crossposted from over there, just because.
UPDATE 11:00pm Friday
Moguls Walk From Talks After Issuing An Ultimatum To Writers
Day off? What day off?
stole borrowed that title from United Hollywood, the unofficial blog of the WGA writers. I assume you know that TV and movie writers are on strike against the AMPTP, representing the handful of mega-broadcasting/producing corporations which are colluding negotiating in common despite being competitors. The writers, well, want to be paid for their work. Even if it’s shown on them newfangled intertubes. (That’s why we’ve been deprived of the Daily Show and Colbert Report, and why my spoiler thread has changed from “lookie who’s on the TeeVee” to “Solidarity! Frat — uh, Sorority! Gossip!”)
I usually take leisurely three-day weekends off from blogging, but some dramatic new (unpleasant) rumors and an action targeting the Democratic frontrunners lured me away from my
lounging couch housework. Details & links below the fold.
|First, the action. The AMPTP recently hired new PR people with significant political ties. I’ll excerpt from the UH post:
They give more details, working up to:
We’re asked to request assurance that Clinton, Obama, and Edwards not reward union-busters Fabiani & Lehane with their business. Address info and sample text is up at UH.
There’s another action campaign that I was late in finding. Consumers4wga are posting selected addresses of companies which support the companies in the AMPTP with their advertising dollars. They’ve got sample letters, etc. Yesterday’s action focused on advertisers sponsoring streaming content online. I’ll try to keep posting new actions in the ‘non-spoiler thread’ as they turn up. Or you could do like I do and add the site to your ‘check every day’ bookmarks… don’tcha love tabs?
(Also, Firedoglake has a nifty ‘send-em’a-letter’ tool, with talking points and all. TDS/TCR aren’t listed on their pulldown list, but hey.)
| And now the bad news. Er, rumors.
Nikki Finke at DeadlineHollywoodDaily published this earlier today:
There’s more, of course. Including a later post reporting back-and-forth PR releases:
The WGA reports that the AMPTP hasn’t been forthcoming with the ‘new proposals’ they promised:
The AMPTP release says that… the WGA has been stalling.
Well, it may not be that bad. I guess we’ll see.
But let’s end up with some good old-fashioned rabble-rousing:
Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting:
Talks Day #8: Moguls Walk From Talks After Issuing An Ultimatum To Writers
UPDATE: Let me recap what happened tonight, first and foremost. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers around 5 PM today put a list of demands on the bargaining table for the Writers Guild Of America. But the WGA described it as a take-it-or-leave-it “ultimatum.” Then an hour later the reps for the studios and networks quit the negotiations and issued a statement blaming the writers for the breakdown in talks. “Under no circumstances will we knowingly participate in the destruction of this business.” But the writers said their side considers the talks are still ongoing and they aren’t going to stop negotiating. Then the WGA issued its own statement saying “We remain ready and willing to negotiate, no matter how intransigent our bargaining partners are, because the stakes are simply too high.”
In short, things are back to being a big mess.