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The media blackout ends with an AMPTP statement


At the end of the fourth day of renewed negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the alliance issued a statement, which is posted below. The news is that, after what was reportedly three days of little progress, the studios' side has put forward new proposals for digital revenue. The WGA has asked for time to examine the proposals, and although the alliance "strongly" wished to continue negotiating, both sides agreed to meet again beginning Dec. 4.

Here's the full statement:


LOS ANGELES, November 29, 2007 -- "The AMPTP today unveiled a New Economic Partnership to the WGA, which includes groundbreaking moves in several areas of new media, including streaming, content made for new media and programming delivered over digital broadcast channels.  The entire value of the New Economic Partnership will deliver more than $130 million in additional compensation above and beyond the more than $1.3 billion writers already receive each year.  In response, the WGA has asked for time to study the proposals.  While we strongly preferred to continue discussions, we respect and understand the WGA's desire to review the proposals.  We look forward to resuming talks on Tuesday, December 4.

We continue to believe that there is common ground to be found between the two sides, and that our proposal for a New Economic Partnership offers the best chance to find it."

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-- Kate Aurthur

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That's all the reporting you guys have? An AMPTP press release?


How about reporting their offer is bullcrap?Great job, LA Times. You've done it again.

Is there some -- ahem -- reason you failed to post the WGA's statement coming out of the negotiations, as well? You know, the one that debunks the supposed generosity of the AMPTP's "New Economic Partnership."

wow. LA Times blogs about huge news about the dominant economic issue in town and no one comments.

The Times has earned its irrelevancy on this one.

Newspapers are OVER.

NETWORKS are next.

Is there some reason you failed to post the WGA's statement coming out of the negotiations? You know, the one that debunks the supposed generosity of the AMPTP's "Contract for Immediate Happiness" or whatever Bushian sophistry they labeled it with? The headline says both sides broke their silence -- so why only one side in the Times?

Let's face facts, something nobody in show biz ever does. The movie end of the business LOST $1.2 billion last year mainly attributed to the DVD sales collapse plus the (mostly) actor demands for pieces of the box office grosses, something that decapitated studio profits. So these writers don't want a piece of the profits, they want a piece of gross monies just like the actors. If these people would agree to share in the losses there might be something here. The main thing in these negotiations is SAG because it is only SAG that can actually shut down all production everywhere. Taking photos of marching "writers" mean nothing. During the last SAG strike they used people off the street whom they paid by giving them SAG cards with no initiation fees. In other words the supposed member support didn't exist, mainly because 90% of the membership never works. What percent of the writer membership works? They have rules that demand product be sold during a calendar year but how can 2,500 writers have written 150 movie scripts? Or (20 TV shows--the number of scripted shows--- times at best 10 scripts) 200 TV scripts. So what's the membership? Many are tossing scripts over the fence as I write this. Bottom line: a dying art form is being strangled by all who work in it. This is a stupid strike, one that can only worsen an already bad financial situation that only continues because the studios are parts of multi-national monster corporations who regard movies as a tiny part of their overall ownership and don't care what is going on. The studios have produced another batch of "America is always Wrong" movies that have totally died at the box office and are planning seven more, seven that all market rsearch show will lose just like the prior productions. We are watching the suicide of the greatest way to tell a story ever invented, a suicide committed by the story tellers themselves. And it is interesting that the total industry parasites, the agents who contribute absolutely zero to the creative process, are driving the negotiations. Why? Because they can't exist without ten percent of huge salaries.

And the LA Times is only reporting the corporate side of this issue... why, again?

The credibility of this newspaper with me has plummeted as it is obvious that the paper and the editors of this particular blog in specific are either negligent or are shilling for the studios.

Howard432, all creative collaborators would long ago have agreed to a profit-and-loss-sharing agreement with the studios -- the only really all-around fair arrangement -- if the studios, from day one, hadn't been so crooked in their accounting. Fer Pete's sake, "Titanic" is still a loser, according to their books!

And if you think getting screwed because "the art form is dying" is the right thing to do, then you haven't been reading your history. The art form has been dying, in one way or another, ever since the first studio head tried to grind down the first writer or the first director. TV was supposed to kill the movies, remember? Video tape was going to kill TV, remember? You have to admit, it's been a long illness.

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