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WATCH LIVE RIGHT NOW: The WGAE Hosts "A Potentially Regrettable Evening With Comedy Writers"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The WGAE is hosting "Writers Speak! A Potentially Regrettable Evening With Comedy Writers" tonight at Washington D.C.'s Newseum, but you can watch it ...

Why America Needs The Writers' Guild

Allison Abner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Allison Abner

In the Recession of 2009, America needs writers more than ever. Writers in the entertainment industry create the stories most seen around the world. ...

Why We Care About Comedy

Lowell Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lowell Peterson

We thought folks inside the Beltway might benefit from a little writerly enlightenment, so we have organized an event at Newseum including a panel discussion of politics, comedy and the news (and various combinations thereof).

Jay Leno On Trial Over Strike Monologues

Los Angeles Times | Matea Gold and Richard Verrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Reporting from Los Angeles and New York -- Comedian Jay Leno was hauled in front of his own union's trial committee Wednesday to address charges that ...

Leno's All Charged Up

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Leno's case is a political hot potato, because it pits the power of a Hollywood guild against the even greater power of one of its prominent members.

Writers Guild May Suspend Jay Leno Over Strike Monologues

Variety | Cynthia Littleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A year has passed, but the WGA West is still reviewing the possibility of disciplinary action against Jay Leno for "Tonight Show" monologues he delive...

Leno Strips Down

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Broadcast audiences are aging and advertisers are falling away due to the recession and, to some extent, the Internet. Leno's stripping, but the networks themselves may be losing their shirts.

Revolutionary Road's Not So Revolutionary: But Thanks to Leo and Kate, It's Worth the Watch

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Revolutionary Road plods ever forward to the final fade out, but it still encompasses some wonderful moments and makes us look forward to the next pairing of Leo and Kate.

TV Shows and Films May or May Not Be in Jeopardy: Nonetheless, Studios Won't Have it So Easy Screwing the Talent

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Thanks to the WGA strike, management now takes the artistic community seriously, but it couldn't have been accomplished without the support provided by the Screen Actors Guild.

Qualified Voting Redux

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Ironically, while spurning qualified voting for their own union, SAG's leadership urges it on AFTRA.

AMPTP Makes Final Offer to SAG

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

I'm advised by a AMPTP spokesman that this offer tracks the AFTRA and DGA/WGA deals in terms of minimums, new media, and other provisions.

Acting Up

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Union disputes are underway because actors want to control their own images and avoid being overexposed. That also sounds sensible - until you consider the tens of thousands of clips already available online illegally.

HuffPoster John Ridley Among Those Called Out By Writer's Guild

Reny Monk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Reny Monk

The WGA has sent out a castigating letter to its members that lists names of writers who crossed the picket lines during the tense hundred-day strike that ended in February.

Showrunners Back To Work

Variety | CYNTHIA LITTLETON, DAVE MCNARY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

After 14 weeks of warfare, labor peace has come to Hollywood. TV showrunners head back to the office today, and the scribe tribe officially resumes w...

WGA Strikers To Lose Health Benefits

Variety | Dave McNary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Before the WGA went on strike, its leaders repeatedly assured members they would retain eligibility within the guild-industry health plan for the dura...

Writers Guild Staffers Threaten To Strike Against WGA

New York Post | Zachery Kouwe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sure to delight movie studio chiefs and producers everywhere, the striking Writers Guild of America is about to be struck by its own downtrodden emplo...

WGA Tells Its Members: Picket Late Nighters' Return

The Hollywood Reporter | Kimberly Nordyke and Paul J. Gough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel plan their return to late-night, their respective networks mostly were keeping mum on plans for the hosts'...

Letterman To Cut Deal To Bring Writers Back To "Late Show"

Deadline Hollywood Daily | Nikki FInke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

UPDATED THROUGHOUT: Sources tell me the Writers Guild Of America is intending to grant David Letterman's independent production company Worldwide Pant...

Watch Project "Speechless" Video Featuring Felicity Huffman and Bill Macy

Deadline Hollywood Daily | Nikki Finke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This is the eighth of the Writers Guild Of America member-conceived Internet videos for Project "Speechless" featuring A-list Screen Actors Guild tale...

Writers' Strike May Create Opportunities For Smaller Networks: "It's Not A Rerun If You've Never Watched The Show In The First Place"

Variety | MICHAEL SCHNEIDER, JOSEF ADALIAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In 1988, a writers strike helped steer viewers to the fledgling Fox network. Now, the 2007 scribe shutdown could give another upstart, the CW, a neede...

Strikers Take To Wall Street

Los Angeles Times | Thomas Mulligan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Striking TV and movie writers chose Wall Street as a symbolic backdrop Tuesday for their demand for a bigger slice of the new-media pie. Their argume...

TV Blogs Show Support For The Strike By "Going Dark"

TV Week | James Hibberd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Although the Writers Guild of America 's pre-strike media campaign was criticized as sluggish, the guild's headline-grabbing series of protests last w...

Gotta Write! Daily Show Writers Just Can't Help Themselves, Smack Down Studios From The Picket Line

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Have you missed your Daily Show fix? Well then enjoy this, the latest creative effort by the striking TDS writers as they clearly can no longer keep t...

Max Follmer

Writers' Strike Leaves Hollywood's Least Powerful Out In The Cold | Max Follmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Amidst whispers that Hollywood's power agents may be brokering a back channel détente to bring media moguls and striking showbiz writers back to the ...

Strike! WGA Set To Walk Out Monday

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Mightier than the sword, indeed: The Writers Guild of America is going on strike -- and it looks like it will start Monday.