Writers Strike News Roundup: Tues. Nov. 20
Fox Actors Receive Suspension Notices
20th Century Fox Television actors joined Universal Studios and Sony Pictures Television actors, receiving suspension letters as shows go dark due to the writers strike, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The letters instructed actors that the they must return to their shows once the strike is over, and those shows are still first priority.
‘Lost’ Webisodes Could Form WGA Deal Template
Two to three minutes Internet episodes of a backstory for ABC’s “Lost,” called “Lost: Missing Pieces,” is compensating its writer very similarly to what WGA picketers are asking for, the New York Times reports. Those involved with the production will receive residuals just like broadcast airings of the show. ABC Studios says that the contract for “Lost: Missing Pieces” does not set a precedent for any future deals.
Some Optimistic About Writer-Producer Talks
Industry insiders are saying the upcoming talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers occurring next week are more geared toward making headway than a PR move, Daily Variety reports. The two sides are enacting a media blackout in order to focus more on negotiations and today’s WGA demonstrations are the last until after the Thanksgiving weekend, Variety says.
Picket Lines Respond to Negotiating News
The mood of Monday’s WGA picket lines was good after it was announced last week that writers and producers would head back to the bargaining table next week, the Hollywood Reporter says. Monday’s lines were diverse as disabled actors and writers joined the lines at the Warner Bros. lot in a show of support. Television production assistants turned out to picket at the Fox lot, the Reporter says.
Writer-Producer Brought Before WGA Compliance Panel
A writer-producer, who is unnamed due to legal reasons, has been accused of violating WGA strike rules on a TV series and two other projects. The pesonperson faced the WGA’s Strike Rules Compliance Committee on Monday, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports.
Sources tell the blog that the writer-producer denies the allegations, but the WGA claims it has proof of the person’s strike breaking, the blog reports.
Kimmel Says Comments Taken Out of Context
The American Music Awards host Jimmy Kimmel told the show’s audience he didn’t need writers to do the show, but says his remarks were tongue-in-cheek and not intended to be taken at face value, Deadline Hollywood Daily says. The comments were made during the show after Kimmel tried a haphazard dance in order to entertain the crowd.