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The WGA Strike -- I Want Info

by Sherlynn Hicks (writer), Reseda, November 04, 2007

The contract between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers ("AMPTP") and the Writer's Guild of America ("WGA") ended on October 31, 2007. Beginning in June of this year, negotiations between the two parties ran up to and included the end date of the contract. A strike by the WGA has been called for, supported by its membership, who will man the picket lines. The strike is supported by the Screen Actor's Guild ("SAG") and the Teamsters, specifically Local 399, representing drivers, location managers and casting directors, among others. SAG members are bound by contract to report as scheduled to work, crossing picket lines in the process, but encouraged to walk the picket lines on their own time. Teamsters have been advised by Division Director Leo T. Reed to follow their individual conscience, but he, for one, will not cross picket lines.

Most at issue is the rate of residual payment on internet release of WGA member created (written) product.

As of this writing, the WGA's strike begins on Monday, November 5, 2007 at 12:01 a.m.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall of those negotiations.

If one cannot be a fly on the wall, below is a list of internet resources to peruse. Any others?

Teamster Local 399
Hollywood Reporter
Deadline Hollywood Daily
Thompson on Hollywood
United Hollywood
Huffington Post Writer's Strike Opinion Page

Extra time and attention paid to the comments sections can garner a wealth of opinion, information, and often bittersweet hilarity.

About the Writer

Sherlynn Hicks is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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