January 8, 2008
Soap opera writers: In a Dec. 31 Calendar article about how soap opera writers are coping with the Writers Guild of America strike, a comment by "All My Children" writer Michelle Patrick was not placed in the correct context. When she said, "The more heinous the producers behave, the angrier I get," Patrick was referring to members of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, not the individual producers of soap operas.
September 13, 2008 |
Casting directors and associates have tentatively agreed on a contract with Hollywood producers. The Teamsters union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said they agreed after three days of talks on a three-year contract. It would cover about 400 casting directors and casting associates represented by Teamsters locals in New York and Los Angeles. Members must vote on the agreement.
February 16, 2008
RE "The Strike's Winners, Losers" [by Patrick Goldstein, Feb. 12]: Two of Goldstein's chosen "winners" are actually big losers: (1) Jay Leno. He betrayed his longtime writing staff by doing scab writing of his monologues and prolonged the strike by alleviating the network's pain. (2) Directors Guild of America leadership. They helped create rather than alleviate the impasse between the conglomerates and the Writers Guild. Nick Counter of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers would not have walked away from the WGA bargaining table had he not known that the always-management-friendly DGA would rush to the table to take the WGA's place.
May 1, 1985
The board of directors of the Writers Guild of America has voted 10 to 9 to not renew the contract of Naomi Gurian, its executive director. Gurian, who has held her post since 1982, had been the subject of considerable criticism by some members for her handling of the union's recent strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Many writers believe that the dispute ended unsuccessfully.
February 9, 2008
Thank you for "Portrait From the Strike: Left Out to Dry by a Trickle-Down Effect" [Paul Brownfield, Feb. 1]. I am a relief worker for entertainment industry workers, from hairdressers to boom operators, and I can tell you that these are the people who need to be highlighted in the press. From Santa Clarita to Santa Ana, thousands of families are in trouble as the third month sans paycheck rolls around. Savings are used up and mortgage payments still come due. In addition, the emotional stress of having a family member out of work for such a long time wreaks havoc on relationships.
March 13, 2008 |
In a move to defuse labor tensions, the chief negotiator for the major studios Wednesday offered to begin contract negotiations with Hollywood's actors March 31. The current contract expires June 30, but leaders of the Screen Actors Guild have faced intense pressure from A-list members to begin immediate negotiations to avert another costly strike after the 100-day walkout by writers that ended last month. Fears of an actors strike also have held up a number of film projects. Nick Counter, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the studios, made the offer during a meeting with leaders of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists at SAG's headquarters in the Miracle Mile district, a spokesman for the alliance said.