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Here’s Your Chance To Tour HGTV’s Groovy, Restored Brady Bunch House


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‘The Brady Bunch’ house is as iconic as its TV stars. Its staircase will be a key feature of HGTV’s ‘A Very Brady Renovation.’ (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

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If you think ABC milked The Brady Bunch franchise, HGTV is squeezing every last residual drop from that cash cow. Get ready for the rerun of your lives—2019 will be a very Brady year.

‘The Brady Bunch’ house is the second most visited house in the United States. (PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

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Since buying the iconic “Brady Bunch” house, HGTV has gone all-in, employing its top on-air talent and The Brady Bunch cast to faithfully restore the Los Angeles home to its 1970s pop culture glory before its upcoming big reveal. Filming is already under way.

Jasmine Roth, host of ‘Hidden Potential’ on HGTV

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Behind the White House, the mid-century modern San Fernando Valley estate is the second most visited home in the USA. Only the home’s façade was prominently featured in the cult hit TV series, which aired from 1969 to 1974. But that hasn’t slowed its status as a tourist attraction. HGTV bought the house for $3.5 million last summer, outbidding all parties for the $1.89 million-listed property.

‘The Brady Bunch’ kids, 1970. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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HGTV is marketing the hell…(sorry Brady fans, the heck) out of the under-renovation house in imaginative fashion. That includes a future home makeover show featuring The Brady Bunch “kids” (A Very Brady Renovation); a behind-the-scenes digital series (Building Brady); an online crowdsourcing search for authentic Brady Bunch furnishings (A Very Brady Scavenger Hunt); and a just-announced charity auction which offers one lucky Brady Bunch fan a design consultation and a chance to tour the landmark house before it’s officially unveiled.

‘The Brady Bunch’ cast stand before the iconic house in Los Angeles as its being restored to mirror the TV show.

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Did you hear that Lance Bass? You’ve got another shot at this! Former NSYNC singer Bass was outbid on the house and expressed his disappointment until he found out HGTV was the new owner. His fans petitioned HGTV so passionately, rumors swirled that the network may cast him in one of these Brady-centric projects (perhaps as a cousin Oliver-style cameo or a pitty producer). Or, are these rumors just more Bass fishing?

Brady Bunch fan Lance Bass. (Mike Pont/WireImage)

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HGTV has all hands on deck to renovate the famous house—Hidden Potential’s Jasmine Roth; Property Brothers twins Drew and Jonathan Scott; Restored by the Fords siblings Leanne and Steve Ford; and Good Bones mother-daughter duo Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk. This project truly is a family affair.

‘Property Brothers’ Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott are among the HGTV hosts renovating ‘The Brady Bunch’ house. (Jenny Anderson/WireImage)

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The hosts are toiling night and day to genuinely makeover the home with the familiar extra-long long staircase, shag carpets, and lots of groovy retro furnishings, aided by fans and Flea Market Flip host Lara Spencer.

Roth and her HGTV colleagues will bring authenticity to ‘The Brady Bunch’ house.

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“It’s been 50 years since The Brady Bunch originally aired, but when you step into this fully-renovated house, you will swear it was yesterday,” says Roth, an HGTV designer and owner of Built Custom Homes. “We are restoring the house to mimic the exact Brady Bunch set, down to the most minuscule detail (think wall color, furniture, even those iconic orange kitchen countertops). Remember the [Jack and Jill] bathroom the boys and girls shared? The den where Mike had his drafting table and all the tough conversations? And who can forget the staircase?”

‘The Brady Bunch’ house will be restored by HGTV to its mid-century modern brilliance—long staircase, stone walls, front double doors, Mike’s den, and orange kitchen counters included. (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

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Speaking of steps (sisters and brothers), The Brady Bunch stars Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen are looking over the HGTV hosts’ shoulders, verifying the authenticity and actively assisting the renovation in a real-life Brady homecoming.

