February 8, 2008
We have Superbowl Sunday for sports, Super Tuesday for the election primaries, and now, Super Saturday for the striking writers. All eyes turn to Hollywood and New York as the WGA members meet to discuss the latest proposals. Could this mean the end of the picket lines?
I hope so. But then what? Screen Actors Guild. That’s what. It ain’t over til it’s over.
November 2, 2007
According to Carl DiOrio’s report in The Hollywood Reporter, and Dave McNary’s report in Variety, WGA has called for a strike. The walkout may start as early as Monday. The Mayor of Los Angeles has stepped in to try to help:
“In a surprise development, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has offered his services to help bring about an agreement between the writers and the Hollywood TV and film studios. Representatives of the guild and the Hollywood studios held an initial gettogether in the mayor’s office Thursday.”
Anything could happen, but as of now, the immediate future doesn’t look very bright. Stay tuned.
October 2, 2007
It’s been almost 20 years since WGA West and WGA East last staged an industrywide walkout.
According to this NY Times article, it appears the long period of detente between WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers may be culminating in a final show of brinksmanship before the current contract period ends this month.
Ironically, (at least as it pertains to what we talk about on this blog), one of the main sticking points for both sides has to do with:
“…residuals payment for movies and shows after their initial screening, including…when movies and shows are distributed on the Internet or through other forms of new media.”
Everyone in the film industry is still very much finding our way in this frontier called “new media”. With technology continuously evolving, innovation is providing new platforms for delivery and sharing entertainment content. Those involved in creating that content, and those who fund it, are justifiably concerned about their rightful place in the frontier.
Things certainly don’t look particularly bright at the moment. I hope, for everyone’s sake, that a compromise can be reached so all can get back to concentrating on the work of making movies.