated writers to lay off. It is column “J” that is already reverberating across social media. Show More Summary

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams by Michael Winship Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are [...]

‘Dark Knight’ Scribe David S. Goyer Quits WGA Board

Citing "personal reasons," David S. Goyer has resigned his seat on the WGA West board of directors. The Batman v Superman and Dark Knight writer's resignation affects the guild's ongoing board election by making one more seat available to the 18 candidates seeking election. Show More Summary

Write about beer; win prizes

- North American Guild of Beer Writers Awards The deadline to enter is Aug. 25, and the whole process happens on line – right here. “The NAGBW Awards honor the best beer and brewing industry coverage in eight categories. Journalism, feature writing, freelance authors, blogs and broadcast, published in print or online, are eligible.” For […]

The Authors’ Wish List Goes In: How Will The Guild Council Respond?

3 weeks agoOdd : Thought Catalog

With a concise list of interests provided by leading US independent authors on the table, the Authors Guild now can review its move to welcome self-publishing colleagues -- in light of those writers' key concerns.

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

3 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 ...

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