There is no agreement yet in the contract negotiations between the original cast of The Big Bang Theory and Warner Bros TV, leading to the studio’s decision to push the production start date for Season 8, originally slated for today.
Negotiations will begin Feb. 14, well in advance of contract expiration at the end of March. A significant issue for the union is expected to be increasing employer contributions to the union pension and health plans.
Sources say that the ensemble cast has rejected a Monday offer from producer 20th Century Fox Television, requiring the cancellation of today’s scheduled table read.
A new deal would keep Letterman on the air long enough to top Johnny Carson’s 30-year streak as the longest-running late-night star in TV history.
Hollywood’s film and TV writers will begin negotiations with the major studios on a new film and TV contract this week. The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced in a joint statement that talks on a new three-year contract would begin Thursday. The guild’s current contract expires May 1.
The management of noncommercial WGBH Boston said yesterday that it has presented its last proposal for a new agreement with its largest union, halting contract talks that began in August. The station and the Association of Employees of the Educational Foundation have been seeking a new three-year contract to replace an agreement that expired at the end of October. WGBH employs 850 people; Local 1300 represents 280 writers, editors, production workers, and marketing employees.
Both CBS and Katie Couric appear open to a new deal that would keep her at the network’s news division beyond her current five-year deal as anchor of the CBS Evening News, which expires at the end of May. Wall Street Journal subscribers can read the story here.
CBS Corp. began talks on a new contract for Katie Couric, looking to cut the evening news anchor’s $15 million salary and possibly expand her role amid falling viewership, people with knowledge of the situation said.