Sibling HGTV hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott (‘Property Brothers’), and Leanne and Steve Ford (‘Restored by the Fords’). (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery, Inc.)

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They’re helped by millions of scavenger hunting fans encouraged to locate and donate grandma and grandpa’s Brady-like furnishings that resemble those of the original show. Good luck finding those functioning cathode-ray tube TVs.

Roth is one of eight hosts working day and night to renovate ‘The Brady Bunch’ house.

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“We have watched every episode of The Brady Bunch, paused, screenshot, and most importantly asked the people that would know best—all six Brady kids, to completely recreate the iconic Brady Bunch house,” says Roth, who admits working with these Brady icons is “100% surreal.” “We’ve knocked down walls, shopped for furniture from 50 years ago, sang in the rain, danced to Broadway tunes. I wasn’t sure how much they’d want to get their hands dirty, but let me tell you—Marcia can swing a sledgehammer!”

Maureen McCormick actively participates in the restoration of ‘The Brady Bunch’ house. (Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

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Sorry Maureen, you’re still Marcia to us. The house recently unlocked its new “Honey I’m home” mid-century modern double door, courtesy of the Scott Property Brothers, McKnight (“Peter”) and McCormick (“Marcia Marcia Marcia”), who considered bidding on the house herself last summer.

Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady in ‘The Brady Bunch’ living room. Does anyone own a lime green rotary phone? (CBS via Getty Images)

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Roth will offer the winning bidder a private design consultation for their own home and personally give the exclusive room-by-room Brady Bunch home tour into the 1970s along with Olsen (“Cindy”), courtesy of a special charity auction sponsored by IfOnly and Discovery Networks (parent of HGTV).

Roth will give an exclusive house tour of ‘The Brady Bunch’ house with Susan Olsen (Cindy) to the highest bidding fan of the IfOnly charity auction, benefitting Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

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IfOnly creates “unforgettable experiences for great causes,” working with 350+ charities and more than 3,000 celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Chris Rock, James Corden, Keith Urban and Ray Romano. The auction just went live and ends May 7. Bidding starts at $5,000 and proceeds will benefit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

Susan Olsen will join HGTV’s Jasmine Roth during the first-look ‘Brady Bunch’ house tour when its renovation is completed. (Greg Doherty/Getty Images for The Thalians)

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“This tour will be a trip into the past,” says Roth. “[It’s] a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one lucky fan. As Brady Bunch fans, we grew up watching our favorite TV family grow up in this house, never imagining that we would be able to walk through it one day. It really is a groovy opportunity.”

Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady in ‘The Brady Bunch’ family room, near its retro green couch. (CBS via Getty Images)

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It’s groovy, cool, excellent, awesome, dope, lit and other fantastic slang that’s come, gone and come back again since The Brady Bunch series ruled the airwaves. Beyond the house, it seems the hosts are literally traveling back in time. Either that or they’re overworked at the moment.

Potato sack race in the Brady’s backyard. Red wagon, anyone? (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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“We are still working around the clock to get this project done, but the finished product will be the grooviest, hippest, and most Brady project in existence.” See?

The Brady family home and their station wagon from 1973. Is there anyone on earth who still drives one of these? If so, contact HGTV. (CBS via Getty Images)

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Maybe it wasn’t the stories, plots, laughs or lessons. Maybe this house is the way we all became The Brady Bunch?

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Market Capitalism Is Under Attack — Here’s What We Can Do


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Market capitalism is under attack, coming from two separate assaults. As an economic system, it is criticized for deepening inequality and enriching a small group of elites. Simultaneously, the corporate sector is being accused of focusing only on maximizing shareholder value while ignoring social and environmental challenges. The first attack charges market capitalism of a systemic bias favoring owners of capital, the elite, at the expense of the masses, which Thomas Piketty advocated in his 2014 bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

The typical solution embedded in this critique is punitive taxes on the rich to pay the poor. The second attack demands that corporations should serve not only their shareholders, but also a broader community of stakeholders, to meet challenges ranging from poverty to gender politics to climate change. If corporations are unwilling to serve these worthy causes, then they must be made to do so by interventionist regulations, reports Rana Faroohar in her March 2018 Financial Times column The backlash against shareholder value.

