Thursday, May 24, 2012

Actors Union Erased Dr. Who Episodes -- Forever Detroying TV History

The BBC destroyed the master videotapes to dozens of Dr. Who TV episodes because Equity (the British actors union) feared that TV "repeats" would compete with new TV programming -- and thus reduce the number of jobs for actors.

According to Daniel J. Flynn of the American Conservative (May 16, 2012):

Actors' guilds, state television, and mindless bureaucracy combined to do what enemies like the Master, the Cybermen, and even the Daleks never could: exterminate the Doctor. Arriving in 1963, at the peak of automation fears, "Doctor Who" became a casualty of labor's Luddite preoccupation with machine replacements. Britain's actors' guild, the nation's last purely closed shop, prohibited more than one re-broadcast of any program, lest its members lose work to on-screen facsimiles of themselves. The musicians' union and other trade guilds imposed similar restrictions. So '70s-era employees of the state broadcasting behemoth, imagining neither a world without a closed shop nor one with the VCR, trashed, lost, and wiped all of the series's '60s-era masters. The Doctor, like so many of that decade’s characters, was there but can’t much remember the 1960s.

This shocking example of how a labor union, in a misguided attempt to destroy competition, instead forever destroyed episodes from a classic TV show, is also reported in Wikipedia:

The actors' union Equity had actively fought against the introduction of TV recording since it originally became a practical proposition in the 1950s. Prior to the development of workable television recording, if a broadcaster wished to repeat a programme (usually a one-off play), the actors would be re-hired for an additional fee to perform it again live. Equity's concern was that if broadcasters were able to record the original performances, they would be able to repeat them indefinitely, which would cut down on the levels of new production and threaten the livelihoods of its members. Although Equity could not prevent recording altogether, it was able to stipulate that recordings could only be repeated a set number of times within a specific timeframe, and the fees payable for further use beyond that were deliberately so high that broadcasters would consider it unjustifiable to spend so much money repeating an old programme rather than making a new one. Consequently, recordings whose repeat rights had expired were considered to be of no further economic use to the broadcasters.

Because of these misguided labor practices -- similar to how today's actors unions support Big Media's expansion of copyright -- many of these classic TV episodes remain unavailable for viewing, though a few "lost episodes" have been found.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Is Actor Will Smith a Homophobe?

When a male reporter kissed actor Will Smith on the cheek -- and kept on kissing him, ever more intimately -- Smith shoved the reporter away in obvious disgust.

Is Smith's action homophobic? Some bloggers and tweeters say Yes!

The Hollywood Investigator says No! Smith's action does not make him a homophobe.

If a man was to grab and kiss a random woman (who didn't even know him), and she shoved him away, the woman would not be considered a heterophobe. Indeed, feminists would say that the man had criminally assaulted the woman.

Yet some "progressives" advocate a double standard. Women have a sacred right to say no to a man, but men must allow other men to grab and kiss them, else they are homophobic.

We support Will Smith's right to his own bodily integrity. It's his body, his right to decide who touches it.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Distributor Seeking "Completed Family Films"

York Entertainment is currently seeking "completed family films."

According to York Entertainment president Tanya York, in an email to the Hollywood Investigator: "Our buyers network and territory reps are reporting that there's a high demand for 'family' genre films worldwide, so if you have a completed family film (or know someone that does) please submit it to us.

"Submission forms and information can be found at"


Thursday, May 03, 2012

Priscilla Leona Interviews Screenwriter Justin Samuels

Last June, the Hollywood Investigator reported that screenwriter Justin Samuels was suing Creative Artists Agency and the William Morris Agency for racial and sexual discrimination.

Since then Samuels has continued writing. His latest novels include Mother of Witches and Macchu Picchu As a journalist, he's covered the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is one of the topics of his blog.

Priscilla Leona recently interviewed Samuels on her radio show. The young writer discussed "How to get your first book published" and "How to sell your book online."