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#1 denis moran

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 08:27 PM

Press release from AMPTP


January 16, 2008

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The agreement between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Directors Guild of America establishes an important precedent: Our industry?s creative talent will now participate financially in every emerging area of new media. The agreement demonstrates beyond any doubt that our industry?s producers are willing and able to work with the creators of entertainment content to establish fair and flexible rules for this fast-changing marketplace.
We hope that this agreement with DGA will signal the beginning of the end of this extremely difficult period for our industry. Today, we invite the Writers Guild of America to engage with us in a series of informal discussions similar to the productive process that led us to a deal with the DGA to determine whether there is a reasonable basis for returning to formal bargaining. We look forward to these discussions, and to the day when our entire industry gets back to work.
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#2 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 08:42 PM

DGA: less than one week of negotiating. that's the way to do it! :rolleyes:

Thank you WGA for 47 days without any progress. :angry:

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Press release from AMPTP


January 16, 2008

JOINT STATEMENT

The agreement between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Directors Guild of America establishes an important precedent: Our industry?s creative talent will now participate financially in every emerging area of new media. The agreement demonstrates beyond any doubt that our industry?s producers are willing and able to work with the creators of entertainment content to establish fair and flexible rules for this fast-changing marketplace.
We hope that this agreement with DGA will signal the beginning of the end of this extremely difficult period for our industry. Today, we invite the Writers Guild of America to engage with us in a series of informal discussions similar to the productive process that led us to a deal with the DGA to determine whether there is a reasonable basis for returning to formal bargaining. We look forward to these discussions, and to the day when our entire industry gets back to work.


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#3 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:25 PM

I am sure the AMPTP had no added motivation to conclude the negotions as quickly and smoothly as possible. I would say that the WGA strike softened them up quite a bit and put a lot of pressure on them for the DGA negotions. If they didn't come to an agreement with the DGA things could have gotten very ugly

I do sincerely hope that this will lead to the WGA and the AMPTP coming to an agreement as soon as possible. I could really use some more work right about now.

~Jess
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#4 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:47 PM

"things could have gotten very ugly" excuse me, where have you been the last 47 days and still counting.

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I am sure the AMPTP had no added motivation to conclude the negotions as quickly and smoothly as possible. I would say that the WGA strike softened them up quite a bit and put a lot of pressure on them for the DGA negotions. If they didn't come to an agreement with the DGA things could have gotten very ugly

I do sincerely hope that this will lead to the WGA and the AMPTP coming to an agreement as soon as possible. I could really use some more work right about now.

~Jess


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#5 Richard W. Davis

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:22 PM

<<I would say that the WGA strike softened them up quite a bit and put a lot of pressure on them for the DGA negotions. If they didn't come to an agreement with the DGA things could have gotten very ugly>>

Jess,

The DGA has a history of coming prepared for negotiations. They have always gotten good contracts without putting us all out of work on a strike.(they did have a three hour strike once.) The DGA spent two million dollars on research regarding new media and have one of the most seasoned / savvy teams of negotiators. They went into this when they were ready with the goal of coming to an agreement. I respectfully disagree when you say " the WGA softened them up. "

It is a good sign that shows when true "negotiations" are being done things can be accomplished. That's my .02.

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Rich Davis
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full disclosure - (out of work) IA 600 member / DGA member
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#6 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 05:54 AM

I completely agree that things are already very ugly and that the DGA handled negotiations much better than the WGA. That being said I think that the AMPTP has been looking to keep as much of new media for themselves as possible and that if the DGA had gone into negotiations before the WGA strike the AMPTP would have held out a lot longer possibly even offering ridiculous terms such as those that they offered the WGA.

As is I think the AMPTP realized that speedy negotiations with the DGA would look good on their part while also realizing that they had to come to reasonable terms with the DGA in order to avoid the DGA forming a united front with the WGA. Hopefully the WGA will take these events as a sign that they are ready to talk reasonably and hopefully that will be the case for both sides so that we can end this ugly mess once and for all.

As time passes and people are out of work longer I hear more and more people being critical of the WGA. While they may not have handled things perfectly I don't feel that the AMPTP did any better.

~Jess

full disclosure- I am not a member of the WGA, the DGA or the AMPTP. I just want this strike over as quickly as possible so that I can get enough work to pay my bills.
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