February 5 2008

WGA Strike Week 13

WGAI haven’t talked much about the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) strike because there isn’t much going on. There have been talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP), and apparently there has been some movement, but nothing definite as of yet.

The WGA did release the following letter to their members (and reprinted via Deadline Hollywood)

Dear Fellow Members:
I would like to update you on where we stand with bargaining with the AMPTP. While we have made important progress since the companies re-engaged us in serious talks, negotiations continue. Regardless of what you hear or read, there are many significant points that have yet to be worked out.

In order to keep members abreast of the latest developments, informational meetings are being planned by both Guilds for this weekend-details to be announced. Neither the Negotiating Committee, nor the West Board or the East Council, will take action on the contract until after the membership meetings.

As the talks proceed, never forget that during this period it is critical for us to remain on the picket lines united and strong. We are all in this together.

At this point, there is a chance of saving the “back nine” episodes of the season (most shows get an order for 13 episodes, and then for another 9 to finish the season), but as it will take shows 4 – 6 weeks to spin back up, things are looking sketchy.

The interesting thing is that no matter when this ends, it looks like NEXT season is in jeopardy of having any new shows.  This is the time of the year that the networks begin to go in to “pilot season” and start picking their shows for the next season, but nothing is currently in development, so, maybe no new shows next season.  What an idea: Develop what you have!

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