Wednesday, January 16, 2008

CBS boss Les Moonves may begin talks with WGA again

Mike Farrell has written an article for Multichannel News that gives us Moonlight fans a glimmer of hope. CBS President & CEO, Les Moonves, is making noises about beginning talks with the WGA again. *fingers crossed*

We have already been contacting Mr Moonves in support of Moonlight. Now, let him know how we feel about the network working things out with the writers. As Love Lasts Forever (episode #1x11) proved again, we have excellent storytellers in our show's writing room ~ Trevor Munson, Ron Koslow, Jill Blotevogel, Josh Pate, Chip Johannessen, Gabrielle Stanton, Harry Werksman, et al. We don't want scab writers who do not understand Mick, Beth, Coraline and Josef to take over, do we? NO! Call and write to let Les Moonves know we want Moonlight to be safe in the hands of our scribes. The writers simply want their fair portion of the considerable profits made from their creative work. Keep your message gracious and to the point. I can count on you :)

Phone Number ~ ( 212 ) 975-4545

CBS head honcho Les Moonves hinted at an industry conference Thursday that the television giant is trying to restart negotiations with the striking Writers Guild of America, but offered no details as to what that those efforts entail.

Moonves, speaking at the Citigroup Entertainment, Media & Telecommunications conference in Phoenix, stressed that the writers strike is not having an adverse impact on the network so far.

“We sincerely hope that the talks begin shortly and that there is a resolution,” Moonves said. “I can tell you there are some steps that are being taken to push that ahead, and we hope that reasonable people prevail and that we can make a go of it in the near future.”

But later in the conference Moonves said that he is “guardedly optimistic that it [the strike] will be over in the next few months.”

In the meantime, Moonves said that the strike is not having an adverse effect on CBS’ bottom line.

“We can finish this television season just fine,” Moonves said. “The television season ends at the end of May, obviously revenue will be down somewhat because ratings will be down. We have some live football games left, the NCAA [March Madness] basketball tournament is coming up, we have reality programming that is available, we have some original programming. The CBS schedule repeats better than anybody else’s schedule, because our procedural dramas – the CSI’s of the world – repeat extremely well. Our revenue will be down somewhat, but the cost of producing original programming will be down more.”

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