Writers Strike News Roundup: Wednesday, Jan. 16
Directors, Producers Very Close to Contract Agreement
The Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers ended their fourth day of contract negotiations Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter says. Insiders say the talks are going well, and that a deal between the two could be announced very soon, the newspaper says. The DGA contract talks could influence the Writers Guild of America’s contract negotiations, saddling the WGA with a contract template that they may not agree with, the newspaper reports. Talks resume on Wednesday, the Reporter says.
NAACP Awards Show Granted Writers Strike Waiver
The NAACP Image Awards will be free of Writers Guild of America pickets after the two groups signed an interim agreement for the Feb. 14 Fox telecast, the Hollywood Reporter says. The waiver allows WGA writers to pen the script, and gives Screen Actors Guild members the ability to show up to the awards freely, the newspaper reports.
Oscars a Go, Writers Or No
Oscars producer Gil Cates met with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reps to discuss secondary plans for the Oscar telecast if the writers strike continues, Daily Variety reports. Meeting attendees said Mr. Cates laid out two plans for the show, noting that the writer-less version of the show would have to be played by ear, but still will occur, the newspaper says. The Writers Guild of America has already said it would deny a request from the Academy regarding a writing waiver, which would most likely mean pickets of the telecast. Pickets would discourage Screen Actors Guild members from showing up, forcing pre-taped acceptance speeches, the newspaper reports.
Grammys to WGA: Waiver, Please
John Cossette Productions, producers of the 50th Grammy Awards, and the Recording Academy have asked the Writers Guild of America for a waiver for its upcoming telecast, the Los Angeles Times reports. The waiver would remove pickets and allow WGA writers to pen scripts for the show, but the WGA said earlier this week that it would more than likely deny any request of a waiver for the Grammys, the newspaper says.