An Important Message From WGAE and WGAW Presidents

As of 10:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31st, negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP have ended for the day without progress. No new negotiations are scheduled. WGAE members should continue to work until further notice.

WGAE President Michael Winship and WGAW President Patric M. Verrone issued the following letter to their memberships:

Dear Fellow Members:

Today, just hours before the expiration of our contract, the AMPTP brought negotiations to a halt.

The companies refused to continue to bargain unless we agree that the hated DVD formula be extended to Internet downloads.

This morning we presented the AMPTP with a comprehensive package of proposals that included movement on DVDs, new media, and jurisdictional issues. We also took nine proposals off the table. The companies returned six hours later and said they would not respond to our

package until we capitulated to their Internet demand.

After three and a half months of bargaining, the AMPTP still has not responded to a single one of our important proposals. Every issue that matters to writers, including Internet reuse, original writing for new media, DVDs, and jurisdiction has been ignored. This is completely unacceptable.

Michael Winship


Writers Guild of America, East

Patric M. Verrone


Writers Guild of America, West