Writers Strike News Roundup: Wednesday, Jan. 9
Layoffs Abound Due to Strike
Several studios and entertainment agencies, including Warner Bros., Walden Media and the Innovative Agency, announced layoffs or impending staff cuts due to the writers strike, Daily Variety reports.
Warner Bros. told 1,000 employees Tuesday to expect an unspecified number of layoffs later this month, while Walden Media closed a majority of its operations, the newspaper reports.
ABC’s “October Road” is the only scripted drama still in production in Los Angeles, the publication says.
Oscar Questions Loom in Face of Globes Cancellation
With the cancellation of the Golden Globes telecast, eyes turn to the Academy Awards telecast, scheduled for Feb. 24, and how it will occur if the writers strike is still on then, Daily Variety reports.
ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences are proceeding toward the telecast as usual, with some contingency plans in their back pockets just in case, the newspaper reports.
The Academy has not approached the guild for a waiver yet, but both ABC and Academy execs believe the telecast won’t be delayed or canceled, the newspaper says.
U.K. Braces for Impact of Canceled Globes
Sky One has scuttled plans to show the Golden Globes after Monday’s announcement of the cancellation of the Globes, the Hollywood Reporter says.
Sky was planning to show the Globes for the first time live this Sunday, along with several red-carpet specials. The cancellation of the Globes has raised concerns that the Orange British Academy of Film & Television Arts Awards could see a similar fate, the newspaper reports.
‘Dirt’ Scheduled on FX With Strike-Shortened Schedule
FX’s “Dirt” is scheduled to begin its second season March 2, even in its abbreviated format, Broadcasting & Cable reports.
The strike allowed “Dirt” to finish shooting only seven of its 13 episodes, but FX is going to run the shortened season. New seasons of “30 Days” and “The Shield” have been completed, but have not been scheduled yet, B&C says.