WGA STRIKE UPDATE: WGA, AMPTP to Hold Informal Talks Starting Wednesday
Writers Guild of America Will Pull Demands for WGA Representation of Reality, Animation Writers
By Ben Grossman -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/22/2008 2:33:00 PM
The Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will hold informal talks beginning Wednesday, and when they do, the WGA said it will pull its demands for Guild representation of reality and animation writers.
The sides put out a joint statement Tuesday saying that the informal talks will be held to determine “if there is a basis for both parties to return to formal negotiations.” The sides also agreed to a news blackout on the informal talks.
But before going quiet, the WGA sent a letter to its members saying that while it is pulling its proposals on reality and animation, its “organizing efforts to achieve Guild representation in these genres for writers will continue. You will hear more about this in the next two weeks.”
The WGA also said on Tuesday that it will not picket the upcoming Grammy Awards on CBS.
In the letter to its members, the WGA said about the Grammys, “Members of the American Federation of Musicians 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 of our brothers and sisters in AFM and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.”
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Please please please come to an agreement soon. I have won tickets to the Bleacher Seats at the Oscars this year which is an absolute dream come true and I am flying all the way to LA from Ireland - I have already booked my tickets and hotel so please agree to something. I will be devastated if the Academy Awards are cancelled!!
Amanda - 1/30/2008 3:22:00 AM EST
TLL - 1/25/2008 12:20:00 PM EST
It was ridiculous for the WGA to strike! Don't get me wrong, the issues are NOT ridiculous. The WGA leadership clearly did not consider the thousands upon thousands of people who are being affected by this strike, The people who are being laid off and who can't feed their children, pay their rent and mortgage payments, losing their business's. Selfish, evil and inconsiderate leadership. The proper way to have handled the situation was to have not signed an agreement but to continue to work and talk and to have banded together with the DGA and SAG and worked out agreements without causing thousands of people to suffer.
Robert Bernstein - 1/25/2008 12:14:00 PM EST
this strike sucks! Angry people are hard to agree in anything. Working people with a good case have a much better chance. Dragging along the industry to prove importance seems just mean at this point.
Marcia Monteiro - 1/24/2008 10:12:00 AM EST
Those writers on strike and those who are not getting this strike over and done with are cutting their noses to spite their faces. Meaning if our television shows remain off people will learn to do without them and then if they return no one will trust that their here to stay. SO GET IT TOGETHER OR LOOSE VIEWERS PERMANENTLY.
Nancy Beauregard - 1/23/2008 6:45:00 PM EST
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