A line in the sand
The WGA's chief negotiator, David Young, told those in attendance tonight there was little choice but to draw a line in the sand and strike.
"This is a watershed negotiation for the Writers Guild," he said. "This is not the average negotiation. This has the potential to determine writers' income from the Internet and new media for the next generation and beyond."
Committee chairman John Bowman said members were being backed into a corner by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. He said the alliance never offered its own proposal and has never responded to any of the WGA's proposals. So, Bowman said, essentially "we've been negotiating with ourselves."
"Their entire strategy has been to separate the leadership from the membership," Bowman added. He also fired up the crowd by insisting that "the Internet has to be one of our most important issues. That's our future."
The entire writing staffs of "Dirty Sexy Money" and "'Til Death" are among those in attendance.
-- Maria Elena Fernandez