Market capitalism is clearly not perfect. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, market capitalism is the worst economic system except for all the others. The beating heart of market capitalism is competition, which empowers businesses that are the most efficient and innovative to succeed. Businesses are frequently accused of being profit-oriented. Yet profit comes only after businesses have outcompeted their rivals. Market capitalism can truly excel and be superior to all other economic systems when there is intense competition.

But there has indeed been a decline in competition in recent decades. A few big corporations are increasingly dominating industries as a result of changing technology and misguided policies. The big techs’ dominance is merely the tip of the iceberg. A more oligopolistic corporate sector means fewer startups can successfully challenge incumbents, while consumers have fewer choices and less influence on corporate behavior. Current complaints against market capitalism, to the extent that they are valid, stem from a weakening of competition in the system, not the system itself. Punitive corporate tax rates and intrusive regulations are not the right solutions.

The solution is to reinvigorate market competition by enforcing antitrust legislation combined with innovative financing to level the playing field, ease barriers to entry and exit, and encourage risk-taking. Vigorous competition will also address the shareholders versus stakeholders divide. If consumers and investors are indeed increasingly concerned with social, environmental and governance issues in a market economy driven by intense competition, entrepreneurs will be motivated to come up with business models that can serve both shareholders and stakeholders. Some will get funded and the best of them will succeed. With hotheads on the left clamoring for punitive taxes on the rich and conservatives on the right mutely complacent, market capitalism is being challenged. Time to revitalize its beating heart and encourage more competition.

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Here’s Why You May Miss Important Buy And Sell Signals


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Most in the media are touting that the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite will soon be setting new all-time closing highs. This measure is meaningless as technicians draw trends through all-time intraday highs. It is so misleading in hindsight if an average sets a new closing high then fails to set a new intraday high.

I am not saying that closes are not important. They are used to track moving averages and weekly, monthly, quarterly, semiannual and annual closes are the inputs to my proprietary analytics.

Here’s an important reason for tracking both closing highs and lows and intraday highs and lows. Most think all five major averages set their lows on Christmas Eve. Not so, the Dow and S&P set their intraday lows on December 26. This is true for so many stocks! For almost all tickers that set their intraday lows on December 26 that day was a “key reversal,” which was a signal that a tradeable rally would begin. If you tracked only closing lows, you missed this important buy signal.

All five major equity averages are in bull market territory from their December 14 or Decenber 26 Christmas lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 21.6% from its December 26 intraday low of 21,712.53 and is just 2% below its all-time intraday high of 26,951.81 set on October 3. The S&P 500 is up 23.9% from its December 26 intraday low of 2,346.58 and is just 1.1% below its all-time intraday high of 2,940.91 set on September 21. The Nasdaq Composite is up 29% from its December 24 intraday low of 6,190.17 and is just 1.8% below its all-time intraday high of 8,133.30 set on August. 30.

To complete the analysis, the Dow Jones Transportation Average is up 26.3% above its December 24 intraday low of 8,636.79 but is 6.1% below its all-time intraday high of 11,623.58 set on September 14. The Russell 2000 is 25.1% above its December 24 intraday low of 1,266.92 but is 9.0% below its all-time intraday high of 1,742.09 set on August 31.

