Monday, February 11, 2008

The strike is over!

For real this time.

The strike lasted only three months, and while we have yet to see whether film has been affected, TV has been blown to smithereens. Most TV series that were shut down in the middle of the year because producers ran out of scripts won't be back until late this year or early 2009.

Was the strike worth it? Here's a quote from WGA-West president Patric Verrone:

“This is the best deal this guild has bargained for in 30 years,” Verrone said.

The tentative contract secures writers a share of the burgeoning digital-media market, he said, including compensation for Internet-delivered TV shows and movies.

“If they (producers) get paid, we get paid. This contract makes that a reality,” Verrone said. But, he added, “it is not all we hoped for and it is not all we deserved.”

I will try to share the details of the new contract once they are available.


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