In Depth

WGA Strike Roundup: Monday, Feb. 4

Chernin Tells Colleagues at Super Bowl the Strike Is Over
News Corp. President Peter Chernin told colleagues at the Super Bowl Sunday that the Writers Guild of America strike was over, reported, citing e-mails from people who weren’t indentified. News Corp.’s Fox unit broadcast the game from Arizona, the Web site said.

WGA Heads Deny Strike Resolution, Urge Members to Keep Picketing
Writers Guild of America leaders Patric Verrone and Michael Winship sent an e-mail to guild members Sunday denying a resolution to the 3-month-old strike was in place and telling them to continue picketing today, Daily Variety reported. Members should “disregard rumors” that the WGA and studios on Friday neared an agreement on how to calculate residual payments from content streamed over the Internet, the newspaper said, citing the e-mail.

New York Independents Sign Interim WGA Agreements
The Writers Guild of America signed interim agreements with four New York-based film-production companies, the Hollywood Reporter said. GreeneStreet Films, Killer Films, Open City Films and This Is That Productions each said Sunday that they struck temporary deals with the WGA, the newspaper reported.

U.S. Networks Show Interest in Two More Canadian Dramas
ABC and CBS are among U.S. television networks showing interest in Canadian-produced dramas “The Border” and “The Guard” in an effort to boost programming as the WGA strike threatens fall pilots, the Hollywood Reporter said. Last week, NBC picked up two dramas from Canada’s CTV last week while ABC Family picked up the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. comedy “Sophie,” the newspaper reported.

California Lawmakers Tell Studio Heads to Speed Up Talks
California lawmakers, including House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, sent a letter last week to Walt Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger and News Corp. President Peter Chernin urging them to expedite an end to the Writers Guild of America strike, the Hollywood Reporter said, citing people who saw the letter. The strike has cost the Los Angeles economy $1.6 billion, the newspaper said, citing a study quoted by the letter.

—Danny King