BERLIN -- In the latest attack in his ongoing public spat with the German Film Academy, German star Til Schweiger has announced plans to launch a new film awards show to compete with the Academy's Lola awards.Schweiger said his as-yet-unnamed awards would be modeled on the People's Choice Awards, with German film fans voting on their favorite local-language movies. The inaugural event is planned for January 2009. Schweiger said he would unveil details of his new awards show in April. Schweiger resigned from the Academy in protest earlier this year after his latest film, the romantic comedy "Keinohrhasen," didn't make the Lola nomination shortlist. Schweiger called the snub a "scandal" given the fact that the movie, which he directed, co-wrote and stars in, has been a massive hit. "Keinohrhasen" has so far taken in more than $40 million at the German boxoffice. That's more than twice the total boxoffice of all the titles on the Lola best film shortlist. Schweiger is currently in … [Read more...] about Schweiger launching awards show
STRIKE ZONE: LATEST NEWS AND UPDATESNEW YORK -- The de-glitzing of the Golden Globes has been a blow to everyone from movie marketers to caterers.But could it lift award shows that aren't hit by the strike?The Film Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG Awards, both of which have been granted WGA waivers, could find themselves reaping the fruits of a Globes downsizing in media attention, TV ratings and advertising revenue.Both are televised -- SAG on TNT and the Spirits on IFC. And with waivers in hand, both expect the full complement of celebrities that Sunday's Globes news conference -- and potentially the Academy Awards -- will lack. Whether the stars' presence at the nonstruck shows will draw TV audiences remains to be seen, but if Tuesday's People's Choice Awards are an indicator, it's clear that star-less shows will struggle. In what had to be an ominous development for NBC and the Golden Globes, CBS' pretaped People's Choice Awards hit an all-time ratings low, averaging a paltry … [Read more...] about Spirits, SAG could outshine star-struck awards shows
More coverage:A good writer is an actor's best friend. That saying applies to the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will likely see an uptick in ratings thanks to the WGA. With a waiver in place for WGA members to work on the Jan. 27 show, the writers have made SAG's gala the first awards show of the season where viewers can see big stars celebrating the achievements of the past year.Confirmed presenters include some of the performers whose work has been lauded this awards season, such as Josh Brolin, Russell Crowe, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones and John Travolta."We were very, very grateful," says producer Kathy Connell of the waiver. "The Screen Actors Guild is supportive of the writers guild, and we have always used a union writer."Luckily for Connell and executive producer/director Jeff Margolis, the WGA decision came well before writing for the show had to get under way."You have to put the whole show together before a writer writes," Margolis explains, adding that … [Read more...] about SAG Awards show takes the spotlight
Laurence Mark and Bill Condon hope to reinvigorate the Oscar telecast both creatively and with viewers, but with the Emmys and Oscars hitting record lows this year, the producers face more daunting questions.The lack of broad hits and stars, the ease with which highlights (and lowlights) are later watched on YouTube and the proliferation of awards shows themselves all have taken their toll. And execs and producers privately question whether the broadcasts can be sufficiently adjusted to bring the big-ticket shows back to respectability."There's a fine line between maintaining the dignity and value of the awards shows as they exist and making them accessible and entertaining to a larger audience," said Gil Cates, who has produced 14 Oscarcasts, including the Jon Stewart-hosted show in February. "On the one hand that's total bull, but on the other it's totally accurate."The stakes are high for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which now has to go into its next negotiations … [Read more...] about Awards shows’ slip is showing
It happened at the NBC party the night before as I chatted with a 16-year-old from somewhere in California that's not Los Angeles, the niece of one of the executives present. She was fuzzy about what NBC actually was (a cable channel?), who Dick Wolf was (that black actor on "ER"?) and what "30 Rock" was, let alone was the title was a reference to.She did immediately spot Lindsay Lohan in the crowd, which is more than I could have done. And she does watch "Gossip Girl" -- on her computer.I don't say this condescendingly, just as one more indication of just how quickly broadcasting is fraying at the seams as young people tune out traditional media. It's also a telling sign that award shows of all kinds really do need a radical and much more interactive makeover.And that doesn't just mean making the three-hour shows shorter and/or pacing them more effectively. What happened with the Emmy extravaganza, as well as with recent editions of other awards shows, is that the efficiency experts … [Read more...] about What do awards shows and the economy have in common?