WGA Strike: Dare We Say Progress?

November 29, 2007 by  

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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8 Responses to “WGA Strike: Dare We Say Progress?”

  1. Emily on November 29th, 2007 10:37 pm

    I am crossing my fingers (and arms and legs and toes and everything) that this is a good solution and it can be resolved by Christmas.
    There is hope!

  2. Alison on November 29th, 2007 10:43 pm

    Each day the Office writers are not at work, a little piece of me dies. I’m so glad to read that there’s been some progress!!!

  3. Carly on November 29th, 2007 10:47 pm

    Angela’s preggers. I want this strike to end to see that play out please.

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  5. Kevin on November 30th, 2007 2:47 am

    Actually, the ‘groundbreaking’ deal isn’t that groundbreaking. I mean, I don’t support the writer’s or their strike…but the deal doesn’t make sense. The writers have to take a residual rollback in order to get more compensation?? Somewhere, math teachers are dying. And where did that 130 million come from? Thought they said they don’t get any profits.

  6. Michele on November 30th, 2007 10:17 am

    http://unitedhollywood.blogspot.com/2007/11/press-blackout-lifted-companies-offer.html

    Sadly, that makes it look even worse. I’m glad to see they are still talking, but I have a feeling that it will be a long time before this is resolved. And even though there was lots of good television on last night – it didn’t feel like Thursday night without The Office!! I don’t even want to think about how sad January will be right now…

  7. cam3150 on November 30th, 2007 10:48 am

    Looks like there’s no deal. The WGA has already rejected the proposal, according to TV Guide:

    http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Wga-Strike-Watch/Wga-Calls-Quotnewquot/800028604

  8. Ducky on November 30th, 2007 11:10 am

    Nope, back to the picket lines! That deal sucks.

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