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Golden Globes lawyers talking to Writers

GoldenGlobe.jpgIt's rather interesting to read today that that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the not-for-profit organisation behind the Golden Globes, have engaged their lawyers to talk with the Writers Guild of America in hopes to employ writers for the Golden Globes Awards show.

An official announcement reveals that they are trying to emulate a similar interim agreement that was achieved for the Late Show with David Letterman.

If agreed this will mean that the Golden Globes Awards show will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday, January 13th, here's an extract of the announcement that comes through MovieWeb:

"We strongly support the WGA and the efforts they are making on behalf of writers, and applaud the fact that they have agreed to allow certain industry awards shows to move forward with WGA writers and be broadcast. Much like the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Film Independent's Spirit Awards, we want to enter into an agreement with the WGA that will allow the entertainment industry to celebrate the outstanding work of creative individuals in addition to millions of fans nationwide. It is only fair that we be afforded the same opportunity as these other awards shows."

There have been a number of these interim agreements, and this statement from the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Jorge Camara, positions the Golden Globe Awards show to be the next. It's very cleverly written and praises the writers and supports their situation, while putting on a great argument for why this show should be aired.

Interestingly, as I was writing this, Coming Soon wrote that the WGA have come back firm on the offer, and it's a big no. The WGA response contains the following extract:

"Dick Clark Productions is a struck company. As previously announced, the Writers Guild will be picketing the Golden Globe Awards.

The WGA has great respect and admiration for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but we are engaged in a crucial struggle that will protect our income and intellectual property rights for generations to come. We will continue to do everything in our power to bring industry negotiations to a fair conclusion. In the meantime, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Hollywood talent community."

After this the Screen Actors Guild announced that they will fully support the WGA and that they will continue to advise their members not to cross picket lines at non-WGA written shows, such as the Golden Globes.

At this stage I'd be cancelling the show, or doing something totally unique and hosting it in a foreign country, maybe even inviting all the film blogging community to the event and getting them to host and accept awards on behalf of people and shows!

As an aside, Deadline Hollywood Daily through Hollywood Elsewhere is reporting that a secret meeting (not that secret if we all know about it) is taking place amongst the A-List writers to force the Writers Guild of America to accept whatever deal the Directors Guild of America manages to negotiate with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Who knows if this is true or not, it could be the AMPTP putting out the rumour in the hope that the WGA think it's a great idea and agree. What we do know is that the strike is still on.

You know part of me wonders why the WGA doesn't do an overseas deal and has American writing talent working abroad while this strike is on. That means that they could still be earning a crust, even if it might not be what they are used to, and hurting the American Production companies at the same time.



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