WGA Negotiations Going Well But Still Room for Conflict

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Remember that terrible desert of entertainment we were forced to wander through during 2007-2008? Back then, when the Writers Guild of America went on strike, Americans were left desperately stumbling towards a mirage that always turned out to be re-runs and knife infomercials. The thirst for new content and upcoming episodes nearly killed us! Well, that is a bit dramatic. First off, it was great opportunity to pick up a book, and second off, those knife infomercials really aren’t all that bad if you give them a chance. Either way though, the strike was hard on more than just viewers; writers and others involved in the entertainment industry had careers and livelihoods riding on it as well.

So everyone should be somewhat relieved to hear that this year’s prognosis is looking considerably better, with the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers nearly at a decision, having “almost” reached an agreement for a three year contract. “Every aspect of our contract has been negotiated and agreed upon with two exceptions — options and exclusivity — which remain points of contention between us,” said Chip Johannessen and Billy Ray of the Negotiating Committee, and WGA West President Chris Keyser, according to Deadline Hollywood. Now, the two groups will take a breather from the negotiating fervor and return to finish things up March 31 and April 1, when they will hopefully wrap things up.

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