Weinstein Reaches WGA Deal

'We need to get people back to work,' mogul says of interim pact
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2008 2:21 PM CST
Michael Moore's 'Sicko' DVD, put out by the Weinstein company.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Weinstein Company, a prominent Hollywood independent film company, has reached an interim agreement with the striking writer’s guild, the New York Times reports. The deal is supposedly similar to that reached by United Artists last week, and its particular terms are designed to be superseded by any deal eventually reached between the Writers Guild and movie and TV producers.

“We need to get people back to work,” chief Harvey Weinstein said today, adding that major industry firms have reacted "negatively" to his brokering of an interim agreement, as they did to UA’s temporary deal. Weinstein says he feels an obligation to help those in the entertainment industry put out of work by the stalemate, which began Nov. 5.