Friday, January 18, 2008

Writers Guild Strike 2007, Weeks Ten and Eleven

So, the Oscars are still in jeopardy, and the WGA was made to look bad when AMPTP worked out a deal with the DGA in five days (Jan 12-17). The DGA deal establishes a new residuals formula for paid Internet downloads and establishes residual rates for ad-supported streaming and use of clips on the Internet. Writer for THE SHIELD, Shawn Ryan, suggests in an online article that AMPTP waited purposefully (stepping away from the negotiating table) to work out something with the DGA first. He says that he hopes that the negotiation with the DGA would offer the AMPTP a face-saving way of working something out with the WGA in the near future.

However, the Oscars noms are Tuesday morning and we're no closer yet to a resolution.

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