Globes Announcement Shaping Up
“The 65th Annual Golden Globes Awards Announcement,” the official title for the Golden Globes since its reworking due to the writers strike, is settling on its plans, Daily Variety reports.
“Access Hollywood” co-hosts Nancy O’Dell and Billy Bush have been tapped to present the telecast.
Screen Actors Guild, Spirit Awards Might Win Viewers With Star Power
Both the Screen Actors Guild and the Film Independent Spirit Awards have been granted Writers Guild of America waivers, allowing actors and writers to show up at these events. That star power could boost these shows tremendously in both viewership and ad revenue, the Hollywood Reporter says.
CBS’ pre-taped Viewers Choice Awards has set a grim tone for star-less award shows, posting a record low 1.6 rating/4 share, the newspaper said.
That could set the tone for the Golden Globe press conference on Sunday, the newspaper reports.
Agents Affected By Strike
Talent agency ICM has invoked force majeure clauses in as many as five agents’ contracts and has made pay cuts to agents and execs making six-figure salaries due to the writers strike, Daily Variety reports.
The agents hit by force majeure are still under contract with ICM, but the company has no obligation to pay them. Health benefits are still in place and the agents are receiving some strike payment for the time being, the newspaper says.
A few other agencies have made similar moves in the past weeks. Nearly all agencies have taken some steps in financial belt-tightening, bracing for the impact of a prolonged strike, the newspaper reports.
Picketer, Driver Fight at Fox Lot
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” co-creator Rene Balcer was involved in a physical altercation with a Fox employee while picketing at the Fox Studios lot in Century City, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports.
According to reports, Mr. Balcer was nudged by the Fox employee’s SUV while crossing the street in front of the Fox gate, the blog reports.
The driver exited the vehicle, took a swing at Mr. Balcer and then shoved Mr. Balcer to the ground. Other writers began shouting for Fox security. According to writer reports, Fox guards did not react, the blog reports.
It is unknown if Mr. Balcer will press charges, DHD says.