In a lawsuit filed in California federal court on Thursday, two screenwriters argue that New Girl, the hit Fox comedy that debuted in 2011, is based upon their pilot script for a show entitled Square One. Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold are suing New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether, executive producer Peter Chernin, Fox, and WME and demanding an injunction that halts filming and distribution of the show.
It's hard being the child of a Hollywood dealmaker—on one hand you get to have all those cool celebrities pop in at your bat mitzvahs, but on the other, Ari Emanuel just made daddy get rid of his second assistant, so now who's going to make your scale model of the solar system for the Harvard-Westlake science fair? Luckily, the top talent agencies have all united in their quest to make the lives of poor little rich kids significantly more enriching, if only for this spookiest of days.
William Morris Endeavor—run by Ari Emanuel, the real-life inspiration for Jeremy Piven's twitchy Ari Gold on Entourage—empirically speaking, is a very good agency. So good, in fact, that their work speaks for itself: WME is a fairly well-known acronym, even outside the industry. So why is WME spending all their time bashing CAA, instead of just doing their damn jobs?
Recently, the ad-loving citizens of Los Angeles were treated to rows and rows of red and white "CAAN'T" posters plastered up along our boulevards and in our malls. The "campaign" is the latest and most high-profile strike in the talent agency wars and the trades are all snickering about it like high school dorks watching the popular kids go at it. But why do they care? Did someone really waste time and money on this? Can anyone doctor up a gif of Zachary Quinto saying "CAAN'T" real quick? We'll explain.
What are these "CAAN'T" ads all over town?