Saturday, December 08, 2007

Strike talks halted

From Variety, 12.7.07
by Dave McNary

WGA accuses AMPTP of 'fake negotiations'

By DAVE MCNARYTalks between striking writers and the majors have collapsed, five weeks after scribes walked off the job - with no indication of when negotiations will resume.
Friday night's cratering of negotiations stemmed mostly from disagreements over how to pay writers in the new-media realm. It follows two weeks of bitter and unproductive negotiations and will probably open the door for the Directors Guild of America to launch talks with the AMPTP within the next month.

The strike’s already darkened many TV shows – putting most into re-runs -- and provoked a rain of pink slips. It’s now likely to turn pilot season into a shambles and provoke a round of “force majeure” terminations of deal by the majors. More.



Blogger Diane said...

This is a major disaster for everyone. Even people on the edges of production are going to lose their jobs and shows may now be cancelled. After all we went through to get C.I. renewed, if NBC now use this as an excuse to cancel it, I'll never forgive EITHER side - ever! So, whose heads do I need to bang together?!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Trcyk63 said...

Trcyk63 said, did anyone hear if they are thinking about cancelling Law and OrderCI since its going to be airing reruns on NBC. I hope that they don't because the last thing that i heard awhile back was that NBC and Dick Wolf were very impressed with how well it was doing with its ratings on USA and Dick wolf said that he felt pretty optimistic that Law and OrderCI and Svu would get the chance to finish out their 22 episodes that were ordered. Lets be positive and believe for the best there will be a resolution one way or another before it is to late for these shows i believe that, so we all must come together and believe for a great outcome in the end because there will be one. Tracey

1:28 PM  
Blogger Curly said...

If you want things to change: go to the fans4writers site and find out how you can help.

The writers have been at the table to negotiate ALL ALONG.

AMPTP is NOT being cooperative. They are pulling out some DIRTY tricks. Seriously, this is ridiculous. If there are heads that need banging, it's THEIRS.

Writers want to get back to work. But there's NO WAY there will be any backing down on key points. AMPTP is not playing "hardball" -- they're asking the writers to bend over and say "thank you, sir".

Ain't gonna happen.

Fans can help. VDOVault has already told you guys how and provided links. SUPPORT THE WRITERS, SUPPORT THE CAST. The L&O Casts, all shows combined, have stood behind the writers 110% from the getgo. They've been on the lines with the writers, they've been at the rallies (Bogosian among others was out there cracking jokes last week) and they know that this strike means putting down the groundwork for THEIR contract in June.

This could be a long one, kids.

Heck, the rumors right now are that we could be out there until SAG/AFTRA walks out in June. AMPTP sounds like they're willing to do that. Writers have families to feed too, you know. Don't want to be here, but also don't want to get screwed by the billionaires who want us to work for pittance.

You want your shows -- Writers want to get paid for the work they do. The Companies want to line their pockets off the writers' backs.

Don't take it out on the writers. Want to protect the "little guy"? Pick on the Big Guy. That has more of a chance of working.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Ilea said...

Diane-lol-too funny. I totally agree. I'm so tired of this nonesense. Right now, I don't care who's right and who's wrong, just get it done already! And Curly, man, I know you and the other writers are frustrated, but it doesn't sound like anyone here is, like, attacking writers. We're just as frustrated as you are about this whole thing. And I'm sure the bigwigs are a big part of the problem. But, and don't get offended, please, with things like this, it's always people on both sides being unreasonable that drag these things out. I'm sorry, but it cannot be just one side making all the mistakes, and doing all the wrong things. I want to make it clear, I'm not saying they're right. But I'm not saying the writers are completely innocent here. That is impossible. I'm with Diane on this one. Everyone has been on pins and needles when they thought CI was going to be cancelled, and now this. I hope you understand.

4:14 PM  
Blogger sayitoutloud said...

NBC has nothing to do with canceling CI anymore. It is up to USA whether or not they want to renew it. NBC merely retained the rights to show reruns, similar to BRAVO. Not to mention, show that have been on the air longer are far more likely to survive the strike since there are so many reruns they can pick from and because it is now likely that the strike will ruin fall pilots so old shows chances of being renewed get even higher as the choices for what will be new in the fall, if anything, will be slim.

4:25 PM  
Blogger SnarkAngel said...

I'm with the writers on this one, folks. They need to stick to their guns because they deserve so much more than lip service and dirty tricks from the powers that be. I certainly don't want to see my favorite show discontinued or cancelled. And I feel for all the associated workers and businesses who are losing out because of this strike. That is why it is important that EVERYONE in the entertainment industry (including the fans) stand behind the writers and STAND UP TO the AMPTP and their incessant greed.

6:16 PM  
Blogger DonnaJo said...

Not to mention that the SAG, which has VDO, Erbe,& the rest of the CI cast as members, are supporting the writers because the deal they cut with the AMPTB affects the deal the SAG cuts in June. If the writers get screwed, the actors will also when their time comes.

10:19 AM  

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