Weinstein Co. makes interim deal with WGA

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The Weinstein Company has agreed to an independent deal with the striking Writers Guild of America, Hollywood Insider has learned. The interim deal, which is similar to the agreement between the WGA and David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, should be announced later today. Weinstein joins United Artists as the second film company to come to an agreement with the WGA that enables writers to resume work on the studio’s movie projects. Check back as the story develops. —Nicole Sperling

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  • Nick

    So, this is how it’s going to play out, huh? Po-lit-ic-al.

  • Mike

    So is this how the strike ends? The WGA make side deals with half of Hollywood? Works for me. Deal faster!

  • tia

    Just goes to show that the WGA is willing to negotiate and it`s the producers that are holding things up.

  • Chris

    Exactly my thought. I don’t think the WGA is too unreasonable in its demands. The sad fact is, the entertainment industry is a HUGE business and there’s enough money around for everyone to be paid their fair share.

  • Leslie

    Hey, writers! Make a deal with Bad Robot and ABC, so I can’t get all of season 4 of LOST!

  • QueenC

    Now if they could just make a deal with ABC solely for Lost so that we don’t get stuck with just half a season…!

  • Mozz

    Just goes to show that the writers are at the negotiating table. Now if only the big studios would sit down instead of blustering about greed. Come on, the studios can’t sell themselves on a platform of the victims. The big studios are the epitome of greed in America.

  • T-Rex

    It looks like it’s the TV people who have a serious problem with the WGA. That makes sense if you remember that network TV is losing viewers to cable, video games and the internet. I wouldn’t be surprised if all the movie studios make deals with the WGA while the networks continue to shoot themselves.

  • Ryan

    I hope this works. I want more eps of Family Guy and The Simpsons

  • RobC

    Can EW please explain how the WGA can make individual deals and not hurt their position? It seems strange that some producers and networks can use writers and others cannot. If they keep this up, certain producers may feel justified in firing current writers and hiring freelancers outside of the union.
    I’m completely on the side of the writers, but I’m curious to know how seperate agreements work and not hurt the overall guild.

  • Lori Smith

    I wonder about separate deals. They may undermind the whole in the end.
    I say no deal unless everyone deals.

  • Neil L

    Yeah, I agree with those that said a Bad Robot/ABC deal would be nice. I want the full season of Lost!

  • JohnT

    All these separate deals with production companies who are, for the most part, not directly involved with the union’s supposed main concern, the new media, are only examples of the WGA buying time, hoping that the threat of cancelling the Oscars will will save the day for them. If the Oscars get dumped, or turned into a Globes-like press conference, it’s game-over.

  • J

    Heheh! I guess the WGA is coming to realize HOW LITTLE they are needed by the American public, and the WGA is starting to crawl on their knees back to create deals with those who will still have them… LOL

  • wraith808

    The writers make so little of the money and provide such a big part of the entertainment, that it’s surprising this hasn’t happened in general. I mean, the *actors* get a large chunk… but the writers put the words in their mouths (except Robin Williams of course). Way to go with being willing to make deals with those willing to come to the table!

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