Writer-producers Brian K. Vaughn and Neal Baer on working with Stephen King and Steven Spielberg to make the new CBS hit Under the Dome. Also, Eric Glatt, a former intern who sued Fox, speaks out about what he calls "wage theft." He says Hollywood exploit people's emotional attachment to movies and TV to get them to work for free. Plus, on the Hollywood News Banter we talk Weinstein v. Warner Bros and the new mayor of LA says runaway production is "an emergency."
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Kim Masters and Michael Schneider, LA Bureau Chief for TV Guide Magazine, banter about this week's top entertainment news stories. (John Horn in away.)
- Harvey Weinstein and Warner Bros are embroiled in a legal battle over the title of the film, The Butler. Is this another Weinstein publicity stunt?
- Mark Burnett and Roma Downey sell their sequel to their History channel miniseries, The Bible, to NBC. Is NBC getting sloppy seconds for a big price tag?
- Eric Garcetti, LA's new mayor, calls runaway production out of the city "an emergency" and announces plans to create a "Film Czar."
The new CBS hit, Under the Dome, is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. Brian K. Vaughn, noted comic book author and former writer/producer of Lost, adapted the novel for Dreamworks which originally wanted it to be a Showtime series. When the project went to CBS' Neal Baer, formerly of Law & Order SVU and ER, came on board to be show-runner. The two talk about working with Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, and argue that broadcast TV can still make compelling, serialized dramas and compete with cable.
Dean Norris as James "Big Jim" Rennie
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Eric Glatt, a former unpaid intern who worked on the 2010 Fox Searchlight movie, Black Swan, talks about suing the studio for what he calls "wage theft." Glatt and another former intern, Alex Footman, filed a successful class action lawsuit which the studio says it will appeal. In the wake of their ruling, they've started a trend. Glatt sees it as an issue that's pervasive in the economy but thinks that Hollywood exploits people's emotional attachment to movies and TV to get them to work for free.
Glatt is now getting a law degree at Georgetown University and is looking at how the federal government uses unpaid interns.