WGA talks with independent studios
While the Writers Guild of America (WGA) continue their strike in Hollywood against the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) who represent the big major studios, the independent studios have decided that they can't wait and have started negotiating independently and directly with the AMPTP.
Some of those studio names might surprise you such as United Artists, The Weinstein Company, and Lionsgate. While both Lionsgate and The Weintstein Company are reviewing possible interim deals with the WGA, United Artists are expected to make an announcement of an agreement any day soon.
What this means is that the AMPTP are failing to hold out against the WGA, and that studios are starting to make deals with the WGA that satisfy the writers needs for more, or any, payments from the use of their work on the Internet and other electronic media.
This could mark the beginning of the end of the strike, for if enough of these deals are struck the major studios will be be sitting with empty in-trays while these other studios will start receiving new scripts and rewrites.
Apparently though MGM are trying to dissuade UA from taking up the deal The Hollywood Reporter believe that they can't really stop them considering how young the company is and how much it needs films to be made in order to survive.
That said the news also gets released in the same story and seen through Cinema Blend that Oliver Stone's Pinkville film is likely to be held back even further from production. While it was stopped because it required rewrites, the word is that even if UA makes a deal with the WGA and writers start working with them, Pinkville will not be on that slate.
This is mainly put down to the actors working on other projects, however there's speculation that after Lions for Lambs didn't do as well as expected, they might be shy of doing another anti-war film so soon.
Still, that aside, this has to be a worrying announcement for the AMPTP but a great one for the WGA, and it means that writers are getting a fairer deal, getting back to work, and that some films will start getting through pre-production again. Now let's hope for the announcement.