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WGA East Council Elections: Beau Willimon, Five Other Incumbents Seek Re-Election

30 June 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and five other incumbents are seeking re-election to council seats for the Writers Guild of America East.

Ten council seats will expire this year. Voting will take place online beginning on Aug. 24 with about 4,000 members eligible to cast ballots.

Willimon is one of 16 candidates for seven open freelance seats. Other incumbents are John Auerbach, Kyle Bradstreet and Christopher Kyle; the other candidates are David Angelo, Timothy Michael Cooper, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Jack Helmuth, A.M. Homes, Tom Jennings, Joseph Mazzarino, Melissa Salmons, Marygrace O’Shea, Theresa Rebeck, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stuart Zicherman.

Incumbents Gail Lee and Kathy McGee are among the six candidates for the three open staff seats along with Jay Alpert, Christopher Barry, Matt Nelko and Terence Taylor.

Incumbents Walter Bernstein, Terry George and Jenny Lumet are not seeking re-election to freelance seats.

Bernstein was blacklisted by the Hollywood studios during the 1950s. »

- Dave McNary

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Great Point Media To Finance ‘Solo Pass’ For Steve Buscemi, The Gotham Group; Writer Hired

2 March 2016 9:13 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Robert Halmi Jr.'s Great Point Media has come on board to finance development and production for Solo Pass, Ronald De Feo’s novel, optioned last May for Steve Buscemi to direct and The Gotham Group and Olive Productions to produce. In addition, Stu Zicherman (The Americans) has been hired to adapt the book for big screen. Published by Other Press in 2013, Solo Pass follows the story of a psychiatric patient confined to the psychiatric ward of a city hospital… »

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Jason Katims Comedy Anthology Gets Cast-Contingent Pilot Order at Showtime

24 February 2016 5:42 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” boss Jason Katims has landed a cast-contingent pilot order for a new half-hour anthology comedy series at Showtime, Variety has confirmed.

The project, titled “Mating,” is written and exec produced by Stu Zicherman (“The Americans”), and will explore modern dating and relationships, with each potential season exploring a different protagonist’s journey. Casting for the lead is currently underway, and the anthological structure of the prospective series could prove enticing to talent who might otherwise be averse to a long-term TV commitment, as demonstrated by the star power of shows such as “True Detective” and “Fargo,” which refresh their casts each season.

The pilot hails from Katims’ True Jack Productions and is a co-production between Universal TV and Showtime. If ordered to series, the comedy will center on a recently divorced guy who tries to evolve and connect one date at a time. Katims, Zicherman »

- Laura Prudom

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Showtime Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Mating’ From ‘Parenthood’s’ Jason Katims

24 February 2016 4:27 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Showtime has given a cast-contingent pilot order to the comedy anthology series “Mating” from Jason Katims. The “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” creator will executive produce the pilot written and created by “The Americans'” Stu Zicherman. The comedy explores modern mating, with each season exploring a different protagonist’s journey. The first season will center on a recently divorced guy who tries to evolve and connect, one date at a time. Also read: Rolling Stone Pilot in Development at Showtime on Heels of El Chapo Story “Mating” is a co-production between Showtime and Universal Television. Katims and Zicherman will »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Mating’ Comedy From Stu Zicherman & Jason Katims Gets Showtime Pilot Order

24 February 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Showtime is eying its first pilot pickup of 2016, giving a cast-contingent order to Mating (working title), an anthology half-hour comedy project from Stu Zicherman (The Americans) and Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood). Written/executive produced by Six Degrees co-creator Zicherman, Mating explores modern dating and relationships, with each season chronicling a different protagonist's journey. The first season-long arc will center on a recently divorced guy… »

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Writers Guild Of America awards nominees revealed

6 January 2016 11:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.

The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.

Screenplay Nominations

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the »

- Paul Heath

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Nominations For The 68th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

6 January 2016 10:43 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.

Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »

- Jeff Beck

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