Globes, Oscars stricken

By Tim Surette

Dec 19, 2007


This year's Golden Globes and Oscars could lack the luster usually attributed to the two awards shows, as the writers strike has forced some changes to the annual events.

On Monday, the Writers Guild of America denied standard requests from the producers of both shows, a move that could greatly affect how both are run, according to Bloomberg. Dick Clark Productions, which runs the Golden Globes, won't have the assistance of WGA writers to pen its presentations, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which handles the Academy Awards, does not have permission to use clips from old films, something normally used in the event's tributes.

More damaging to the shows was actually how the WGA will participate in the Golden Globes--they'll attend, but mostly on the sidewalk holding signs. The WGA told Variety that it plans to picket the Golden Globes, which could deter some stars from participating. The Screen Actors Guild has been very supportive of the WGA since the onset of the strike, and many stars feel that attending the awards show is crossing the picket line, both literally and figuratively.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the side on the other end of the strike, continued its attack on the union in the wake of the WGA's decisions.

"In the category of Worst Supporting Union, the nominee is the WGA," says a post on the organization's Web site. The post also accuses the WGA of hurting its own members, the city of Los Angeles, and "the creative artists who deserve to be honored for their work over the last year."

Without writers, the awards shows could be even more awkward than normal, with actors having no teleprompter jokes they typically stumble through. Producers of the show are also weary of vocal actors speaking out against the AMPTP and the studios when they're at the podium.

The Golden Globe Awards show takes place January 13. Whoever is in charge of censoring the telecast better be ready.

For more on the writers strike, check out's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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  • skyvolt2000 Jan 03, 2008

    I hate reward shows to ebgin with, so I wasn't watching anyway.

    However why nobody is meeting to end this is beyond me. Most of these writers are already losing thier jobs (4401, Dead Zone, Journey Man, Best Years, Instant Star and others all axed) and other work on shows that will never be on dvd or online (most black sitcoms, one season wonders, TNBC's lineup and others) for various reason (music cost, lost footage or no interest).

    So why stop working when the union probably won't help you keep that show on the air or get on dvd so you can get that money that all this mess has caused.

  • kellyzy116 Jan 03, 2008

    Try, you will find more....

  • amyboils Jan 01, 2008

    I'm getting pretty tired of hearing people comparing this to people in the iraq war, it isn't the same industry (I could complain about a 6 year old making 10 times more than me) or whatever else and saying no risk blah blah blah. It's sad that they haven't seen their families, but corporate america still goes on, and thus, everyone moves on. Corporations and actors aren't the only ones who should be seeing large profits from shows. Let's put this in perspective for those people. Actors DO NOT have any risk of losing money and make a substantial amount more. Let's take the show Seinfeld for example he got an average of $1,000,000 per episode (not even counting residuals and dvd sales) and let's be generous with how much each writer made (wga saying 50% get an average of $100,000/year and the AMPTP saying $400000 being the average) $1,000,000/year break that down $1mil divided by 26 episodes per season that's $38461/episode that's a difference of $961539/episode. the writers get 1/3 of a percent (that's 0.0033) of dvd sales which they helped create which in my opinion is more important than sitting behind a desk looking pretty and deciding which shows to cut. The CEO's are obviously getting far more than Jerry Seinfeld was getting per episode and even the cost of 10 writers is only 1/3 of what he gets per episode.

    Online TV in the next 5 years is expected to make $4 billion the writers currently get nothing but say they got the same deal as the dvd's so 1/3 of a percent here's a number for that.

    $4,000,000,000 - Gross Profits

    $0,013,200,000 - What ALL writers get between them.

    So tell me does this sound fair to you? I'm in graphic design and people think that all it is, is drawing pictures, it's not that it's how much you can make that company and you're small slice of the pie that you're getting from the money they are getting from your design. Writers are the same way and they deserve their fair share of the pie just as much as actors and CEO's. Many of you are saying you want your shows back well that proves that the writers are making an impact on television just as much as anybody else.

    As for the writers and actors taking a hit there is a big difference then that of the studio taking a hit which means they don't make any or much money even after paying their entire staff but you can be guaranteed that they aren't losing a dime on the deal.

  • katiebsmith Dec 31, 2007

    I agree with Harrox. I just want my shows back. I know that the writers want compensation for what they had a hand in creating, but in the grand scheme of things, I can't feel sorry for people who live in Hollywood and write tv shows for a living when there are soldiers in Iraq who haven't seen their families in months. I just think the obsession with being rich and famous has reached the point of absurdity lately. I love tv and movies a lot, but there needs to be a reality check for these people sometime.

  • harrox Dec 31, 2007

    i just want my shows back, but yeah this is gonna be such an awkward show i can't wait to watch :)

  • Musicals101 Dec 29, 2007

    Only the ones risking the money should benefit from the work? That's not how it works, it depends on the contracts you have. Since the writer is the main creator of the work, they should get some compensation from the profit. Otherwise, people are paid upfront for their work and won't see any more money unless a profit is made. For example, my friend had a guest spot on a Seinfeld episode and she'd paid upfront for the job and now gets a $400-500 check every few months just based on the reruns of one episode. That's one actor in one episode. The studio is making much more above that. It also wouldn't be like that if the show was poorly written and wasn't shown all over the world. Everyone benefits, but the studios benefit more and first. Without the amazing writing, the billions in profit for Seinfeld wouldn't exist. You can't deny that there may be tons of crap on TV, but it's the quality written shows that gets rerun, sold online and on DVD.

  • elahoda Dec 29, 2007

    I had to read Trident's post to see what all the fuss was about. And I laughed! Without grunts like writers, many shows would not exist. We'd be stuck in a land full of reality shows (shudder) and game shows. Have you written anything lately? not as easy as it sounds. It's not smashing fingers on a keyboard and hoping Shakespeare comes out

    Without writers, songs would not exist. Without writers, publishing companies would not have any books to sell. Without programmers writing code, software companies would not exist. Hell, without cooks, restaurants would be McDonalds.

  • elahoda Dec 29, 2007

    Award shows are too long, too over the top, and too forced/fake feeling anyway... haven't watched one in years. No loss.

  • HVGirl Dec 28, 2007

    Gee Trident, are you a business owner? I hope not cuz you'd suck as a boss! These shows are great due TO the writers. How can there be a great show without great writers? I hope the strike continues until they get what they want. Until then, you all need to FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO. What do you all do during the summer? Watch the shows you already saw during the season?

  • pgsuperfan Dec 27, 2007

    time to end this stupid strike

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