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Posts Tagged ‘AMPTP’

Who’s Nerdier, Uglier, Meaner–WGA or AMPTP?

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Who said this?

Sadly, it feels like the nerdiest, ugliest, meanest kids in the high school are trying to cancel the prom. But NBC wants to try to keep that prom alive.

Ben Silverman, head of NBC said that.

And he said it about the WGA’s refusal to grant a waiver for the booze-fest that is the Golden Globe Awards, resulting in a cancellation, and a loss of overwhelming prestige for his network.

He’s a genius.

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WGA 07 Strike: Last Week of 2007

Nikki Finke ran an open letter to AMPTP from writers who’ve got pilot deals. The tone was a tich whiny, as her commenters pointed out, proving that her blog is read by the real Hollywood crowd, as opposed to the sweet, if clueless, fans.

Ken Levine is on vacation in Hawaii. (You can help little Ken or you can turn the page.)

AMPTP Launches Website/ Or Do They?

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AMPTP or someone calling themselves by those initials, sends this:

LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2007

The Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced today that the reason it exited negotiations with the Writers Guild of America was to finalize the relaunch of its website, www.AMPTP.com.

“This is a bold new era for our website,” said AMPTP president Nick Counter. “These last few weeks, we have negotiated with the WGA during the day and worked with boldness all night on making our website more fun and user-friendly. We have made bold, groundbreaking moves in several areas of web design, including words, pictures, so-called ‘hyperlinks,’ logos, and also words and pictures.”

According to Counter, now that the AMPTP is no longer distracted by trying to make a deal with the WGA, it can redouble its efforts to make its website “a bold source of information and the Internet’s number one database for photos of me.”

The AMPTP is is a collection of kindly gentlemen who create and distribute all of your favorite screen-based entertainment.

WGA 07 Strike Week 5 Name Dropping

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Quick! Call the people who make Glade and tell them you won’t buy their stinky product til the writers win.

United Hollywood has the latest response to the AMPTP proposal.

AMPTP finally hires a PR firm.They’re going to need more than air freshener.

John August, Craig Mazin, Jane Espenson, and Josh Friedman pulled the 8-11 a.m. shift at Warner Bros., gate 2/3.

Ken Levine is picketing at CBS Radford.

Alessandra Stanley notices that talk shows aren’t as timely, in her own tardy fashion.

Rachel Sklar stirs the passions of those who admire Ayn Rand.

WGA 07 Strike Week 4: Carson Daly Caught on Tape!

Carson Daly sneaks into NBC, but Nina Bargiel caught him, the scamp.

And the AMPTP offers a roll-back. Last 3 weeks? Never happened. Bryan Lourd stamps his tiny foot in frustration.

Conan O’Brien will pay the salaries of his non-writing staff members of his show for the immediate future. David Letterman’s doing the same through his production company Worldwide Pants. Staffers at NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, however, will be laid off as of today.

A location on Sunset, just east of Sunset Junction, attracted a picket line yesterday afternoon. Tell us about it, via the Tip Box.

LAT In 90 Seconds

31866358-29180850.jpgWe Weren’t Wasting Time. We Were Doing Research: Need convincing that Deborah Netburn and Patrick Day have the easiest jobs at the paper? Read what they get paid to do.

33593006-15145426.jpgEnd In Sight? After four days of silence, the AMPTP put out a press release announcing it has offered new proposals for digital revenue. The WGA has asked for time to examine the proposals. Both sides agreed to meet again beginning Dec. 4.

34023484-29152723.jpgA Cheat-Sheet For Your Office Pool: Reporter Josh Friedman kicks off a new weekly feature that predicts weekend box office take. No word on how many shots Friedman has to take each time he’s wrong.

WGA 07 Strike Week 2

AMPTP bravely soldiers on, despite heavy fog of uncertainty.

Deadline Hollywood Daily, where Nikki Finke sees a glimmer of hope.


Doris Egan
of House, writes on writing for a living.

James Surowiecki, in the New Yorker, explains the whole thing, sort of:

The paychecks and the profit-and-loss statements may indicate that the writers and the producers should be able to resolve their dispute quickly. But in labor relations the bottom line isn’t always the bottom line.

Producers Take Residual Pay Changes Off the Table

Heading into Day 11 of talks, the Writers Guild of America got a surprise when AMPTP withdrew their proposed change in the payout of residuals. The original proposal would have changed the formulas for paying residuals so writers would only receive payments after producers recouped basic costs, which the WGA has opposed from the beginning. The AMPTP is now calling for the WGA to resign one or more of its proposals.

The present contract expires October 31st. Steve Young has a sort of obvious, sort of funny Blowback feature about the strike on LAT.com