Adam McKay Urges WGA Members To Support Battle With Agencies: “Our Strength Comes Entirely From Staying United”

“The whole reason they call a ‘union’ a union is because our strength comes entirely from staying united. “The WGA is a union,” he tweeted. Seems pretty basic but a few people seem to have forgotten.” If members disagree, that’s fine, but it should stay in house. Oscar-winning screenwriter Adam McKay is urging writers to stand in solidarity with the Writers Guild in its ongoing agency campaign — at least in public.


“When people join a union they choose to unite under its collective position, so speaking against that position publicly kind of defeats the purpose, no? If they’re free to do that, I’m free to say it’s shitty.”
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“One of the ways big corporations destroyed many unions was by sewing public discord and lack of unity. They’re called Boulwarian tactics.” (Read his tweets below.) “There’s an internal democratic system within the union to debate, elect and decide,” tweeted McKay, who won an Oscar for adapting The Big Short.
It’s pretty simple. The WGA is attempting to end packaging fees and agency affiliations with related production entities at the same time it’s holding officer and board elections. “The union votes and whatever action is chosen should be supported publicly 100%,” McKay wrote. Dissenters want the guild to return to the bargaining table with the Association of Talent Agents, but they are in the distinct minority. “Anyone publicly undermining that ‘unified’ action is acting against the union.
Named after former General Electric vice president Lemuel Boulware, Boulwarism is a negotiating tactic in which a “take-it-or-leave-it” offer is made by management that isn’t meant to be negotiated.

HBO Names Jessica Holscott EVP and Chief Financial Officer

HBO named Jessica Holscott executive vice president and chief financial officer, succeeding Joe Tarulli, who is retiring at the end of the year.
During her time at GE, she also served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for the NBC Universal TV Stations Division. Before joining the company, Holscott spent 16 years at General Electric working her way up to chief financial officer of GE Asset Management, where she led all financial operations for what is one of the largest managers of institutional assets in the world.
"She is not only an exceptional talent in her field but an executive of enormous character who I believe will easily become a part of HBO’s vaunted senior management." “I have worked very closely with Jessica over the last two years, first in her role as Time Warner head of investor relations, and most recently in her role as the AT&T/Time Warner merger integration lead," HBO CEO Richard Plepler said in a statement.
Plepler acknowledged Tarulli's contributions over his 27-year tenure with HBO, which spanned its journey from a nascent premium cable network to a global entertainment brand. "To say that we will miss him seems a clichéd understatement, but he is indeed an irreplaceable part of the fabric of HBO’s family,” he said.” />