LB: WGAW Announces Final Candidates for 2012 Board of Directors Election

by Larry Brody

Direct from my eMail to your eyes:

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST ANNOUNCES
FINAL CANDIDATES FOR 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) has announced the final slate of candidates for the 2012 Board of Directors election.

There are 15 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of Directors, as follows: Meg LeFauve, Marjorie David, David Shore (inc.), Terrence Coli, John Aboud, Eric Small, Jordan Mechner, Barbara Turner, Michael Oates Palmer, Scott Alexander, Alexander Cary, David A. Goodman (inc.), Katherine Fugate (inc.), Kathy Kiernan (inc.), Chip Johannessen. (Previously announced Board candidates Patrick Sean Smith and Zoanne Clack withdrew their candidacies.)

(Note: WGAW internal rules require candidates to be announced in an order determined by lot; [inc.] denotes an incumbent candidate.)

The WGAW will host its annual “Candidates Night” town hall forum, where Guild members may meet BOD candidates and get answers to their questions, on Wednesday, September 5, at WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles.

Guild members will receive candidate, non-candidate, and rebuttal statements, if any, with their ballots prior to the election. Candidates may also mail additional campaign materials at their own expense. Members may vote by mail or in person at the WGAW’s annual membership meeting on Thursday, September 20. Ballots will be counted on Friday, September 21

Yeah, it’s not as well-written as it could be (“There are 15 candidates nominated to run”?), but it’s important. Without the WGA, who would keep the streets of Showbiz safe for the likes of you and me? SAG? The DGA?

If you’re a member, don’t forget to VOTE. If you aren’t a member, stop reading this and get back to your script. Write something wonderful, so you’ll be able to take part in this election process too.

This has been a WSA…Writers Service Announcement.

Lifetime Orders Some Stuff No One But Lifetime Can Possibly Like

You don’t believe us? Read, baby, read:

LIFETIME ORDERS DRAMA PILOTS THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES and WITCHES OF EAST END
by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Lifetime has ordered the drama pilots The Secret Lives of Wives (working title) and Witches of East End for 2013, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks.

Inspired by the book by Iris Krasnow, The Secret Lives of Wives will explore the unvarnished truth behind the marriages of four different women, breaking down the creative ways each close friend nurtures, maintains and endures what many see as an impossible convention of modern life.  With a “relatable and provocative approach,” the pilot will provide “an honest portrayal of the ultimate challenge every relationship faces – emotional and sexual longevity.”  Jill Gordon (Five), who wrote the pilot, will also executive produce with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars); Krasnow will serve as a producer.  The Secret Lives of Wives (working title) will be produced by Lin Pictures in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, Witches of East End centers on the adventures of a mother and her two adult daughters — both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches — who lead seemingly quiet, uneventful modern day lives in Long Island’s secluded seaside town of North Hampton.  When one of the daughters becomes engaged to a young, wealthy newcomer, a series of events forces her mother to admit to her daughters they are, in fact, powerful and immortal witches.  Maggie Friedman (Dawson’s CreekJack and Bobby and Eastwick) wrote and will executive produce Witches of East End, which will be produced by Fox 21.  Erwin Stoff (The Matrix) of 3 Arts Entertainment will also executive produce.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY BY MUNCHMAN:

The key words here are “relatable” (which may not even be a word) and “provocative,” which is probably the most important word in Lifetime’s vocabulary. Unless you count “sexual,” that is. Considering that none of those interviewed used any of those words in connection with Witches of East End, TVWriter™ is betting that no one will have to worry about how much they hate that show because it will never get on the air. The Secret Lives of Wives, however, is another matter. Everyone who sees it is bound to be gagging by the end of the first scene.

How do we know this? Because we really are “powerful and immortal witches.” And we got that way by swallowing the souls of every Lifetime executive since the channel came into existence. Swallowing them whole.

Viacom and DirectTV Kiss and Make Up

“Nobody’s right when everybody’s wrong.” (Some silly song lyric from back in the day.)

DIRECTV and Viacom Reach Agreement to Renew Carriage of Viacom’s Networks
by TeamTVWriter Press Service

New York, NY – July 20, 2012 —Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) today announced that the company has reached a long-term agreement to renew carriage with DIRECTV.

All 26 Viacom networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, CMT, Logo, Spike, TV Land, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, Palladia, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, TeenNick, Tr3s and Centric, will return to DIRECTV’s channel lineup immediately. As part of the overall carriage agreement, DIRECTV has an option to add the EPIX service to its entertainment offerings.

Viacom is extremely pleased to bring its programming back to DIRECTV subscribers, and thanks everyone affected by the disruption for their patience and understanding during this challenging period.

Kinda terse, huh? Like the thing a kid says when his mommy makes him apologize. Hmm…

Is This How You’ll Shoot Your Next Video?

Vyclone Launches Social Video Collaboration App
by TeamTVWriter Press Service

We could have re-edited this announcement, but we’re on the web, where we all know that whatever is quickest is best.  So here’s what the Vyclone folks say about the app they released today:

Vyclone is the simplest and fastest way to co-create, sync and edit multiple videos of a shared event. Perfect for capturing all of life’s events, from birthday parties to sporting events and concerts, Vyclone synchronizes and edits multiple users’ clips to create one movie with all the angles cut together. The movie can be remixed, or edited, to the user’s liking, then shared with Vyclone’s vibrant community and other social media platforms.

Vyclone gives users the tools to make any shared captured experience social. App features include:
• Ability to film from four different camera angles in a variety of filters including black & white and sepia
• Simple video editing tools including one-tap and multi-camera editing
• Option to share videos privately, with friends or the Vyclone community
• One-tap sharing to Facebook and Twitter or to the camera roll on iPhone or iPod touch to share anywhere
• Discover featured, new, and popular content from Vyclone’s active community
• Ability to tag friends and events, comment on videos, like videos, and follow other Vyclone users

Simultaneous multi-camera? For reals? Instant editing and sharing? Quite honestly, this sounds like the perfect tool for peer-produced video. We’ll report back after we’ve given Vyclone a fair try.