Writers Strike News Roundup: Friday, Dec. 21
Producers, Writers Get Last Jabs in Before Christmas
The Writers Guild of America took to the Los Angeles city council Wednesday to discuss public support for their strike. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers fired back, touting a recent survey that said 74% of Americans haven’t changed their viewing habits, Daily Variety reports. The Guild has also made a few pre-Christmas moves, including granting a waiver to the Spirit Awards, the newspaper reports.
Globes in Disarray Over Strike
The Golden Globes have lowered into uncertainty after the Writers Guild of America turned down the organization’s request for a writer waiver that would have let scribes write for the awards show, Daily Variety reports. Usually around this time, venues are booked and all of the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of decorations are purchased for the event. But questions about whether the Globes are even going to happen have turned those plans upside down, the newspaper reports. Actors are hesitant to cross a writer picket line, and post-party planners are trying to read the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, making sure to not prematurely cancel events, the newspaper says.
Writers Rail Against Colbert, Stewart Return
The Writers Guild of America issued a statement about Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart’s return to their respective shows on Jan. 7, saying that the returning programs won’t have the same quality as previous shows, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports.