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November 3, 2007

How Much Will WGA Strike Hurt?

Ben Grossman and Marisa Guthrie cover the cost to already struggling networks of the WGA strike: As the Writers Guild of America prepared to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday, two critical issues emerged: How long can the networks hold out? And how much of the damage be irreparable? The writers voted to walk […]

November 2, 2007

Pencils Down Means Pencils Down

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November 2, 2007

East Coast Writers Take Their Case to the Streets

Andrew Tangel and Jacque Steinberg report on the WGAE's informational picket outside Rockefeller Center on Friday morning: Members of the Writers Guild of America East took their contract dispute to the public this morning, gathering at Rockefeller Plaza to hand out fliers with their reasons for going on strike against entertainment producers. Organizers estimated more […]

November 1, 2007

Daytime Writers: Add Your Name!

Dear Daytime Writers: Inspired by the showrunners' "Pencils Down" ad, members of the Daytime Committee East and West have composed a similar statement of solidarity to appear in Variety on behalf of Daytime. Given recent misleading statements that have appeared in the press, it seems more important than ever to show that we stand unequivocally […]

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 25, 2007

Breaking into TV Writing

Andrea Wachner covers the basics for Media Bistro: Most people who've ever watched television think they can write for it. Most people who've never watched television think they can write for it. The guy who just sold me my television thinks he has a screenplay. From their overstuffed couches, viewers assume that being able to […]

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 […]