The Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West, and the Council of the Writers Guild of America, East, have unanimously decided to strike, effective at 12:01 a.m., on Monday, Nov. 5. According to a statement released by the WGA, which included remarks from WGAW president Patric Verrone (pictured), the decision was made following more than three months of negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers (AMPTP).
“To date, the studios have not responded to a single one of the WGA’s important proposals, including Internet reuse, original writing for new media, DVDs, and jurisdiction,” the statement said. “On October 18, WGAW and WGAE members voted by an overwhelming majority of 90.3 percent to authorize a strike if a fair deal was not reached by the October 31 contract expiration date.”
AMPTP President Nick Counter responded with a statement of his own: “The WGA’s call for a strike is precipitous and irresponsible. … Instead of working toward solutions that would give the industry the flexibility it needs to meet today’s business challenges, the WGA leadership continues to pursue numerous unreasonable proposals that would result in astronomical and unjustified increases in our costs, further restrict our ability to produce, promote and market TV series and films, and prohibit us from experimenting with programming and business models in New Media.”
It’s unclear whether the two parties will resume negotiations over the weekend. Stay tuned…