In Depth

WGA Strike Roundup: Friday, Feb. 1

WGA Members Fear Lack of Progress Will Cause Studios to End Talks
Some Writers Guild of America members believe that lack of progress in informal talks with studio leaders will cause the studios to halt discussions within the next two weeks, Daily Variety reports. Writers are concerned that a recent Directors Guild of America provision with the studios on residual revenue from downloaded programs has decreased the likelihood that the WGA and studios will agree on a payment formula, the newspaper reported.

Lionsgate Attracts Show Runners for New TV Shows During Strike
Lionsgate studios, which earlier this week signed an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America, is attracting prospective show runners looking to work on televisions shows such as “Weeds” and “Mad Men,” whose production is set to resume next week, the Los Angeles Times reports. The studio also needs writers and show runners for “Crash,” the series based on the Academy Award-winning film that’s scheduled to start shooting this spring, the newspaper said.

‘Old Christine’ Crew Get $1,000 Checks From Writers, Actors, Director
Production crewmembers of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” received checks for $1,000 and Patagonia parkas from the show’s director, actors and writers as a gesture of goodwill during the Writers Guild of America strike, Web site DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com says, citing a show crewmember. The worker said Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the series’ star, has been picketing for the WGA since the strike’s first day and helped disrupt a “Desperate Housewives” shooting, said the Web site, which didn’t identify the crewmember.

Unhappy’ Producers Guild Saying Little About WGA Strike
The Producers Guild of America, “unhappy” that it doesn’t have a collective bargaining agreement with the studios, won’t comment on the Writers Guild of America strike for fear of interfering with an “already a very complicated process,” Daily Variety reports, citing PGA executive director Vance Van Petten. The PGA is focusing on helping filmmakers sort out producing credits and finding producer opportunities in new media, the newspaper said.

Some Stage Workers, Artists Criticize WGA Leaders
Some members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees are critical of Writers Guild of America leaders Patrick Verrone and David Young, the Los Angeles Times reported. Stage workers said WGA leadership showed “non-concern” for IATSE members who are struggling because of the strike-induced work stoppage, the newspaper said.

—Danny King