News Nuggets: Directors Guild amends rules to allow FYC screeners

DGA to allow awards seson screeners. From our press release: “The DGA had a longstanding policy of not allowing awards season screeners.  The Guild believed that films sent out on DVD could have an advantage over films that are not able to be sent out due to limited marketing budgets or other financial constraints of studios and distributors.  Additionally, most DGA members have numerous opportunities to see films in awards contention in other ways. However, in the annual review of all policies and procedures related to Awards after the conclusion of each awards season, it became clear that the industry standard has changed and the majority of guilds and other entertainment community bodies allow “for your consideration” DVDs.”

Grammy’s pop problem: “Case in point, Beyonce has 16 Grammys. Patti LaBelle has two. Aretha Franklin has 18. Chaka Khan has 10. What kind of sense does this make? Beyonce has two less than the undisputed Queen of Soul, 14 more than a woman whose vocal heights she dreams about, and six more than the Queen of Funk and big hair. That makes no sense. The Grammys used to be a respected institution. It was the place music fans and artists went to settle disputes over who was the best once and for all. The judgement of the Grammy committee used to be spot on. Now they just give awards away to whoever had the biggest smash year. Musical integrity has been lost for popularity.” THY BLACK MAN

Once” to begin a national tour in 2013: “The producers of ‘Once,’ the acclaimed new Broadway musical, announced today that The Road Company is putting together a US national tour that will launch in the summer of 2013. The most nominated new musical of the season, with more Tony Award nominations (11) than any other show, ‘Once’ opened on at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) on Sunday, March 18, 2012 to rave reviews.” BROADWAY WORLD

WGA holds a memorial tribute to writer Hal Kanter: “It was a very funny, sometimes touching, but mostly uproarious tribute Sunday afternoon at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills. The WGA West and the Writers Guild Foundation along with the Kanter family held a well produced and attended memorial for one of their most illustrious members, Hal Kanter, who passed away in November at age 92. The three-time Emmy winner (and seven time nominee) was also believed to be the only person ever to win all three of the Guild’s prestigious special honors – the Morgan Cox award for service to the WGA, the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award, the Valentine Davies Award.” DEADLINE

Sherlock” returns to PBS to strong ratings: “Sunday night’s premiere of ‘Masperiece Mystery!’s’ second season averaged 3.2 million viewers, not including those viewing through station replays, DVRs or online streaming. (Nielsen Fast National data, 2.1 household rating.) The premiere of the second season of the BAFTA Award-winning series more than doubled the average PBS primetime rating (based on metered market averages). New episodes of ‘Sherlock’ debut each Sunday night on ‘Masterpiece’ through May 20.” THE FUTON CRITIC

Firestorm erupts over a Radio Times BAFTA poll: “While fans of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes or of Dominic West‘s role as Fred West have together clocked up only 4,000 votes in the best leading actor poll, more than half a million voters across the world have backed the film ‘Shouting in the Dark,’ made in Bahrain by journalist May Ying Welsh for al-Jazeera. Another half a million have voted for Channel 4’s film ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields,’ fronted by Jon Snow. Welsh’s film, which was shot undercover over three months, went out on al-Jazeera’s English-speaking channel last summer and provoked outrage among officials in Bahrain. They claimed it painted an unfair picture of police brutality during the uprising and played down the involvement of Iranian-backed subversives among the crowds.” THE GUARDIAN

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