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“The Last Three Months Have Been Painful Ones”

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Now, it’s officially over. From DGA President Michael Apted’s statement, on the finally getting to “fade out” in the writer’s strike:

“The last three months have been painful ones for tens of thousands of working people in and around the entertainment industry, and like everyone else, our members are now eager to get back to work.”

And from the WGA’s own letter to members:

“We are profoundly aware of the economic loss these fourteen weeks have created not only for our members but so many other colleagues who work in the television and motion picture industries. Nonetheless, with the establishment of the WGA jurisdiction over new media and residual formulas based on distributor’s gross revenue (among other gains) we are confident that the results are a significant achievement not only for ourselves but the entire creative community, now and in the future.”

More post-strike analysis to follow. Btw, in answer to my own earlier question, this was, of course, just the vote to the end the strike. The actual vote to ratify the contract – the writers haven’t seen all the fine print yet, member-by-member — happens over the next several weeks.

By which time — Hollywood memories being what they are — all will be forgotten. (?)

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