On Friday, March 31st, the Hollywood Reporter issued an update on the current status of the WGA, the Writers Guild of America; specifically, it’s contract negotiations. The talks between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) has apparently been a heated one, as many of the proposals of WGA were denied:
“Earlier, the WGA West, in a letter to Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers head Carol Lombardini, proposed just a week of negotiations, April 10-14, although the parties appear to be some distance apart in their positions on such issues as relief for middle-class writers, shoring up the health plan, solidifying the pension plan’s foundation and other matters”
The talks will resume next week on April 10th, given that the current contract expires May 1st, it is an issue that needs to be resolved quickly; which given the circumstances, is a likely occurrence, especially if both parties want to avoid another strike, like the one in 2007.
What does this ultimately mean for unions? Well, it means that they continuing to be used and used somewhat effectively. However, it does beg the question: is all of this trouble really worth it? It depends on your stance of the relevancy of unions and the general effectiveness of Hollywood. As for myself, I like to remain cautiously optimistic. Hopefully, in the coming days, we will know the effects of the negotiations and what it means for the future and whether or not screenwriting will continue to be a profitable enterprise worthy of people’s time.