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  • Automakers: Cutting Production, But Not Prices Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 10:16 AM ET
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    In asking you last week if now is a good time to buy a new car or truck, I was struck by how many people said, "Now, is not the time, but this spring it will be. That's when the auto companies roll out big discounts as sales slow down." Seems we've all become conditioned to expect spring sales.

  • Lionsgate Signs Deal with Writers Guild Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 1:33 AM ET

    Film and television studio Lionsgate on Thursday said it reached an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America  enabling striking Hollywood writers to work on its projects.

  • Lions Gate To Make Deal With WGA? Yes, So I'm Told Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:42 PM ET
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    I've been talking to reliable sources, and Lions Gate is about to announce an interim deal with the Writers Guild. It makes sense for a number of reasons--it allows them to produce the next season of Weeds and Mad Men and get those popular shows on air without delay.

  • WGA And Producers: Will Talks Finally End Strike? Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 2:07 PM ET
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    Hollywood was hibernating and  now there's finally a thaw. Thanks to the DGA making a deal with the AMPTP, the Writers Guild is in its third day of 'informal talks.' There were even more informal talks before this, but apparently these don't quite count as official just yet.

  • Ford Update: CEO Mulally Says More Job Cuts Likely Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 11:04 AM ET
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    On the Ford 4th quarter earnings conference call, CEO Alan Mulally confirmed what we expected (more buyouts for Ford's hourly workers) and made it clear, this may not be the end of the cuts.

  • Striking Writers, Studios Head for Renewed Talks Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 3:48 AM ET
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    Striking Hollywood writers will meet face to face with studio executives this week for the first time since their contract talks collapsed on Dec. 7, the two sides said Tuesday.

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    News crossed the wires last night: The DGA just announced it's made a tentative deal with the producers associations, the AMPTP. They've been in meetings since last Monday and it seemed clear they wanted to find a compromise. Though the DGA's contract doesn't expire until June 30, they wanted to get negotiations moving and everyone back to work.

  • Directors Guild, Studios Reach Contract Deal Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 6:54 PM ET

    The Hollywood directors' union reached a contract deal with major film and television studios on Thursday -- a move likely to turn up pressure to settle a 10-week-old strike by screenwriters.

  • GM's Good News May Not Be Enough For A "Stuck Stock" Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 2:50 PM ET
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    This afternoon, GM investors got the kind of good news they've been craving for several months. Talking with analysts in Dearborn, Michigan, GM's Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said the company plans to save an additional $5 billion by 2011.

  • Vienna Calling Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 5:41 AM ET
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    The Austrian capital is the city where the old EU meets the new EU. Teeming with international organizations, it's also the city that was the first to foray into Eastern European banking and the destination for tasty pastry.

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    Good news for those who want their scripted TV shows back on air: The Directors Guild met all weekend long with the Producers Association, the AMPTP, and it sounds like they might be pretty close to a finding a compromise, which could prompt the writers to make a deal.

  • "Atonement," "Sweeney Todd" Win Top Golden Globes Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 11:36 PM ET
    Golden Globe Awards

    Film romance "Atonement" and movie musical "Sweeney Todd" claimed the top honors at the strike-plagued Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in a bare-bones news conference that lacked the usual Hollywood glamour.

  • To Strike or Not to Strike Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 7:11 AM ET

    It's that time of the year again, when Germany's trade unions traditionally put their wage demands on the table for the opening rounds of the annual ritual that is called "collective wage bargaining". And, with the economy growing at a robust pace still and with corporate profits on the rise, the voice of the unions is getting louder again. We've already had some taste of strike this season. Is there more to come?

  • Golden Globes Scrapped for 'Press Conference' Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 11:59 PM ET
    Golden Globe Awards

    Hollywood's striking writers scored two victories on Monday by forcing Golden Globe Awards sponsors to cancel their traditional star-studded telecast and by reaching a deal to put writers back to work at Tom Cruise's film company.

  • Tom Cruise Out To "Settle" Writers' Strike? Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 5:21 PM ET

    Here at CES mega digital distribution deals are making headlines. Back in LA, the big news is still the writers strike--and surprise, the big news in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles are totally entwined. The writers are striking to get a bigger chunk of the revenue from the very digital deals announced at CES.

  • Jay Leno: Is He Writing "Controversial" Monologues? Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 10:49 AM ET
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    The late night shows had their second night return to the airwaves and the networks are glad they are back after the two month hiatus. Their first night brought whopper increases in ratings--Nielsen reporting that Jay Leno, who returned without his writing staff, had his best ratings in years, 47 percent higher than his pre-strike average.

  • Late-Night TV Shows Return, Some with Writers Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 4:15 AM ET

    A Republican, a Democrat and two bearded hosts walked into a TV studio last night ...  and so did Robin Williams, Bob Saget, Emeril Lagasse, Chingy, Helio Castroneves and three clean-shaven funnymen as the late-night TV universe tried to right itself two months into the writers strike.

  • Letterman, Leno, Kimmel Back, But How Funny Will They Be? Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 11:11 AM ET
    David Letterman

    Happy 2008! I'm back from my travels and have spent the day reading up on all the news I missed while away (though news of Benazir Bhutto's assassination was everywhere, the international press doesn't follow Hollywood labor negotiations as closely).

  • The 'Rodney' Awards: Cars That Get No Respect Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 11:25 AM ET
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    With Detroit essentially shut down for the week between Christmas and New Year's, it's a good time to step back and hand out "The Rodneys": The car and auto brands that -- taking a note from comedian Rodney Dangerfield -- don't get enough respect, according to you, the reader.

  • Five Christmas Wishes for The Auto Industry Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 1:21 PM ET
    Smart Car

    With Detroit and much of the auto industry shut down this week and gearing up for the Detroit Auto Show next month, I thought it would be a good time to take a few minutes and share my Christmas wishes for the auto world. I hope Santa brings you everything you want.