In Depth

WGA Strike Roundup: Wednesday, Feb. 13

WGA Members Favor Ending Strike by a 12-to-1 Margin
The Writers Guild of America vote to end its 100-day strike yesterday was decided by a 12-to-1 margin, with 7.5% of the voters saying they were unsatisfied with the terms set with the studios, the Hollywood Reporter says. Of the 10,500 guild members, 3,775 cast ballots, with 3,492 voting to end the strike and 283 members voting to continue the work stoppage, the newspaper says.

SAG Pressured to Avoid Walkout As WGA Strike Ends
Members of the Screen Actors Guild, whose contract with studios expires June 30, are being encouraged by studios, other unions and a group of actors to avoid a strike similar to the one ended by the Writers Guild of America yesterday, Daily Variety reports. About 800 actors, including Teri Hatcher, Charlie Sheen and Sally Field, are among a group petitioning the SAG board to have an earnings minimum requirement for members eligible to vote on a possible strike, the newspaper says.

NBC, Hollywood Foreign Press May Sue WGA Over Globes Cancellation
NBC and the Hollywood Foreign press may sue the Writers Guild of America because the WGA’s strike led to the cancellation of this year’s Golden Globes Awards ceremony, Web site DeadlineHollywoodDaily reports, citing people it didn’t identify.

Settlement ‘Good, Not Great’ for WGA, Ex-Counsel Says
Compromises involving Internet broadcasting made the Writers Guild of America’s strike-ending settlement “a good deal, but not a great one,” the Los Angeles Times reports, citing ex-WGA counsel Jonathan Handel. WGA concessions included allowing studios to use non-union writers for low-budget Internet shows and allowing studios at least 17 days to stream shows for promotional reasons without paying residuals, the newspaper says.

WGA Strike Cost Industry Workers About $785 Million, AMPTP Says
The Writers Guild of America strike cost members about $285 million in lost wages and almost $500 million in salary forfeited by members of other film unions, the New York Times reports, citing the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. A five-month strike similar to the 1988 work stoppage would have cost the economy anywhere from $380 million, according to UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, to $2.5 billion, according to the WGA, the newspaper says.

‘SNL’ Will Produce Extra Shows for Season’s Remainder“Saturday Night Live,” which missed nine shows during the Writers Guild of America strike, will produce as many as eight more shows before the end of the season, the New York Times says, citing NBC Entertainment Co-Chairman Ben Silverman. The show, which returns Feb. 23 with Tina Fey as host, will create shows for four straight weeks, one more consecutive week than the show’s usual limit, the newspaper says.
—Danny King