Writers and producers reach tentative deal
According to the Writers Guild of America website, the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have ironed out the details of a tentative deal. The next step toward ending the writers’ strike: The Guild’s board will present the terms to its membership today, followed by an official vote to ratify the contract.
In an e-mail sent to Guild members, WGA West president Patric A. Verrone and WGA East president Michael Winship acknowledged that while the tentative deal ”is neither perfect nor perhaps all that we deserve,” it ”establishes the principle that, ‘When they get paid, we get paid.”’ In their e-mail, Verrone and Winship also urged WGA members to vote to ratify the contract and end the four-month strike:
”An ongoing struggle against seven, multinational media conglomerates, no matter how successful, is exhausting, taking an enormous personal toll on our members and countless others. As such, we believe that continuing to strike now will not bring sufficient gains to outweigh the potential risks and that the time has come to accept this contract and settle the strike.”
Well, a tentative deal is better than no deal at all. Here is a summary of the tentative deal.