Archive for October 22nd, 2007

Lumet Discusses Film

22nd October 2007

There’s an interesting interview in The New York Times with lauded film director Sidney Lumet, who has made 44 feature films during a career that has so far stretched fifty years.

Paddywhackery On Weds

22nd October 2007

Filmbase alerts us to the fact that the new bilingual six-part comedy drama series, Paddywhackery, will air on TG4 on Wednesday, October 24th at 9.30pm.

Funded by TG4, the Sound & Vision Scheme of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and Section 481 funding, Paddywhackery was co-written by Daniel O’Hara and Paddy C Courtney, with Dough Productions’ Grainne O’Carroll producing and Daniel O’Hara directing.

Director and co-writer Daniel O’Hara said, “People think the Irish language is all about Aran jumpers and Peig Sayers, but we wanted to make something that was relevant to and entertaining for an audience that doesn’t necessarily speak Irish. I don’t think that people have seen anything like this before on Irish television. There’s a surreal quality to it and a sense of humour which is original. Because we’ve been lucky enough to have big stars like Fionnuala Flanagan and Frank Kelly on board I hope that results in people checking it out. I’m quite confident that if people have a look they’ll want to see more.”

Writers Vote to Strike

22nd October 2007

The LA Times reports that 90% of the members of the Writers Guilds of America have voted to strike if a new contract can’t be negotiated with the major studio before it expires on October 31st. It’s a record response from the 12,000-strong membership.

Writers have rallied behind a theme that might best be summed up by the Who’s hit song “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Writers maintain they were shortchanged years ago when they agreed to a discounted pay formula for home video sales, only to see that business take off. And they’re determined not to make the same mistake again as the digital revolution upends the entertainment industry.

“The guild made a bad deal 20 years ago and they’ve been angry ever since and they don’t want to do it again,” said Jonathan Handel, an entertainment industry attorney with TroyGould in Los Angeles and a former associate counsel for the Writers Guild. “That’s why we’re seeing a line drawn in the sand.”

For their part, the studios maintain that DVD sales are needed to offset rising marketing and production costs, and they contend that it’s too early to lock into pay formulas for shows distributed online because technologies are rapidly changing and they’re still grappling with uncertain business models.