There won’t be a writers strike, thanks to a tentative new deal reached by Writers Guild negotiators and representatives from the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Hollywood (and film and TV viewers) can breathe a sigh of relief, as writers return to work as usual Tuesday, allowing productions to continue uninterrupted. But more importantly, the writers themselves have hopefully earned what they deserve.
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A couple of promising steps were taken this evening in regards to a possible end for the Writers’ Strike that began last November. The first is a tentative three year deal pertaining to new-media made between the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that includes…
- Establishing DGA jurisdiction over programs produced for distribution on the Internet;
- Boosting the residuals formula for paid Internet downloads (electronic sell-through) by double the current rate;
- And establishing residual rates for ad-supported streaming and use of clips on the Internet.
Notice that these are similar to several of the core issues at play in the Writers’ Strike. The second more recent development is that the AMPTP has invited the WGA to return to negotiations in hopes of ending the strike. The AMPTP released the following statement after the DGA deal was announced…
The agreement between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Directors Guild of America establishes an important precedent: Our industry’s creative talent will now participate financially in every emerging area of new media. The agreement demonstrates beyond any doubt that our industry’s producers are willing and able to work with the creators of entertainment content to establish fair and flexible rules for this fast-changing marketplace.
We hope that this agreement with DGA will signal the beginning of the end of this extremely difficult period for our industry. Today, we invite the Writers Guild of America to engage with us in a series of informal discussions similar to the productive process that led us to a deal with the DGA to determine whether there is a reasonable basis for returning to formal bargaining. We look forward to these discussions, and to the day when our entire industry gets back to work.
Might the strike end before Sundance does? More on this as it develops…
Source Links: Variety / ComingSoon