December 19, 2007

No waiver for the Golden globes or Academy Awards

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So the WGA has officially declared that the waiver requested by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the NBC broadcast of the Golden globes has been rejected. As have a whole load of other request related to the possibilities of managing the annual award shows early 08. Further, everyone's expecting not only the WGA to walk the picket lines by the award shows if they do take place (and the strike isn't resolved by then) but also that the SAG (screen actors guild) to stand in solidarity with them and boycott the gala...

Basically, the oscars should be very interesting this year... Hopefully the strike is resolved by then.

"The Writers Guild has notified the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and dick clark productions that their requests for an agreement to allow writers to prepare material for the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards show have been denied."

The WGA also denied the organizers to use clips from previous shows for the presentations. Basically the WGA is continuing to play hardball, much like the other side, which is probably the only way to go. At some point the strike must come to an end, and it won't until the WGA are satisfied that they are being given the fair deal they work hard to deserve.

New numbers are circulating too, indicating the losses this strike has already (and will if it continues into early 08) resulted in not only for the studios but also for LA and California.

As the WGA-initiated strike now enters its seventh week, the strike's economic consequences are growing more severe by the day. The below-the-line workers whose families depend entirely on our industry have already lost more than $200 million in the Los Angeles area alone, and the health care benefits for many of these families are now in real jeopardy because of the WGA strike. The working writers themselves have now lost more than $115 million, and these writers are no closer today to getting their fair share of new media revenues than they were when the strike began. The economic impact to our regional economy is also growing. By January, the economic losses to the region will exceed $200 million a month, with as many as a third of the entertainment industry's 250,000 jobs jeopardized."

Keep yourself informed, and take whatever stance you feel is just and right from your perspective... Just keep in mind, without these writers hollywood won't go round in the creative artsy way we are used to. And, well, this industry is art isn't it? On some level, that has to still be fact. And all parts are necessary. Alot of people ARE loosing their jobs and abilities to make a living for themselves and their families because of this strike, very true, but at the same time the WGA cannot take all the blame for this as it is the other side doing the walking-from-the-tables and kicking of ass in quite un-justly fashions, pardon the language...


PS. Keep reading for updates and good commentary.

Variety is also reporting that the WGA decision is now official, if the strike is still reality on January 13th then the writers will picket the Golden globes. The SAG have not yet officially pronounced their standpoint (although in all likelihood they will to the most part support the WGA to gain future support for their own negotiations on new media etc.).
However, what with the security restrictions the event might take place and we would never even be able to see the picketers... Globes without any (/many) stars or nominees attending still does not seem like a big hit.

Let's hope the strike is off by then!

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