Writers Strike News Roundup: Mon., Dec. 3
Optimism For Speedy Strike End Wanes
Industry insiders are skeptical for a quick end of the writers strike, even in the face of renewed contract talks, Daily Variety reports.
Most are looking at March for the soonest end to the strike, as a media blackout that was lifted last week revealed both sides returning to lashing out against one another, the newspaper reports.
Leno Covers Laid-Off Staffers
Jay Leno joins Conan O’Brien and David Letterman in paying salaries of non-working staff members as Mr. Leno as pledged to pay the salaries of nearly 100 staff members of “The Tonight Show” on a week by week basis, Daily Variety reports.
Staff members on “Tonight,” as well as “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” received pink slips from NBC on Friday, due to inactivity from the writers strike, the newspaper says.
Writers To Counter Producers’ Offer
The Writers Guild of America is planning to counter the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ new media proposal laid out on Thursday, the Hollywood Reporter says.
The WGA, who lambasted the AMPTP’s offer as nothing but rollbacks, is entering its 29th day of a strike, the newspaper reports. Talks of a counter-offer did spur optimism among some Hollywood insider, hoping that the two sides are looking to actually start bargaining, HR says.
Winter Critics Press Tour In Jeopardy
The Television Critics Association has until Dec. 13 to decide whether to pull the plug on its winter critics press tour, set for January, the Hollywood Reporter reports.
Numerous networks have flirted with dropping out of the event due to the writers strike, and plans are usually cemented about a month before the event, the newspaper says. Unless the writers strike concludes before Dec. 13, the TCA’s winter event is becoming increasingly unlikely, HR says.
Clinton Receives Pass During Writers Strike
With late-night talk shows out of session, presidential candidates are being given a reprieve from the jabs of Dave’s or Jay’s monologue. And presidential Hillary Clinton is getting the largest reprieve, as a study from the Center of Media and Public Affairs concludes Sen. Clinton was slammed nearly twice as much as her Democratic peers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In a survey of the monologues of “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night,” “Late Show,” “The Daily Show,” and “The Colbert Report” from Jan. 1 to Oct. 10, Sen. Clinton was joked about 186 times versus the 197 times the rest of Democratic field were joked about, the Times reports.