FROM Michael Speier
Another Strike in Hollywood? Despite the bleak economic outlook, the Screen Actors' Guild has decided to ask its members to vote on a strike. This comes after weekend meetings failed to produce a deal between actors and the studios. The move could disrupt Hollywood's awards season for the second year in a row. Michael Speier is executive editor at Daily Variety.
DreamWorks Makes Deal with Bollywood’s Reliance DreamWorks may be closing a deal with one of India's biggest entertainment producers. What could that mean for Hollywood and the worldwide business of entertainment?
Another Hollywood Strike on the Horizon? Three months after the Writers’ strike, the actors’ contract is about to run out. SAG, the Screen Actors’ Guild , has broken off talks with the film and TV studios. But AFTRA which has jurisdiction over TV is ready to negotiate.
The Beginning of the End of the Writers' Strike It could all be over this weekend. The writers' strike that began last November will finally end if writers approve a deal that is expected to be presented to them tomorrow. The agreement could mean that Hollywood will be back to work as early as Monday. Michael Speier is executive editor of the Hollywood trade paper, Variety .
Writers Strike and Its Impact on Local Economy The Golden Globes show was reduced to a press conference and late night TV hosts are limping along without writers. Now, 20th Century Fox , CBS Paramount , NBC Universal and Warner Brothers have canceled sixty-five development and production agreements worth as much as two million dollars apiece.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.