Statement from Verrone Thanking SAG

Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) President Patric M. Verrone has issued the following statement in response to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) statement that actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters:

We are grateful to our brothers and sisters in SAG for their continued solidarity and support.

The entire awards show season is being put in jeopardy by the intransigence of a few big media corporations. We urge the conglomerates to return to the bargaining table they abandoned and negotiate a fair and reasonable deal with writers to put this town back to work.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries in both entertainment and news. For more information, please visit: www.wga.org.


not a troll said...

Thanks Patric, what's next?

mmgood said...

WGA East is trying to screw over its own unionized workers? Just goes to show you that writers only care about themselves and their own union. What's the problem? WGA East think that the their workers are asking for too much??? You couldn't ask for better irony.

Geo Rule said...

Variety is reporting:

In response, Dick Clark Prods. issued this statement: "Dick Clark Productions has reached out to the WGA on numerous occasions, from the very beginning of the WGA strike, and offered to enter into an interim agreement similar to the agreement reached by Worldwide Pants on behalf of the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the "Golden Globe Awards" -- as well as all of our other programs. We are disappointed that the WGA has refused to bargain with us in good faith. It is apparent that we are being treated differently from similarly situated production companies.

"Dick Clark Productions is an independent production company that is not a member of the AMPTP and which has not authorized the AMPTP to represent it in the 2007 WGA negotiations. We support the WGA in their efforts on behalf of writers and hope that they will reconsider their position with regard to negotiating an interim agreement with us."

If this is true, I am seriously puzzled why the WGA would not proceed on the same terms with DCP as the Worldwide Pants deal.

hollarback said...

geo rule it's been answered prior, but the issue is with NBC, not DCP. WWP brought writers back to work with the agreed upon terms. There is no benefit to making the same deal with DCP as no writers would be back at work and it would just serve to line NBC pockets.

The situations could not be more dissimilar.