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Posts Tagged ‘Richard Verrier’

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30941113.jpgMirthala Salinas A No-Show: Unsurprisingly, the mayor’s girlfriend wasn’t gung-ho about being reassigned from her anchor position to her new Riverside reporter job. She didn’t show up to her first day of work Monday, and after a few hours her network, Telemundo, announced that she would not be returning.

102.sunset.tan.olly.051107.jpgE! To Cough Up Millions, So Producers Stop Coughing At All: In a rare move, E! has agreed to provide health insurance benefits to freelance producers who work for at least 200 consecutive days, make more than 100 previously exempt associate producers eligible for overtime pay and score everyone excellent discounts at Sunset Tan.

savourjobs.jpegExpect More Reality TV: Reporter Richard Verrier, earning his keep today, has yet another link-worthy story: the Writers Guild of America said it would ask members for authorization to call a strike if the union can’t negotiate a new three-year contract with major studios. Something tells us, Hollywood writers aren’t going to emerge victorious from this.

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31980597.jpgDid You Lose Your Job Because Your Media Company Wanted To Make Itself More Profitable Before A Buyout? Then you’ll want to read this story. Nothing like shot of schadenfreude for breakfast.

update_chinabootlegs.jpgThe China Syndrome: Reporter Richard Verrier kinda sorta suggests that all that antifreeze in our tooth paste may pay off for the music industry. With concern at an all-time high over China’s shady business practices, now may be the time that Congress really cracks down on the People’s Republic of Bootlegging. (BTW we pirated this image from filmjunk.com)

31940573.jpgWTF? We go on vacation for two weeks, and the Los Angeles Times starts offering “Pop Culture Talking Points?” And Mr. Bean makes the cut? Deborah Netburn, we demand an explanation.

IATSE’s Tom Short–Can He Prevent a Writers’ Strike?

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Tom Short, leader of IATSE, is profiled today by Richard Verrier in the LA Times. Short leads the union that represents stagehands, cinematographers, grips, and other technical workers, including tape editors. With the treat of a WGA strike floating around, the piece says

…Short’s role has never been more important. A strike could throw thousands of people out of work, upending Los Angeles’ $30-billion entertainment economy.

When the writers on ANTM struck, Stone’s union editors filled in, and Verrier uses this as an example of the union boss’s power. The WGA fought back by filing an unfair labor practices suit against ANTM. Most reality shows still aren’t working under union contracts, (despite the union’s best efforts) so it’s unlikely that this model is going to prevail. Reality is successful as a genre because it’s cheap and union deals are costly. Verrier writes:

Studio bosses are hoping that Short, who is based in New York, will use his influence to avoid a strike and that he will temper the more strident Writers Guild of America.

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LA Times Discovers Local Reality TV Production, For the Umpteenth Time

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Reality television is propping up the local production scene, according to the LA Times. Richard Verrier writes in the Business section:

Camera crews tracking the unscripted lives of car buffs, geeky guys longing to date supermodels, wannabe singers and aspiring tycoons are filling streets and neighborhoods, turning the area into the reality TV capital of the world.

Not that this is news. Verrier also thinks that reality TV started in 2000 with Survivor, which isn’t remotely correct–does the Times think Wikipedia is a source?

The WGA strike of 1988 pushed networks to produce strike-proof programming, and Unsolved Mysteries, Rescue 911, and similiar shows featuring re-creations, along with documentary-style interviews, were developed. And then came Cops.

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