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14 items from 2017


WGA West President Howard Rodman Will Not Seek Re-Election

21 June 2017 2:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Howard Rodman, the president of the Writers Guild of America West, has decided against seeking re-election to another two-year term.

Rodman told Variety that he was “deeply proud” of his two decades of service to the guild and looking forward to more time for family and work.

“I began to serve on Guild committees in 1996; helped found the Guild’s caucus for writers of independent film; have served on negotiating committees, the board, then four years as vice-president, two years as president,” he said. “I’m deeply proud of the work we’ve done, of what we’ve been able to accomplish, especially in the 2017 contract negotiation. Without hyperbole: it’s been the honor of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to prying loose more space for family and work.”

His decision was unveiled Wednesday as part of the announcement that current WGA West VP David Goodman has been selected by the guild’s nominating committee as a candidate to succeed Rodman. Goodman is currently unopposed, as another unnamed candidate selected by the nominated committee declined to run. Members can still seek the office via petition until July 21.

The election will take place in September with dues-current members eligible to vote. Results will be announced on Sept. 18. The WGA West represents about 9,000 members.

Rodman won the 2015 election over Joan Meyerson and was often the public face of guild during its contentious negotiations with production companies, which led to an 11th hour deal on May 1. He was eligible to serve another term but opted against doing so.

Marjorie David, a WGA West board member, has been nominated by the committee to succeed Goodman as vice president. Another unnamed candidate declined to run against her. Aaron Mendelsohn has been nominated to seek re-election as secretary-treasurer along with board member Carlton Eastlake.

The board’s nominating committee also nominated incumbents Andrea Berloff, Luvh Rakhe, Meredith Stiehm and Zak Penn along with nine other candidates for eight open board seats. The remaining candidates are Francesca Butler, Nicole Yorkin, Angelina Burnett, John August, Adam Horowitz, Michele Mulroney, Spiro Skentzos, Patti Carr and Ligiah Villalobos.

Members seeking nomination for the office of president, vice president or secretary-treasurer must obtain 25 member signatures in support of their petitions and submit them by July 21. Members seeking nomination for the board of directors have to obtain 15 member signatures.

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- Dave McNary

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WGA West President Howard Rodman Will Not Seek Re-Election

21 June 2017 2:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Howard Rodman, the president of the Writers Guild of America West, has decided against seeking re-election to another two-year term.

Rodman told Variety that he was “deeply proud” of his two decades of service to the guild and looking forward to more time for family and work.

“I began to serve on Guild committees in 1996; helped found the Guild’s caucus for writers of independent film; have served on negotiating committees, the board, then four years as vice-president, two years as president,” he said. “I’m deeply proud of the work we’ve done, of what we’ve been able to accomplish, »

- Dave McNary

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New Leadership Coming To WGA West: President Howard Rodman Won’t Seek Re-Election

21 June 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The WGA West will have a new president and vice president come September. Howard Rodman, the guild's president, is not seeking re-election as the guild's election season gets underway, and he's likely to be succeeded by David Goodman, currently the guild's vice president. Rodman has served one two-year term as president and was eligible under guild rules to serve another, but chose not to. The guild's nominating committee selected to candidates to succeed him, but only… »

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New Leadership Coming To WGA West: President Howard Rodman Won’t Seek Re-Election

21 June 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The WGA West will have a new president and vice president come September. Howard Rodman, the guild's president, is not seeking re-election as the guild's election season gets underway, and he's likely to be succeeded by David Goodman, currently the guild's vice president. Rodman has served one two-year term as president and was eligible under guild rules to serve another, but chose not to. The guild's nominating committee selected to candidates to succeed him, but only… »

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'Batman' star Adam West dies aged 88

10 June 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Us actor starred in 120 episodes of hit superhero series.

Us actor Adam West has died at the age of 88.

Fondly remembered as the star of hit 1960s TV series Batman [pictured], West received acclaim for his portrayal of the caped crusader alongside co-star Burt Ward, who played his sidekick Robin.

Prior to a three-year stint in the role beginning in 1966 - shooting 120 episodes as well as a theatrical film spin-off - West had parts in feature films including the Paul Newman-starring The Young Philadelphians and sci-fi Robinson Crusoe On Mars.

After Batman, he struggled to carve a different niche for himself in the entertainment industry, but more recently returned to prominence as a voice actor on long-running Fox animated comedy series Family Guy.

West, birth name William West Anderson, died in Los Angeles on Friday night after a battle with leukaemia, a spokesperson confirmed on an official Facebook page.

The statement read:

“It’s with great sadness »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Watch Trailers for New Fox Shows ‘Ghosted,’ ‘Orville,’ ‘La to Vegas,’ ‘The Resident’

15 May 2017 2:48 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox released trailers for their new shows for the 2017-2018 season after their upfront presentation in New York, including comedy “Ghosted” and the new Seth MacFarlane series “The Orville.”

Ghosted” will air on Sundays as part of Fox’s comedy block, in between “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” “The Orville” will air on Thursdays after new episodes of “Gotham.” Comedy “La to Vegas” and drama “The Resident” will debut midseason. Fox previously released the trailer for the Marvel series “The Gifted,” which will air Mondays this fall after “Lucifer.”

Watch the trailers below.

Ghosted” follows a cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal who are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.

Cast: Craig Robinson as Leroy Wright, Adam Scott as Max Jennifer, Ally Walker as Captain Ava Lafrey, Adeel Akhtar »

- Joe Otterson

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Us writers' strike averted as "tentative" deal reached

2 May 2017 3:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

WGA, AMPTP reach “tentative” three-year deal.

