‘Newz’ Flash: Cast Stiffed

Cast members of the syndicated latenight comedy strip “The Newz” have not been paid since the show premiered in September.

According to sources close to the show, none of the cast has received pay for the show – which is produced by Celebrity Entertainment and distributed by Columbia TriStar Television Distribution – or residuals from reruns.

The performers’ contracts with Celebrity Entertainment and its president, James McNamara, according to sources, specified that the actors would get deferred payment for original airings but immediate pay for reruns.

Columbia TriStar TV Distribution gave McNamara money for the residuals but that money has yet to reach the cast. CTTD, described by sources as an innocent victim, had no comment.

McNamara has not returned several calls over the last week. McNamara was said to have told Columbia last week that the cast would be paid, but as of Jan. 25 that had not happened.

Columbia Pictures “TV had ordered 90 episodes of “The Newz” last spring but has not yet determined whether it will renew the show, which is struggling in the ratings, for fall ’95.

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