Writers Strike News Roundup: Friday, Jan. 11
Writers Guild Cancels Awards Show
The Writers Guild of America West has shelved its Feb. 9 show unless the strike is over by then, Daily Variety reports.
The writers still announced documentary and screenplay nominees earlier this week, and still plan to announcing winners on Feb. 9, the newspaper says.
The Writers Guild of America East is still mulling over canceling its show, the newspaper reports.
Clooney Proposes Mediation Panel
A-lister George Clooney has volunteered to create a mediation panel between the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and the Writers Guild of America, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports.
The blog says Mr. Clooney would look to bring together Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, “ER” executive producer John Wells and other producer head honchos.
Mr. Clooney said the goal of the panel would be to urge both sides to live with the demands the other was asking for, the blog reports.
Producers Taking Questionable Tactics Against Striking Writers?
A list of several underhanded tactics from studio brass and pro-Writers Guild of America staff is being compiled at Deadline Hollywood Daily.
The blog lists several questionable tactics, including ABC’s rescinding an offer to pay for Screen Actors Guild award tickets for its television executive producers, NBC’s bullying “30 Rock’s” Tracy Morgan and “The Apprentice’s” Donald Trump not to appear on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and AMPTP staff posting anti-WGA rants on pro-WGA web sites in order to drag down readership.
Foreign Press Members Question ‘Access,’ Access
Some Hollywood Foreign Press Association members are concerned that the Golden Globes press conference has now turned into an “Access Hollywood” PR stunt, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“Access” hosts Billy Bush and Nancy O’Dell were brought in as Globes hosts after the telecast cancellation, reportedly causing consternation from the HFPA, the newspaper says.
Some HFPA leaders and other NBC entertainment reporters will be involved, but NBC is still holding news exclusivity, raising questions as to how much of a press conference this event will be, the Times says.