Ready for the Sexy New Peter PAN?

That’s PAN as in the upcoming movie of that name. (Can you spell O-Y V-A-Y, boys and girls?) Oh, wait. They aren’t casting a sexy Peter. It’s Hook who’s going to win the audience wars for this one. Not sure how we feel about that: Um, nope, this ain’t a-goin’ to be yer momma’s Peter...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/7/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Danny Zuker (MODERN FAMILY) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. (Cuz MODERN FAMILY is minting money for them and everybody on the staff is worth his weight in gold. Well, more than gold actually. Probably even more than, you know,...

Disney/ABC Writing Program Announces 2014 Participants

Disney on ice? But the studio’s just chosen some hot writers. (Ouch, sorry.) by Team TVWriter™ Press Service Disney/ABC Television Group has chosen eight scribes for its 2014 Writing Program. Chosen from a field of nearly 2,000 applications, this year’s participants are comedy writers Lucas Brown Eyes (Pine Ridge Agency, SD), Lewaa Nasserdeen (Alberta, Canada)...

Appetite for Books

Readers remain hungry for cookbooks. Featuring everything from grilled meats to roasted vegetables, the print and digital servings from publishers large and small feed a healthy appetite among home cooks and librarians. “Cookbook sales remain red-hot,” notes Andrew Albanese, senior writer at Publishers Weekly. “Interesting – isn’t it? – that in this wired age, you can find...

Friday News: A Tale of Sony and Kobo

Sony abandons North American eBook stores – You have have heard by now (perhaps by email, if you are a Sony Reader Store customer), that Sony is closing down its US and Canadian Reader Stores. However, in other parts of the world, Sony is still in operation, with no immediate plans to shut down. It...

Thursday News: Penguin’s new 13-year old author, NYT lament on YA, NoiseTrade’s free books, and Zane’s money woes

Penguin Signs 13-Year-Old Author – Jake Marcionette is writing a series featuring sixth grader Jake Ali Mathews, who moves with his family from Florida to Maryland and has to settle into his new school and his new life. The first book in the series is set to publish this month, the next in 2015, and...

WGA Contract Talks Brittle In Opening Days Over “Ridiculous” AMPTP Proposals

Deadline brings us up to date on the Writers Guild of America’s contract discussions with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers. The article works hard to downplay the differences, but the question remains: Why start out the talks by insulting the writers and getting their dander up? Are the rollbacks a ploy…or are...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/5/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Larry Wilmore (THE DAILY SHOW) is the new showrunner for ABC’s untitled comedy about “an upper middleclass black man who struggles to raise his children with…cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles…. (Actually, the uncut logline for this series is as long as most...

Wednesday News: The Reputation of tattoos, LibraryThing’s security breach, Adobe’s DRM (again), and Duke Ellington’s ‘compiling”

People always say the same thing about tattoos – File this under: everything old is new again. A brief history, not of tattooing, but of reactions to tattoos, from shocked to scandalized to excited. As Matt Lodder explains, the reputation tattoos have as being associated with certain groups of people is one created by the...

Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Expendables’ Launches Nasty Writers Battle

Wait’ll you see what Sly did. Naughty, naughty, dude. But then , whaddaya expect from a teeny little guy like him who’s made his whole career about looking BIG? by Eriq Gardner SylvesterStallone experienced a Rocky Balboa-style comeback with The Expendables, his 2010 film about a team of mercenaries hired to eliminate a Latin American dictator. But...

Tuesday News: Rabih Alameddine loves his characters, Adobe hates you, Tech companies love transparency (sometimes), who loves a stolen book?, and when loving lasts too long

Interview: Rabih Alameddine, Author Of ‘An Unnecessary Woman’ – Alameddine’s novel features a heroine who works in a bookstore in Beirut and translates her favorite stories into Arabic, never to be sold or published. Despite the title and Aaliyah’s circumstances, she is happy and fulfilled. I adore Alameddine’s response to a question about “writing lovable characters:”...

WGA-AMPTP Contract Negotions Begin Today

Speaking of the Writers Guild: This is heavy stuff. These talks will decide what the financial terms of the next Writers Guild of America - Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers deal will be. And, as usual, the producers’ opening salvo is all about, well, let’s be clear here, it’s all about how much they’re...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/2/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Ann Peacock (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) is adapting The Dovekeepers historical novel about the Siege of Masada for CBS. (And don’t let anybody tell you there’s a happy ending. The Masada story is the original, “everybody dies, feel bad but try to keep on breathing...

2014 WGA Awards Winners (Hot News from Last Saturday Night)

Hmm, old writers may not get a lot of work, but they still run the Guild. Here they are, last night’s Writers Guild of America Award winners. (And, no, we’re not reviewing the ceremonies other than bow our heads in sorrow for emcee Brad Garrett and his Dead on Arrival Woody Allen pedophile routine.) You...

Monday News: Apple behaves badly (again), Avon tries out a new type of story, Rowling regrets Hermione coupling, and movie-talk as marriage counseling

The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages – This story provides some of the detail around a class action lawsuit filed against more than 100,000 Silicon Valley tech workers, whose salaries were artificially suppressed to the tune of $9 billion. Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar all...

WGA Awards Presenters Set for East Coast Ceremony

by Team TVWriter™ First, a few words from the Writers Guild of America East, courtesy of a My-T-Fine Press Release: An incredible line-up of presenters has been confirmed for the 66th annual Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. This year, awards will...

Hollywood Writers Warn Against Uber-Harsh Anti-Piracy Measures

We never could have foreseen this. Never: by Ernesto The Writers Guild of America is warning that current initiatives to protect copyright holders from online piracy go too far. The labor union, which represents many Hollywood writers, says that free speech and the open Internet should be balanced against copyright protection. Among other things they...