Strike continues

Talks have collapsed between the Writer’s Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Each blamed the other for the break down in negotiations.

Meanwhile, hundreds of production workers and others who have been laid off or lost business due to the strike took to the streets in hopes of encouraging the two sides back to the table.

Send pencils, get naked-Apollo towel

LOL FANSERVICEBattlestar Galactica stars are supporting the WGA strike with Pencils 2 Media Moguls. Incentives? Use the names of Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, Michael Hogan, Jamie Bamber, or Michael Trucco and get entered in a raffle to get a personal phone call from the actor. Upping the ante is Aaron Douglas, who will take a winning fan to a Canucks hockey game, and Jamie Bamber, who is offering three towels. It’s the actor-authorized BSG version of Liam Neeson Naked Lake Water!

All via Ron Moore’s new blog…

Writers, studios to do lunch

It was announced late Friday evening that the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers would resume negotiations on November 26.

Thankfully, this news didn’t break in time to stop the halting of work on the sequel to The Da Vinci Code.

Writers walk; Potter strips

The Writers Guild of America is officially on strike after last minute negotiations failed late on Sunday night.

The probably means that John Stewart and The Colbert Report will be going into repeats (is this really why Colbert has dropped out of the presidential race?) What impact the strike will have on television series and films will depend on how long it lasts (in 1988 writers walked the pavement for 22 weeks) and whether other entertainment industry unions follow suit.

In happier news, the BBC reports that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has confirmed that he will be going the full monty in NYC when Equus comes to Broadway next year.

Strike on?

Members of the Writers Guild have authorized their leaders to call a strike as early as November 1.

In mail balloting and at Thursday-night meetings on both coasts, members of the Writers Guild of America East and the Writers Guild of America West granted strike authority with 90.3 percent approval, representatives of the guilds said. About 5,500 of the roughly 12,000 writers covered by the unions’ contracts cast votes.

Given historically low turnout rates in guild elections, the tally was a strong show of support for the tough stance taken by guild negotiators in their discussions with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Issues of contention include residuals from DVDs and payment for content used on the internet and mobile phones.

Impending strike starting to wreak havoc?

The release date for Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has been pushed back six months over what is speculated to be fear about next summer’s impending actor’s strike.

Other productions which could be impacted include Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the next James Bond movie.

The actor’s strike looks set to take place in June next year and will in fact manifest itself as a combined strike by the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America (West) against the Producers Guild of America. The predicted strike has already sent Hollywood into a frenzy of planning, with many studios reportedly accelerating production of films to avoid gaps in their release schedules.

The strike is over royalties from sales of movies over the internet and on DVD, which are not covered in the current deal between the various guilds.

Grrrr. Argh.