WGA Strike: All Over But the Shouting


Sunday, the WGAE and WGAW boards unanimously approved the provisional deal with production companies, and members vote Tuesday.

Aldo Bender points out:

Looking at the deal they are going to be voting on soon, this strike has enabled them to gain more… well, actually, next to nothing.

Ken Levine is more optimistic:

The main points of the deal are that it gives writers jurisdiction over new media and a share of distributor’s gross, which is hugely significant since any other formula is just monkey points. By establishing precedents the guild believes it is now in position to share the revenue from emerging marketplaces such as the internet.

From DHD comments:

The membership which was made up of large blocks of writers who write for daytime and write for variety shows (Daily Show, Colbert, etc.) all seemed to just want to go back to work and they weren”t concerned with the terms all that much.

Terry George and Bob Schneider both looked like veins were going to pop from their heads when the suggestion of people questioning this deal came up.

I think I speak for a lot of TV writers when I say that the internet streaming is a lot less than I hoped for. It is ludicrous to think that the AMPTP will just roll over and give us more the next time our contract expires–in fact, we can probably expect more rollbacks like always. The fight stops here–what we vote for is what we get–for a very long time.

And of course, there’s the downside:

I can’t be the only non WGA member who’s a little bummed that the strike is ending. I liked feeling like a part of the team, carrying a sign and having the occasional chat with some guy from some Disney Family show I never knew existed. Now, I’ll just go back to walking in circles in my apartment.