The Strike Zone: The latest news, blogs & photos on the WGA strike
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Board members embrace moments before a press conference announcing the potential end to the WGA strike.
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After 100 days, WGA members vote overwhelmingly to go back to work.
Living-room meetings cut through animosity in writers walkout.
News Corp.’s Chernin and Disney’s Iger are integral in crafting a labor deal with writers.
As guild members vote, show runners get OK to resume work.
The guild and studios are near a deal. Work could resume Monday.
An affirmative vote could send writers back to work in a matter of days.
Hollywood’s striking writers, signaling a possible thaw in the 3-month-old labor dispute, have agreed to drop two demands that studios have long viewed as non-starters.
You can’t throw a skim latte in L.A. without hitting a writer who has a screenplay that’s been stuck in the system since grunge was breaking.
To: Writers Guild of America, West President Patric Verrone From: Patrick Goldstein Dear Patric: Well, when it rains, it really pours, huh?
Although ratings haven’t fallen much yet, the networks are grappling with weak programming.
The switch from the usual awards ceremony to a news conference format because of the writers strike has had repercussions across Hollywood and beyond.
From Clooney to Clinton, who could negotiate WGA/AMPTP peace?
The lead negotiators for the Directors Guild of America are scheduled to meet today and discuss opening formal negotiations with the studios for a new contract.
Tom Cruise’s independent film company could sign a contract today and get back to work. Other companies may follow.
With celebrities under orders to honor writers’ picket lines, a scaled-down ‘news’ show is to be substituted.
The union says he is not allowed to write for his show but the comedian’s action poses a quandary.
Cates will negotiate the next DGA deal. It may set tone for other pacts.
With no talks scheduled with Hollywood’s major studios, the Writers Guild of America has begun negotiating with several small independent television and movie production companies on new employment agreements, John Bowman, the union’s chief negotiator, told reporters Wednesday after a news conference.
Because they are members of the Writers Guild of America, the move is seen as a blow to the union. Both say that by resuming their shows, they won’t have to fire non-writing staff members.
When push comes to shove, residuals are going to matter more than reality writers in the union.
Dozens are turning to venture capitalists, seeking to bypass Hollywood and reach viewers directly online.
The producers alliance broke federal law by cutting off negotiations last week, the complaint says.
The writers’ strike has claimed another victim: the TV press tour slated to begin early next month.
Leaders are admonished to refocus on the key issue: Web revenue. Talks with directors could play a role.
While attention is focused on the writers strike, a bigger confrontation with the actors guild looms down the road.
The five-week-old strike continues after negotiations stall with the two sides still far apart.
With their shows hit first by the strike, the funnymen have worked to make sure nonwriting workers are paid.
With public support for striking writers widespread, the producers alliance calls on political veterans to revise its image.
The haves are helping the have-nots lessen the toll of the WGA strike. The aid could preserve guild solidarity.
On the positive side, the strike is forcing them to meet people, share career tips and get some exercise.
NBC has pulled out. Other networks on the fence pending the dispute’s outcome.
Movies are still being made during the writers strike, but actors and directors are walking a fine line when improvising.
TV’s writer-producers are shaping up to be the most influential players in the industry.
A continuing dispute would have an acute effect on the region’s economy, according to a film group’s conservative estimates.
The union says it won’t be shortchanged on new media as it was with DVDs. But no one’s sure of future dollars.
Christians attending the annual National Media Prayer Breakfast appeal to the almighty for a fast and fair settlement.
Hollywood’s film and TV writers and major studios have agreed to go back to the negotiating table on Nov. 26 in hopes of ending a bruising strike that began two weeks ago, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The money, ambition and Hollywood pedigrees behind the Web-only dramatic video series “Quarterlife” brought the effort accolades even before its debut this month.
The guild doesn’t want to undermine striking writers by starting negotiations with studios.
For dry cleaners, caterers and other merchants dependent on Hollywood, when the shooting stops, so does the cash flow.
Almost 2 of 3 Americans back guild members in their dispute with studios, a survey to be released today indicates.
Pickets say studios tell investors of growing Internet revenue while telling the union there’s not enough to share.
Writers’ largest march to date is aimed at keeping resolve strong.
Five top talent agencies, pushed by their worried clients, try to persuade Hollywood writers and studios to resume talks.
Television’s top writer-producers threw their collective weight behind the striking Writers Guild of America on Wednesday in a move that could accelerate the disappearance of some of the nation’s most popular prime-time shows, including “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost” and “The Office.”
SOON it will be “American Idol” season, that sweet time of year when the world stops to crown a new singing sensation.
Studios move to halt production deals, which would hit rank and file.
What’s an actor to do?
A fateful e-mail from the union’s East Coast branch abruptly halts a final attempt to broker a deal.
The strikers say their walkout could be a long one. Some stars drop by to offer support.
A walkout on Thursday will put thousands of others’ paychecks at risk. The timing is especially bad this year.
Im stockpiling The Office on Tivo.
The producers dangle concessions but continue to reject key union demands on residuals.