Promising news via United Hollywood:
November 16, 2007
CONTRACT 2007 NEGOTIATIONS STATEMENT
LOS ANGELES – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have issued the following statement today:
Leaders from the WGA and the AMPTP have mutually agreed to resume formal negotiations on November 26. No other details or press statements will be issued.
For more information about the Writers Guild of America, West, please visit www.wga.org. For more information about the Writers Guild of America, East, please visit: www.wgaeast.org.
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) represent writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries in both entertainment and news. The unions conduct numerous programs, seminars, and events throughout the world on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers.
Let's hope that the network and studio execs are willing to make a fair deal with the writers. BUT, there is something you can do to facilitate this. Thanks to the fan-run site, Bring TV Back, you can print off and send a letter to the appropriate heads. The site provides this template:
If you are a fan of a specific show (or shows), PERSONALIZE the following template:
As a loyal viewer of many of your TV shows, I'm disappointed that you, along with the rest of the AMPTP, have broken off negotiations with the Writer's Guild. In refusing to negotiate residuals for new media, especially streaming media, you are alienating those who enjoy your product.
I consume my entertainment via new media -- I watch streaming video and download shows. As a viewer, I want to know that the writers who crafted my favorite TV shows and movies are getting a fair residual, no matter what screen I use.
Please respect your audience and respect your writers by returning to the bargaining table and negotiate new media residuals fairly.
Not sure where/who to send it? Bring TV Back has taken care of that as well:
MAKE THE STUDIOS AND NETWORKS LISTEN:
ABC network/ABC Family/Lifetime/Disney Channel/A&E/ABC Studios
CEO of The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
CORPORATE PHONE: (818) 560-1000
CORPORATE FAX: (818)560-2500
FOX network/FX/MY Network TV/Fox Television Studios
CEO of Fox Entertainment Group
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
CORPORATE PHONE: (310) 369-1000
CW network/Warner Bros. Television
Chairman, Warner Bros. Entertainment
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
CORPORATE PHONE: (818) 954-6000
NBC network/USA/Sci Fi/A&E/Universal Media Studios
CEO of NBC/Universal
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
CORPORATE PHONE: (212) 664-4444
CBS network/CW network/Showtime/CBS Paramount Television
CEO of CBS Entertainment Network
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
CORPORATE PHONE: (323) 575-2345
Sony Pictures Television
Chairman/CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
CORPORATE PHONE: (310) 244-4000
CORPORATE FAX: (310) 244-2626
President/CEO of Viacom
New York, NY 10036
CORPORATE PHONE: (800) 459-2539
Write those letters and let these bigwigs know that you support the writers. It could make a big difference come November 26th.