WGA Leaders Approve New Contract

The WGA’s new film and TV contract was approved Thursday night in Los Angeles by the board of the WGA West and in New York by the council of the WGA East. It now goes to the guilds’ members for final ratification, which is all but guaranteed.

WGA, AMPTP Reach Deal, Strike Averted

The three-year agreement, which requires ratification by members of the Writers Guild of America, was confirmed by the guild and producers’ spokesman Jarryd Gonzales shortly after the current contract expired early Tuesday. The two sides held to a media blackout during negotiations that began March 13 and centered on compensation and health care.

WGA, AMPTP Appear To Make Progress

The Writers Guild of America and the major studios appeared Sunday to be moving closer toward a deal that would avert a strike, with the studios increasing their offers on several contentious issues, including the writers’ health fund. But no deal has been announced so far and a strike could still happen if a deal isn’t struck today.

Writers Guild Talks Going Down To The Wire

Indications are strong that industry negotiators will need be working down to the wire during the next five days to avoid a writers strike. Sources say there have been mixed results from the past two days of contract negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday. There were no public comments from either side at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers as both camps are observing a media blackout.

Writers Guild OKs Strike Authorization

In a letter to its members Monday, the Writers Guild of America said 96.3% voted to authorize a strike as the May 1 contract expiration deadline looms. Negotiations between the Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume Tuesday.

Hollywood Scrambles As Strike Threat Looms

Hollywood is holding its breath. Members of the Writers Guild of America on Monday are expected to give their leaders authority to call a strike against the major film and TV companies after their contract expires May 1.

What To Know As Writers’ Strike Looms

On Wednesday, TV and movie writers will begin voting on whether to authorize a walkout, which could occur on May 2. Health care is a major issue.

WGA, AMPTP Suspend Talks For 1 Week

The WGA and Hollywood’s major studios have ended contract negotiations for a week while the guild conducts its strike authorization vote. The sides have agreed to resume talks on April 25, the day after the guild concludes the voting to authorize a work stoppage, and just four business days before the current contract expires on May 1.

WGA Contract Talks To Resume Monday

Negotiations for a new WGA film and TV contract recessed today in observance of the Good Friday holiday. The talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume on Monday and are expected to continue throughout the week as the WGA East and West begin polling their members for the authorization to call a strike if negotiations fail to produce a new contract by May 1.

If Writers Strike, Ads May Flow To OTT

The WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed contract discussions this week following a two-week hiatus that was initiated after WGA rejected an AMPTP offer. One main point of contention is over funding of health care plans. Barclays analysts wrote in a research note on Wednesday that if the strike moves forward, advertisers, viewers and ancillary revenues will likely reallocate toward digital platforms.

WGA, AMPTP Contract Talks Inch Forward

After two days back at the bargaining table, there is cautious optimism that the Writers Guild of America and major studios could be inching closer to compromise on at least one key issue on the table: options and exclusivity terms for TV writers.

WGA, AMPTP Extend Contract Talks

On Monday, the Writers Guild of America will resume negotiations over a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents broadcast and cable networks and movie studios. With the WGA moving to authorize a strike, Hollywood is hoping to avoid a crippling work stoppage like the 100-day strike of 2007 that put primetime TV into reruns and blockbuster movies on hold.

WGA Sends Strike Warning Letter To Ad Buyers

WGA Sets Dates For Strike Authorization Vote

WGA Releases Trove of Data To Support Position

WGA Says It’s Ready To Return To Bargaining Table

WGA Sends Strike Authorization Vote To Members

WGA Calls For Strike Vote, AMPTP Claims Bad Faith

Will Hollywood TV Writers Go On Strike?

As the number of scripted series and TV writers surge, shorter orders stall the volume of produced episodes and staff writer earnings, while screenwriter’s wages drop 21%. Growth in the labor supply has outstripped growth in demand, while shorter series orders mean writers, who are held under option from season to season, may be working yet making less than before.

DGA Names Russ Hollander New Chief Executive

Former AFTRA Exec Charged In Fraud Case

DGA’s Jay Roth Stepping Down After Two Decades

SAG-AFTRA Blasts NBCU Over Telemundo

SAG-AFTRA is amping up its six-month-old campaign against NBCUniversal in its battle for unionization of Spanish-language performers on Telemundo productions. The performers union accused NBCUniversal in February of operating with a double standard between Spanish-language and English-language talent hired for productions under the same parent corporation.

Verizon Workers Strike Amid Contract Dispute

The latest contract between the company and about 39,000 workers expired in August and so far, the unions and management say negations have been unsuccessful. The workers began a strike and set up picket lines at more than two dozen locations across the eastern U.S. starting at 6 a.m. today. The unions have said Verizon wants to freeze pensions, make layoffs easier and rely more on contract workers. The telecom giant has said there are health care issues that need to be addressed for retirees and current workers because medical costs have grown and the company also wants “greater flexibility” to manage its workers.

Al Jazeera America Employees Join News Guild