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:
STATEMENT REGARDING AMPTP WGA NEGOTIATIONS
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."
-- Kate Aurthur