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WGA's Friday Evening Statement: AMPTP "reaches out," studying the DGA deal, and more side deals of their own

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The WGA’s late Friday statement on the Hollywood week that was:

The East Council, the West Board, and the Contract Negotiating Committee will all be meeting soon to discuss the DGA deal and our next steps. We also will be scheduling a membership meeting to inform you and hear your questions and concerns as more information becomes available.

This is a critical juncture in our struggle. As this process unfolds, we ask for your patience. No matter what you think of the DGA’s tentative agreement, what is most important is that the Guilds East and West continue to work together in order to achieve our goal: a fair and just agreement for writers.

For more than a month we have been urging the media conglomerates to return to the table and bargain in good faith. Now that negotiations with the DGA are finished, the AMPTP has reached out to us to begin informal talks. We are committed to moving the process forward to achieve the best contract possible.

Know, too, that we have signed four more agreements with important, independent feature producers. They are Mandate Pictures, Bob Yari’s Sixth Floor Literary Properties, Overt Operations, Anonymous Content, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Each of these deals returns more people to work and provides further incentive to the conglomerates to settle our contract soon.

We look forward to working for you and with you as we move towards a successful resolution. We are all in this together.

Best,
John F. Bowman
Chair

WGA Negotiating Committee

Michael Winship
President

Writers Guild of America, East

Patric M. Verrone
President

Writers Guild of America, West

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