Tuesday, January 22, 2008

MOVEMENT!

This was about the best e-mail I could have received today. Some have speculated that the settling of the DGA strike so quickly would put pressure on all sides to conclude the WGA strike. So it is with profound joy that I read Patric Verrone's latest strike update mail today (1/22/08.) The AMPTP is FINALLY ready, it seems, to sit back down and negotiate. Brother, let's hope so.
To Our Fellow Members,

We have responded favorably to the invitation from the AMPTP to enter into informal talks that will help establish a reasonable basis for returning to negotiations. During this period, we have agreed to a complete news blackout. We are grateful for this opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion with industry leaders that we hope will lead to a contract. We ask that all members exercise restraint in their public statements during this critical period.

In order to make absolutely clear our commitment to bringing a speedy conclusion to negotiations, we have decided to withdraw our proposals on reality and animation. Our organizing efforts to achieve Guild representation in these genres for writers will continue. You will hear more about this in the next two weeks.

On another issue, the Writers Guild, West Board of Directors has voted not to picket the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) face many of the same issues concerning compensation in new media that we do. In the interest of advancing our goal of achieving a fair contract, the WGAW Board felt that this gesture should be made on behalf our brothers and sisters in AFM and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

Best,

Patric M. Verrone

1 comment:

Skull Leader said...

The DGA deal is old news in essense anyway, as informal talks with the WGA and AMPTP have re-started. Basically, in my estimation, the new media component of the DGA deal was pretty horrible. But the WGA just took reality and animation jurisdiction off the table, so hopefully it will net a lot more on new media. In this humble TV writer's opinion, that's what it's all about, for both features and TV.