Writers Guild, Producers Hope to Extend Contract
Hoping to avert another strike like the one that paralyzed the entertainment industry in 1988, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers leadership announced on Wednesday in West Hollywood a tentative plan to extend their contract until 1995.
The proposal, which faces a vote of the Writers Guild membership next month, would add three years to the existing contract. It also would provide a mechanism for amending the terms of the agreement each year.
While opposition from the contentious guild membership had already surfaced before Wednesday’s announcement, executive director Brian Walton called the agreement a significant step forward.
Nicholas Counter III, president of the producers’ alliance, also praised the plan, saying it encourages dialogue.