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August 2, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
I grew up in an era of labor violence, when strikes were bloody but simpler to understand. At the very simplest level, the song from "Pajama Game"--"Seven-and-a-Half Cents"--said it all. You asked a dime an hour more, were offered a nickel, settled midway between and everybody went back to work. It was seldom quite that simple. In the earliest struggles that I knew about, the right to strike was itself at issue.
August 14, 1988 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
Shortly after the vote to end the writer's strike came through last Sunday, I drove up to a friend's house in Beverly Hills to wish him well on an upcoming trip and chat about the life of the writer in Hollywood.
August 5, 1988 | MARY ROURKE, Times Staff Writer
There was a joke circulating through fashion circles during the television writers' strike. It went like this: "You ought to go shopping at the Beverly Center. You can actually find a parking space." If shoppers have had an easier time navigating the city's specialty stores this summer, the writers' strike has had more than a little to do with it.
August 5, 1988 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
ABC and CBS are moving forward with previously announced plans for "strike-proof" fall programming despite the expected resolution of the writers strike. ABC Entertainment President Brandon Stoddard and CBS Entertainment President Kim LeMasters said they still plan to fill the September and early October prime-time schedules with reruns, movies, variety shows, news specials and reality shows to allow time for the production of their drama and comedy series.
August 5, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic
Whew! Talk about your close calls. For a while there I thought I'd never get to see another first-run episode of "Mr. Belvedere." Never again to see a fresh "Matlock" would have been unbearable. Never to have known if Blake found Krystle on "Dynasty" would have been torture. Yes, that's right: No more Mr. Nice Guy here. No more sympathy and compassion. It's time to resume the pre-writers strike vicious cheap shots and nasty sarcasm that some of us professional TV observers live for.
August 5, 1988 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
With the probability that TV writers will go back to work Monday, "There's going to be a lot of pent-up energy that's going to explode in Hollywood," a top industry analyst said Thursday. But the explosion won't be in the Nielsen ratings.
June 24, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY and LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writers
By a wide margin, members of the Writers Guild of America voted to reject a producers' contract offer and continue their 16-week-old strike against the motion picture and television industry, the union reported Thursday. Of 3,722 votes cast, 2,789, or 74.9%, were against the contract and 933, or 25.1%, were in favor. Guild officers said the vote signaled a record turnout for the 9,000-member union.
June 12, 1988 | From a Times staff writer
Hollywood producers and striking writers recessed their contract talks Saturday night with no definite resumption date, a producers' spokesman said. A spokeswoman for the Writers Guild of America could not be reached. The producers' spokesman declined to give details on the recess, which follows nearly three weeks of marathon bargaining. Negotiators for both sides had met at 4 p.m. Saturday and apparently broke off talks about four hours later.
June 30, 1988 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
Saying that the 17-week-old walkout by members of the Writers Guild of America strike has reached "a crisis point," NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff vowed Wednesday that, if the strike continues, the network will still begin its fall season with "18 out of 22 hours of original programming" from alternative sources. In a news conference at NBC's Burbank headquarters, Tartikoff said that in the case of a prolonged strike, the No.
June 17, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
A bargaining committee for the striking Writers Guild of America recommended rejection of a new contract offer from Hollywood's movie and television producers. The move Thursday threatened to open a new and more troubling phase in the 15-week-old strike, during which producers and the union might have little choice but to step up efforts to split each others' ranks. At a press conference, guild negotiators said they would refer their negative recommendation to the union's board today.
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