Leshinski disagreed. "In a lot of ways, it's a benefit to management because you have direct communication with the employees," he said. "You have enforceable contract rules. It protects against favoritism."
Leshinski said that one reason the producers may be seeking to unionize at this juncture is they recently watched as the unionized on-air talent negotiated a favorable contract. WIP also recently moved to Old City, and producers were unable to bargain over the ramifications of the move.
I emailed Rayfield about the memo. He said he had nothing else to add.
'Murder' in City Hall
All right, Gladiators: Get ready for your star spotting.
"How to Get Away with Murder," the new ABC pilot created by Shonda Rhimes of "Scandal," will start filming this weekend in City Hall, according to a memo sent to staffers. No mention of whether star Viola Davis, an Academy Award nominee, will be in town.
Scenes will primarily take place in common areas, including the courtyard, which will be closed all weekend.
"How to Get Away with Murder" stars Davis as a mysterious law professor who gets herself, and her class, mixed up in a murder case that could change their lives forever.
TV gambles on Casino
Remember Jamie Casino, the Bristol-born-and-raised lawyer whose Super Bowl-ad tribute to his slain brother went viral? (If not, check it out at ph.ly/JamieCasino.) Since airing, the ad has racked up 5.5 million hits on YouTube.
Well, Casino is reality show-bound. Warner Bros. signed the Temple grad to an unscripted deal, according to Deadline.com. The site adds that 40 companies were looking to sign the now-Savannah, Ga.-based Casino, born Jamie Biancosino.
The show, called "Casino's Law," will be shepherded by Mike Fleiss, the mad genius behind "The Bachelor"/"The Bachelorette."
Yet another Philly 'Voice'
Delco's Audra McLaughlin became the fourth contestant from the area to make it through blind auditions on NBC's "The Voice" after singing John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery." McLaughlin got a four-chair turnaround from the judges, but eventually went with Blake Shelton.
McLaughlin is a graduate of Interboro High School and a student at Delaware County Community College.
She joins fellow Philly contestants Lindsay Pagano and Joshua Howard, as well as Marlton's Christina Grimmie. Catch "The Voice" at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.
The Awesome Fest will host the Philly premiere of "Mistaken for Strangers," the documentary on the excellent band (and this week's musical guest on "SNL") the National, March 30 at the Trocadero (1003 Arch St.). Singer Matt Berninger and his filmmaker brother Tom will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Back in the 'Habit'
If you have tickets for tomorrow's Sting/ Paul Simon show at the Wells Fargo Center, check out Nasty Habits, featuring the People Paper's Chuck Darrow on bass. They'll be playing in the arena's Cure Insurance Club from 6 to 8 p.m.
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