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May 12, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With an appeal for unity and little fanfare, a tense Writers Guild of America on Friday unveiled its campaign to sell a proposed three-year contract to 11,000 union members. Ratification of the contract hammered out last week with Hollywood producers has been considered a slam dunk. But the guild still must convince writers that the $41 million in additional payments claimed under this new contract is enough. Packages detailing provisions of the contract were mailed to guild members Friday.
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February 20, 2006 | From Associated Press
An undisclosed buyer paid more than $15,000 Sunday for a 1943 letter written by Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner, complaining that he'd been duped into signing a seven-year deal with Warner Bros. In the typed letter, which appears on the website of the Bonhams & Butterfields auction house, Faulkner describes in detail how he wound up moving west from his native Mississippi to write screenplays for the Burbank studio under a $400-a-week contract.
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May 14, 2001 | JAMES BATES and CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERs
Ultimately, the very people who sell words for a living didn't need any to convey to Hollywood's studios that there would be no strike this year by TV and film writers. It was May 2, the day the Writers Guild of America's contract with studios expired in the early morning hours. Protracted, tense talks had been dragging into the night all that week as Hollywood waited anxiously for a sign that they might finally reach a conclusion.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2001 | JAMES BATES and CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERs
Ultimately, the very people who sell words for a living didn't need any to convey to Hollywood's studios that there would be no strike this year by TV and film writers. It was May 2, the day the Writers Guild of America's contract with studios expired in the early morning hours. Protracted, tense talks had been dragging into the night all that week as Hollywood waited anxiously for a sign that they might finally reach a conclusion.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Writers Guild of America board members on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed three-year contract with producers. The next step toward full contract ratification is a vote by the guild's 11,000 members. Guild members will be able to cast their ballots in person or by proxy at a June 4 meeting at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills or by mailed ballot delivered by that date. A simple majority of the full membership will determine ratification.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2006 | From Associated Press
An undisclosed buyer paid more than $15,000 Sunday for a 1943 letter written by Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner, complaining that he'd been duped into signing a seven-year deal with Warner Bros. In the typed letter, which appears on the website of the Bonhams & Butterfields auction house, Faulkner describes in detail how he wound up moving west from his native Mississippi to write screenplays for the Burbank studio under a $400-a-week contract.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With an appeal for unity and little fanfare, a tense Writers Guild of America on Friday unveiled its campaign to sell a proposed three-year contract to 11,000 union members. Ratification of the contract hammered out last week with Hollywood producers has been considered a slam dunk. But the guild still must convince writers that the $41 million in additional payments claimed under this new contract is enough. Packages detailing provisions of the contract were mailed to guild members Friday.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Writers Guild of America board members on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed three-year contract with producers. The next step toward full contract ratification is a vote by the guild's 11,000 members. Guild members will be able to cast their ballots in person or by proxy at a June 4 meeting at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills or by mailed ballot delivered by that date. A simple majority of the full membership will determine ratification.
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