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.