Writers Guild of America

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Writers Vote to End Strike

Strike ends after three months of negotiations

(Newser) - Members of the Writers Guild of America voted today to end a three-month strike that shut down more than 60 TV shows and cost networks tens of millions of dollars, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new contract gives writers residual payments for shows streamed online and rights for online... More »

Help With Post-Strike TV Schedules

Blogger lends a hand as couch potatoes plan for return to the sofa

(Newser) - If everything goes according to plan and writers get back to work on Wednesday, when will scripted TV shows get back on the air? In general, the most popular shows will go into production again immediately, but many others won't return until the next season, if at all, reports Chicago ... More »

Guild Honchos Like Deal, Ask Scribes to Vote

Writers could be working Wednesday if they OK accord

(Newser) - The Writers Guild of America board approved a deal with Hollywood studios today and asked writers to vote on it Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. More than 10,000 keyboards could be clicking on TV shows, movies, and the Oscars show by Wednesday if scribes OK the deal. Show... More »

Writers Reach 'Tentative Deal' With Producers

If scribes approve, strike could be over by Monday

(Newser) - The Writers Guild of America has reached a "tentative deal” for a new 3-year contract with producers, the Wall Street Journal reports. While it's not perfect, "the time has come to accept this contract and settle the strike," the guild wrote in an overnight note to members.... More »

Striking Writers Will Discuss New Deal

Leaders to gauge support at membership meetings on Saturday

(Newser) - Leaders of the striking writers union will meet members Saturday on both coasts to brief them on a tentative contract that could settle their 3-month-old dispute, Variety reports. If, after the meetings in Los Angeles and New York, it appears the rank-and-file will accept it, the union can start the... More »

Stars Hopeful About Strike Finale

Nominees at Oscar lunch talk contracts

(Newser) - Oscar nominees at the Academy Awards luncheon expressed hope for a settlement of the writers strike that will permit them to attend Hollywood's biggest night of the year, Variety reports. Actor George Clooney hailed an apparent weekend breakthrough in contract talks, and also called on the Screen Actors Guild to... More »

Writers Strike Accord With Grammys

Strike won't stop the music, but what about Oscar?

(Newser) - The Grammys broadcast will go on—with union scribes cleared to pen intros, segues, and one-liners that glue awards shows together—thanks to a waiver deal hammered out between the Writers Guild of America and the Recording Academy. The next battlefield is the Academy Awards. The guild has warned that... More »

Writers Cut Grammys a Break

Preliminary talks also underway to settle strike

(Newser) - Striking writers have agreed not to picket the Grammys next month, opening the way for major stars to perform and attend the telecast. The Writers Guild and the Recording Academy are negotiating a deal that would also allow union writers to work on the CBS broadcast. Writers and studio representatives... More »

Oscars Will Be Aired, Even Without Stars

'It's not going to be canceled' by scribe strike, producer says

(Newser) - ABC is determined to make the Academy Awards happen, with or without striking writers and boycotting actors, the LA Times reports. “I don’t want to say, ‘Read my lips,’ but it’s not going to be canceled,” said producer Gilbert Cates, fresh from chairing successful... More »

GE Q4 Profit Climbs 15%; Stock Rebounds

Globalization, weak dollar drive growth; stock price jumps

(Newser) - GE profits rose 15% in the fourth quarter as overseas demand for jet engines and power turbines more than offset the weakness in the US economy, the company reported today. “They've really been a beneficiary of the whole global growth story,” an analyst told Bloomberg. GE stock was... More »

Directors Guild Cuts Deal With Producers

Agreement could put pressure on striking Hollywood writers

(Newser) - The Directors Guild of America has cut a deal with the major Hollywood studios, the Wall Street Journal reports, ratcheting up pressure on the striking Writers Guild either to accept a similar contract or risk alienating its members. The DGA ironed out a 3-year agreement to compensate members for work... More »

Night the Music Died: Strike Whamming Grammys

Writers ask stars to honor their picket line

(Newser) - The Writers Guild of America has asked members of the Screen Actors Guild to refrain from crossing their picket line at the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards, the second major awards show likely to be hurt by the union's strike. Stars are expected to avoid the presentations if they proceed as... More »

Striking Writers Want to Launch Online Video Company

'Virtual Artists' will negotiate its own deals

(Newser) - A group of striking WGA writers are planning to launch their own online content distribution service named Virtual Artists, NewTeeVee reports. The company will offer less money to film creators upfront, but will provide them with more substantial ownership rights to their own work. Members of the WGA will be... More »

Hollywood Directors Start Talks; Writers Watch

Insiders hope they'll make a deal the scribes can stomach

(Newser) - Hollywood directors start official contract talks with producers today, after several months of informal sessions, Variety reports. Insiders predict a speedy deal, as the Directors Guild of America doesn't usually start formal negotiations until most of the big issues are ironed out. Hopes are that a DGA agreement will provide... More »

Weinstein Reaches WGA Deal

'We need to get people back to work,' mogul says of interim pact

(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... More »

Oscar Plans Remain Under Strike Cloud

Academy, keenly aware of Golden Globes' fate, is behind schedule

(Newser) - After the threat of picketing writers shut down the Golden Globes, organizers of the Academy Awards know they're on thin ice, the Hollywood Reporter writes. "Our hope is we can work something out or that the strike is resolved in time," Academy executive director Bruce Davis said of... More »

Stewart, Colbert Return to Late Night

Unscripted insomniac favorites will have new names for the duration

(Newser) - Late-night TV hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert returned to the air last night, without writers or scripted material. In recognition of the WGA strike, both shows included commentary on the work stoppage, reports the Chicago Tribune. Stewart said, “From now on until the end of the strike, we... More »

NBC Scraps Globes Gala Over Picketers

Star parties scuttled, show reduced to press conference

(Newser) - NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association scuttled the Golden Globes today for a decidedly drab press conference, the Hollywood Reporter says. HFPA pressed NBC to let the gala run untelevised, to dissuade picketers and welcome stars, but NBC refused. "We are all very disappointed," the HFPA president... More »

Scribes Cut Deal With Tom Cruise's UA

First major studio pact likely matches Letterman deal

(Newser) - Striking scribes cut a deal with Tom Cruise's United Artists today, their first with a major studio since walking out in November, Variety reports. Terms were kept secret, but analysts say they likely match a deal struck with David Letterman's WorldWide Pants last week, including new media residuals. “United... More »

Writers, Studios Agree Only That Stakes Are High

'We have to get this one right,' striker says of long-term implications

(Newser) - The $150 million or so the Writers Guild's demands would cost over the next 3 years is chump change by studio standards, but the long-term stakes in the deadlocked 2-month-old strike are high, reports the Washington Post. It's now or never for the writers to seal their piece of the... More »

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