Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Apologies for being off topic: after Hurricane Katrina thousands need your help. Please visit redcross.org or call 1-800-HELP-NOW, and donate now.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

LA's Sprawl May Hurt Theatres:
According to the pro-density argument, urban institutions require a certain threshold population to support them. If not enough people want to shop or eat out, there won't be many good stores or restaurants. If the audience for music, theater, or art is small, these activities will not flourish. If the tax base is scanty, schools and municipal services will be substandard. Even parks need people to use them, and if the parks are deserted, they will not receive the upkeep they need to remain attractive
(emphasis added by me, from Harvard University Gazette).

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

WGA suing reality producers:
The Writers Guild of America fired another shot at reality TV producers Wednesday by announcing a second class-action lawsuit in which writers and editors are seeking to win back alleged lost wages.
The union is optimistic that it will win damages for alleged violations of California labor law and force the industry as a whole to recognize reality TV writers, producers and editors as a collective bargaining unit
(from Hollywood Reporter, via Reuters, via Yahoo News). This seems to still leave actors out of reality TV, though it could be good for writers; I don't know.

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SAG ballots are in the mail:
Screen Actors Guild announced today [September 24] it has mailed out national election ballots to its members. All ballots must be returned to the assigned post office box by 6:30 a.m. (PDT) September 23. Election results are expected to be announced that evening.
Members who do not receive a ballot or wish to request a replacement ballot may call Screen Actors Guild’s Membership Department at (323) 549-6778
(from SAG).

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

I know two kinds of audience only - one coughing and one not coughing.
-Artur Schnabel

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Monday, August 22, 2005

How B-way Budgets Ads:
The rule of thumb for what a Broadway show should spend each week on advertising is about 10 percent of a production's weekly potential gross. For Wicked, which has a gross potential of more than $1.15 million each week, that would translate into more than $100,000
(from Associated Press, via Yahoo News).

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

An article about a blog that's been made into a play; the internet and theatre seem to converge when weblogs become shows (from The New York Times).

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Monday, August 08, 2005

Hollywood Inside and Out - August 9:
Conversation with Robert J. Dowling, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, and Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein.
(323) 465-4167
This is all I know about this; caveat actor.

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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Actors and Comics Targeted Marketing and Networking Workshop:
Sunday, August 7, 1 pm-4 pm
Leslie Berger and Associates @ The Studio!
1017 S. La Brea, Suite B, Los Angeles, California 90019
Phone: 323-839-5597
Email: leslieberger2002@yahoo.com
This is all I know about this; caveat actor.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Comedy Expert Steve Kaplan Speaks At Alameda Writers Group Meeting on August 6:
Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan's Punch Line Theatre.
Saturday, August 6, 9:45 am
Glendale Central Library
222 East Harvard Street, Glendale, California
Phone: 818-548-2030
This is all I know about this; caveat actor.

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Monday, August 01, 2005

The Colony Theatre's growing pains:
...recently, the troupe has been involved in a bitter power struggle between many veteran company members and artistic director Barbara Beckley, contributing to the departures of more than half the actors in the group.
The Colony moved to a new 276-seat Burbank venue in 2000 and began working on a fully professional basis in 2002. But since the move, about 60% of the 90 or so actors who belonged to the company have left. Newcomers have brought the total membership up to 46
(from Los Angeles Times). Success can tranform a theatre company in unexpected ways, The Colony is not nearly the only, nor the most dramatic, example.

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