WGA, studios to meet this week
The Writers Guild of America is going to hold an informal meeting with studios this week in what looks like a first step in getting back to the bargaining table with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (I'm sure that the deal the Director's Guild of America made on Thursday is what generated these talks.)
The Hollywood Reporter says that CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves and News Corp. President Peter Chernin actually held informal meetings with reps from the guild over the weekend, so maybe we're on the way to seeing some sort of resolution to this whole mess. It's been a month and a half since they last held talks.
I'm wondering if they could get some sort of temporary deal in place? That's probably not realistic, since there would be no guarantee that the writers would get what they want. The article above does outline some of what the AMPTP doesn't like: "reality TV and animation jurisdiction, the right to stage sympathy strikes, and forced arbitration in residual situations involving vertically integrated businesses." That last one sounds very contract-ish, doesn't it?
By the way, "informal meetings" means, of course, that they won't be wearing tuxes.