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WGA Strike Roundup: Wed., Feb. 6

Feb 6, 2008  •  Post A Comment

WGA Leaders Will Meet Saturday With Guilds in Los Angeles, New York
Writers Guild of America leaders will meet Saturday with West and East chapters in Los Angeles and New York, respectively, to discuss a proposed contract with studio heads, Daily Variety reports. WGA board members yesterday told picketing members that a temporary agreement allowing work to resume before official contract ratification may be put in place if a clear majority of members support the proposed contract this weekend, the newspaper says.
Vanity Fair Scraps Post-Oscar Party in Support of WGA Strike
Vanity Fair canceled its post-Academy Awards party scheduled at the restaurant Craft in a gesture of support for the striking Writers Guild of America, Daily Variety reports. The magazine, which threw its party at Morton’s for the past 14 years, said it was “not the appropriate year” to throw a party, the newspaper says, citing a Vanity Fair statement.
Stewart’s Withdrawal From Hosting Redstone Event May Stem From Strike
Jon Stewart’s decision to withdraw from hosting a Paley Center fundraiser honoring Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone in New York may stem from the threat of Writers Guild of America members picketing the event, the Hollywood Reporter says, citing people it didn’t identify. Event organizers said WGA member Mr. Stewart, who will be replaced by Charlie Rose, withdrew because of the additional writing necessary for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” without staff writers, the newspaper says.
WGA Strike Causes ‘Thousands’ of Postproduction Job Losses
The Writers Guild of America strike has caused thousands of postproduction workers to temporarily or permanently lose their jobs, the Hollywood Reporter says, citing people familiar with the industry. Many production houses have allowed employees to work reduced hours in order for them to keep their benefits, the newspaper says.
Writers Expect Fewer Approved Pilot Series After Strike
Writers Guild of America members expect studio heads to approve fewer pilot series after the strike ends in an effort to cut costs amid likely higher residual payments for Internet-distributed content, the Los Angeles Times reports, citing WGA members it didn’t identify. Studio chiefs will be less likely to spend the $75,000 to $125,000 typically paid for young writers’ scripts, the newspaper says.
—Danny King

6 Comments

  1. Thank you to Vanity Fair for canceling their party. There are thousands of
    us industry workers that have lost our jobs and may never be able to save our homes and families even after the writers finally decide to call off the strike. The writers have devastated our lives, careers and industry.
    The WGA hired an negotiator that destroyed jobs in the textile industry and now he’s done the same to ours. When he convinced the Guess workers to strike, Guess moved to China and they all lost their jobs. CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and the CW have canceled their pilot season. CBS is hiring Canadian writers and have lower taxes for production companies.
    Thank you WGA, you’ve done a great job.

  2. Indeed. It sickens me somewhat that months later, when there’s finally rumours of a settlement, the media suddenly reports that thousands of jobs have been lost in the post production industry. Weeks and weeks of stories about cancelled award shows etc. etc. and only now they notice the thousand of lives and families negatively impacted by the strike. I’m sure the guy waiting in the unemployment line for money to feed his family will be glad to know that when the strike is over, the idiot that writes “According To Jim” will get a few more pennies in royalties for his work. Kudo WGA. Kudos to you.

  3. It should also be pointed out that the strike hasn’t just affected post production in the U.S. It’s affected it everywhere. Most of the work done in Canada is done with american scripts. I’ve also heard of projects cancelled and people losing jobs in the U.K. and Australia because of the strike. It’s had a huge impact and ruined lives all over the world. so again, kudos to you WGA.

  4. This strike should never have had happened! Who in their right mind goes on strike during a recession? The amount of people hurt by this strike will never be shown to any way close to how bad it really is! I have nothing but lack of concern for the WGA. How a group could feel they deserve more at, less unfortunate peoples cost, makes one just want to see them get nothing! You should be real proud of yourselves WGA!

  5. My deapest apologies go out to all the post production workers and their families that have suffered due to this strike. The WGA may seem selfish under the circumstances, but realize that the real selfishness comes from the very top. Its the producers that would rather squeeze the post production workers and create unrest among all entertainment industry workers then give into the demands of those that create the media. A portion of the internet profits? Really? The guys who gave the WGA no other real option, really felt that amount of money was worth all of this? Do any post production workers believe that money was to be redistributed to second/third/fourth tier workers? The saddest part of this “near resolution” is the real motivation to end this on the producers’ side, comes from the potential loss of revenues associated with the award show season. In reality, loss of revenues for these award shows amounts to more money than the WGA is demanding. So basically, they didn’t care about this until it was going to cost them more money to not deal with it. Strikes hurt everyone, especially those called to strike. I’m not a huge supporter of unions. I feel they degrade the quality of products and services, encourage laziness, and hinder a free economy. But it is what it is. Sometimes the only way to get the wealthholders to listen, is to shake their pocketbooks. And sometimes all the pain these strikes cause is worth it. Because they will continue to take from all those below them, until someone with the leverage stands up to it.
    Thanks,
    WAP

  6. WAP- If that’s what helps you sleep at night. Meanwhile My self and some of my other union brothers are wondering how long it will take us to recoup.

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