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WGA To Host Panel On Utilizing Social Media As A Resource For Writers As Ata Standoff Continues

The WGA told its members Tuesday that it will host a panel discussion this month on “Utilizing Social Media as a Resource for Writers.” It is set for June 26 at the WGA Theater in Los Angeles.

Showrunners have successfully harnessed the power of social media to connect with fans and promote their series for years. But social media took on a major new role in the wake of the guild ordering its members in April to fire their agents if they had not signed WGA’s new Agency Code Of Conduct. Writers have used social media platforms to connect, look for work and give recommendations.

“Social Media platforms like Twitter and Facebook have taken center stage as a way for us to connect with each other and share information and ideas,” the WGA West’s Member Organizing Department said today in a message to the guild’s members. “These tools
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WGA Claims Big-Name Writers Are Purging Their Agents; Plans Big Delivery Of Official Letters On Monday

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Good Friday has put Hollywood on pause for tomorrow, but today the Writers Guild said it has a very big Easter delivery for the uberagencies coming on Monday.

It’s been nearly a week after talks completely broke down between the WGA and the Association of Talent Agents over the new anti-packaging Agency Code of Conduct and scribes started pink-slipping their agents as the Guild leadership instructed. And today the Negotiating Committee sent a memo to members with news about some big numbers and big names.

Claiming that “over 92% of the members who signed the Statement of Support have already fulfilled their pledge and signed letters terminating their unfranchised agencies,” the memo warns the Ata that a forest full of official letters will be arriving at the likes of UTA, CAA, ICM Partners and Wme on April 22. The guild added that “several thousand other writers” also have canned their now-ex-reps
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Inside the Final WGA-Ata Meeting Before Breakdown As Balance Of Power Shifts To Rank-And-File Writers

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For those who were hoping for a miracle bargaining session between the WGA and Ata this afternoon that would break the stalemate between the two sides over the new Agency Code of Conduct before the midnight deadline, there was no miracle, and there was not much of a bargaining session either.

I hear that, right off the bat, the leaders of the WGA negotiating committee told the agency representatives that they were rejecting Ata’s latest proposal, introduced yesterday, which included the agencies sharing a percentage of their packaging fees with the writers. The WGA did not offer a counter proposal.

The sit-down was well attended on both sides by the top negotiators as well WGA and Ata’s legal teams. I hear that included WGA West President David A.
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WGA & ATA Reach Last-Minute Extension As Franchise Agreement Was Set To Expire

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WGA & ATA Reach Last-Minute Extension As Franchise Agreement Was Set To Expire
The WGA and the ATA have averted — at least temporarily — a looming crisis and they have agreed to push tonight’s midnight deadline five days to try and figure out a compromise. Sources said that the agents initiated a meeting with WGA that lasted three and led to an extension as their 43-year-old franchise agreement was set to expire at midnight. The new deadline is Friday.

Numerous members of the WGA negotiating committee were away including Chris Keyser, and sources said that on the WGA side were David Young, Mike Schur, Michelle Mulroney and David Shore. Meeting for the Ata and the agencies were Wme’s Rick Rosen, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, UTA’s Jay Sures, who reportedly helped organize the sit-down, and Apa’s Jim Gosnell, who serves as Ata President.

This is the first sign of any kind of thaw in this protracted battle. The meeting was described
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Comic Travon Free, Member Of WGA Negotiating Team, Recounts “Tense Moments” At Bargaining Table With Ata

There have been “tense moments” during negotiations for a new WGA/Ata franchise agreement, and some of those moments have been among the agencies themselves, according to writer-producer Travon Free, a member of the guild’s negotiating committee.

“There’s been some tense moments,” he said on Larry Wilmore’s latest Black on the Air podcast. “There’s been some moments where they’ve not even really been in agreement with each other.” (Listen to full podcast below).

“The agents themselves – the agencies?” asked Wilmore, a former WGA West board member.

“Yeah,” Free said. “Right. So it’s been interesting to see how they take our proposals and amongst themselves, like come to an agreement. And the last meeting we had, literally nothing came out of it.”

