Friday, January 25, 2008

WGA Strike Update

I was wondering why I hadn't been hearing anything about the writers strike recently.

So, I made my way over to Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily, the best site for strike updates, and I learned to my surprise that WGA and AMPTP members have resumed talks and agreed to a media blackout!

This message was sent to WGAE and WGAW members from the union's presidents:
We have responded favorably to the invitation from the AMPTP to enter into informal talks that will help establish a reasonable basis for returning to negotiations. During this period we have agreed to a complete news blackout. We are grateful for this opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion with industry leaders that we hope will lead to a contract. We ask that all members exercise restraint in their public statements during this critical period.

"In order to make absolutely clear our commitment to bringing a speedy conclusion to negotiations we have decided to withdraw our proposals on reality and animation. Our organizing efforts to achieve Guild representation in these genres for writers will continue. You will hear more about this in the next two weeks.

"On another issue, the Writers Guild, West Board of Directors has voted not to picket the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) face many of the same issues concerning compensation in new media that we do. In the interest of advancing our goal of achieving a fair contract, the WGAW Board felt that this gesture should be made on behalf our brothers and sisters in AFM and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)."

This is good news: the two sides are talking and WGAW will not picket the Grammys.

So, for better or worse, perhaps there will be a Grammys telecast after all.

See the original post here at DHD.

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