Oscar maker to axe a lot of workers
It’s not going to be a ho, ho, jolly holiday season for some employees of the company that makes Oscar. The Wrap is reporting today that R.S. Owens, a Chicago-based company, will be laying off almost 100 workers by December 17. That’s more than a third of the staff. R.S. Owens is the supplier of awards for the Emmys, MTV Video Music Awards, and “American Idol” as well. More details here.
Writers Guild nominations
Writers Guild of America West and East have announced their nominations for outstanding achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2012 season. On the list:
TV DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire, Written by Dave Flebotte, Diane Frolov, Chris Haddock, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Andrew Schneider, David Stenn, Terence Winter; HBO
Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R. R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, D.B. Weiss; HBO
Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime
Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jason Grote, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Victor Levin, Erin Levy, Frank Pierson, Michael Saltzman, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner; AMC
See the complete list here. The winners will be announced at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
The nominations are out for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards to be handed out Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here are some of the nominees:
Record of the Year
Lonely Boy — The Black Keys
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) — Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young — Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
Somebody That I Used To Know — Gotye featuring Kimbra
Thinkin Bout You — Frank Ocean
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together — Taylor Swift
More of those Grammy nominations here.