Writers' Strike Hits Oscars, Golden Globes

WGA refuses to issue waivers for script-heavy awards shows
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2007 8:31 AM CST
Writer Elizabeth Johnson walks the picket line along members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) outside the gates of Paramount Pictures studios in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. The Hollywood...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two of Hollywood's glitziest shows will have to go on without striking writers, reports the AP, as the WGA yesterday denied waivers to the producers of the Golden Globes and the Oscars. The move means the shows will be scriptless, must pay residuals to screen old movie or TV clips, and will be boycotted by writers and actors sympathetic to their cause.  

A spokesman said the WGA refused the waivers to advance talks that stalled and descended into bitter bickering Dec. 7, reports the Los Angeles Times. Dick Clark Productions, which produces the Golden Globes, was seeking a separate deal to employ writers. Oscars host Jon Stewart, however, is a striking guild member who has yet to cross the picket line.