October 31, 2007

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: […]

October 29, 2007

SAG board votes WGA support

Carl DiOrio reports: SAG's board, which has been split over a recent showdown with AFTRA, met in plenary session this weekend but publicly acknowledged only the passage of a statement of support for the WGA in that guild's contract talks with the studios. The board met all day Saturday and Sunday morning, followed by a […]

October 23, 2007

Hollywood Bargaining

Holly Sanders reports: The clock is ticking for Hollywood producers hoping to avert a major writers' strike. The union representing film and TV writers returned to the bargaining table for the first time since its members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if a deal couldn't be reached. With just eight days before the contract […]

October 22, 2007

TV Writers Edging Toward a Strike

Brian Stelter rounds up media coverage in today's TV Decoder column: "Screenwriters by a sizable majority authorized their leaders to call a strike against Hollywood's producers as early as Nov. 1, in votes disclosed Friday," Michael Cieply reported in Saturday's Times. The Writers Guild of America wants studios and networks "to take a serious look […]

October 21, 2007

Return of the Writers: WGA Strikes Back

Kim Voynar at Cinematical.com summarizes the issues: Members of the Writers Guild of America overwhelmingly backed a strike authorization on Friday evening, with over 90% of members voting in favor of a strike authorization, according to Variety. Nearly half of WGA members voted, with 5,507 ballots cast. Although the vote comes on the heels of […]

October 18, 2007

Fright Flights

Matthew Hays at the Montreal Mirror reports: Among the insane policies justified by post-9/11 panic, extraordinary rendition stands as one of the worst. Simply put, the action allows government agencies to ignore the basic human rights of suspects-effectively bypassing national and international law-by abducting people on tenuous evidence, flying them to secret prisons in faraway […]

October 6, 2007

MBA Issues: The Truth about the AMPTP

We've had some inquiries about a statement the AMPTP released Friday afternoon accusing the Writers Guild of being strike-happy and abandoning negotiations. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a ploy by the AMPTP to manipulate our membership into voting no on the strike authorization. We have been bargaining with energy and dedication, […]

September 27, 2007

The Wheel Turns, Sort Of, at Toronto…And Beyond

From Gross Behavior, by Leonard Klady: There weren't a lot of films to be had at the Toronto International Film Festival, and for acquisition executives that was a bit of a relief. You see, there's a glut of product in the pipeline and for most companies that fall somewhere between niche and mainstream their release […]

September 24, 2007

New Media Bulletin: September 2007

Frequently Asked Questions   1. What are the different ways video content is being delivered in the new media world? Video content is now distributed to viewers in a number of new ways in the new media world. On their PCs, viewers can watch content via free ad-supported video streams or download to own or […]

September 24, 2007

Contract 2007: Viewpoint

Pippin Parker The WGAE Council Member and Chair of Graduate Playwriting at the New School examines the ever-changing role, and definition, of a writer. more> The Same Page No matter what you write, who you write it for, or where it's shown first…it's going online. Contract 2007 Neogitiating Committee member Melissa Salmons takes an aerial […]