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Producers Guild: Include Us Out of AMPTP


FBLA has been waiting for this. The Producers Guild of America, which isn’t a guild like the others, but more of a trade association, or even a club, wants to make sure that they’re not confused with the Alliance Of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP), aka the bad guys in the WGA strike. Vince van Patten, president of the PGA, is sending out emails, making sure that everyone knows who’s who:

The WGA’s battle is with the studios and networks–the Alliance—not with producers. It’s true, the last “P” in AMPTP stands for “producers”. But that designation is a vestige of a time long past, when producers and studios were effectively synonymous.

Nikki Finke will use the term Big Media for AMPTP.

Others may not be so tactful.

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grey.jpgNo Gold For Brad: Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey lost his bid to be recognized by the Producers Guild of America as one of the producers of The Departed — even though he was instrumental in getting the picture made. Brad is unlikely to appeal the decision because that would seem unseemly. And Brad never gets tangled up in stuff that’s unseemly.

jumpship.jpgNothing Lasts Forever: A shake-up at ICM gives Endeavor a big boost in the way of 17-year veteran Robert Newman. TV literary head Matt Solo also left for Endeavor, the agency founded 12 years ago by Ari Emanuel. This is big news at the Grill. Around here, though, it just makes us really, really miss Entourage.

reelzloggo.gifGet Reelz: Former DirectTV pioneers want to create the movie-centric version of the Food Network, but ReelzChannel is proving to be a very, very expensive beast. We have a suggestion: Merge the two and call it the “Dinner and a Movie Network.” We don’t know how that will go over with potential investors, but that combination always got our suitors lucky.