Monday, December 17
The Writers Guild of America will put a strategy in action Monday to scatter the oppostion during these strike negotiations, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The guild will propose bypassing AMPTP and negotiating separate contracts directly with the individual studios themselves. It's a very long shot as that scenario promises heaping piles of headaches across the industry. If each fantasy factory were to dictate unique terms with the WGA, there could be different royalty rates, different salary ranges, etc., from network to network, studio to studio.
In New York, David Letterman is doing his part to aid his writers while muddying the strike landscape. His Worldwide Pants production company negotiated a preliminary exemption allowing his writers to return to work. Could other TV production companies do the same by ignoring their network alliances to hire writers on their own dime? Could powerful, fan-rich shows like Galactica, Heroes or Lost return to the air with writing staff forged by similar exempt guild deals?
Posted by Phantom Dennis at 15:34