With 90 minutes to go before the strike deadline Monday night, “the dam broke,” writes Cynthia Littleton in Variety. Littleton says it was about 10:30 p.m. when “the WGA and major studios began to find their way to the compromises that had been elusive during the previous five days of contract negotiations.
“By 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, after a break for caucusing, the sides returned to the big table at the Sherman Oaks headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to declare that the deal was done.”
Littleton adds: “What tipped the scales? From the WGA’s perspective, it was the pressure of the ticking clock and the unquestionable demonstrations of unity among guild members to strike if the leadership didn’t feel like they were being offered a fair deal.
“From the view of the AMPTP, the WGA’s strategy was one of brinksmanship. With the threat of a walkout hanging over the room, the WGA, led by chief negotiator David Young, used their leverage to successfully push the studios for incremental gains nearly to the last minute before settling.”
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