Looks like a deal between the striking writers and the studios and production companies could be imminent. If so, a lot of people will be going back to work, possibly giving us a few new episodes of our favorite shows before the end of the 2007/08 season. Many of these shows that have been off the air due to work stoppage.
Following the Directors Guild of America (DGA) deal made with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) last month, along with a number of side deals the Writers Guild of America (WGA) have made with production companies and mini-studios like David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants and Marvel Studios, we may be close to seeing an official deal between the WGA and AMPTP.
The WGA have been striking since November, and we’re already seeing the effects on TV and film, with many shows going off the air and movies shutting down or being delayed due to script problems. But the WGA and AMPTP have been meeting and talks are going good so far, according to numerous sources. Many of the biggest issues, like Internet distribution revenue, seem to be getting resolved in a positive manner.
Some are predicting a deal in the coming days, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There have been a couple of negotiations that went sour, so let’s stay cautiously optimistic and see what happens. I for one just want to see it end, so people can get back to work and we can watch some great TV.
Plus, we don’t want to see the Oscars essentially cancelled like the Golden Globes last month. I think the public backlash against both the WGA and AMPTP will be huge.