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Sag-Aftra reaches tentative deal to end actors’ strike

US actors look set to resume work after their union, Sag-Aftra, agreed a tentative deal with Hollywood studios to end a four-month strike. On November 8th, Sag-Aftra reached an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers (AMPTP) in a unanimous vote. The shutdown – combined with a separate writers’ strike – has […]

November 9, 2023

Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis returns to Amazon Freevee in December

Amazon Freevee announced today that Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis will return with the first two episodes of its second season on December 6th, exclusively on Freevee in the UK, US and DE. A new episode of the 10-episode season will then be available every Wednesday. With higher stakes and even higher demands, Lewis will […]

October 13, 2023

Talks fail in actors strike

Negotiations between the US entertainment studios and unions representing actors have collapsed, with both sides saying they remained far apart on the most significant issues. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) said that it was suspending talks because they were “no longer moving us in a productive direction”. SAG-AFTRA, the actors’ union, […]

October 12, 2023

Hollywood writers agree to end strike

After nearly five months, Hollywood writers ended their strike. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) said in a statement: “The WGA reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a new three-year Minimum Basic Agreement. On September 26th, the Negotiating Committee, the WGAW Board and WGAE Council all voted […]

September 27, 2023

Data: Majority of US support Hollywood strikes

Americans are broadly aware of Hollywood writers and actors going on strike, with 74 per cent of adults saying they have heard of it, according to data presented by Samba TV. Baby boomers and silent generation adults are most aware compared to other generations.  The majority of all generations support the strike, including 4 in […]

September 27, 2023

Breakthrough talks in Hollywood writers’ strike

A tentative deal with studios has reportedly been reached that could see the Hollywood writers’ strike, that has lasted nearly five months, come to an end. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) said the proposed deal was “exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers,” reported the BBC. WGA members must still have a […]

September 25, 2023

ITV signs Oscars deal

ITV has announced, as part of a new multi-year deal with Disney Entertainment, that it will be unrolling the red carpet to homes across the UK as the exclusive partner for the 96th Oscars, which will take place on March 10th 2024. The ceremony will broadcast and stream live from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation […]

September 12, 2023

Sky orders Small Town, Big Story

Christina Hendricks and Paddy Considine will star in Sky Original Small Town, Big Story, a dramatic comedy created and directed by Chris O’Dowd (pictured). The new series from Playground and FilmNation Entertainment has started filming on location in Ireland and is expected to debut on Sky and streaming service NOW in the UK & Ireland […]

September 8, 2023

And, so, it is written

Barbie and Oppenheimer – Barbenheimer – (not a portmanteau any of their creators were expecting), have had big opening weekends. Indeed, Barbie is in the all-time top ten and is #1 in the ‘by a female director’ league. Both are ‘original’ dramas in the sense that matters most. They are not original stories – Barbie […]

August 28, 2023

Writers and studios back in talks

Negotiators for striking Hollywood writers and the major studios will return to the negotiating table at the end of this week as the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike marked more than 100 days. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group representing studios, is expected to provide responses to proposals from the […]

August 11, 2023