Writers Strike News Roundup: Fri., Nov. 30
Conan Covers Staff Salaries
Conan O’Brien is offering to pay 80 non-writing staff members of his show “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” for the foreseeable future, Daily Variety says.
Mr. O’Brien joins David Letterman in opting to pay staff through the work stoppage, but Mr. O’Brien is paying the non-writing staff out of pocket while even his own salary is currently suspended due to the strike, the newspaper reports.
Talent Agency Holiday Parties on Hiatus During Strike
Several talent agencies, including ICM and UTA, have decided to cancel their holiday party plans, although most studios are a go with their December shindigs, the Hollywood Reporter says.
Fox Entertainment Group, NBC, Disney and CBS are going ahead with plans to party, even if in a scaled-back manner, the newspaper reports.
Some studios, including ABC and MGM, have opted to cancel their functions. ABC said the cancellation was over a scheduling conflict as opposed to strike-related reasons, HR says.
‘Tonight Show’ Non-Writing Staffers to Get Cut Today
After receiving a stay of execution two weeks ago, “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno's” non-writing staff will be laid off today, Broadcasting & Cable reports.
Writers, Producers Sought Lockhart
Both the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers looked to hire Clinton-era White House press secretary Joe Lockhart, Deadline Daily Hollywood reports.
Mr. Lockhart was at the White House pressroom podium during most of President Clinton’s impeachment proceedings. After being approached simultaneously by both sides, Mr. Lockhart decided it was a lose-lose situation and turned down the offers, the blog says.