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They'll be back to work tomorrow

13 February 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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That sound you hear is the hum of thousands of screenwriters' laptops all powering up at once. The scribes of Hollywood will be officially back to work tomorrow now that the WGA strike is officially over. All members of the guild voted over the past two days on terms that were agreed at the weekend. This means everyone can get back to writing movies and the Oscars can go ahead in full bells and whistles mode. This is a great day for the movie industry, but a terrible one for placard printers, who will find their industry taking a massive hit. We will be sending round a collection pot for them later.

The WGA released the following release at the end of the strike:

The membership of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) today voted overwhelmingly in favor of lifting the restraining order and ending their 100-day strike that began on Nov. 5. 3,775 writers turned out in Los Angeles and New York to cast ballots or fax in proxies, with 92.5% voting in favor of ending the work stoppage.

"The strike is over. Our membership has voted, and writers can go back to work," said Patric M. Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America, West. "This was not a strike we wanted, but one we had to conduct in order to win jurisdiction and establish appropriate residuals for writing in new media and on the Internet. Those advances now give us a foothold in the digital age. Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the Internet and platforms for new media are developed."

The success of this strike is a significant achievement not only for ourselves but the entire creative community, now and in the future," said Michael Winship, president of the Writers Guild of America, East. "The commitment and solidarity of our members made it happen and have been an inspiration not only to us but the entire organized labor movement. We will build on that energy and unity to make our two unions stronger than ever."

WGAW and WGAE members will next vote to ratify the tentative three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The membership ratification vote will be conducted by mail and also at membership meetings on February 25, 2008.

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About time
Now don't tell Akiva Goldsman, so we won't have to live through Angels and Demons, but pull some time loophole thingee so the writers of 24 can go back to work last November. Two things: First, I know I can just ignore Angels and Demons, but I will see it, just to proof I am right and it is a piece of shit. Second, no more 24 till 2009. Boo. Hiss. But what if they continue shooting now and in summer or in the fall start shooting the movie. Come 2009 we have the show in the spring and the mov More

Posted by moviemaniac-7 at 19:25 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

awesome!!!
tbh the writers didnt get nearly enough before, at least when comparing to every other position in the biz. I hope they got all they wanted. Now we'll get a big burst of great films! More

Posted by AYBGerrardo at 19:12 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

The Future....
Now they have done it once, will they carry on as our friends at London Transport (and every other company/business/organisation that has a monopoly on a service) do and just down tools at the first sniff of something else they don't like? More

Posted by Karl Crutchley at 16:08 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

WOOHOO...YAY
Just avoided hundreds of celebratory champaigne corks just now. It''s quite an achievement I'm in Devon, a long way from New York and LA. They deserve it too (mostly for writers of television shows) as the internet makes it possible to never miss your favourite shows no matter where you are in the world. It's a good thing Kiether Sutherland decided to do his 48 day jail sentence in January as now he's got a lot of work to do with the belated filming of 24. It''s great to get The Daily Show p More

Posted by Foxbaloo McCloud at 15:50 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

wise is jpt1976. Listen to him you should. Money-grabbing, the screenwriters were. More

Posted by Silvertouch at 13:55 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Finally!
Maybe they can extend the series of Lost and Heroes now and maybe Heroes Origens can finally get some scene time. I thourgt series 2 of Heroes was good but it fell because of the story line. A virus? Bring down the  company? It's been done before. Season 1's story line was something no one had seen before and that's why it was brillent. If they want to keep those rating up, they'll have to think of something super inventive. More

Posted by white mage at 12:16 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

Finally!
Maybe they will be able to help save Heroes sseries two which I here is a bit rubish before it reaches us in the UK More

Posted by Ricorodrigeuz at 11:36 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

How long before we see the first movie about the writers' strike? More

Posted by britesparc at 09:57 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

Cool...
....maybe now Season 3 of Prison Break will actually be good. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 09:42 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Over paid...
(Puts on best Mr. Burns impression:) "nt...in.gif] More

Posted by Bloke from Oz at 09:09 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

Over paid...
...mumble mumble. Oh good, back in time to save awards season. Who'da thunk it? More

Posted by jpt1976 at 08:48 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

HOORAY!
See title. More

Posted by Glass3005 at 08:39 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

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