WGA Strike: Dare We Say Progress?
November 29, 2007 by Kath Skerry
No, we haven’t resolution but perhaps, just perhaps things are going in the right direction. Nikki Finke of DeadlineHollywood.com provided this exclusive update earlier this evening. Read it for yourself and make your own assessment of how you think things are going. I wouldn’t say I’m even to the level of being cautiously optimistic, but at least the two sides are talking. Now let’s just hope they are hearing each other.
The AMPTP presented what its sources just told me are “a number of New Media proposals” today at Talks Day #4. “This is the day it shook loose,” a relieved insider just told me minutes ago. (This is also what I was reporting in my explusive post, Moguls Supposed To Present A Better Offer To Writers At Talks Today.) I’ve learned the AMPTP presented the WGA with “new terms involving streaming, made-for, Internet, and other issues”. The WGA requested a suspension in the talks until Tuesday December 4th to study the new proposals. My sources say this came as something of a surprise to the moguls’ side because their negotiating team was “ready to keep bargaining through the weekend”. On the other hand, the AMPTP side waited until the end of today’s session to present the terms (and then did so with much fanfare), and it really surprised the WGA negotiators who’d been increasingly doubful there’d be such a moment. But let’s not be overly optimistic or naive, either. The big questions now are: Are these truly “new” proposals or just newly packaged “old” proposals? And are they good enough to get this strike settled by Christmas? Let’s hope… (DeadlineHollywood.com, as of 9:15pm)
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