Guild makes move as deadlines loom
Vance Van Petten said the letter to major studios and production companies requested any available screeners and drew particular attention to the early voting deadlines. Van Petten also said the PGA leadership decided to stay out of the imbroglio over screeners until after last week’s New York court ruling that lifted the ban. Defending copyrights “We absolutely believe in the importance of screeners getting out to our members, but at the same time, we remain resolute in our defense of copyright and our belief in the substantial threat that piracy represents to our industry,” he said. Warner and other majors have indicated they would supply tapes to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for Golden Globes consideration (Daily Variety, Dec. 11). The PGA event has been a fairly reliable indicator of Academy sentiment, with matches on nine of its 13 selections, including last year, when it presented its Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award to Martin Richards for “Chicago.”
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