Off-lot feature production activity in Hollywood remained moderate in December, while TV shoots fell off their record-setting pace during the month, according to figures released Wednesday.
The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has negotiated a new three-year deal covering low-budget films, bumping the cap from $7 million to $8.5 million.
Facing the prospect of tough contract negotiations, Hollywood scribes have closed ranks quickly following the sudden resignation of Victoria Riskin as president of the WGA West.
The Directors Guild of America offered up a few surprises in noms for its 56th annual film awards, saluting relative novices, one past winner and former contenders.
Screenwriter Michael Alan Eddy has sued the WGA West and the producers of "The Last Samurai" over the guild's refusal to arbitrate his claim of a writing credit on the Tom Cruise film.
Paramount has tapped R&B songstress Ashanti and thesp Rob Brown ("Finding Forrester") to join Samuel L. Jackson on the "Coach Carter" team.
Eric Hughes may have lost the battle for the WGA West presidency against Victoria Riskin, but he won the war.
The Costume Designers Guild has leaned toward large-scale studio pics for its 2004 Excellence in Costume Design Awards.
Mike Nichols has been tapped to receive the Directors Guild of America lifetime achievement award, making him the 31st filmmaker to receive the kudos.
The Producers Guild of America is thinking big in film nominations, citing six large-scale and high-profile dramas, while sidestepping comedies and independent fare.