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October 13, 2015


Tentative deal reached in writers' strike... but are the members happy?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 9th 2008 1:39PM
Writer's strikeAccording to Variety, the WGA and the AMPTP reached a tentative settlement of the three month-old writers' strike early this morning. The presidents of the east and west coast guilds of the WGA sent this letter, which announces the agreement and gives information on the membership meetings that are being held today to discuss the terms of the deal. According to this PDF of the contract terms, it looks like the writers are going to get some credit and money if their writing is used for new media purposes, like on the internet or on moblie phones. It just doesn't look like they're going to get as much as they were looking for.

And that might be a problem. According to Nikki Finke, she's hearing that the rank-and-file members of the guild have been expressing displeasure at the terms of the contract in today's meetings, with the feeling that the union leadership is "ramming this deal down our throats," as one of her sources told her.

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WGA Strike: week two updates

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Nov 13th 2007 5:38PM
WGA strikeWe've entered Week Two of the WGA Strike, and although we're not getting any closer to a resolution, there's still plenty of WGA Strike news to report:

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Teamsters planning to strike America's Next Top Model

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 2nd 2006 6:42PM
Tyra BanksTV Squad has been reporting on the America's Next Top Model writer's strike for awhile now. So, you've been through all of this by now. Reality TV shows do have writers, and ANTM writers want to be treated as such. They want all the rights accorded to members of the Writer's Guild. Things like pensions, better pay, residuals and healthcare. Thus far, the powers-that-be at ANTM have gotten away without coming to the table, and the writers have not been able to attain coverage by the Guild.

But, ANTM may not be able to get away without talking unionization much longer because the Teamsters are coming.

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America's Next Top Model writer-producers on strike -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 24th 2006 5:34PM
america's next top modelThe twelve writer-producers for America's Next Top Model have lived up to their threat to strike. They are protesting management's refusal to allow them to unionize. On Friday, the writers picketed outside Top Model production offices in Los Angeles. They all wore red shirts and carried signs that said things like, 'Reality Needs a Rewrite' and 'Tyra is union. Why not me?'

The writer-producers are demanding healthcare, residuals, pension, better pay and writing credits (they're currently credited as producers). The writers argue that they should receive similar treatment as writers in other genres, such as dramas and comedies.

So far, executive producers are steering the writer-producers toward government mediation, but the writers say that's a stall tactic to get them to conclude the next two seasons and then can them all. Americans Next Top Model is currently in the middle of season seven, so this could get real interesting.

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The union deals with reality (TV)

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 22nd 2005 8:09AM

The Writers Guild of America, the union which represents over 12,000 people working in the entertainment industry, wants to allow writers, editors, and producers currently working on reality television productions into the union. However, networks and studios are refusing. This gets into a lot of jargon and rhetoric that neither you or I really care much about, but the bottom line is that reality television is produced and "written" in a much different way than a scripted series, and the WGA has to figure out how to make such an inclusion work without a complete overhaul.

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