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2010-05-07 13:37:00

LOS ANGELES, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, May 8, 2010 the HUMANITAS Prize will be honored at The Skirball Cultural Center at the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside Focus Awards Gala. Kirk Ellis (John Adams, Anne Frank), Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked), Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) and Paris Qualles (A Raisin in the Sun) will be representing HUMANITAS. Each will be honored at the Media, Perception and Power: Connection and Responsibility event for creating positive,...

2009-09-19 13:15:28

U.S. producer John Wells was elected president of the West Coast branch of the Writers Guild of America, results show. The Hollywood Reporter said Friday Wells garnered nearly 53 percent of the 2,348 votes cast in defeating Elias Davis, a Writers United official who served as secretary-treasurer under outgoing WGA West President Patric Verrone. The Reporter said Davis had been expected to maintain Verrone's hard-line stance in contract negotiations had he been elected. Writers United is a...

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2009-08-12 16:20:00

Comic Jay Leno has been cleared of violating the Writers Guild of America's strike rules during a 100-day strike in late 2007-early 2008, the guild said. WGA-West issued a message to members in which it detailed decisions of trial committees investigating allegations brought by members of strike rule violations, Variety reported Wednesday. Besides its decision in the Leno matter, the guild took action against two members and a non-member. Leno was accused of violating guild rules against...

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2009-01-08 11:16:13

The Writers Guild of America has nominated Milk, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Visitor for its best original screenplay prize. Also nominated in the category is the writing in Burn After Reading and The Wrestler. Shortlisted for the WGA award for adapted screenplay are the scripts for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Doubt, Frost/Nixon and Slumdog Millionaire. Vying for the documentary screenplay honor are Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, Chicago 10, Fuel, Gonzo:...

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2008-12-08 17:59:23

The Writers Guild of America Monday nominated Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Lost, Mad Men and The Wire for its dramatic TV series award. The WGA prizes honoring excellence in TV, radio, news and promotional writing are to be handed out in Los Angeles and New York Feb. 7. Shortlisted for the WGA award for a TV comedy series are 30 Rock, Entourage, The Office, The Simpsons and Weeds. Nominated for a writing prize in the new TV series category are Breaking Bad, Fringe, In Treatment, Life on Mars...

2008-11-27 22:03:23

Tyler Perry Studios and the Writers Guild of America West say they have agreed on a new contract after more than five months of negotiations. Vic Bulluck, executive director of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, was instrumental in bringing the two parties together, WGAW said in a posting on its Web site. We are pleased to have come to a resolution with the WGA, and thank the NAACP for their support during negotiations. We look forward to many years working with the talented writers who are members...

2008-10-28 12:30:00

Today, Strike.TV officially launched its much-anticipated online network, featuring original HD Web videos from well-known Hollywood creators. The portal represents the first formal effort to bring the writers of some of Hollywood's most successful and popular franchises to the world of online video. The company will operate a programmed format and currently has over forty original Web series and shorts, which encompass a wide variety of genres that will roll out daily on www.Strike.TV. The...

2008-10-03 21:00:15

Four writers who claim they were illegally fired this week by Tyler Perry's production company said they will picket outside his new studio complex in Atlanta. The Writers Guild of America West announced Friday that television writers Kellie Griffin, Christopher Moore, Teri Brown-Jackson and Lamont Ferrell, along with their supporters, plan to urge invited guests to respect their picket line at Tyler Perry Studios Saturday and Sunday. The action comes after the WGAW filed unfair labor...

2008-08-02 12:00:27

Three amendments will be made to the Writers Guild of America's screenwriting credit policy, a vote by the U.S. guild's members indicated. The total 1,169 ballots cast by WGA East and West members passed by 90 percent a proposed amendment to allow teleconferencing between guild arbitration officials to determine writing credits, The Hollywood Reporter said. In addition to allowing teleconferencing if a unanimous decision cannot be reached, 83 percent of the voting members supported a...

2008-07-23 00:00:00

By Ed Rampell THE motion picture/TV industry was rocked by a three-month writers strike from late 2007 into 2008, while actors and producers are currently stalemated. What does the future hold for Tinseltown's unions? The answers may shed light on whither the national labor movement. Predictions that Hollywood's period of contentious labor relations and negotiations mark the death knell of the studio-union structure are as wrong -- and reactionary -- as Vice President Dick Cheney's 2005...


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  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
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