Friday, January 4, 2008

Amen Brother

"Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure." - Michael Pollan, IN DEFENSE OF FOOD: An Eater's Manifesto.

Dave Eggers On Selling Out

Wow. Remind me never to piss Dave Eggers off. Here's a great article from the Harvard Advocate in 2000 where Eggers responds to a number of questions, including the issue of selling out.

Mediabistro Course

I'll be teaching a course on publishing contracts again in March for Mediabistro. I believe it's $65 ($50 for AvantGuild members), and over the course of three hours I'll go over the basics of copyright law and fair use, publishing contract clauses, and negotiation techniques. I hope to see you there.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

A Strike Update

Happy New Year to you all, and my apologies for not posting anything sooner. I spent most of my break eating, and as a result my fingers grew too chubby to type.

An update on the strike. As you might have heard, the late night shows (Letterman, Conan, Leno) are back. Letterman's production company cut an interim deal with the WGA, while Conan and Leno returned without their writing staffs since NBC owns their shows.

As football season ends and the lack of good reality television continues, the next battle in the war is over the upcoming awards shows, with the Golden Globes up first on January 13th. Though it was first rumored that the WGA would agree to an interim deal similar to the one struck by Letterman, it now seems that this isn't going to happen. All reports indicate that the show will go on, but it will now be untelevised and there's a good chance that many actors won't show as a gesture of support for the writers.

As a result, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (which organizes the Globes) will lose the fee to air the show, and the megabucks parties held post-ceremony by HBO, NBC, and others are in limbo.