Writer’s Strike Almost Over???

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Hey all…

I’ve seen from various news outlets, including ABC, Variety, and Slashdot that the Writer’s Strike may be coming to a close if the WGA‘s members vote through an agreement on Saturday. Could it be true?

Most picketers seem to be waiting to hear the details of the contract agreement from their WGA leadership on Saturday. Nobody wants to accept a bad deal just because there’s a deal on the table. Most members have very specific concerns about deal points, one of which being a 17-to-24 day window that studios would have for free usage of content before writers got paid for programs streamed on the internet.

But we should hear sometime Saturday whether the WGA members accept the terms of the deal.

An interesting quote I’ve seen in a few places is from former Disney CEO Michael Eisner

“It’s over. They made the deal, they shook hands on the deal. It’s going on Saturday to the writers in general… A deal has been made, and they’ll be back to work very soon.”

We can only hope that it happens soon. We may yet see new episodes of our favorite TV shows before the summer. But who knows?

–Fitz
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WGA Strike on for Monday, November 4

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Well guys, the strike seems inevitable…

CHUD.com reported today that the WGA strike is going ahead because no movement has occurred with negotiations.

“We have 48 hours. We don’t want to strike. What we really want to do is negotiate.”

That’s John Bowman of the WGA’s negotiation committee chair. 12,000 members will officially go on strike Monday morning. Residuals seem to be the key point in the stalled negotiations, with DVD residuals being a sticking point and extending the current residual formula to cover film downloads (electronic downloads). But it seems that the WGA and studios are stuck, since studios & networks are insisting that residuals can’t be increased.

The WGA is disappointed with the studios and the studios are disappointed with the WGA, leading to an ugly tension that doesn’t seem to be disappearing any time soon.

Let’s all hope that some kind of resolution is reached soon and they can come to a fair deal for both parties.

–Fitz

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WGA Strike and What it Means for Moviegoers and TV viewers

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Hi all…

I’ve been struggling with how to react to the WGA‘s impending strike in Hollywood. You can read about it here:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117973660.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

What I read is interesting… Basically the studios are trying to get as many scripts written (for both television and movies) by November 1 to prep for a long stretch without writers. So many projects are in the writing phase at the moment so the movie industry just doesn’t suddenly stop when the writers walk off.

Their grievances are fair I think. They basically want more of the pie. Currently the studios get a ton of money from distributing their wares — and now with the advent of video distribution over the internet, over iTunes, Amazon, and others, it’s proving much more lucrative.

The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) has been negotiating with the various studios for quite a while and it appears to be a standstill. This means that when October 31 rolls around and the existing contract for the WGA ends — so long writers.

One quote from the variety article stated this:

“By Nov. 1, nets will have enough episodes of current shows in the can to get them through mid-January. But the February sweeps would be decimated, and new shows would halt production well before they’d filled their initial 13 episode orders.”

And that’s just for television. All those new shows which premiered this year… may not survive. It’s expensive to keep sets up and keep actors happy during downtime.

Movies will be hit also, though because the scripts are done earlier in the process, it will hopefully not affect things too badly. Rewrites during the process will suffer, but hey… the studios will get their money, right?

So will the WGA and the studios patch up this monetary disagreement? Who knows. But it’ll be interesting to find out.

–Fitz

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