That last meeting was held on March 27, and no progress was made on the two key issues: agency packaging fees and agency ties
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Politicians, Hollywood React To Release Of Mueller Summary, Demand Release Of Full Report

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Refresh for updates. It didn’t take long for social media to start chiming in about the release of a summary of Robert Mueller’s report. When Attorney General William Barr made the four-page summary public, it was found that “the special counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.” Naturally, politicians and Hollywood had a lot to say on Twitter — with the most popular demand being that we see the entire report.

“I don’t want a summary of the Mueller report,” tweeted Bernie Sanders. “I want the whole damn report.”

Kamala Harris echoed that sentiment saying, “The Mueller report needs to be made public, the underlying investigative materials should be handed over to Congress, and Barr must testify. That is what transparency looks like. A short
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Travon Free, Producer on HBO’s ‘Camping,’ Apologizes for ‘Offensive’ Hitler Jokes on Old Twitter Feed

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Travon Free, Producer on HBO’s ‘Camping,’ Apologizes for ‘Offensive’ Hitler Jokes on Old Twitter Feed
Travon Free, a producer of HBO’s new series “Camping” and writer for Showtime’s upcoming “Black Monday,” apologized on Thursday for a series of nine-year-old tweets about Jews and Hitler that he called “stupid and really offensive jokes” he now regretted.

“Nine years ago I tweeted some stupid and really offensive jokes that were intended to be that, jokes. My poor attempts at humor quite understandably have offended and disappointed many people, including some very close to me, and for that I offer my sincerest apologies,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.

“I’ve matured tremendously as a person, writer and comedian since 2010,” he continued. “Going forward, I will continue to work tirelessly at my job and on behalf of all marginalized communities, some of which, in retrospect, I did a tremendous disservice to with those tweets years ago. Again, my deep and heartfelt apologies.”

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Hulk Hogan Face-To-Face w/ Triple H at Andre the Giant Premiere

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Hulk Hogan was in the house for the premiere of HBO's "Andre the Giant" documentary Thursday night in L.A., rubbin' elbows with WWE superstars and execs like Triple H ... but his return to WWE is still on ice. Since WWE was heavily involved in the making of the doc on Hogan's former rival, there were whispers that this appearance signaled Hulk moving closer to a return to the company. But, WWE recently released
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Issa Rae to Develop 2 More Shows for HBO

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Issa Rae to Develop 2 More Shows for HBO
Insecure” fans, rejoice!

Issa Rae is developing two more shows for HBO, multiple outlets report.

“Him or Her” is a half-hour comedy that will be executive produced by Rae and “The Daily Show”‘s former writer Travon Free. It will follow the dating life of a bisexual black man, which expands on a subplot of Season 1 of “Insecure.” One of Molly (Yvonne Orji)’s love interests reveals that he fooled around with guys in college, and the women discuss the double standards of bisexuality when it comes to men and women.
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HBO Developing Issa Rae Ep’d Male Dating Comedy & Windsor Hills Set Drama

Exclusive: Issa Rae's every growing empire is taking not one but two more steps forward with Him Or Her and Sweet Life, I've learned. HBO has picked up the comedy and the drama from the Golden Globe nominated Insecure star and co-creator for development as a part of Rae's 2016 inked first look producing deal with the premium cabler. Along with ex-Daily Show writer and Emmy-winner Travon Free, Rae will executive produce Him or Her. The single camera half-hour chronicles…
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Engagement Might Have Been Predicted in Love, Actually

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Engagement Might Have Been Predicted in Love, Actually
One of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time might have predicted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s romance.

In what has quickly become the internet’s latest pop culture theory, Twitter users quickly spread the idea that the new royal couple looked eerily similar to the young children in Love, Actually.

Observant fans noticed that the pair were the grown-up version of young Sam and Joanna in the film.

“This is the greatest thing,” one Twitter user wrote.

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It's the sequel we deserve.
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Kevin Spacey's Sexual Assault Apology Ignites Outrage and Controversy

Kevin Spacey's Sexual Assault Apology Ignites Outrage and Controversy
Over the weekend, actor Anthony Rapp accused acclaimed House of Cards star Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct, saying he was harassed by Spacey at the young age of 14. In response, Spacey sent out a letter of apology, coming out in the process, revealing that he has decided to live his life as a gay man, a rumor that has been persistent in Hollywood since The Usual Suspects debuted in 1995. So Spacey's admission wasn't a surprise to most. What may be surprising is the backlash this apology has stirred up amongst many outspoken gay role models in the entertainment community. They aren't having any of it.