The Writers Guilds of America West and East (WGA) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached a “tentative” last-minute agreement to avert the impending writers strike.

The old contract expired at midnight Pacific Time on May 1. The new deal will now need to be ratified by the WGA’s board and eventually its members.

In a statement, the WGA confirmed that the teams have “concluded negotiations and have reached a tentative agreement on terms for a new three-year collective bargaining agreement” which it said was worth “$130m more than the pattern we were expected to accept”.

The WGA cited contribution increases to the organisation’s health plan, as well as expanded protections in options and exclusivity, and an increase in Pay TV residuals, as terms that it had made gains in.

Further details of the agreement will be provided in the coming days.

Read the statement »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Us writers' strike averted

2 May 2017 3:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

WGA, AMPTP strike “tentative” three-year, eleventh-hour deal.

The Writers Guilds of America West and East (WGA) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached a “tentative” last-minute agreement to avert the impending writers strike.

The old contract expired at midnight Pacific Time on May 1. The new deal will now need to be ratified by the WGA’s board and eventually its members.

In a statement, the WGA confirmed that the teams have “concluded negotiations and have reached a tentative agreement on terms for a new three-year collective bargaining agreement”. Read the statement in full below.

Dear Colleagues –

Your Negotiating Committee is pleased to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP that we can recommend for ratification.

In it, we made gains in minimums across the board – as well as contribution increases to our Health Plan that should ensure its solvency for years to come. And we further »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Writers strike averted

2 May 2017 3:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

WGA, AMPTP strike “tentative” three-year, eleventh-hour deal.

The Writers Guilds of America West and East (WGA) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached a “tentative” last-minute agreement to avert the impending writers strike.

The old contract expired at midnight Pacific Time on May 1. The new deal will now need to be ratified by the WGA’s board and eventually its members.

In a statement, the WGA confirmed that the teams have “concluded negotiations and have reached a tentative agreement on terms for a new three-year collective bargaining agreement”. Read the statement in full below.

Dear Colleagues –

Your Negotiating Committee is pleased to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP that we can recommend for ratification.

In it, we made gains in minimums across the board – as well as contribution increases to our Health Plan that should ensure its solvency for years to come. And we further »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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A WGA Strike Threat Timeline: How We Got To The Brink

7 April 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With negotiations set to resume on Monday for a new WGA film and TV contract – and strike authorization voting set to begin April 18 – the run-up to what could become the first industry-wide strike in a decade has its roots in the last strike, and the September 2015 election that brought the WGA West's current leaders to power. During that election, David Goodman, who would be elected vice president, told voters that "our greatest recent success is the 2007-08 strike,"… »

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A WGA Strike Threat Timeline: How We Got To The Brink

7 April 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

With negotiations set to resume on Monday for a new WGA film and TV contract – and strike authorization voting set to begin April 18 – the run-up to what could become the first industry-wide strike in a decade has its roots in the last strike, and the September 2015 election that brought the WGA West's current leaders to power. During that election, David Goodman, who would be elected vice president, told voters that "our greatest recent success is the 2007-08 strike,"… »

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Writers’ Guild Negotiations Stall, as Leaders Call for Strike Authorization Vote

24 March 2017 8:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Writers Guild of America is inching a step closer toward a potential writers’ strike.

The WGA’s negotiating committee sent a letter to members on Friday, recommending that the guild’s 12,000 members take a vote on strike authorization. It did not give a timetable for such a vote, however, and such a vote would not automatically lead to a strike.

Negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers started March 13, but without any movement, the guild is looking to take the next step.

Read More: Another Writers’ Strike May Be Looming — Report

On the last day of these two weeks, the companies’ proposal has barely a single hard-dollar gain for writers,” the letter said. “$51 billion in profits and barely a penny for those of us who make the product that makes the companies rich. But that’s not all. In response to our proposal to »

- Michael Schneider

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WGA Negotiators Call for Strike Authorization

24 March 2017 7:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have asked their 12,000 members for strike authorization, following two weeks of negotiations.

The WGA leaders have asserted that the talks with the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers, which launched March 13, have been unproductive and contain two major rollbacks in the guild’s health plan. The AMPTP accused the WGA of breaking off the talks.

“First, they have demanded that we make cuts to the plan – $10 million in the first year alone,” the WGA negotiating team said in a letter to members. “In return, they will allow us to fund the plan with money diverted from our own salaries. More, they’ve demanded the adoption of a draconian measure in which any future shortfalls to the plan would be made up by automatic cuts in benefits – and never by increases in employer contributions.”

“This, too, is unacceptable. The package, taken as a whole, »

- Dave McNary

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Writers Guild Leaders Seek Member Donations to Battle Trump Policies

25 January 2017 7:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America West have asked members to contribute to the guild’s political action committee to battle President Donald Trump’s policies.

The letter was sent to the WGA West’s 8,000 members and signed by 12 members of the Pac’s board, including WGA West President Howard A. Rodman, VP David Goodman, Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Mendelsohn, and Executive Director David Young.

“We can’t stand idly by,” the pitch letter said. “Donate today to the Writers Guild Pac. Your donation allows us to support candidates who will protect our rights. We will work with receptive members of Congress to fight for our issues, whether it’s advocating for healthcare and pension reform, protecting net neutrality, resisting media consolidation, or working to ensure our right to collectively bargain.”

The missive, titled “Our Work Begins Now,” was sent on Wednesday — the sixth day of Trump’s administration. Here’s »

- Dave McNary

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