'Fashion Police' Writers Strike; The WGA and Joan Rivers at Odds
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Fashion Police writers say why they're on strike. The Writers Guild East explains the charges brought against lifetime guild member Joan Rivers, host of Fashion Police, for violating strike rules.
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The Hollywood News Banter ()
Kim Masters and John Horn of the Los Angeles Times banter about this week's top entertainment news stories.
- The fall-out from The Lone Ranger: Disney, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski
- Upfront ad sales for the broadcast TV networks is slower than last year, with meager increases on cable and more money being spent on digital ads
- Rupert Murdoch is heading back to Parliament
'Fashion Police' Writers Strike ()
The Business producer Darby Maloney talks with Eliza Skinner and Jackie Beat, two of the writers who walked out on strike off of E!'s Fashion Police in April. With the backing of the Writers Guild of America, the writers argue their jobs fall under the Guild's jurisdiction as a comedy-variety show. This past week the writers put a video online calling for Joan Rivers, a lifetime member of the WGA and a co-host on the show, to get behind them. Also joining the conversation is Neal Sacharow of the WGA West.
Fashion Police writer Jackie Beat and Joan-Rivers
Joan Rivers and Jackie Beat
(When he's not writing comedy he's performs as a drag queen)
- Eliza Skinner: television writer and performer, @elizaskinner
- Jackie Beat: writer and producer, @JACKIEBEAT
- Neal Sacharow: Writers Guild of America, West, @WGAWest
WGA East Charges Joan Rivers ()
The Writers Guild of America East has charged that Joan Rivers has "violated the union's rules by writing and by performing showrunner duties for the E! Network show Fashion Police." Rivers is a lifetime member of the guild. Lowell Peterson, executive director for WGA East, explains to The Business producer Darby Maloney what this charge means and what Rivers faces when she has to appear at a"“hearing before a three-person trial board." If found guilty the punishment could be a fee or expulsion from the guild.
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