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.