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  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average (26,412.30 on April 12) is above its annual pivot at 25.819 and above its 200-day simple moving average of 25,267.37. My monthly and semiannual value levels are 25,513 and 24,340, respectively, with its annual pivot at 25,819 and weekly pivot at 26,125. The all-time intraday high of 26,951.81 was set on October 3 and its second quarter risky level is 27,891. Its weekly chart is positive but overbought.
  • The S&P 500 (2,907.41 on April 12) is above its 200-day simple moving average of 2,762.55 and above its annual pivot at 2,867.1. My monthly and semiannual value levels are 2,728.5 and 2,668.8, respectively, with the annual pivot at 2,867.1 and weekly pivot at 2,892.1. The all-time intraday high of 2,940.91 was set on September 21 with its second quarterly risky level at 2,985.1. Its weekly chart is positive but overbought and has become an “inflating parabolic bubble.”
  • The Nasdaq Composite (7,984.16 on April 12) remains above its 200-day simple moving average of 7,501.17. My monthly, annual and semiannual value levels are 7,373, 7,370 and 7,274, respectively, with a weekly pivot at 7,972. The all-time intraday high of 8,133.30 was set on August 30 with the quarterly risky level at 8,367. Its weekly chart is positive but overbought and has become an “inflating parabolic bubble.”
  • The Dow Transportation Average (10,912.19 on April 12) remains above its 200-day simple moving average of 10,499.16. My monthly and semiannual value levels are 9,858 and 8,858, respectively, with a weekly pivot at 10,433 and annual and quarterly risky levels at 10,976 and 11,372, respectively, with its all-time intraday high of 11,623.58 set on September 14. Its weekly chart is positive but overbought.
  • The Russell 2000 (1,584.80 on April 12) is just above its 200-day simple moving average at 1,571.79 and a weekly pivot at 1,553.66. My semiannual and monthly value levels are 1,504.17 and 1,436.97, respectively, with annual and quarterly risky levels at 1,612.54 and 1,667.15, respectively, with its all-time intraday high of 1,742.09 set on August 31. Its weekly chart is positive, but its weekly stochastic reading is just below the overbought threshold of 80.00.

How to use my value levels and risky levels:

Value levels and risky levels are based upon the last nine weekly, monthly, quarterly, semiannual and annual closes. The first set of levels was based upon the closes on December 31. The original semiannual and annual levels remain in play. The weekly level changes each week; the monthly level was changed at the end of January, February and March. The quarterly level was changed at the end of March. My theory is that nine years of volatility between closes are enough to assume that all possible bullish or bearish events for the stock are factored in.

To capture share price volatility investors should buy on weakness to a value level and reduce holdings on strength to a risky level. A pivot is a value level or risky level that was violated within its time horizon. Pivots act as magnets that have a high probability of being tested again before its time horizon expires.

How to use 12x3x3 Weekly Slow Stochastic Readings:

My choice of using 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic readings was based upon back-testing many methods of reading share-price momentum with the objective of finding the combination that resulted in the fewest false signals. I did this following the stock market crash of 1987, so I have been happy with the results for more than 30 years. The stochastic reading covers the last 12 weeks of highs, lows and closes for the stock. There is a raw calculation of the differences between the highest high and lowest low versus the closes. These levels are modified to a fast reading and a slow reading and I found that the slow reading worked the best.

The stochastic reading scales between 00.00 and 100.00 with readings above 80.00 considered overbought and readings below 20.00 considered oversold. Recently I noted that stocks tend to peak and decline 10% to 20% and more shortly after a reading rises above 90.00, so I call that an “inflating parabolic bubble” as a bubble always pops. I also call a reading below 10.00 as being “too cheap to ignore.”

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Here’s What The 2020 Presidential Candidates Say About Your Student Loans


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The 2020 presidential race is heating up.

Here’s what some candidates are saying about your student loans.

Student Loan Debt Statistics

According to the latest student loan debt statistics, there are more than 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. Today, according to personal finance site Make Lemonade, student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category – second only to mortgages and higher than credit card debt and auto loans. By 2023, 40% of student loan borrowers may default on their student loans.

