Archive for January 2nd, 2008

Coen Films in Dublin

2nd January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The IFI in Temple Bar, Dublin is hosting a Coen Brothers Retrospective from Jan 5th – Jan 27th. Classics such as Barton Fink, Fargo, Miller’s Crossing, etc. will be available to see in their full glory on the big screen.

New Year New Deals

2nd January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The WGA has struck an independent deal with David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants production company, and as of this evening both Late Night with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson will be broadcast on CBS with scripts completed by their writers. This deal has been possible because Worldwide Pants owns both the shows and licenses them to CBS.

The agreement would bind Mr. Letterman’s company to the proposals the guild was prepared to propose to the producers before talks broke off earlier this month, including payment for material used on the Web and in other new media.

“We are a writer-friendly company,” Rob Burnett, the chief executive of Worldwide Pants, said in a telephone interview. “We don’t have a problem giving the writers what they are asking for. We think they deserve it, and we’re happy to give it to them.”

Other talk shows are also returning to the airwaves tonight, but without their writers. They include: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien in New York.

The WGA has decided to picket the studios where these shows are being broadcast:

Our picket will not be of the hosts themselves but the companies for which their shows are produced. Our purpose is to continue awareness of our strike and the media conglomerates against which we strike, and to encourage performers, politicians and others to honor our picket line and not appear as guests on these struck programs.

Nothing at all personal or defamatory is intended and we will take all measures to make sure the public and press are aware of our motives and issues.

If the companies want these shows to be back on the air with the writers whose creativity and talent make them so successful, the answer is simple. Bargain in good faith, negotiate, make a deal.

Virtual Cinema Deadline

2nd January 2008 by Maura McHugh

Irish Film Board has announced that Friday, February 14 2008 is the deadline for the new short film scheme Virtual Cinema

Virtual Cinema is a new scheme for the making of high-quality short films that are suited to the new forms of digital video consumption. Films made under the scheme can be live-action or can use any kind of animation technique.

The scheme aims to encourage exploration of fresh filmmaking ground, with no creative holds barred and films may be made in Irish or English.

The IFB are funding up to 10 films with a maximum duration of 2 minutes and a maximum budget of €2,000.