Writers Strike News Roundup: Tuesday, Jan. 8
Directors, Producers Still Without Start Date for Talks
The Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers are still without a start date for contract talks, Daily Variety reports.
The two sides have met informally, but sources said the two are still far apart on key issues, which is preventing the announcement of a start date, Daily Variety says.
Big Losses Due to Canceled Globes
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. said the cancellation of the Golden Globe Awards show will cost the L.A. economy more than $80 million, Daily Variety reports.
Not included in that is the publicity for the movies themselves, along with the lost money on canceled after-parties and dismissed staff, the newspaper reports.
Ad rates are an immediate concern for NBC, which usually makes between $15 million and $20 million in ad revenue from the telecast.
Colbert, Stewart Talk About Writers in Return
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert returned to their respective shows Monday, sans writers, making different points on the ongoing writers strike, the Hollywood Reporter says.
Mr. Stewart was more straightforward, lashing out against the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. Mr. Colbert took a more satirical approach, staying in character and railing against the idea of unions, the newspaper reports.
Stewart Pursued Side Deal With WGA
Jon Stewart, prior to his taping of Monday’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” said he and Comedy Central had asked the Writers Guild of America for a side deal, similar to David Letterman’s. However, the writers turned them down, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports.
Mr. Stewart’s show is owned by Viacom, while Mr. Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, owns both his show, “The Late Show,” and “The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson.”