Some of the 2020 presidential candidates have weighed in on the future of higher education, student loans and how to manage growing student loan debt. While this list does not include all candidates for president or all aspects of a candidate’s position on student loans, expect each of the candidates to release more in-depth policy proposals regarding student loans as the campaign progresses.

Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) 

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Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Buttigieg believes that:

  • The cost of college should be lowered, but he does not believe in free college.
  • States should play a more active role in covering tuition costs for students.
  • There should not be widespread student loan debt cancellation, given the cost.
  • There should be more discussion regarding student loan debt forgiveness, student loan refinancing and income-driven repayment.

Kamala Harris (D-CA)

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Kamala Harris is a U.S. Senator from California.

Harris believes that:

  • College should be student loan debt-free and supports The Debt-Free College Act.
  • Student loan refinancing should be discussed more for student loan borrowers.
  • Students should be protected from for-profit colleges that engage in predatory practices.

Kirsten Gillibrand

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Kirsten Gillibrand is a U.S. Senator from New York.

Gillibrand believes that:

  • Borrowers should be able to refinance their student loans through the federal government to a 4% interest rate.
  • The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program should be accessible to more borrowers and less administratively burdensome.
  • Borrowers should be able to auto-enroll in income-driven repayment plans.

Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

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Bernie Sanders is a U.S. Senator from Vermont.

Sanders believes that:

  • College should be free for certain families earning below $125,000 (College For All Act).
  • Community college should be free for all students.
  • Federal student loan interest rates should be lower, and the federal government should not make a profit on student loans.
  • Student loan refinancing should be revamped to help save money for more borrowers.

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

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Elizabeth Warren is a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.

Warren believes that:

  • Student loan refinancing should be provided by the federal government.
  • Public service loan forgiveness should expand to all federal student loans, not only Direct Loans.
  • The federal government should not make money on student loans.
  • Taxes on the wealthy could be used toward student loan debt relief.

Amy Klobuchar (D-NJ)

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Amy Klobuchar is a U.S. Senator from Minnesota.

Klobuchar believes that:

  • Pell Grants should be expanded.
  • Community college should be free.
  • Borrowers should be able to refinance student loans through the federal government and receive a lower interest rate.
  • Students should not have “college for free” for four-year degrees.

Cory Booker (D-NJ)

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Cory Booker is a U.S. Senator from New Jersey.

Booker believes that:

  • A debt-free college degree and greater access to college for low-income students are important goals for a revamped higher education system.
  • Predatory lending of student loans must be stopped.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form should be made simpler.
  • Public service loan forgiveness, as well as student loan refinancing, should be expanded to more borrowers.

Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)

Beto O’Rourke is a former U.S. congressman from Texas.

O’Rourke believes that:

  • Public service loan forgiveness should be expanded, and those who serve their community after college should have access to student loan forgiveness and perhaps should not have to borrow student loan debt.
  • At a minimum, the first two years of a state or community college should be free to students.
  • Interest rates for federal student loans – and the cost of college – should be more affordable.

Andrew Wang

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Andrew Wang is an entrepreneur from New York.

Wang believes that:

  • A 10×10 Student Loan Emancipation Plan should provide student loan forgiveness for anyone who dedicates 10% of their salary for 10 years to repayment.
  • Vocational training should be expanded and destigmatized.
  • Universities should implement an administrator to student ratio.

President Donald Trump

President Trump released his 2020 budget and vision for higher education. In his proposal, Trump called for several goals, including:

  • strike a balance between students’ needs and taxpayer interests
  • ensure fiscal discipline in discretionary spending
  • reduce the role for the federal government in education
  • reduce student loan debt
  • increase accountability for institutions of higher education
  • make higher education more affordable
  • invest in technical and career education

Specifically, Trump proposed that:

  • The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program should be eliminated, which would impact borrowers who borrow a new student loan after July 1, 2020.
  • There should be only one income-driven student loan repayment plan.
  • Student loan forgiveness should be made available to all borrowers for undergraduate and graduate student loans who participate in the single income-driven repayment plan. Borrowers would pay 12.5% of their discretionary income, and would receive student loan forgiveness on their federal undergraduate student loans after 15 years and receive student loan forgiveness on their federal graduate student loans after 25 years.

