Writers Guild deal with United Artists
The news has come through that United Artists have indeed struck a deal with the Writers Guild of America allowing writers to return to work on UA projects alone.
This confirms the previous story and does make for a rather interesting time as fresh projects can get moving with the studio while others are sitting clearing their hastily rushed pre-strike stockpile of productions.
What we could end up with is a list of higher quality productions from smaller, independent studios such as UA while the majors churn out rushed, low budget, unfinished sequels, prequels and poorer quality films, or in the longer term, nothing at all.
The story from Yahoo News tells us that the deal includes residuals for writers for content that is distributed through newer distribution channels such as online and through mobiles, and this is the ongoing sticking point between the WGA and the AMPTP.
Both sides seem happy with the deal as well, the WGA West President Patric Verrone said:
“United Artists can make movies now. We're hoping it's a sign of things to come...It shows that our proposals are reasonable and it shows that we can make a deal when people are willing to bargain for it. ”
While Paula Wagner from UA said:
“This agreement is important, unique, and makes good business sense for United Artists...In keeping with the philosophy of its original founders, artists who sought to create a studio in which artists and their creative visions could flourish, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the WGA.”
What's most interesting is that MGM, the parent company of UA, have allowed this to go ahead. Obviously they realise the business deal will bring money into UA, but at the same time they are one of the studios refusing to strike a deal with the WGA.
Here's hoping this deal means some new quality productions, that might just have the chance of seeing more of an audience without the mass run of sequels, prequels, and general studio films on the go.