“Things are looking very good,” I’m told.
Editor-in-Chief Nikki Finke - tip her here.
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But see the letter SAG just sent to the membership. Isn’t it time for the DGA to show the town more than a press release if it really has a deal? It’s getting pretty peculiar – a huge publicity push to get the WGA to buy the DGA deal… and now there doesn’t even seem to be a proper deal memo behind the hype.
Keep my fingers crossed
Interesting… But I hear increased contention is cropping up and that could muddy the waters… The tipping scales haven’t been reached yet. There’s still more work on two issues… So we’ll see. Hope you’re right and my connection is wrong… D.G. WGA.
Normally I am very pleased and feel well informed by your reporting. Unfortunately, to report that you’ve heard ‘Things are looking very good” is completely irresponsible. Especially considering that we (WGA) have been in this position before. It raises expectations and basically just starts rumors. If you can’t report with accuracey or name your source then I suggest you wait until you can. Otherwise you do more damage than good.
I was wondering why some sites say that they are “close to a deal” when formal talks haven’t even started yet?
Nothing will look good until everyone is back at work. Hope your source is actually at the negotiating table, because if not s/he knows nothing. Besides if the WGA waits for membership ratification, not only will pilot season be lost but the upfronts (good riddance) too.
In the meantime, I don’t see this anywhere on your blog and think people should be aware of the DGA’s response to the endless internecine conflict now also being perpetuated by SAG vis a vis the WGA negotiations.
From last night (Jan 29): “The following statement was released to the press tonight from DGA President Michael Apted:
‘In their letter to the SAG membership, SAG’s President and Executive Director say too little is known about the DGA/AMPTP deal for anyone to “assume” anything about it. Then why do they need to send any letter to their members? They are not in negotiations and have not scheduled any.
Their letter has one purpose and one purpose only: to interfere with the informal talks currently underway between the WGA and the studios. Simply put, their assumptions and arguments are specious. The DGA deal is a great deal for our members.’”
Hope you get well soon. Your fans really do care. I talk to people every day who reference your blog, and if anyone asks me for news or updates on the strike, I send them here.
Nikki – your daily in-depth writing on the strike has almost completely disappeared since your return from rest/vacation.
Have you gone on strike? Have you been paid off by the studios? What happened to all the fantastic inside stories? The facts no one else is reporting? You may be back, but your incredible Writers Strike reporting seems to still be, sadly, on strike!!!
Writers are depending on you! Your column has started to look no different than the LA Times, Variety and The HR when it comes to strike coverage. I can read about Berg or Peli-jerko anywhere.
It is irresponsible of you to write things like “Things are looking very good,” I’m told. Especially considering that we have been in this position before. All you’re doing is raising expectations and adding to the rumor mill. If you can’t name a reliable source or elaborate on your headline, you are doing more harm than good.
Don’t get excited about this. We’ve been down this primrose path before…
Any news yet? I’m hearing all sorts of rumors, but no news! Somebody? Anybody?
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