Writers Guild Denies Awards Show Waivers
The Writers Guild of America on Monday denied requests for waivers that would have allowed guild members to prepare material for the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the awards, and Dick Clark Productions, which produces the awards telecast, had asked the union to allow its writers to work on the show, scheduled for Jan. 13. NBC will telecast the show.
The WGA also denied a request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to allow the use of clips from motion pictures and past Oscarcasts during the Oscars, which will be handed out on Feb. 24 and telecast on ABC.
According to the Associated Press, AMPAS spokeswoman Leslie Unger said it was the organization's standard annual request for clips and said the academy had not asked for an Oscars-related waiver.
WGA West President Patric M. Verrone, in letters to the HFPA and AMPAS, said that while the guild respects both organizations, “Writers are engaged in a crucial struggle to achieve a collective bargaining agreement that will protect their compensation and intellectual property rights now and in the future. We must do everything we can to bring our negotiations to a swift and fair conclusion for the benefit of writers and all those who are being harmed by the companies’ failure to engage in serious negotiations.”
According to the AP, Dick Clark Productions said in a statement, "The Golden Globe Awards, which has a long and friendly relationship with the Writers Guild of America, is obviously disappointed that the WGA denied its request for a waiver."
But it said it was "encouraged by the fact that the WGA has announced that it plans to negotiate agreements with independent production companies" and would attempt to reach a deal for the upcoming Globe ceremony, according to the AP.