Looks like the Weinsteins signed with the WGA.
They're the guys who used to run Miramax, sold it to Disney, and started a new studio when they got tired of working at Mauschwitz (as The Walt Disney Company is sometimes known in Ho-town).
This is another big crack in the AMPTP's ranks. The Weinsteins have a habit of taking Oscars home. You know they'll be shooting Oscar bait this summer for December release. What's Paramount going to shoot? Or Universal? If the strike goes on, the Weinsteins and Tom Cruise will have Christmas all to themselves.
I think that is going to be hard to explain to the shareholders and CEOs of Uni and Par. Something like this conversation is probably going on now:
Nick Counter: "We couldn't sign with the Guild because their demands were so outrageous no one in their right mind would sign with them. "
CEO: "David Letterman did. And Tom Cruise. And the Weinsteins."
Nick Counter: "Well ha hah, because Tom Cruise and the Weinsteins are not their right minds, so I'm still right!"
CEO: "Nobody in show business is in his right mind. Sign a goddamn deal already."
I'm going to be chatting on Quebec AM tomorrow at 8:20 am, saying more or less the above, if you're in their listening area. It's not like being on Q, but I don't sleep with all the right people like DMc does.
Labels: guild, strike