It's unclear if Kevin Spacey was truly trying to use this as a smokescreen for the fact that he attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with Rapp, who was underage at the time. As Rapp tells it, Spacey allegedly picked Rapp up off the ground
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Kevin Spacey Slammed for Coming Out as Gay After Being Accused of Sexual Harassment

Kevin Spacey Slammed for Coming Out as Gay After Being Accused of Sexual Harassment
Update (October 30): GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis has issued the following statement on Spacey’s coming out: “Coming-out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault. This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.”

Update 2 (October 30): Zachary Quinto has issued his own statement on the accusations against Kevin Spacey. Quinto starred opposite Spacey in J.C. Chandor’s “Margin Call,” which the former also produced.

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Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) October 30, 2017

Kevin Spacey is drawing the ire of Hollywood for publicly coming out as a gay man after being accused of sexual harassment by “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp. Spacey has been adamant about keeping his sexual orientation private throughout his career,
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Lena Dunham Compares Donald Trump to Charleston Mass Shooter Dylann Roof

Lena Dunham Compares Donald Trump to Charleston Mass Shooter Dylann Roof
Lena Dunham has never been one to follow rules. That includes the Goldwater Rule, which dissuades mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures if they have never treated them in person. Luckily, the “Girls” creator has no such obligation, and the outspoken mental health advocate tweeted yesterday: “Not only is [Donald Trump] a racist, but he’s a racist with untreated mental illness. So under diff[erent] circumstances, he’s Dylann Roof.” The comment came in response to a thread by “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” writer Travon Free urging journalists to call out Trump’s blatant racism.

Dunham was referring to the convicted murderer responsible for the 2015 mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Read More:‘Shrink’: Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham, and More Get Candid About Therapy — Watch

Not only is he a racist but he’s a racist with untreated mental illness. So under
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Lena Dunham Compares Donald Trump to Murderer Dylann Roof in Tweet

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Lena Dunham Compares Donald Trump to Murderer Dylann Roof in Tweet
Actress and writer Lena Dunham called out President Donald Trump in tweets Monday, including one in which she compared him to Dylann Roof, the man convicted in the 2015 mass shooting in a predominantly African American church in Charleston, S.C. The tweet came in response to a thread by comedian and “Full Frontal” writer Travon Free, who was questioning how CNN and other members of the media identify a racist. “I’ll end this by trying to help every journalist and analyst in America: @realDonaldTrump is a racist. Feel free to take it from there,” he wrote. That’s when Dunham stepped in.
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Fans Call Out Emmys for Omitting Dick Gregory, Charlie Murphy and More From in Memorium Tribute Segment

Fans Call Out Emmys for Omitting Dick Gregory, Charlie Murphy and More From in Memorium Tribute Segment
The 2017 Emmys In Memoriam segment has been called out for a perceived flub.

Following the touching memorial montage of recently deceased Hollywood stars, a slew of viewers took to social media to point out a few forgotten names.

Former TV legends Dick Gregory, Charlie Murphy, Harry Dean Stanton and Frank Vincent were all left out of the tribute.

“Thinking of my brothers Dick Gregory + Charlie Murphy. I’ll never forget you. I miss you both,” Common wrote on Twitter.
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Us writers' strike averted as "tentative" deal reached

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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
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Us writers' strike averted

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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
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Writers strike averted

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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
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Seth Meyers Calls Out President Trump for Pronouncing ‘Nazi’ Wrong

Seth Meyers Calls Out President Trump for Pronouncing ‘Nazi’ Wrong
President Donald Trump — who has faced several charges of anti-Semitism in the past — almost made it through the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Days of Remembrance ceremony without controversy.

Almost.

While some applauded the solemn tone Trump struck in his remarks at the ceremony on Tuesday, Late Night host Seth Meyers couldn’t help but notice the president’s mispronunciation of the word “Nazi” as “nozzie.”

In his Tuesday night monologue, Meyers roasted the president’s latest grammar flub, pointing out that the word “Nazi” is not supposed to rhyme with Fozzie (as in Bear).

“Who can forget Hitler’s famous words: ‘Waka.
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