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Tuesday Strike Roundup

Not to be too negative, but it seems the only news from Hollywood and Broadway these days is strike-related. Here are a few perspectives on the ongoing strikes:


  • The Writers Guild of Great Britain is supporting the WGA and is moving ahead with plans to stage its awards ceremony on Sunday, marking a return for the show after a 10-year absence. (Variety)
  • Producers took out full-page ads this week in trade papers like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Headlined "Setting the Record Straight," the ads state the studios' case in the strike by Hollywood writers and offered the group's most extensive public statement on Internet payments since the strike began on Nov. 5. (NY Daily News)
  • Striking Hollywood writers toted their kids to picket lines outside studios in L.A. yesterday. (NY Daily News)
  • The strike has already affected TV schedules, but now the labor dispute is even paralyzing this fall's Oscar campaigns. (LA Times)
  • Charles Isherwood encourages striking writers to take this opportunity to return to the theatre. (NY Times)

Broadway Stagehands:

  • Some wonder if a strike on Broadway could spread to touring productions. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Mayor Bloomberg and senior members of his administration have privately offered assistance in the negotiations between producers and stagehands, even offering the use of Gracie Mansion and a mediator. The union said, "No thanks." (NY Times)
  • Unfortunately, Canadian theatre producers don't expect disappointed Broadway theatre-goers to flock north for the winter. (The Globe and Mail)

-- Daniel Lehman

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