January 22, 2008 |
To: Writers Guild of America, West President Patric Verrone From: Patrick Goldstein Dear Patric: Well, when it rains, it really pours, huh?
February 11, 2005 |
A bicoastal squabble over money has broken out between the union officials in Los Angeles and New York who represent film and TV writers. Officials of the Writers Guild of America, West, say they are subsidizing the WGA, East, by more than $1 million. They say that they are owed more than $500,000 in dues and that they provide more than $500,000 in services to East Coast writers that are not reimbursed, including arbitration disputes over credits.
May 1, 1998 |
Representatives of the Writers Guild of America reached a tentative agreement with producers on a new contract late Thursday. A previous agreement negotiated with producers was torpedoed last year by members in a narrow vote, largely because of opposition from writers in the eastern faction of the guild. No details were available. The agreement follows a tentative pact between producers and members of the Screen Actors Guild.
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February 5, 2006 |
"Brokeback Mountain," a haunting tale of cowboys in love, and "Crash," a gritty look at Los Angeles race relations, solidified their positions as Oscars front-runners Saturday when they picked up top honors at the 58th annual Writers Guild of America Awards. The award for best adapted screenplay went to "Brokeback," written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, and based on a short story by Annie Proulx. The film has eight Oscar nominations, including best picture.
November 19, 2002 |
The Writers Guild of America rejected a proposed change in credits rules that opponents believed would have watered down the clout of first writers on projects by making it easier for producers and directors who also write to claim credit, thus collecting pay that is tied directly to screen credit. Some members also felt the proposal would have enabled big-name rewriters brought in after a lesser-known original writer turns in a script to earn credit by simply doing minimal polishing.
July 21, 1988 |
Federal mediator Leonard Farrell has asked top negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to meet with him Saturday at 1 p.m. "This strike has gone on too long. It's absolutely out of hand. There are too many people unemployed," Farrell said in a telephone interview Wednesday. The writers' strike is in its 20th week.
June 20, 2007 |
The guild representing Hollywood writers announced a deal Tuesday to extend union pay and benefits to four of Comedy Central's top shows, including "The Sarah Silverman Program" and "Mind of Mencia." More than 30 writers for the Viacom Inc.-owned channel will be covered under a Writers Guild of America contract. The move came several weeks after writers on six of Comedy Central's top shows signed cards seeking to join the union.
February 12, 1993
"Seinfeld" captured three of the five nominations for best writing in a comedy series in the 45th annual competition for Writers Guild of America awards for television and radio. Winners, who are judged on the basis of their scripts, will be announced March 22. The awards cover the period from Sept. 1, 1991, to Aug. 31, 1992.
June 29, 1988 |
Although a writers' strike has halted production of most prime-time entertainment fare, the pregnant pauses and meaningful glances of all 12 daytime network soap operas have continued without letup. But according to the striking Writers Guild of America, there almost was a problem involving today's Emmy Awards show to salute them because of host Phil Donahue. Donahue, host of the syndicated "Donahue" talk show and an eight-time Emmy winner, differed on the extent of the problem.
June 28, 1988 |
As the TV and motion picture writers' strike began its 17th week on Monday, the co-creator of NBC's "L.A. Law" said he doesn't think many of his writing colleagues will break ranks and resume work. But Steven Bochco, who is a guild writer and executive producer of that series and who co-created NBC's long-running, Emmy-winning "Hill Street Blues," also expressed hope that the walkout would end by mid-July.