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01.11.2008
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George Clooney Frustrated by not seeing an end to the raging writer's strike, A-list man candy George Clooney is, according to Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily, looking to volunteer to act as a mediator between the two feuding parties - writers and studios - to put an end to this strike business. He's apparently even looking to recruit fellow A-listers Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, John Wells and a few others, throw everyone in a room together and throw away the key until an accord is reached that satisfies both parties. Good luck with all of that, Clooney. Studios aren't giving up juicy internet profits without a goddamn ruthlessly bloody dogfight.

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Extra Tidbit: For more in-depth coverage of the strike, remember you can always check Variety's stirke blog. Did that sound a little too CNN?

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1:06PM on 01/14/2008

Go Clooney!

I'm sorry Producers, we accidentally replaced your heart with a baked potato. You have about three seconds to live. Damn it! It never gets any easier!

And no, that's too CNN. They don't do in-depth coverage anymore. Unless you consider Rick Sanchez getting tased in-depth.... (Don't tase me, bro!)
I'm sorry Producers, we accidentally replaced your heart with a baked potato. You have about three seconds to live. Damn it! It never gets any easier!

And no, that's too CNN. They don't do in-depth coverage anymore. Unless you consider Rick Sanchez getting tased in-depth.... (Don't tase me, bro!)
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8:40AM on 01/13/2008

update

NBC and all of it's networks combined earn roughly $1.5 Billion in TOTAL advertising sales, and NOT from the internet alone. They represent about 20% to 30% of the all t.v. earnings for advertising, but NO WHERE NEAR that amount for the internet alone. Anyone making a billion of net ads could pretty much start their own country. NBCamerica or Richland or something.
NBC and all of it's networks combined earn roughly $1.5 Billion in TOTAL advertising sales, and NOT from the internet alone. They represent about 20% to 30% of the all t.v. earnings for advertising, but NO WHERE NEAR that amount for the internet alone. Anyone making a billion of net ads could pretty much start their own country. NBCamerica or Richland or something.
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5:49PM on 01/12/2008

SYNGUS, you're missing the .

NBC just announced to wall street that they made 1 BILLION dollars off the internet this year. So yes, internet is and will be a money maker. The DGA likes that the WGA is on strike, because it gives them more leverage. SAG has gone above and beyond supporting the WGA, so whether they 'want it' or not is irrelevant. The AMPTP wants to break the unions - its the only reason they've held out and will continue to do so. They've ALREADY lost more in revenue than they would have given up if they had
NBC just announced to wall street that they made 1 BILLION dollars off the internet this year. So yes, internet is and will be a money maker. The DGA likes that the WGA is on strike, because it gives them more leverage. SAG has gone above and beyond supporting the WGA, so whether they 'want it' or not is irrelevant. The AMPTP wants to break the unions - its the only reason they've held out and will continue to do so. They've ALREADY lost more in revenue than they would have given up if they had agreed to the WGA's terms, so since they aren't stupid, it means it's about more than the money to them.
The WGA wants a fair deal, and they want to negotiate. The AMPTP is the one REFUSING to negotiate, so any job losses to cast and crew is to be blamed on them 100%.
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12:33PM on 01/12/2008

missing the point

Yes it's great seeing proactive work being done, but there's more to it than that. The directors don't want to strike. Neither do actors. Those unions are also approaching strike deadlines. If the writers settle on a deal, then the other unions will follow suit and will not have to give up work and commitments. And for the "juicy internet profits" remark, give me an f*cking break.
Yes it's great seeing proactive work being done, but there's more to it than that. The directors don't want to strike. Neither do actors. Those unions are also approaching strike deadlines. If the writers settle on a deal, then the other unions will follow suit and will not have to give up work and commitments. And for the "juicy internet profits" remark, give me an f*cking break.
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6:02PM on 01/11/2008

Good for George, Tom, and Steven

It's nice to see SOMEONE trying to stand up to the greedy AMTP (the studio heads "union"). Plus, given the personas these guys have cultivated, it's especially gratifying seeing THEM be the ones to do it.
It's nice to see SOMEONE trying to stand up to the greedy AMTP (the studio heads "union"). Plus, given the personas these guys have cultivated, it's especially gratifying seeing THEM be the ones to do it.
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4:57PM on 01/11/2008
At least somebody's trying to do something...and big stars actually have influence with studio heads. Some, anyway. But the extremes on each side aren't ever going to end up happy - the mark of a good compromise is when both sides end up unhappy.
At least somebody's trying to do something...and big stars actually have influence with studio heads. Some, anyway. But the extremes on each side aren't ever going to end up happy - the mark of a good compromise is when both sides end up unhappy.
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