Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Foreign Press To Hold Press Conference; United Artists Agree Deal

. . . or . . . in my attempt to emulate Variety

Foreign Bribes Don't Jibe For Scribes, and Artists Know Best

The Writers Guild of America held out against NBC's efforts to broadcast the Golden Globes Awards, and so the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has decided to announce the winners at a press conference that will be broadcast live. The WGA has given the nod to the press conference broadcast, as it does not violate the strike terms.

According to the press release published at HollywoodDeadline.com,
the recipients of Golden Globe Awards in 25 categories will be revealed during an hour-long HFPA press conference at The Beverly Hilton to be covered live by NBC News . . .

In other WGA-strike news, United Artists have agreed a side deal with the union so that production can begin on their projects. UA owners Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner officially announced the deal today, that Nikki Finke reported on Friday.

UA minority shareholder MGM is not included in the deal, but that does not stop other major studios from being furious with MGM Chairman Harry Sloan for allowing this UA side deal to be negotiated.

The UA deal, along with the Worldwide Pants deal, shows a chink in the armor of the producers. The producers are completely wrong about this strike and they will lose in the end.

Keep up the good work, WGA!

Added at 0730:
I watched the Late Show With Jon Stewart last night. It was terrible. His guest was a Cornell University professor of Labor Relations. I guess he isn't very expert on labor relations, since he crossed a picket line to appear on the show. Jon Stewart should reconsider his broadcasts. Why is he damaging his previously stellar reputation with these crap broadcasts that make him a scab?

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