Key Questions

There are several key questions that candidates, legislators, policymakers, voters and political watchdogs should consider as these proposals for student loans become more fully baked:

  • What is the proper role of the federal government when it comes to issuing student loans?
  • What is the role of the private sector, including banks and other financial institutions, in issuing federal student loans?
  • Given the amount of student loan default, will the federal government begin to underwrite federal student loans?
  • How will the federal government afford to refinance student loans?
  • Should federal taxpayers pay for federal student loan forgiveness through Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, income-driven repayment programs and similar programs?
  • Should college be student loan “debt-free” and how would the cost be funded?
  • Should college be free and how would the cost be funded?
  • What is the proper balance between the interests of students and taxpayers when it comes to student loans?

Much more to come as new proposals are announced and debated, so stay tuned.

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WGA Writers Fired Their Agents This Past Weekend. Here’s Why.


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Fans of various television series and films who follow writers of said projects on Twitter were met with something very different this past Friday afternoon – a deluge of tweets featuring a form letter displaying those writers announcing a cutting of ties with their agencies. But, while Friday’s action may have been introductory for some, it’s actually the end of the beginning of a war that’s been brewing between writers and their representation for the past twelve months.

Last year, the WGA (a union representing working writers across the domestic, geographical spectrum) announced it would not renew a forty year old agreement it had with the big four talent agencies based in Los Angeles (CAA, UTA, WME and ICM) and, instead, would be seeking to build a new agreement now commonly known as the “Code of Conduct,” that would go into effect at the expiration of the existing agreement on April 6th, 2019.

However, when that deadline came to pass, no progress had been made.

While representatives for both the guild and the agencies (represented by an organization known as the Association of Talent Agents, or ATA) met on numerous occasions to hammer out details, a final decision could not be reached regarding two of the most pressing issues being tackled in the talks: packaging fees and agency owned studios.

The issue of packaging fees is a very complicated one by design – which is part of its inherent problem.

On its face, it would appear to boil down to agencies receiving an upfront fee for bringing projects to studios that feature multiple clients represented by the aforementioned agency itself (which is a job they often claim to do but actually don’t).

However, what has become known is these fees often exceed that of the revenue gained by the clients themselves – often upwards of hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars more. In the WGA’s eyes, this fee creates a lack of incentive for agencies to negotiate the best deal for their clients as the upfront fee is delivered regardless of project success.

This has lead to a practice of often harming the best interest of projects and clients in search of this illusive upfront fee that goes above and beyond the standard 10% offered to representatives – sometimes leading to whole shows not getting made or getting made by the most enthusiastic people for the job simply because agency fees would need to be split in a way the organizations can’t or won’t agree to.

The WGA seeks for the agencies to remove these fees so that representatives are more inclined to once again seek the best deals for their clients, even more so if multiple ones are paired up on a single project.

And this issue is what leads into the next matter of agency-owned production arms.

The guild claims these in-house studios create an inherent conflict of interest as they would cause agents to not be incentivized to negotiate in good faith on behalf of their clients. The WGA’s demand is for these companies to be spun off into a business not attached to the agencies themselves.

After months of back and forth, the agencies asked for an eleventh-hour extension of the deadline expiration to try and continue negotiations. The guild agreed, and that’s what brought us to last Friday when, at which point, the agencies failed to come to the table with a satisfactory solution in the eyes of the guild and thus, the order was sent down that all guild members were to fire their agents effective immediately (after having received a 95% yes vote on such authorization by guild members a few weeks prior).

What happens on the front of the continued talks beyond this point remains to be seen, but on the front of how the move affects the busiest time of the year for Hollywood staffing, things are going to come into focus almost immediately.

