WGA Strike Roundup: Tuesday, Jan. 22
Soaps Running Out Of WGA-Penned Scripts
Soap operas are close to exhausting their reserve of Writers Guild of America scripts, and producers are resorting to non-WGA staffers to keep the scripts coming, the Hollywood Reporter says.
The number of scripts still in reserve differs from show to show, but a writer for “As the World Turns” said its WGA scripts will run out this week, the newspaper reports.
Screen Actors Guild support of the soaps has continued, even though boycotts of other shows have occurred. But if the shows switch to non-WGA scripts, that support could change, the Reporter reports.
Limato Cancels Own Oscar Party
William Morris agent Ed Limato, who has been hosting a star-studded pre-Oscars party for the past 20 years, has decided to take this year off due to the writers strike, Daily Variety reports.
Mr. Limato said he just didn’t feel like celebrating this year due to the strike, the newspaper says.
Other Oscar parties are up in the air thanks to the strike, the newspaper reports.
Actors Not Swayed Easily by Directors’ Deal
Doug Allen, the Screen Actors Guild’s chief negotiator, downplayed any panacea claims surrounding the Directors Guild of America contract that was signed earlier this month with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Mr. Allen said any rush to call this contract a fix-it for the industry was premature, the newspaper says.
Critics of the DGA’s contract say the promotional window for studios to use material is too large, the Times reports.