Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Writers Guild Of America To Hold Strike Vote


As the October 31 contract expiration looms, the war of words between the producers and writers has begun. The president of the group representing movie and TV producers has denounced the decision by the Writers Guild of America to hold a strike-authorization vote.

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers President Nick Counter called the decision "reckless" and charged that negotiators for the guild "seem intent on striking without seriously addressing the AMPTP's proposals and with no regard for the devastating impact on their members, fellow unions and this industry."

In their letter to 13,000 WGA members, Patric Verrone, president of the WGA West, and Michael Winship, his WGA East counterpart, portrayed the vote as a routine procedure. "This is a step that unions regularly take and that we have taken in the past, particularly in negotiations where fundamental issues regarding our future are on the table," they said.

But in reporting on the guild's move, today's Daily Variety commented that it "portends that negotiations -- set to resume Thursday -- will continue to follow a rocky course as each side seeks to gain leverage through an exceptionally hostile public realtions battle.

This is going to be very nasty.

10 comments:

kellysirkus said...

considering the inequality of wealth and recognition the writers receive versus the producers, I absolutely think the writers the strike.
Their material is the MOST important piece of the process.
This strike is long over-due, IMO

imtiredsotired said...

I dont mean to be a smartass, but are we really going to miss out if they didnt make any new movies at all?

its all the same recycled crap.

__-__=__ said...

When people at the top make 800% more than people at the bottom these things should be expected. Very sad.

Production Girl said...
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Production Girl said...

^imtiredsotired said...
I dont mean to be a smartass, but are we really going to miss out if they didnt make any new movies at all?

its all the same recycled crap.



Not to be a smart ass.....but YOU may not miss out on anything, but the people who have to make a living in order to pay the bills will.

It is not only about the writers, directors and producers.....

brendalove@gmail.com said...

We should all apply to be scabs. Surely all of us could come up with some killer stories, at low budgets.

jax said...

Well watch for a lot more Candian made movies with Candian directors and actors...sux to be on strike but c'est le vie.

jax said...

like a bad canadian i missed a few A's...eh? lol.

Production Girl said...

LOL Jax

I have family in Toronto and because of them I say eh? a lot,

nickkie said...

*yawn* one of my friends works for WGA and it seems like every 6 months they're talking about a writers strike.

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