This month begins an eight to ten-week process commonly known as “staffing season.” A time when showrunners take submissions from various sources for potential hires to fill out their writing staffs on shows hoping to gain series pick-up for the coming fall and spring network television season.

One of the more common ways in which said showrunners fill out these potential interviewee slots is through submissions from client representation. But, since all studio productions must be WGA certified, it means the majority of submissions are for existing WGA members that have just released their agents as of this past weekend.

For some, the dynamics don’t change too much as certain members also carry representation through managers that were not part of the guild’s overall action. So, submission can come through that form. But, the hardest hit are those lacking such alternatives.

As a result, many members have begun taking to Twitter to both find work and help others find work as traditional pipelines will be in chaos. Some of these movements have come to be labeled as #WGAStaffingBoost and #WGASolidarityChallenge, which feature writers working as best they can to build a non-traditional network in hopes of keeping the trains running smoothly for the rest of the hiring season. That, in addition to steps taken by the guild itself, which includes a brand new internal submission system for union-represented writers.

And that’s where things remain for the moment. At the start of business today, no guild represented writer is allowed to carry representation that has not yet signed the Code of Conduct (of which a few boutique agencies have). It’s an unprecedented sea change for an industry that has often used agencies as a barrier for entry for quite some time.

In short: the industry is in truly uncharted waters like it’s never been before.



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Here’s The Only ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 1-7 Recap You Need To Watch Before Season 8 Tonight


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Many people I know have tried to watch all of Game of Thrones as a refresher recently before season 8 returns for the final six episodes. Many people I know have failed. It’s a lot of content! There are 67 episodes total, most of which are close to an hour with a few being longer than that. Granted, we had a two-year break to get through them all, but in case you didn’t, you might be scrambling for a last minute refresher.

And I’ve got one for you right here. I’ve watched a bunch of Game of Thrones recaps to find the one I thought was the best, and it’s actually at fellow gaming site GamesRadar that I think I’ve found the best one. It’s 16 minutes long, which will save you 66.75 hour of watching episodes, and it covers not just the past season, but all of seasons 1-7.

I personally didn’t even try to do the grand rewatch, because honestly, Game of Thrones’ “big” moments don’t really hit as hard the second time, and there are a few pretty poor stretches to slog through (I can’t do the Dorne plotline again). Also by the time I reached the end I thought I might actually be a bit burned out, like you eat steaks from 10 restaurants in a day before eating one more steak at the nice place where you actually had a reservation that night. As such, I view a recap like this as a light appetizer rather than a parade of main courses, and this perfect fits my watching style.

Obviously, cramming seven seasons of a show in fifteen minutes, you are going to lose some things. Some of these were covered in the recap, some weren’t, but some things you should keep in mind as you head into tonight (for non-die hards who don’t remember all this at least), would be:

Daenerys Is Literally Jon’s Aunt

Their newfound love story may be sweet, but we learned for sure recently that Jon’s father was definitely Daenerys’s brother, Rhaegar Targaryen. This will no doubt come out at some point, but whether it destroys their relationship or not remains to be seen The more important point may be that Jon actually may have the claim to Dany’s throne. So far, it seems that Bran and Sam are the only ones who actually know this information, as best I can recall.

The Prophecy Of Azor Ahai Is Still A Thing

The show doesn’t mention this nearly as often as the books, but here it is:

“Darkness will fall heavy on the world. Stars will bleed. The cold breath of winter will freeze the seas, and the dead shall rise in the North. In the ancient books, it is written that a warrior will draw a burning sword from the fire. And that sword will be the Lightbringer.”

The person this refers to is Azor Ahai reborn, an ancient warrior brought back to life. The most common notion is that this refers to Jon with his Valerian steel sword and uh, ability to come back to life via the Lord of Light. But Dany is also in the running for this honor with her Targaryen blood and dragons to beat back the darkness. But I’ve heard all manor of theories about how this could be anyone from Tyrion to Arya to Theon. But it’s probably either Jon or Dany, if we’re being honest.

