Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NEWS: Betty White, Kazan, Hubbard, CBS in India, AFTRA

AFTRA targets producer for unpaid residuals
Executive producer Stanley M. Brooks of Once Upon a Time Films did not attend an AFTRA arbitration hearing Tuesday concerning more than $1 million owed from a 2008 Logo TV series but was represented by an attorney who acknowledged that there were unpaid residual payments, according to Del Shores, who was creator and director of the show in question, SORDID LIVES: THE SERIES.

"I went to the AFTRA arbitration today to be a witness for AFTRA," Shores said in a statement to THR after the hearing. "I was not called upon to testify. My understanding is that Stan Brooks and Once Upon a Time Films agreed that they owed the actors of SORDID LIVES: THE SERIES' somewhere around $1.1 million in unpaid residuals and requested to meet with all three guilds involved -- WGA, DGA and AFTRA -- to try to come to a settlement for the artists owed, including myself. I continue to have faith at this point that our guilds will do the right thing and get us paid fully what they owe us for the work that we performed."

Betty White to pen two books
Due next spring, "Listen Up!" will provide humorous life lessons from the 88-year-old actress. The book will also reportedly include anecdotes revolving around her recent SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE appearance.

"The Zoo and I: Betty and Her Friends" is set for a 2012 release and will use words and photos to detail White's life as an animal activist, including her stint on the board of the Los Angeles Zoo.

CBS To Launch TV Channels In India
BIG CBS will be incorporated in India, and CBS and RBNL will each have a 50% equity interest. The company will initially launch three English language entertainment channels customized for the Indian market in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Lainie Kazan to guest on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
Kazan will appear in several episodes as the entrepreneurial neighbor of Teri Hatcher's character (Susan) and will begin her stint on the season's premiere, September 26.

And the World Turned
James Parker writes: "Cheesy, clich├ęd, and still strangely bewitching, soap operas are falling victim to their own bastard children."

Elizabeth Hubbard exited for Larry Bryggman's AS THE WORLD TURNS return
"I'm grateful they kept me busy toward the end, and it was so nice to have Larry Bryggman come back. That was my idea. I ran into him on the street and asked if he'd consider returning to the show to wrap things up. I was so pleased when our executive producer, Chris Goutman, agreed to have John and Lucinda reunite because he doesn't always listen to what I say."

1 comment:

  1. I just hope the older vets can get onto other soaps. I'm afraid we'll never see them again. I glad to see that Kim Zimmer is going to One Life to Live. They are going to have a hard time getting roles in this generation zero world. That's what pisses me off about this whole damm thing.