Writers, Producers Return to Bargaining
The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers are returning to the bargaining table today after three weeks with no contract movement, Daily Variety says.
Instituting a media blackout, both sides are mum about the talks, which has delighted some media insiders who feel the two sides need to stop the trash-talking and get down to work, the paper reports.
The talks are occurring at an undisclosed hotel location with the studio and networks CEOs not in attendance, the newspaper says.
However, the Los Angeles Times cautions against expecting a quick resolution, saying it could take several days, if not weeks, to craft a deal, given the complexity of the issues and the mistrust that has characterized previous bargaining sessions. The paper says the sides remain far apart on the issues.
Survey: WGA Winning Media War, But Maybe Not Strike
More than two-thirds of 1,000 Variety readers polled about the strike felt the Writers Guild of America was doing a better job of pleading its case and was being more honest than the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, Daily Variety reports.
Respondents thought the AMPTP would fare better at the bargaining table, with 44% of those surveyed saying the strike would be settled in favor of the companies. About 37% said the outcome would be mostly fair, and only 20% thought the writers would come out ahead, the paper says.
NBC Dips Into ‘Leno’ Archive
NBC will run archival episodes of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” this week as the writers strike drags into its fourth week, the Hollywood Reporter reports.
This week’s episodes will feature the first appearance of current headline stars on the show, including a 1992 Tom Hanks appearance and a 2000 segment with Matt Damon, the paper says.
WGAE Plans Solidarity Rally Tuesday
The Writers Guild of America, East, is running a solidarity rally with its members joined by those from the WGA West, the Screen Actors Guild, the Service Employees International Union, labor union UNITE-HERE, the United Federation of Teachers and national and local Teamsters, Deadline Daily Hollywood reports.
The rally will occur at New York City’s Washington Square Park, the blog reports.
Also, an International Day of Solidarity has been planned for Wednesday that will include members of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds, the blog says.