FROM Eliza Skinner
'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) Photos of Jackie Beat and Joan Rivers, courtesy of Jackie Beat
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”