Tuesday, December 18, 2007

News Brief

Variety: In a surprising show of union solidarity, the DGA has agreed to share its inside info on new-media compensation with striking scribes. The Directors Guild of America and Writers Guild disclosed the development in a brief announcement Monday afternoon -- four days after the DGA ran out of patience with the lack of progress in the WGA's negotiations and said it would schedule its own talks in January if there's no writers' deal by the end of the year.

New York Post: It’s season 3 of the online audition-as-a-reality-show "InTurn" to win a 13-week contract on the CBS soap “As the World Turns.” Players live “Real World”-style in a Brooklyn loft beginning in March 2008. Our favorite part of the application: The warning not to sign the application until the contestant has read, understood and agreed to in its entirety. Unfortunately, the 65-page application was scanned in and starts getting cut off around Page 38. So, good luck with understanding that.

OK! Magazine: When OK! got the invite to spend the day delivering toys to hospitalized children for Toys for Tots with soap stud and recent "Dancing With the Stars" competitor Cameron Mathison, how could we pass up the opportunity? While he handed out the gifts, the "All My Children" star spoke openly to OK! about being a good father and husband and trying to fit it all into his hectic life.

Bloomberg: Daniel Sadek collected a fleet of cars that included a Lamborghini, a McLaren, a Ferrari Enzo, a Saleen S7 and a Porsche, frequented casinos and was engaged to soap opera actress Nadia Bjorlin. "Daniel was charismatic, crazy, unconventional and passionate about his company and his borrowers," says Lisa Iannini, a former employee. Sadek would try to help Bjorlin break out of TV's "Days Of Our Lives," co-writing and spending $35 million to produce "Redline," a feature film about illicit car racing, starring Bjorlin as a daring leadfoot.

BostonNOW: At a time when much of TV is doing whatever they can to attract a younger audience, it's quite refreshing to see "One Life To Live" continually put Viki (WAY too many last names to list here) in the spotlight. Now in her early 60's, Erika Slezak brings passion, commitment, and a sexy sense of humor to the role that has won her a record 6 Emmys, including wins in each of the last three decades. Others may get more press but Slezak is the true royalty of daytime.

Daily Post: "Coronation Street" star Chris Gascoyne has agreed to draw the winners in a Christmas lottery for the St David’s hospice in Llandudno. The actor, who played Peter Barlow in the ITV1 soap is in Llandudno to perform as Captain Hook in Venue Cymru’s panto Peter Pan.

iPetitions: Petition In Support of As The World Turns' Luke and Noah.

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