Archive for January 14th, 2008

Weinsteins sign WGA Deal

14th January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The WGA and the Weinstein Company have signed an interim deal that allows writers to go back to work and into development with The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, the genre division under the TWC banner.

David Young, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, West and WGA chief negotiator, said: “The Guild is proud to move forward with The Weinstein Company and hopes that other studios will follow its example. The conglomerates walked away from bargaining and have refused to resume negotiations, but this shows we can sign deals that are fair for writers and the companies that employ them.”

The terms of the agreement are similar to the Guild’s recent deals with Worldwide Pants and United Artists.

David Simon Masterclass

14th January 2008 by Maura McHugh

On the 24th of January, in the Fizwilliam Hotel, Dublin, there will be a half-day masterclass on writing for television with David Simon, writer, producer, and creator of the TV series The Wire.

The masterclass will explore such issues as the writing process, the writer as exec producer, developing story and character, and the current US television drama landscape. Go to the FÁS Screen Training Ireland web site for details on how to apply.

Scene Analysis in Galway

14th January 2008 by Maura McHugh

FÁS Screen Training Ireland is running a 6-day Scene Analysis course in February in the Harbour Hotel in Galway, which will be taught by Beth Serlin. The aim of the course is to explore the precise craft of writing scenes for film. Through the medium of course work participants will apply their learning to their own scripts. All details about how to apply are on the web site.

Globes 08

14th January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The 65th Golden Globe Award Winners have been announced. The best screenplay for a motion picture was won by Ethan and Joel Coen, for No Country for Old Men, and Daniel Day Lewis won best actor for his performance in There Will be Blood.