Dany Roasted Sam’s Father And Brother

Sam only recently finished up discovering how to kill White Walkers, and just learned of Jon’s true parentage from Bran. But that relationship with his best bud may be strange when he figures out that his new girlfriend burned his father and brother alive to make an example of them on the battlefield. His father he may have hated, but he loved his brother, so this might cause quite a few problems.

The Various, Eternal Vendettas And Oaths To Remember

  • Nearly everyone is off Arya’s “list” besides Cersei and The Mountain
  • Brienne of Tarth has sworn an oath directly to Sansa, so can be ordered to kill anyone she wants, effectively
  • The Hound has wanted to kill his brother The Mountain essentially his entire life
  • Cersei wants Tyrion dead more than anyone else for killing her father, even if she now knows he didn’t kill Joffrey
  • Jorah is deeply devoted enough to Dany to kill anyone for her
  • Literally almost everyone on earth wants Cersei dead, possibly including Jaime who is getting sick of her endless betrayals of everyone for her own gain. It has been prophesied she will be killed by her brother, which has made her eternally fearful of Tyrion, but it’s possible (if not likely) it refers to Jaime

Again, that’s not everything, but it’s a good jumping off point. Enjoy the recap and my bullet points, and see you after the episode tonight.

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Don’t Want Roommates In New York City? Here’s What You’ll Need To Earn


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New Yorkers need to earn $85,027 per year to spend less than 30% of their income on rent for a median-priced one-bedroom, Apartment List found.

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If you’ve aged out of your 20s but are still living with roommates in New York (or one of the country’s other most expensive cities), it’s OK to cut yourself some slack about it.

Since spending 30% or less of your annual income on rent is the standard recommendation, those earning $59,631, the estimated median for households in New York City based on the 2017 census, would not be able to afford a median-priced apartment, according to a new report from Apartment List.

Those earning the median income would need to pull in another $16,929 per year, totaling $76,560, to afford a median-priced studio, which costs $1,914 per month, according to the report. New Yorkers need $85,027 per year to afford a median one-bedroom for $2,126 per month, and $101,560 for a median two-bedroom, for $2,532.

From another perspective, the hourly pay needed to float a median-priced one-bedroom in New York is $41, Apartment List found. The city’s minimum wage is $15 for businesses with 11 or more employees and $13.50 for those with fewer.

The outlook isn’t much better for other U.S. cities, the site found.

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The outlook isn’t better in other metro areas surveyed by the site, including its hometown of San Francisco, where the annual income needed for the median price of a two-bedroom, $3,096, is $123,440. The estimated median salary in the northern California city is $99,345.

However, the report’s authors said they were most surprised by how expensive it is to live in Newark, where the estimated annual salary is $35,940. Renters in the New Jersey city need an annual income of $42,787 to afford a median-priced studio for $1,070 per month and $57,200 for a median two-bedroom for $1,415.

“Some people think it’s not acceptable to have roommates in your 30s or 40s or when you’re married, but in reality it’s becoming so much more common,” Apartment List chief economist Igor Popov said. “With these rents, no one should feel bad about it. It’s just the way the economy is.”

There are several factors contributing to what some are referring to as a rent crisis in New York, among them being a lack of inventory in the lower-end of the market, which is exacerbated by the demand for it.

Median rents in the five boroughs grew by 13% between 2007 and 2017, Apartment List found, while the median income rose just 4.4%.

New developments, meanwhile, are mostly commanding high-end price points as developers struggle to offset the city’s expensive land and development costs.

New Yorkers opting out of home-ownership puts even more pressure on the rental market. The Apartment List report was released just weeks after another from StreetEasy, which found that New Yorkers earning the median income would need 18 years to save for a down-payment on a median-priced home.

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